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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:40 (332 days ago) @ jbmass

," I don't think anything would have ever been able to be built there if they had to cut a swath of land for a public access including parking and facilities." Maybe it should have been left for public access.

BINGO!

Know what's been great with every tourism-based place I've ever lived before bad development ruined it? Folks were more generous with sharing and caring for the natural resources. From the U.S. Virgin Islands to Florida's Suncoast barrier islands to here. Locals generally would never consider doing things that newcomers and especially greedy and unscrupulous investors and developers from other places with no local cares other than economic couldn't give a flea's fart about. Such as privatizing beaches or otherwise blocking their access.

Fonatur, the federal government's tourism development agency that stole much of the land in Ixtapa from Zihuatanejo's ejidatarios 44 years ago without paying them, could care less about what's good for the community or the ecology, and not being from here they haven't a friggin' clue what local customs and culture are. "Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo" is just a gold mine to be exploited, and so they do their best to justify their existence.

When they designed Ixtapa, Fonatur begrudgingly left a few beach accesses for locals, and locals have had to fight to keep the accesses they have, all lacking services and maintenance, some even invaded by vendedores ambulantes who then of course demand services and rights after the government does nothing to remove them year after year.

So even though the Constitución de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos says all beaches in Mexico are public and even though locals had previously never denied beach access to the public, each year developers and newcomers and unscrupulous public servants have other ideas and motives and we lose a little bit more and a little bit more.


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