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Zih Pier Construction Two-Step

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 12:01 (17 days ago)

I feel bad for the engineer in charge of overseeing the pier reconstruction, because it seems like one thing after another has gone wrong to foil his plans to have the pier rebuilt by December. I think it's quite apparent by now that isn't going to happen. One unfortunate setback after another has plagued this bare-bones effort. To a lot of people more knowledgeable on the matter than I, it appears the politicians siphoned off so much money from the budget that not enough was left over to do a first rate job, and Zihuatanejo deserves better than a third rate pier that won't be as well built as the one that was just demolished. The politicians who took a percentage of the budget for themselves should be made to put that money back and hire a first rate marine construction outfit with the proper equipment to get the job done, because what we have now is an unfortunate comedy of errors. Their equipment keeps breaking, the barges keep sinking, and one delay after another now has us in October with only six pilings driven. This is not the fault of the construction engineer or his crew. They're doing the best they can with what they've got. But folks witnessing this on a daily basis can come to no other conclusion but that the reconstruction will take another year at the rate they're going, and the quality of the construction will only suffer when politicians try to make them meet arbitrary deadlines for photo ops based on arbitrary and obviously unrealistic expectations. We want a quality pier in Zihuatanejo that won't crumble apart at the first earthquake or big storm. And we don't want to see money wasted on cost overruns caused by forcing the contractor to use inferior equipment and methods because the politicians had to get their cut of the budget, a common wasteful and corrupt practice that needs to end.

That's my rant and I'm sticking to it. Yes, I know some folks aren't going to be happy reading this. They are welcome to comment here and to correct me where they believe I am in error. Public discourse on such matters is good for the community. But so is shining a light into dark places so that the cucarachas run and hide.

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This method has never looked quite right to me.
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Ahhhh! That's more like it. Zihuatanejo lindo y querido.
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