by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 09:44 (2773 days ago) @ ronspdx

Our beaches are all supposed to be public, too. But this is the paradise of impunity and we pay a high price for corruption.

With the arrival of FONATUR in Zihuatanejo not only are we having to fight the imposition of an unnecessary and unwanted cruise ship pier in Barra de Potosí, but we are essentially fighting the same fight as in '72 when the federal government tried to expropriate Zihuatanejo and move everyone out. The response by locals then is the same response the government is once again about to get: locals showed up at the government's offices swiping their machetes across the pavement making an eerie rasping sound.


For all intents and purposes it looks like certain influential people are allowing disorder, chaos and pollution to get out of control to drive all of us locals out of here so they can take over our lands and our bay.

Very recently a parastate corporation under the wing of FONATUR for a fee of 2 million pesos was granted control of the entire coastline from Isla Ixtapa to Barra de Potosí, including Bahía de Zihuatanejo and Laguna Las Salinas. They have been given permission to do pretty much anything they want, and some of the things they have expressed an intention to do are to remove the fishermen from the beach, charge all the local fishermen to use the pier, charge everyone for anchoring in the bay (even though no services are provided), grant private concessions for which they will charge rents in areas currently occupied by others (meaning local people will be removed from their homes and businesses with the likely outcome that influential outsiders will occupy those spaces).

People were led to believe that FONATUR was simply going to provide order and maintenance to the long-abandoned pier, which has received almost no maintenance from the Capitanía del Puerto who receives the anchorage fees from the cruise ships or federal government or anyone else. The city has helped with minimal cleaning, painting and reparations, but the pier is old and requires a major overhaul. So folks were certainly agreeable to having FONATUR provide those services. But when the details of the concession were printed in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, making it official by law, locals were frankly shocked by the many worrisome details found in it.

Concesión otorgado a favor de la empresa Fonatur Operadora Portuaria, S.A. de C.V.

This is going to be one of the hottest issues in Zihuatanejo for some time to come.

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