Respect and community unity

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, March 07, 2011, 13:40 (3437 days ago) @ ElAleman

By the way, I'm aware of the financial problems of Petatlán and the difficulties to get huger assignments of state or federal participations.

Then it should follow that we should not look a gift-horse in the mouth (excuse me if I use too many idiomatic expressions, I don't know if you are familiar with all of them). That is why I bring up the fact that most locals support FONATUR investing money to do things that up until now no one else has been able to get done, though I don't believe that support includes developing a marina or tourist development at La Barra, a place I believe most of us hope to see preserved.

Locals are frustrated by the years of inaction by all levels of government to deal with many problems that have now become severely acute and unproportionally gotten out of hand. If only the existing laws on the books had been correctly and uniformly applied over the years, then no concession could ever have been granted that would affect the lagoon at La Barra, and no sewage water would be entering Zihuatanejo's bay, among the myriad of other problems we would not be currently faced with.

The people at ROGAZ and many of the local fishermen are long time friends and acquaintances, but they cannot dismiss the point of view held by the rest of the community either.

Please remember the importance of perception. Something doesn't have to be true in order to motivate people, it only needs to be perceived as true. So far the government has used this against the opponents of FONATUR's concession. I think it's a 2-way street, but the problem is with credibility, and as much as I admire and respect my friends at ROGAZ and among the fishermen, I think it is clear that among the general population they have a credibility problem that needs to be taken into account. This caused us some problems a few years ago when fighting the construction of a pier in Zihuatanejo's bay the general concensus among locals who organized to fight the project was that the ecologistas should not be our primary spokespeople because of a general perception of them as being argumentative and inconsistent. That is why it is important to make use of local people who are either trusted and respected by a majority or who may even be relatively unknown when dealing with officials in government. Doña Laura is one of the absolute best spokespersons that La Barra has available. ;-)

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