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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 14:08 (219 days ago)

Lots of us are counting our blessings after the earthquakes that shook around 10 states yesterday. Nothing humbles you quicker or makes you happier to be alive than a major quake.

The governor of Guerrero was also here yesterday to wave a symbolic flag that is supposed to signal the start of construction for the new pier, the remodeling of the waterfront (that frankly many of my neighbors and me aren't exactly thrilled about), and the completion of the road from La Ropa to Riscalillo (another public work of questionable necessity). The only good thing about his visit is that the city spruces things up so the governor doesn't have to see too many of our defects, so after 5 or so years the city finally fixed the huge hole in the sidewalk across the street from or home. Yay!

Lots of seabirds taking advantage of the abundance of baitfish in the bay.
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An interesting sky during one morning last week.
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Pangas on the beach by the waterfront basketball court.
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These are the children of the fishermen from one of the local fishing co-ops located on the downtown beach. They were all quite thrilled to receive school supplies as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Poncho, the fisherman on the ground, was a big help helping us to organize this event. A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this possible with your donations!
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by Canada1 @, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 16:56 (219 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Well I think a new pier would be good news, why would a remodel/reno of the waterfront not be welcomed?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 18:26 (219 days ago) @ Canada1

Well I think a new pier would be good news, why would a remodel/reno of the waterfront not be welcomed?

Perhaps you haven't noticed the lack of simple maintenance from one end of Paseo del Pescador to the other. The way it's been since it was first built. Why waste money repeating the mistake? Why create an excuse to waste millions of pesos to lose more beach under more cement? The first walkway actually collapsed in several places along the stretch between La Madera and Playa Principal because the "engineers" ignored my wife's warnings and basically ignored all common sense. Then they tried to build a "lookout section" that would've divided La Madera into two beaches. Fortunately my wife got the attention of the right people and they restored it to its natural state. Still without bothering to provide any simple maintenance to the entire walkway. Amazingly not one Madera resident or business even bothered to express alarm at having the beach cut in two. Most of our friends who lived there said they didn't notice. How can you miss a construction that divides the beach in two?

All most of us would like to see are repairs to the deteriorated sections. Replacing the rusting steel lamps that have almost never worked with stainless steel low maintenance fixtures. Replacing the ropes and cement posts with stainless steel posts and cables. The placement of garbage bins that are emptied in a timely manner. The placement of nice no-maintenance benches that don't block views and aren't a magnet for griffitists.

Perhaps you haven't seen the sketches presented to the local and state government. TONS of cement. Less beach, especially areas popular with sea turtles for laying eggs. They want to put a garden on the beach in front of the museum, an area where turtles lay eggs and where rains wash out the beach on occasion. More plants we'll get to watch die as we have with almost everything else the government has planted. Palm trees instead of shade trees because they look good in the diagrams, especially if you aren't from here and don't actually live near the beach or use the walkway daily as many of us do. Palm trees are poor shade trees but they do drop coconuts that can kill you.

I've watched the waterfront remodeled over half a dozen times since I moved here in '89. It was prettiest back in the 70's before politicians realized they could use it over and over for money-skimming purposes, especially during election years.

So excuse me for not wanting to see more beach paved over with cement, more fixtures to watch break and deteriorate, more cement blocking the view through the Plaza del Artista which the neighbors bought and donated to PRESERVE the natural view to the beach, and more money wasted on projects of dubious necessity.

We need a new hospital. We need a functioning police force. We need the pluvial canal fixed. We need new schools. We need a lot of things more urgently than we need to put more makeup on a patient with cancer.

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by Talley Ho @, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 20:50 (219 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Beautifully stated and correct!

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Sunday, February 18, 2018, 11:22 (218 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

¡Muy bien dicho!
:megusta:
:vivamexico:

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 17:18 (219 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Will there be a floating section of the pier, so that disembarking from the pangas will be easier for us old farts?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 18:32 (219 days ago) @ frostbite

Will there be a floating section of the pier, so that disembarking from the pangas will be easier for us old farts?

Unfortunately the plan Captain Tony of the Picante and I presented to the government for a new pier that would have had floating landing docks wasn't approved, so I doubt we'll see any good ideas implemented. Pretty much all the captains and the folks who regularly use the pier simply want the existing structure replaced, not upgraded, not enlarged. Unfortunately the design I saw had tons and tons more cement and didn't look like it would last as long as the one we have that's already lasted around 60 years. Cement companies and construction outfits used for public constructions often are owned by politicians or their relatives, so in their view the more cement the better.

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by joe26170 @, Full time in Z, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 22:11 (219 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Pancho is a great guy but he has not fished in quite a while.

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by Canada1 @, Sunday, February 18, 2018, 13:18 (218 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What pier construction would be required to entice the cruise ships to return?

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by midalake @, Sunday, February 18, 2018, 23:35 (218 days ago) @ Canada1

What pier construction would be required to entice the cruise ships to return?

The pier that makes Acapulco a safe place again.

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by Canada1 @, Monday, February 19, 2018, 00:03 (218 days ago) @ midalake

What pier construction would be required to entice the cruise ships to return?


The pier that makes Acapulco a safe place again.

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Lol...good luck with that one

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, February 19, 2018, 09:12 (217 days ago) @ Canada1

What pier construction would be required to entice the cruise ships to return?

The current pier was deemed unsafe by the Port Captain several years ago. As far as the cruise ship companies go, he is the authority whether they can safely use their tenders to transfer passengers to and from the pier's landing docks. Unfortunately the entire pier has been declared unsafe (then why are we still using it?), yet when an auxiliary of Fonatur wanted to administrate and replace it with their own funds one of my neighbors convinced the fishermen to protest and demand the withdrawal of Fonatur. For one entire year we had a clean and orderly pier, but it was just a mirage doomed to fade away. Fonatur pulled out with their money, the pier returned to the control of the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), and I suspect the federal government is punishing us for being bad and unruly children. Now the Sector Naval administers the pier, but they don't have the resources to rebuild it either. Lord knows what happened with all the funds paid by cruise ships for dockage fees. (Local captains are supposed to pay dockage fees, too, but apparently that'll never be allowed to happen.) We never saw a peso of that money spent on the pier. The state government finally stepped in and gave the pier a makeover so it could last another year, that was two years ago. I'm guessing the federal funds had to sit in a bank account earning interest all that time before being released, as is the common practice, so that influential hands would get their inevitable grease.

Cruise ships basically stopped coming due to the poor image abroad of Mexico and the shift in market demand away from the Pacific Coast of Mexico past Puerto Vallarta and to the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Mediterranean. There are only so many ships to move around. Lots of locals have been led to believe we lost the cruise ship business because we refused to allow the federal government to build a special pier for cruise ships to dock to like they have in Acapulco. That is a bald-faced lie. We just need a decent landing dock that meets the security standards the USA imposed for cruise ships that use U.S. ports as a point of origin and destination after 9/11.