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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 13:48 (265 days ago)

As Zihuatanejo moves towards the future, unfortunately more and more of its residents have little knowledge of or a link to Zihuatanejo's past. I watched the same thing happen in Florida where nowadays in way too many older coastal communities traffic is a nightmare because there will never be enough roads for all the people with cars that have been enticed to move to Florida for one "dream" or another.

Places that fall for the propaganda of their own image not only quickly lose much of what made the place attractive in the first place, but they can also lose their identity (if they ever had one). Though Zihuatanejo still seems "quaint" to folks coming here from the big cities, the light pollution at night that is visible at La Ropa and Las Gatas (ni hablar de los demás cerros) is a stark reminder how quickly we are losing one after another of our main attractions.

Fortunately what many of us consider the true heart of Zihuatanejo, its fishing tradition, remains intact and a constant for the hundreds of families that depend on it, albeit local coastal fishing is itself stretched to limits it probably can't sustain. We've already seen lost or greatly diminished several marine species that used to be bountiful. But things like internet, social media and even WhatsApp help locals become more aware of certain local problems and help them to share ideas for resolving them. It's amazing what goes on behind the scenes nowadays, and here and there little miracles seem to take place and we converse better and resolve more.

Here are a couple of visual aids to remind folks precisely what is the true heart and soul of Zihuatanejo. B-)

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 16:13 (265 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thank you, thank you.

And my pet peeve

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 17:08 (265 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

is the loss of beaches open to the public. As the value of beachfront property increase more and more will be converted to private ownership and lost to the access of the public.

And my pet peeve

by Quadra Paul @, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 18:23 (265 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Just like in California!

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 18:25 (265 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

It’s happening here already thanks to concessions of zona federal and the control of beach access. There are numerous local beaches that are virtually impossible for the public to visit nowadays in spite of public beach access laws.

Florida recently changed its public beach laws so that waterfront properties can now block public access ALONG the beach, something they couldn’t do before. One more thing to lament the loss of in what used to be such a beautiful place.

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by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:59 (263 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Many years ago, Oregon fixed that. With the exception of rock outcroppings etc. one could walk along the beach from WA to CA and never step foot on private property. I forget exactly how far it is but I believe that the beaches are public property, up to so many feet back from the high tide line. It's too bad that more governments don't have the foresight to implement such laws.

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by Aunt Chelada, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 14:07 (263 days ago) @ Curly!

And therein lies another problem, more "government laws" usually proposed and passed by officials being lobbied (and paid off) by someone else with their own personal interest at stake.

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by BTfromMN @, Northeastern Minnesota, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 18:59 (265 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thank you, bien chido! I hope that means really cool.

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by Charlybby, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 00:25 (265 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Gracias Rob!! Beautiful pics as usual! Reminder of why we're all here!;-) :-) :worthy:

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by djazihua @, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:48 (264 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Beautiful...be there Sunday morning.