Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sad news regarding our favorite local beach

Tenacatita

courtesy of The Guadalajara Reporter:
One of the most idyllic beaches and tourist destinations on the Pacific Coast of Mexico was wiped out recently. In a matter of hours. Not by any obvious force of nature such as a hurricane, earthquake or tsunami. This devastation was the result of big-bucks human greed swathed in a miasma of assumed political malfeasance.
Before daybreak on August 4, a reported 200 armed Jalisco state police officers began evicting 800 residents, visitors, and business owners in Tenacatita. (That’s one gun against every four persons, quite a show of force in a small, remote fishing village when most troops are fighting a major drug war.) Riot police restricted access to citizens trying to get back in to retrieve belongings.
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This land grab didn’t stop with the displacement of hundreds of Mexicans from their property along the bay side of Tenacatita’s beach. Dozens of titled properties on the open-ocean side of the Tenacatita peninsula also were seized, properties held by a number of Americans, as well as Canadians and Europeans.
Read the rest here:La Manzanilla Memo - 08/14/10: Paradise Lost? | Guadalajara Reporter

As of today (over 2 months later), the beach is still closed to the public.

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