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Archive for April, 2007

Rocky Point Mexico I've heard from many, many people who stumble onto this website while searching for historical information about the area. Some folks have even been nice enough to send in their photos and anecdotes from their days "way back" in the 50's and 60's.

With all the growth and construction going on, I've become increasingly interested in people's stories from the 'old times' of Puerto Peñasco, when everybody called the place 'a sleepy little fishing village'.

Lots of you seem to be famiilar with Puerto Peñasco from the 60's on - I'm guessing somebody made a killing selling fishing boats in Tucson right around that time. I'd like to start an ongoing collection of your stories about Puerto Peñasco. I'm looking for your stories, memories, and recollections of Puerto Peñasco from 'way back in the day' - especially the 50's, 60's, and 70's.

Anything goes - when you were there, what you did, who you remember, how you remember the Puerto Peñasco of the past. Send your stories to info@puerto-penasco.com! I'd love to hear them and, with permission, post them for others.

Generally, the busy travel season in Rocky Point brings the masses to the beaches as people are in search of the perfect vacation getaway, this year seems to be no exception.
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Puerto Peñasco (and Las Palomas) just got a pretty high-profile mention in the New York Times - this time in their 'Great Homes' section, in an article titled: "Second Homes + Golf = a Worldwide Phenomenon". The article examines the growing trend of tying real estate developments to golf courses, and the industry's one-upmanship that drives the bigger-better-faster-more developments and projects.
.... industry executives say that a well-known course architect can add more than 20 percent to the value of a development's houses and jump-start a project.

"The name gives credibility to a development," said Alan Mishkin, president of Abigail Properties, which is based in Phoenix and is building Las Palomas, a residential and golf project in Puerto Peñasco, Mex.. "Golf courses are not moneymakers," he said. "They're the sizzle on the steak" of residential developments.

The place is really 'on the map' these days: 'Puerto Peñasco' keeps popping up in major publications around the world.

Semi-related: I just returned a from a nice leisurely vacation spent lounging in Peñasco and I'll be posting some photo galleries and updates soon. Hello to everybody I touched base with on this trip!

Cedo, a popular research institute in Puerto Peñasco which focuses on marine biology, has entered into a legal settlement with a Scottsdale developer that will keep Cedo in its long time home base.
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Puerto Penasco I've been leafing through the recently published 'Plan Municipal de Desarrollo 2007-2009' (Plan of Municipal Development, Puerto Penasco, 2007-2009) off and on for the last week. (Gracias to Tim Mello for sending me the link.)

The 'Plan de Desarrollo' is a hefty 100+ page document put out by the government of Puerto Penasco, and outlines the current state of the city, its unique position as a 'boom town', and how the town plans to manage and optimize things like construction, quality of life, public health, population growth, economic opportunities, etc.

There's a surprising amount of forward thinking in here that you don't usually see in dry, 100-page municipal documents. Concepts like sustainable development, government transparency, urban reforestation, and preservation of the fishing industry leave me with an overall picture of a city very attuned to its growth, but with a respectable eye towards its basic foundations.

If you have a general interest (and a decent grasp of the Spanish language) you can check it out here.

If you don't habla the lengua that well, I've made a lot of translations, and some highlights / translations available in my own notes here.

Mexidata.info has a neat article entitled "Gringolandia — The U.S. Migrant Boom Hits Mexico", that discusses the enormous influx of US residents into Mexico. (Oddly enough, they all seem to show up and go into real estate ...)

Seated in the air-conditioned comfort of his office in Puerto Vallarta's Olas Alas neighborhood, Venegas pointed to the push of the "rat race" and the pull of community, typified by a traditional family-centered culture, as attractions that convince gringos to move south.

"I love the US. It's the greatest country in the world. However, it's going through some difficult times right now with the Bush administration and the war and everything else," he said. "And so yes, I do believe there are a lot of expatriates that are down here dissatisfied with what's happening in the US."

It's a pretty fascinating read, and you can check it out here.

There's also this article - Horse lover helps amigo in Mexico, which made me smile:
Sherry McDaniels' love for horses knows no boundaries. Like many horse lovers, McDaniels is drawn to the animals... Her frequent vacations in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, have led her to a group of horses that are rented out for riding on the beach. Despite the language barrier, McDaniels, of Gilbert, said she has formed a friendship with a man named Juvantine and his seven horses. Now, every time she plans a trip to Rocky Point, McDaniels packs not only for herself but also with the horses in mind...

The full article is here.