Ten tourists suffered moments of panic and anguish while sport fishing aboard the yacht 'Marina House' - ten miles away from Puerto Penasco's
shore. The accident occurred the 28th of April and left two people with minor injuries.
Jose Tavares is the captain of the fishing and tourist boat 'Yora II' and, fortunately, he was at the area at the moment of the incident.
When it happened, Tavares went to the rescue of the castaways where by then living moments of terror on the deck - which was in flames. When he
arrived, one of them was already in the water of the Sea of Cortes.
Tavares indicated that at 9:45am on that sunny morning he heard a nearby explosion. At the moment he was entertaining a group of American
tourists in the art of sport fishing.
The captain of the boat asked the tourists to pick up the fishing reels and he headed towards the direction of the detonation. Soon after,
he noticed a column of smoke in the sky...
Today's New York Times contains
a pretty fascinating article, titled "Who Controls Paradise"
that details the ongoing battles between wealthy developers, two of Mexico’s most powerful families, and a large swath of federally protected
land that also houses a 'playground for the super-rich':
Since Mr. Goldsmith’s death in 1997, Mr. Marcaccini and his wife, Alix, the daughter of Mr. Goldsmith, have managed the late
patriarch’s most prized asset: Cuixmala, a 2,000-acre private estate with several villas on the Pacific that at various
times housed Mr. Goldsmith’s three families, mistresses and high-powered visitors including Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
These days, though, there’s trouble brewing on Cuixmala, which is nestled inside the 32,473-acre Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere
Reserve, a rolling expanse of federally protected coastal land.
In an effort to expand tourism beyond destinations like Cancún and Puerto Vallarta, Mexican officials recently authorized
the development of two resorts in the area. The most controversial project, called Marina Careyes — also referred to as
Careyitos — is backed by Roberto Hernández, the powerful Mexican banker and developer who sold his financial
services firm to Citigroup six years ago for $12.5 billion...
The result is a pitched battle over land rights between Mr. Goldsmith’s heirs and two of the country’s most powerful families — a clash that sheds light on the fault lines between traditional luxury resort developers who favor golf courses, swimming pools and spas, and a newer breed of conservationist-entrepreneurs who champion eco-resorts where guests hike and canoe for recreation.
Some of you may remember that I'm looking for stories, memories, and recollections of Puerto Peñasco from 'way back in the day'
- especially the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
As part of this research I've dug up some neat Peñasco-related articles from the Arizona Daily Star,
from 1957, 1979, and 1980. Here are the first three, and I'll be getting some more online soon. I've posted them here, and thanks again to the Daily Star for giving me permission to use these :)
I'm still looking for your own personal stories and histories from this era, so feel free to drop me a line if
you'd like to share. Send them to email@example.com
Arizona has issued a warning to avoid raw oysters from Puerto Penasco after officials linked 13 cases of hepatitis A,
11 of them in Maricopa County, to consumption of oysters from the Mexican seaside town.
The state Division of Public Health Services said all the cases involved people who were in Puerto Penasco, also
known as Rocky Point, and ate oysters from places including street vendors between March 8 and March 25.
The health agency said hepatitis A can take 15 to 50 days to develop. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite
and, possibly, jaundice.
Here's the actual release from Arizona DHS, which notes "Illnesses associated
with eating uncooked oysters are not uncommon and have been reported in numerous states, including California, Florida, Texas, Alabama,
Personally, I got vaccinated against Hep A years ago as part of a batch of shots I got for out-of-country travel,
and for $25 (which is roughly what I remember it costing at the time) it's a pretty
cheap peace of mind to have.
On a less unsettling note, the Times Online has this interesting article,
"Banking on going green", which details the rise in environmentally-friendly solutions popping up in response to the
specific challenges of building in the Mexican regions.
Population shifts and the arrival of American buyers are putting unprecedented strain on Mexico's infrastructure in other
beauty spots like the Yucatan peninsula, where fresh-water supplies are already threatened. Loreto intends to be different.
Al its electricity will be supplied by wind turbines and it plans to produce more drinking water than it consumes ...
I've just posted the first three (of six) photo galleries I took last month -
including a bunch of photos from the drive down,
of the construction on Sandy Beachand some spectacular sunsets I caught while I was in town.
More will be going online soon.
For those of you that have already picked up or downloaded
- who I've mentioned here about nine times - you'll be happy to know the group behind their publication is
expanding just about as fast as Peñasco is.
Editor/founder Gustavo Ybarra emailed to let me know that Discover Sonora has become Discover Editorial Group, with
twelve employees in Puerto Peñasco and Hermosillo,
printing new magazines (CORTEZ Paradise, Mexico Land & Sea, ValorES Sonora) as well as book projects - some for
the Mexican Presidency and the Official Tourism Guide of the State of Sonora.
Congratulaitons to Gustavo and his crew, and keep an eye out for their publications.
Speaking of publications, there's a new batch of De Frente online:
From madison.com, excerpt from the Alliant
Energy first quarter revenue report ...
Harvey also announced the buyer for its troubled Mexican property, Laguna del Mar.
Salvago Mexico, a consortium of investors from Spain, is scheduled to buy the would-be
resort development on May 15, Harvey said. He said Alliant expects net proceeds of
$65 million, "pending satisfaction of the closing conditions."
The sale will mark the end of Alliant's foreign investments, he said.
To a baby boomer, it may just be a summer place or a second home. But to Mexican tourism officials and real estate developers, it's much-needed economic development.
... officials and developers in Sonora, the Mexican state that borders Arizona, expect to see visitation
grow by 10 percent by 2009 to 9.6 million people - 70 percent of whom come from Arizona. Today,
Sonora has around 5,000 housing units built or under construction primarily for sale to
foreign investors. But officials there expect that to grow to 40,000 units in
the next 20 years, said Epifanio Paulovich, secretary of tourism in Sonora.
Retirees looking for warm beachfront properties are finding their dollars stretch much further
in Mexico, especially compared with similar property along the California coast.
And on that note, I'd like to point out that we've got De Frente
back up and online after a few months of downtime. We had a few glitches there, but we're back online, bringing you
news from Puerto Peñasco and playing catch-up. There's a new batch up right now.
For those of you unfamiliar with De Frente, they're a Spanish-language weekly that covers Puerto Peñasco,
Sonoyta, and Caborca. They maintain a Spanish website at defrente.com.mx.
Our collaboration, however, means I'll be bringing you English versions of their stories - and
carrying them on defrente.puerto-penasco.com.
I can't thank the staff at De Frente enough for helping out, and I'm proud to bring their stories to Puerto-penasco.com readers.