Las Tunas Todos Santos Dune Construction Update From ACTS

ACTS, Asociacíon Colonias de Todos Santos, in their most recent newsletter reveals this info about the recent attempt to build a home on the dunes in Las Tunas at the end of Calle Mango:

The ECO Committee of ACTS collected nearly 600 petition signatures supporting the TS Urban Plan which does not allow permanent structures on our barrier dunes. Construction started on a dunes lot in early 2016 near Calle Los Mangos, in violation of the law. All activity was stopped by Profepa and the owners were given ample time to produce proper permits and an environmental report. They failed to do so.  

As reported by Ecologia de Ayuntamento La Paz, this project has been shut down permanently and the owner will be heavily fined. The judge will hopefully order dunes restoration for the area they destroyed.  There is a federal case still pending.

It is important to note that real estate agents, developers, contractors, and architects who mislead dune lot owners into believing they can build on a dunes lot are also subject to being prosecuted.  

Any homeowner who lives behind a home that has already been built on a dune also has the right to litigate for endangerment, due to compromising the safety and protection a dune provides. 

 

2300 Foreign Residents Of Todos Santos “No Longer Involved In Political Issues”

Wait a minute, 2300 foreign residents in Todos Santos? Ok, that’s not the best way to get us to believe the rest of the story. Wonder how they counted 2300 foreigners – perhaps there are 2300 homes in the greater Todos Santos area (including Pescadero and Elias Calles) but no way do 2300 foreigners call Todos Santos home. And large water storage tanks do little good if the city doesn’t deliver water according to their published schedules.

From BCSnoticias by way of Fulano:

2,000 residents of Todos Santos are foreigners, “they no longer get involved” in politics, says delegate

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS)- Approximately 2,300 of the 8,000 inhabitants of Todos Santos, in the southern part of the municipality of La Paz, are foreigners who have settled in the community for years and generate a benefit, according to the locals. They create job opportunities and have other economic effects on the economy, “as they buy land and other assets, leaving a large money flow, ” said delegate Jesús Beltrán.

The delegate from the Magic Town stressed that most of the North Americans who live here want the peace and tranquility, and support the community in tasks such as cleaning and urban improvements. Although, he admitted that recently a group of foreigners participated in marches and meetings, including public discussions on political matters, such as what happened last January with guitarist Peter Buck, which caused him to leave the country when he was sought by the National Immigration Institute, as published by El Sudcaliforniano.

Jesús Beltrán said that after that incident, foreigners living in Todos Santos have removed themselves from political issues, and even met with municipal authorities to show their willingness to collaborate, but not interfere in other issues. “They no longer get involved, they are thankful to the people, now everybody is happy and content,” he said.

In the matter of providing potable water services to foreigner who live in Todos Santos, he said most of them are not suffering for a lack of the vital liquid, as all or almost all have large water storage tanks, and anyway the authorities respond at every opportunity in case some problem arises.

Original story here: No Longer Involved

 

Time In Todos Santos (And México) Changes Sunday, April 3

While DST was implemented in the US and Canada about 3 weeks ago, this weekend is the “spring forward” date for México. So Sunday night at 2 am, clocks advance one hour. Don’t forget or it will be very difficult to be on time for any appointments.

Not sure about you all, but it takes me at least a week to adjust. And it never seems right to be eating dinner while the sun is still burning strong in the sky.

Los Cerritos Beach Club Closed For Consumer Protection Violations

From ColectivoPericu by way of Fulano:

This morning, a brigade from the Federal Consumer Protection Agency showed up at the Los Cerritos Beach Club,” located in the community of El Pescador, where they placed seals suspending operation when the found irregularities in the services offered to customers.

This is the same establishment where last weekend they were stopping beach access to local tourists, so they would no bother their foreign visitors who enjoyed the sun.

Read the rest with photos: Los Cerritos Beach Club Closed

 

Pescadero Strawberry And Chile Festival 2016 Dates

I just found the official dates for the Pescadero Strawberry/Chile Festival: April 1,2,3. They were in the process of setting up all the tents and exhibits today.

The weather is near perfect so a day at the festival should be a fine time indeed!