Five years ago, little did we know when we drove away from Tenacatita beach we would be denied driving access on the beach road until two days ago. What a joyous feeling to drive down the bumpy overgrown road with our trailer in tow.
We have waited until now to send details of this exciting news not knowing if the guards would give us problems, so far so good.
On Dec. 31,2014 the Federal agency PROFEPA cited Rodenas security guards with numerous infractions being committed by not allowing free and open access to Tenacatita beaches. After five hours when legal authorities left, guards ignored Federal law and took back control.
It took the last three months of legal maneuvers for PROFEPA,SEMARNAT,along with the navy and a stream of municipal leaders to act on those violations.
We were informed a couple weeks ago that this would take place @ noon March 31.
Without a warning the guards were unprepared for the directives that would follow over the next five hours.
Several hundred people with Mexican flags waving followed the entourage from one end of the beach to the other while these directives were handed down. It was quite a scene. The guards argued many points and were stopped cold when told they were NOT in charge and were to listen to the Federal initiatives .
The roads and access will remain open 24 hrs. a day.
Rodenas guards have zero authority on the roads and Federal zone.
Marine access is open including lagoon.
Camping is permitted on beach side of Tenacatita down to the Colorados.
Playa Mora is open and fence and gates were torn down, along with fencing blocking the marina.
Rodenas in addition to the 42 hectares is claiming the lagoon side down to Las Villitas Hotel ( pink hotel). Any area to the east of that hotel is not in dispute.
As far as the 42 hectares go,legal decisions are coming forth on a case by case basis. About a month ago the Alvarado family won on their lot located on the corner to the left of the glorietta where the old hotel stood. This was a symbolic win as it was a key piece of the claim. A lunch wagon type restaurant with palapa shade is up and running in this location just in time for the Semana Santa rush.
The La Huerta police are patrolling the beach 4 times a day and went by @2:30 this morning. They gave us the dispatch number and told us to call if the guards give us any problems. We are currently the only gringos camping and let me tell you we are missing our neighbors. Our Rebalsito friends are keeping a watch out for us and we do feel safe.
The fund has continued to help with this battle every step of the way. As committee members our mission was to see this through to a free Tenacatita .We're in high hopes that the people here in Rebalsito take complete possession and hold on to what is rightfully theirs.
We've been assured from the municipal leaders that public banos are in the immediate plan and with the funds remaining resources may be used to help that endeavor .
A special thanks to all of you that donated the hundreds and thousands of dollars to the cause. At this time we are not needing donations,however as Tenacatita moves forward,help may be needed.
What happened here on Tuesday was the cumulative result of the persistent efforts from the people of Rebalsito. As representatives of the foreign community we were given heartfelt thanks for our continued moral and financial support @ a celebratory luncheon with representatives from all agencies.
On a personal note,believing we would be camping here this season,we had a ramada built and the yard cleaned in January.
Shade, hammocks and ice cold beer. Come for a visit.
Thanks to Tenafund committee;
John Frost,Bob Zoller,BetteGoldfarb,Felisa Rogers(Churpa), Gary Moraga
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