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Latest News – Bucerias Plaza

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Latest News – Bucerias Plaza

DSC01679At the packed members meeting on Saturday 5 April, Ronnie read out a translated version of a letter and petition to Sr Manny Venegas,  President of the Committee of Works at the plaza.  It was presented by the Guild of Commerce and concerned citizens, who understood that although there was a budget of 8 million pesos, the work remained unfinished due to lack of funds.  They sought a public accounting of the expenses and payments incurred, and were exceedingly upset at the counter productive image – and the faith given “to those we elect as leaders of our committees for the benefit of our community.”  At this time we do not have an official response.

As of now, there is no driving access to the plaza from the lights at the highway, Av.  Bonfil.  This photo shows the workmen’s storage bodega on the right, outside of the Church, on Bonfil, which is where all the taxis park.  There is a large a pile of stones waiting to be laid.  The original plan  included re-laying the entire street Bonfil from the malecon to the highway, and to left and right on Ave Mexico but came up against many objections from all the vendors and taxi drivers – height of tourist season!  Refused to move!  The modified re-construction is now for a couple of meters only left and right on Ave Mexico – and not at all up to the highway.  Although laying the stones reverts to the original feel of Bucerias, it requires a LOT of cement and is very time consuming. This method was not employed on Bonfil from Av Mexico down to the malecon, where an impressed stamping, as used on Lazaro Cardenas, was made.

The majority of the work does seem to be done – refer back to previous articles on this page or use the “search” facility and type in “Plaza”, to see the background history.  The amphitheatre and stage are completed – but under the stage remains a no-go area and is currently used by the workmen for storage of tools, clothes, etc.  It already smells, before the public facilities are provided.

The widened part of the malecon, with steep ramp access up to it and another equally steep ramp down to the beach, is done.  The original steps, submerged under rubble, are now available.   There are still the makeshift wooden ones which are deteriorating and do not have any handrail. There is no safety rail at all along the malecon to prevent people falling onto the concrete path/ beach –   as before.  There are no seats on the malecon to sit and admire the view – maybe they will be returned.

There is no landscaping throughout all of this area, no palm trees or other trees or shrubs to soften the vista, to give shade, to give colour (as provided in the original plan), and nothing is painted –  it is just a very grey concrete utilitarian occupation of space.  Will this all be finished in time for Semana Santa as recently indicated?  Most likely yes.

Is this “Pueblo Magico? ”

By | 2014-04-09T18:33:13-05:00 April 9th, 2014|Featured|6 Comments

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  1. Wayne Elliott April 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I was floored when Ronnie said they budgeted 8 million pesos for this project and that they had run short. I work in the summer as a commercial construction estimator in Canada and I’m sure we could have done this construction in Canada for well under 8 million pesos or better yet $665,000.00 Canadian even with our material and labour cost. There should definitely be some form of a proper accounting of the public fund that have been spent here to justify the cost. However we all know that will never happen.

  2. John Forget April 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    How does one get to join the “Guild of Commerce”? I would most definitely like to belong to that group, especially as it relates to matters of Centro Bucerias.

    Also, may I suggest a photo plugin for the website like the one at http://www.projects.lcweb.it/global-gallery ? I would be more than happy to pay the $20 dollars for it 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome update!!!

  3. David Perry April 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hola:

    Maybe I am the only one but I am a bit disturbed at the negative tone of both the reporting on the Plaza project and the response included here. Yes, we know we could all do it better in Canada or the United States but it is not our project and as far as I know it is not our money other than the minimal amount we still pay in taxes.
    At the end of the day we will have a Plaza that will look much improved and we will forget which season it was constructed in! Lighten up guests!

    • Ana April 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

      The devastation that this project has caused to all of the vendors and restauranteurs that rely on the tourist season is unimaginable. Whether or not “we” have a beautiful plaza for our enjoyment as we saunter along enjoying our retirement is not the point.

      I get just nauseous thinking of the families that will have lost everything due to this ridiculous, unnecessary, corrupt and extremely ill-timed project as it prohibited all of the business owners from making their livelihood during the ENTIRE tourist season.

      • Tom and glynda Ballinger April 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        Agreed

    • Tom and glynda Ballinger April 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      We have to agree with Ronnie on this one, sorry. This has been handled very poorly. We have many friends that, as Ann says, are hurting financially because of this. I think they will remember the year of this construction.
      If we just keep speaking out they may hear us and get this plaza done.
      One thing we can all agree on. We think it is going to look great when it is done.

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