At 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? ”