That’s the question everyone is asking concerning the demolition of the Bucerias theatre adjoining the main downtown plaza. You will see from the photos what a mess it all is : rubble everywhere, uprooted palm trees, loose overhead cables, and of course the deconstruction dust permeating everything. No wonder nobody is sitting around eating tacos. The majority of the vendors outside the church have moved elsewhere with the exception of a mobile cart, a mobile bar, and the pirate video stand. All the rubbish bins have been removed, and we have lost some of our recycling baskets. Who knows where they have all gone. The road between the beach and the highway that runs past the school is totally torn up… no vendors, no seating, no shade.
Miguel Angel, owner of the plaza situated restaurant told us:
“This is a project of the Federal and the State Government who have allocated a budget of 10 million pesos. Look what they could have done to improve Bucerias – the roads, – especially improve the arroyo under the bridge to the beach. We were only told at a meeting on Tuesday. At this time of the year – can you believe that?”
In response to what is happening he replied:
“Why do tourists come to Bucerias? Because it is a typical town. But they are going to put in a modern theater – they want to put everything modern.” We pointed to the four new modern units right next to his restaurant wondering about them and he said he owns them. He is going to put a bar above them.
Our Waiters Calendar cover, Chip, is back at Miguel Angel’s – and looked around the devastation. In the photo he is standing next to a Certificate of Excellence awarded to the restaurant. “This is crazy, at this time of the year. It is really hurting all of us in business – owners, waiters, street vendors, everyone. Nobody wants to come into the centre of town now.”
In fact if you are in a car it requires even more patience to do so with roads blocked off by yellow tape, big trucks and equipment.
We talked to two men with theodolites who confirmed that this was a project “particular” – in other words specifically the money was for this development. They thought it would be finished in “about a month”, and when asked for a date said: “15 January”. When asked to confirm this, that became:
“Well maybe 24 January.”
Did they know that the Bucerias town annual fiesta runs from 16 to 24 January?
We found Mario Topete who attended our Amigos meeting on Saturday. What did he know about this?
“Nobody could say anything: Tuesday there was a meeting and then Wednesday the work started.”
But why now?
“Because the work had to be started before the end of the year in order to qualify for the money. If it was left until next year, after Easter logically when the tourist season is over – it would be too late, the money would have had to have been handed back.”
We have a request in for answers from the President of the Works Committee and as soon as we have them will report further.