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Bucerias Plaza – Why Now?

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Bucerias Plaza – Why Now?

devastationWhy Now?

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?

“Er, yes.”

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.


By | 2013-12-13T15:38:47-06:00 December 13th, 2013|Featured|7 Comments

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  1. Wayne Elliott December 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I notice they referred to January 15 or 24th but did not really commit to what year.

    What a stupid time to start this.

    • admin December 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Unfortunately if they did not start before the end of the year then all the funds would revert to whichever coffer. We understand this happens also in other countries! But why they couldn’t have started immediately after the rains had finished is another question!

  2. Sandra December 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    We love Bucerias and the people there just the way it is. Why change something that is already perfect.The first of many people I met there was Miquel Angel. Still look forward to sitting on the Plaza and seeing ALL of our old friends. After 10 years we still love being there. Please don`t make to many changes. Sandra USA

    • admin December 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Hi Sndra
      Apologies for not getting back to you before. From what we have seen of the plans, the changes are not too outlandish. Having said that – they are still planning as they go along! We’ll continue updating on the website – more photos went on yesterday.

  3. George December 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

    It is about time they clean up the ugliest, dirtyiest plaza in Nayarit, in the last few years it has become a real eyesore with vendors everywhere, free for all to do business. maybe they will clean it up and have a place alocated for vendore and keep the streets and side walks clean for people to walk on. look at Sayulita and even San Pancho how they cleand the center and kicked out the vendors. It is the wrong time to do construction but it is about time.

    • admin December 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Apologies for not getting back to you before. New photos posted yesterday – they are widening the existing malecon by 5metres – don’t ask me why! Their plans are still not finalised and their most recent meeting was postponed due to the holidays.

  4. Desperate December 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Por Favor
    What is the address of the town plaza in Bucerias . I am asking as I will be near Bucerias Christmas eve and Christmas Day and would like to go to Our Lady of Peace Church which I believe is there.
    Would so appreciate an Answer.
    Mucho Gracias

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