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Old 06-24-2006   #61 (permalink)
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Haven't been to Playa since February, but the hope that the horror at the end of Constituyentes may meet a just end is almost too much for us to bear. I remember sitting at Shangri-La in 1998, long before we bought the condo, and wondering what the heck they were building. Turned out to be GPR, and we thought no one would ever stay there since they had no beach. Then the pier, and I've been less than in love with Playa ever since because when I sit at the beach, I am hating the pier, so I stay home by the pool. Thanks to you Playitos for all the watching and reporting. I'll check with our condo manager and a builder we know, and let you all know if there is any more news. --Kelly
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Old 06-24-2006   #62 (permalink)
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I'll check with our condo manager and a builder we know, and let you all know if there is any more news. --Kelly
That would be great. I've been watching this thread hoping for more good news.
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Old 06-24-2006   #63 (permalink)
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Haven't been to Playa since February, but the hope that the horror at the end of Constituyentes may meet a just end is almost too much for us to bear.
a bit dramatic, dontcha think? I want it gone too (if it can be removed without causing more damage than leaving it does) but it's far from a horror, IMHO.
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ditto what Kelli said

It obstructs the view from either direction, and imho was built to enhance the beach for only one hotel,to the detriment of many others. A horror!
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In the immortal words of....

RE: the Pier

Bruce Cockburn..."If I had a rocket launcher...."

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a bit dramatic, dontcha think? I want it gone too (if it can be removed without causing more damage than leaving it does) but it's far from a horror, IMHO.
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Old 07-07-2006   #66 (permalink)
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I think they should sink it; making it an artificial reef that could be accessed by the beach. That is the 1 thing missing in Playa's diving playground, a shore dive. Alot of Florida's artificial reefs were made from piers like that one falling into the water after a major hurricane. If Hurricane Wilma wasn't a major hurricane, then I don't know what is...and that thing is still standing. I think we should give it a little push over into the sea! Anyone with me?!
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Old 07-07-2006   #67 (permalink)
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I think they should sink it; making it an artificial reef that could be accessed by the beach. That is the 1 thing missing in Playa's diving playground, a shore dive. Alot of Florida's artificial reefs were made from piers like that one falling into the water after a major hurricane. If Hurricane Wilma wasn't a major hurricane, then I don't know what is...and that thing is still standing. I think we should give it a little push over into the sea! Anyone with me?!
It's not the worst idea I've heard. Artificial reefs are great too. More habitat, more fish.
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Old 07-07-2006   #68 (permalink)
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I think they should sink it; making it an artificial reef that could be accessed by the beach. That is the 1 thing missing in Playa's diving playground, a shore dive. Alot of Florida's artificial reefs were made from piers like that one falling into the water after a major hurricane. If Hurricane Wilma wasn't a major hurricane, then I don't know what is...and that thing is still standing. I think we should give it a little push over into the sea! Anyone with me?!
If the authorities are really that far along in the demolition process, I would have hoped they had already considered the artificial reef idea. Some developers up the coast in Xcalacoco have for some time considered creating a new reef. They were going to drop some large precast concrete Chacmools and Chichenitzas and other googaas off the coast. Creates a good reef and helps hold the sand on the shore supposedly. Xcalacoco needs that badly to cover up their rocky barrier to the sea.

Per their proposals, this was done successfully down the coast somewhere already but can't remember exactly where (Kantenah?) .
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I think that's a GREAT idea!!! Make some replicas of the ruins and put them in about 30 feet of water. But first we must consider....
Advantages: 1)With the replica temples coming just within feet of the surface, they will break down the large waves that erode beach. 2) Florida was the pioneer for sinking concrete structures for tourist to dive like "the Christ of the Abyss" statue located in John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo. Here, people will pay to go "dive" around the "ruins", thus increasing the economy.
Disadvantages: 1) With the "temples" just being under the surface, they offer a new navigational hazard for all boaters. 2) Recouping the money back it took to build them, i.e.park fees. And I dont think the diving operators of Playa want this area to become a national park. More red tape, hassels, and as always....more money.
With this pier rubble, they don't need a barge and crane to load the pieces and haul them out to deeper water. All we need is C-4 strapped to every leg of the son pf bitch and she'll go down, no worries! There are plenty of juvenile fish, rays, crabs, and lobsters that will seek refuge in the pier rubble. So, with creating a nice shallow, beach dive location...I think they should put her to rest where she stands.
Take the bad and make it good.
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Has anyone heard anything new about the (hopefully) late, unlamented pier down by the Porto Real? I like the idea of an artificial reef
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It obstructs the view from either direction, and imho was built to enhance the beach for only one hotel,to the detriment of many others. A horror!
But itīs handy to sit on.... and it actually increases the view when you stand on it . :p
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This is what it looked like in June, not very active, in fact there was a guard stationed to prevent people from walking out onto the pier.


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This is what it looked like in June, not very active, in fact there was a guard stationed to prevent people from walking out onto the pier.
It looked just like that last week, too. Probably the same guard. He looked really bored.
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Old 07-19-2006   #74 (permalink)
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That pier was always the one thing that threw off my meditative stroll from the north end on down... As well as those monstrous buildings...! Gettin' rid of one of the two isn't so bad!! Coming back in October and looking forward to checking out the progress!!
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Old 07-20-2006   #75 (permalink)
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....... when I sit at the beach, I am hating the pier, so I stay home by the pool.
You have a condo in Playa and you don't go to the beautiful beach and see that beautiful ocean because you hate the pier???

Wow.......
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