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Old 05-12-2006   #1 (permalink)
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sudden movement re destruction of the new pier

Not sure about posting this because this issue has been going on so long and nothing has happened and (see the original thread on protest and subsequent thread on the evident failure of said same for more background, if desired), and just because it may seem too good to be true and too frustrating to think that something now might. However recently there seems to have appeared some glimmer of hope.

The front page of the May 10th edition of the newspaper Por Esto carried the single-word headline Demolición, a photo of the new pier and of the mayor of Solidaridad, Carlos Joaquín, with the following captions (translated by me):

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Federal judge denies injunction to controversial businessman Germán Orozco Sarro

PROFEPA [Mexican federal EPA] can close and demolish the Ultramar pier illegaly constructed at the end of Costituyentes Avenue in Playa del Carmen

Carlos Joaquín, Mayor of Solidaridad [says] the demolition will not affect investments

The Ultramar pier will be demolished by PROFEPA next June [next month], since a federal judge denied an injunction to Orozco Sarro
The full article inside cites ecological damage to nearby reefs, the loss of what should be a public beach to the locals, violation of law in the construction of the pier, the need to not only destroy the pier but pursue legal action against those who sactioned/aided its construction, and that the matter should be seen as an example for those who would sacrifice the natural beauty and atractions of this tourist region for such purposes.

My wife's assistant, who has radio news on constantly in the background in his office, adds that there are reports that the cement blocks that are apparently in the water on the south side of the pier, in front of the Gran Porto Real (presumably for beach quality purposes, not sure) are also to be removed/destroyed, given their illegality in general and their propensity to exacerbate beach loss to other areas nearby.

So now we see what will happen next...

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Boy, I hope this is true. It would be great to get the beach back to the way it was before- nevermind the damage to reefs in the area.
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That is great news! What an eyesore that pier was.
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Sounds like payoff time to me.
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Sat next to that ugly thing in February and kept thinking how out of place it looked...besides the erosion it must cause. This is a picture of one of the tenders trying to put up to the pier in rough water. He made at least 20 runs at it and kept churning up more and more waves that battered the shore. Were the large concrete blocks you're speaking of put in to contain this wave action between the pier and the blocks or are they there to enlarge a particular hotel's beach area?
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Must really make that man happy who sat and protested by not eating! I bet he's really hungry now!!
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Were the large concrete blocks you're speaking of put in to contain this wave action between the pier and the blocks or are they there to enlarge a particular hotel's beach area?
Exactly...

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Exactly...
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It's nice to know my perceptive skills haven't diminished
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It's nice to know my perceptive skills haven't diminished
I simply echoed your question on that point. Did I imply somehting else without meaning to?

That said, it's a well known fact that before those blocks or the pier were there, the GPR illegally engineered the beach just to the south of where the pier is now, building up a promontory there, believed to be to the disadvantage of other smaller hotels to the south of them.

I mean if that fact helps answer the question any, I don't know, but there it is, just in case it might be helpful to know, you know...

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Great news.
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I think that's great news!
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What a shame
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That thing definitely screws up the landscape. Would be glad to see it go. My question is will the destruction of it do more damage than just leaving it there?

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I simply echoed your question on that point. Did I imply somehting else without meaning to?

That said, it's a well known fact that before those blocks or the pier were there, the GPR illegally engineered the beach just to the south of where the pier is now, building up a promontory there, believed to be to the disadvantage of other smaller hotels to the south of them.

I mean if that fact helps answer the question any, I don't know, but there it is, just in case it might be helpful to know, you kno there?

Steve
Anyone have pictures of the beach before they stuck the GPR out there.
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