Shrimp Season begins September 20, 2005. This is the date set for everyone (shrimp boats and local panga shrimpers). We should have some big, sweet shrimp available soon! Hopefully, the price of shrimp this year will not go through the roof. It all depends on how big the crop is, but we'll have to wait and see. We will be posting shrimp prices and locations.
Giant cement batch plant at Playa del Paraiso. It doesn't look as big as it is and watching it work is pretty awesome. The first building will be framed by December, 2005 and completed in March, 2006.
San Felipe declared "City" ... the powers that be in local politics have finally declared San Felipe a city as opposed to a port. This is the first step in becoming a municipality. A meeting of the Municipal Council was held last evening with Muncipal President Samuel Ramos, at the Corona Salon to announce this great step for San Felipe. We will have a more in depth article by Juan Tapia at a later date.
Observed around town: Not only is there a lot of major development going on in San Felipe, the little manufacturers are springing up all around town. We took these pictures along the highway of the type of homes available to the rest of us. These are being built and then delivered to the customer, to be set up on their lots for almost instant occupation. I wish I could say the utilities could be installed for usage as fast.
New Date for Spanish lessons - UABC is offering beginning Spanish lessons, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Materials, coffee/cookies included. 40 hours. $130.00. Call 577-2316. Classes begin October 17 to November 10, 2005 and winter schedule, November 14 to December 8. Please give Betty Martinez a call or write UABC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockodile and Beachcomber Night Clubs are getting ready for their Labor Day Weekend blow out. Buy your wristbands on line and save yourself time and money. You will have access to both bars and you won't have to stand in line. Great D.J.'s and dancing. Make your reservations early!!
MEETING AT RANCHO EL DORADO ON TOURISM DEVELOPEMENT ON MONDAY JULY 11, 2005
reported by Juan Tapia
The Club House of the Golf Course at "La Ventana del Mar", located on the sea side of Rancho El Dorado in San Felipe, was the site of the meeting called "Escenario Actual Para Las Inversiones en San Felipe” (Todays Scenario for Investments in San Felipe), with dignitaries from the Federal, State and Municipal levels of Government. Secretary of Tourism Rodolfo Elizondo and Sub-secretary Francisco Madrid from Mexico City, the Governor of Baja California, Eugenio Elorduy, and Presidente Municipal Samuel Ramos were seated on the stage with Alejandro Moreno Sec. of Tourism for the State of Baja California, Pat Butler from Rancho El Dorado; Armando Ramos from San Felipe Marina Resort, represented the local Investors and developers.
After the welcome words by State Sec. Alejandro Moreno, the first speaker was Victor Rodriguez Director of COTUCO in Mexicali who reminded us that one of the important problems for tourists wanting to visit San Felipe and other localities in Mexico is the condition of some of the roads. Several US border cities have been developing their own little Mexican Plazas, like Old Town in San Diego, to entice people leery of travelling to Mexico to spend their money in the U.S. He also indicated that in previous meetings the issue of infrastructure had been addressed and that there are studies to prove that, in the case of water, there is at present enough to satisfy three times the current demand.
His talk was followed by a series of presentations from four of the Developers:
Secretario Rodolfo Elizondo announced that even though the budget for the Secretary of Tourism is somewhat limited, and that there are many requests from all over the country, the federation under President Vicente Fox is very interested in the project Escalera Náutica (Nautical Ladder), thus, the coast of Baja and Sonora's Puerto Peñasco, are priorities in the agenda of the Secretary, he added: "Other wise I would have not been here twice this year already". By the way, Puerto Peñasco across from San Felipe has a noticeable advantage over us, thanks in part, to the four lane road from the port of entry at Lukeville on the Arizona-Sonora Border.
Gov. Eugenio Elourdy added that the road San Felipe-Puertecitos and on to Laguna Chapala which connects with the Transpeninsular road will be completely overhauled by the end of this year and that the three levels of government have agreed to build the first 30 kilometers of a four lane highway from San Felipe to Mexicali. He also had some information, advice and warnings for all, as he seemed truly concerned about some of the consequences of hasty growth. He mentioned how other tourist destinations have become so wasted from contamination of all sorts and how this must not be allowed to happen in San Felipe. He also said that parallel to the efforts for Federal support for tourism, he has been talking to the Secretario del Trabajo (Sec. of Labor) and the Social Security authorities for an extension for housing credits for the workers, and he stressed that along with the growth of the tourism trade, care should be taken so that there is decent and dignified housing for the people of San Felipe and an orderly and sustainable growth for the area. Progress in San Felipe can not be stopped he said.
We shall be adding a commentary on the implications of this plan for the San Felipe region shortly. Comments to: this address
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