Posted by dobie on April 25, 2011, 3:54 pm
Here's the latest from today's news: |
The article says that Villalobos has not responded to PROFEPA's order (the federal environmental agency) which was issued on Feb. 22, 2011, to take down the gate and allow free access to the beach. A notary public (notaries in Mexico are lawyers who have much more power than those in the US and Canada) has been asked by the affected parties to go to the gate to "dar fe" (be a witness) to the fact that the gate is still there and access is restricted.
The gate remains closed and the State Police who are jealously guarding it (says the article) only allow a certain number of people to pass. First they're interrogated, their license plate number is noted, the vehicle is searched and people are told there are no services except for a bathroom for which there is a charge to pay for maintenance.
The federal diputado, David Hernandez Perez, says it's evident that Villalobos is acting with the consent of the governor, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, because otherwise there's no explanation for his continued flaunting of the law, since his concessions states that it's "strictly prohibited to limit the concessioned zone with fences, wires, borders or any other element which impedes free transit."
Locals say that now they're charging 100 pesos per car and 20 pesos per person to pass through the gate.
I'm in NY until May 5, so I haven't personally verified this.
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