In addition to the funding raising, numerous court cases in Guadalajara are continuing also.
|Gate on state highway, barring access to beach|
Because Mexican law does not allow for a class action lawsuit, each of the people whose property was seized have had to file individual lawsuits.
And each suit will need to proceed on its own merits. Witnesses for the property owners have been alerted that they may be testifying.
Adding to the slowness of the process is that legal documents are traveling from La Huerta to lawyers in Guadalajara via the Mexican snail mail system.
Villalobos claims that he bought the land more than 20 years ago and that the people evicted were squatters on his land. Many of those alleged squatters hold federal titles signed by former Mexican President Vincente Fox or current President, Felipe Calderon. And among that group are numerous Americans, Canadians and Europeans who purchased the titled land and in some cases, had built homes.
Virtually all of those buildings - as well as the restaurants and palapas that dotted the Tenacatita Beach - have been bulldozed by Villalobos. Guards patrol the beach, challenging people who arrive by boat.
A gate was constructed across the state highway to deny access to the beach. Some people have reported that they are allowed through, but only after surrending identification and leaving their cameras.
While the court cases continue, efforts to raise funds to help the Mexican families displaced continue. Many of the people are living in nearby Rebalsito.
|Shirts for sale at the La Manzanilla cup sailboat race|
At the same time, t-shirts are being sold to raise money - as well as awareness about the seizure of the titled land and eviction of the residents.
The shirts are usually available for sale in the morning Friday market in the jardin in La Manzanilla.