Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tenacatita 'agreement' in the works; guards won't let Semarnat in

TENACATITA, Jalisco, Mexico - Another attempt at forming an agreement between the ejido of Tenacatita and the government over access to Tenacatita Beach is in process - possibly to try to get some public access for thousands of Mexican vacationers during Semana Santa.

Diputado David Hernandez - who is featured in the video below using his truck to tear down the gates put up by Jose Villalobos  - was supposed to present a proposed agreement to the ejido a few days ago, but it wasn't ready to be discussed, according to Dobie, who lives in Rebalsito.

Villalobos seized the Tenacatita Beach (and some portions of the oceanfront) August 4, 2010 with a force of 200 police. Nearly 800 people were evicted forcibly from the land. Some were arrested in the process and much rough treatment by police was reported.

Since then, virtually all of the buildings and palapas along the bayside and ocean have been bulldozed. Guards at the single road access point allow only limited - and arbitrary - access to the empty beach. Anyone attempting to enter the beach has to surrender identification and cannot take alcohol.

Photos are also forbidden. About 20 guards are currently patrolling the beach area.

Villalobos claims that he owns 42 hectares of land along the beach and ocean and that the persons evicted were all squatters. In addition to the evicted Mexican property owners - many of whom hold federal titles to their land - Americans, Canadians and Germans were also evicted from their ocean side properties. Numerous lawsuits are in process against Villalobos in Guadalajara.

At the last ejido meeting, a letter was read from SEMARNAT (the environmental agency). Representatives of Semarnat went to the Tenacatita gates, where the armed guards bar entrance to the beach. SEMARNAT was there to serve Villalobos with legal papers indicating he was being fined for cutting mangroves illegally.

The guards would not let SEMARNAT staff in to serve him, or representatives of his company, Rodenas with the legal documents

Dobie also said that a reporter from a magazine called PODER was in town, interviewing people.

The reporter also interviewed Villalobos for two hours in Guadalajara. Her story is expected to come out in a future PODER edition.

PODER's target audience is executives of business firms whose salaries are in excess of $250,000 (USD).

PODER magazine

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