Protestors Gather Signatures In The Park

Well, it’s one way to spend a Sunday
BY: ALE BORBOLLA

Ever since the proposal to move a chunk of the fourlane on the tourist corridor inland was announced to the public, there have been protestors against it. They feel voiceless at city hall so they have taken to social media, petitions, and picket protests. On a recent Sunday a protest was planned in order to get the attendees to sign the petition.

protest9.jpgThe route of the new piece of road, or “tramo carretero” as it’s called in Spanish, consists of about five miles starting from the Westin Regina to the monument of solidarity at El Tule bridge, with a five level overpass to smooth traffic on the highway. The old road will be what’s called an A4 type highway, which means it will have four lanes both ways, just like it is now, and there will be normal traffic, only with stoplights to reduce speed and accidents. There will be bus stops, and a bicycle/walking promenade. They will pay the estimated $30 million the project will cost. They also say that all new resorts will block the ocean view anyway, and that the new road will have terrific blue water ocean views.

But the opposition does not believe there will still be free and easy access to the beaches by the local Mexicans. Assurances have been given that they will be welcome, but past experience at such developments as Palmilla and Cabo del Sol has caused the locals to be suspicious, as they have lost access to those beaches. We used to have access to 24 beaches, but currently, we can only access eight of them freely. They also say there will be no access to side road businesses, and no U-turns, but there are no side businesses there now so that seems like a pointless point.  

The new road is planned to be three times wider than currently, and will have pullouts and lookouts with panoramic views. All of this, plus the fact that it may be conveniently linked to the new San José-CSL highway is why the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) has approved the project.

Blanca Pedrín, a San Jose business woman, a conservation and peoples’ rights advocate and constant irritant to government officials, has organized the opposition to the road move. She enlisted influential friends like Armando D Anna, and several civic organizations to take action in a peaceful protest at the Amelia Wilkes plaza in Cabo San Lucas, with the goal of gathering about 8,000 signatures. Oh! And since there were a few hundred community activists present, how about protesting the gold mining proposed for the mountains north of here at the same time? That issue was bandied about, also. It was a busy Sunday.

The organizers are frustrated by difficulties they say they face when they try to interact with city government. They say when they present the signed petitions to the town council they are suddenly told they need to be signed in blue ink, not black; the petitions must have the IFE number series, and the zeros must not be wider than capital O’s, the date must be in DD/MM/YYY format, but in some other places in full format. However, since the petitions are not legally binding, but just to show the opinion of the citizens, that doesn’t matter.

At press time the protestors were waiting for news after a council meeting, which was scheduled to take place in the days following the Sunday protest. Because there has been no announcement of what transpired behind this closed door meeting, the protestors are fearing the worst, and the rumors are flying that the lame duck mayor has approved it. And what does he have to lose? He is hated in Cabo, his administration has been a stupendous failure, he has looted millions of dollars from the treasury, and he no doubt would like to take home some more of the same. ,