The group that is actively trying to eliminate construction on and preserve the Todos Santos dunes recently sent out an update that you might find interesting.
We have been busy with various activities since the fundraiser in March.
Here’s a brief summery with ways you can help if you feel motivated..!
1. Dancing In the Moonlight was a success! Thank you to everyone who
helped in some way. We raised over 20,000 pesos toward the dunes work and
had fun while doing it! We are using these funds carefully for legal costs, outreach, signage and also creating a web site called Las Tunas Ecology. This will be a central place for the dunes studies and information related to protecting and preserving our environment and will be put on all the new signage. If you wanted to donate, but have not yet, please go to Paypal. We are certainly still in need!
2. PROFEPA - Numerous legal complaints were submitted listing all the apparent environmental violations on the dunes building here, a few months past now. Profepa has not responded other than sending a legal form saying they will investigate. We have followed up with photographs, calls, letters and asked to meet with them, and we are frustrated and disappointed that they are not doing their job. The new dunes house is three stories high with a 4th story tower deck! The footprint and high seawalls are outrageous and totally out of compliance. It increases wind and sand erosion greatly. There are plans for 90 more of these houses so the time to act is now to do what we can. To see “Section One” of the developers lot map go to: http://todossantosen.blogspot.com/2011/03/developers-lot-map-section-one.html
3. LEGAL/CEMDA - The good news is that some environmental lawyers we
contacted are interested to help. We met with them and they are doing some research and will make proposals. CEMDA is very active in trying to protect coastline in Baja Ca Sur already. They are funded in part by international environmental groups, and charge a low fee. They can work on a Federal level for us in Mexico City which is what we need and file forms with Profepa to make them do their job. They had some ideas that may stop more building by filing a investigation into the ‘unusual’ permit and the ‘questionable’ Environmental Impact study. More to come on this.
4. PETITION - The new Mexican officials are taking office this month and we
wish to have the petition (now over 700 signatures) sent to them. We need help
here, to compile names/adresses and help for hand delivery in La Paz. Pls let us know.
We are looking for writers to help get the word out via local media at the same time…
5. Colonas Las Tunas and Surrounding Areas - Homeowners Association documents are about ready to be re registered. We have new officers and committees to advocate for the neighborhoods and environment ”from San Sebastion to Las Pastoras” to speak with one strong voice. Will send more information in a separate email soon.
6. Outreach: SIGNAGE - The old signs in Las Tunas about the dunes have fallen down and need to be replaced. New ones are being created. Please let us know if you would like to help find places for them (private property) or help paint and install. Looking for extra white paint for new signage that we creating, please respond asap if you have any.
EDUCATION - We have translated studies about the destruction of the dunes by building, into español and have copies to distribute if you’ve a good place in the community and contacts.
MEDIA - Looking for writers to investigate and write about what is happening. There was an article on the front page of the Gringo Gazette in March about the Todos Santos dune issue, but the issue needs more exposure . Let’s compile a list of local media sources and think about this more… We have studies and backup material available. Check: http://TodosSantosEN.blogspot.com
Best wishes to all!
Committee for the Dunes, Todos Santos
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