Semarnat Visits Los Cabos Bearing Good News

According to the Gringo Gazette (and you must always take what they print with a handful of salt, lime and tequila although they usually get the message from visiting government agencies correct) Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at the federal level, representative Elvira Quesada said that the proposed Concordia gold mine in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains will not be allowed to continue. Apparently the land that Concordia has a permit to explore is not owned by them due to title irregularities. The permit they have will expire in July 2012 and not be renewed. The land under question is being claimed by Semarnat and will then be merged into the protected area of the Sierra de la Laguna. Semarnat’s state representative (Baja Sur) says Concordia does not have a mining permit and they will not get a land use or deforestation permit.

Semarnat also brought bad news for the Cabo Cortés development. They say over 100 scientists from many different organizations are currently working on the environmental impact statement which is needed for the project to continue. This is the first time that various oversight agencies have worked together on an impact statement. Also, more studies are needed besides the impact statement and they will take years to complete. For the project to continue, these studies must prove beyond any doubt that no harm will come to the protected marine park at Cabo Pulmo. Making matters even worse for Cabo Cortés, they need more money, $800 million dollars worth and their funding is coming from CAM in Spain and CAM is in trouble and hoping for a Spanish government bail out. With all the economic and monetary union problems in Europe and Spain in particular, this could mean no more funding for the project.

Whew! That’s a lot to digest, but if true, it’s great news. Let’s hope so.

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Todos Santos Weather And Rumor Update

Last night was hot. It was 86F inside when I went to bed around 11 pm. This morning at 7:30 am, it was 85.5 F inside. Outside was the same. We currently have more clouds in the sky than not, but the sun is peaking through on occasion. The temp is up to 88F, inside and out. In a small rustic town  with few air conditioners, that’s hot! Oh and it’s humid too. All thanks to Hurricane Greg, so far south of us, but still pushing hotter humid air and water north.

I heard some rumors yesterday. First, there will be a new palapa bar with sand floors going in across the street from Cafelix on Calle Juarez. I was told the proprietor is in management at the new Guaycura Hotel in Todos Santos. Supposedly they will have live reggae music until the wee hours of the night. Not sure how the residents of central Todos Santos will like that but we will see.

Second rumor is that once again, plans are underway to pave the Playitas Road from the end of the current pavement up to 8 km north, covering all of Las Tunas. That would be great, especially for our cars, but I have heard these things before will believe it when I see the work begin.

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Warm And Muggy Again

And it’s no wonder either with Tropical Storm Greg churning south of us. He’s not likely to directly affect us but will make it more uncomfortable both during the day and night.  We are having a rather delightful summer so far, with daytime breezes mostly from the west-northwest and cooler ocean temps. Historically, mid August is when it starts to get hotter due to increased tropical activity to our south.

tropical storm greg south of baja sur mexico

Tropical Storm Greg Projected Path - courtesy NOAA

Still no rain worth mentioning in Todos Santos. There has been lots of localized rain between San Pedro and La Paz and up in the mountains but not here. Not yet at any rate.

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Most Mexicans Think Their Economy Is Tanking

I just found this posted on Sundog. What’s really interesting is that only in our state, Baja California Sur, did a majority of Mexicans believe the economy was getting better. Very interesting!

Survey finds 60 pct of Mexicans downbeat on economy

Published August 12, 2011

Mexico City – Nearly six in 10 Mexicans believe their country’s economy went downhill over the last 12 months and few are confident things will get better next year, the polling firm Parametria said.

The company released the results of a study based on 12,800 interviews carried out in person between June 14-28 in every Mexican state. The margin of error is plus/minus 0.9 percent.

The survey shows that 53 percent of Mexicans consider that their personal financial situation got worse during the last 12 months and only 36 percent expect to experience an improvement over the next year.

Parametria said that interviewees had much the same opinion about the national economy, with 56 percent saying it has deteriorated and only 33 percent confident that it will perform better next year.

Perception of where the economy is going differs somewhat by states, for while 44 percent in Baja California, on the U.S. Border, consider that their economic situation improved over the past year, 67 percent of interviewees in the southern state of Guerrero said theirs got worse.

The polling firm said that the darkest outlook of all was in the central state of Hidalgo, where a mere 5 percent saw any improvement, while 70 percent said that their personal economy took a hit.

The national economy polled even worse in Hidalgo, where a whopping 75 percent said that it had plummeted over the past year.

Baja California Sur went against the tide, however, and was the only state where more than half the population saw Mexico’s economy on the rise.

Looking ahead to Mexico’s 2012 presidential election, Parametria said pocketbook issues are likely to be paramount for many voters.

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National Geographic Weighs In On Cabo Cortès Project In Cabo Pulmo

It’s hard to understand why the Cabo Cortès project is even being considered, not to mention being granted permits. Long term, nothing good for Baja Sur can come from it. All that construction and all that human waste can only be bad for the resurgent reef at Cabo Pulmo. Seems to be common sense but personal greed tends to triumph over the common good more times than not.

National Geographic, via news posts from Enric Sala, shares their view on the resurgence of Cabo Pulmo and the Cabo Cortès project at the links below:

The Aquarium Of The World

An Ocean Miracle

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Junior Lifeguard Training In Todos Santos, Baja

This summer (2011) witnessed Jr. lifeguard training in the Todos Santos area. Francesca (and Herman and Ira too) put out a lot of effort to get kids involved in the ocean, to learn its ways and learn respect. Check out their summary video below:

And you can donate to all the causes that Tortugueros Las Playitas A.C. supports by visiting their donation page: Save Turtles, Fund Jr. Lifeguards

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FDA Approves Scorpion Sting Treatment

Interestingly enough, this treatment was developed in Mexico and has been in use here for a while. I have never heard of it being available in Todos Santos, Baja. Have you? Did you know that as many as 1000 people die from scorpion stings each year in Mexico?

FDA Approves Scorpion Sting Treatment

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