Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, December 18, 2009

“Easier” Going South To Puerto Peñasco?

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

According to the “New Times” (a Phoenix blog) the AMC (Arizona Mexico Commission) was at it once again and this time the organization held a cozy and fun filled fact finding meeting recently at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Hermosillo.

Of all the important topics that must have been discussed by the Commission's 13 committees, one was, believe it or not, whether adding a lane would ease the “south” bound traffic/crossing from Lukeville into Sonoyta!

Yet it seems that decision had already been made prior to the scheduled junta as Margie Emmermann, executive director for the AMC, said “several announcements will be made” during the meeting and that the planned proclamations would be of good tidings, I mean, “good surprises”!

The New Times piece also said that “Construction on a second lane into Mexico at the U.S. Port of Entry in Lukeville will begin by the middle of next year” and that “Bids for the work will be accepted this spring, says Matt Burdick, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation”.

The blog further reported that Margie’s hubby Carl, a “banker”, also “chairs the Commission's Financial, Business and Legal Services Committee” but I’ll leave his participation and possible influence for the additional southbound lane for readers of Rocky Point Tides to ponder…

What galls me about this meeting is that the 50-year-old AMC, which is apparently a 501(c) (4) non-profit entity, actually spent cold hard cash for this love-fest in Hermosillo when instead they could have saved a bundle of money and held an online ‘webinar’, etc. and accomplished the same thing for centavos.

Of course that format would not have included some great tacos, salsas or ice cold Cervezas but if the AMC had a need to travel, even though their minds had already been made up, they could have just driven to the Lukeville-Sonoyta border on a Sunday morning around 11:00 A.M., dropped their ‘tailgates’ and watched the traffic flow and then determined whether the problemo was south or north bound!

¡Viva México y Puerto Peñasco!

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