Friday, August 26, 2011

Sewage Sushi for Puerto Peñasco?

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

My ability to speak, read or write Spanish is lacking, to put it kindly, but (a news and entertainment site covering Sonora, MX) recently reported that Profepa (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) is upset with some of the hotel owners here in PP as well as other real estate developments for dumping their waste-water in the beach areas.

The article did not specifically state the waste-water included raw sewage but the properties the article mentioned that may have had (or have) irregularities included Bonita Beach Hotel, Puerta Privada, Casa Blanca, Princesa, Bella Sirena and the Sonora Spa and Sonoran Sun, etc.

It may be that they are in violation of Article 5 of the ecological and environmental/impact act, including violations of the section 29 regulations for the use and development of territorial sea, waterways, beaches and a failure to maintain optimal conditions and hygiene in 'public' areas.

Additionally, the agency seems to be concerned by (and apparently wrote a sternly worded letter to) the Sonoran Sun for also obstructing what is, by law, free access to the public beaches.

The alleged obstruction issue aside for the moment-- except to say ‘Shame on the Sonora Sun two times-- when I read that various commercial properties may be polluting our beach areas/water, etc. I became not only a little upset I then began to wonder ‘if’ their alleged actions are affecting the fish we all consume, including visitors to our fair community?

Perhaps someone here who really speaks the lingo well, both languages of course, can probe further into this matter and let us know whatzup because for now, regrettably, I’m going to have to give up my weekly rations of those delicious, mouth-watering, appetizing and scrumptious Tacos de Pescado and other such delicacies from the Sea of Cortez. Because if I don’t know what’s in it, well, yo no eat-o!

A Gypsy can always dream!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!

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