For over twenty years, the people of Rebalsito have endured fires, rampant destruction of property, the loss of home and livelihood, threats, endless meetings, and expensive legal battles. Five years ago, armed guards hired by the Rodenas corporation wrongfully took over on of my favorite places on earth. The community has been fighting back ever since, tooth and nail. We have endured so many setbacks. And for once, things are looking up. In a time when so much news is bad and the corporations always seem to win, it’s amazing to consider what this tiny fishing community has accomplished. They have pushed back at a corporation with seemingly bottomless pockets. They have fought every bullshit strategy Rodenas tried. This fight is probably not over, but I am overcome thinking about the courage and perseverance I have witnessed. I don’t want to sound like a total sap, but I have tears in my eyes as I write this.
For the first time in five years, Chile and Mary Ann are camping at their old spot on Tenacatita Bay. Mary Ann writes,
“Five years ago, little did we know when we drove away from Tenacatita beach we would be denied driving access on the beach road until two days ago. What a joyous feeling to drive down the bumpy overgrown road with our trailer in tow. We have waited until now to send details of this exciting news not knowing if the guards would give us problems, so far so good.