A Major Victory at Tenacatita: Update

  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 […]

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Tenacatita Open for Camping

A picture of a child running from a hut on the coast of Mexico.

Friends at Tenacatita are currently celebrating and setting up camp!  PROFEPA (the agency that enforces rules dealing with beaches) and the Marina (the armed forces that support PROFEPA) have delivered a federal order to the Rodenas guards. The order states that the guards can not legally prevent people from using the beach road. PROFEPA has also granted our friends permission to camp at their usual spot. The Tenacatita Fund has agreed to finance the lunch that was served to the […]

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Lorena's Shrimp Addiction Revealed…

  “Well maybe…we should go get a shrimp cocktail,” Lorena said slyly. This phrase would become a constant refrain on our trip through Nayarit and Jalisco. Going to town? Maybe we should get a shrimp cocktail…Going on ice mission? Maybe we should get a shrimp cocktail…Sunburnt? Maybe…You guessed it. While I did not actually tally the number of shrimp Lorena consumed on the trip, I’m guessing it’s in the thousands. My five week trip proffered many pleasures: delicious pulpo (octopus) […]

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The Palapa Files: Home Sweet Tilapia Pond

Chito's campground, Tenacatita

And then we went from partying on the piazza of a pseudo-Moorish palace to camping in the dirt in a defunct tilapia farm. The tilapia farm in question is located behind Chito’s restaurant, about a kilometer from Tenacatita beach, on the coast of Jalisco. Since the failure of the tilapia venture, Chito has been busy building a campground on the site, replete with palapas, a volleyball court, and supposedly showers, though we never exactly saw that dream materialize. I shouldn’t […]

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Camping Now Allowed at Tenacatita

A picture of a child running from a hut on the coast of Mexico.

  When the gates came down at Tenacatita after almost three years of blockade, we were told that the beach was open, but no camping would be allowed. In an excellent turn of events, Jesús Julián De Niz Sánchez, the mayor of La Huerta, the municipality that has had official (if not actual) control of the federal zone since a court decision in April of 2012, met with Rebalsito ejido members to talk about their rights and limitations. Among other […]

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Guards Patrol Tenacatita

The author and her husband stroll the beach at Tenacatita.

Although the gates that blocked access to the public road to Tenacatita are most definitely gone, the Tenacatita Bay Bugle reports that ten of Villalobos’s armed guards are still patrolling the beach to ensure that locals don’t set up shop. Yesterday The Guadaljara Reporter ran a comprehensive story on the saga.   *photo by Gina Dilello

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Historical Photo of the Week: Hats Off!

A pretty woman throws a sombrero in the air in a gesure of joy.

Hats off the the people of Tenacatita! Two years and nine months ago one of the most popular public beaches in Mexico was violently seized by a developer, the Rodenas group. Armed guards destroyed the beach’s thatched seafood restaurants and stole thousands of dollars worth of property from local people and small business owners who had been living and working at the beach for their entire lives. The road to the beach was (illegally) blocked and armed guards with dogs […]

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Tenacatita Update: Gates Down!

For those of you who have been following the Tenacatita story…The gates (which have blocked free access to the beach since 2010) are down! An article at Informador.com verifies that the gates have been removed (via legal government action). I’ve heard rumors that the people of Rebalsito are at the beach celebrating with a band. I have yet to verify that, but below you can see a picture of the dismantled gate. Evidently this is the work of the new […]

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Quick Tenacatita Update

A couple holds hands on a Mexican beach.

photo by Gina Dilello Although last year’s court ruling clearly states that the public must have free access to Tenacatita, access is still limited. Many locals have been denied access completely. When we visited the beach a few weeks ago (more on that later), we went through the gated checkpoint of Rodenas-paid private security that blocks free access to the beach. Our vehicle was thoroughly searched and we were told the rules: no beer, no taking pictures of anything except […]

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