We received the following update from a friend who has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to The Tenacatita Fund and other relief projects in the area. For more general information about the situation, see last year’s summary.
By Dobie Dolphin
I wish I had good news to report, but unfortunately, things seem to be at a standstill because of the elections which take place in July. Although the concession has been given to the municipality of La Huerta, it still hasn’t been published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (Federal Register), which means it’s still not legally official.
To review – back in October, 2010, the magistrates of the state of Jalisco, decided that the eviction was illegal and that the beach would have to be restored to the condition it was in before the eviction. Rodenas appealed to suspend the decision of the magistrates. On Dec. 28, 2011, the magistrates met to review the case and several weeks ago granted the decision to Rodenas. Now the case has gone to review by 3 federal judges. The ejido lawyers went through the decision (a stack of papers over an inch thick) many times, and found a significant amount of errors, which he addressed. The judge’s decision will be final and we’ve been told it may take up to 4 months.
It’s very disheartening as we were all hoping the beach would be open before Semana Santa (Easter week). The elections are particularly important for us because not only will Mexico get a new president, but Jalisco will get a new governor and the municipality of La Huerta will get a new president. All these positions are now held by the PAN (right wing party), which has been supporting Rodenas.
Morale is low here in town. It’s like when there’s a labor strike – at the beginning there’s lots of energy and support, morale is up. But as time goes on, the energy starts waning, people have to figure out other ways of earning a living and it’s hard to stay positive and upbeat. The situation at the beach is the same. Although Rodenas no longer has a concession, the gate is still there and entrance is granted or denied based on the guards’ whims. Shortly after the eviction we were told the situation wouldn’t change until the elections, which at that point were 2 years away. We couldn’t imagine surviving that long, and here we are, 3 months from the elections.
To end on a positive note, the town now has a resident doctor. People in town have come together to help him get settled and get his basic necessities met. One thing that he requested was internet service, and thanks to a very generous donation, there’s money to pay for a phone and internet service for a year.
La lucha sigue, Tenacatita vive.
(The struggle continues, Tenacatita lives)