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HOME PORT UPDATE MAY 2015

PART XIII: Economic Impact of Home Port on Puerto Peñasco

by Joe Houchin on April 30, 2015 in Blog

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Just when we thought cruise ships couldn’t get any more humongous, luxurious and fantasy-laden (like, where are they going to dock those veritable floating cities?), the latest builds reveal that new technology and creativity can combine to blow the mind even more than we thought possible.

Hugeness continues with the size of mega-vessels now inching past each other by meters in length, square footage of cabins, total capacity and, oh yes, amenities, activities and entertainment.

From water slides that spiral ten decks downward into giant champagne glass bowls to zip lines that traverse hundreds of meters across the ship—that’s right, hundreds of meters as the latest ship just launched in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of mega ships is the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruisecruise-ship-size-comparison Graphic ship in the world at 362.15 meters in length (395 yards—1185 feet) which also boasts entertainment that includes full Broadway shows, bigger than life visual experiences through interactive moveable walls to completely robot operated bars and up to seven themed neighborhoods spanning multiple decks with fully operating carousels…and much, much more.

This graphic of the first Oasis Class ship, Oasis of the Seas (2.15 meters shorter than the Harmony), will give you a comparison of its colossal size!

Home Port 4-2015 2 (2)These are interesting, fun facts about how high technology, unleashed imagination and seemingly fathomless budgets have taken the cruise experience to heights heretofore undreamed of. But how do they relate to Puerto Peñasco infrastructure needs and plans?

Perhaps they give us a heads up on how much additional attention to detail we should put into the design of that infrastructure; to make creativity a major part of the contractor bid selection, encouraging bids from companies who can best and most creatively include the latest technology in their proposals that result in such things as unique lighting,  dreamlike landscaping, signage, building design and every other aspect of  the overall needs to prepare for a market of modern cruisers about to board a vessel full of surprising new adventures. Perhaps even more importantly, upon their return, to ease them back into reality so they are still motivated to make Puerto Peñasco their next land vacation choice.

Maybe we can’t compete with the surreal technology cruise passengers are being mesmerized with these days, but we could possibly give them a pleasant contrast by emphasizing the historic and natural beauty of our part of the “real” world in which they live.

In the meantime, under the category of first things first, let’s get caught up on what’s happening with the home port project:Home Port 4-2015 3 (2)

Down by the Pier

Here’s the latest from our project insider, Wendy Winzer, Project Administrator of Home Port construction who tells us that the pier has now reached a length of 630 meters. It is taking longer to grow in length since they’ve reached the water depth of nine meters. They are also still shaping the existing jetty with new rock which they cover with the small one ton cubes so it will all stay in place.

Home Port 4-2015 4 (2)They’ve poured around 13,000 small cubes (one ton size) and placed 6,000 of them on the jetty. There are almost 3,000 large cubes (10 tons) poured and waiting to be placed. They are expecting an even larger crane in about two weeks that will start placing the big cubes along the jetty. Rocks from the quarry are still being hauled and placed and they blasted Black Mountain again two weeks ago to loosen up more rocks. Wendy also happily informs us, ”We have been very busy trying to keep up with our schedule which is going right on track!”

Wendy reports that she has been giving several interviews to TV, radio and newspapers. “It seems the word is really getting out there in a positive way, and with a little help from everyone we will try to give our small town a positive hope for the future,” Wendy says.

 

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Puerto Penasco Cost of Gasoline - Effort to lower the prices

Efforts to lower local gas prices

By Azucena Mazon on February 10, 2015 

From late on Sunday, Feb. 8th and through 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9th, local gas stations in Puerto Peñasco were closed in a sign of solidarity with numerous community members who have been voicing their protest against the high gas prices.

Although Puerto Peñasco is considered to be a border region and zone in some cases, lower gas prices can currently only be found in cities directly on the border (Sonoyta, San Luis Rio Colorado, etc. [with prices at nearly half that of Puerto Peñasco]). When it comes to benefits in lower gas prices, the “border area” appears to only extend to cities within 20 kilometers of the U.S. border, per presidential decree.

Given this situation, and in coordination with Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta, a group has been formed with representatives of civil society from across Puerto Peñasco to travel to Mexico City in order to present the case of Puerto Peñasco to Congressional representatives. This includes a proposal requesting that Puerto Peñasco be taken into account as a border city so that the price of gas be lowered, or rather bring it to an intermediate price of around 10 pesos/liter (approximately $2.90/gallon).

In an agreement reached with the National Organization of Petroleum Dealers in Puerto Peñasco, representatives for civil society, the local administration, and the community have determined there will be no more closures of local gas stations, unless the proposal is not met.

In the meantime, recommendations for those traveling to Puerto Peñasco from cities along the border are to fill up in the U.S. and/or Sonoyta in order to cut down on costs. 

Road Transformation on Puerto Penasco - Coldwell Banker By the Sea

Puerto Peñasco’s Ongoing Road to Transformation

By Shandra Keesecker - Rivero on February 24, 2015 

Starting at just about City Hall, construction signs notify drivers to the beginning of roadwork 200 meters ahead. Once there, additional arrows direct two-way traffic along a stretch of Blvd. Benito Juarez recently pulled up from about the anchor to the Terranova offices. City officials remark work along this stretch will take place generally from Monday through mid-Friday in the coming weeks, which may lead to some detours along the docks, though allow for roads to be freed up for weekend traffic. In addition, the entrance to the Port along Blvd. Juarez is scheduled to be complete by March 30th, or rather right as Semana Santa gets underway.

muelle-proj (1)Current work along the stretch of Blvd. Juarez leading to the Old Port is part of a larger tourist circuit began by the current Puerto Peñasco administration approximately two years ago. The ambitious endeavor meant to modernize the port area while creating further tourist attractions also includes concluded work on Calles 13 and 12, present work on Calle 11 linking back to Ave. Luis Encinas, as well as the extension of Blvd. Benito Juarez towards the Port. Nearing the port, side streets from Blvd. Juarez that lead to the docks (Calle Lauro Contreras plus Calles 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) are also slated for renovation along with the road along the docks up to the boat launch area. Another detail mentioned in a press release issued on Feb. 11th indicated the full project also contemplates extending the renovation of Blvd. Benito Juárez to where the railroad tracks cross this important and essential traffic lifeline, though no complete timeframe has been made known.

The entire urban “Tourism Circuit” modernization project surrounding the dock area will include use of 44,400.73 sq. meters of hydraulic concrete. This will incorporate curbs, sidewalks, handicap access ramps, and renovated sewage lines to the tune of nearly 60 million pesos.

One of the main questions that arose in recent weeks with the removal of pavement from along the Blvd. Benito Juarez stretch leading to the port was precisely that of “Why Now?” Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa explained federal funds approved in 2014 were only made available by the State on Dec. 31st, which led to a four month delay in being able to carry out several projects in town. “This,” he detailed, “is why we are working in different parts of the city. We know how bothersome this is for the community, but we will try to complete the work as soon as possible.”

muelle-proj (3)On Thursday, Feb. 12th, members from the local Chamber of Commerce met with Engineer Heberto Reyna, then serving Director of Public Projects, in order to discuss the importance of clear communication with businesses and residents as to the ongoing work. During the constructive gathering, both Reyna and the construction company doing the work made a commitment to place clear signage around where road work is going on, results of which can be seen as one heads toward the Old Port. During the meeting, Reyna also presented images of what the final project in the Port area will look like. Let’s just say, very nice!

In an interesting turn of events, on February 14th Engineer Reyna called a press conference to announce his resignation from Public Office, which he had presented to Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta just the day before. He also took advantage of the press conference to express his interest in running for Mayor in the upcoming June elections if he were to be selected by his party. With this move, Deputy Director of Public Projects Engineer José Luis Villalobos Jiménez became the current Director of Public Projects and has made similar commitments to have work completed toward the Old Port before Semana Santa. Similarly, he remarked they are working to assure at least one side of Blvd. Juarez coming into town be open for the busy Holy Week season.

Puerto Peñasco Mayor Gerardo Figueroa promises that access to the malecón will not be impeded during any part of the current work.

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WELL MAINTAINED HOME

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4 bath, 4 bdrm single story - $169,900 USD For Sale - Coldwell Banker By the Sea

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Beautiful beach front home 1/8 share

• 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm single story - $169,900 USD - VIEWS GALOR!

 -  This opulent 3 bedroom 3 bathroom beach home, complete with detached casita, double garage and rooftop terrace with views of the deep blue waters and white sand beaches. House features a custom designed kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and 2 luxurious master bedroom suites facing the Sea of Cortez. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Villa Veneto is nestled within La Bella Vita Resort & Spa, and just minutes from Puerto Penasco. Home offer Fractional ownership opportunities for this stunning beachfront home start at $169,900. 7 shares available (6 weeks per year)
Agent Remarks-Private: Developer financing available 30% down, 6.9% interest 2 years

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3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story HOME For Sale- Coldwell Banker By the Sea

Bella Vita #15
QUIET SERENE PLAYA LA JOLLA

• 1,400 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story - $165,000 USD - VIEWS GALOR!

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BEACH FRONT LOT - COLDWELL BANKER BY THE SEA

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SPECATULAR VIEWS

•  single story - $115,000 USD - BEACH FRONT LOT

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Build your first house to sell and your beachfront dream-home to keep! Complete with underground electric, water, and sewer services, private access, 24 hour gated security, and seller-paid premier-quality title insurance by First American Title, “La Privada” sets new standards for quality and value!

All permits and infrastructure are in place!

Paved streets, paved access to your lot, and airstrip!

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3BD/1BT home 2 blocks from the Sea in Rocky Point, Mexico

  Cute and Cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath home with outdoor Casita. Located on a large lot in the Mirador area and only 2 blocks from the beach. Garden areas, watering system. Well maintained home.

 

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4 bedroom home almost on the beach in Rocky Point, Las Conchas

2nd row beach home with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Custom built through out - view photos. One of a kind home which includes all furnishings. Flagstone patio, large garden area with BBQ and concrete patio table. 2 master suites, children room with bunks and additional bedroom. Bar just off kitchen area with views of the Sea. Held in a LLC and Bank Trust

 

NEW LISTING For Sale in Las Conchas - COLDWELL BANKER BY THE SEA

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HIGHLY MAINTAINED HOME

• 1,600 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story - $289,900 USD - UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS OF SEA

 -  Come see this amazing home,priced to sell in the prestigious Las Conchas community. Wonderful panoramic ocean views in this 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath. This 3rd row beauty has an enclosed front courtyard with a water fountain and palm trees that welcome you to the entrance. A palapa to the side where you can sit and enjoy the cool breezy sea air. Gated RV parking on opposite side. 1 car garage and wrought-iron gates for additional security. 3 ton A/C unit 5 years old. This home offers a spacious and comfortable Great Room with beautifully tiled Kitchen, breakfast bar and soft-colored tiled floors throughout. The Dining room is conveniently located off the kitchen with plenty of space to entertain.

Step out onto your inviting covered Patio from the Great Room to entertain and enjoy with your family and friends. Above the patio sits your Margarita Deck that offers Sea views.

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3BD 3 BT HOME For Sale in Playa La Jolla - COLDWELL BANKER BY THE SEA

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JUST NEEDS YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH

• 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story - MLS $299,000 USD - BRAND NEW HOME

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Las Conchas, Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point - Coldwell Banker By the Sea

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ONE HOUSE FROM THE BEACH!

• 2,700 sq. ft., 3 bath, 4 bdrm single story - MLS $345,900 USD - UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS OF SEA

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New Monument to be built at the entrance to Peñasco

Contributor: JoinUs in Rocky Point  – Find this article by José Antonio Pérez and more in the upcoming February issue of JoinUs 

With an investment of approximately 800,000 pesos, work is already underway to build a new monument at the entrance to Puerto Peñasco at the intersection of No Reelección and Blvd. Benito Juárez. This will replace the distinctive Bienvenidos / Welcome sign, informs Heberto Reyna Orozco, Director of Public Projects.

Reyna Orozco, whose office also includes Urban Development, Ecology, and Zofemat (Maritime Land Zone) explains investment in the monument comes from city funds and will consist of a lighthouse, characteristic of a fishing port, accompanied by a waterfall and green area.

He expressed the estimated investment of 800,000 pesos (approximately $57,000 US) for another improvement to the city’s image is not expensive compared to the attraction it will generate. In addition, the work is being done by labor from Puerto Peñasco.

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The Director of Public Projects added demolition work has already begun on the Bienvenidos a Peñasco sign presently located at the intersection. The plan is to complete the new monument within three months, without eliminating the turn-off at the corner which eases traffic movement in that part of the city.

Reyna Orozco stated all of the work being done by the current municipal administration is being developed with the backing and assurance of engineers and architects who have corroborated these are of true public use.

He reiterated the idea is for residents in Puerto Peñasco to be proud of the city’s streets, which up until this administration did not have monuments demonstrating its origins other than those found in the malecón.

It is worth recalling that last February Mayor Gerardo Figueroa announced in addition to El Pescado monument, his administration had plans for five additional monuments in different parts of the city. This, he noted, has always been with the goal of improving the image and attraction of Puerto Peñasco.

The Mayor indicated plans are to build a characteristic lighthouse at the intersection of No Reelección and Blvd. Juárez, along with a monument at the exit toward Caborca in honor of those who have fallen at sea. A monument planned for the area of Playa Hermosa will depict a woman from Puerto Peñasco, while another monument toward Sonoyta will be erected in honor of railroad workers and fishermen, who represent the origins of the current population.

New Listing Mirador area - Coldwell Banker By the Sea


2 BLOCKS FROM BEACH

•  single story - $34,200 USD - PRICED TO SELL

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Commercial land for sale, Rocky Point, Mexico

15,000 square meters located just north of town, 100m of highway frontage, south of the Oasis. Flat ground, easy build, water, electric.Close to town. $3.00 USD/SF Great Opportunity.15,000 metros cuadrados localizado al norte de la ciudad, 100 metros de frente a la carretera, sur del Oasis. Terreno plano, facil de construir, agua, electricidad. Cerca de $35.00/m2. Gran Oportunidad!
 
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