Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tenacatita - No Mas! Aug 2010

Have you ever been here?

This is La Playa Tenacatita, in the village of Tenacatita,
in the Bahia Tenacatita.

My favorite place in Mexico.
I used to snorkel here.
And swim here.
And gorge myself on seafood here.
I even buried my mother here in the Bahia Tenacatita!

It's now a memory in the minds of those who knew it.

A couple of days ago the police went to Tenacatita
and destroyed the palapa restaurants on the beach,
evicted all the residents and gave them
ten minutes to remove their belongings
and get out of Dodge.

It's a land-grab.
Someone wants to build a resort.

Here is some info:

The eviction. . .

Here are some boots-on-the-ground reports:

To all my friends and their friends and their friends...
Today is the 6th of August.30 people from the village were taken to jail,some beaten severely and remain there.The bail is 20,000 pesos for every person.The charge is :resisting police orders.
The moving company, which has taken furniture and valuables from the owners was a fraud.It was corrupted police itself wanting to steal the people stuff.The German lady,Irene,recovered a bit of her possessions,some of her stuff,like her mattresses were thrown in a rain out of her house.Her fridges,just a few months old do not work,since they also have thrown them out.
People are afraid.
Policemen walk around like big cocky roosters with their arms in their hands.
The alcohol from the restaurants has been used by the police,also the beds in hotels.Daily leave many state trucks full of black garbage bags of stolen goods.
Irene heard that the buildings,like her house and others will be leveled today.She is running around trying to find justice.Her lawyer has no advice for her.
Noone is allowed on a beach and if the restaurant owners need to go there,they are searched for weapons and accompanied by the police.
The police is very very tense and trigger happy.They were shooting last night randomly. I have not seen the targets,but heard the noise.
Noone is at the streets after dark. Mothers of teenage daughters are very afraid and some,who have the means have send their daughters away.
The facts are that this beach is so precious,that someone(still unclear who)with a lot of financial power has started the motion to make this beach another Carreyes,or el Tamarindo.
The lots at the beach have no posts anymore,the wires were cut and someone started to put up a chain link fence,but we have no details and it is extremely hard to take any pics.The palapa Mosca does not exist anymore.
Mosca himself does not eat or sleep only sits and life is being sucked right out of him.Poor Lola,she had so many plans for this upcoming season is devastated. Everybody is.

And another:

I have hardly slept and eaten for 3
days. Trying to get things organized and rescuing some of my stuff. Please read this carefully, I am here in the hub of the wheel. I don't
have time to read the press.

I am too tired to search for the right terms. So this is the story:

the guy who took over had a court decision, which is over 10 years old, so out of date, not any more applicable. The state judges andgovernor are corrupt. They are breaking every possible law, blatantly, and get away with it.

- Nobody was allowed to see the eviction order, let alone get a copy

- They showed me a legal document which looked more like a court protocol, in any case it was not titled "eviction order" and worse, there were no specifications about who should get evicted. That isagainst the law. They didn't even know my name.

- All the titles and documents like the one saying that there is absolutely no infringement on the lot in the sense of claims of third
parties were issued starting from after the elapsed 11 years. So they are more up to date. And they are issued by the federal government.

- the police didn't let any media onto the sites

- they didn't let the attorney general of the county in

- the president of the county was in Guadalajara at that time, he immediately stopped all his meetings and made about 160 telephone calls
to get into contact with higher authorities

- the attorney general and the president of La Huerta are municipal, the judges are state and the police as well. So they are higher ranked

- the police committed various violent acts against civilians, they went into señor Cruz' s house while he was sleeping and shot around. I
saw a young boy who was completely covered with wounds from rubber bullets. A restaurant owner at the beach was menaced with getting killed, because she wanted to see the order (Lillian). La Guera was in Raul's house, beside the filling station, in the kitchen, and they pointed a gun at her head through the window. I personally didn't have bad experiences with the police, apart from them tearing down my new fence, but I wasn't in the village at the time. I got the information from the people concerned.

- 17 people got arrested, for doing practically nothing, 3 minors. They got freed last night

- Yesterday afternoon the federal judge issued an order of suspension(amparo) stating that all actions on the side of the occupant should
be stopped. All the high-ranked officials got informed immediately. The police didn't react. This noon Notary Lomeli's associate went with
Ivan, the municipal attorney general and Carlos, the president, and the police still didn't react. They claimed that they hadn't got any orders from
their superiors.

- they are putting up meshed fences starting at the very beginning of El Palmar, right beside the lagoon, level of the bridge and in the mangroves besides the Hotel Paraiso. They are also drilling holes in the street to put in gates. I went there this afternoon, because I learned that more things had been dumped into the parking place below El Paraiso

- Another law infraction: robbery. They took everything out of my house while I was there and what didn't fit into my car got dumped besides the Paraiso, only they didn't tell me, so I learned that by chance, because I saw someone with my beds on their truck. I had 10 minutes to get my things together. In the morning they told me to get my valuables, that I had 5 minutes to leave. Which I didn't, so they came back at night with that so-called eviction order, and instead of
starting the work on the other houses, they concentrated on me to intimidate me.

- the worst law infraction, if it is possible to say so, is the fact that this greedy real estate company is privatizing 4 beaches, which
according to Mexican law should always be open to the public, if I am not mistaken. Nobody will be able to get to any beach any more, unless
client of their all-inclusive, golf resort.

I would like to stress the following: everybody in the professional field, such as politicians, lawyers, notaries are shocked about this
blatant usurpation of power, violation of laws and abuse. The only way to get our right back is strong and massive legal action, everybody has to make a denouncement (?) with the police and support the actions of the lawyers and private persons, with their personal presence and money contributions.Like Kiko (president of the ejido) and somebody else whose name I forgot who went to Guadalajara to get the amparo. Tonight the townspeople are going in buses to Guadalajara because tomorrow at 9 there is a meeting with a state secretary and there will be a lot of medias. I am not going, because being German I might risk getting expelled. I will be busy contacting German media.

This is a very serious situation, not to be underestimated. It would be good if you could come down, not Dobie, because you have no land
there, but everybody who has a property. We also need the attention of the foreign media and governments. 

Here is a link to a previous post
of a day at the beach in

My heart is broken.

Click on Sparks Mexico for more boots-on-the-ground reports!


  1. Sounds like the eminent domain proceedings in the US. They do what they want to do...
    I hope the people get some action and stop this, find out who owns the land and get some justice from the strong arm tactics...
    In today's world you would think that this wouldn't happen, but sadly it does more than you know it.
    I often wonder if it could happen to us, even though we have the legal paperwork and are powerless in the big picture.

  2. A comment on my Blog

    Most articles talk about the restaurants on the bay, but they are leaving out all of us gringos --- Canadian, American and German --- who purchased titled properties on the ocean side beach in the past few years. Those houses and properties have been confiscated too, despite holding federally issued titles.


  3. Well, Mexico certainly knows how to celebrate its revolution.

  4. Possibly a boycott of other Large scale developments in Mexico is the solution.

  5. If there is any way to find out what company is buying up this beach, that might be a good way to pursue justice on the issue; hopefully citizens and consumers can place some pressure on them.

  6. The world is becoming one big resort. Or row of slums. Take your pick. No more inbetween places for us to enjoy. By the way, my blog has moved to because I couldn't figure out how to get the links to work anymore at the old site.

  7. My heart goes out to all those evicted who have lost everything. Even their good memories will be tainted by this outcome. And we ordinary folk may ultimately lose all access.

    We first visited Tenacatita by boat in 1989. Stayed in both the outer and inner anchorages. The road to the village was dirt. There we encountered friendly men loading bananas from the (then) plantation. Today, one can no longer reach the inner anchorage beach by road (where the mangrove river emerges) unless you are a patron of the hotel there.

    Such a heavenly place to be enjoyed only by one who dreams of a golf course...and the wealthy patrons he courts.