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Red Tide warning still in effect: “Marea Roja”

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 10, 2017.  Though no health problems have been reported, recent monitoring confirms there are still “marea roja” toxins along the coasts of Puerto Peñasco, therefore the health ban on selling or consuming bivalve mollusks remains in place, confirmed Health Control Director Carlos Decina Torres.  This ban expands to bivalve mollusks from the estuaries of La Pinta, Bahia Adair, Morúa, and others.  The temporary measure includes ban on the sale or consumption of oyster, clam, mussels, snailfish, and scallops, among other bivalve mollusks.  It is important to note shrimp are not included in the health ban.

 

Mayor affirms positive expectations for Spring Break

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 10, 2017.  Mayor Kiko Munro stated despite recent policies implemented by the new U.S. administration, reservations at area hotels & resorts for Spring Break are at 90%, which is a positive sign for Puerto Peñasco. He added security and preventive measures are already in place to ensure the safety of Spring Breakers.  The mayor believed public policies or governmental rhetoric will not impact the fact Puerto Peñasco has been and is considered to be “Arizona’s beach.”   He further indicated his administration maintains close collaboration with the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) and other tourism businesses across the community to best meet the needs of tourists during the March Spring Break period.

 

Fishing boats found crossing into Vaquita Marina Protective Area

By José Antonio Perez

Feb. 6, 2017.  Satellite monitoring systems of the National Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) and the Navy’s unmanned aircraft (VANT) detected the ship “Cabo de Hornos III” of the Puerto Peñasco fleet performing illegal fishing activity within the Vaquita Marina and Totoaba Protective Area in the Upper Gulf of California, though no fishermen were detained.   From Oct. 15th – Nov. 10, 2016, federal authorities seized seven vessels within the protective area for allegedly violating restricted areas. On Dec. 15th, 2016, eight  smaller boats (often called pangas) were also secured along with their crews for fishing activities within the Vaquita Marina Refuge Area (ARVM) and the Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve.  Measures include seizure of boats, as well as any product and fishing gear until legal situations are resolved.

 

Municipal Treasury offers 15% discount on property taxes in February

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. Feb. 2, 2017. Municipal Treasurer José Eduardo Reyes Corona encourages people to take advantage of the 15% discount on property taxes through February, adding there is a 10% discount on payments made in March. In addition, timely taxpayers will be able to participate in the raffle for a new car, as well as for home insurance against fire and theft.  The Municipal Collections office is on Calle 11 (turn off Blvd. Juarez toward Blvd. Kino)

 

 

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