Mayor presents beach buoy project for tourist corridor

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. May 27, 2016.  With the goal of safeguarding the integrity of residents and visitors alike, Mayor Kiko Munro presented a Tourist Corridor Beach Buoy project to business leaders, authorities, and developers.

The Mayor explained the Municipal Civil Protection Unit’s proposal is part of the comprehensive Clean Beach Certification project, currently promoted by the local administration.

“We want to join efforts in providing better care for visitors as well as in meeting certification requirements, not just along the beaches but throughout the tourist corridor,” emphasized the mayor.

“In order to achieve this goal, we need to coordinate efforts between our administration and private hotel/resort initatives,” he detailed, “so that visitors can take away an even better impression of this destination as they look forward to their return and in recommending us.”

The mayor’s goal is not that just 800 meters of coastline from Playa Hermosa to Sandy Beach be certified, bur rather to establish a foundation so that more beaches in this tourist destination may receive certification.

Franciso Javier Carrillo Ruíz, Director of Civil Protection and the Fire Department, remarked his department already possesses 1200 meters of rope for buoys, 120 meters of orange plastic mesh for markings, 80 beach bouys, 6 boat buoys, 8 orange barrels, 1 inflatable Zodiac raft with engine, 1 jet ski, 2 all-terrain vehicles, and 4 life guards who have received training from the Secretary of the Navy, along with life-vests and floats.

He added the regulations for buoys indicates placing each buoy 20 meters from the beach every 100 meters, and that hotel/resort complexes are responsible for making sure this safety measure is in place as they deem fit and according to occupancy levels.

Leonardo Peralta Téllez, Administrador of Sonoran Sun, remarked upon his experience as they put buoys in place six years ago. He believed this to have been a worthwhile investment as visitors feel safe within the swimming area, and they have received a number of positive comments and congratulations.

The proposal is to place buoys along the tourist corridor in front of Esmeralda, Sonoran Sun, Bella Sirena, Las Palmas, Sonoran Sun, Sonoran Spa, Princesa Peñasco, Las Palomas, Puerta Privada, Sonoran Sky, Playa Bonita, Bajada de los Guardado, Playa Hermosa, and Peñasco del Sol, as well as by Playa de Oro in the Mirador.

Within the proposal, Hotels and Resorts would need to address Merchant Marine and Harbor Master procedures in order to place buoys in the allotted areas, as well as take part in meetings regarding the placement of flags along the beach and installation of lifeguard stands.

Following the proposal presentation, the Mayor also took a moment to deliver a 2009 4-wheeler and 2001 Ecoline ambulance that had been donated to the Municipal Civil Protection Unit and Fire Department.

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