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The hauling of pile drivings and pipes toward the Puerto Peñasco Home Port construction site illustrates ongoing work on this mega project located along Sandy Beach. This is important as though some resources have been halted for work on the breakwater (jetty) part of the project, construction on the Home Port dock is making progress.
According to information published in Mexican national press earlier in the week, Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa of the Office on Ports and Maritime Affairs stated the federal government has halted some of the 2015 resources for the project in order to clarify expenses made in 2014 on the jetty phase of the home port. Nevertheless, work continues on the second phase that entails construction of the dock. Furthermore, funds along the lines of 300 million pesos are on course to be put into the project in 2016. This was further confirmed by Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro during his speech earlier this week on the 2016-2018 Municipal Development Plan.
Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, President of the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau, indicated in talks held with Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero just two weeks ago in Hermosillo, Vázquez was able to present the federal official with a document detailing principal tourism projects for the area, including the Home Port in Puerto Peñasco.
The Vázquez del Mercado remarked the Secretary of Tourism made the commitment to put him in touch with other home port departure points in order to provide advice regarding operations.
He furthered that 300 million pesos are lined up for this year in order to continue work on the dock phase, and a third phase that includes a terminal.
The total projected investment in the Home Port project, goal of which is to attract cruise goers to have a departure point directly in Mexico, tops 600 million pesos. Dates for the home port to begin operations have been modified, and a new date has not yet been set given delays.