By José Antonio Pérez
On Tuesday, with Sonoran Governor Claudia Pavlovich on hand as witness, Puerto Peñasco received official recognition for recertification of its sustainable clean beach for a second year in a row.
During the State Playas Limpias Committee Meeting, José Luis Acosta Rodríguez from the Northwestern Basin of the National Water Commission presented Peñasco mayor Kiko Munro and Governor Pavlovich with recertification documents, as well as the accompanying Clean Beach flag.
The mayor indicated the process has motivated the city to continue to seek even better and greater results in coordinating work with the State and Federal levels. He emphasized achieving sustainable Clean Beach certification, which took over a decade, was not an easy process, therefore the importance of holding on to this while at the same time looking to certify the Mirador beach area with a Blue Flag distinction.
The mayor thanked the local Clean Beach Committee, local institutions, and the community in general, who together were able to see just over 1500 lineal coastal meters stretching from Playa Bonita to Sandy Beach achieve certification in having met environmental, health, safety, and service requirements for a sustainable beach.
Puerto Peñasco’s Clean Beach Certification in 2017 made this the first and only such beach in Sonora to have achieved this goal, and the longest stretch of beach in Mexico to hold this distinction.
Currently, the State Clean Beach Committee continues to monitor 32 sites across the state via the Secretary of Health in an effort to obtain further certification in other parts of the state. These sites are located in the municipalities of San Luis Rio Colorado, Kino Bay, Guaymas, Empalme, Huatabampo, and of course Puerto Peñasco.
Following the presentation of the beach recertification to Mayor Munro and Governor Pavlovich, members from the Clean Beach Committees hoisted the Sustainable Clean Beach Flag on the beach between Phases I and II of Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort.