Puerto Peñasco mayor Kiko Munro today received the city’s first distinctive Blue Flag certificate for a 71 lineal meter stretch of beach in front of Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador. This makes Puerto Peñasco the only beach in Sonora to have two certified beaches, the first a sustainable clean beach between Playa Bonita and Sandy Beach, and now International Blue Flag recognition in the Mirador.
Together with Jorge Gaona of Manny’s Beach Club, Rebeca Sánchez Mijangos, Special Program Coordinator for the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in Mexico, as well as Anthia Viloria Goméz-Lastiri of FEE Mexico, the mayor highlighted this broadens the breadth of attractions Puerto Peñasco offers both nationally and globally, and shows it is possible to balance economic development with responsible care for the environment.
Blue Flag distinction is an international certification for coastal areas that encompasses environmental stewardship, safety, services, educational activities, and water quality.
The Blue Flag sites for the 2020-2021 season were announced at the June 10th gathering of the National Blue Flag Panel, during which Blue Flag approval was given for a 71 meter stretch of beach in front of Manny’s Beach Club in Puerto Peñasco, along with nine other spots across the country.
The mayor emphasized this part of Puerto Peñasco’s Mirador beach was one of ten new Blue Flag sites in Mexico, including three in Los Cabos (BCS), two in Zihuatenejo (Guerrero), two in Puerto Progreso, (Yucatan), as well as one in Tulum (Quintana Roo) and Ciudad Madero (Tamaulipas), respectively.
Rebeca Sánchez Mijangos, FEE Special Programs Coordinator in Mexico, stressed the commitment of Puerto Peñasco’s municipal administration in caring for and preserving the coasts.
She indicated the Gulf of California has seen significant environmental deterioration in recent years, making it fundamental to ensure that human activity is done in a sustainable manner. She stressed that without natural resources, neither tourism or other important activities in the region are possible.