Playa “Las Viudas” out of public reach and far from Blue Flag guidelines
The only access is through a streambed, contravening the free and unrestricted LGBN regulations, de facto making free public access impossible for residents and visitors.
Zofemat Los Cabos manifests ignorance of the Guide for Interpretation of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and violates federal regulations
“The eyes are of no use to a blind brain.” (Arabic Proverb)
To celebrate the day that commemorates “The Cry of Independence” in Mexico, the public was invited to gather and to celebrate it at the iconic Cabo San Lucas Beach called Las Viudas. This place was chosen despite the presence of an obstacle built in the streambed that leads to the public beach access, which is the property of all Mexicans according to Art. 27 of the Constitution. However, attendance at the event was reduced given the weather conditions due to the proximity of Hurricane Norma, and the complications that running water in the streambed causes. Nevertheless, the objective and desired message were achieved.
As discussed in the last edition, the developers of Vista Dorada built a bridge that joins two areas of their property located on each side of the streambed mentioned. Although they have the right to build a bridge, the infrastructure violates federal laws and regulations as it restricts free passage and access, blocks the landscape view of the sea and easy beach access, and extremely complicates access to restroom facilities. Furthermore, it blocks access for rescue vehicles, as required by the Guide for Interpretation on beaches that meet the criteria for the Blue Flag award, issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) who awards the Blue Flag certification. This is among other criteria outlined in the guide and is available on the Internet.
Last July, declarations were made through digital media by the Coordinator of the Federal Maritime Land Zone of Cabo San Lucas, Manuel Olvera, stating that, “In this case the beach is open except that vehicles can no longer enter onto the beach, they can no longer mistreat the beach which is now certified as ‘Blue Flag’, and as such we have to take care of it. Where the bridge is located, there is a structure that has bathrooms and showers open to the public, free of charge, as this is part of what is the blue flag certification entails. The area that is under construction is for parking. The only thing that changes is that you can no longer enter with your vehicle onto the beach and damage it.”*
However, the statements made contradict the guide, and the suggested criteria of the FEE that are, in some cases, categorical, such as in the case of campfires, but also contrary to the regulations for the use and exploitation of the territorial sea, waterways, beaches, federal maritime land zone and lands recovered from the at sea as published in the Official Gazette of the Federation in August 1991 in its Chapter II Art. 7.
On the other hand, the study carried out by Jose Luis Cortes Gonzalez indicates that construction of any type of fixed infrastructure in the streambed or waterway is not permitted. As perceived in the photographs, the bridge is not removable, and we repeat it makes accessing the restroom facilities from the beach area very complicated.
“Some people have not understood that the earth revolves around the sun, not around them.” (Mafalda-Quino)