News Briefs

Los Horcones Dam Project is Shut Down
Last Tuesday, Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) shut down construction work related to the construction of a hydroelectric plant on Los Horcones river, south of Puerto Vallarta, after determining that the land used for the project is not authorized for such purposes. This landmark decision took place after concerned citizens blocked traffic along the Carr. 200 Highway in a peaceful demonstration against the project for 9 hours.

However, a telephone call with Patricia Gutierrez, PROFEPA sub-delegate for the state of Jalisco, revealed that two inspection visits had already taken place and that the project is authorized by SEMARNAT, Mexico’s Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat. The ultimate outcome of this situation that continues to stir strong opinions among Puerto Vallarta residents is far from resolved. However, it is increasingly raising eyebrows at state and federal level. • Tribuna de la Bahia

Puerto Vallarta Announces Charreria School
In a recent press conference, Puerto Vallarta Mayor, Arturo Davalos Peña, announced the opening of a new charrería school to open in Puerto Vallarta. Considered both an Olympic sport in Mexico and a member of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Culturable Heritage of Humanity, charrería is the traditional practice of livestock herding communities in Mexico. It involves learning a series of specific horseback riding skills usually performed by charros, or horsemen. Traditional charrería tournaments take place at dedicated arenas, called lienzo charro, and classes offered by the aforementioned school will take place in Puerto Vallarta at the lienzos charros at Ixtapa and Mojoneras on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The school will be sanctioned by Jalisco’s Charro Association.

“Puerto Vallarta organizes two charrería tournaments annually, and they draw high numbers of local residents and tourists,” commented Mayor Davalos. Children and young adults looking to enroll in the school will be expected to pay $350 pesos for an annual health insurance policy, as the practice involves a certain amount of risk. No further information was made available at this time. • Tribuna de la Bahia

Boutique Community Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season
Puerto Vallarta’s Boutique Community Theatre has just announced that their 2019-2020 season will feature four plays and one musical revue. The theater company was founded over a decade ago by Ken and Karrie Sebryk with the goal of providing theatrical performance opportunities—onstage and offstage—in English for Puerto Vallarta full-time and seasonal residents.

Formerly a space where audiences could enjoy lectures, concerts and film screenings along with theatrical performances, The Boutique Community Theatre made an announcement at the end of their 2018-19 season (on their Facebook page) that moving forward, it would ‘go back to its theatrical roots,’ and focus exclusively on producing and presenting plays. The upcoming season will include Gladys in Wonderland, a comedy by Rosemary Frisino Toohey; Clue, a murder mystery adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lynn; Sylvia, a musical comedy by A. R. Gurney; I Could Have Danced All Night, The Music of Lerner & Loewe, a musical revue developed inhouse; and In the Time of Old Age, a comedy by Gordon Carruth, for performances on November 2019 thru March 2020, respectively. Audition, rehearsal and performance dates will be announced on The Boutique Community Theatre’s website, www.btpv.org, and their Facebook page, facebook.com/TheBoutiquePV.

Riviera Nayarit Promotes Summer Hotel Deals
28 hotels in Riviera Nayarit, have come together to offer considerable discounts to entice travelers to book a vacation between July 12 and August 16. This was announced by Marc Murphy, director of the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau. “Our goal is to narrow the gap between Riviera Nayarit and the public with a broad variety of hotels and resorts,” he commented. Offers include hotel room fares with considerable discounts. Most participating hotels include attractive amenities, from resort credits to vacation financing through participating credit cards. For more information, please visit www.rivieranayarit.com.

Puerto Vallarta Tourism in Full Swing This Summer
By the end of summer, Puerto Vallarta will have welcomed over 500,000 visitors, equivalent to over 2.3 million MXN in lodging revenue, according to Susana Rodriquez Mejia, Beach Tourism Deputy for Jalisco’s Tourism Secretariat. These forecasts will result in higher numbers than in 2018, which were lower when compared to 2017. To get a better sense of national and international tourism trends during the summer months, the government agency has planned to conduct 600 surveys at Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon, maritime terminal and bus station. The surveys will shed valuable demographic information that will help predict travel trends during next year’s summer months. Past surveys have revealed that tourists visiting Puerto Vallarta most enjoy locals’ friendliness, nature, restaurant offerings, and overall security. • Tribuna de la Bahia

Banderas Bay Safe From San Adreas Fault Activity
With recent seismic activity in the State of California and also in Mexico City, it’s fair to feel a certain amount of apprehension regarding possible repercussions in the Banderas Bay area. In a recent interview with Dr. Claudia Beatriz Mercedes Quinteros Cartaya, a geophysics engineer at the University of Guadalajara’s Puerto Vallarta Campus stated that there is nothing to fear. “The San Andreas fault has indeed triggered the seismic activity in California, but the fault line ends just north of Mexico’s state of Baja California Norte,” she explained. “All the tectonic systems that trigger movement over there are unrelated to ours.” The last major earthquake to affect Puerto Vallarta took place on October 9, 1995, with a magnitude of 8.0. • Tribuna de la Bahia

Ceviche and Aguachile Festival Announced
After a very successful Mango Festival, the City of Puerto Vallarta has recently announced the eighth annual Ceviche and Aguachile Festival, to take place at Lazaro Cardenas Park on Sunday, July 28, 1 – 8 pm. For this highly anticipated event, over a dozen local restaurants will present their own innovative recipes showcasing these two traditional dishes. Now a fairly mainstream dish, ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají, chili peppers or other seasonings including chopped onions, salt, and cilantro. Lesser known but similar is aguachile, a Mexican dish made of shrimp, submerged in liquid seasoned with chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, slices of cucumber and slices of onion. For updated information about the event, please visit Festival del Ceviche y Aguachile PV on Facebook.

Bye Bye Beetle
Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. An event was held at the automaker’s Puebla, Mexico, factory as a denim blue Final Edition coupe rolled down the assembly line that is slated to be put on display at the company’s nearby museum. The original model thrives in Mexico, where many tstill rely on the original no-frills version—locals call them Vochos, a localized portmanteau of the brand name—praising it for its affordability, reparability and, most of all, its dexterity at handling the district’s steep streets.

In 1968, Walt Disney Productions released The Love Bug, a film in which the central character is a Beetle with a mind of its own. The film charmed audiences around the world and several sequels were subsequently produced, including Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), with scenes filmed in Puerto Vallarta