Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page. Here are a few “short shorts” to keep you up to date.
Hope this finds everyone healthy. Best to you and yours.
I have a donor for the community center that has graciously stepped up to match all donations until we reach $5000. I’ve agreed to handle oversight of the donations with Loly at the center. The center helps in many different ways in the community. If you choose to donate you may directly select what area you would like your donation applied too (ie: food, medical, etc) just go to “choose your designation”. Here is the link if you are inclined.
Please feel free to pass this forward as we “share the love”.
Thank you everyone in advance for your generosity,
City Reinforces Barriers with Air Surveillance
In an ongoing effort to keep Rocky Point free of the covid-19 virus, the city has contracted an ultralight aircraft as well as offroad vigilance with the help of the offroad group, Road Koralillos. The increased surveillance through offroad vehicles, the ultralight aircraft, and ATVs was added due to the discovery of some failed attempts from people to avoid the highway checkpoint by taking paths through the desert to gain access to Puerto Penasco.
Mayor Kiko Munro stated that in addition to offroad vehicles and aircraft, trenching has been done on the sides of various roads, reducing the chances of entering clandestinely.
“We have received citizen complaints of illegal entry of persons who have not respected the decrees and agreements. These attempts will not be tolerated and we will not let a few irresponsible people expose the city of more than 70 thousand inhabitants to the virus,” he said.
Emergency Siren Refurbished and Installed on City Hall
If you have heard a loud howling siren going off at 9:00pm and then again at 10:00pm, it is the newly refurbished emergency siren which has been installed on top of the City Hall building at the intersection of Blvd. Benito Juarez and Fremont. The siren had been taken down several years ago because it had become corroded and no longer functional. It has been in storage but was recently refurbished and replaced where it had been in the past. The long, loud sound surely brought back memories of some longtime residents of Rocky Point. At this time, it is used to remind people of the city of the time that businesses are required to close and the time that the stay home curfew is in effect.
Chefs from Puerto Peñasco Distribute Food and Necessities to Vulnerable Families
A group of chefs and owners of different restaurants in Puerto Peñasco, have come to the rescue of people with limited resources, as they joined together to prepare food and distribute it to those who need it most. Members of the Gastro 638 collective commented that in the face of the health contingency due to covid-19, many merchants were forced to close their businesses, which are their main source of income, prompting the need for a helping hand.
Members of the group say that there are times when they have distributed about 400 meals and needed items daily, however the amount varies every day. They plan to continue until the emergency ends. “We unite to support the most vulnerable families, those who were left without employment and we will continue until it is no longer needed” they said. “We use gloves, masks, being sure that we maintain adequate distances between workers so that the food arrives safely and in good condition”.
Invititation to participate
Likewise, they call on society to assist in this activity by contributing provisions to help them in continuing to prepare dishes and provide this needed service. They also invite anyone in need to visit their facility or call to request some help. It is possible to eat at the facility or take food back home. The facilities are located on Silvestre Revueltas Street, in the Aurora neighborhood, and the phone number is (638) 115-0983.
Watch out for counterfeit $100 bills in Rocky Point
Several citizen complaints have come to the attention of the city administration regarding the circulation of false $100 US bills. The problem seems to be infrequent, but it is important to be on the lookout if you are offered one of the bills as payment or change. One company which has seen the bills used is Bodega Aurrera, on Benito Juarez, next to the Sam’s Club. It is not likely that the public will be much affected by the large bills as they are seldom given as change from a purchase. But, if you notice one, please report it to the authorities.
Santa Clause Club Cornhole Tournament Cancelled
The Cornhole Tournament which had been scheduled for May 9, is cancelled. Obviously, everyone needs to follow the directives of the City administration and we do not wish to take the chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
John Fowler, founder of the Santa Clause Club said that he has been receiving phone calls and e-mails asking how people can help the families in Peñasco. With that in mind, he is still trying to salvage part of the tournament by having the raffle to raise funds for the families in the barrios. All money from this raffle will be given (100%) to the families. This is how you can help. Buy raffle tickets and be generous. John will see to it the families get the needed help.
Ticket prices are $2.00 each, 6 for $10.00, 13 for $20.00, 40 for $50.00 and new 100 for $100.00. Mail to John Fowler, 3702 N. 48th Place, Phoenix, AZ. 85018. This is a temporary address while John is in the USA. His regular address in Lukeville will be back in use when he returns to Rocky Point. Upon receipt of your donations, he will mail you your stubs and winnings.
John appreciates all the help over the years and said “Thank you once again for your generous donations to the Santa Claus Club. Without you we couldn’t help all the children and families in the barrios of Puerto Penasco. We hope to see you all at the next tournament which is scheduled for OCTOBER 23, 24 and 25, 2020. Together we all will get through this and get back to the place we love, Puerto Peñasco”.
Tourism Minister Announces 300-Million-Peso Post-Virus Campaign
Miguel Torruco Marqués, head of Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, is hoping he can revive the tourism industry once the coronavirus epidemic has subsided. “In these times of health crisis, it is of utmost importance that as a country we send a message of unity and empathy to the world, and from today we focus on being ready for when the recovery phase begins,” Torruco said.
To that end, the tourism minister announced a three-phase, 300-million-peso (US $12.68 million) marketing campaign to keep Mexico on the minds of potential visitors. The first, “immediate” phase revolves around the theme of “see you soon,” including a sweeping YouTube video, the first of several the ministry has planned, promising potential visitors that Mexico will be waiting for visitors when they are ready to come back.
The journey is within us” is the theme of the second phase, where the marketing message will remain one of subtlety and empathy, as nations are expected to be emerging from the pandemic at different times. The final, “recovery” phase will be more of a hard sell and a call to action reminding people in those targeted markets that “Mexico needs you.”
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