Sunday, March 11, 2007

New Cruise Ship Dock Coming to Loreto

There will be a new tourist dock in Loreto to accommodate increased marine arrivals. The new dock will be built along the same lines that the actual dock is right now, but with greater dimensions and services in order to receive larger cruise ships and thousands of visitors.

Currently Holland America Cruise Lines stops in Loreto 13 times a year during the Spring and Fall for day excursions with 1250 to 1800 passengers each trip. There are smaller local cruises as well that regularly stop in Loreto. The ships currently tender their passengers to shore.

The Governor of Baja California Sur, Narciso Agundez Montano, informed the town that the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, increased the budget for the State in order to improve Marine Infrastructure in Loreto and Los Cabos. The first step is the construction of the Loreto dock. The Mayor of Loreto, Rodolfo Davis Osuna, is willing to support this project, along with all other respected authorities of the Municipal and State Administration.

The Back 9 of the Loreto Bay Golf Course is undergoing major renovation and all the grass has been stripped. The crews are moving at incredible speeds compared to what we are accustomed to in Loreto, and hopefully the dust storms created by the wind and loose dirt will not last much longer.

Construction of the Golf Course is anticipated to take 4 to 5 months, with a 3 to 4 month grow period. When holes 10 to 18 and the driving range are completed, then holes 2 to 9 will be closed and renovated with a similar time schedule.

I miss the goats and have no idea where they have gone. I saw some this week on the back of a pickup truck downtown and hoped they were hitching a ride to someplace free to roam, and not the alternative.

It is awesome for those that have not been to Loreto for more than 6 months to see how the Village is developing. Sunset is my favorite time of day to relax with a cool drink. I never get tired to looking at the shadows and colors on the mountains and the crispness in the air.

The workers are in good spirits and arrive each day between 7 and 8 am, and work until 5 pm. When the “chow bell” rings, they all coming running and line up for their breakfasts and lunch each day. Once they receive their juice and food, they slowly walk back to their work while eating their meal. No sit down hour for them. It is now comfortably in the 80s during the day and they do not normally stop. Once the temperatures reach mid 90s, they will work until 6 pm and take an afternoon siesta out of the heat.

This photo at dusk behind the INN at Loreto Bay is memorable to all of us that purchased, what seems like a very long time ago. We are all very anxious to start living La Vida Loca in Loreto, regardless of whether you purchased in 2003 or 2006.

Many large parcels of land are being purchased north and south of the town of Loreto. When I stand on the cliff banks and look into the crystal clear waters surrounded by mountains and no one else in sight, it is impossible to imagine anyone not loving this place many of us will call home.

Nellie´s Place Hotel has been full for the last several weeks with European visitors, mainly from Italy. It seems a long way to me, but the Italians represent a substantial amount of the tourist dollars spent here, and not surprising that they too think this is a marvelous place. So do the Harley motorcycle groups that travel down the Baja.

Many homeowners are meeting with their Loreto neighbors in their own backyards. This is the San Francisco LB Owners Group who gathered for lunch at Consuelos Mexican Bistro in San Jose. As they gathered around the table, they realized that they were all alumni of my blog and sent me a photo to let me know I was with them in spirit! How very nice! They are Barry & Patricia AV61, Chuck & Marsha AV60, Clinton & Loni AV25, Anne & Tony FN409, Kevin & Pamela FN212, Jane & Sharon FN203.

In the community spirit, I am wondering if anyone is driving down the Baja between April 21 to April 27? One of our friends and fellow LB neighbors is planning on driving down as a single woman, which is not recommended if you are not used to the narrow winding roads and long driving distances. If anyone has friends that would like to make the trip one way with a very nice lady, please email me at nellie@BajaBOSS.com and I will put them together to talk further.

Another week in paradise where the days are long and never wasted.

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