Old and New Chapala Beach
Posted by keelynet on June 18, 2009
Some things should just be left alone. City officials get money from the state, so they dream up all these plans to spend the money, but I wonder if they ever consult with the people? So many changes with the claim of modernizing but instead it loses the charm of antiguity.
When I first came to the Chapala area, the restaurants could put tables and chairs out on the sidewalk and that was just fine with everyone for many years. Then came new city officials who complained about the ‘amulantes’, people who take up sidewalk space with boxes and blankets to sell their stuff. The claim was they blocked traffic on the sidewalks.
Rather than simply give them a specified amount of space, say one meter squared, they made an all encompassing ruling that ambulantes could no longer sell on the sidewalks and along with that, no restraurant or cafe could place chairs or tables on the sidewalk. The customers and tourists were really ticked off at this all or none approach, but what to do, we are ‘guests’ here.
Business is down and people haven’t been happy since these rules which have been in effect for several years now. But maybe with the new elections, those rules will be turned over and we can once again sit outside to eat, drink and talk, instead of being forced inside a stuffy restaurant year round.
The city officials have also screwed up the malecon (pier) and beaches by their ‘modern’ changes and its happening in towns all around here…ill planned, badly designed, sloppily engineered civic projects which everyone hates and which impacts business and tourism as well as making it hard for anyone to get around all the work. Rather than start one project and finish it, they open multiple projects and piecemeal the work. But its just the way it is. I don’t know why the people don’t raise hell about it but they don’t.
Here is an old photo of the beach;
and a photo of the new beach taken in June 2009;
Which one looks like more fun???
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