Locals Speakout

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–  Originally we were happy when Todos Santos was given a ‘PUEBLO MAGICO’ designation. It would help preserve the environment as well as the historical character of the town. Specific zoning came into being to limit large hotels, box stores and big condo developments .. Suddenly however there is now a Mega Development ‘TRES SANTOS’  that was quickly pushed through government agencies. For some reason they do not follow the same rules and zoning requirements as the rest of Todos Santos.  Why not?  This does not seem right. -RBB

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– How a  Federal Permit for a 4,472 unit development could be given in such a dry desert area with existing water shortages is beyond my understanding. They obviously are out of touch with our local area in Mexico City and don’t have any environmental sensitivity, nor does “Tres Sharks’ opps, I mean (Tres Fishy) – BlackCreek’s ‘Tres Santos’ …  -JMN

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– The Tres Santos solution to water usage is build a Desal Plant. That is not a good alternative, it takes a huge toll in electricity, economics and environmental pollution. Analysts say it cannot meet the demand for such a development. That means they will be taking water from the local population that has a shortage of water already!  –JAO

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– In 2014 a major water aquifer south of town, was somehow ‘diverted’. This happened by pouring concrete into drilled holes by a road crew  (supervised by Tres Santos Engineers when they ‘accidently’ hit an important water source…hmmm?!)  The flow of underground water was diverted right to the construction site of Tres Santos! 

Now the local population has been with much less water the these two years. Especially north of town many are without water, both municipal and Ejido. Many homes now have to pay a lot more to truck water in. The TS Ejido’s new administration made a new program where the cost of water for local residents has gone up 6x.  It was $1000 pesos  a year but now it is over  $6,000 pesos! Quite a jump for once or twice a week to get water, and many cannot afford it. People blame Tres Santos.  -CPM

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– Is giving permission for a desal plant to Tres Santos ultimately depriving Todos Santos of having a desal plant because of the potential for restrictions to the number of desal plants in a given geographic area? What size will they have to build to have a desal plant of sufficient capacity? Where will the electric power come from, and what pollution will that add to the environment? Do they have the financial resource to build and operate a desal plant for the thousands of people that would eventually live, work and visit at their development? We do not want an industrial plant built on a beautiful traditional beach area!  -JLW

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– I noticed the ‘mom and pop’ grocery on the main street closed and new offices being built in town. A young marketing woman said that they had a new project to make a ‘little eco development’. Really I said? The old brick building has a sign that says ‘Yoga and Bike Rentals’, but behind the’ facade’ are the marketing managers and sales offices, and huge commercial interests. Big money is behind this Blackcreek Development with Mexican and American investors. Blackcreek is the largest commercial property owner in Mexico. Why were all the permits pushed through and  streamlined so quickly ? Such a huge development, 13,000+ people is not wanted. Add in the service people another thousand would overtake a small town like TS. It would destroy the qualities we love about the place.   I’m not against development that is responsible, but this project is NOT responsible development…!  -FS

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– We moved to Todos Santos about 10 years ago because it’s a small mellow town. Todos Santos is not Cabo San Lucas with huge commercial development everywhere cartering to hordes of tourists. In Cabo you definately feel tension between the locals and the resort population, (the ‘have and have-not’s, and a clash of cultures). The place feels uncomfortable with hawkers on every beach and street corner, the huge concrete walls and security gates everywhere. An ‘artificial’ kind of environment based on ‘making as much money as possible’. The beautiful places and most all the beaches have been taken over by ‘private resorts’ and hard to get to for locals. Many people live in shacks in relative poverty not far from the luxury rooms and suites they may service. They have problems getting adequate water supply from the city. We do not want that kind of place here in Todos Santos. Slow and steady growth is much better for the environment and community then massive projects that want to bring Walmart here. – KL

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At the only public forum July 2013 (required by Semenat) Tres Santos stated they’re not going to take a single drop of water from the town, yet they claim they’ve bought water and are going to add more from the municipality (SAPA), but the aquifer is a finite resource. How can they be magically creating more water when there’s not enough replenishment in the local aquifers forth town – even though they could “buy” water rights?  -LT

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What about the impact of the workers that are needed, as many as a ratio of seven-to-one for every new resident or home. Does Tres Santos provide a figure for the number of workers needed to be brought here for construction? For maintaining the facilities after occupancy? What will be the drain on Todos Santos area facilities for infrastructure, utilities, water, housing, healthcare, and education for workers and their families in reality??  -jmc