Eco Damage

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Protected Mangroves were by the lagoon and beach area.
LAST YEAR: Beautiful Beach Punta Lobos/Fishermen’s Beach

Photo : Before Tres Santos started construction there was an important eco system in place, and protected plants in the mangrove.  The legally protected mangrove were totally destroyed by Tres Santos bulldozers.

Photo Below: After pulling out four hectares of endangered ‘mangle rojo’ plants in the MANGROVES at Punta Lobos.  Further bulldozing and building up of sea walls shown here.

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Despite advertising themselves as mindful and sustainable, Tres Santos began their mega development at Punta Lobos by bulldozing 4 hectares of protected mangroves, and leveling a series of coastline dunes, replacing this natural barrier to erosion and flooding with a massive sea wall, backfilled to provide a platform for a boutique hotel and condominiums.      In so doing, they have created a massive barrier to the natural outflow of flood waters draining the huge watershed to the east. Consequently, this platform, overlying the natural drainage channels, will compress the flood waters in between the southern hillside and their sea wall.

Water always finds a route to the sea, and this route is now the only access for the fishermen to the beach at Punta Lobos. Watch the attached video of a flood through this arroyo from a hurricane that passed well offshore, a minor storm compared to previous hurricanes, but still able to cause considerable damage.

Were this minor flooding event to occur today, with the barrier in place, we are quite certain a deep canyon would result where the road once stood, and the foundation for the development would also begin to erode.  See the actuality of this – Hurricane/Tropical Storm Miriam (2012)  Link:


UPDATE Late 2015:






“Seawalls influence the beach in front of them in various ways. Observations of a seawalled beach at Aptos, south of Santa Cruz in Monterey Bay documented that “swash that is reflected by a seawall is directed seaward several seconds earlier than swash on an adjacent natural beach, increasing backwash duration and velocity” (Plant and Griggs, 1992, pg. 183). This means that at high tide, when waves wash up against the walls, waves reflect back towards the ocean with much more energy than if the wall wasn’t there. These reflected waves often cause the sand beach in front of a seawall to erode twice as fast as an adjacent beach without a seawall. As the beach continues to erode, the seawall may also block natural replenishment of sand from the dunes or cliffs behind the wall. Reflected waves and the diminished sand supply may also degrade the sand bars and destroy the surf. The underwater part of the beach profile will become steep and deep, sometimes allowing waves to reach the seawall without even breaking. The surf may never return.”


Pescadores de Todos Santos denuncian daños en pangas por rompeolas de ‘Tres Santos’ “La playa que teníamos ya dejó de existir”, dijo un pescador. Aquí la historia .



cycle2  BICYCLING TRAILS in the Desert

While the water and infrastructure issues are more critical to MIRA’s negative environmental impact, Tres Santos’ attitude toward the cycling trails is telling.  The fact that they’re actively promoting “world-class” cycling trails is a falsehood.

Tres Santos is also very ‘free’ with the term ‘sustainability’.  In trails design/layout/construction, sustainability is a concept where the trail design/construction/maintenance are conducted in a fashion to suite the intended users, while reflecting the environmental, climate and weather conditions.

The goal is to pose the least impact to the immediate environment, and minimize the amount of maintenance.  The Tres Santos trails are not sustainable…. they already show the effects of minor hydraulic activity and are creating a negative environmental impact.  The poor design will shift increased maintenance requirements, and costs, to future users. They have been aware of these issues since January 2013 in various reports made.

The rhetoric of the Tres Santos development suspends from a model of sustainability. The one tangible product they have presented so far – the recreational front – is not a sustainable trails model. This speaks to the entire credibility of their project in our opinion.

Trail Report :TS – 3S – LaCalera Assessement 20140106