No Need For New Pier

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día lunes, 21 de enero, 2008 a las 11:00:37 horas :

Reinforcing my argument that not only has absolutely NO ONE demonstrated a real need for a new cruise ship pier, but that demand is actually declining for cruises to the southern coast of Mexico, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) recently announced that they would not be offering cruises to Acapulco or Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa for the upcoming 2008-2009 season. According to NCL, they will only be traveling as far south as Puerto Vallarta the upcoming season. They cited several reasons including the increase in pollution, crime, passenger harassment and price gouging as negative factors influencing their decision to cancel Acapulco, and that the costs of traveling this far south just to visit Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa do not justify the expense or wear and tear on their engines.

And this season, 2007-2008, cruise ship visits are down from last year in Acapulco and Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa because Princess Cruise Lines repositioned three of their ships to other regions of increased market demand such as South America, Hawaii and the Mediterranean.

No cruise lines are expected to increase their visits or to add Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa to their routes in the foreseeable future. Thus there is no valid justification for the expenses (or social unrest) associated with the construction of a new cruise ship pier anywhere along our coast. And there is especially no justification for any expenses associated with researching alternative pier sites.

So we are hoping the numerous ecologists and their organizations will please pay attention to our many other serious problems, first and foremost among them being the continuing pollution of the bay and beaches, followed by the city's lack of a viable (and legal) garbage dump, and the deforestation of our hillsides by land thieves and developers, among others. Has anyone noticed that the woods on top of the hill at Las Gatas have a new gash cut through them? This cannot bode well for Las Gatas, which we should be doing everything possible to have declared a park and wildlife sanctuary.

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