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Abundez asked Fox to help Baja because of the failing salt mines and the demise of Aero California Airlines, the president told him that people need to help themselves, but if they did, then maybe the government could help. As for Aero California, Fox said that the Mexican government would not risk the life of a single tourist by allowing unsafe planes to carry passengers. He suggested that the locals try to attract air service from other carriers. Antonio Cevallos of Marina Mazatlan reports that Singlar, which is assoãated with Fonatur, the Mexican government's tourism development agency, has also installed a Travel-Lift at their new boatyard in Mazatlan. Offiãals hope to have that yard in operation by November of this year. Cevallos also reports that Marina Mazatlan's summer occupancy rate is way up over last year, and they are already getting a lot of calls from Ha-Ha boats about slips for this winter. As reported last month, the Mexican government is rapidly completing development of marine faãlities at 10 locations from San Felipe in the north to San Blas in the south. Most are going

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The Singlar marine facility in Mazatlan also received a bright yellow Travel-Lift. They hope to have the boatyard open by November.

to offer fuel, repair faãlities, dry storage, and other services. There will also be a total of just over 200 berths at the 10 faãlities, which are located at San Felipe, Puerto Penasco, Santos Coronados,

Santa Rosaliita, Santa Rosalia, Guaymas, Puerto Escondido, Topolobambo, La Paz, Mazatlan, and San Blas. The good news for folks who care about the environment is that the massive original project was scaled down to the point where faãlities have almost exclusively been added at locations that already had them. However, we're still puzzled as to why the Mexican government wanted to get into the marina and boat repair business, and wonder how much luck they will eventually have in selling them off to private business interests. As we're sure all of you know, Mexico's presidential election was extremely close last month, with the center-right candidate Felipe Calderon nipping the inflammatory populist Andres Lopez Obrador by the slimmest of margins. As it stands now, the electoral board hasn't confirmed Calderon as the winner, but when they do, Obrador has promised ãvil disobedience. It's going to be interesting, as Mexico is as badly divided internally as are both the United States and Canada. In Mexico, the dividing lines are between the more affluent in

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Latitude 38 August 2006  

The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.