The G20 Summit, which gets underway today in Los Cabos, apparently has disrupted business and tourism beyond what was expected.
Eric Brictson, who runs the Gordo Banks Pangas charter fishing operation from Puerto Los Cabos Marina, said the marina was "completely shut down" before dawn Monday, in a last-minute decision that has made Brictson and several of his clients very angry.
"We had eight charters scheduled, all far in advance," Brictson said, via email. "Some people left really early this morning to drive down from La Paz. Another group was a family of three generations who had planned their early summer vacation a year in advance, spent a small fortune in plane fares, hotel accommodations, rental cars, etc.
"They came only to fish, have no other dates where they can switch to and now are so disgruntled that they will never return to Mexico.
"This G20 Summit is supposed to promote foreign investment and more tourism and this is how they treat people that are bringing all of the money into their country... This type of decision should have been made far in advance, not in the morning when people are arriving for their much anticipated fishing trip."
Actually, it had been announced before last week that beach and nearshore portions water access would be restricted from Gordo Point north of the marina to Cabo San Lucas. Pisces Sportfishing posted a map showing the restricted area on its blog last Tuesday.
The summit of world leaders and finance ministers is being held at a new convention center in San Jose del Cabo, about 30 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.
Puerto Los Cabos Marina is located in San Jose del Cabo, just north of the Holiday Inn. About 20 charters depart from the marina each morning.
Brictson's fleet targets big-game species of fish mostly to the north of this area, at spots in the Sea of Cortez such as the Gordo Banks.
Tracy Ehrenberg, who runs Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, posted a story about the summit Sunday on the company blog. The Pisces yacht division will host an event for the first ladies.
Of general ocean tourism during the summit Ehrenberg stated: "Basically we can do bay cruises, go to the Pacific, or in the Sea of Cortez if we stay five miles offshore."
Ehrenberg also reported that on Sunday morning a bus carrying federal policeman overturned in the Costa Azul area of southern San Jose. "It was a horrible accident, closing down the road for a while," the report stated. "It appears at this time the accident was due to speeding. The bus was rented and flipped completely over, with its fifteen passengers. Ten policemen were injured, two seriously."
Peace and calm is expected to return to the region at midweek, after the conclusion of the summit.
-- Image showing soldiers in the hotel zone in San Jose del Cabo is courtesy of Pisces Sportfishing
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