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In Rocky Point, not enough
whitewash for a helicopter gunship

Arizona Daily Star [Phoenix,AZ], by Tim Steller

Original Article

Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 12/22/2013 1:54:07 PM

When Mexico’s drug-war violence surged in the middle of the last decade, Rocky Point was in a building boom, and the tourist industry assured us the beach town remained tranquilo. It was — for a while. Then, around 2007, the narcos made Rocky Point a home base, but still the local promoters insisted things were OK, because the criminals and cops took care of any conflicts outside town. After that, occasional gunfights and drug-war executions started cropping up in Puerto Peñasco,(snip)On Wednesday, Mexican military helicopter gunships fired into a resort, exchanging heavy-weapons fire with narcos who had retreated into a

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Shocking that American media hasn´t reported this!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 12/22/2013 2:19:41 PM     (No. 9664616)

Had a business associate who took his family and friends down there for years, to spend winters out of the cold. I told them they were insane to visit, much less stay there. Sometimes the womenfolks driving down there alone.

Always they said the same thing" Oh, it is perfectly safe for tourists and American part-time residents

Finally he saw the light and sold his condo and other holdings down there.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rael, 12/22/2013 2:26:14 PM     (No. 9664618)

Witness the STOOPID that got us Obamacare.

It´s a freaking war zone and yes American´s have died there, but so far nobody ´important´ enough for the press to care. Only a fool would take his family there, and yes it is ´safe´ in the definition of ´safe´ being that the odds are you won´t be the one who gets killed because are so many there.

But Mexico is coming apart (again) and meanwhile the band keeps playing, the deck chairs are re-arranged, as it slowly sinks beneath the waves.

Just imagine how bad things will get in the southern states when the revolution breaks out big time. Because this isn´t just ´drug dealers´ and hasn´t been for a long time.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/22/2013 2:37:20 PM     (No. 9664625)

My wife and I learned the hard way not to give credence to the pollyanna ex-pats who are constantly justifying their decision to live in Mexico by comparing the crime rates to some barrio in the USA. (I think many are just trying to peddle their investments). I live cheaper and safer in the USA, where I leave the keys in the car and leave the doors to the shop and house open. Back to mexico, no way Jose´.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/22/2013 2:54:59 PM     (No. 9664645)

Back in the 90´s, this was a great place for folks in Phoenix to visit. $1 for empanandas or Tecates from vendors walking on the beach.

It was always a bit sleazy, but not unsafe. Sad to hear that things have deteriorated so much.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kowgirl, 12/22/2013 3:06:54 PM     (No. 9664665)

Fifteen years ago Rocky Point was a wonderful place to enjoy the sun, surf, sand, and fresh shrimp!

In fact, we owned a condo on Sandy Beach from April 2002 until May 2007 when we were fortunate to get out while the getting was good ... before the Mexican real estate market collapse, and the drug cartels moved in.

Now the once beautiful pristine beach is lined with the rusting steel skeletons of unfinished mega condo complexes, and the sand is littered with glass, cigarette butts, and used condoms.

What has happened to this former little fishing village is nothing short of a tragedy for its good citizens who wanted nothing more than the opportunity to work hard in order to provide a better future for their families.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oldsfc, 12/22/2013 6:57:22 PM     (No. 9664832)

How bad is this problem? Bad enough that I will not use interstate 10. The lawlessness is that far north and still moving. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away.

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