There were two events today in Riviera Nayarit that were attended by the President of Mexico; one in the development of Litibú and the other at the Riviera Nayarit Marina. The Litibú presentation was to inaugurate the Greg Norman golf course. The second, however, was the more interesting one.
At this meeting an agreement was signed by the governors of Jalisco and Nayarit, which will allow the two states to work closer together in Banderas Bay (The mayors of Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas signed the agreement earlier in the week). Up until now, having the bay split in half by the Ameca River and the fact that each side was within a different state, with different rules for security and transportation, has caused transportation, social and infrastructure problems. A furthermore, in the past, the Vallarta’s mayor was of the PAN party whereas in Nayarit the mayor was of the PRI party. Today, at least, the PRI holds both mayorships. That, I’m sure, helped bring this agreement together.
What the agreement will offer is improvements especially in transportation and infrastructure. They plan to work together to have another major bridge across the Ameca River. With the region now looked upon as one region, Bahia de Banderas, the problems with transportation companies and unions will be resolved, making it easier for taxis and buses to move back and forth between the two states. I believe they have also agreed to stay on just one time zone (Central), which has been done informally for many years, but will now be officially recognized. Another problem was security, with the two municipal police forces not working together. The new agreements includes ways on how these two forces will be working together rather than against one another. I’ll have more on this as it hits the newspapers.
What this won’t do, however, is effect the way they market the two destinations. There will still be Riviera Nayarit to the north of the Ameca, and Puerto Vallarta to the south, when it comes to the branding the two destinations.
Having the president of the country on hand to help introduce the agreement certainly didn’t hurt. Hopefully this will help it take off and be successful, as this isn’t the first time this has been introduced. This is, however, the first time its gotten to the stage where the governors and mayors have all signed off on it.
The agreement was signed in front of a large audience at the Riviera Nayarit marina. This month has been a busy and successful one for the new marina, with many events taking place and a boat show starting next week. For more information on the events, check out: www.nauticalextravaganza.com.