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By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 24 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 23 December) The captain of the Port of Acapulco, Antonio Pizá Vela, announced that as part of Operation Winter 2010, safety officials would be intensifying their supervision of boat activities in the ports of Acapulco. Operation Winter 2010 is a cooperative security initiative of city, state and federal... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 24 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 24 December) The Guerrero representative of the federal highway department (known as SCT), Benito García Meléndez, took issue with Mayor Ávila’s recent announcement that three critical road projects were overdue. He said that over $300 million pesos have been invested in different projects in the port city, and... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 24 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 24 December) The State Attorney General’s office publicly presented yesterday Héctor Juan Figueroa, the presumed assassin of Canadian businessman Daniel Dion. Figueroa had been under house arrest, pending forensic investigations, and was formally arraigned yesterday for the crime. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 22 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 22 December) The tourism promotion authorities in Acapulco have estimated that 470,000 tourists will visit the port city for the year-end holidays, implying some 652 million pesos of economic inflow. The announcement was made as interim Mayor José Luis Ávila Sánchez officially launched the operation to provide extra... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 22 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 22 December) City government officials expressed their consternation at the inability of the Federal Highway Department to complete public roads projects when promised. They were to be ready for receiving the hundreds of thousands of year-end tourists, but they remain incomplete, complicating entry into Acapulco. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 20 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, JG 20 December) During year-end festivities in Chilpancingo yesterday, outgoing Governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo made a special point of addressing himself to Acapulco, which recently has suffered from organized crime violence in the outlying, working-class suburbs. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 20 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, JG 20 December) The 185th annual Year-End Fiesta took place in Chilpancingo yesterday with food, drink and dancing for the city’s population, including old and young alike. The name of this long-standing and traditional city-wide community party is “El Pendón,” a term defying easy translation. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 19 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 19 December) Little by little, hundreds of tourists are arriving in the port of Acapulco to celebrate the year-end holidays. At 10:30 am Saturday morning, 18 vehicles per minute were passing through the last toll booth of the Autopista del Sol, which connects Acapulco to Mexico City. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 19 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 19 December) More than 300 students will participate in the “Welcome, Tourist” program to be inaugurated next Friday by the municipal government, offering them a chance to get credits for social service, often a requirement for graduation. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 19 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, NA 19 December) The chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of the State Legislature, Carlos Álvarez Reyes, reaffirmed that the state budget for 2011 will not be approved at the expense of campaign promises made by candidates for State Governor. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 17 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 17 December) Pedro Falcón Moreno, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies, revealed in a press interview connected with an awards ceremony in the School of Tourism that travel agents in Acapulco have suffered a 30% decline in sales this year. He attributed the drop to the... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 17 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 17 December) Workers for the Añorve campaign attacked news photographers yesterday when they arrived to photograph suspected campaign law violations. Responding to a tip from the opposing PRD campaign of Ángel Aguirre, reporters for the left-of-center Jornada Guerrero arrived at a working class neighborhood atop Acapulco’s ridgeline on... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 17 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 17 December) Acapulco’s interim Mayor, José Luis Ávila Sánchez, presented yesterday the second annual report of the municipal government of the administration of Manuel Añorve Baños. Mayor Ávila was appointed to his post on September 7, after Añorve had resigned his elected office to run for governor of... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 16 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 16 December) The Front in Opposition to the Icacos Pier (or FOMI by its Spanish acronym) set up a protest with pickets yesterday on Acapulco’s Costera Alemán, in Costa Azul, intermittently blocking traffic and handing out informational leaflets. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 16 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 16 December) The State Department of Tourism Development (SEFOTUR) announced yesterday its estimate that over 1,000,000 tourists will visit Guerrero during the high tourist season that begins tomorrow and extends through January 6. About half of these visitors will be arriving in Acapulco. The overall economic benefit to... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 16 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 16 December) The press in Acapulco reports daily on incidents of drug violence, which is confined to the working class suburbs outside of Acapulco proper and to small villages higher in the mountains. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 15 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 15 December) The massive payroll of the State Department of Education has been often criticized for its many “double-dippers” and “ghost workers,” but hardly anyone thought it would be vulnerable to infiltration by drug gangs. Yet, the Secretary of Education felt compelled to deny any such thing in... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 15 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, JG 15 December) Tortilla prices have recently risen from $10 pesos per kilo to $11 or $12 pesos in most parts of Guerrero, causing public consternation. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 14 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 14 December) The federal assistant attorney general for environmental enforcement (PROFEPA) has shut down two notable construction sites in Acapulco for violation of environmental rules. Both are projects funded by the state government of Guerrero. Both adversely affected the natural environment and local ecology. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 14 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 14 December) Four Hundred Eighty-seven years ago yesterday, the first Spanish sailors entered the natural harbor of Acapulco, baptizing the beauteous location “the Bay of Santa Lucia.” This was on the day of Santa Lucia, 13 December, in the year 1523. The archbishop of Acapulco celebrated a special... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 14 December, 2010
(Chilpanzingo, NA 14 December) Today Governor Torreblanca will meet once more with the two principal candidates for his job in the elections to be held on January 30: the PRI candidate, Manuel Añorve Baños, and the PRD candidate, Ángel Aguirre Rivero. Each calls himself a coalition candidate, using the slogans... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 14 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 14 December) Interim mayor José Luis Ávila Sánchez took the initiative yesterday to deny that the Añorve campaign for governor has received any money from the city government’s budget. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 14 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 14 December) The embattled director of CAPAMA, Rigoberto Félix Diaz, has admitted that the water authority for Acapulco is so low on cash that it cannot pay the conventional year-end bonuses to its employees (or “Aguinaldos”). The requirement is for around $25 million pesos, to be made in... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 13 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 13 December) According to the city’s Secretary of Tourism, Jessica García Rojas, Acapulco enjoyed an occupancy rate of 81.6% over this past weekend, with 85.5% in the Golden Zone alone. The traditional zone was at 72.3% and Acapulco Diamante reached 73.1%.This performance was better than expected for all... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 13 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 13 December) Four local beaches in the traditional zone of Acapulco have been identified as areas of elevated contamination by the local health department. They are Hornos, Suave (also called Aguas Blancas), Carabali and Caletilla. The contaminant in question is enterococos, a micro-organism that can cause illness in... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 11 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 11 December) Local citizens, businesses and beach concessionaires are up in arms again over the threat of putting a private yacht marina at Icacos on the East side of Acapulco’s bay. A citizen’s group called FOMI (Front in Opposition to the Icacos Pier) has announced round-the-clock vigils and... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Ahuacuotzingo, JG 10 December) PRD coalition candidate Ángel Aguirre, on the campaign trail in Ahuacuotzingo yesterday, warned citizens to be very watchful of the ballot boxes, as his opponent’s party, the PRI, is “very accustomed to fraud and scams” as a means of perpetuating its political dynasties in Mexico. Such... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 10 December) Grupo Acapulco A.C., known as “Grupo ACA,” is a civic organization made up of community leaders and dedicated to the advancement of the port city. In this week’s elections, well-known local attorney José Luis Gallegos Peralta was elected the new chairman of the group. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 10 December) Acapulco’s water authority, CAPAMA, reports that no suspensions of water service are planned for the holiday period; however, rationing to the communities in the upland parts of the city will continue. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 10 December) The sixth annual Acapulco “Salsa and Bachata” Congress opens today and runs through Sunday with events promoting Latin dance rhythms. Award-winning dance teams will perform, like Gabriela Bernal and Victor Burgos, who have won Salsa competitions in the United States. Legendary producers of Salsa rhythms, like... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 10 December) The three states at the bottom rank of Mexico in information and communication technology are Guerrero, Chiapas and Oaxaca, also among the poorest. According to research by Mexico’s census bureau (INEGI), only one in ten citizens in these states has access to a computer. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 10 December, 2010
(Madrid, AN 10 December) Spanish police arrested three male flight attendants of Aeromexico for transporting in their luggage 300 pounds of cocaine, destined for European markets. The flight arrived December 7, Tuesday, in Madrid. Suspicions were aroused when it was noticed that the three flight attendants carried identical luggage. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 09 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 9 December) In disregard of environmental preservation, highway construction workers have dumped waste and rubble into about 90 square meters (almost 1,000 square feet) of the Black Lagoon at Puerto Marqués. The Black Lagoon was a large mangrove swamp that provided habitat for several protected species of tropical... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 09 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, AN 9 December) The Civil Protection Office of the State Public Safety Department has made public that 56 cold fronts are expected during Guerrero’s winter, according to climatologists. Obviously, the cold fronts will most heavily affect the higher regions in the mountains and in the north-central areas of the... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 09 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 9 December) Tourist guides holding federal licenses have demanded that the Secretary of Transportation require the removal of taxis from the Marine Terminal in Acapulco, where the cruise ships dock. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 09 December, 2010
(Taxco, NA 9 December) The Guerrero office of the National Migration Institute (or “INM”), Mexico’s immigration authority, announced that to date in 2010 they have “repatriated” 140 undocumented immigrants, the vast majority from Guatemala. Some of those deported were from the United States. Almost all of those detained in Guerrero... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 08 December, 2010
(Taxco, JG 8 December) Poinsettias are native to Mexico, where they go by the Spanish name “Nochebuena” (meaning “Christmas Eve”) or by the Nahuatl name Cuetlaxochitl (“kwet-lots-o-CHEAT-li,” which means “plant with leathery leaves”). Cuetlaxochitl has become a common girl’s name in indigenous culture. The name “Poinsettia” was given the flower... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 08 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 8 December) “La Fortaleza” is the name of the new theater that today will open in the Zócalo of Acapulco with the premier of La Historia del Tigre (“History of the Tiger”), a dramatic dialogue by the Italian playwright and Nobel prize winner, Darío Fo. Actor Bruno Bichir... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 08 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 8 December) The system of geologic faults that shakes buildings in Northern California also rattles foundations from time to time in Acapulco. In all seven regions of Guerrero State today, at 11:00 am, the Department of Public Safety will conduct “Seismic Drills” in schools and government offices, simulating... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 08 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 8 December) Bus drivers and taxis ran over more than 300 people in Acapulco so far this year, killing 50, according to the transit police. In 2009 only 20 lost their lives to drivers of public transport vehicles. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 07 December, 2010
(Acapulco, JG 7 December) Last week Guerrero Governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo said that the opposition to the ¨La Parota” hydroelectric dam project was minimal – maybe 50 people or fewer. Paradoxically, the two main candidates for governor have been back-pedaling since then, altering their earlier positions in favor of the... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 07 December, 2010
(Zihuatanejo, AN 7 December) Rogelio Lozano Calderón, president of the Zihuatanejo Hotel Association (called “AHZ”), has labeled the hotel occupancy data periodically released by the state Secretary of Tourism Development (SEFOTUR) as “unreliable.” The reason: “They [the compilers at SEFOTUR] are more concerned about the political impact of their numbers... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 07 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 7 December) The sixth annual Acapulco International Festival of Film will kick off today with opening ceremonies at the San Diego Fort and a press preview of the documentary Vuelve a la Vida (“Come Back to Life”) in the Cinépolis Galerías Diana. The film is a presentation of... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 07 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, NA 7 December) The Guerrero office of the federal agency charged with investigation crimes related to elections (known as FEPADE) made public yesterday that it has received as many as 30 formal complaints against public officials who have violated election laws. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 06 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 6 December) The early sell-out of hotel reservations for the year-end holidays has given businesses and labor unions cause for optimism about a solid high season for tourism. The Christmas-New Year’s holiday starts officially on December 15, and runs through January 6. Visitors from other parts of Mexico... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 06 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 6 December) Diego Hurtado de Mendoza Street is right in Acapulco’s downtown area, where the Central Market is located. Part of it is the elevated road that connects to the road leading out of town towards Pie de la Cuesta. Several weeks ago, a drain pipe had collapsed... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 06 December, 2010
(Acapulco, NA 6 December) Over the weekend, ten more young men lost their lives in drug-gang-style executions in the poorer suburbs of Acapulco and more distant villages, where turf battles are still in progress. Three were discovered in the Zapata neighborhood, where a fourth person appears to have been wounded... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 04 December, 2010
Rigoberto Félix Díaz, the embattled chief operating officer of CAPAMA, Acapulco's water company, admitted yesterday that CAPAMA has been behind in payments to various entities, and now has a cumulation of unpaid current account debts in the amount of $340 million pesos. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 04 December, 2010
(Chilpancingo, JG 4 December) The 100% Natural restaurant on Hamacas Beach near downtown Acapulco has been cited by Mexico's federal environmental enforcement agency (PROFEPA) for construction without a permit and injury to the environment, in this case, Acapulco's bay. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 03 December, 2010
(Acapulco, AN 3 December) Each year, as a prologue to Acapulco’s high tourist season, the first days of December are filled with late afternoon processions in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron of Mexico. This year is no exception. For a week or more now, Acapulco will be the... more»

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