Construction of the Sisal – Progreso portion of the new coastal road and infrastructure remains on schedule.
Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco announced yesterday that the overall coastal road project connecting Celestun and Las Coloradas/Rio Lagartos is delayed because the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has not yet issued the permit for construction of the Celestun –Sisal portion of the road.
In Sisal to review the renovation of the harbor, the governor said the road location west of Sisal will be moved to avoid the mangroves and protected areas. She said this project must be completed before the end of her administration, because “it is very important to have the coast connected so our people can enjoy better commercial access for their products and invite more tourism.”
The governor also spoke about the pilot program in Sisal which works with the Science Unit of the Unviersidad Autonoma de Mexico in the farming of Mayan Octopus,. The governor said that the study and work on the octopus farming has been going on for a year, to learn how the species reproduces and behaves in controlled conditions, and how to commercially harvest the species. The plan is for this activity to be instituted in other towns, so that the local fishermen are not solely limited to what the sea provides. So far this pilot program indicates a promising future.
While in Sisal, the governor reviewed the work progress of the breakwater wall in the protected
marina, plus other public works infrastructure. Accompanying the governor were Francisco Torres Rivas, the State Secretary of Public Works, and Victor Cervera Pacheco, Coordinator of the Yucatan Coastal Zone Development. The State has spent well over 5.5 million pesos in this recent renewal project
Local fisherman Angel Santos Burgos asked the governor for continued support for the fishermen, especially now in April and May which, he said, are critical fishing seasons. The governor agreed to do what she can as she is aware of their current needs.
Governor Ivonne Ortega
Article translated from Por Esto! April 6, 2010