On November 6, 2009, President Felipe Calderon made an inauguration speech that signified the official opening of the Mar de Cortes International Airport. It was quite a celebration and many local news agencies covered the event.
One article in particular is very interesting. It was posted on Boomers Abroad by Raul O'Farrill. The interesting aspect of the post is Mr. O'Farrill has posted President Calderon's entire speech on YouTube and provides a link to the YouTube content in his post.
We do not speak Spanish, but it was clear from the manner by which President Calderon presented his remarks that he felt the completion of the airport is a major step forward to bringing economic prosperity to the Puerto Penasco area.
As you know, Grupo Vidanta was a major factor in getting the airport plans approved and providing the funds to build the airport.
February 5, 2009: We came across an interesting description of the activities in Puerto Penasco, now called La Jolla de Cortes. We think the following information provides a good summary of Vedanta Capital Group's commitment to the area. Please consider the following:
La Jolla de Cortés
Copied from http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/11456479
Infobox_Company company_name = La Jolla de Cortes company_type = Private Foundation = 2004 Location = MEX Mexico City, Mexico Industry = hospitality, tourism
homepage = [http://www.vedantacapitalgroup.com Vedanta Capital Group] footnotes =La Jolla de Cortés is a 25,000-acre private urban development, nearby Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point) lying in the northwestern part of the Mexican state of Sonora. This urban development mega-resort master plan features, gourmet restaurants, shopping, leisure activities, water sports, lakes, canals, Grupo Mayan luxury resorts, Mayan Palace, The Grand Mayan, real estate communities, condo high rises, world-class golf, and a five star Beach Club. La Jolla de Cortes is owned and operated by Vedanta Capital Group and is located on the shore of the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortés).
La Jolla de Cortes beach is one of Mexico's hidden gems. The private development by Vedanta Capital Group features seven miles of white-powder light-blue water beach front, located in the middle of the Sonora desert, surrounded by the mountains to one side, and the ocean to the other. Throughout the day beach-goers can watch the massive ebb and flow of the estuaries, creating a natural, ever-changing peninsula. [http://grupomayan.com/la-jolla-de-cortes.html] Fish, shrimp, squids and other local animals are revealed as the tide reaches its lowest point. Outlying sand bars create small islands.
La Jolla de Cortes, a 25,000 acre private development, already features high end real estate and luxury resort projects as well as significant urban infrastructure such as the Mar de Cortés International Airport, Mayan Palace La Jolla de Cortes luxury resort, Luna Blanca and Luna Delia Real Estate [http://www.lunab.com], Encanto Living Real Estate [http://www.encantoliving.com], and an Albatross Golf Course called Peninsula de Cortes. In addition to these, several projects are under construction in La Jolla de Cortes such as The Grand Mayan La Jolla de Cortes, Central Park luxury real estate villas[http://www.centralpark.com.mx], and Mayan Lakes luxury real estate codos [http://www.mayanlakes.com].
All The Grand Mayan luxury resorts have been certified as protectors of the environment by Green Globe [http://www.grupomayan.com/corporate-information.html]
and as safety first resorts by Check Safety First. [http://www.checksafetyfirst.com/en/result.php?hlist=0&hotname=Grand+Mayan&services=1&selectCountry=0&selectRegion=0&ratings=0&image.x=32&image.y=16]
La Jolla de Cortes' Albatross Golf Course called Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 72 sand dune course surrounded by flora, fauna and 1.5 miles of beach front of the Sea of Cortes. [http://www.grupomayangolf.com]
Jack Nicklaus, the course designer, features this ocean front 7,210 yard course in his 2008 calendar opposite the month of February. Two more golf courses are planned to be developed in the next three years, one of Greg Norman design and the other of Jack Nicklaus design.
Vedanta Capital Group and Grupo Mayan have committed nearly $30,000,000.00 in heavy earth moving equipment to countless hundred tons of earth to shape the land and water ways. Large dredgers are being used to create several acres of lakes and canals, using the estuary flow to create a wide array of wildlife.
Grupo Mayan was the first company to open a luxury resort in the area when in 2004 is inaugurated Mayan Palace La Jolla de Cortes. In addition, Grupo Mayan has built several other projects, such as Mayan Island's Central Park and Mayan Lakes. [http://grupomayan.com/mayan-island/] . Next to the Mayan Palace in La Jolla de Cortes, construction for The Grand Mayan La Jolla de Cortes is underway, scheduled to open in 2010.
La Jolla de Cortes mega resort, as with other Grupo Mayan projects, will care for the environment. Part of the 25,000 acre development is an estuary known as La Pinta. This body of water measuring over 1,732,605.93 m2 has a massive ebb flow twice a day that allows for the creation of wildlife and marine life. This section of La Jolla de Cortes has been proposed as an Ecological Conservational Area, which includes the future implementation of a scientific research project that incorporates, among other activities, monitoring rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastes), tracking migratory birds, fostering nesting habits of oxpreys or the Fish Eagle (Pandion haliaetus ), and the Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), with this last species being of great importance because it is in danger of extinction, according to the Mexican Official Norm NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2001. [http://www.mayanresorts.org/profeco.htm]
La Jolla de Cortes will feature Grupo Mayan properties, which are usually certified as caring for the environment by Green Globe. [http://grupomayan.com/environmental-leadership.html]
"The Missions" is a community of temporary housing located on the north side of the Coastal Highway inside La Jolla de Cortes, nearby Puerto Penasco supplying comfortable living standards for the first phase of construction crews nearing 3,000 in population. [http://homes.point2.com/Neighborhood/MX/Sonora/Puerto-Penasco-Rocky-Point/East-Beach/Playa-Miramar/Mayan-Island-Real-Estate-Agent.aspx]
It is the developer's intent to 'give back' to the standard laborer by providing non-rent living quarters, meals, transportation for each and every worker contracted to the La Jolla de Cortes urban development.
* [http://www.vedantacapitalgroup.com Vedanta Capital Group Official Site] * [http://www.grupomayan.com Grupo Mayan Official Site] * [http://www.fundaciongrupomayan.com Fundacion Grupo Mayan Official Site] * [http://www.lunab.com Luna Blanca Official Site] * [http://www.encantoliving.com Encanto Living Official Site] We have not visited any of the links that are mentioned. But, we are impressed by the importance Vedanta Capital Group places on being an environmentally conscious developer. This area will become a very busy place!!!
March 1, 2009
For those of you who are located near Puerto Penasco, you might want to look over the Mayan Island site for a description of the project and progress. Very interesting, since we have children who live in Phoenix. This development will be a major future draw.
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