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Follow-up on a couple of fronts … apparently today is ‘Puerto Penasco News Day’

Follow-up on a couple of fronts … apparently today is ‘Puerto Penasco News Day’

First, from the Daily Star

The attorney for a Puerto Penasco hotel-condominium owner will appeal an Arizona Department of Real Estate order against his client, he said Wednesday.

Roberto Salazar said he will file the appeal within 30 days on behalf of Ignacio Chavez Moran, owner of Fiesta de Cortez Hotel Urbanizadora Vacacional de Puerto Peñasco in Sonora.

On May 22, the Arizona Department of Real Estate issued a “cease and desist” order against Chavez Moran after nearly a dozen local investors reported losing more than $370,000 in deposits and down payments.

Salazar denied the charges and said the contracts were signed in Sonora and only two were “ratified” in Tucson.

…He said his client is aware of only four complaints from condo owners and is working with them, and he said they continue to have access to their property. Salazar said client confidentiality prevented him from discussing specifics of the dispute…

Again, here’s the whole article.

There’s also – Passport rules to be eased temporarily:

The Bush administration plans to suspend some of its new, post-September 11 requirements for traveling abroad, hoping to placate Congress and summer travelers who’ve had their vacation plans thwarted by delays in processing their passport applications…

The proposal would temporarily lift a requirement that U.S. passports be used for air travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, several lawmakers said Thursday.

The suspension would allow the State Department to catch up with a massive surge in applications that has overwhelmed passport processing centers since the rule took effect this year.

The resulting backlog has caused up to three-month delays for passports and ruined or delayed the travel plans of thousands of Americans.

Not much of an impact for those of us headed to Penasco, by car, but that’s the first time I’ve heard the ‘three month passport backlog’ mentioned.

There’s also a brief followup on the CEDO situation in this week’s Tucson Weekly:

As the dozers backed off, lawyers got into the skirmish, and today, nearly one year later, there’s an agreement in place to both preserve CEDO and allow the Clifton-Meridian Development Co. to build condos on the side and in front of the station …

The land dispute is now resolved, but there’s a catch: CEDO needs to raise a quarter-million dollars by the end of the year to cover the cost of the settlement, the legal bills and other associated expenses, says Boyer.

Here’s the whole article, but it’s mostly a rehash of old news.

See also their ‘Going South‘ tidbit, where the Tucson Weekly discovers that … (drumroll) … there is often a long wait at the U.S. border.

If they’re just now finding that out, they need to get out more.