Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Last March, there was a huge tourist tradeshow headquartered in Nuevo Vallarta.  That was one reason the government planted miles and miles of new trees on the newly landscaped medium strip between La Cruz and Puerto Vallarta.  They also hung banners and made the six thousand travel experts and agents welcomed. 

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

In the same way that corporations get so large that they split into two or more separate organizations, Grupo Pro Sayulita has expanded and is splitting into two groups.  Prior to this, as it grew and took upon itself more and more programs and activities in helping Sayulita become a better place to live and visit, two main aspects of the organization evolved.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Our town produces more trash than Bucerias and San Pancho combined.  It's an incredible amount and it shows a lot of economic activity.  Trash is picked up by a regional company called Girrsa. To Girrsa's credit, they come here almost every day and pick up residential and commercial trash.  However, our trash and recycling service has not been what it should be for so much production.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

I was voted in as president of Grupo Pro Sayulita almost three years ago.  Prior to me, Cap Sparling had been acting president for more than two years.  But he was exhausted, as were other volunteers.  I started getting his distressed emails during the summer, and being in Massachusetts, it was easier to think about GPS from afar. I had some ideas and told him I would be willing to step in for a year if he agreed with my views.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Now that we are going to get a cleaner beach, can we do the same for our streets?  I don't want to bore you with all the failed or 'so-so' efforts we've made, via GPS, to keep our streets fairly clean.   We fund all sorts of continuous cleaning work, and if we were to stop, you'd notice a difference.  But I must tell you that from my personal view, it's never been enough.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

For many people, when you aren't around any more, you probably have some assets that can go to a good purpose other than for family.  This  is a new concept for me to write about, although I did mention it last year.  Grupo Pro Sayulita has grown and matured, and we are being very effective with our programs.  But we need support.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Sayulita is the perfect tourist town.  It's a memorable experience for anyone who comes, but the town is really very important to the government.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I want to tell you about a sensational day-trip that you can take your family and friends to. First, let me tell you that even though Barbara and I personally helped secure the live-auction donations for the GPS fundraiser, and even though I knew their values, after a few drinks and stimulation from the enthusiastic crowd, my hand raised a little too easily and Barbara and I ended up “winning” a three-day, two-night escape package to Puerto Vallarta.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Let me start by reporting to everyone some very good news.  Because Sayulita has a 'certified beach' in the municipio, it will receive a large beach cleaner/sifter.  This is a huge investment on part of the government-- about $200,000 U.S. for the machine alone.  The government purchased three of them, and we are getting one of the three.  Grupo Pro Sayulita was honored at a ceremony in Bucerias (attended by Lazaro Garcia, head of the water department for Sayulita and also a GPS board member) for its participation in getting Playa Los Muertos certified and for keeping Sayulita's beaches clean. 

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Lots of people can take a bow.  Firefighers Crossing Borders deserve the bulk of the credit, but you know, $20,000 was given by Grupo Pro Sayulita-- which finished the purchase of the ambulance and helped with the transportation.  And how did we get that money?  From the efforts of 80 volunteers and 300 donors and Fiesta attendees who generously worked to raise money for numerous local causes.  This was one important result.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Sayulita is a very safe place to visit-- but there are always precautions one should take.  In my last article, I urged residents to renew their pledge (or begin if you haven't already) to GPS' Community Police Program.  This fund is used exclusively to maintain and increase the number of police patrolling the entire town.  Have we been successful?  It's hard to know, but I would hate to see the statistics if we didn't have the number of police actively on duty.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Sayulita is such a friendly, popular destination, with so much going for it, that no one wants to talk about crime.  If we have as many tourists visiting Sayuita as I suspect, we probably have a very low rate of tourist crime.  Even so, whatever rate we do have could be reduced by 75% overnight, if every rental owner would take a few precautionary steps.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

This story begins with Jesse Brill, who wanted to help Sayulita have cleaner air, and especially to stop burning.  Well, when organic materials are gathered, burning has been the custom. 

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In previous years, some of us would return to Sayulita by early December and begin our Wednesday meetings.  But with the Annual Meetiing scheduled for early January, we'd be panicked about finding volunteers to serve on the board and trying to come up with a slate of candidates.  It proved hard because we'd also be getting programs off the ground, especially planning for our annual Fiesta-Fundraiser.

Friday, May 4th, 2012

I've only been gone a few days and I already miss the waves, even the digging of ditches and cement trucks doing their thing. OK, I don't miss hearing the roosters. You see, we are among those who needed to head back north. The last few days in Sayulita were spent dealing with putting stuff away and packing bags. Anyone who owns a house here knows the routine.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Please read this!  This column goes to (latest count) 7,753 subscribers! That's a lot of people. Many are homeowners, others have come to Sayulita more than once and probably care about the town. As subscribers, I know that you have read about all the programs that Grupo Pro Sayulita has to help the town.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Everyone knows that the older you get, the faster time goes.  The high season just flew by, didn't it?  Our volunteers were so busy with programs and our big Fiesta-Fundraiser, that all of a sudden, we are saying goodbyes to the folks who have to head north.  Luckily for Sayulita, there are a number of GPS volunteers who stay here most of the year.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

A few weeks ago, Juanita-Tuck was having a small Saturday evening opening of her artwork in Gallery Arte de Sayulita. Three people happen to be inside the same gallery at the same time:  Cynthia Gillespie-Smith, Steve Press and I. Nothing very special about that, except the three of us happen to have gone to the same high school at the same time--and this school was in a Maryland surburb, outside Washington D.C. Perhaps it might have been less unusual if the school had been located in Portland, Oregon or San Francisco, California or Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia.  After all, there are far fewer people here from the East Coast compared to the West Coast.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Sayulita used to be what you would imagine a frontier western town was like in the 1800s, where almost anything was OK, and where there were few restrictions and where few laws were enforced.  As Sayuilita grew, this style became impossible, as problems developed.  That's where Grupo Pro Sayulita stepped in to give a hand.   While we can give support for good programs, we do not run the town.  This should be obvious but there are many people who turned to us as if we had the authority to make changes.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The truth is, no one knows how many people come to Sayulita. We don’t even know how many live here, how many are part-time residents and certainly - not even how many tourists visit. This is a study long overdue.
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