Safety in Mexico – Rocky Point
Do these People Look Like they are Fearful of Mexico!?
Dear Sonoran Owner,
This latest blow to Rocky Point could not wait for my normal monthly newsletter. It is important for each of you who know and love this community to stand up and express your concern about the reckless and erroneous reporting done by the US media. The Phoenix and Tucson papers posted front page headlines about the dangers of visiting Rocky Point. I live here full time with my wife and children. I visit all parts of town and have never felt threatened or worried about our safety. I have both American and Mexican friends who feel safe here and go about their daily lives without any knowledge of the dangers that the press warns of. Whatever their agenda, the press is not doing us any favors. We all need to help share the real truth about our little ocean paradise.
The following was run full page in both the Tucson and Phoenix papers on Sunday (yesterday) as a rebuttal to their articles.
Sonoran Resorts Sales Group
The Reality of Rocky Point
This is in response to the recent US State Dept Travel Advisory and the article reporting on it, regarding Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico, that was front-page news, in this paper last Saturday.
We the undersigned are all presidents (unpaid) of homeowner association in Rocky Point, that represent represent thousands of fellow resident ARIZONANS who own vacation properties in this resort beach destination. We are not Mexican government officials or local Mexican businessmen. Our sole purpose of this response is to set the record straight. Why would any of us that own property in Rocky Point, continue to drive & vacation there if we felt it wasn’t safe?
Would it be fair to warn people not to come to Tucson in light of the Safeway shooting? Of course not…that’s how relative it is. We listen to the news every day about crime in Tucson and are not even fazed. Why are we not more concerned about the multiple murders and the congresswoman being shot, in an act of random violence, versus a police chief being wounded in the line of duty? (which occurred almost a year ago, not recently, as you would be lead to believe by the article)
The negative media reporting about Rocky Point in our opinion has been unfair for years. It has been motivated by various political issues and the fight for tourism dollars, using fear instead of facts, and “conveniently” being on the forefront prior to almost every major holiday. (watch out, Memorial weekend is coming) Many people in and out of the media who criticize Rocky Point have never even been there.
Are we saying Rocky Point is crime free? No, but most of the issues have been drug related and are not targeting American tourists. When will we work together with our neighbors south of the border and take responsibility for our own country’s desire for drugs? We, along with thousands of fellow Arizonans, and our families, will continue to drive to and enjoy this beachfront community, that has transformed from a college spring break getaway of 20 years ago, to our second home resort destination.
Respectfully HOA Presidents
Brent Carr, Phoenix, AZ
George Palmer, Tucson, AZ
David Dameron, Tucson, AZ
Ramon Candeleria, Phoenix, AZ
Jim DesRochers, Tempe, AZ
Vern Schroeder, Tucson, AZ
Bruce Turner, Yuma, AZ
Jean Danzer, Scottsdale, AZ
Joan Troxell, Phoenix, AZ
Ralph Pew, Mesa, AZ
Jimmy Kelley, Gilbert, AZ
Michael C. Dugan, Tucson, AZ
Ginger Beauchamp, Scottsdale, AZ
Al Cooper, Gold Canyon, AZ
Ed Bevilaqua, Las Vegas, NV
“I’m a widow, over 70 years old and I drive
to Rocky Point by myself.”
Millie Bilancetti, Surprise, AZ
“We will not allow negative press to scare us
from enjoying everything this beach has to offer.”
Dave & Heidi Maghran, Tucson, AZ
“We have been traveling to Rocky Point for 25 yrs with our kids & grandkids. We feel safe and will definitely continue to go.”
Ray & Sandra Halma, Sun City, AZ
“Playing golf beside the ocean in Rocky Point….
it doesn’t get any better”
Pat Kimble, Tucson, AZ
“Our daughter is getting married on the beach
in Rocky Point in June”
Peggy Potter, Sedona, AZ
“Rocky Point in my opinion is a little piece of heaven! It is laid back, fun and a great getaway spot.”
Rachel Russo, Scottsdale, AZ
“We travel to beautiful Puerto Penasco 20 times a year and NEVER have encountered a security problem.”
Mike & Betsy McCabe, Tucson (near the Safeway)
“Rocky Point has some of the best shrimp,
flounder, and Mexican food that you can find”
Gregg Hayes, Paradise Valley, AZ
“From the wonderful people to the many activities,
Rocky Point really has it all!”
Jane Johnson, Tucson, AZ
“We used to camp on Sandy Beach when there was nothing. Now there are RV parks, hotels or luxury high rise resorts. Wow, has Rocky Point changed!”
Lori Schmumacher, Tucson, AZ