Mexico vacationers swim at highly contaminated beaches

This article is well intended and has some useful info, but regarding Zihuatanejo it gives the wrong idea completely. Within the bay of Zihuatanejo there are 8 beaches. Of those 8, the federal government only tests 2, and of those 2, only one is used by the public for swimming (the other has been essentially privatized by a tourist development and access is restricted and nobody swims there). The beach with the pollution problem is called Playa Principal, and it is located in front of the downtown area between a pluvial canal and an estuary. In the rainy season both are sources of runoff from the hillsides where thousands of people have been allowed to live without sewage connections or even bathrooms. Five of the other 6 beaches in Zihuatanejo's bay, including Playa La Ropa, one of the loveliest beaches in Mexico, are unaffected due to the way the ocean currents circulate within the bay. As a Zihuatanejo resident, my problem with the testing is that it is unreliable and the results are not made known to the public in a timely or easily accessible manner. But most important, even when a beach is determined to present a health risk, no warning signs or announcements are made to the beachgoers who enter the water without any idea of the pollution levels. The only time the federal government actually placed warning signs on Playa Principal, the mayor at that time, Amador Campos Aburto, went with several members of his administration and removed all the signs, saying that the federal government was "trying to harm his image", an entirely irresponsible and reprehensible attitude, as is the act of omission by all the authorities involved when they fail to warn the public or temporarily close polluted beaches. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug...
— August 7, 2012 7:03 a.m.

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