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Tara Spears
 

 

 

La Penita Malecon Nearly Complete  

La Penita de Jaltemba MaleconLa Penita de Jaltemba Malecon

     ©Tara A. Spears

  The long anticipated ocean stroll in La Penita is in the final stages of construction. What was a dream 40 years ago is now a reality and well worth the wait. Those who are familiar with the town know that for the last year the streets leading to the malecon have been torn up and the scene of intense construction with large machines and piles of material. The state of the art engineering has created a beautiful, safe place to sit and enjoy the sunsets over the Jaltemba Bay. The walking surface is non-slide pebbles inlaid with ocean rock details, coupled with 14 comfortable double benches and an additional 14 single benches to accommodate crowds. Besides the fantastic view, the walk has been tricked out with charming light fixtures and planted with gorgeous queen palms that will shade the seating when mature and add ambiance as the fronds rustle in the ocean breeze.

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A large portion of the preparation for making the malecon easily assessable has been the construction of both wheelchair ramps and wide steps up.

La Penita de Jaltemba MaleconLa Penita de Jaltemba Malecon

The street bordering the seawall/malecon is finally paved but construction continues along the two streets connecting to the avenedia proper. Sidewalks are finished and painted, but the electrical work is ongoing so there are hazardous open boxes throughout the sidewalks.

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La Penita de Jaltemba Malecon

 

Itís interesting to note that all the new streets are already painted with no parking stripesÖ which makes the closest parking for going to the malecon and the area resturants on the avenida. But the avenida already has half of the parking space commendeered by taxis and taco stands. This should create an interesting situation during peak tourist season. It would seem that now La Penita needs a public parking area in order to get to the malecon. Another issue might be will the strolling ventors mob the malecon? Will the food carts/ mobile tacos stands move to the new streets? Hopefully the town planners will regulate the situation.

La Penita de Jaltemba Malecon

Returning seasonal residents and tourists will delight in the sure to be completed new La PeŮita malecon; itís a beautiful addition to our community.

 

 

 

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