Que Pasa in Cabo?

August 21, 2017 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

More help for tourists The new CATAC building, located on the Cabo marina between the ugly cultural pavilion and the dolphin center (and next to this rag’s worldwide corporate headquarters), is now open 24 hours.

Tourists, as well as local foreigners, can go there to file police reports, work at canceling timeshare purchases and get help and information from the reps of various local, state and federal government agencies.

You can also go there to use the bathrooms, which is handy since there are no public bathrooms on the marina apart from those at the API building (by the dock where the cruise shippers dock), and a couple by the parking lot next to the TACTA building, which charges about 50 cents per whiz.

The center has several phone lines, with English speakers available (these are Mexican numbers, so if you’re calling from a US cell, remember to dial 011 52 1 before the numbers): (624)105-1532, (624)105-0551, (624)105-0442 and (624)143-7237.

Got grapes? Baja California Sur has become one of the leading grape producers in the country, with the first shipment of 16 metric tons of locally grown grapes sent on its way to Australia last week. These are table grapes, not wine grapes.

Mexico produces 283,000 metric tons (about 623 million pounds) of grapes a year, but we only consume about 3.31 pounds per person each year. That means we have a lot of grapes left over. Thanks for your purchase, Aussie friends!

Calling all duffers. The 10th Annual Los Cabos Pro-Am will take place in Cabo January 15-19, 2018, at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar.

The 54 hole pro-am tournament will see golf professionals teamed up with groups of four amateur duffers. For more information or to request a printed invitation you can contact Barry Fleming at barry@proamevents.com, call (843) 384-5342 or visit www.proamevents.com/los-cabos-mx/

Querencia changes hands Querencia, a private golf club and community in San Jose, is now owned by an entity controlled by longtime Querencia CEO Jorge Carrera, as well as Querencia resident Willy Jordan and Bonnie and Tom McCloskey of Aspen, Colorado,.

The new principals acquired the development from Charles Morgan, Rodger Kline and James Womble, and are already forging ahead with ambitious growth plans. The previous owners purchased Querencia in 2004 with the goal of creating what they liked to call, “the private side of Los Cabos” exclusive to residents and members.

The new owners’ plans include substantial investments to enhance Querencia’s real estate offerings, the new Q Ocean Club (which will debut later this year), and major renovations to the Tom Fazio-designed golf course and clubhouse.

ME Cabo turns 10 The hotel itself opened its doors in 1989 as the Melia Cabo San Lucas, but it was 10 years ago that it was remodeled and converted to the young crowd resort that it is today, under the name of ME by Melia.

ME will not let this go by uncelebrated. They will hold a series of parties, a fashion show and photo exhibitions to celebrate the big 10, all scheduled for the weekend of September 8-10. The featured event is a performance by DJ Paul Oakenfold, who’s known (by some) as the guy who made the “house” music genre popular in the 1980’s. Oakenfold will play on Saturday night, followed by a Sunday morning “wake up party” at 7:00 am with a yoga boot camp on the beach. Count us out.

Rescued sea lion comes to San Jose A baby sea lion was found abandoned inside a cardboard box a few weeks ago over on the mainland, in the city of Morelia. How the sea lion made it to a city that’s several hours from the coast, we don’t know, and he’s not talking.

The 6-month old critter was transferred to the local zoo. Then Profepa, Mexico’s environmental watchdog, decided the sea lion should be returned to its natural habitat so they flew it to San Jose, where the team at the Dolphin Discovery center will care for it and at the appropriate time, release the little fellow back into the ocean. Awe, that’s sweet.

Cabo in the spotlight The Los Cabos Open tennis tournament, hosted by the Association of Tennis Professionals earlier this month, brought more than 12,000 people to our shores. Media coverage of the tournament increased by 50% this year, with 60 local, national and international reporters on site, including ESPN, all transmitting the event to 60 countries. Yeah, we were there.

Where’s the light? The light poles that were installed almost three years after the originals were washed away by hurricane Odile in 2014, still aren’t fully working. Not all of them, anyway. There are looong gaps of darkness along the fourlane between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose.

The hotel association is putting pressure on the SCT, the communications and transport authority responsible for the job. At press time, the SCT rep in our state has gone mum. Perhaps they’re waiting for the hurricane season to end in November? Anyhow, if you’re afraid of the dark, what are you doing out at night? You have headlights, don’t you? Well use them and stop whining about a few popped light bulbs. Toughen up!

The new Merkado. Everybody swing by the Merkado,, that big warehouse like building on the fourlane next to the Pemex station. Apparently they need business, as they are not paying their bills. The place is very cool, and if they go bust, we will lose a wonderful collection of restaurants. So go. Spend. Let’s all help them survive this crisis.

Parties for the pets The Los Cabos Humane Society has finally announced the date for its Cruising For The Critters party. The event will take place on November 4th, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Guests will enjoy an evening cruise with pet lovers, premium wines, cocktails, appetizers and live music aboard the Cabo Mar catamaran. Tickets are $75 USD. Better get yours now, because space is limited to 140 people.

The Humane Society’s annual Dressed to the K9's party will take place this year on Friday, December 8, from 5:30 to 11:00 pm at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos resort. The theme for this year is “Christmas In White Party.” What does that mean, wear your tennis clothes?

Anyway, the event will include a cocktail reception, buffet dinner, silent auction and a raffle. There will also be live performances by Dueto Canela, a singer/classical guitarist duo, and the rock band Totoy. Tickets are $100.

All proceeds from both events will go to benefit the Los Cabos Humane Society, which does an amazing job of keeping packs of dogs off the streets, among other doggie and kitty things.  For more information on either event, email tropimargarita@prodigy.net.mx or visit loscaboshumanesociety.com.

Old bird returns to Cabo A least tern that was born and tagged in San Jose 15 years ago has returned. This is exciting because the bird is considered an endangered species.

The least tern is a small bird that breeds in North America and northern South America. It is migratory, wintering in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. Many spend their entire first year in their wintering area.