Early this week, a group of construction workers erected a large, square shading mesh “wall” right in the center of the Costa Azul arroyo (dry river bed) in Costa Azul. A surfers’ organization alerted the population via social media, and a protest was organized. In a few days, dozens of surfers and local residents came down on the beach and lifted the shading mesh and wood poles. They were being watched by the police to prevent a confrontation with the construction workers and ended peacefully. The beach access is now free again. Mexican beaches and all land bordering water (rivers, lakes, estuaries, arroyos and ocean) are property of the nation and access must be free to all. City councilwoman Tabita Rodriguez stated that there are 192 beaches in Los Cabos, from La Ribera on the East Cape to Migriño on the road to Todos Santos. However, almost 90 percent of their access roads are closed by developers, gated communities and homeowners. Fines can be as high as 1.4 million pesos (about 70 grand). She is working in inspecting and suing to get them open to the public again.