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Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil

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Offline Jim

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Latest word I heard from the park was that the construction was to be completed by the end of March 2012.  That's lightning speed for a government project!

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A lot of hard work  :eusa_clap: and I mean a lot of hard work went into putting this document together and dotting all the T's and crossing all the I's...  :icon_wink: and also a lot of behind the scenes politics with multiple government agencies involved and also calming fears that the Taliban and Al Quaida and Osama Bin Laden are not going to be behind every creosote bush or cacti...  The artist graphic renderings are very good.  This is a very positive thing.  In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?  Let's get er done. 

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Offline Jim

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In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?

I was told they are laying T1 lines to the facility.

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A lot of hard work  :eusa_clap: and I mean a lot of hard work went into putting this document together and dotting all the T's and crossing all the I's...  :icon_wink: and also a lot of behind the scenes politics with multiple government agencies involved and also calming fears that the Taliban and Al Quaida and Osama Bin Laden are not going to be behind every creosote bush or cacti...  The artist graphic renderings are very good.  This is a very positive thing.  In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?  Let's get er done.

I'm thinking Osama won't be making that trip...

Awesome news... I hope they open the crossing up

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Breaking news Osama still dead will not make opening, open the way it was, with gov involved this will be a pain in the A. Yes sir prior to boarding the air conditioned jet boat, there will be a lifeboat drill, present all documents and in event of sudden loss of cabin pressure an oxygen mask will fall. All I want to cross the border and have a cold one and visit.
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.

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Offline Undertaker

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Excellent idea Quicksilver, will most likely be cheaper in the long run.
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.


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That means it is dead solid certain to the extent we can trust the government.  Good news!

Al

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A couple of things that come to mind about the reopening in Boquillas del Carmen:

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It’s also close to and will provide access to the companion parks and preserves in Mexico, the Maderas del Carmen and Cañon de Santa Elena flora and fauna protected areas in Chihuahua and Coahuila states.

 Although, traditionally the crossing was done by small boats...or lanchas, as locals have call it. There is no way to cross "legally" by vehicle in to Mexico. So planing to go to SDC or MDC via own vehicle will have to be rearranged by local means....like before.

 
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Coupled with the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the Sierra del Carmen research-only private biological preserve owned by Cemex – the Mexican global cement firm – the combined area is one of the largest protected biospheres on earth.

 Although this pristine very exclusive piece of land, is not part of the International Park initiative, MDC will still be off limits for tourism, for the time beign. Until Cemex (unfortunately not doing very well on the stock market) considers it other wise... :icon_frown:

  We still have a foot on the back door....FYI..... :icon_twisted:
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A couple of things that come to mind about the reopening in Boquillas del Carmen:

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It’s also close to and will provide access to the companion parks and preserves in Mexico, the Maderas del Carmen and Cañon de Santa Elena flora and fauna protected areas in Chihuahua and Coahuila states.

 Although, traditionally the crossing was done by small boats...or lanchas, as locals have call it. There is no way to cross "legally" by vehicle in to Mexico. So planing to go to SDC or MDC via own vehicle will have to be rearranged by local means....like before.

 
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Coupled with the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the Sierra del Carmen research-only private biological preserve owned by Cemex – the Mexican global cement firm – the combined area is one of the largest protected biospheres on earth.

 Although this pristine very exclusive piece of land, is not part of the International Park initiative, MDC will still be off limits for tourism, for the time beign. Until Cemex (unfortunately not doing very well on the stock market) considers it other wise... :icon_frown:

  We still have a foot on the back door....FYI..... :icon_twisted:

Homero, I noticed the truth was being stretched too, BUT I have come to expect it thus my comment on the government.  It's sad but true that politicians and their minions feel the need to mislead.  Regardless of how they mislead in trying to justify the reopening, the GREAT news is the crossing is being reopened and the benefit it will provide to the economy of Boquillas. 

As far as access to the back country, yes it will require outfitters to provide a means of transportation as it did before, but that too will benefit the local economy.  I hope it doesn't end up changing much from the way is was before the border was closed but that may be just me. 

Access from Eagle Pass was and still is an option: one that you have shared with us and one which I hope can be safely used too!

Al

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Some national publicity:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203911804576649164117380584.html

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Now residents on the U.S. side are hoping the renewed access will restore commercial and personal ties. Greg Henington, who owns the Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua, said he might start tours to Boquillas so his clients can have a beer and experience rural Mexico.

"A border is not fences or lines of demarcation," he said. "People ebb and flow."

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Offline Jim

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There was a nice ceremony Monday, October 24th, down at RGV about the progress for Cooperative Conservation between Mexico and the US.  It also included the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new port of entry building (golden shovels and all - maybe these are shovel ready jobs).  Already built is a very nice shaded waiting area along the river; once the crossing site to and from Boquillas is operational, the boats will carry visitors from this place.

« Last Edit: October 28, 2011, 03:28:31 PM by Jim »

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Here's the proposed rule changes to the CFR that would allow this to legally happen

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27792.htm
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There is an article today on yahoo about the crossing...wow, some of the comments really show the ignorance and political prejudice of some people!

Anyway, I hope articles such as this do not prevent the crossing from being built.

Homer
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