Home Port in Rocky Point Update Latest News
Sonora government officials say they are “fixing problems left by previous administrations in preparation for releasing more funds for the construction of a cruise ship home port” in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). Construction of the facility, which consists of a one-kilometer jetty, terminal buildings and a pedestrian walkway at Sandy Beach, was halted by the new state government which has claimed the “previous administration had not met federal government reporting requirements”. It is one of many claims made by Claudia Pavlovich, the governor of the state of Sonora.
But a meeting in the seaside resort town of Puerto Peñasco, was given assurance that Governor Pavlovich and the federal government, which is funding the port, are onside. Work was forecast to resume within 60 days.
The home port also came up at a meeting in Guadalajara, where the coordinator of the state’s Tourism Development Commission said the project would be “transcendental,” bringing cruise ships that would serve the northwest region, the state of Sonora and the country as a whole. He said cruise lines such as Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Princess have expressed interest in the port. The market for the port extends beyond Sonora and into Arizona, California and New Mexico.
Its construction cost was estimated about a year ago at 1.4 billion pesos, or US $93 million at the time. Construction began in 2013 but several delays have slowed things down. It had been expected to begin operating during the first half of this year.
The benefits of this project being completed will bring more tourism and investment to this already popular resort town on the Sea Of Cortez, and improvements in infrastructure will be almost immediate. We await this project to be completed for the benefit of the town and its people.