Pedro Rivera Garcia, the Director of Markets of the Municipal Government of Chapala, acknowledged failure regarding the explosion of the number of “ambulantajes” (unofficial street vendors, often traveling from other towns) along Ajijic’s southern Calle Morelos on the weekends, which is blocked off to cars for a cultural and gastronomic walking area for tourists.
The official said that the street vendors will not be allowed to settle in the places that are meant to be pedestrianized. He said that this damages the tourist image that is intended to be projected there.
“We recognize the problem. We would do wrong to deny it. We will meet with the businessmen who complained to see what agreements we have. From there we will see what can be done, “said Rivera.
This problem would have been avoided if an agreement had been signed at the time the project was created. But, the government was informed after the project had been implemented.
The agency acknowledged the approval of about twenty-two informal vendors on weekends along the walking area, which are charged 15 pesos per square meter. That income is deposited in the municipal treasury, with a receipt to each merchant. However, Rivera acknowledged that Ajijic’s delegation charged the merchants a different amount.
Regarding the regulation of street vendors who do not originate in the Ajijic population, Rivera said that in his view they should not be allowed to settle there, but instead, a suitable place to relocate them to will be found.
Finally, he agreed with the group of disgruntled businessmen along Morelos that road elements need to be placed there in order to streamline the walking area during the weekends.
Source: Voz de la Ribera