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Jan 08 2016

Jack Jones, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, relocated to Sayulita from Treasure Island, Florida, in March of 2011. He first came to Sayulita in January of 2011 for a two-week vacation. He stayed at Villa Amor and went to MexiFit six days a week for power ropes and yoga. After two weeks in Sayulita, he was hooked. While still on vacation, he wrote a contract on a condo at Villa Amor, came back to close in March, and has been in Sayulita ever since.

How did you get involved with Pro Sayulita?

I heard about Pro Sayulita’s work and thought I should support the community in some way. So, I started attending GPS meetings in the season of 2011/2012.

How does Pro Sayulita make a difference in Sayulita?

I believe the quality of life is improved for all in Sayulita by our cleanup efforts in town and on the beach; recycling; by our support of SayulitAnimals; Campamento Tortugero Sayulita; Eco Sayulita; water testing; school projects; police; firemen; ambulance; prosecutor’s office. Our initiatives have resulted in dialogue with municipal and state governments and we worked to promote the selection of Sayulita as a Pueblo Magico.

What role do you play in this organization?

I donate, raise funds and serve as Pro Sayulita president. I was elected to the board as chairman of fund (read FUN Raising) raising in 2013, and elected president in 2014. I accepted the presidency on the condition that we retained Oswaldo as a political consultant and that our organization goals would include closer ties and more support from local and state governments. I had two great years working first with Eric Rudd, the president in 2012, and then Nick Sherman, the president in 2013. I enjoy working with all of the board members immensely, and we can get anything done by working together. Everyone has important skills.

What motivates you to continue to try to make a positive impact in Sayulita?

I live in Sayulita and wish the best for all its residents. I hope the Pueblo Magico designation will give the pueblo protection from irresponsible building and zoning.

What changes do you want to see brought about by Pro Sayulita?

Improved community spirit, improved infrastructure (good sewer/water and road paving), and better living.

What have you gained from your involvement with Pro Sayulita?

Many friends and the satisfaction of seeing improvements in the village.

What positive changes have you seen brought about by your efforts? What are you most proud of?

All services of police, fire, ambulance, beach safety, trash services, our support of our partners in Eco Sayulita, Campamento Tortugero Sayulita, SayulitAnimals, and Vigilantes, and our selection as Pueblo Magico.

What additional change(s) would you like to see in the future and what are you doing to make this happen?

I would like to see more support from the municipality. Pro Sayulita continually liaises with local and state government to improve their support of Sayulita

How can others help?

By becoming paid members of Pro Sayulita, by volunteering for our cleanup projects and fundraisers, and by supporting our partners. Each resident needs to stay informed and support the Pueblo Magico committee, as the committee is the pueblo’s first locally elected institution.

 

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