2013—The Year In Review
Published Dec 30, 2013, 3:47pm -
As 2013 comes to an end, we look back at the news items we shared with you in 45 weekly newsletters shared with our mailing list throughout the year and highlight those items that were more interesting to you (based on subscribers’ click rates).
When its time to celebrate New Year’s Eve, many locals and visitors will undoubtedly flock to Puerto Vallarta’s iconic Los Muertos Pier in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. It’s hard to remember, however, how one year ago we were all wondering why the local government chose to keep the new Puerto Vallarta landmark closed at such an important date, inaugurating it three days after.
A small earthquake off the coast gave visitors and locals plenty to talk about toward the end of January. Fortunately, the jolts we feel through the region are seldom more than just a mild scare. Safety continues to be a primary issue of concern for many residents and locals, and when we featured commentary from the US State Department on the matter, you took notice.
The Winter/Spring season continued, and a number of charitable and cultural events caught your attention, including concerts by the Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra, artists exhibitions at the Peter Gray Museum, and performances by well-known personalities, such as Del Shores. Meanwhile, we were busy setting the stage for the ninth annual Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week. And we truly made your heads turned in April, when we published news about Puerto Vallarta eliminating all the billboards in the municipality!
As the Summer months set in, we made it a priority to showcase all people, places and things that help Puerto Vallarta thrive during this often maligned season. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s humid. But for those of us that stick around, it’s a great time of year to see nature go to work, keeping our flora and fauna fresh and healthy. Act II announced the beginning of construction of their new Stages performance complex and many local businesses such as the Four Seasons Punta Mita, prioritized thinking outside the box as they searched for creative ways to stay in their customers’ preference.
Puerto Vallarta began shifting gears and preparing for the Fall/Winter season, and many of you followed suit, getting ready to return to Puerto Vallarta. A fundraising calendar to benefit the local lifeguard/firefighter department was announced, a new destination website was launched by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Bureau, and the Old Town Farmers’ Market changed locations to Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas.