By Freda Rumford from the June 2010 Edition
There is news breaking this week, that Colima is to develop the coastline from Isla de Navidad, site of the Grand Bay hotel, south to Manzanillo which will encompass the “ORO-PENA BLANCA” area thus creating an area much like Cancun. We have heard in the past few months of a similar project commencing in Jalisco south of Tomatitlan and this will be in direct competition.
The new road to the Manzanillo Playa D’oro airport, which currently seems to be rather oddly routed and has people wondering why it is so, is vital in avoidance of the development touching into Jalisco via Cihuatlan. Many of us still have memories of the posturing between the two States a couple of years ago as they battled (as they have done for many years) for the right to ownership of the Isla de Navidad, Colima and the important revenues which could be generated.
Naturally this news will immediately arouse interest of investors to both the area concerned and Manzanillo. As required permits etc. take time to realize, it may well be a year or so before plans actually come to pass but it bodes well for investment in Real Estate in Manzanillo. Hopefully, within the plans for radical expansion will be accommodation for an infrastructure to prevent any similarity of the inadequate sewage systems of Acapulco and Puerta Vallarta. This development will attract a huge migratory population and Manzanillo could soon become very dominant in the playgrounds of the world as the “baby boomers” reach retirement age and cast their eyes around for easy to reach destinations.
The availability of the job market opening so radically is of immense importance to the coffers of the State of Colima and trickling down into Manzanillo but those of us who have found a place in our Eden are sure to be saddened by the distinct possibility of how such a radical change could affect us adversely).
Most knew her as Freda Rumford. Freda Anne Vickery was a founder, editor, and contributor of the Manzanillo Sun magazine. She was one of the founders and, took over being President of the Manzamigos, when her husband Nigel, died. When she first came to Manzanillo, she got a job writing for the Guadalajara Reporter and used that as a foundation for her later humanities work. Freda was born in the East side of London in 1934 but grew up in Norwich. Freda’s early life was one of overcoming things. As an example, she was born with a lisp but one of her first jobs was being a telephone operator after some extensive elocution lessons. She met and married a young military man and, like so many others, they and their children moved to Canada for his employment opportunities and she ended up working for the Hudson's Bay Company in cosmetic sales in Calgary. They moved to BC and then to Manzanillo, for her health, which flourished in the tropical weather. After Nigel died, she later married Kirby Vickery. She later became ill and finally lost the battle with cancer on the 27th of February 2016.