Oh, maybe I better use the zoom.
They have been at it for days. Same thing is going on over in front of Cancun. There are also ships stationed at either end of the island.
While all this has been going on, the Navy has been bulldozing all the brush away from the airport runway. And they have been painting. And painting. And painting. Not only the Naval base, but the curbs all around downtown and the bottoms of the palm trees.
Lots of military trucks have been arriving on the island also. With the requisite military staff. I have never seen so many Navy personnel out and about working. They have put up a huge air filled balloon type stadium at the end of the airport runway. The sides of the runway are lined with huge tents for personnel to sleep in. I don't dare stop to get any pictures. I'm sure I would be arrested or put on some terrorist list, like what happened to Billie.
So what's all the fuss about? Rumor has it the biggest enemy of the drug cartels is coming to the island. Thus the maneuvers and security and massive clean up. For the uninitiated, that would be Mexico's current President, Felipe Calderon.
It will be the President, the leader of all military forces in Mexico and some other important sounding dude visiting on Sunday. It has nothing to do with drugs in the area. They will be here to celebrate National Day of the Navy. Today there were fighter jets flying around in front of the house, about 5 miles out. Downtown all along the boulevard that runs the length of the navy base, there were armed to the teeth military guys lined up. One every 1.5 meters, or about 5' apart, on both sides of the road! They are taking security here very seriously. I can't wait until Sunday. I bet all the roads leading into downtown around the airport will be closed and there will be no way to get in or out of town. Stay tuned!