Standoff With The Neighbors – How It’s Done In Mexico

27 Dec

The politics of land acquisition has a long and bloody history in Mexico. At least no blood was shed yesterday at the property line between us and our neighbors to the south. The policia were called and lots of IPhone video taken. We had our own telenovela (soap opera) going on.


Local police who’s job it is to keep the peace and prevent bloodshed.

The property line along the Laguna has been drawn and redrawn many times over the years. There are landmarks (stone walls, buildings and fence posts) that have been in place for a long time and provide demarcation where records are sketchy. We have a clear title to our property. When getting permission to build on our lot, a topographer came out with a satellite gizmo and marked our coordinates.  Technology meets history.


The neighbors take matter into their own hands.

We had met with the property owners more than once and had a handshake agreement as to where the property lines were. When the adult children got involved all communication ceased. Phone calls went unreturned. It was on our plate to resolve the boundaries upon return from NOTB (north of the border). They are claiming another few feet of lake front property. Seriously?!!


Bringing in some muscle, the palaperos (palapa builders) provide “support”.

We called our builder David who’s command of Spanish is much better than ours, and who had been meeting with government officials to try and get clear markers. He showed up for a showdown. When more talks failed, he called in his gumbas to see that the fence building ceased. But it was Lisa pulling up posts that had both sides laughing. Don’t mess with the Tortas!


David (right) police (left) neighbors in the middle.

The policia commanded cease and desist on the fence and set an appointment for 11 am Monday morning. I sure hope we can settle things peacefully and move on. The last thing we want is problems with our neighbors.


9 Responses to “Standoff With The Neighbors – How It’s Done In Mexico”

  1. Kathe Gmail December 27, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    That sucks! And now no more friendly neighbors.

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    • afish25 December 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      I think we’ll get it worked out. I don’t give up easily.


  2. LJones December 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    My god – this is scarey. Can’t get the photos yet but happy you two are such great warriors !!! Happy new year from Morocco ! ??????good luck!

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    • afish25 December 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      Not so scary really. It will get straightened our. Morocco? Wow. Always wanted to go. Fiber heaven I imagine.


  3. Karen December 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    You two will prevail I am certain! Where we live, even 2 hectares is not enough for some people, so it can be done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nancy Taylor December 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    GO TORTAS!!!!!!



  5. emilievardaman December 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Oh, so sorry. I hope things get smoothed out, but likely one or the other of you will have bad feelings about the outcome. Buena suerte!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 December 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Not my feelings. Whatever outcome, I’m happy.


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