We are entering fall, and after more than a year of awaiting the clearance--FULL clearance, to install LSS in Cancun, the marine park director and I have come to our next step. Yes, we have government permits signed and ready. But Club Med, the resort that offered to supply the power, has increasingly required bureaucratic paperwork, adding to our delay and frustration.
I am now working to contact the new person within Club Med who replaced my strongest ally in the corporation to review all of our original communications, agree to a clear way forward, and get the green light. My original contact was on the same page. He offered understanding, encouragement and was an enthusiastic gateway; I am sorry he left his job! Fingers crossed, his replacement also has some vision to help the ecology.
I told Jaime (marine park director) that I have promised all of you, my backers, a coral refuge. I am determined to find an ocean home for this well-loved project and believe that we are close. If for any reason Club Med is unable to fulfill their original commitment, or says they were not committed, Jaime and I, MUSA, are going to have to find a new location. The idea of giving up is not an option, and I mentioned that I have hundreds of private donors that have already paid for this work. I cannot refund, and this whole process is apparently part of the process. He understood, admitting that even though he's a government official, after spending a year passing papers to different departments, he HATES bureaucracy.
It IS a drag, yet I stay open, involved and confident--It WILL happen.
And I have the ability to rationalize that "everything works out for the
best." It seems to help and I never think it won't happen.
If any of you have close ties with Club Med in Mexico, please let me know; maybe there is another way that I am not seeing. Fresh eyes and perspectives are welcome. Perhaps the new wave generators will get to market and become affordable...
So, that is the story. It continues. And we have nearly $10,000 funds raised for our return.
On a PR note, tomorrow I am an honoree at Brain Storm here in Portland. I will be presenting about Biorock and then interviewed.
Exciting news! The Home the Ocean Built, a 35 second cartoon animation, will have its world premier tomorrow night at the event. Special thanks to Danny Rico and Seth Norman.
The Portland Monthly captured me laughing at something.
Oct 21 I will be presenting at Making Waves 2012 in Boulder, CO.
In September, the inaugural mini Maker Faire took place here in Portland at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry-- more photos at Living Sea Sculpture
The Stocking Stuffer Coral and I thank you for your continuing love and support.