Unfortunately last night the gate to Playa Mora went up again and people who were planning to have a campfire on the beach to bring in the New Year were not allowed. But the marina will be back (if they haven't been already)and right now Villalobos' security guards are in violation of a federal order. Due to the holidays, there are less personnel in government offices and less police available, so it may take a few days. By the time I left around noon, some cars were able to drive over to Playa Mora, unload people, ice chests, etc. and then bring the vehicle back over to the other side to park.
Although some people have won their lawsuits and have been given their property back, they haven't been able to take possession. These are all outside of the 42 hectares.
Until the issue of the concession is settled, nothing can happen on the beach in terms of restaurants, businesses, etc. Hopefully that will be resolved soon.
A representative of PROFEPA (the judicial arm of SEMARNAT - the "environmental protection agency") went to the beach a week or so ago, undercover, and experienced first hand how the security guards try to intimidate people. They reported back that there in fact wasn't free access to the zona federal, that the beach wasn't open 24 hours a day, and that the guards were very disrespectful and were overstepping their bounds.
One of the first things the marina did was take all the weapons from the guards except for two who have legal permits for their pistols.
Having PROFEPA step up for real, finally, is very heartening. A positive way to start the new year.