Scores of residents living in the vicinity of Tobolandia and the low end of the Libramiento bypass are in an uproar over the raucous Festival de Lodo (Mud Fest) held Sunday, December 6 at the Ruta 4x4 off-road park, a new attraction tacked on to the sprawling aquatic complex.
The free-for-all for fans of rough-riding ATVs, dirt bikes, 4x4 trucks and other off-road vehicles was marked by high-decibel music, the roar of motors and rising dust clouds that caused day-long annoyance to householders in Cielo Vista, Riviera Alta and the east end of upper La Floresta.
Local motorsport buffs, on the other hand, relish the Chapala Mud Fest that brings high-octane action to the area every three to four months. However, previous events have taken place at different locations along Lake Chapala’s shoreline, usually at isolated points where inconveniences to inhabitants are minimal.
Event promoters contacted by the Reporter said that a crowd of around 2,000 motor-heads and spectators wheeled in from the Guadalajara to attend the event, noting they were unaware of complaints from neighbors about the new site.
José Barajas Gómez, director of Chapala’s urban development department, told this newspaper that he handled a barrage of phone calls from outraged Mexican and foreign residents detailing the disturbances they suffered. He explained that the happening was run with a special events permit issued to Tobolandia by the city hall licensing office. He has since reacted by ordering a permanent ban on future activities that might aggravate people accustomed to quiet living in nearby residential areas.