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Phoenix mayor throws support behind cruise ship port in Rocky Point

Jun 7, 2017, 4:32 AM | Updated: 11:20 am

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PHOENIX — Mayor Greg Stanton would like to see construction on a port for cruise ships in Rocky Point to proceed full-steam ahead.

Rocky Point, a popular destination in Mexico that is called Puerto Penasco in Spanish, is about halfway finished with the project. The Mexican government has only provided $30 million of the $60 million cost to finish the port thus far.

But a new agreement between Mexico and Arizona could change that. Gov. Doug Ducey and Sonora, Mexico Gov. Claudia Pavlovich struck a deal to promote the port, which could lead to funding hitting the necessary goals.

Stanton said the project would not only benefit his city, but the entire state. A cruise ship carries about 3,000 passengers, some of whom may want to check out Arizona, which is only a few hours away by car.

“We want to make sure that, as tourists from around the world come to visit ports in Mexico, that they make it as easy as possible to cross on into Arizona and come to Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, etc.,” he said.

Stanton said he will do his part to promote the deal struck between Ducey and Pavlovich on both sides of the border.

“As a leader who’s spent a lot of time in Mexico, I want to present very accurate information about what a wonderful place Mexico is,” he said. “They have their challenges. They’re not perfect, just like the United States has their challenges, but it is a wonderful place.”

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Phoenix mayor throws support behind cruise ship port in Rocky Point