Starting a new thread with a post from another.....
We were staying in the MP for two weeks in January when the fence went up. I think Curt it was me who wrote on the Yahoo MP site that we went to dinner at 8 Tostadas and returned to find the fence (actually they tried at the SG to get us to pay to take a van back). We walked and went through the employee entrance, but it was a one shot deal. The next 2 nights, we walked the beach at night to go to dinner. Very dark and not an easy walk. The next 2 nights after that we took the golf type cart to the main entrance and walked to dinner across the bridge and returned the same way. I preferred the beach, my wife preferred the cart and road. It is dangerous, no sidewalks at the beginning when they drop you off, with cars and cabs coming and going through the main entrance. The walk is longer, not well lit and there are hazards like holes and slopes. I don't drink too much at dinner, but I can see someone falling down the unprotected slopes going over the bridge.
I went to look at the fence in the daytime. They bulldozed large mounds of dirt along the fence line and there is no way around it...I tried. Since all the parking in the future will be way out in a separate entrance off the main highway, they will not need that large parking garage. We were told it would become an office facility, but it's anyone's guess. Even before the fence went up, there were large berms put up along the parking garage with the beginning of trees and other plantings being put in. A large corrugated passageway is already going through the berm for workers and/or carts to travel through.
The biggest nonsense was the reason for the fence being thefts occurring at the Grand Mayan. NOBODY checked us when we took the beach route at night, so much for that reason. We walked right through the GM pool area and into the lobby. You could also walk, there being the sidewalk beginning at the GM to the GB, MP etc with no checks.
Senor Chavez, we were told, wants the whole complex to be like Disney World, where carts and boats, etc take you around, no cars, no buses. Can you imagine check in and out days when your luggage doesn't get to the right location...ugh. To get offsite, you would have to take their transportation to the highway, and then....??
BTW, plenty of people were still leaving to go eat offsite. Some by taxis, some by cart, then walking the road.