Holiday Traffic, Border Travel Brings Economic Boost in Presidio 1/3/14
CBS 7 News
January 3, 2014
PRESIDIO-From restaurants to department stores, Presidio was abuzz with activity and you can tell by the traffic.
Car after car after car sped across highway 67 in Presidio this holiday week—a sign of the holiday boom that hits the little town.
"What are you here for?”
“Gas, we’re headed up to the Big Bend State Ranch,” said Emerson, who was gassing up his jeep. “It's the only place to stop for 50 miles between here and Big Bend."
The mayor credits Mexico travel.
"It's people who are coming to Mexico, heading to other places, stopping and buying supplies and people traveling into Mexico for the holidays as well,” said Presidio Mayor John Ferguson.
Streets lined with shops were filled with people, discount signs lured shoppers in. A recent tax hike in Mexico may be driving some business to Presidio.
For Mexican shopper Guadalupe Ramos Collazo, it was “puras compras” or good buys that brought her into town.
“Well, food is much cheaper, clothing can be cheaper, there are just good buys,” Ramos Collazo said.
The border was busy. The bridge from Ojinaga to Presidio was filled with cars, people even walking on foot into Presidio.
"A lot of coordination was done to make sure that people could cross without delay this year,” said Ferguson. "Being on the border you hear all the bad, but this is a good thing."
Presidio has seen so much growth in border traffic in the past few years that it is working with the federal government and Mexico to expand the Presidio-Ojinaga Bridge.