Tucson Bob Walkup Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily Star

Rocky Point remains a safe place to visit, said Tucson mayor Bob Walkup emphatically during a visit this week to the Mexican beach town.

Walkup said that “honest, decent people” who have traveled outside the U.S. shouldn't worry about traveling to the Mexican beach town also known as Puerto Peñasco.

“You need to be watchful no matter where you go in this world, whether it’s into Mexico, into Europe or wherever,” Walkup said. “I think for the normal traveler, this is a safe place.”

Rocky Point business owners there are seeking to reverse damage caused by the recent inclusion in the State Department’s updated travel warning for Mexico that was published on April 22. The warning advised people to exercise caution in the popular beach town because of multiple incidents of transnational criminal organization -related violence.

The mayor said he promised to help promote Rocky Point as safe destination after he heard from the owner of the Friendly Dolphin restaurant that the establishment might have to close because people are too afraid to come.

“I will go out and I will be your greatest ambassador,” Walkup said he told him. “Because this is a wonderful place and not once, not once, have I ever felt threatened as I travel into Mexico.”

Walkup was invited to the first-annual Uniting Nations Cup golf tournament, said Braden Black, who represents Long Realty Rocky Point and Castaways Rocky Point.

“I want to encourage the citizens of Arizona that this is a safe place, and that they should come down and enjoy this wonderful place,” Walkup said. “This is our Riviera. Beth (his wife) and I are down here demonstrating what a great and safe place this is.”