Interesting piece Mike, thanks for sharing. A couple of comments,
While the drastic enforcement of the law did not sit well with business owners
I'll bet. I'm not sure what the owners expected. Simply open business as usual and flaunt it? Don't like the law? Change it...they'd proabably find enough support to do so.
The team of officers ensured that the store representatives/owners were informed of their offence and were also informed of the course of action that would be taken. As such the stores were promptly closed in the presence of the officers.
To me this is simply the right way to handle the siutation. I suppose the owners could take heart in the fact that they dont operate in California...probably an immediate closure, a stiff fine, with a suspension to operate until a hearing "next month" to either clear it or have their license revoked.
Mike, did you ever hear how San Ignacio TC ultimately handled the closure issue? I know that they had promised to "handle the matter" but never heard how. If its a national law I fail to see how a town council could be less stringent.