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February 22, 2018

BULLETIN:  

HOLE ON SECOND DECK left 18 injured. There was speculation an oxygen tank may have been the cause.

Eighteen people were injured Wednesday in an explosion aboard one of the ferries of the Barcos Caribe Co. while disembarking passengers at the ferry pier in Playa del Carmen. The injuries consisted mostly of cuts by shrapnel from a hole ripped into an upper deck of the ship.  From early reports, there were no serious injuries and no fatalities. Cause of the explosion is believed to be a mechanical failure according to investigators. Three Canadians and 15 Mexicans were among the injured. Crossings on other ferries and beach activities nearby continued, said early reports of the event.

 

 

PA’s People…

Neighbor plans to memorialize
 friend with paddle board trek
Sees PA role in annual fundraising
event in memory of “Tony” Johnson

By Staff
A year before he died last Jan. 1, Anthony “Tony” Johnson of Puerto Aventuras and Calgary, Canada, pledged to arm scientists at the University of Calgary with a million dollars to subdue his and one of mankind’s enemies.

Anthony “Tony” Johnson on the beach in front of his cherished getaway in Puerto Aventuras.

He reached half his goal, some of it his own money and the rest from donors in Canada, before being subdued by glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor in adults that also took the life of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and now threatening U.S. war hero and Sen. John McCain.

Now, Mr. Johnson’s Puerto Aventuras neighbor and friend, Tony Schaefer of Quinta Maya on Punta Matzoma, wants to help germinate the seed of Mr. Johnson’s million-dollar goal by board-paddling from Cancun to Puerto Aventuras in what he’d like to see become an annual fund-raising event.

With the support of Mr. Johnson’s family, his widow, Ruth Capindale, daughter Alana and younger brother, Calgary policeman Don Johnson and family who are frequent visitors to their condo in Puerto Aventuras, Schaefer said he wants to “…memorialize Tony’s life by continuing his efforts to end the threat of glioblastoma.”

Schaefer said he has already received support from several sponsors but invites others to help eventually reach a $50,000 goal locally as Puerto Aventuras’ contribution to Mr.Johnson’s valuable intermittent presence here since 2005. Also on board is the Calgary Herald newspaper where Mr. John formerly worked and the University of Calgary, where he received treatment as part of a research program.

Tony Schaefer

Schaefer, 70, who can be seen almost daily crisscrossing Fatima Bay on his paddleboard, said he has a vision of an annual paddleboard event based in Puerto Aventuras with all paddleboarders invited to participate in taking on other challenging crossings to keep the fund-raising – and Mr. Johnson’s hope for a cure for others – alive.

Mr. Johnson, who began a career in journalism after earning two master degrees, wrote of financial affairs and eventually entered the field of finance where, for some 20 years, he enjoyed a successful career. His second home was the family’s cherished paradise in Puerto Aventuras where Mr. Johnson had his finger on the pulse of the community and loved to host family and friends, his family said.

It is fitting to use a sporting event to raise funds since Mr. Johnson was a college basketball player and enjoyed various sports including golf most of his life.

Schaefer  said he’s been studying weather and water patterns, use of a chase boat for safety’s sake, coastal resting places and beachfront hotels in preparation for the trip. Follow his progress on Facebook –  Paddlers Life.  He said he will report on progress as the plan develops.

Good Samaritans help rescue
children from troubled mom

The financially and emotionally troubled mother was under the influence of drugs as she climbed the slanted entrance lane of the busy Playa del Carmen highway overpass last Friday evening carrying her 4-year-old child.

Several drivers in the same lane who cared enough to see the potential danger of entering the overpass with its speeding cars, stopped and approached the mother to offer help. That’s when she threatened, in a state of frenzy, to jump or drop the traumatized child into the traffic below where other drivers had gathered to catch the child in the event the mother carried out her threat.

Offers of help were resisted by the woman as she clutched the child closer, but the drivers lunged and snatched the child from her arms as police, firefighters and paramedics began arriving below.

That’s when the police who arrested her learned that two more children, aged 1 and 3, were left alone at home. The woman told police she had turned to drugs after the family had been abandoned by her partner and left without income. Authorities took the children and said they would possibly be placed for adoption. Police said the mother would undergo psychological examination.

THE CROW’S NEST…

Giving outsiders resident access
is not what doctor ordered for PA

(Second of two arts)
By Pelican
Contemplating the motivation for the Taema pact that was pushed, passed and signed under the radar by the Fideicomiso and Colonos board, consider the maxim that “blood is thicker than water,” meaning, arguably, the most important relationships and loyalties lie within a family.

Then envision why the Fideicomiso first proposed a tunnel under the highway, which was rejected by Colonos, then a passport plan that would open the “exclusive” resort to owners of properties in the separate Taema enclave across the highway by providing them with resident-gate passes for a nominal fee.

Then pair these two names, PA developer and Fideicomiso Roman Rivera Torres and Gaspar Rivera Torres Prada, the latter listed as president of Grupo Frisa, a major development company that labels itself on its website as a builder of cities wíth more than 50 years of experience developing residential subdivisions, industrial parks, shopping centers and tourist developments, including Puerto Aventuras.

Grupo Frisa also built Puerto Maya, a subsidized housing subdivision across Highway 307 from the PA resort providing the comforts of better housing for an estimated 19,000 inhabitants including the adjacent poblado, who provide  a substantial labor force in the area.

Taema, which plans more than 900 housing units and a runway in what is billed as an air park, is working with Grupo Frisa on that development.

Grupo Frisa’s achievements and those of the resort’s Fideicomiso are impressive to say the least. Frisa boasts of having built more than 377,000 houses and sold more than 210,000 lots since 1957, benefiting 587,000 Mexican families from various income levels and, it goes without saying, also benefiting the developers’ bottom line.

Why, then, tarnish its local image by ignoring legitimate residents of, and investors in, the Puerto Aventuras resort community who voted 2,944 to 2 to rescind the Taema resident-access agreement?

The vote is a clear indication that resort residents want the community to essentially remain as its original vision claimed, a small, exclusive resort town, not a teeming city linked by tunnels, passports and hidden arrangements bestowing special residential status on non-residents to the perceived detriment of existing stakeholders.

The vote to rescind was overwhelming and should stand, particularly  since Taema residents will have the same status as tourists, who currently enjoy visiting here, without stepping on the community’s toes.

The Week That Was…

 

From left, The Walled-Off Astoria gets security between the Omni Hotel and Villa del Mar while joyful residents celebrate a birthday with friends at the Omni Restaurant. Bottom, from left, two chairmen look for a spot on the beach while oodles of students volunteer for a magic trick at the Colegio’s talent show while driver’s of cars parked on a dirt lane wonder where the Cultural Center’s parking lot is. (Staff Photos)

Animal rescue event at Latitude 20

Restaurant Latitude 20 is hosting an event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb . 23  to “Help Save Lives...One Puppy at a Time”, with a live auction, raffle, dancing, excellent music and friends. A donation will be given to help support animal rescue and upcoming sterilization clinics for Puerto Maya/Puerto Aventuras. All proceeds from the 250-peso entrance fee, raffle and  auction will be donated for care of the animals.

Charity golf tournament   in memory of Jean-Yves Losier, teacher from Canada, gets under way at 2:30 p.m., aturdy, Feb. 24,  at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course.  The Divot Restaurant, adjacent to the course clubhouse, “is a generous partner” in the event providing food and refreshments at cost, said committee member Jane Barclay.

Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in February. It started Feb 4 with Friendly Feud, followed on the 11th with Trivial Pursuits, the 18th with Bingo and the 25th with a return of Trivial pursuits. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes all to join the fun.

Soccer   Thierry Defauw reports that the friendly Sunday morning pick-up soccer games have resumed at the Puerto Maya field behind the Oxxo store on the main road into the village. Call Thierry at 984-877-5190 for more information. Young, middle aged and older folks can join the fun workout.

Group Spanish lessons with teacher Gloria Contreras are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

The Roundup…

A possible dog-poisoning alert   was issued Monday by the Colonos to its data base of residents following notification by a citizen of tthe Caleta Yalku area that two dogs became ill from swallowing what a veterinarian said blood samples showed was rat poison, which is not a controlled substance and easily available.

Colonos GM Armando Rincon said both animals that survived after treatment are so-called house dogs the vet described as well-cared for. He said it cannot be determined if the incident results from targeting dogs or raccoons and that the dogs were victim of unintended collateral damage.

The Colonos suggested dog owners in the Yalku area be certain to keep dogs leashed during their walks and, if possible, kept from eating anything they might encounter along the way.

Free subscription to the Pelican Free Press to anyone who can design and implement a better traffic pattern in and around the main gate area’s classic example of obfuscation. (See letters to the editor below). And a prize of 10 pesos for anyone who can find the parking lot for patrons of the arts at the cultural center…

The new beach entrance next to the Omni Hotel restaurant provided a moment of curiosity last Saturday when two bikers suddenly descended the steps from the restaurant to the beach and peddled off in the sand toward  Chac-Hal-Al…

An alarm ‘cluck’ went off in the UK forcing the iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken chain there to close half of its outlets because here was a shortage of chicken…

Earthquakes rattled southwest Mexico again when a mild quake early on Monday sent people scrambling in the wake of more powerful quakes just two days prior, on Friday, in Oaxaca. While there were no fatalities from last Friday’s 7.2 magnitude quake, four political officials were killed in a helicopter crash on an overflight of the epicenter. Two earthquakes last September killed 465 people in that general area…

The Mail Bag…

Party boats disturb life on marina 

Dear Editor,
Living on the marina: gorgeous weather, fantastic view, life is good! Suddenly, the peace is broken by a party boat loaded with screaming revelers, celebrating like it’s New Year’s Eve. Blaring music competes with the crew (some using a microphone) inciting all to scream louder.

These daily parades of fever-pitched day trippers who are bussed in, along with loud music and cheerleading boat crews are offensive, embarrassing and serve no beneficial purpose for our community.

Making matters worse, some boat owners operate workshops right on the pier. Their power tools obliterate every other sound for hours. They seem oblivious to their cruel impact on the surrounding community.

At times, some boats are fairly quiet. Whether this is done out of momentary respect for the community is hard to say.

Please don’t say, “if you don’t like it here, go back from where you came”. Basic respect and decency for your neighbor and community are universal.

We suggest a simple solution. Just as there is a “no wake” rule in the marina, enforce a “no noise” rule once a boat is in the marina. The party boats can pump up the volume to whatever level they want once they are out on the ocean.

The marina is home to many condominiums, occupied by hundreds of people who have paid large amounts of money to live here. Yet, we sit here, in meek and angry silence, endlessly enduring the abuse heaped on us by people who don’t live here and contribute absolutely nothing to our community.

We encourage our neighbors to write your letter of “living on the marina”. Send it to the Pelican Press for publication, Marina Harbor Master, and Colonos Administration/Board of Directors. Let’s bring peace and harmony to our beautiful community.
Respectfully,
Signed/The Vigilance Committee of Condominium Garza Blanca

Fine non-resident traffic offenders

Dear Editor:
I use to tell my friends that not much auto traffic was among the benefit of living in PA. That is no longer true.   I lose time daily trying to find a parking spot and in the gridlock of tourist and commercial vehicles lined up at the main gate blocking resident access.

I am annoyed by visitors’ cars speeding and breaking traffic rules, mainly bad parking and speeding through the Skate park round point, where I asked Colonos to put a Stop sign a few years ago.  Since I take the priority I lawfully have, I am regularly insulted by nn-resident drivers, mainly providers’ cars, boat industry cars, tourist van and taxis.

I have a possible solution for that.  Fine offenders 1000 MXP and if they don’t pay, don’t let them come back in. Also, because most no residents cars use public parking or the street to park,  a 20 pesos entry fee to PA for the 3000 cars entering everyday (not included resident and Colegio traffic who enter with their card). By the way who are those 3000 cars and what are they doing in PA?

It could seem a strange idea but just do the math.  3000 x 20 x 365, is 22 millions, more than Colonos annual budget.  Charging fine to 30 cars a day (easy with camera, I personally see at least 10 offenders everyday), is another 10 million per year.

Fewer cars would be coming in for not paying fines, meaning the fgate could be better controlled.The first step is to build the new gate with all control technology included.  The clock is running with only four months left before gate project funding is returned to owners who paid into it and the project canceled.

Signed/Thierry Defaw

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February 16, 2018

PA’s People…

Porto Bello, where friendships
forged can last longer than life

Memorial golf tourney slated Feb. 24

By Staff
We learned fractions in school and how well they fit into whole numbers when unified.

So it goes at Porto Bello where “fractional” ownership has given rise to a tight-knit cosmopolitan community from the world over and cemented friendships that last longer than life.

Remembering teacher Jean-Yves Losier with a charity golf tournament on Feb. 24.

One such bond has given rise to a golf tourney to be held Feb. 24 at the Puerto Aventuras Club in memory of Jean-Yves Losier who died last March.

Jane Barclay, serving on the committee with her husband, Dusty, a retired bridge builder in Michigan, and with Wayne and Millie Acheson, Milan Chilla and Kris Kumpf, said Losier was a teacher in Canada and a most congenial sort that they now miss but remember fondly.

“Since he loved to teach,” Mrs. Barclay said,” we thought of having a charity golf tournament for the Friends of Puerto Aventuras (FOPA) where the English language is taught to some 80 poblado children daily in addition to their regular schoolwork. FOPA also funds secondary education scholarships for willing, worthy students as well and night classes in the evening for adults.

The tourney, in a smaller way, replicates several tournaments held some years ago that, in cooperation with the Anat Kah charitable foundation, helped build the first two classrooms of the poblado high school and fund FOPA.

“We already have 32 of the 36-limit number of golfers we can handle for the day, and the 60-limit on dining,” the Barclays reported on Wednesday and will be pleased to include another four golfers.

The event is being held at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entry is limited to the first 36 golfers and the fee is $60 USD, ($25 for non-golfers) which includes food, refreshments, cart and prizes.

For information and payment, contact Milan Chilla [email protected] Wayne Acheson [email protected] Dusty Barclay [email protected] .

Woman carrying cash payroll
shot dead in Punta Soliman

Victim had home in Puerto Aventuras

A female architect with Israeli and Canadian ties and listed in Colonos records as a homeowner here was shot to death last Friday while delivering a cash payroll to laborers working on one of her and her husband’s projects in Punta Soliman, about 18 kilometers north of Tulum.

A Puerto Aventuras resident said he knew the couple as Yardena and Roger Parienti who had developed several properties in Puerto Aventuras and Punta Soliman.  He described them as “…a charming couple close to each other and their family.”

Municipal police responding to a 911 alert found the woman in her white Ford Explorer on a dirt road that connects Highway 307 to Punta Soliman beach and residential area. Paramedics from the Red Cross ambulance crew pronounced her dead at the scene.

Her husband told investigators after a preliminary review of the scene that his wife’s pocketbook, in which she was carrying the payroll, was missing. There were no bullet holes on the car. She reportedly was shot in the head and heart and the gun left in the car, leading investigators to theorize that she may have been targeted either as a matter of retribution , theft of the payroll or both.

Fantoms of the Opera…

More than 500 fans attended the “popera” concert by teenager Carmen Goett last Sunday at the Cultural Center, apparently breaking an attendance record for that venue and earning raves for her performance. (Staff Photo)

Audience showers teen soprano
with accolades on performance 

More than 500 area residents and guests – an apparent attendance record – brought tears, cheers and standing ovations to Carmen Goett’s “popera” performance last Sunday at the Puerto Aventuras Cultural Center. Audience reaction is best expressed by those in attendance. Here are a few:

“She is a self-taught soprano,” said resident Timothy Howard, “with impressive natural gifts that include a broad range and the ability to hit the high notes. Goett’s first selection, Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, showcased these gifts perfectly, after which she ventured fearlessly into two works few sopranos her age would even attempt: Verdi’s iconic Nessun Dorma and the blazing coloratura aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Der Hölle Rache.”

Mr. Howard,  who served as treasurer and executive committee member of the Washington D.C. Opera House when Domingo Placido was with the company, continued: “Goett’s popular selections drew on songs made famous by her inspiration Sarah Brightman, and Andrea Bocelli. The audience responded enthusiastically to Bocelli’s Song of the Earth. To close the evening, Goett paired with tenor Alfredo Fiori to perform two appropriately placed crowd-pleasers—The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye—sending everyone, after saying goodbye, off into the night singing.”

Rapturous applause

“Carmen Goett gave a wonderful performance to a full house,” said resident Angelo Mouzouropoulos. “Her repertoire ranged from classical pieces such as Gounod’s Ave Maria to modern songs such  as an extract from the Phantom of the Opera . This enabled her to display the wide range, strength and versatility of her voice, which is incredible for a 19-year-old. Her presentation was sophisticated and yet very warm and friendly.

“For some of the songs, she was accompanied by a talented tenor, Alfredo Fiori, who complemented her voice very well during duets. The audience showed its appreciation with rapturous applause and standing ovations. I am sure that Carmen will have a wonderful career ahead of her and hope that she is actively investigating the various avenues to promote herself in Mexico and internationally.”

Sang like an angel

“We heard Carmen sing three years ago on the patio at the Omni Hotel at the age of 15, “writes resident Ann Matheson, “and were overwhelmed with her amazing talent, and that of her accompaniment, her sister, Cecelia … then again last year at a wine tasting evening at Dreams Hotel.

“We invited some friends Sunday and after the first spellbinding moments, when I had goose bumps,  I looked at my friends and most of them had tears in their eyes. She sang like an angel.”

“I will say this, for the audience, she was exhilarating,” said Jim Jamieson. “Her stage presence, her command of the high notes and her overall performance more than satisfied all in attendance.”

“The Riviera Maya’s large expat community is exposed to many art and music events throughout the year, but not of this sort – and rarely of such quality,” said Paamul Jack, a resident of Paamul who attended with a contingent of friends.

“I have been a classical music and opera enthusiast since I was 12. What a delight it was for me to be shocked with a young and beautiful modern-day Maria Callas, exploding with some of my old favorites – right here in PA – performing for a full house of an overwhelmed audience. The magnificent sounds of her voice still resonate in my ears, days after the event. There is no doubt in my mind that Carmen is on her way to international fame as a top-notch soprano of the 21st century, and I will be anxiously waiting for her next local performance.”
Ms. Goett expressed appreciation to Coppelia’s Lighting, Jettience Dresses, Info Center Promotions and GM Media for recording the event.

Charity Golf tourney set for Feb. 24

Charity golf tournament   in memory of Jean-Yves Losier, teacher from Canada, gets under way at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 24,  at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course.  The Divot Restaurant, adjacent to the course clubhouse, “is a generous partner” in the event providing food and refreshments at cost, said committee member Jane Barclay.
Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in February, on the 18th with Bingo and the 25th with a return of Trivial pursuits. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes all to join the fun.

What is believed to be the world’s oldest and best equipped three-masted schooner will visit Puerto Morelos.

Soccer   Thierry Defauw reports that the friendly Sunday morning pick-up soccer games have resumed at the Puerto Maya field behind the Oxxo store on the main road into the village. Call Thierry at 984-877-5190 for more information. Young, middle aged and older folks can join the fun workout.
Group Spanish lessons with teacher Gloria Contreras are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.
The world’s grandest and oldest schooner, the “Sorlandet” pearl of Norway, will dock in Puerto Morelos at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20 as part of a trip around the world to promote personal development and environmental causes. The public is invited to greet the majestic ship carrying some 80 students from all over the world.

Chili cookoff also was a sellout last Saturday at the Latitude 20. The ten cooks participating pleased many palates and the sponsoring Seaside Rotary Club reported more than $1,000 USD was raised for support of the “Transformar Educando” Community Center school and social services center in the poblado.

THE CROW’S NEST…

Taema letter claims 2,944
voters have ‘no standing’  

By Pelican
Here’s a shocker that gives residents food for thought. It blew into Puerto Aventuras last week with the contents of a letter from Taema, the Grupo Frisa company planning to build more than 900 housing and hotel units and an airpark across the highway just west of Phase 4.

Background: Taema had initiated a 2016 undisclosed pact with the PA resort’s Fideicomiso and Colonos board that would give Taema homeowners privileges equal to regular resort residents, including use of access cards through the resident gates, for a modest fee.

Existence of the contract was exposed recently by several curious resort residents who had learned from Taema salesmen about the use of “passports” for unchecked access to the resort – the same privilege as resort homeowners. The couples were infuriated because they saw this as a breach of the resort’s claims and expectations of exclusivity, and a burden on resort parking, infrastructure and facilities.

Voters don’t count

A record attendance of Colonos Assembly voters in December accepted the Colonos board’s admission of a “mistake” in signing onto the pact under the Fideicomiso’s prodding and voted overwhelmingly – 2,944 to 2 – to rescind it.

And here’s the shocker. Taema’s letter says the vote doesn’t mean a thing because, the company claims, the assembly has no “standing” (from the Latin locus standi). That’s a legal term “for the ability of a party to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged to support that party’s participation in the case.” If the HOA Assembly has no standing, why was it pressed by Fideicomiso to sign the contract? To show togetherness?

To claim that after sitting six hours at the assembly, the voters have “no standing” leaves the entire affair and efficacy of community involvement and official transparency open to question.

If existing resort property buyers were made to believe the community is exclusive, why would the Fideicomiso suddenly promote special arrangements to include buyers of property across the highway against the wishes of 2,944 to 2 voters – while simultaneously hyping tighter main gate access control for existing users? Why was the pact kept hidden from public view? (To be continued)

A hare-raising show…

Magician Enrique Perez holds audience attention as he prepares to pull a surprise rabbit out of a hat during the Colegio’s annual talent show held Wednesday at the Cultural Center. (Staff Photos)

The Mail Bag…

Where are the fines ?

Dear Editor:
In the interest of providing both sides of the issue I would like to suggest that people who are interested go to chachalal.com to see what people there have posted regarding the difficulties between us and Colonos administration.

Also, I would like to quote from  the (unedited) “Rules we live by…or Not” carried in your paper (as a public service) a couple of Colonos regulations that they do not live by which are causing the problem. Namely articles 25 and article 28. There are others but these are indicative of their lack of enforcing their own regulations.

“Article 25.– Since noise contaminates the atmosphere it is forbidden to generate it surpassing the maximum decibels established by the ecological development bureau in urban areas at 90 db. Offenders will be fined.

Article 26. Felling of trees in public gardened areas, green areas and the development’s reserve zone is forbidden. Trees located within private property may only be cut with a permit from the authorities and only if strictly necessary. Offenders will be fined and the authorities will be notified.

Article 21.- domestic animals found within the development without their owners will be considered street animals and be either put to sleep or turned over to the authorities.

Article 28.– It is forbidden to enter commercial areas, consumption and service areas in general as well as clubs or recreational areas with any type of animal.

Signed, Peter Moulton

(Ed. Note. – Colonos is not authorized or empowered to levy fines. Call the municipal police and/or authorities with complaints. They can fine offenders. As to Article 21, like most others, it is non-specific and we presume it does not include the human animal. Woof! Woof!)

The Roundup…

Sargassum is back to haunt Playa’s beaches to the growing dismay of waterfront businesses that are increasingly vociferous in faulting the government of dragging its feet on spending funds via the Beach Recovery Trust to find a sargassum solution. Left on the beach for too long, the sea grass emits an odor that drives people away from the beaches. So far this year, it has not been a problem in Puerto Aventuras…

Population growth has its dark side as people of Playa, Puerto Aventuras and other communities find it more difficult to navigate traffic congestion and find places to park. The problem’s impact on tourism and locals is prompting calls to resume work on a 2010 plan to implement new coastal highway improvements…

About 170 tourists in Akumal were prevented on Monday from entering the waters of the turtle sanctuary and two companies temporarily sanctioned by federal authorities from bringing the tourists to the sanctuary risking harm to the turtles or damage to the reefs and sea grasses…

U.S. and Canadian NAFTA negotiators exchanged barbs this week over the sluggish pace of  progress in securing trade agreements. The talks have stalled and frustrations set in with negotiators who now say reaching agreements on schedule seems impossible and could take many months more than planned…

Mr. Clean arrived in Puerto, it seems, after two complaints were filed, one involving the amount of trash and debris lining the narrow sidewalk to Chedraui and the other concerning the uninviting conditions of the public lavatories in Centro. A cleaning crew was observed this week along the sidewalk and reportedly, Centro HOA, Colonos and Fideicomiso are raising funds to brighten los banos…

The rules we live by…or not!

(Final page, unedited)

 ARTICLE 38.– ALL ASSOCIATES WHO FAIL TO PAY THEIR FEES PUNCTUALLY MUST PAY MORATORY INTEREST ON UNPAID BALANCES, AT THE PERCENTAGE AVERAGE COST PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE “BANCO DE MEXICO” PLUS A 50% (FIFTY PERCENT).

ARTICLE 39.- VOTES WILL HAVE THE VALUE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS;

  1. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF UNCONSTRUCTED SINGLE FAMILY LOTS WILL HAVE ONE POINT PER LOT, WITHOUT CONSIDERING ITS SURFACE. LOTS WITH OTHER LAND USE WILL HAVE ONE POINT FOR EACH FIVE HUNDRED SQUARE METERS OR FRACTION EXCEEDING. WITH A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINT PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.
  2. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF HOTEL KEYS WILL HAVE AS MANY POINTS AS HOTEL KEYS HELD IN PROPERTY, AS DESCRIBED IN THE CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS.
  3. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF COMMERCIAL LOTS WILL HAVE ONE POINT FOR EVERY FIFTY SQUARE METERS OR EXCEEDING FRACTION CONSTRUCTED, WITH A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINTS PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.
  4. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF HOMES WILL HAVE ONE POINT PER BUILT BEDROOM, HAVING A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINTS PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.

CHAPTER VII

ON SANCTIONS

ARTICLE 40.– ANY SANCTION TO THESE REGULATIONS WILL BE PENALIZED BY THE DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACCORDINGLY.

ARTICLE 41.- ALL SANCTIONS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE OFFICIALS MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE OFFENSE OR RELAPSE.

ARTICLE 42.– THE SANCTIONS AUTHORIZED IN THESE REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS;

  1. FINES RANGING FROM 10 TO 100 DAYS OF THE PERVALING MINIMUM WAGES IN THIS STATE.
  2. SUSPENSION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ASSOCIATION.
  3. PROPOSAL TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE ACTION INSTRUCTED IN ARTICLE 13 OF THE ASSOCIATION’S PROTOCOL, AND

4.- THE REMAINING, BY THE DISPOSITIONS INSTRUCTED IN THE ASSOCIATION’S PROTOCOL AND                IN THESE REGULATIONS.

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