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JULY 2014; Robber routed from town

WIDE SMILE – Visit our local dentist before heading north. Click on the Smile logo
CHECK THIS OUT! WeRWater has a new website, pool products. Click logo at left
VILLAS AKALAN to rent close to the Riviera Maya’s prime beach at Tulum.
REPAIR LEAKS BEFORE THE RAINY SEASON, click on Definitive Solutions for help.
LIBRARY HOURS   Mon-Fri from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. More than 15,000 English and Spanish books to choose from.
ENTERTAINMENT at PA’s Latitude 20 Restaurant
DANGER WET FLOOR? Don’t slip, don’t fall, give Innovative Floor Solutions a call. Click left.
SECURITY CAMERAS help guard your home when you are gone. Click on Mayan Security.
FISHING SEASON HERE: Click on Capt. Rick’s for sportfishing adventure
REMEMBER Puerto Aventuras Catering for house parties, biz meetings or large weddings. Click logo at left.
HOT EVENING? Take a cool walk to Jessie Gelato in Centro and taste the relief

 

Puerto Maya building boom continues

By Staff
The Pelican’s recent “State of the Town” series would not be complete if it did not mention the growth occurring on the other side of the highway in the Puerto Maya development. Unscientific census taking generally pegs population there as high as 20,000, including the Poblado, while the number of living units usually are not worked into the mix.

The Pelican made a brief fly-over last month with Puerto Maya resident manager Yolanda Porqit, who pegged current population of that development at 9,498. They arrive at that figure by assuming an average of three persons per living unit, of which there are currently 3,166.

However, additional housing construction is going on in two more Puerto Maya tracts, one with a proposed 799 units and the other with 356, or a total of 1,155. Add that to the 3,166 units already occupied and you have a total of 4,321 units when they are all sold by next year. At three persons per unit, projected population is 12,963, rounded out at 13,000, not including the Poblado.

Population projections from the Puerto Aventuras resort developer now entering the last phase of construction there has estimated an eventual PA population of around 30,000 including Puerto Maya, the resort and the Poblado.

Helping to get the Puerto Maya units sold and giving labor the hope of improved domestic accommodation, the government is offering subsidies of 64,000 pesos to qualified individuals and families on a basic unit that sells for 295,500 pesos, the manager said.

A tour of the development shows certain amenities lacking in the Poblado. For one, it has a surprisingly well-designed park and playground for children. It slopes down from the wide main street that connects the residential area to the Chedraui retail complex by the highway. The park slopes downward via tree- and shrub-lined paths to a well-equipped children’s playground tucked away in a gully to dampen street noise and add to privacy and solitude.

Conagua provides water from tanks that provide distribution pressure to the units. The streets are exceptionally wide and bordered with generous cement sidewalks and green strips. The development thus far also has two schools, from K through high school; a police sub-station, convenience store outlets and other retail establishments. There are also two sports domes that appear to be well used by the community for various events and casual play. There is seamless integration with the adjacent Poblado community.

The manager said Puerto Maya is a project of the private Grupo Vivo Inmobiliario, which determines the number of units it will build. While the more advanced refer to the type of construction offered as “cookie cutter” housing, the company goal and type of construction is intended to lift lower-wage labor into better housing than it has at prices it can afford, particularly with the subsidy.

The company has nine developments ongoing in the coastal region here and Tabasco. They are: El Encanto, Chetumal, 1,041 units; Paraiso Maya, Cancun, 5,958 units; La Venta in Tabasco, 2,734; Maya Real (homes), Chetumal, 585; El Encanto, Tabasco, 760 (Homes); La Fluerta, Tabasco, 1023; The Guadalupe, Cancun (homes), 1,120; Mundo Habitat (homes), Playa de Carmen, 215.

In photos below, a mother collects her child from the school, in background, and begins walking home. At center right is the police sub-station and new construction of more units, and, below, Oxxo convenience store and a sports dome.

 

Suspected thief leaves town
as another caught red-handed

By Staff
The Colonos reports that a person suspected in a string of robberies and attempted robberies has left town under pressure from local Security. (Meanwhile, in a late-breaking development, one of two men attempting to break into an apartment across from the San Marino Condos on Privada Xel Ha was caught by Colonos Security who held the suspect for municipal police. More on this in the next edition.)

Colonos GM Armando Rincon said that after six events were reported to security, the Colonos distributed a letter containing a description of the person that was given to the Colonos by the first person who had a confrontation with the suspect.

“Immediately, three other residents approached us with information and description of the suspect who we tracked to a condo unit on Bahia Yalku. We placed a guard outside the condo 24/7 and as a result all incidents ceased,” Rincon said.

He said he approached the condo owner and showed him a newspaper clipping that accused the suspect of stealing 20,000 pesos in Isla Mujeres in 2013. The owner advised the suspect and he subsequently left town, Rincon said.

The Colonos reminds residents that the community’s video surveillance program coupled with pro-active residents are greatly helping to keep minor crimes at a minimum. (For more information on the first suspect and his female partner, click on the Colonos site in the right hand column.)

Public’s tips underscored

   The public’s activism and help led to the ouster of a suspected thief was also attributed to the Mexican Marines’ rescue of 18 kidnapped Central American migrants, including children, in the state of Tamaulipas, which shares a roughly 142-mile border with the state of Texas.

Media reports there of the discovery of victims and subsequent arrest of two suspects noted the rescue operation by the Marines was made possible by tips from an aware public. That awareness plus quick response by lawmen is a major tool in the battle against crime. say enforcement officials.

 

‘Hole in Wall’ gang steals

$8K of bathroom fixtures

under nose of filtro police

Compiled by Staff
Thieves broke into the back wall of a plumbing supply business located just a few hundred feet from a police filtro outside Playa del Carmen in early June and made off with an estimated 80,000 pesos of bathroom fixtures.

The intruders broke an opening in the wall of from 1.50 to 1.60 meters to gain access to the loot. The business was not immediately identified for obvious reasons.

For those who might muse “only in Mexico,” there was a story out of Rhode Island in the U.S. a few years ago when a brazen thief walked into a gasoline station across a roadway from the fire station, picked up the cash register while the owner was busy in the mechanic’s bay, put it in the trunk of his car and drove away in plain sight of firefighters who watched the entire proceedings from across the way.

“We thought he was a cash register repair man,” the embarrassed firefighters later told the press.

 

 

Survey: Public servants seen ‘corrupt’

Mexico’s 2013 National Survey of Government Quality and Impact found 88.3 percent of Mexicans feel public servants engage in corrupt practices in dealing with the public. Survey results were announced by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

Forty-eight percent of respondents said corrupt practices are very frequent among public employees with 40 percent saying corruption is “frequent”. Respondents, 88 percent of them, said corruption is either “very frequent” or “frequent” when dealing with the police.

Respondents also said they found corrupt practices in dealing with political parties, 84.4 %, and public prosecutors, 78.4 %. Nonetheless, corruption was only the number 3 problem cited by respondents. They placed crime first, 70.4 %, and unemployment as the nation’s second biggest problem. The survey included 1,000 households in cities with 100,000 population.

Neighbor state site gets UNESCO nod

The state of Campeche on Quintana Roo’s western border has received a designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, with the naming of ancient Maya city and tropical forest of Calakmul as World Heritage sites, both of which are in driving distance from Puerto Aventuras. It is the first “mixed site” added to UNESCO’s list.

“The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Mayan capital,” the agency said.

The site added to the World Heritage list is in the southern part of Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and is reportedly the second largest area of tropical forest in the Americas as well as the best protected, covering 1.78 million acres.

 

 

 

Commerce Corner…Compiled by Staff

Pemex gears for competition,

faults filters for ‘bad gas’ rap

   Pemex is preparing to modernize its 10,900 service stations nationwide to position itself against expected private competition beginning in 2018. The government is debating legislation to allow competition for the first time since Pemex was nationalized in 1938.

Pemex, which alone services the nation’s 25 million cars, says it will launch the Pemex brand, improve the image of customer service, bring new products to market and forge partnerships with leading companies.

It has also launched a training program that will eventually reach all of its 26,000 managers, supervisors and sales staff. It was not clear whether Pemex would move into the self-serve market and/or equip pumps with credit/debit card capability, the company said at the inaugural of the annual petroleum retailers convention in Playa del Carmen.

Meanwhile, Pemex rejected blogged complaints of ‘bad gas’ in some Yucatan areas by noting the problem with gunked-up fuel pumps was the fault of independently manufactured gas filters carried by independent station operators.

 

TV diversification set back

Meanwhile, the government’s effort to bring competition in the TV industry where Carlos Slim’s America Movil and the duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca, by introducing and auctioning off two new national networks to competition has been postponed to September 2-3. It was to be held in June.

The auction for 20-year concessions of the country’s first television frequencies is aimed at diversifying content, among other goals. The deadline had to be postponed to bolster legal certainty since secondary legislation has not yet been approved.

Restaurants up prices

   A spokesman for area restaurants reports  says prices are going up for menu items by 3 to 5 percent as the result of higher gasoline and wholesale food costs, particularly meat and dairy. He said what cost 90 pesos just weeks ago now costs 135 to 140 pesos, about a 35 percent increase. If nothing changes in the summer tourist season, snowbirds from the north might be looking at higher prices come winter.

One’s music, another’s noise

as Centro issue erupts again

The universal but unintended consequences of mixed-use zoning are raising more dust in the Centro retail area In Puerto Aventuras over music being played louder and longer than the limits set by the Centro homeowners’ association.

In a letter to HOA members – this includes business owners and living unit owners above the businesses – the Vigilance and Supervisory Committee has identified three restaurants targeted by their neighbors as breaking Rule 81 of Mexican law and the HOA’s by-laws as regards music, also known as noise when it disrupts neighbors trying to sleep or enjoy the peace.

The letter identifies Cafe Ole, Joel’s Restaurant and Paul Wedge’s Pub as disturbing neighbors with nighttime music exceeding the 68 decibel rule for noise.The law states music should be kept inside the establishments or line of business and not exceed 69 decibels. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that none of the buildings are soundproofed, as are many in the north countries.

The letter states, “We understand that…having music is part of their business…but we must respect neighbors who have the challenge of living in a mixed-use environment.” The letter also notes that an effort to bring businesses into compliance on other matters as well has led to verbal and physical abuse of some Vigilance Committee members. The association is calling for harmony and an August 2 meeting to discuss all of the above and to present views and possible solutions that are fair to all.


Centro Maya called ‘ghost town’

 

   The Centro Maya shopping plaza on the outskirts of Playa Del Carmen’s south end, a banking, movie theater and shopping place for Puerto Aventurans, is being called a “ghost square” by some retailers there hungering for enough business to remain open.

While some retailers have already closed shop, others hanging on say their sales have dropped from about 80 percent four years ago to 30 percent this year. Several retailers said the plaza has failed to market itself property and fight for more public transportation from the rest of the city and its suburban communities.

They said they now have to compete with Plaza Americas in the city’s north end, which is serviced by more public transportation. The complaints did not differentiate between summer and winter sales, when more snowbirds are present.

 

BIZ BUZZ…

 

MUSICAL CHAIRS has been on the Centro menu as Gaylita and Gary have resumed the operation of the Cafe Ole while Bill and Ally Belair, who operated Café Ole for a brief period, have moved to Hippo’s…DONNA’S BAKERY in Centro is adding a home delivery program of organic vegetables to her usual baked goods offerings…SOLAR ENERGY companies are moving into the Mayan Riviera, an area that, according to a recent energy forum in Cancun, is the highest catchment region in the country at 5.8 kilowatt hours per square meter per day. A spokesman for the hotel association said at the forum that hotels are not taking advantage of this sustainable energy source because of high up-front costs. Several solar panel manufacturers have moved sales representatives to this area including eSun whose site can be visited by clicking on its logo in the sponsor column…ANOTHER DOLPHIN DISCOVERY has opened at the Grand Sirenis Hotel in Akumal, the eighth one in Quintana Roo…TAXI AND PRIVATE DRIVERS complained of higher gasoline prices due to tax increases on the product. The latest 12-peso hike upped the tax to 77 pesos per liter to yield prices of 12.77 pesos for magna, 13.45 for premium and 13.28 for diesel…SOME AREA HOTELS are using hawks to keep other birds away from hotel restaurants in the tourist areas…  REALLY ROLLING! Mexico auto exports reached record heights in the first quarter rising 8.7 percent from the same period in 2013. Companies in Mexico made 1.02 million units in that period of which 82.9 percent headed for foreign markets…THE DIRECTOR GENERAL of Civic Aviation and the International Air Transport Association have declared that Cancun International Airport has reached saturation point, yet no progress on a proposed terminal in Tulum…FARMERS NEED HELP to stay on the job in southern Q. Roo, says a farmers’ association group seeking help from the government. The group says farmers are leaving the field for work in the tourist areas for lack of assistance from government and private sources. They say it’s a shame because the land is the most productive in the region…TEQUILA IN CHINA is growing at such a pace that China is on the verge of becoming the second largest importer of Mexican tequila…BEACH LOSS in Cancun is reported as 60 percent over 40 years…PUERTO AVENTURAS AIRPORT – Land clearing has begun in the western jungles of Puerto Aventuras for the Playa del Carmen Aerodrome which will be moved as soon as the new facility is ready. No word yet as to what will happen to the prime land currently hosting the aerodrome…HOME DEPOT building advancing in Playa del Carmen. Can Costco be far behind?

 

 

The Mail Bag…

Letters

Dear Editor,

I want to say thank you for the great publication, I look forward every week to my newsletter and miss you when you move to monthly! As I’m hoping to become a resident in the near future I am an avid fan! I just wondered if you could help me- I’d love to know if there are any Brits living in PA who might be willing to give some advice on the practicalities of a move from the UK.

Many thanks,

Signed/Sharon Watkin

Dear Editor:
I saw your article on fuel pump failure in the Pelican Free Press. I had to replace my fuel pump a month ago and the dealership attributed it to bad Magna fuel from Pemex. While we were there at the Toyota Dealer in Playa we saw another Van pull up and had the same problem. Pemex.
(Ed. Note: See comments above on filter problem)

Signed/ Carolyn and Nina Kumar 

 

 

An a-maize-ing bike

in  Puerto Morelos

When sailing yacht owners on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA, decide to make a transatlantic trip, some of them use a stationary bicycle hooked up to a generator to produce electricity and get exercise. There are no bike paths in the Atlantic.

An appetizing version of this idea has cropped up in Puerto Morelos. It is called a “bicimolinos” – a hand-built stationary bike that provides the ladies with exercise while simultaneously producing masa dough as a by-product of the pedaling energy. It’s a classic example of killing two birds with one stone, as they say.

The idea is popular in Central America countries like Guatemala and El Salvador and appears to be making its initial appearance on the Yucatan peninsula in Puerto Morelos via a project called “Maize Value.”

Reportedly, there are five people in that town involved. One of them, Viviana Diaz Velez Sofia, says the bike will help support a family’s economy by the sale of the corn tortillas as well as improve the health of the persons pedaling the machines. The project is scheduled to be in full swing next year.

 

Briefly Noted…

CHECK THE COLONOS SITE for information to confirm your resident and gate passes as a security measure…PLAYA MOVIE HOUSES are reportedly doing rather well with an average of 12,000 fans showing up weekly…GULF HURRICANE BORIS dropped a lot of rain in Riviera Maya, hurting tourist retail and water-related businesses. But it wasn’t as bad as the downpours in the southern state of Guerrero where torrential rain caused evacuation of thousands of residents to safer ground …BEACH DUNE RECOVERY of about 20 percent is reported in Playa del Carmen area because of a planting program undertaken by the environmental protection agency Zofemat, which says the project is being helped by abundant rain…THE OVERPASS REPAIR project in Playa will be discontinued for the summer and resume in the fall…CULTURAL EXCHANGE program has been signed by Mexico-UK where each country will bring a series of events to the other country…SOME RESTRICTIONS on commercial travel from Belize to Chetumal have been lifted following a meeting on transportation issues…HURRICANE INSURANCE costs leave some 95 percent of small businesses without coverage, says a spokesman from the Association of Bars and Clubs in Playa’s tourist zone…CUT FERRY PRICE to Cozumel for all people of Solidarity by 50 percent is a movement under way to give all residents of Solidarity the same price break that islanders get for traveling to Solidarity on the ferry…A U.N RAPPORTEUR (one who compiles and presents reports) has suggested the Mexican government remove military units from the streets to reduce homicides brought on by clashes of drug-related shootouts…RED CROSS says it collected 75 percent of its goal as of mid-June…SHRIMP FLAKES have the potential to help sufferers of osteoarthritis, say researchers from the University of Veracruz, by helping repair cartilage/bone tissue. One in five Q. Roo females suffer from the ailment…HIGHWAY SHOOTING was fatal to a young taxi driver on Highway 307 near Paamul in mid-June. A second driver was shot four times and died in Playa del Carmen on the same day…GASTROINTESTINAL cases rose 5 percent since the heat and rain have arrived, says the General Hospital. Dust, dirty water and food gone bad are the likely culprits, say the doctors…DUST THOU ART – The red sunsets seen from the Yucatan in June stem from Saharan dust particles, an annual event, though the particles were not as dense this year…SOLiDARITY’S COMPTROLLER reports the state of Quintana Roo ranks fifth in the nation in corruption incidents and asks the public to report any attempts by public employees to extort favors during the performance of their duties…A MUNICIPAL CENSUS and survey began this week in Puerto Aventuras, reports the Colonos. Uniformed agents with identification are visiting homes and residents are asked to respond to this effort at achieving a population count, although responses are not obligatory, says the Colonos…A U.S. TOURIST drowned in waters off Sandos Playacar this week (June 25). Paramedics attempted to save her but the 53-year-old woman died from swallowing too much sea water, the medics said…AND STILL GROWING is the federal election District 1 comprising Solidarity, Tulum, Cozumel, Lazaro Cardenas and Benito Juarez (Cancun) that has an estimated 500,000 voters for next year’s federal election compared to 400,000 in 2012…

END THIS POST: Please refer to the Colonos site for church and al-anon services and other pertinent housekeeping information. Click on the Colonos icon in the top right column.

JUNE 2014: Cameras get another thief

WIDE SMILE – Visit our local dentist before heading north. Click on the Smile  logo
VILLAS AKALAN to rent close to the Riviera Maya’s prime beach at Tulum.
REPAIR LEAKS BEFORE THE RAINY SEASON, click on Definitive Solutions for help.
LIBRARY HOURS   Mon-Fri from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. More than 15,000 English and Spanish books to choose from.
ENTERTAINMENT at PA’s Latitude 20 Restaurant
DANGER WET FLOOR? Don’t slip, don’t fall, give Innovative Floor Solutions a call. Click left.
RESERVE NOW for summer car storage at Riviera Maya vehicle and boat storage. Click the logo at left.
FISHING SEASON HERE: Click on Capt. Rick’s for sportfishing adventure
REMEMBER Puerto Aventuras Catering for house parties, biz meetings or large weddings. Click logo at left.
HOT EVENING? Take a cool walk to Jessie Gelato in Centro and taste the relief
AQUANAUTS dive shop in Centro offers training, varied diving exploits, GoPro camera sales
AKUMAL VILLAS is all you need for a fine, festive family vacation. Check it out!

 

THE TRANSFORMATION

Quinceanera block party

enlivens a Poblado night

By Staff

   While Jon Bon Jovi wowed fans bearing high-priced tickets May 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Aventuras, one of his recordings was simultaneously and quite incidentally filling the street with music at a free “block party” in the Poblado across Highway 307 celebrating the “quinceanera” (15th birthday) of Berta Lucile Moo Kanul..

In Mexico, the birthday girl, or quinceañera, is traditionally adorned with her first makeup, but in the 21st Century, many girls are already familiar with it. On this evening, the quinceañera wore a long, formal, deep pink ball gown and was escorted by the traditional seven damas  and chambelanes (dames and chamberlains) throughout the celebration that began with a solemn Mass of thanks at Sta. Teresita Catholic Church in the Poblado..

The Pelican can say from first-hand knowledge that a rewarding transformation was witnessed on this particular night when a previously awkward and shy 14-year-old emerged as a poised and enchanting young woman. Along with her escorts, she entertained the more than 100 guests and neighbors with a series of traditional,

well-choreographed celebratory dances under minimal lighting on a blacktopped street. washed fresh by a brief drizzle just prior to the event..

This she did as friends, relatives, neighbors and family, who had set up tables and chairs, decorated the short street with an arch of balloons above the head table. Many worked quietly providing traditional morsels of food, delivering  large bottles of Coke and spice containers to each table and offering small bottles of beer at each table.,

And so it was that Berta’s extended family, her grandmother and aunts and cousins from a Mayan village near Merida arrived at the modest home of her parents, Primitivo Moo Kanul, a well-regarded maintenance man at a condo in the resort, and his wife, Berta.

 

In the Mexico tradition, the quinceanera arrives to the celebration Mass accompanied by her parents, godparents and court of honor,. the dames and chambelanes of her chosen peers consisting of paired-off girls and boys, the damas  and chambelanes..

Typically, there are seven pairs of damas and chambelanes. At the Mass, a blessed rosary or necklace with a locket depicting Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is given to her by her godparents.

She also receives a tiara as a reminder that to her loved ones, especially her immediate family, the quinceañera will always be a princess; however, some also see it as denoting that she is a “princess” before God and the world.

After the church service, Berta and, guests gathered for the reception, in this case the decorated street just outside her home where gifts were placed on a table. During the reception, Berta danced a number of dances including a traditional one with her chosen escort, and then with her father,

The other dances were with the members of the court of honor and extracted considerable applause for the skill the young group displayed after weeks of practice. Traditionally the dance section is practiced and/or choreographed as was this one weeks in advance, sometimes even with months of anticipation. The reception, consisting of six major parts, continued with dances taking place while a traditional Mexican meal was served:

Some families choose to add ceremonial components to the celebration, and this one included the ceremonia de la ultima muñeca (literally “ceremony of the last doll”), during which her father presents her with a doll usually wearing a dress similar to the quinceañera herself. The ceremony of the last doll is based on a Mayan tradition and is related to the birthday girl’s receipt and renouncement of the doll as she grows into womanhood.

An elegantly tiered cake, music by a local DJ, plenty of food, conversation and dancing went on until 2 a.m. and offered people from surrounding streets something to watch, while seated on curbs or leaning on buildings. Some joined in as the music played into the night. At left, below, Berta dances with her father. At right top, her father and grandmother at the church ceremony and below, dancing with her escorts.

 

‘Camera Cops’ do it again

Delivery man takes wrong ‘bread’

Security cameras have helped trap another thief, as the following message from a local business operator attests:.”Just wanted to let you know our house was burglarized early Saturday morning.We know who did it as our great security team has video,pics,and a copy of his residency card. He delivers bread here early in the mornings.We have been to Playa to fill out forms and today will have the forms needed for our security to act.Please tell everyone to be careful. He walked right in and had to have planned well as he was in and out in under a minute. He walked right by our friend sleeping on the couch.

We have a front door that is glass which was closed and locked,the next room over is our library where our friend was sleeping, The thief came in through the screen slider.He took our entire days deposit from Friday,all the paperwork,checks,cash about 24000 pesos and he grabbed all cash out of my wallet, 4500 pesos. Forewarned is forearmed.


PA hosts wounded warrors

 

 

Yucalandia blogger targets Pemex

over multiple fuel pump complaints

 

By Staff
Saying more than 2000 complaints have been registered with PROFECO, the Yucalandia blog says Pemex gasoline has been gumming up the fuel pumps of cars in Merida that use “magna” petrol. The blog says one local mechanic has had to replace 23 fuel pumps in just 2.5 weeks.

The pumps have been “seizing up” from a gummy deposit in the pumps believed left there by Pemex gasoline that may have a new additive, the blog says. The blogger says he bought two liters of the petrol and let it sit for two weeks in a clear container. The result was “a brown residue coating the inside of the container” and thick gunk settling on the bottom.

As far as the Pelican knows, there have been no reports of complaints from drivers in the Puerto Aventuras area. PROFECO is Mexico’s federal bureau of consumer protection. The blogger says Chevron Techron fuel system cleaners are believed to be effective in battling the gunk. This is an uncorroborated FYI.


Fourteen possible tropical storms

predicted for Atlantic Basin as

hurricane season begins Sunday

By Staff

The Atlantic Hurricane season affecting the Yucatan begins Sunday, June 1, with a prediction of 23 tropical cyclones in 2014, with 14 of them in the Atlantic Ocean and nine in the Pacific, where the season began May 15.

National Water Commission director David Korenfeld said in the prediction that Mexico remains highly vulnerable to weather events because the storms are becoming less predictable in terms of track and intensity, representing a major challenge in climate policy, prevention and immediate action.

The objective is to improve the technology that emits weather information and streamline decision-making in civil protection, as well as communication between the authorities of the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal) and society.

The Conagua director stressed that prevention strategies will be key in the emergency protocol of 2014, after a 2013 hurricane season that caused serious havoc in the country hit by eight tropical cyclones, three for the Atlantic basin and five in the Pacific, leaving at least 157 dead, dozens missing and 1.7 million affected.

President Enrique Peña Nieto announced earlier this year the creation of the National Agency for Hurricane Modernization (NWS) National Weather Service with an investment of 170 million dollars. He said the initiative will accelerate the construction of 10 regional centers to monitor the weather and provide accurate and timely information.

There are 75 hurricane shelters between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras, most utilizing schools and churches and municipal buildings. Residents are urged to locate the nearest shelter before a storm threatens. Information should be available at the Colonos office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oldest skull found in Q. Roo

dates back to the Ice Age

Staff compilation
What is believed to be the oldest skeletal remains in the Americas was unearthed by a team of U.S. and Mexican scientists right here in Quintana Roo, the Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) reported May 15.

A skull believed to be 12,000 to 13,000 years old (ice age) was discovered in the Hoyo Negro archeological site inside a cenote in southeastern Q. Roo and was named “Naia.”

Genetic studies confirm that Naia descended from Asians who crossed from Siberia to Alaska over a land bridge that is now the Bering Straits.

She is estimated to be 15 or 16 years old and possibly plunged to her death in the cave.

Reports say that DNA extracted from a wisdom tooth finds she had Asian-derived lineage but related to modern native Americans. It is estimated she was delicately built and was about 4’ 8” tall.

Her almost complete remains, including an intact skull and preserved DNA, were lying 130 feet below sea level near a variety of extinct animals, such as an elephant like creature and saber-toothed animals.

 

 

Buyers cautioned about vendors

While one municipal government agency has been checking street vendor licenses in Solidaridad, including Puerto Aventuras, another agency has been warning locals and tourists to be cautious when buying goods and foods from unlicensed vendors. Officials say that in the case of hard goods like jewelry, silver, sunglasses, merchandise may have been pirared without any collateral, and therefore cannot be reported to any agency.

When it comes to food, beverages or any perishable product, buyers run the risk of buying from vendors who have not been subject to health checks and whose products could cause illness by not being prepared hygienically.

 

Commerce Corner…

Sun’s free energy through

solar panels ‘electrifying’

Mexico, says new company

 

By Staff

  A new company providing energy from the sun and successfully established in other parts of Mexico, is now offering electrical energy savings to hotels, condos, homes and industries in the Riviera Maya.

eSun Energy, based in California with offices in Guadalajara, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Ajijic-Chapala areas, is represented in the Maya Riviera area by Gordon Stogre of Puerto Aventuras (984-804-7321) and bilingual Ruben Carrillo, (984-146-9511.) They can be reached by e-mail at eSunmaya@gmail.com

The company is in the process of establishing itself on the Yucatan’s Caribbean shore and invites interested parties to visit the company website at esunenergy.com. Click on the company logo in the sponsor column at left to learn how to save on energy costs and to call their representatives, Carrillo or Stogre, if they have any questions.

The sun has boundless energy that is essentially gratis since modern science has learned to tap into that gift with the invention of solar panels and accompanying systems, both offered by eSun, a “green” company.

The company’s website sums up the process: “During the daytime when the sun is shining, your eSun Solar Electric (Photovoltaic or PV) System produces clean electricity utilizing the sun´s energy.This electricity is first used in your home and when you are producing more than you need at that time, the extra energy is sent back through the electric meter to the CFE electrical grid, generating credits.

“During the evening and on cloudy days, you simply use the extra energy credits that you produced during the sunny days.  These credits can be rolled over to the next billing periods if need be. The resulting economic benefits will be greatly enhanced over the 25-year lifetime of the system as energy rates continue to soar,” the company says.

Ironically, eSun is fertilizing this area for potential sales just as the Mexican conscience for sustainable and renewable energy takes a firmer grip on the common morality. In May, for example, there were local reports of efforts to use solar panels to electrify some Mayan communities in the rural areas and at Punta Allen. Also, the International Renewable Energy Forum 2014 of Quintana Roo ended with a consensus to boost the generation of clean energy. That was supported in May by a World Bank announcement of support for renewable energy initiatives.

Owners repairing older properties or building new homes, hotels, condo complexes and industrial/commercial buildings now have the opportunity to explore the practicalities of integrating solar panels in their building plans.

Stogre, one of eSun’s local representatives, said the company is offering free estimates and noted that private homes can require from 6 to 28 panels based on personal consumption. How long does it take for the installation? “From the time of ordering and programing our team to install, it takes about three days,’ Stogre said.

Learn more about sharing in the sun’s energy and saving on electric bills by visiting the eSun website. Just click on eSun’s logo in the sponsor column.

Historically, ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun as the primary god, called Ra, king of all gods and patron of the Pharaoh. Property owners who will benefit from solar panels with reduced electrical costs in the future may well begin to think of the sun as a deity as did the ancient Egyptians.

 


Puerto Aventuras won’t go vapid
with downloads that are rapid

By Juanito
If you live in Puerto Aventuras you are lucky if you have anything in excess of 2 mbps (megabits per second) of Internet download speed. I seem to be among the lucky who can brag 2.5 – 3 on most days of the week, except during peak usage times. Many have asked… “Why don’t we have high speed fiber optics here in Puerto Aventuras?”clip_image002

The answer is… “We do!” It just hasn’t reached our homes yet, but progress is being made. A recent tour provided by Telmex technician Arturo Galvez revealed a story that literally sent chills down this reporter’s spine. Not chills of fear, but rather chills of excitement and anticipation!

Our tour began with a peek inside the recently constructed Telmex frame room, which is located behind the Omni Hotel, in space provided by P.A. developer Roman Rivera Torres. When the door opened, my jaw almost hit the floor. Along the back wall, wired as neatly as a fine work of art, are all the existing copper-wire junctions that deliver telephone service throughout the Resort.

But, what occupies the majority of the room is a vast array of modern fiber-optics equipment. We were told that the capacity of the incoming “trunk line” that runs from the frame room to the Federal Highway is mammoth, with the ability to serve the entire community, including Phase 4, with 20 Mbps of broadband download speed.

The rest of the room contains equipment racks waiting for customers to “plug-in” to the system. Right now it looks rather empty with only three modules connected thus far. Those three belong to Dreams Hotel, Catalonia, and Dolphin Discovery, who apparently paid from their own pockets to receive advanced delivery. The challenge now is to work out details for community wide distribution and get a construction date from Telmex.

Due to the explosive growth of Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras Pueblo (we were told that Playa del Carmen is the fastest growing city in the world), it is a real challenge for infrastructure companies to keep up with the pace. We were told that it can take up to a year from the time a project is approved until construction actually begins. And to date, with details still pending, Telmex has not assigned a construction date. It is expected, that once construction does begin, those living closest to the Omni will be first to receive the new service.

On a more positive note, we were also informed that under-street ducting is always included with street construction, so no significant trenching will be necessary as part of the build-out. Rather, it is simply a matter of pulling the cable through the existing ducts. So now you know… 20 Mbps of High Speed Internet is here… we wait only for its distribution.

(Ed. Note: The Fideicomiso (Trust) and the Colonos have issued letters to Telmex that the Puerto Aventuras resort, although within the Solidaridad community, will not be “municipalized” in the future and will remain private property. This insures, said Colonos GM Armando Rincon, that Telmex, which has already invested in fitting the resort with fiber optics capability, will not have share its lines here with competitors after it invests its own money in connecting all living and business units with fiber optic cable. It was inferred that once the written assurances are received, Telmex will begin unit installations.)

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Business Briefs…

Compiled from staff, contributor and press reports

THE ALGAE BLOOMS in the dolphin pools that caused such a stir earlier this season had all but vanished by April 30 as predicted earlier by Dolphin Discovery management who said the blooms are an annual event that came early this year. Employees filtered water to remove algae growth and cleaned the fences as well and it seems to be working as the water takes on a clearer sheen…PLAYA OFFICIALS are investigating public complaints about noise emanating from the hotel in Playacar. THE HARD ROCK HOTEL turned out to be a good neighbor by subduing the night music that used to waft over to the sleeping community. Thanks!… A LAND SQUABBLE developed last month in the jungle about a mile west of Puerto Aventuras when some 150 people began building palapas and taking over about a hectare of land that the religious Jehovah’s Witnesses claims is theirs. Municipal officials said they aren’t aware of the case and are content to let the parties involved talk it out…PEMEX which has been legislated into opening itself to foreign investment lost 2.74 million in the first quarter due to low oil prices and high taxes while the government studies more proposals to transform it…COMPLAINTS of poor service from the TUSCA busses (Transport Units Carmen States) could open the door to bidding for the routes by other companies…SPANISH LANGUAGE TV has come to the United States via Spanish network Atresmedia under a deal with Direct TV. We await English-language network TV in Mexico…COMMERCIAL FISHING industry is on the wane in Playa del Carmen, say officials, because of tax laws and diversion to tourist water sports…PEMEX will begin exporting oil to Hawaii in August…PRIME DESTINATION The Riviera Maya registered record numbers of rooms this last season making it the second most popular destination in Latin America, just after Cancun…UNCERTAINTY about the location and timetable of the proposed trans-peninsular train has moved state Sen. Luz María Navarrete Beristaín to get more information from the state and federal governments concerning the train’s route, its construction timetable and cost…MEXICAN PRESIDENT PENA NIETO plans to visit Spain June 9-10 hoping to bolster political dialogue at the highest levels, trade and investment…FOREIGN VISITORS to Mexico in first quarter reaches 3.7 million…THREE HOTELS will be built at the site of the Tres Rios resort and include, besides an added 250 rooms, areas for private homes…TOURISTS IN MEXICO spent $4.43 billion during the first quarter this year, up nearly 15 percent from last year…THE RED CROSS DRIVE to raise a million pesos in Solidarity came up short last month at just over 500,000, causing the agency to extend the drive to the end of May when hopefully industry and business would help close the gap…THE MEXFEDS have hired consultants to rework the definition of “federal zones” along the waterfronts to determine how many private homes and businesses are infringing upon federal land and thereby subject to added taxation. This has already happened in Puerto Aventuras as the loss of beach sand inches private properties onto federal property…MEXICO’S  government lowered its forecast for Mexican economic growth this year from 3.9 percent to 2.7 percent after data from the first quarter showed only a weak recovery…MOTORISTS using the Playa del Carmen overpass will be somewhat impeded for several weeks as repairs to part of the bridge get under way. Evidently, miscommunication between the builders and municipality left a portion of the bridgework without needed maintenance… 

 

The Mail Bag…

Prescription for aggravation

Dear editor:
Wish there was proper better business bureau to report the farmacia next to Hippo’s on the marina. They are extortionists. Today (May 3) I went for cloranfenicol for pink eye and they said they did not need a prescription and it was 150 pesos. Then I asked for another medication and they said I needed a prescription and how it would cost me 200 plus 100 pesos for prescription, but there was no doctor in sight.

Then after 10 minutes, they went back and said they would give me the initial medication, but for 200 pesos. I have a receipt and it reads “receta” 100 pesos.There was no doctor. At the same time, a tourist was complaining because she was charged four times what the medication sticker read. This is outrageous and not the first time. I am a PA resident and this is not the first time they do this. This practice must be stopped.

Signed/ Cristina Perez

 

Psst! Want to play Mahjong, bridge?

Dear Editor:
I’m looking for bridge and/or Mahjong players. My wonderful snowbird friends are gone for the season and I don’t want to wait until next winter to play.  Mahjong is fairly easy to learn and I would be happy to teach anyone who is interested.  Bridge is not as easy but would consider teaching that, also, if there was interest. My email is yjmyrna@yahoo.com and my home phone is 984-802-8655. Thanks for your help.

Signed/Myrna Young

Beware beggars at your door

Dear Editor:
Just thought this might be of some interest. As a year round resident here in PA and living in México City for 15 years where this is common place, I was surprised to have someone knock on my door last night asking for money. He was dressed very well and in his late 30′s or early 40′s. He told me his name and that he lived down the street in the next building and that “his son was sick with a fever and ear infection and the Pharmacy was delivering medicine, but his wife Michele was in the car returning here and he had no money to pay for the medicine, but as soon as she arrives he would return the money.” He needed $625.00 pesos. First of all what Pharmacy delivers out here? I doubt any. As I said living in México City this is common place as people come to your gate with paperwork from Dr’s. or hospitals stating cost and they ask you to please help. Of course it is not true. Just a scam. It is sad to think this behavior is here in Puerto Aventuras and people should be aware that this is a scam like any phone scam in the USA. It would be nice to help someone when in need and we should, but here, You just can’t believe anyone you don’t know.

Signed/ Dr. James D. Sammom

Support our sponsors instead
Dear Editor:
It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this brilliant blog! I suppose for now I’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will share this website with my Facebook group.Talk soon!

Signed/ Camilla McKeever

Hard Rock ‘mostly’ quiet

Dear Editor:
Can you tell me if you have had any stories about the Hard Rock resort since it opened. Have there been any complaints of noise by residents at that end of PA? Thank you

Signed/ Lin Elliott

(Yes we have, Lin. There were complaints early-on and Hard Rock since then has made great strides in containing night noise to its property, with a few  exceptions, a result appreciated by its neighbors.)

Pelican pleases

Dear Editor:
Wonderful! What a website it is! This weblog provides useful facts to us. Keep it up.

Signed/ Jennis O’Malley

 

Briefly Noted…

A NICE GESTURE was recorded when the all-volunteer library staff located at the Colegio had sandwiches left over from a book signing party and brought them over the the Marine Base across the way to a grateful  group of young marines. After all, said Lucie Sellors, a library volunteer, they’re part of our community too…THE SUICIDE RATE of  147 between 2007-2013 placed Playa del Carmen third in Quintana Roo, with Othon P. Blanco second with 258 cases and Benito Juarez (Cancun) first at 511 suicides in the same period…DESPITE A 2007 LAW requiring use of biodegradable shopping bags from supermarkets and other retailers, only Comercial Mexicana and Super Aki use those bags in this area. A report says it takes 450 years for bags used here to biodegrade…SAVING BEACHES though reforestation of natural plant species is being tried along some northern beaches in Playa del Carmen…45 COLD FRONTS were predicted for the winter season here and number 54 was approaching on May 3…MORE SAND  has disappeared from Playa del Carmen beaches as the result of two “suradas” (strong southwest winds) in early May that also caused ports to be closed to tourist boating services like fishing. Puerto Aventuras is still awaiting permits to begin a sand replenishment program in Fatima Bay…A BODY was discovered in early May by a bicyclist looking for scrap metal about a block from Las America Mall in Playa. Its hands were tied in back and it had a gunshot wound to the head…CANADA has passed new regulations easing travel of Mexicans into Canada by accelerating and easing the visa process…SHIP SEIZED – The Mexican government seized a ship bound for China containing 100,000 tons of illegally extracted iron ore and simultaneously discovered a training ground for a cartel’s assassins…FEDERAL FORCES were deployed to Tamaulipas State south of Texas in mid-May to “completely” purge the state’s enforcement agencies in the wake of a spike in violence…

SAY IT IN SPANISH by Gloria Contreras, teacher and certified translator

I do not see anything that I like. Say: No veo nada que me guste.
(Reach Gloria for lessons or translations at © 984-108-3517)

Church Services… Please click Colonos icon on right top of page.

AA and Alanon meetings…
AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

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