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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Supermarket rising like gangbusters

What’s on your shopping wish list?

posted 9/30/10 by Pelican Paulie

We’re getting word from two neutral sources that construction of the Grupo Chedraui “SuperChe” market across 307 from the PA resort is rapidly rising out of the jungle and that there is hope it might be completed before the Christmas holiday season, certainly welcome news for the snowbirds who begin arriving in October through December and beyond and certainly for the local population and nearby towns and resorts.

Betsy Amy-Vogt reports, “The Chedraui across the road is being built FAST. I’m guessing it’ll be up by Christmas at this rate. They already have the frame built and the concrete trucks are trucking it in.” And from Chris Landhal and Kay, who made a brief visit to their Esmeralda Condo last week, this report: “We cannot believe how quickly the Chedraui store is going up. The walls are going up by leaps and bounds, the steel pillars and roof supports are almost finished.”

THE 302 UNDERPASS, in the photo, could be expected to become much more traveled with addition of a SuperChe across the road from the resort. We are also told a new taqueria has opened in the poblado.

Landahl said a store management employee they talked to informally explained the company is “shooting for a November opening” and that the outlet will be somewhat experimental in that it is striving to serve the needs of both the native and visiting populations, whereas some of the other Chedraui outlets target one or the other markets.

Pelican readers are invited to send in comments on what they would like the store to carry. For example, the cholesterol conscious would probably like so see some soy products, like soy hot dogs and American style egg white such as Better ‘N Eggs or similar product. There could also be a market for medium-sized, gas-fired outdoor grilles AND a ready supply of propane distribution on the site since we are told current access to propane is way out in the Playa boondocks. Maybe a corner of the store for a branch bank?

What could SuperChe do to float your boat? Let us know if you want to. It won’t hurt. Honest. Use the comment link.

WELCOME SIGN for the SuperChe

and the skeletal beginnings off Route 307

show in photos taken by Betsy Amy-Vogt

TWO MYSTERIES:

Broken glass and…

an Executive car rental calendar with two Nov. 7s. Huh?

Anybody currently trying to rent a car from Executive at the Cancun Airport for on or after Nov. 7 might experience a tough time of it, with no explanation forthcoming from Executive Car rental. The mystery here is how Executive’s November calendar has listed Sunday AND Monday as November 7, pushing Monday, Nov. 8, to Tuesday Nov. 8 and so on down the line like dominoes on steroids repeating the same error. What’s that saying? “A day late and a dollar short?” – meaning, of course, too little too late.

A snowbird trying to reserve a car several weeks ago at the airport for a one-day stint with return delivery to Puerto Aventuras could not hire the car for one day, since Sunday and Monday are both Nov. 7. And since the following day, Nov. 8, skips Monday, the frustrated consumer would have had to hire the car for two days, which the consumer did not need. Taking advantage of the “contact us” offer on the Executive web site, the consumer pointed out the error in a note with the expectation, as the site claims, of hearing from Executive shortly. Well, the consumer has been waiting longer than a soldier in a chow line – nearly three weeks to be relatively exact – and nada response. A second try yielded another big zero. Oh well…

TAXI !!!

Cause of broken glass incidents being sought

Absent Condo Esmeralda owner Alicia Venturi, an Argentine native now living just outside Washington, D.C., learned from a cleaning crew that her unit had broken glass recently and upon inquiring of the condo administrative office by email and contacting Pelican learned that hers was one of three such incidents, with no readily apparent cause.The administration has all but ruled out attempted breaks since in at least the complainant’s unit, the shutters were closed. Administration opened the possibility of settling by the building as a possible cause. Ms. Venturi, an architect, has asked for the location of all the broken glass incidents, which could offer evidence as to the problem. The Colonos is also concerned in that respect and is asking for more information. The condo administration said it is negotiating with insurers for glass repair or replacement.

Photo shows area where latest broken glass was discovered

In Case You Didn’t Know…..

predicted 80,000 tourists never did arrive on the Riviera Maya during this summer season, a result of the economic crisis, said Dario Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Marketing and Promotion. The predicted number was 400,000, but only 320,000 actually showed up…It is being reported that the planned trans-peninsular train will have a trial run as early as next year, integrating the economic development of the Yucatan’s three states, Campeche, Yucatan and Q. Roo. A second phase will link Calico, Cancun and Quintana Roo, our state… Q. Roo reportedly has 14 championship golf courses that will be used to help local golfers prepare for the 2016 Olympics…There is abundant brain power working on the dread drug war raging on the Mex-Tex-Cal-zona borders. The University of San Diego’s Trans Border Institute has a reception Oct. 14 to fete Mexico’s Bicentennial and Centennial of Independence and the Revolution in association with the Coalition for Border Prosperity, and an event on Ending Prohibition, California’s Proposition 19, marijuana legalization and its effect on drug trafficking in Mexico…The hotel occupancy rate for Tulum this summer averaged only 30 percent, reports Emilio Heredia Lima, president of the Tulum Hotel Association.

Colonos releases crime figures

Posted 9/21/10 by Pelican Paulie

The Pelican Press reported a recent rape-murder in a nearby PA community and the fact that a suspect has been arrested. This event should not be a standard by which crime is measured here in PA. To that end, we asked Colonos GM Armando Rincon to provide us with figures of criminal activity in the gated community for the first half of this year. His report:

We begin with the business category where there were six reported thefts because one case involved two security personnel in whom trust had been placed. The goods in this case were returned while added complaints included the theft of money from employees.

Two private homes reported thefts and these were relegated to maid and employees hired by the owner. There were five cases of theft outside of homes, where owners left goods outdoors, a practice that should be avoided if possible.

Two cases were placed in the “doubtful” category because of their late filing and unclear information provided to Security.

The good news is that none of these involved violence, providing a standard of safety and freedom from fear that should be enjoyed by residents in appreciation of the fine job Security is doing despite the unfortunate incident that, when all is said and done, does not taint the entire Security staff.

In this vein, there is  a view circulating that perhaps PA should soften security and be more welcoming to non residents who may want to come and shop and support the Centro business district. This view is countered by the traditional one that people who purchased homes here wanted the security and exclusivity of a gated community. Nearby Akumal, which is wide open, is now considering beefing up security and the possibility of a gate.This issue should make for interesting debate as the year progresses.

Third annual road race slated November 21

The round-up for runners in the third annual PA road race has begun in hopes of
continuing two successful years that saw some 300 participants last year shed some perspiration for a good cause – PA’s Sports and Cultural Committee. Details are below, but the event can accommodate up to 500 runners in multiple categories vying for cash prizes and getting that feeling of satisfaction having completed a race (or genial walk) and performing a good deed simultaneously. PA is waiting for the snowbirds to fly in and sign up much like participants in last year’s race, photo at left, waiting for the runners.

A CLASSIC IN THE RIVIERA MAYA

After two years of success the Colonos´ Association of Puerto Aventuras invites you to our third annual 1 – 5 & 10 km. Race.

Date: Sunday November 21, 2010

Place: Kiosk at the Commercial Plaza of Puerto Aventuras

Time: 7:00 A.M.

Capacity: 500 racers

Categories:

1 km

kids, boys and girls (9 to 14) 500 meters for kids 8 and under

5 km.

JUNIORS: men or woman (15 to 18)

OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39)

MASTERS: men or woman (40 and up)

10 KM.

OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39)

MASTERS: men or woman (40 to 49)

VETERANS: men or woman (50 and up)

COST AND REGISTRATION

$50.0 pesos per person until Saturday November 20 at 16:00 p.m.

1) By e-mail to: carrerapuertoaventuras@hotmail.com

2) Asociación de Colonos de Puerto Aventuras. Tel 984 873 51-16 y 17.

time: from 09:00 a 14:00 & 15:00 a 18:00 hrs. Monday to Friday

PACKAGES AND NUMBERS will be given at the Colonos office Friday 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m

And Saturday 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration on Sunday will cost $150.00 pesos and only in the categories available. You will receive your number but no gift package.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

There will be $36,000.00 pesos in total purse for the first, second and third place of each category.

And special prices by our sponsors.

Also gifts for the first resident of P.A. to arrive.

For your safety the race duration will be 1 hr and 59 min and the route will be protected from traffic.

BEACH ACCESS, RECYCING, PLAYGROUND

DEFINE COLONOS MEETING

Beach access, the perennial problem for some Aventurans, was again discussed at the Sept. 11 Colonos meeting, along with a report on the recycling program, the quest for a playground and the road race (see above) during the 2-hour meeting.

Minutes of the meeting say Colonos board president Jorge Kaufer gave an update on the situation termed as “so necessary for all the Colonos” since now the only access is through the Omni or the side of the dive shop which, to some, is “unaccpetable.” It was agreed to request a meeting soon with Roman Rivera Torres, architect and developer of PA, to try, in the absence of any other arrangement, to assure beach access via Plan 4 now under construction.

The playground committee, represented by Andy Pittman, said it has identified three potential parcels for a children’s playground, one adjacent to the school, another next to the cultural center on Bahia Akumal, and the third between the golf clubhouse and tennis courts, where negotiations would be necessary with the golf facility’s owner.

In other business, Mrs. Beatriz Marronn, of the Environmental Committee, gave a Powerpoint presentation on the progress of the recycling program while Mr. Kaufer noted the board’s ongoing effort to have the municipal garbage fee reduced. If that fails, the Colonos will probably face a fee increase for 2011.

Mr. Daniel Garcis of the Sports and Cultural Committee, spoke about the Nov. 21 road race (see above) and urged residents to support the sailing school whose students have already appeared in regattas representing our community.

All financial reports were approved without debate.

LAST WORDS: There’s talk of horseshoe pits and/or beanbag toss games, theater productions and fitness programs. We’ll have more on those in the next issue. Bye all.

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