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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Colonos responds to beach access and reconstruction issues

WONDERFUL ONE TIME OPPORTUNITY FOR RESIDENTS TO DUMP JUNK

Clean out your apartment and/or yard of unwanted stuff! The Colonos administration reports that for this time only its recycling program schedule for Friday, Nov. 5 and supported by City Hall, will include electronics, abandoned cars, junk, printers, microwave ovens, old bikes and nearly all household items of that nature. Take advantage of this opportunity and keep Puerto Aventuras clean and clear of the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life that can spoil a street or neighborhood. Do your part!….Please. Call the Colonos if you need help moving hevy objects.

 

Published 10/30/2010 by Pelican Press staff

The Colonos board is pointing to a lack of funds and absent guarantees and understandings over the longstanding beach access issue and also to suggestions from some quarters to link that issue to more recent talk about beach replenishment cost-sharing suggestions. Here’s what the Colonos has to say in its own words:

“THE TRUTH ABOUT MEXICAN STANDOFFS”Picture of Path to the beach - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

“Facts:”

1.- Beaches are federal and no one can own a beach. Everyone is allowed on a Mexican beach.The problem is getting access to the beach.

 

2.- The Puerto Aventuras Master Plan authorized by the government more than 20 years ago does not have one single public access path to the bay.

3.- (A viewpoint) “When we bought (not beach front) properties we were made to believe that we had full access through the beach club, now the Omni Hotel, but they never told us that some day it wasn’t going to be free. So now, depending on the hotel occupancy and events, they let you walk through or not.

4.- There is a service corridor, property of the Omni Hotel, at the end of the hotel lot that gives access to the dive shop and the beach.

5.- The Colonos has been demanding from Fideicomiso, directly from Roman Rivera Torres, for more than 2 years that this service corridor should be guaranteed in writing as a permanent access to the beach, and that they should invest in this corridor to change it from a service entrance to a dignified resident’s entrance. Arq. Rivera Torres’ response is that they will invest in that corridor when the Fideicomiso has money to do it but we (the Colonos) still has no date. We are still waiting for the written guarantee of access.

6.- Rivera Torres has asked the Colonos Association for help in funding beach replenishment, but no specific amount has been mentioned and no definite budget or permit has been presented by the Fideicomiso.

THE COLONOS OPINION: The board of directors’ opinion is that the only bargaining tool we have to obtain a decent and guaranteed access to the beach is not giving any money to Fideicomiso until we have this access guaranteed and only then the general assembly (not the board) will vote how much, when and how, if any money should be used for the beach reconstruction.

The board also is of the opinion that until there are serious budgets presented to us along with all the many necessary permits, the Colonos stakeholders are wasting time talking about this matter because we think that our limited funds cannot be committed to do something that is not in black and white and ready to be presented to the General Assembly.

For now we are using all the Association’s fees to cover the budget expenses authorized by the Assembly and to build our streets.”

Simple path to the beach less complicated than a guaranteed solution

 

On the virtue of cross-border giving

Posted 10/30/10 by Pelican Paulie

This story has to be told. I was at the gym on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a week ago responding to a fellow grunt’s inquiries about life in Puerto Aventuras, nearly 1,800 flight miles away. In my subsequent soliloquy I happened to mention the funding drive for $35,000 US to build a new high school in the Poblado and comparing that with the $20 million US it cost for a high school on Cape Cod a few years ago. A short while later as I was leaving the gym, the retired gentleman, Robert Berry is his name, followed me outside and asked if I would wait a minute while he went to his car. He came back, and saying this was all he had brought with him, thrust $70 in my hand. “What’s this for?” I said in surprise. “It’s for the high school in your Mexican town,” he said. “The story moved me,” he added and then walked away. The gift will be delivered on my imminent return to PA. Like the song says, “It’s A Wonderful World.”

Cause celebre: Poblado high school

BULLETIN: It appears as of 1 p.m.Saturday that the eye of Hurricane Richard would skirt and spare the northern region of the Yucatan and cross the peninsula well south of Merida before entering the Gulf of Mexico north of Vera Cruz. Another near miss for our region which still suffers from beach erosion from prior hurricanes a few years past. We can all be thankful for Mother Nature’s benevolent whims and to all the staffs of all the condos, homes and the Colonos for taking care of our property in our absence.

Posted 10/19/10 by Pelican staff

Something positive is under way, a step toward improved education of high school children in the Poblado by way of a new high school building. It’s something we can all help move along to fruition as snowbirds return for the winter sojourn. Put a little extra in your boodle for this cause. Here is a release from the sponsors and a photo showing the laying of the first block on the foundation on Oct. 15th.

“Anat Kah, A.C., a local community foundation, together with a group of community leaders and local and international supporters, have joined forces to construct the first phase of a high school in the Poblado of Puerto Aventuras.

“Teenagers in the Poblado currently have limited options for secondary education. A state high school program serving 66 students operates in a small, loaned, community center. Due to lack of space, however, some students have been forced to study outside, under a palapa, even during the rainy season that we just experienced. Because of this space limitation, most students from Puerto go to Playa del Carmen to attend high school, but the commute and added travel costs are a burden for many families, and some choose not to send their children to high school at all.

“So now, a committee consisting of community members from both sides of the highway is working to address the community’s most urgent need: the construction of one classroom, two bathrooms and a small office. Once this phase is complete, the committee will work with local authorities to ensure the completion of the high school that will be an asset to the community and the key to a better future for many of Puerto’s young residents.cheerleader

“The foundation has been completed for the building, and the first block was laid on Friday, October 15, in a ceremony attended by community members, local and state authorities and all of the students who are currently in the high school program.

‘If you would like more information about the high school and how you can help, visit www.anatkah.org.”

“Anat Kah (meaning “village support” in Maya) is an emerging community foundation whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Riviera Maya by supporting the development of a sustainable civil society, or non-profit sector, that promotes community participation and social investment. This will be accomplished through ongoing evaluation and assessment of community needs and opportunities, the strategic investment of resources to existing nonprofit programs and community projects, technical support for the development of new programs and projects, and the facilitation of community partnerships that help bridge gaps between service and community needs. Anat Kah will focus its initial efforts in the community of Puerto Aventuras, located approximately 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen and 25 miles north of Tulum.”

The organization is raising $35K US for the project. Deductible U.S. donations can be made online through the International Community Foundation. There is a link to the International Community Foundation at www.anatkah.org

Q. Roo remains relatively free of homicides

There is considerable dialog about the internationally publicized drug murder rate keeping potential tourists away from Mexico, in addition to the world economic downturn. For what it’s
worth, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to the Riviera Maya and Puerto Aventuras, continues to barely remain under the national average of 14 homicides per 100,000 population, coming in with 13. The highest is 74 in northern Mexico’s border state of Chihuahua and the lowest, 2, in the Yucatan, our neighbor state.

Ninety percent of the nearly 30,000 victims of cartel killings since 2006 were cartel members and about 7 percent police and other government officials. The rate in Q. Roo is much less than that in many U.S. Cities, 31.4 in Washington D.C., Detroit 33.8 and New Orleans at 90.

While Mexico gets all the publicity, its intentional death rate is much lower than many other countries, with Honduras at the top with 60 per 100,000; Jamaica, Venezuela and El Salvador, all over 50. In fact, Mexico is just above the U.S. average of 5.2 with 11.6 nationally. The world average is 6.5.

We can recall, in reasonable safety here in Puerto Aventuras, U.S. President F.D. Roosevelt’s comment that “All we have to fear is fear itself.”

(Statistics from American Chamber Mexico report.)

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