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Monthly Archives: November 2010

How do we get there from here?


Posted 11/17/10 by Pelican Paulie

…A FOLLOWUP – You’ve probably heard it by now, but there was a gas explosion at the Princess Riviera Maya Hotel in Playa del Carmen at breakfast time on Sunday, presumably produced by swamp gas, said one government official. The blast killed five Canadians, one who was just married, and a 9-year-old boy. Witnesses said they thought it was an earthquake, while others centered on an act of terrorism. In the aftermath, some 40 vacationers from Alberta decided to leave early on a flight arranged by the Canadian government. The U.S. Consul office in Playa said it did not have any information on U.S. citizens because the event was being handled by the embassy in Mexico City, though heaven knows why. We heaerd from other sources than two American were injured. There were a number of Canadian-citizen injuries in addition to the fatalities, several of them critical. We’re told hospitals were swamped. Canadian media linked the apparent natural disaster to other breaking news – six people dead in a shootout at a border town bar and confiscation of some 14 tons of marijuana – to poll Canadians if this kind of news would stop them from visiting Mexico. Poll results are not in. The hotel was occupied with 2,000 guests at the time of the explosion, about half of them from Canada.

…AND A REMINDER – Get your running/walking shoes on and join the fun for the 3d annual Puerto Aventuras 1, 5 and 10 Kilometer Race at 7 a.m. Sunday starting at the kiosk at the commercial plaza. Register before 4 p.m. Saturday at the Colonos office or by e-mail at [email protected]. More information can be found in previous Pelican stories below. Join the fun! Maybe even win a prize! And it’s all for a good cause.


Went touring this week around the Super Chedraui now under construction and moving along rapidly toward what we’ve been told is a hoped-for holiday season opening of December 1. This week large trucks were parked alongside the loading docks and electricians were busy adding power to size.

For those of you who haven’t arrived yet, the facility is located about 100 yards south of the elevated pedestrian walkway and can be easily seen through the fence that borders the length of Calle Chemuyil.

Pelican Press was concerned about how people living here without a car could safely reach the new and much-desired market that has been called the Wal-Mart of Mexico. One way is to thrush the brush along the highway and take your life in your hands to scurry across the highway or use the pedestrian overpass or the highway underpass and walk along the other side of the highway.Another possible way is to enter the Poblado at the underpass and go around the Poblado to where the new housing is, then up a major roadway between Super Che and Lapis, near the pedestrian crosswalk, that leads directly to the market’s parking lot.

It was comforting to note that the residents of the Poblado have just a short walk along a hedge-fringed sidewalk from the new housing to procure their vittles and other necessities. But what about the resort folks who walk, bike or golf-cart their way around?

The Pelican had difficulty accessing the internet this week because, evidently,Carlos Slim is too busy counting and reveling in his billions of dollars to assure that when people are told they’ll be connected in three days, it doesn’t spread out to two weeks. As far as TelMex is concerned, manana is still alive and well. Some ideas advanced informally by newly arrived snowbirds included opening the gate by the pedestrian walkway and allowing golf carts to make the crossing (if they can negotiate the angled walkway) and operating a shuttle bus to and fro. Any more ideas out there? Please let us know by using our comments tool. It’s easy and it’s fun. The Pelican was pressed for time this week also because it wanted to assure that the walk/run was again publicized before Sunday’s even. Stay tuned for more on Chedraui access and other developments in next week’s edition…



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


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)


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

1) By e-mail to: [email protected]

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.


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.

Pelican Free Press Newsletter

For emergency phone numbers, church services, “resident” and “gate” card forms and processes; rules for golf carts and motorcycles, pets, construction by-laws, recycling schedule and other pertinent community information and services, please click on the Puerto Aventuras Colonos icon below. Thank you

PA Colonos Information


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