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Monthly Archives: June 2012

MID-JUNE 2012: Library expansion worth effort

WANT BRIGHTER TEETH? See services page
WE COOK, YOU ENJOY – Click on food page
SWIM WITH THE FISH – Click Dive Aventuras for adventure
REMODEL WITH BELTRAN – See service provider page

BULLETIN:  PA resident Dave Riley of Condos Esmeralda drowned recently on a beach south of PA when he reportedly was taken by a rip current. A memorial service is set for 6 p.m. Friday June 16 at Real del Mar next to Villa del Mar.

Expanded Biblioteca Puerto Aventuras reopens to raves


Posted by Betsy Amy-Vogt
     Thanks to the contributions and support of the community, the Puerto Aventuras Library is now open after two months of remodeling and reorganization. The new library is approximately twice the size it was, and the volunteer librarians are hard at work
cataloging hundreds of new books to its current collection of over more than 10,000 fiction, non-fiction, young adult and young reader books.

A doorway from the basketball court allows access to the new adult fiction area, so it is
no longer necessary to go through the school courtyard to enter the library. This room
now houses the English fiction, an expanded adult Spanish fiction section and a new
section for German and French books.
Non-fiction, junior adult and young readers’ books remain in the previous library area,
along with several couches and a desk area for quiet reading and study. Our non-
fiction collection has been separated by language, so it is easy to find the book you
need in either English or Spanish.
Weather permitting, “book-sale” books will be on the book-sale cart outside the exterior door and visible from the parking lot during library hours. We hope this will mean the library is a lot easier for new members to find.
Riviera Maya residents and guests of all ages are welcome to join the library. A lifetime
membership costs just $100 pesos or $10 dollars.The volunteer librarians invite you to stop by and see the changes for yourself.
Regular hours are 2:30pm to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Summer hours begin July 11th and will be every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm. There
will be a summer story-time for children ages 2-6 every Wednesday from noon to
12:30 pm. For directions to the library and more information, visit the library’s webpage:www.puertoaventuraslibrary.org


Talk of Dragon Mart project resurfaces

Like a submarine on a secret mission, the Dragon Mart plans for a multi-million dollar trade center in Cancun off 307 near Puerto Morelos has resurfaced with the news that first-stage construction will begin between August-September.

Juan Carlos Lopez Rodriguez, director general of the project, which is owned 60 percent Mexican and 40 percent Chinese (Chainamex), said the development was delayed by conditions of the land where the project will be built and difficulties processing building permits.
He said at a news conference the $200 million project is near kilometer 31.2 on 307. It will include 40 shops, 40,000 sq. feet of warehousing, 60 acres of real estate development (previously stated as 5,000 living quarters) and a Chinatown.
China Ocean Shipping Co., (Cosco) with $17 billion in assets, will handle logistics, Lopez Rodriguez said. He said care has been taken not to enter competition with local retailers.  Dragon Mart will mainly deal as a gateway to the Americas, the Caribbean  and have close proximity to Miami. It will deal mainly with large-scale sales of construction, hardware and medical products and use the mart as a permanent exhibition center.
The project intends to duplicate somewhat the Dragon Mart in Dubai that attracts 3.5 million visitors a year. That kind of activity here will increase business for hotels, retailers and restaurants, the project director said. He added that each of the 40 shops represent 5.1 new direct jobs.
Will fewer bodies in Mexico equal more drugs in U.S?

The answer may trail the July 1 national election

Mexico elects a new president on July 1, with candidates signaling a willingness to exchange fewer dead bodies for more stable communities, reported The New York Times. The leading candidate,Enrico Pena Nieto, de-emphasizes the stoppage of drug shipments (to the U.S) and the pursuit of drug kingpins.
The six-year body count of nearly 50,000 in the gruesome drug war is blamed in part for undercutting the country’s attraction as a safe tourist destination. The new tact has the appearance of ceding to the drug cartels in return for reducing, in theory for now, the level of violence.
Two other major candidates, Andres Manuel Lopez and Josefina Vazquez Mota agree in general that the body count must be reduced. “Results will be measured not by how many criminals are captured, but by how stable and secure the communities are,” Ms. Vazquez Mota writes on her website.
All three candidates intend to withdraw the Army from the fray, although all infer they will continue to work with the U.S. to battle the cartels.


Erosion IV


Beach erosion, access ‘fix’ remain elusive

     Received an email from a neighbor who spent a bit of June in PA, saying the family enjoyed it despite rain, going to the pool and to the Omni beach. What stood out was a parenthetical comment (“what’s left of it”) in reference to the beach. That, among other reports, says erosion continues to displace more sand as the short-term plan previously announced by the Fideicomiso to stem the tide evidently did not work.
Finding the “right” and affordable fix is obviously ongoing since the Omni has business to lose if cannot use the presence of an adequate beach in its marketing campaigns     

Previous Pelican reports (available on this site by scrolling down or using archives)attempt to explain the science of beach erosion in general  along the Riviera Maya and PA in particular and what sources of funding are available for corrections.
As things now stand, there is no predicting what will greet snowbird property owners and beach club members returning in the fall…more beach or less beach?
For residents who have complained about access changes during the year, a reminder that access is precluded at most hotels and spas.
There is, or was at least, one plot of beachfront land remaining along the water. It is  on (street) south of the Omni Beach and condo buildings. The parcel is wedged between private homes and could accommodate some parking and a rest building as well as beach access. Unfortunately, the Colonos would have to purchase it and, we are told (uncorroborated), the asking price is around $1 million.

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
You are at the bank and want to make a transfer / withdrawal  or payment. You say: Quiero hacer un transferencia / retiro / pago
(Ms. Contreras teaches Spanish classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is $150 pesos. Please call her first to make arrangements at 984-108-3517 for private summer lessons. Classes are canceled for the summer season and will resume in October.)

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.


(Ed. Note: This letter was mailed to the Pelican Free Press by a parent living in Puerto Aventuras with the hope of soliciting support for our friends in Akumal


June 2012
Dear Friends,
The parents of the Centro Comuntario Otoch Paal Montessori School want to introduce themselves, and to let you know about our wonderful school. Otoch Paal is a community school financed by donations and parent work-share whose student body is mostly the children of the Akumal pueblo.

We all know that education can change a life, especially around here where knowing English and other languages can make the difference between a life of poverty and one of comfort.
For the past two years, Otoch Paal has offered education to older children at the 1st and 2nd grade level. The goal is to continue growing the school, eventually offering education to children aged 2to 12 years.
Despite the fact that the educational level of the 1st and 2nd grade classes are comparable to any private school in Mexico, they are currently under the threat of closure due to lack of classroom facilities.
As parents, the education of our children is our priority, and we are do not want to lose our excellent school here in Akumal. That is why we are asking you to help build an additional classroom for our community school.
Anything you can do will be appreciated. We have a huge task ahead as we need to have the building underway before July 30th this year. It is a tough deadline, but with your help we can do it!
Please donate on our website: www.otochpaalakumalmontessori.org where we have a direct link for tax-deductible US dollar donations. Or if you would prefer, you can visit the school and donate either money or materials directly. We need everything from concrete and blocks to toilets and electrical fixtures.
To arrange a visit email: [email protected]
The Parents of Otoch Paal
 Briefly Noted…

Compiled from staff, contributors and media reports


GOODBYE CREPES, hello more Asian food! Dave Jenkins finally sold the creperie known as Tsoros and has left Puerto Aventuras. Meanwhile, the Sushi shop that closed at the end of the winter season has been sold to Asian entrepreneurs and will be offering Asian fare. Not open yet. And the Pub, you may know, has opened a place in the Poblado called Myanah…SKEETER SCATTER – At the request of the Colonos, uniformed workers from the Health Department in Playa del Carmen visited here on June 4 to apply a non-toxic spray to abolish dengue-carrying mosquitoes. They sprayed individual properties, ponds and stagnant water. We get reports there has been a lot of daily rain…RESIDENT DROWNS – A quiet and well-liked resident of Condos Esmeralda, David Riley, reportedly drowned in waters south of Puerto Aventuras while visiting a friend. He was a regular at some local restaurants and was planning a move to Thailand… SEVERAL CARJACKING cases at gunpoint in Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) ejido lands were reported in local newspapers alleging it is the modus operandi of Los Zetas gang members. The press reported police arrested suspects, saying in proves they are Zeta connected…NEW FUNDING from the Contribution Fund for Public Safety (FSP) will allow the formerly more peaceful state of Q. Roo to implement an 8-point plan to decrease the uptick in voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping, extortion and robbery in all its forms…NOT TO WORRY – When Andrew Leigh found two dead monkeys on 307 last month that were hit by cars near Aventuras Spa Palace he wondered if it was the duo that had taken up residence in PA to the delight of residents. It coincided with the absence of monkeys at Chac-Hal-Al. But Doe Stowell reported earlier this month the pair was back roaming Chac-Hal-Al… THE CITY OF SOLIDARIDAD (Akumal, Playa del Carmen, Pueto Aventuras) is up for some improvements including 22 kilometers of bike trails, a city theater and expansion of touristy 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen… HURRICANE HELP, if needed, will be available in Q. Roo this year to the tune of 200 million pesos for emergency repairs and other expenses. But the storm season, from now until November, is predicted by the experts to be a moderate one. But it is only a prediction…SHIPPING – While some PA folks continue to work toward instituting a ferry from Florida to Progresso, the port of Progresso announced that one major container company is pulling out of the port and several U.S. ports, which may complicate matters for other area businesses…DRUGS frequently being found floating along the Cozumel and mainland shores are believed to be from a drug shipment shipwreck, according to the Navy admiral of the Cozumel Naval Sector. He assures the military is maintaining permanent patrols in the fight against the drug trade…INVESTORS IN 30 PROPERTIES, some of them hotels and some in Q. Roo, are being investigated by the attorney general’s office for connections to politicians and drug cartels…A CUBAN SUSPECT being sought by the FBI and DEA for thefts of pharmaceuticals (drugs and cash) in the U.S. was arrested in Cancun by Mexican police…THE JUDGE IN A CREDIT and debit card case of three cloners recently arrested in Playa was alleged to be using the law to protect those charged in the case…DOLPHINS AND SONAR – The U.S. Navy has held hearings in the Northeast U.S. to discuss whether SONAR (SOund Navigation and Ranging) training that includes underwater explosions disorients or is otherwise harmful to mammals such as whales and dolphins…NEW SCHOOLS IN PLAYA – The state’s Ministry of Education has announced two new schools in the Christ the King and Nobec areas of Playa del Carmen to handle some 110 students who couldn’t reach existing schools…A BLUDGEONED corpse believed by police to be a gang-drug related victim was found in the northwest section of Playa del Carmen…TULUM RESIDENTS are complaining about the construction of a gasoline station in an area where eight stations already exist on a five-mile stretch of road…LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHNG – A penguin walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “Have you seen my brother?” to which the bartender replies,” I dunno. What’s he look like?”

END THIS POST Just kidding

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