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Monthly Archives: July 2012

AUGUST 2012: Who is PA’s real ‘greengo’?

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PA’s People

Good neighbor plants for the future

Anglos sometimes see red when dealing with life in Mexico, but Jan Oliszewicz, a native of Poland and longtime U.S. resident,  sees mostly a joyful green. He is, by his own account, a dyed in the wool “greengo.”
His right to the title was earned in Puerto Aventuras over the last four years as he personally purchased and planted some 150 trees and bushes while his neighbors – and maintenance crew – at Condos Turquesa on Bahia Xaac, watched him perspire with shovel in hand to enhance what he calls “this beautiful place.”

And he has a special goal for Puerto Aventuras. He wants to plant 100 palm trees on local beaches if he can get permission from the powers that be. He’ll do the labor and “there is nothing to buy,” he told The Pelican Free Press during a recent interview. “We plant the coconuts,” he said. He is “very proud” of one of those plants sprouting on the grounds of Turquesa, where he was among the earliest buyers in 2008.
“This is a hobby I use for giving back in appreciation of the community. If the millions of people who visit here each bought one palm, there would be enough trees to plant along the highway from Cancun to Tulum.”
How did this man develop such an appreciation for plant life? Jan was born in Poland where his father was a forest ranger. As a youth, he lived deep in the forest where “ you never saw discarded bottles, cans and plastic. I’m not accustomed to that, so when I see litter here, I stop to pick it up.”
Jan credits the local residents and workers here in PA for his success with plantings. “I learn from them which trees are good to plant and how to do it,” he said. While he doesn’t speak Spanish, he says “If you really want to, you will communicate.”

Jan has a success story of his own. His grandfather preceded him to the United States shortly after World War I but returned to Poland in World War II to serve as an interpreter, after which Poland sank into an economic depression . There and then, Jan developed a work ethic and a plan for success. After four years of technical high school training as a mechanic in Poland, he came to the United States with a schedule and a commitment. He would work hard for 10 years, save money and open his own business, then work 20 years and retire.
When the time was ripe, he opened a 6-bay shop just outside of Chicago and eventually landed contracts with major railroads that kept 10 to 15 employees busy. In the process, he was able to invest in forest land in Poland, plant thousands of trees and eventually earn “a 1,000 percent return” which then allowed him to retire “two years early.”
He has never forgotten his roots from the forest. He has a home near Chicago and a vacation cottage in Poland where he summers. He says it is so nice here (in Puerto Aventuras) that he doesn’t bother to own a car. “I run every day and my wife and I walk or take the bus and colectivo to shop.” In that process, he carved out a small, pebbled path in the brush shortening the link from the golf course condos to Centro shopping for all his neighbors to use.
Like many snowbirds, he’ll be back for the winter season probably humming “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” – to be planted, of course.

Two more boats stolen from PA marina

Events stir speculation
about ‘Cuban Mafia’,
navy’s insufficiency

     The theft of two boats from the Puerto Aventuras Marina last week launched a local media frenzy. The press here speculated that organized crime, specifically, the  ‘Cuban-American Mafia,’ was responsible for the thefts. Their stories intimate that private security guards “may” be complicit and that the Navy sometimes stationed in the PA naval base is simply insufficient in these cases. Another boat was stolen earlier this year.

One newspaper even went so far as to  state that PA is “one of the bases of operations” of the Cuban-American Mafia, which it also claimed is an appendage of the “Los Zetas” cartel. But in another news report concerning general crime and extortion in Playa del Carmen, Chetumal, Tulum and Cancun, officials were quoted as saying small-time crooks and extortionists are using the “Zeta” name just to spread fear into their intended victims.
The boat thefts add to another criminal activity reported earlier. That was the discovery this summer of two vehicles parked in the lot of Condos Turquesa that were linked to alleged criminals who were supposedly using a borrowed condo unit as a base of operations in a short-term arrangement with a “friend.” There was a resultant raid by military and police investigators to the site where the vehicles were recovered. No arrests were made since the apartment was not occupied by suspects at the time. (See July edition)
That event caused the Colonos administration to issue a letter cautioning property owners and real estate agents to practice due diligence when renting units to people they don’t personally know. (See letter below.)
One of the boats stolen last week, a large Panga, was used by a local dive shop and the other was owned by a well-known businessman. Both were equipped with new high horsepower outboard engines, which has led to further speculation that the boats are taken to hidden areas along the coast and stripped.
News accounts also said that while use of the marina may come with high costs to boat owners, the marina ownership, security or the Navy take no responsibility for theft of vessels.
Our pal Hal, man about town, adds that the stolen boats had both been recently equipped with new outboards and were docked near Pro-Dive adjacent to the drawbridge. He said the crew of another nearby vessel notified the boat’s owner that a lock had been cut on his boat and then everything placed back in its original position, leading to speculation that thieves intended to later take that one too. The boat has since been placed in dry dock.
(Ed.Note: The Colonos letter to property agents, in Spanish, was electronically translated and then edited. We believe its intent is nonetheless clear to Anglo readers, along with the humorous touch in the last paragraph.) The letter:

“Puerto Aventuras, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, June 12, 2012

In recent days there was a raid by the military and police in one of our resort condominium buildings. Authorities had been following certain leads of alleged members of organized crime who had parked two SUVs in the condo parking area that were used in committing crimes.
To help prevent such occurrences in the future and make our complex more secure, the Colonos offers these recommendation:
1. Use due diligence and check the potential renter’s current situation.
2. Request verification of prospective tenants who present themselves as employed workers by requiring a work history and references that can be verified.
3. Request letters of general recommendation.
4. Require documented proof of ownership for those prospective tenants who present themselves as business owners or entrepreneurs.
5. In the case of vacation or short-term rentals, require and retain an original or a copy of an official identification document with a photograph for as long as the unit is rented.
Take into account that Puerto Aventuras is a good place to hide… because it is quiet. Let’s keep it that way.
Sincerely,
Armando Rincon Navarrete, general manager”

  Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

      You want to try a new restaurant, so try saying: “Me podría recomendar un restaurant italiano (italian), barato y bueno (good and cheap), argentino (argentinian)?
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.
http://cinemex.com/cartelera/cartelera_cine.php?cvecine=115
http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

The Mailbag…

Dear Editor:
“Once again I am so grateful, so impressed, so relieved that such a quality,

informative, unbiased (to my perspective) media exists, and is carefully and artfully presented with each publication by the Pelican Press and it’s contributors. I share this newsletter with my friends who have come or are considering coming to the “gem of the Maya Riviera”, Puerto Aventuras.
Thank you again! Please know that without your diligence and reporting, we “part time” property owners and citizens of Puerto Aventuras would have virtually no way of staying current. Keep up the good work! In a way, we found a new Independence at Puerto Aventuras!
Most respectfully,
Denny Wall, along with his dear wife Marta, Minnesota fractional owners of property in Puerto Aventuras since 1999, the year we fell in love with Puerto!


Dear Editor:
The state of the road at the gates is very bad and in my opinion very hard on our cars and just plain annoying. I for one would very much like to see it fixed. If it takes a petition or consensus, perhaps your blog could run a poll on the subject.
Ron Hughes
(Ed. Note: The complaints about that rocky portion of road are many. Is it really necessary for security? Perhaps the Colonos will take notice. The issue could be raised by any member or group of members of the association prior to or at the next Colonos meeting.)


Briefly Noted…

 

 

Compiled from staff, contributors and media reports

 

     ROADWORK in PA for this season is evidently completed as the Colonos reported Bahia Chemuyil, which runs parallel to Highway 307 just inside the fence, has been resurfaced and opened to traffic, but rain reportedly wiped out the red coloring …A NEW VENDOR has begun setting up his loom near the fruit stand on Wednesdays and Saturdays, selling table cloths, runners and bedspreads…THE MAYOR OF SOLIDARIDAD visited the Puerto Aventuras puebla to help in cleaning streets and public places in hope of launching a new pride and image of the community…

BUT A RESORT business wishes workers who left this mess behind (photo) on a public sidewalk for days would clean up after themselves too… LATEST OMNI REPORT:  The beach is no worse, but no better either, dashing an optimistic outlook from owners a few months ago…DANNY IGLESIAS has made his last visit to Merida for his knee surgery and should be walking well within a year…A MILESTONE was reached last month as Playa noted its 19thanniversary as Solidaridad’s eighth city. In 1972 there were five hotel rooms there, recalls a former teacher, and now there are around 40,000 on the Riviera Maya …
CHECK YOUR DOCTOR – The state says it has detected some doctors working hotels without specialty certifications and is moving with hotels to assure they conform with the law…MEXICO’S PRESIDENT-ELECT says he will see to it that the Tulum airport

project gets back on track next year, that a cancer hospital emerges in Chetumal and help is doled out to strengthen the tourist industry in Quintana Roo…DOMESTIC TOURISM is giving Playa del Carmen a boost as hotels reported 90 percent occupancy and restaurants report crowds. The Association of Bars and Clubs reports Playa remains a preferred and safe vacation spot…
THERE ISA MOVE ON to improve trash collection along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen and replace containers with better ones. Businessmen along the favorite walking stretch of touristy Playa say keeping the trash hidden and the walkway clear invites more consumers…CUBA PASSENGERS arriving at the airport in Cancun were being monitored for cholera. There have been 158 cases reported in Cuba … THE STATE is looking to regulate pawn shops in order to stop them from inadvertent complicity in accepting without question items that may have been stolen and are without proof of ownership …
FLYING HIGH – Airline icon Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airline’s new Cancun-London service took off with better than expected response, leading to possible plans for three weekly flights in Boeing 757-800 aircraft carrying 460 passengers. Blimey! … TULUM: ANOTHER CENOTE DROWNINGwas reported over the July 4 week when a young man vacationing from Coahuila lost track of his guide at the “Dos Ojos” cenote in Tulum. He was pronounced DOA at Hospiten in Playa del Carmen where he was brought by ambulance… VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS complained in Tulum over increases in the price of chickens and eggs. Retailers say suppliers hiked the costs, but later reports could not confirm that prices have indeed spiked…
NAVY PERSONEL from the Puerto Aventuras Command intercepted two armed men who were reported “acting suspiciously” near a pickup truck at a hotel two miles from PA proper. But it turned out one suspect was an investigator from the attorney general’s office and the other from Interpol Mexico … AN EXPLOSION from a gas accumulation in the Hotel “Secrets” under construction in Cancun injured 11 workers, three seriously over the July 4 week… FIRE IN THREE PALAPAS at the Taj hotel at 14th St. and 1st Avenue in Playa resulted in 16 people afflicted with smoke inhalation, reported the fire department … FULL STREET, BUT NOT STORES was the report from the first week of the high summer indigenous season along 5thAvenue in Playa del Carmen as some stores noted only five sales a day, down from June sales…
SEVEN DRUG DEALERS possessing about 100 packets of various drugs were arrested in Playa del Carmen’s Luis Donaldo Colosio colony… STATE PREVENTIVE POLICE scored a hit with local businesses in the wake of those arrests and others leading to a request that the police extend their stay in Playa to continue their preventive tactics … THE LOCAL PRESScontinues its battle with the state (Quintana Roo) attorney general’s office for releasing known criminals on bail after they are arrested by Army and/or Navy elements and without investigating suspected links to organized crime. The press is alleging that organized crime violence is escalating on the Riviera Maya, a prospect, if true, that could further dampen the tourist industry already affected by the world economic downturn…A SWISS NATIONAL was killed in a one-car accident outside the entrance to Xcaret on Route 307 between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras, in which direction he was heading. The press identified him as 55-year-old Rumo Marcel … BUSINESSES on 10th Avenue have asked for an audit of the improvement work that was supposed to enhance the street to accommodate tourism but has resulted in lagging completion and poor work. The petitioners want to know if there has been a diversion of funds from the project to other uses. New appointed personnel at the top of the project say corrections will be made … 100 PERCENT TURNOVER of guard personnel at the Cozumel jail was under way during July as was an exchange of inmates…

END THIS POST Just kidding

JULY 2012: Getting away from rip currents

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TOO HOT TO COOK – Eat out locally and al fresco

 

 

Loss of neighbor a lesson in caution

We received an email from reader Mary Ellen Vidar recently wanting to know exactly where PA resident David Riley of Condos Esmeralda drowned after being swept up by a rip current. Vidar said her family swims often at X-Pu-Ha and wondered if that was the location.

The best information we have from contacts in PA is that Riley was either snorkeling or body surfing near the Sirinis Resort and Spa just south of Akumal with a friend when he was swept seaward by the current. An attempt at rescue was unsuccessful in preventing death. We are also told red warning flags were out that day and fairly heavy wind was kicking up the surf.
For the uninitiated, a rip current, or simply “rip” is a potent water channel that flows from the shore to the sea through a surf line, sometimes flowing as fast as 8 feet per second. They potentially occur at any beach with breaking waves in the world’s oceans, seas and even large lakes.
A rip is formed when wind and waves drive water toward the shore, forcing the water sideways. When wind and waves drive water toward the shore, that water is often forced sideways by the oncoming waves and it streams along the beach in search of an exit.

This results in the rip. It is more often than not narrow and found in trenches between sandbars, under piers or running along jetties.
There is a misguided view that undertow or rips pull victims under water when in fact the current is stronger at the water’s surface, which tends to dampen incoming waves, creating an illusion the water is calm. Some say this may deceive some swimmers and lure them into the swift-moving channel in some cases causing death following exhaustion while fighting the current.
Typically, the strongest part of a rip current is the direct line between the water’s edge and the sandbar opening, but the current will also pull in water from either side of the basin. In this way, a rip current might pull yousideways, parallel to the beach, before it pulls you outward, away from the beach.
Once the receding wave makes its way through the sandbar opening and meets up with water at its own level, its pressure immediately drops. Overall, the water flow pattern has a mushroom shape.
Depending on its severity, you may be able to see a rip current from the beach. Strong rip currents disrupt incoming waves and stir up sand from the ocean floor. When you’re at the beach, keep an eye out for narrow, muddy streaks in the ocean where there aren’t any waves breaking.
If you get caught up in a rip current, it’s crucial that you keep your wits about you. Your first instinct may be to swim against the current, back to shallow waters. In most cases, even if you’re a strong swimmer, this will only wear you out. The current is too strong to fight head-on.

Instead, swim sideways, parallel to the beach. This will get you out of the narrow outward current, so you can swim back in with the waves helping you along. If it’s too hard to swim sideways while you’re being dragged through the water, just wait until the current carries you past the sandbar. The water will be much calmer there, and you can get clear of the rip current before heading back in.
People drown when they thrash about in the water or expend all of their energy swimming. To survive a rip current, or any crisis in the water, you have to keep calm, and you have to conserve your energy. If you don’t think you can swim all the way back to the beach, get past the rip current and tread water. Call for help, signal to people on the beach and, if all else fails, wait for the waves to carry you in.
If you’re on the beach and see somebody else caught in a rip current, call for help from a lifeguard or the police. Don’t immediately dive in and swim out to the person. It’s too risky to swim out there yourself unless you have a raft, boogie board or life preserver with you.
People who are not excellent and strong swimmers must exercise sensible caution when entering water with breaking surf and noticeable undertow, particularly near sandbars, reefs and jetties. A rip current could be lurking nearby. Common sense dictates that people not swim or snorkel alone or venture out in deep water or heavy surf without a life preserver and/or friends nearby.

SUMMER ART PROGRM OFFERED AT CULTURAL CENTER

     A program of earth paintings “and recycled stuff” is being offered at the Cultural Center on Bahia Akumal where participants will be taught how to make their own paper, create a piece of art, produce decorative panels for the cultural center and, oh yes, have fun doing it.
Workshops will be held three times a week for three hours at a modest fee of 600 pesos. First meeting with teacher Ayub Barquet is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. Call Lucia at 984-745-3493 for more information.

 

Alleged Zeta boss breaches PA security

Press plays incident up, Colonos plays it down,

urges care by brokers, owners in choosing tenants

     An alleged local “Los Zetas” boss reportedly escaped a raid on a condo unit in Puerto Aventuras last week that the media reported he was using as a base of operations for extortion, kidnapping and theft of SUVs, two of which were reportedly found with two guns outside the condo parking lot bordering the golf course on Bahia Xaac.
At least that was the version published by local media that also reported army elements came to the Puerto Aventuras resort to capture a 32-year-old male identified as Miguel Angel Morales Chain a/k/a “The Speaker” but that he escaped from the Condominios Turquesa unit after being warned by private security guards.
But Colonos General Manager Armando Rincon characterized some of the media’s version of events as overstated, noting that an army vehicle with a kidnap suspect and member of the alleged criminal cell in the back seat of the vehicle came to the resort so the suspect could show them the condo unit the extortionists were using. He said private guards were not complicit in any warnings.
While the press report said two stolen SUVs were recovered, the Colonos administration, which oversees PA Security, said the vehicles were rentals that were probably used in the criminal activities. And while the media report also made it seem the Puerto Aventuras condo was a “base” of criminal operations, Rincon said the unit was a rental that the alleged Zeta boss was allowed to borrow for a two- or three-week period  reportedly by a friend of a friend. “That’s the way they operate, from one place to another,” he said.
Media and Colonos reports did agree that police and army troops captured a suspect in Coba following an attempted kidnapping in the Tulum area. The suspect said he was part of a “Los Zetas” cell that worked out of Puerto Aventuras. He was one of three reportedly involved in the kidnapping attempt.
The news report came as a shock to stakeholders in the exclusive community storied for its relative safety and peace as did the murder several weeks ago of a Playa del Carmen hotelier and extortion victim who reportedly had a child attending a Puerto Aventuras school. The victim, shot in the head, was found in his car near the Las Americas Mall, which is frequented by many innocent locals and Anglos.
These and other recent crimes on the Riviera Maya – particularly Playa del Carmen and Cancun -are being perpetrated with impunity, said Hernan Cordero Galindo, a representative of Angel City, because of widespread corruption in the “entire judicial system.” He said restaurant owners and varied entrepreneurs and businesses are reporting extortion attempts at a rate of about two a day and are more susceptible to them in Q. Roo because of the abysmal judicial response.  He said only 10 percent of those crimes are reported in Q. Roo and of those only 0.2 percent – below the 2 percent national average – of cases are solved.
In response to these local events, Rincon said the Colonos was drafting a letter to real estate agents suggesting they vet potential renters with more zest to avoid inadvertently inviting trouble to a community that is touted as the safest on the Riviera.
While the army was involved in flushing the alleged Zeta chief out of the PA resort, the outcome of the July 1 presidential election could modify, reduce or eliminate the military from battling the cartels, which each candidate has said to some degree.

Beat the heat with “mini splits” maintenance

Ductless split air conditioners (Splits) are perfect for residential, commercial, and institutional building applications. They are used as single zone air conditioning and one thing they need to work property is maintenance, particularly at this time of year.
There are two types of splits of which the “mini-split” is the most prevalent in homes and condos here and consists of an outside unit which is a refrigerant-gas operated condenser and an inside wall mounted air evaporator.

The other type is the “fan and coil” system that consists of an outside unit which is a refrigerant-gas operated condenser and an inside mounted evaporator – not visible – which requires cold air exhaust conduits and grills plus a return air grill.
What both these systems have in common is that they both need a high voltage (220V) power source to feed the system; an insulated copper piping connection – two tubes – between condenser and evaporator; low (24V) and high Voltage (220V) wiring to connect electronics and motors between condenser and evaporator and a drain outlet for evacuation of condensed water.
Split air conditioners need regular inspection and maintenance if they are expected to operate as they should at all times. A clean-up inspection is suggested every six months to verify operating conditions for amperage in electronic components, refrigerant gas conditions, cleanup of filters, adequate status of pipe insulation, wash up and lubrication of exterior (condenser) unit to aid in corrosion prevention.

A thorough yearly maintenance, which is recommended and can save headaches and money later, consists of the following: Total disassembly of moving parts for the condenser and the evaporator; power washing all parts including coils, turbine, vent, cases, filters, plastic parts and condenser cabinet; hand wash the evaporator coils and inside casing; lubrication of all moving parts; disinfection with bio-degradable products of evaporator unit to inhibit mold buildup; apply anti-corrosion paint on the condenser case; verify refrigerant gas pressure, amperage flow and temperature sensors; reassemble and verify that all parts are operating and replace remote control batteries.
The annual maintenance includes a list of electronic and non-electronic parts
that should be replaced, including the evaporator’s turbine bearings, capacitor and sensor.
Recommended replacements for the condenser include the capacitors for the electric vent motor and compressor, vent bearings and relay transformer for remain electronic control panel. Also recommended is insulation replacement for gas pipes and replenishment of gas refrigerant.
Consumers are reminded that split air conditioner failures require specialized repair and more than likely replacement parts. These equipment failures are due to lack of maintenance, power surges, gas leaks and improper operation such as working the unit to its limit (lowest cooling setting) for too along or, conversely, not running the unit for long periods of time.
Depending on the diagnosis, small parts could solve the problem, but serious damage would require more expensive parts and labor, including electronic motherboard replacement, the evaporator’s turbine and or motor replacement, or condenser’s vent motor and compressor replacement.

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
You are away from Mexico for the summer and worried about losing what you learned in Spanish classes and think you had better study or your teacher will be disappointed. Say‘Tengo que estudiar lecciones españolas o mi profesor estará decepcionado’

(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

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
http://cinemex.com/cartelera/cartelera_cine.php?cvecine=115
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ttp://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly Noted…

Compiled from staff, contributors and media reports

 

CREPE SHOP REOPENS with different owners and different fare, serving breakfast, lunch, pastries, ice cream, a small selection of fruits and vegetables. Observer Doe Stowell notes the multi-lingual Korean owners also have opened an Asian fare restaurant at the former Shushi Mi site…NINE DOLPHIN births expected between August and September…FULL HOUSE and equally full patrons made for a happy marriage at the 2 p.m. grand opening of Latitude 20 Restaurant’s new site. Hal Harper reports it was such a crowd that the place ran out of beer and food by 6 p.m … CRUISE TO HAVANA – Adriana cruise vessel with 300 capacity is reportedly launching a service from Puerto Morelos to Havana, a 4-day trip costing around $250 plus whatever extras. More information at www.tropicanacruises.com … ATTENTION PET-LOVING SNOWBIRDS – Reader Stan Glab alerts all that some airlines are evidently no longer allowing pets in the cabin for trips to Mexico. Be certain to check your airline before planning a trip to Mexico with a pet. More info at http://jaltembabaylife.com/blog/2012/06/new-no-pets-in-cabin-policy-for-mexico/ … PHOTO BOOK ON RIVIERA MAYA by Heins Reinhard of Playa del Carmen earned the National Prize of Graphic Arts 2012 … HYATT HOTELS planning three new facilities in Riviera Maya over the long term … LONGER PIER is under way in Playa del Carmen where the ferries run to Cozumel. It is being extended 30 meters to allow the vessels to dock alongside without grounding in the shallows. Environmentalists aren’t happy about it. …SLOPPY HANDLING OF CRIMINAL RECORDS is criticized as three credit card “cloners” allegedly belonging to organized crime are released from the judicial system … PLAYA BUSINESSES are expressing regret that agencies responsible for work on 10th Avenue have yet to complete the project while the business doldrums are in season … OCCUPANCY RATES of playa hotels, large and small, indicate an uptick in business as the big players in Playacar registered 79.7 occupancy … THE BREATHALYZER TEST has arrived and being implemented in Cancun, at least for now, without regard for race, color, creed, local or tourist. Word to the wise: Don’t drink (too much) and drive. Inebriated drivers will be detained until they can pay a penalty within 26-30 hours of administrative arrest … FIVE ARRESTED suspects in shooting of a local police officer in Playa del Carmen two weeks ago not far from his house in the Colosio are said by authorities to belong to a criminal element known as “The Pelones.” They are being questioned also concerning the murder of a Playa hotel owner a few weeks ago (see story above) … CROCODILES have kept swimmers off the beach on two occasions in Cozumel lately … NAVAL ELEMENTS have joined local police patrolling the streets of Playa del Carmen and checking out bars, suspicious drivers and pedestrians … ARMY RETURNS – 350 members of the Army based in Chetumal have returned to cheers after serving three months in the state of Tamaulipas drug wars … FIFTEEN PERCENT, or 6,000 of an estimated 42,000 workers in the Q. Roo Confederation of Workers are hooked on alcohol or drugs or both, it was reported at the annual Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking … IT’S THE ECONOMY – Mexicans work long hours, often at several jobs, without progressing. Census figures show that 57 percent of the Mexican labor force earns less than $13.50 — not in an hour, but in a day. The economy, not the drug violence, weighed heavier on the middle class during presidential voting July 1 …

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