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Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘Waterfront’ tax expands inland; skips pools

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Pelican Free Press and the Colonos web site are endeavoring to work closer together to assure the most information reaches the most people. We begin by alerting residents that the form to renew gate passes is now available on the Colonos web site. Click on the Colonos icon at right to find the form. Print it, fill it out and bring it and a photo I.D. (passport or driver license), to the Colonos office when you can after May 1 to recertify your gate and resident card. Thank you for your cooperation. For more details, read our previous issue or find details on the Colonos site.

Usual transition to monthly issues begins

Dear Readers:

As usual, the Pelican Free Press transitions this week from a weekly to monthly publication schedule for the summer season. Our next issue will be June 1 and monthly thereafter.
Weekly publication will resume in November. Special summer publications will be issued when dictated by news events deemed important to our readers. We thank you for your interest and are particularly grateful to our sponsors for their continued support.    

If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do so now, enabling us to e-mail you when we publish.  It’s free. We trust you will stay tuned during the summer as we monitor developments in Phase 4, replenishment of Fatima Bay beachfront, the ongoing efforts to create a Dragon Mart and ferry routes from Tampa  to Calica and Progreso; Colonos and Fideicomiso projects such as beach-pass progress, roadwork and lighting, the booming development of Puerto Maya and the Red Cross clinic in the Poblado, hurricane watch, business news and more affecting Greater Puerto Aventuras.
Meanwhile, enjoy the northern climate and rest your wings for a well-informed return flight.

Tax letter vexes canal-front homeowners

By Staff
     It is no secret that the federal government of President Enrique Pena Nieto has an appetite for new taxes to underwrite his aggressive social and infrastructure agenda. Mr. Pena Nieto’s administration  is even looking at taxing food and medicine, something his PRI party has never supported.

There should be little surprise, then, that owners of homes, businesses and condos fronting the canals and other inland water bodies in Puerto Aventuras have been receiving letters from the government concerning the payment of taxes for fronting on a federal water zone.
Common knowledge has been that the federal zone along a beach extends 20 meters – or  65.7 feet – from the water line. Last high season, beachfront HOAs on Fatima Bay complained of receiving tax bills in the thousands of dollars because beach erosion had brought the  water line much closer to the private properties. This meant private properties were then within the 65 feet, that is, partly in the federal zone and therefore subject to added taxation.
But the latest twist is apparently more befuddling and complex.

A letter sent to Puerto Aventuras owners of private homes, condominiums and commercial properties bordering the man-made canals and other inland waterways of Puerto Aventuras (and elsewhere we presume) lays claim to a 3-meter – or 9.10 feet – federal zone on what commonly has been considered private land or docks.
One such owner, who is well-versed in the ways of the Mexican government, said he has been told by a privately-hired biologist that the government assertion is bogus. Paying taxes on what is suddenly claimed as federal land is nothing short of what is arguably the expropriation of private property, he said.
He wants chapter and verse of the law spelled out for him before he surrenders to the request for payment, which generally is calculated by multiplying a property’s width by three (meters), according to some sources. “It’s not big money,” said the source, but noted it could increase yearly thereafter once landowners are listed in the system.
But another view from an official of the Colonos notes the law creating a federal zone along canals – particularly those drawing water from, and open to, the sea – was passed more than a decade ago and evidently just now beginning to be enforced.
The Colonos itself, inside the Centro Comercial, reportedly received a letter because it evidently is part of the complex that borders the dolphin pools and marina.
As in so many cases of  Mexican legislation, the law is couched in sufficient confusing nuance and complexity as to make deciphering it an intellectual sport with the twists and turns of a good mystery novel.
For the moment, it is each landowner vs. the government.

COMMERCE CORNER…

Bill abolishing residential bank trust requirement

passes lower chamber as Senate awaits its turn

 By Staff
      The Mexican press predicted it last week and on Tuesday it came true: Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, akin to the U.S. House of Representatives, decisively passed 356-119 a measure abolishing the “bank trust”requirement for foreigners in what was formerly the “restricted” zones such as Puerto Aventuras and the entire coastal Maya Riviera. Trusts will still be available for those who might want them.
The measure would allow foreigners to own land for residential purposes only without having to go through the expensive “bank trust” (fideicomiso) arrangement that many buyers viewed as an unfair requirement and burden on foreign investors – a “rip-off” fattening the banks, to put it in the vernacular.

Representative Hectar Gutierrez de la Garza noted there were 60,000 bank trusts issued in the past 12 years that in his opinion represented 60,000 situations “that we are trying to avoid.”
Now the bill goes to the upper chamber, the Senate, where anything could happen, as is usually the case when the two chambers try to effect compromises to please a variety of constituencies. But if Tuesday’s voting numbers are any indication, it is quite possible the end of the fideicomiso era could be in sight.
It is probably too soon to tell what all this means to current owners who bought under the trust rules, since debate on the measure isn’t over until the Senate votes. Will all the existing trusts be voided as well?
Ending the trust requirement is a boon to Puerto Aventuras and all other developing areas within the 30-mile coastal and 60-mile border zones where the bank trust is required. Foreign buyers will be able to accomplish their deals faster, Mexican property owners will be able to sell faster. Buyers will save dollars on the trust creation and be free of yearly trust costs, thus eliminating bank charges for doing what amounts to nothing.
Less expense and less hassle should be another enticement to buy and retire in what most snowbirds, x-pats and Canadians from the frigid north see as “Paradise.”
This puts Puerto Aventuras, where another phase is being developed in a prime position to hustle sales, provided land speculators do not glue themselves to the altar of greed.  To repeat: As passed by the Deputies, elimination of the trust is for residential property only, not business. Abolishing the trust process makes buying a house look less daunting and will better accommodate current owners with property for sale.
Tie this in with recently announced movement in Riviera Maya toward medical tourism
(see story below) and the future for x-pat population and job creation looks brighter.
The bank trust idea was a legislative artifice to change the 1917 Constitution’s ban on foreign ownership without having to jump through the many hoops of actually changing the Constitution. But 50 years ago the residential trust idea was no longer politically necessary and it has taken this long to attempt to eliminate it.
Representative Raul Paz Alonzo Yucatan of the PAN party said it best in backing the bill: The intent, he said, “is to end the pretense that exists today that allow foreigners to acquire property in the restricted zone by holding trusts, corporations or other legal tricks.”
Now to wait for Senate ratification.

BUSINESS BRIEFS…

FISHING’S GREAT with Capt. Rick as photo below attests. This beauty was caught by Sabrina Moak on the Reel Stripper. Now is the season for sailfish, blue and white marlin, and Mahi-mahi… SEAL REMOVAL from water bottles being delivered by E-Pura here is questioned by

some health activists who say a move like that would never be sanctioned where there is government health oversight. More later…WRIST RESTED – Gaylita, owner of Cafe Ole, has recovered well from a broken wrist and is back helping out needy children with horse therapy, which is how she broke her wrist…DRAGON MART Cancun is going to court in Chetumal to force a decision by Cancun officials that have not yet approved the mart’s bid for a building permit…EMERGENCY CALLS in Riviera Maya grow with the population. Figures released last week show emergency numbers in the area receive from 600 to 2,000 calls daily depending on the season. Most are for domestic problems…FLY EASY – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has postponed its earlier plan to allow certain small knives aboard flights. The flying public rejected the idea by 54 percent in a recent poll…

In case you want to know

‘Medical City’ said coming to Playa, Cancun

 

New facilities would service ‘medical tourism’

By Staff:
     The Pelican Free Press has advocated in previous editions that this area consider investing in the blossoming “medical tourism” industry to attract additional visitors from the U.S., Canada and ultimately other countries.
We reported on the story that President Obama’s administration and that of the previous Mexican president, Oscar Calderon,  had quietly agreed to cooperate in an endeavor to extend U.S. accreditation to medically qualified Mexican hospitals. This would qualify the hospitals to receive payment from U.S. insurers.

The Pelican also suggested this area could be ripe for long-term care facilities to service foreign elderly with insurance coverage and individual ability to pay for care over the long haul at less expense than in the more advanced countries.
The thinking is that the northern countries need relief from high-cost medical care and Mexico needs businesses to employ its increasing middle-class population, creating what appears to be, on paper at least, a win-win situation.
There now appears to be an awakening to these possibilities in the Riviera Maya where a population of 1 million is expected to be reached before the decade is out. There are reports saying construction of two such facilities, one in Cancun to cover from Cancun to Puerto Morelos and another between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, are now in the planning pipeline.
Word of these possibilities comes as Serevanda Acuna, president of the medical tourism association, prepares to construct the first tertiary and internationally certified hospital  in Playa del Carmen.
A requirement of U.S. citizens to have a hospital within 10 minutes of their home is what has propelled the notion of two rather than one medical city.
The history of Rome applies here: Rome was not built in a day and medical tourism won’t develop overnight, but the more agitation for it, the faster it may happen.

The Pelican Pulpit…

 

Score one for inconsiderate noisemakers

     By Staff
     The neighbor said he actually got out of bed one night last weekend , dressed and went outside to find out where the heck the loud music (noise) was coming from. It could have been from one of the hotels, but, he decided, hotels in P.A. are generally considerate enough to shut down the noise by 11 p.m. This crass cacophony was still raging at 2: 30 a.m. thundering in the wind over the golf course like a monster nightmare.
This neighbor, by the way, shuts all windows and doors before retiring and still, the music was so loud it seemed it was being fired out of a battleship’s big guns. It awakened him.      

Unlike some families, this writer generally refuses to turn his hard-earned condo unit into a bunker and deny himself and his family the fresh and quiet evening breeze that is the Caribbean’s caressing gift to mankind. It is why we purchased here, for nights of peace after a lifetime of work, war, raising a family and overcoming the myriad problems of existence that tests us all. It is precisely a good night’s sleep that helps sustain us through all of that and older age.

Curiosity being what it is, a call was placed to Security. Granted, gringos are guests in Mexico and while some of us strive to learn Spanish, it doesn’t happen overnight. With an apology for our language deficiency, and in deference to the reality of PA’s large English-speaking community,  it was disheartening that Security, usually reliable on such occasions, had no one available who spoke English. This has already prompted a suggestion to Colonos that it hire a bi-lingual night-staffer to handle complaints and emergencies for all fee-paying residents.
Had we wanted to punish our sensibilities with booze, noise and incomprehensible drunkards, we would have chosen Playa del Carmen, where we first shopped for a retirement shanty and where, we learned, the nightlife is expected and embraced by transient tourists and local night-lifers.  We were told we could expect a night’s sleep in family-friendly Puerto Aventuras. Unfortunately, as is always the case with man, we have to keeping fighting for it.
There is no reason for resident owners to deny themselves the peace they seek after 11 p.m., no reason to imprison themselves in a dark and stuffy cement cocoon or stick their heads in the sand to find solace. Noisemakers just need to be considerate of the 11 p.m. compromise rule.
A good example to follow is Centro Comercial where 98 percent of the businesses and the upstairs condo owners
 strain and usually succeed in noise abatement as the result of a compromise that both sides generally adhere to. Really, that’s all it takes. Compromise. Sleepers suffer the noise until an agreed-upon hour, businesses endure the silence afterwards.
     It is incumbent upon the late-night noisemakers, particularly those who profit by doing so, to assure some of their income is reinvested in noise abatement, assuring their noise does not escape their walls or territory. It’s the considerate thing to do in the interest of peaceful co-existence.  

 Letters…

Pay some attention to Canadians, A?

Dear Editor:

I would like to commend you on the wonderful job that you are doing by covering very relevant and topical issues pertaining not only to Puerto Aventuras but also the entire Mayan Riviera and Cancun.
However, as a Canadian I have noticed that many articles refer only to American residents. If and where possible could you kindly include Canadian references also?

Thank you
Signed/Cedric Thompson
(Ed. Note: Sure. Let this be the first.
 Maybe Canadians in Puerto Aventuras and their c0nsul will help you by letting The Pelican know what’s up with them like you just did?)

Check our new link with the Colonos web site

Dear Editor:
      Many of us come back to our PA home and many may not have all the required identification the Colonos office may need to issue passes. Would you please be so kind as to do a little background work for us all so we will have what we need when we go to apply for those passes (car passes and passes to allow foot traffic though approved points in the future to the sea).
Many of our accounts are set to pay automatically so we don’t always have copies of electric bills, telephone bills, etc. that may (or may not) be needed to apply for these Colonos entry passes.
Thank you for the excellent source of ongoing information. We ALWAYS tell every new person we meet to check out your fine piece of press if they really want to know what is going on in PA.

Signed/Mary and Bernie Strojny
(Ed. Note: See “Important Notice” above and check out the Colonos web site. Thanks for the kind words too.)

 

Church Services…

STA. TERESITA del NINO Jesus Y la Santa Paz (Roman Catholic)
Puerto Aventuras Poblado Masses: daily/Mondays through Sundays, 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) . Church office Tel. 984-206-6245 (daily, 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.) Contact: The Rev. James Hogan

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Roman Catholic)
Calle 110A entre 25, Playa del Carmen (near Soriana);Mass: Saturdays, 11 a.m. (Spanish)
Church offfice: 803-0600; Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PAAMUL– Non-denominational English worship Service is at 9:00 a.m Sundays in Paamul at the Palapa Church and at10:45 a.m. at the Hacienda Real Hotel, Avenida 10 and Calle10 in Playa del Carmen.
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH IN TULUM – “Lighting the way to Life” English worship Service is non-denominational, 10:00 a.m. Sundayswith continental breakfast at 9:30; located on Highway 307, 1.2 miles past San Francisco grocery, hospital and Subway, next door to fruit stand. IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN:English speaking, non-denominational Christian Worship Service begins April 21 and meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information and directions: www.lighthousechurch.mx

 

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

 

 

 

 

My order is a take out “Mi orden es para llevar”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email atnanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517 so she can prepare materials in advance.
(Classes are from 8:30 to 9:30 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is 150 pesos per session.

AA and Alanon meetings…

 

 

 

 

AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 6 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Centro Maya: http://cinemex.com/

Las Americas: http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
IMPROVED POWER was instituted in the Centro Playa del Carmen area Saturday when service was closed down to complete the work by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE.) Now, what about those lights along the highway from Playa to Puerto Aventuras? Why are they no longer on to improve safe passage?…LOT OF CHATTER going on about the influx or “guards” sitting in homemade guard towers along the highway protecting – what? Anybody have an answer? – or do we just have fun with rumor mongering?… MORE SEATS and benches are being sought for placement around Playa’s 5th Avenue for tired tourists. Is there enough seating in PA’s Centro Comercial? …A MOTORCYCLIST was killed when the bike collided with a bull running out from some bushes along a highway in Jose Maria Morelos. The passenger was injured…WILDFIRES caused partly by the current drought floated smoke to some parts of Playa del Carmen this week while some residents of Puerto Aventuras got a slight whiff of it too. The largest fire was reported northwest of Xpu-Ha, engulfing some 980 acres…

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Main gate resident pass renewals required

System will penalize owners
in arrears, improve security

By Staff
Residents with main gate passes will have to confirm them for this and succeeding years under a plan revealed this week by the Colonos, which is the property owners’ association and the closest thing to resort government.

Residents have the month of May to go to the Colonos office to verify the continued viability of their gate pass(es).
By June, however, any owner who has not verified his or her pass(es) will not appear in the system and will need to recertify. By July 1, uncertified pass holders will be unable to gain access or egress through the automated gates. Those drivers will have to filter through the checkpoint lanes and leave identification with the guards until they leave the resort and/or until such time as they reapply for a pass with the Colonos, which can be done at any time of the year.
The gate pass verification process will be an annual event and owners in arrears are alerted that fast-lane cards will not be re-certified until payment is made.
The Colonos is updating the gate system and needs to eliminate “ghost passes,” that is, passes that may no longer be viable. “For example,” said Colonos general manger Armando Rincon, “some owners may have two or three passes to accommodate a spouse, or workers that are no longer working for them.” Also, the passes need to be renewed for workers in general as well, Rincon added.

Condo owners affected

     A new wrinkle added to the rules could penalize condominium unit owners who are inarrears in their condo fees. A portion of the condo fee goes to the Colonos assessment every year. After the verification period, the fast-lane passes of condo owners who are in arrears incondo maintenance fees could be revoked upon notification to the Colonos by condo administrators. “This was offered to the administrators as a pressure tool to collect maintenance fees from delinquent owners. Administrators will only have to request the cancellation,”Rincon said.

He met for the first time in two years with condo administrators last week to explain the new system and to request the names and email addresses of all individual unit owners.
“As it is now,” Rincon explained, “the Colonos office does not have names and email addresses of individual condo unit owners because the Colonos assesses the condo homeowners association/administration rather than individual unit owners.”
He said not being able to communicate directly with condo owners perpetuates the recurring problem of people who tell the Colonos they “didn’t know” about this or that rule or deadline.
Some administrators balked at releasing e-mail addresses of unit owners. They wanted express permission from vigilance committees and/or a written agreement e-mail addresses will be kept confidential and never sold or otherwise distributed. The Colonos is preparing such an agreement.
Gate passes will have to be recertified annually.  Snowbirds who have already departed, and those about to depart before May 1, will be able to recertify or re-apply upon their return.
Speaking of passes, beach passes are being planned for distribution to property owners. In the case of rentals, Rincon said, the Colonos is working on a system whereby it is hoped owners will be able to leave beach passes with administrators for use by renters.
Saying that people want more security and efficiency, Rincon noted the new gate system and its equipment and cameras is intended as a step in that direction.

Forecasters agree: Busy hurricane season ahead

 

     While the accuracy of early April hurricane estimates is in question, four major forecasters have already agreed that – averaging their own predictions – the 2013 season will generate 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. That’s more than usual.
It may be early, but forecasters at Colorado State University anticipate a warm, tropical Atlantic and low likelihood of El Nino, which usually suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity, to general more than average storms.
With six weeks to go before the hurricane season starts, there are predictions that at least one storm will hit the Gulf or U.S. shore. Later forecasts should be more accurate. Stay tuned.

Commerce Corner…

 

‘We R Water’ celebrates first year of business

     By Staff
     They didn’t just dive into the entrepreneurial pool on a sudden, whimsical urge. They walked around it. They watched the pool guys maintain it. They took note of the chemicals and equipment being used to keep the pool fresh, clean, safe and inviting. They asked many, many questions. They opened books, scoured the Internet, studied the labels and claims of manufacturers. They discussed and debated at every turn over a period of eight months.
Then Leliet Duschkin and Lucie Wedge, friends for more than 13 years and both bi-lingual, studied the lay of their environment before fulfilling their shared ambition to become entrepreneurs, have a business of their own.  “There were already too many restaurants and small retail shops.” Then they thought, “…there are a lot of pools in the area but no local supplier.” Now there is one.     

What was missingfrom this Greater Puerto Aventuras quarter of Paradise was a retail outlet for “all things water.” So they decided to fill that void, to save residents and businesses using chemicals and equipment to maintain pools and improve the domestic water supply, from having to travel a distance for their needs.
“We want to be the connecting point for all things water, from supplies, pool toys,  tiles, lights, pumps and other equipment for the purification and softening of household water to arranging, when requested, for repairs and  maintenance of pools and Jacuzzis though our network of qualified tradesmen and technicians,” they said.
Their business, “We R Water” is now ensconced in a retail stall on the Dolphin Walk in the Centro Comercial area of Puerto Aventuras, just across from the Omni Hotel. Inside are all the ready-to-load supplies for pool and Jacuzzi maintenance and various brand name items of equipment having to do with water. (Fore more information, click on the WeRWater icon on this page to access their website.)

Christening of the website and sponsorship of the Pelican Free Press celebrates the company’s first year in business here on May 21. “We are happy with the response so far,” the owners said. “Hopefully, we’re here to stay.”
Besides being a businesswoman, Leliet Duschkin is a former teacher and now a freelance language instructor, translator and interpreter. She is the mother of two boys and lives in Puerto Aventuras.
Lucy Wedge is the mother of two girls and handler of six horses where she lives in Rancho San Martin just off Highway 307 on the Akumal-Puerto Aventuras border.  Her youngest daughter, at 12, competes in Yucatan equestrian events.
They invite anyone with pool, Jacuzzi, household water problems or water-related questions to stop by the business or call them at 984-873-5283 during business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,or email lucywerwater@gmail.com or lelietwerwater@gmail.com.
BUSINESS BRIEFS –   Cafe Cafe, Centro’s only Internet cafe, is no longer in business at its location near the Dolphin Adventures store. The place was emptied and doors were closed without notice over the weekend. A source said the property will be occupied by a Cuban restaurant.

 

FUN WAY TO ENJOY A DAY – More than 200 visited the Latitude 20  Restaurant’s Food, Fashion, Art and Music Fair Sunday along the idyllic Lagoon of Dreams. At top, artists and craftspersons display their wares and converse with strollers. At right, Pamela Sanvincent spreads coconut over her homemade flan. It that was a hit with dessert lovers out to please the palate following a fine assortment of lunches. Pamela, a chef in her own right, is the wife of Latitude 20 chef Danny Sanvincent.

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In case you want to know…

 

Questions to ask your health insurer

Presented by the local U.S.Consular agency

Q: Why should I be concerned about medical coverage abroad?

· The Social Security Medicare Program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States; Many health insurance plans do not provide coverage overseas. Those that provide “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad may not pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States which can cost $12,000.00 and up depending on your location and medical condition.
· Many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service;· Uninsured patients may be refused service; · Countries with socialized medicine may not provide full services to non-residents; Payment of hospital and other expenses abroad is the responsibility of the traveler;· Some countries require tourists to carry accident or travel insurance. Check the Country Specific Information for the countries you plan to visit for detailed information.

Q: What questions should I ask my health insurance company?

· Does this insurance policy cover emergency expenses abroad such as returning me to the United States for treatment if I become seriously ill?· Does this insurance cover high-risk activities such as parasailing, mountain climbing, scuba diving and off-roading?· Does this policy cover pre-existing conditions?· Does the insurance company require pre-authorizations or second opinions before emergency treatment can begin?· Does the insurance company guarantee medical payments abroad?· Will the insurance company pay foreign hospitals and foreign doctors directly?· Does the insurance company have a 24-hour physician-backed support center? · Senior citizens may wish to contact theAmerican Association of Retired Persons for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.

 

 

Letters…

 

Writers applaud noise abatement negotiations

 

 

Dear Editor:

As a condo owner 50 meters from Cantina Gringo, and after years of complaint to the Colonos, I am glad to see that the noise problem is being addressed. However, the federal law trumps municipal law, and the federal law prohibits excessive noise at all times, not just after 11 p.m. Amplification is the problem. The music should be limited to customers and not the surrounding community.
Signed/ James Pavlakis

 

Dear Editor:
     Clubs in the marina are not the only sources of noise pollution above and beyond reasonable levels in PA. Dreams Resort is a particular offender for those of us living around the caleta or Bahia Kantenah. Loudspeakers that face the beach waft annoyingly loud music and recreational games into the peaceful environment sought by condo owners. Hopefully the negotiations under way between the Colonos and various establishments will include the large hotels.
Signed? Kerry Novick

Dear Editor:
     I live at Marina Mia far from The Marina,but I still hear “noise pollution” from the hotels on either side of me and too top it off that “noise pollution” from the sea.No wonder the merchants in P.A. have a hard time keeping a business open with the attitude that seems to be prevalent.

Signed/Jimmy Don

Dear Editor:
    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with useful info to work on. You’ve done an impressive process and our entire neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.

Signed/ Kristofer Willis

 

Church Services…

STA. TERESITA del NINO Jesus Y la Santa Paz (Roman Catholic)
Puerto Aventuras Poblado Masses: daily/Mondays through Sundays, 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) . Church office Tel. 984-206-6245 (daily, 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.) Contact: The Rev. James Hogan

CORPUS CHRISTI (Roman Catholic)
Calle 110A entre 25, Playa del Carmen (near Soriana);Mass: Saturdays, 11 a.m. (Spanish)
Church offfice: 803-0600; Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
FELLOWSHIP CHURCHPAAMUL– Non-denominational English worship Service is at 9:00 a.m Sundays in Paamul at the Palapa Church and at 10:45 a.m.at the Hacienda Real Hotel, Avenida 10 and Calle10 in Playa del Carmen.
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH IN TULUM – “Lighting the way to Life” English worship Service is non-denominational, 10:00 a.m. Sundays with continental breakfast at 9:30; located on Highway 307, 1.2 miles past San Francisco grocery, hospital and Subway, next door to fruit stand. IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN:English speaking, non-denominational Christian Worship Service begins April 21 and meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information and directions:www.lighthousechurch.mx

 

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

 

 

 

 

How many workdays for my document to be ready? “En cuantos días hábiles esta mi documento?”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email atnanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517 so she can prepare materials in advance.
(Classes are from 8:30 to 9:30 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is 150 pesos per session.

AA and Alanon meetings…

 

 

 

 

AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 6 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Centro Maya: http://cinemex.com/

Las Americas: http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
OUTDATED FOOD products were discovered during a check of a distributor on Cozumel.  The Ministry of Health has sealed the establishment and is considering fines…BE CAREFUL IN CANCUN – A 47-year-old driver who pulled into a gasoline station at the entrance to the hotel zone shortly after 5 a.m. was shot in the leg by a thief who stole his car. The victim was transported to a local hospital by the Red cross…BAD WEATHER

AND ROUGH SEAS have been keeping fishing boats in port, meaning that restaurants have been running out of locally caught fish…LACK OF BEACH SAND is not only an affliction for Fatima Bay in Puerto Aventuras but also some eight hotels on Cozumel that began receiving sand allotments from another island location last week to replenish their artificial beaches…A MEXICO CITY HOTELIER was arrested there and returned to Playa del Carmen to face a judge on charges of theft of real estate involving the resort Puerto Chile on the highway between Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. The suspect is accused of transactions on the property using false papers… SOLIDARITY’S NEW MAYOR Rafael Kantun and a delegation of environmental and health officials toured the Puerto Aventuras Poblado and Puerto Maya neighborhoods Saturday as part of “Clean Avenything Solidarity” which includes sweeping streets, reforestation and recycling. The mayor visited the sports dome, parks and playfields…PLAYA’S COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTS says the incursion of foreign contractors has brought unfair competition to the Riviera Maya…

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