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Monthly Archives: June 2013

‘Hard Rock’ casino (?) to open next door

 

    By Staff
     A news release emanating from the official Hard Rock International web site reports the hotel chain is taking over the Aventura Spa Palace and Aventura Cove Palace just a stone’s throw north of the Puerto Aventuras resort and marina. They are currently being remodeled.   

     In its own words, the organization says: “The Aventura Spa Palace and Aventura Cove Palace will be transitioned to the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in 2013 (November). Everyone’s got an all access pass to experience this all-inclusive oasis. Couples, families and even kids deserve the rock star treatment.
     “The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a family and adults-only side to create a truly one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive escape for guests of all ages. The family side has 489 spacious guestrooms, three restaurants with something delicious for everyone, cannon-ball worthy pools and water activities. The adult side has 777 decadent guestrooms, four bars to shake things up and a grotto pool that turns into an anything-goes-nightclub after hours.”
     With 172 venues in 51 countries, including 135 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands, the release said.
      What it didn’t say was inferred by Manuel Paredes Mendoza, director of the Association of Hotels in Mexico. He said recently in the local press that “hotel-casino” operations could benefit the Riviera Maya by enabling diversification of rooms and hotel offerings. He said access to a casino with government approval and oversight would be limited to gaming for all-inclusive guests only, not to the local population. He said operations are slated to begin in November.
      Meanwhile, Armando Rincon, Colonos general manager, said he has been trying to contact the Hard Rock manager to discuss some common concerns, such as the security fence they share, and “become good neighbors.” As to the prospect of gambling, Rincon’s take is that it would be a small operation, if any, since Mexico still prohibits casino gambling.

WINS TWO VEHICLES IN TWO YEARS 

Beach reclamation project set to begin
Two more streets get lighting
   
By Staff
    
While candidates for public office in the July 7 state/local elections debate many issues, and while businesses catering to tourists lament beach erosion, finally Puerto Aventuras is doing something about it, giving snowbirds hope for a reclaimed Fatima Bay waterfront come winter. 
     

The Pelican was told last week by Colonos GM Armando Rincon that the barge to haul huge rocks for a series of underwater barriers has quietly been under construction after the Colonos received $33,000 for the initial phases of the project, along with signed loan agreement documents. “We believe the actual project will be begin in a few weeks,” Rincon said.
      The Oceanus Co., in charge of implementation, had earlier estimated start to finish would take eight months. If the barrier work does begin this month (July 2013), it could be completed by February, barring unforeseen problems. 
      As agreed by the Colonos Assembly vote, future receipts from construction in the new Phase 4 will repay loans for the project. In return, the developer will fund all street and utilities infrastructure, which the Colonos would have undertaken with the construction fees.
      In the meantime, Rincon also reported the new public beach access corridor has been completed. However, the preparation of plastic identification cards for individual condo owners has stalled because most condo administrators are balking at sharing their data bases to allow determination of ownership by the Colonos for the I.D. cards. More on this later. 
      On several other fronts, Rincon said new lighting has been installed on Bahia Matzoma and Bahia Akumal (where the cultural center is located) and that a contract for 12 new security cameras approved at the assembly has been signed.  Installation should follow shortly, he said.
      Also, owners who have received invitations to pay a zona federal tax along inland waterways are being advised by a lawyer hired and paid for by the Colonos not to pay the tax. Rincon said an explanatory letter is available to all owners who want to follow that advice. The letter sets the case for them with the government. See Colonos administrators for more information and a copy of the letter
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Commerce Corner…
Local firm markets new cleansing product
Can clean odorous cenotes

and PA’s wastewater system

By Staff
    
A Puerto Aventuras business marked a serendipitous event in June. The company “We R Water,” a Centro business that supplies comprehensive supplies and services for anything to do with water, unveiled a new water purification product as nearby Calica, d/b/a Limestone Industrial del Carmen, donated 420,000 pesos to the Sian Ka’an  organization for work to protect the Riviera Maya aquifer and to clean cenotes in Playa del Carmen’s tourist district.
     Businesses on 5th Avenue have been complaining that cenotes located in that area have been giving off a stench that keeps some tourists away from eateries there.
    

Now, “We R Water” says it has the answer in the form of a new product called BDM-50. It is an all-natural liquid bio-chemical derived from plant extracts and a proprietary blend of naturally occurring bacteria and fungi. It is non­toxic, non-carcinogenic, and contains no pathogenic microorganisms. It stimulates microbial activity and accelerates the breakdown of organic matter.
     After 20 years of success in the agricultural industry, scientists discovered that BDM-50 holds great promise in the treatment of wastewater and other sources of bio-solids. BDM-50 accelerates the breakdown of volatile bio-solids and effectively controls odors in waste treatment facilities, waste lagoons, drying beds, feedlots, etc.
     We R Water co-owner Leliet Duschkin says she actually started summarizing the product information she thought was most important. “But what we would really like is to get rid of bad smells and help the environment in Puerto Aventuras.
We believe that if each apartment/house were to spend 4 Mexican peso per day (approx), we could TOGETHER clean out our sewer/grey water system and avoid all kinds of problems in our environment.
      “The more people buy the product, the cheaper it gets and the cleaner our sewer system and grey-water pipes become. We R Water is not trying to profit on this product, we are trying to make the place we live in, the place our children are growing up in, better. If anyone has any questions,  contact me at
lelietwerwater@gmail.com. Also, we will soon have a credit card terminal available at the store, she said.
 

     

Turtle time in the tropics – See them nesting in front of this beach villa available from “Akumal Villas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56RUdDF59N4&feature=em-upload_owner

Local resident does business at Cannes Film Festival

Says film industry’s major biz players optimistic

By David Zannoni    

It was that time of the year again. The Cannes International Film Festival. The entire international film community consisting of actors, directors, producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers, investors, lawyers all flew in to Cannes to experience the 66th edition of the most important and most famous film festival in the world.
    
As a regular attendee I was also there again (that is to say, the market, not the festival). What made this year’s film market exceptional was most of all the bad weather  It was heavy rain showers and low temperatures at 10-15 C, and almost summer in southern France. It made doing business on the beach much less pleasant than previous years. Although the Mediterranean is generally not too bad a place to be, especially in May, and while I will certainly not complain, I do admit it made me miss the year-long, sunny white sand beaches of the Caribbean.

      Despite the bad weather, business in general seemed good and producers, distributors and sales agents were in a good mood buying and selling films and trying to put together new film projects. The film business, by definition a weird business with its very own dynamics, seems to have survived international credit crunches – although financing schedules and distribution models have experienced changes and have been, some to a lesser and some to a larger extent, under pressure.
    
This year people seemed again a bit more positive about economic success than a year ago, so I guess we are getting each time closer to exiting the current world or crises, at least in the US, as the film business still is merely an American “one-man-show” as it comes down to economics.
    
And while the 66th Palm d’Or was won by Abdellatif Kechiche’s “La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2,” I was already on my way back to sunny Mexico.
   
(Ed. Note: Mr. Zannoni’s work in Cannes involves the complex process of cobbling together investors in the worldwide movie-making business. He works from his condo in Puerto Aventuras.)
Business Briefs…
QUINTANA ROO’S College of Physicians meeting in Cancun  said a tax on physicians adds to reasons why fewer new doctors choose to practice in the state. Meanwhile, one candidate in upcoming state elections is promising to build a hospital in the Puerto Maya and Puerto Aventuras area if elected…CANCUN AIRPORT officials say it expects to serve nearly 16 million travelers this year based on last year’s growth of 1.5 million passengers…PLAYACAR was a place of protest by taxi drivers in June after the gated resort banned taxis from operating in the resort area. The drivers’ union says people living within the resort need their services and drivers need the work…

 

Police arrest F.B.I. ‘Most Wanted”
child porn fugitive in Playa del Carmen
     By Staff
    
One of the F.B.I.’s “most wanted” fugitives charged with exploitation and sexual assaults on children was arrested by Mexican police in Playa del Carmen on June 18, reported USA Today and other news outlets.
      Walter Lee Williams, 64, a former University of California professor, is charged with traveling abroad to engage in sex acts with children. A Mexican prosecutor, Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres, said in Cancun that Williams was captured as he drank coffee in a Playa del Carmen park. Garcia said it was not clear how long Williams had had an address in Playa del Carmen because he also had an address in Cancun where he was turned over to immigration officials after his arrest.
       Williams was the second American child porn fugitive captured in the area this year. Another fugitive who had lived in Puerto Aventuras for more than a decade was arrested and deported to the U.S. earlier this year following a 5-year attempt by a Playa del Carmen immigration lawyer to get immigration officials to act on such fugitives and keep area children safe from sexual predators. 
       The lawyer said the arrest in Puerto Aventuras was the opening salvo by new immigration officials who are now taking their job seriously, said the lawyer.
       A four-count indictment against Williams alleges he traveled to the Philippines to engage in sex acts with two Filipino boys, 14. Prosecutor Garcia did not say whether Williams was suspected of any crimes in Mexico. The U.S. alleges Williams fled the Los Angeles area after returning from the Philippines and learning of pending charges against him.
 

In Case You Want to Know…

Termite wing invasion startles newcomers

      A week or so before heading north in May, our condo unit bordering the golf course was invaded by an army of what we at first sight thought were moths…hundreds of them floating on a breeze through our open slider, which we closed as quickly as we could.
      While sweeping floors and on closer inspection, what we found were just wings, hundreds of wings, attached to…absolutely nothing. We swept and scooped them up, put them in a bag and headed for the rubbish bin outside. Another surprise awaited.
       The aluminum bin, a very neat idea, was decorated with hundreds more of the wings on its roof doors. (See photo)
     

Talking to neighbors later, we learned others had had the same experience and as the event became part of the social conversation over the net few days, we learned through the unscientific grapevine from vague initial sources, that the wings belonged to termites. But where were the termites?
     
What we have pieced together, unscientifically and from various sources, is that there had been a number of strong wind gusts that day causing one of the arboreal (in the trees)termite nests to crash, unleashing an army of the pests that somehow shed their wings in the process.
      Another guess is that termites with wings, called “swarmers” either drop from the arboreal nests or emerge from ground nests naturally in the spring and when the nests get too crowded.  Swarmers are poor fliers and, when above ground, usually

flutter a few meters and fall. Swarmers, emerging outdoors from nests are usually not of concern and are in no way an indication that a structure is infested.
     After dropping to the ground, swarmers shed their wings. Surviving males find compatible mates and then burrow into the ground to become king and queen. These termites live in nests underground and tunnel up for food, which includes the wood of homes.
      The Pelican invites anyone with particular knowledge of this springtime termite ritual  to share it by email for publication in the Pelican Free Press.         
           

 

 Briefly Noted…

    CANCUN IN DEBT – The mayor of Benito Juarez (Cancun) reported last week that the city is the fifth most indebted municipality in Mexico and blamed previous administrations for mismanagement…TICKET TIME has arrived on the Highway 307 overpass in Playa del Carmen as the police began to ticket scofflaws who disregard the ban on bicycles and motorcycles on the fast-moving highway. Signs were posted over a month ago to warn cyclists of the coming ban…AS JUNE BEGAN torrential downpours in Solidarity caused excessive flooding, numerous automobile accidents, power outages and other discomforts such as loss of internet access and phone service in some areas. Pooling was particularly bad along the 307, particularly at access and exit points…FOUR MILLION TOURISTS are expected to be counted by the end of 2013, says Dario Flota Ocampo, director of the Maya Riviera Tourism Promotion Trust. He thinks the area will break a domestic tourism record with 1 million domestic tourists. He says a growing number of planned entertainment events, such as the Playa del Carmen Music Festival,  is helping to attract more tourists…40 BOATS in the nautical tourist industry along the Mayan Riviera will be switching their two-stroke to four-stroke engines that have much less impact on the environment. The program is expected to continue to cover all of some 200 such vessels operating in waters stretching from Tulum to Puerto Morelos …TORRENTIAL JUNE RAINS in Playa del Carmen caused flooding, which in turn caused considerable money losses in damages and business, which in turn sparked calls from business to government for better drainage…HOUSEWIVES COMLAINED IN JUNE on the rising cost of some basic foods, such as a 25 percent increase for a kilo of chicken. Eggs and sugar were also on the increase, causing poorer families to eat more beans and less meat protein… DENGUE FEVER CASES were up in Playa del Carmen colonies in early June from 20 to 34 as the government sent out fumigation teams and called for more frequent trash collections to control larvae of the disease-spreading mosquito…AKUMAL ECOLOGICAL CENTER has been monitoring marine life in the bay and plans programs to reverse damaging growth in algae, diseased fish colonies, mortality of some species and a decrease in living organisms…A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE spokesman has called for more radical effort in the Federal Maritime Zone to curtail the loss of 30 meters of beach space so far in Playa. Less space to attract tourists is hurting shorefront businesses that usually help sustain the local economy…LOCAL ELECTIONS will be held July 7. Heavy campaigning has touched on many social issues including child labor, health, jobs, poverty and the economy among others…BARS AND CLUBS ASSOCIATION  official in Playa has called for an end to “free bars” and cheapened liquor to attract customers, suggesting instead better service and products. Members in accord will be given certificates showing drinks are genuine products…THE YUCATAN’S honey producers continue efforts to open China to their product…FARMERS IN JOSE MORELO are complaining about too many broken or out-of-cash ATMs available in their area and pushing for a branch bank or more and better ATMs to service them…HEALTH OFFICIALS claim people aren’t helping battle dengue fever because they continue to use empty lots to dump garbage and otherwise do nothing to help eradicate the mosquito…GAMMA RAY devices were deployed on southern Q. Roo roads by the Naval police in June to detect illegal goods potentially incoming from Belize…THE UNDERWATER MUSEUM and its many statues in Cancun is in a competition for underwater Wonders of the World…

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Library Summer Hours –  Please click on Colonos icon above the page for library news

Phrase a week …
By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

We are never too old to learn.  “Nunca estamos demasiado viejos para aprender.”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email at nanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517.

Church Services… Please click Colonos icon on right top of page.

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 5:30 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

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End of Mexican land trust is in sight, but…

 

…Its elimination may require more patience

By Staff
      If you have friends or neighbors up north itching to buy in the Riviera Maya in the event the current required land trust provisions are eliminated, tell them not to hold their breath.    

Mexico’s House of Deputies – akin to the U.S.House of Representatives and the Canadian House of Commons – passed the measure 356-119 a few months ago, as reported previously in the Pelican. Such a lopsided vote would usually indicate broad support for the reform that would loosen restrictions, advance foreign investment and create jobs…and do it relatively quickly as lawmaking goes.
But perceived support could wane. The proposal now needs a vote by the Mexican Senate, which has gone on a break, plus a majority of the country’s 32 state legislatures. This will take some time without a guarantee of success while the opposition stakes out its claims that easy access to land could lead to foreign colonization of parts of the country.
Historically, the opposition, which includes the Union of Indians and Farmers Force, a farming group, has a point and the Alamo experience proved it when Texans  on Mexican soil revolted against Mexico and ended up with the sizeable state.
The farming group says ending the trust provision for foreigners would encourage speculators to engage in excess profiteering and hold the potential for widespread fraud.
Supporters say however that the colonization and national defense reasons for instituting the trust provisions are no longer viable. To the contrary,they say the elimination of the land trust provisions would encourage investment, tourism and job creation.
Passage of the proposal by the House of Deputies was greeted in Puerto Aventuras with a mix of mild reactions. Longtime observers know this has been proposed before and gone nowhere. Several foreign owners of property in PA who have been paying for a trust for years say they would probably stick with a trust until they decide to sell even if the provision is eliminated.
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evin Graham of the Costa Maya Living real estate company in Mahahual, feels the law as it is impedes the real estate market, citing cases of possible buyers who balk at the prospect of not having direct title to beach properties they want to buy and paying added costs of initial trust preparation and annual fees, the latter particularly discouraging to marginal buyers looking toward retirement.
What is obvious here is that something has propelled a rash of new-home construction in established Puerto Aventuras development phases along Bahia Chemuyil and Bahia Xaac as Phase 4 development continues to open up many more canal-front housing lots.

Residents with cat problems urged to contact
Colonos office as spaying program begins

The Colonos reports a cat spaying program will begin next week in order to maintain control over the growing feral population.

General Manager Armando Rincon said a volunteer resident will be using three humane traps for the task and will respond to residents who report a cat congregation problem to the Colonos. Also assisting will be a local veterinarian.
Animal rights groups say spaying is a smart thing to do even for house pets because it helps maintain the health of the cat population, which, as it increases,  so does the number of cats that do not have a place to call home.

Many animal rescue groups use live cat traps in their trap, neuter/(spay), and release (TNR) programs.  Contact the Colonos at coordinacion@colonos.org or call 984-873-5116 or 5117
Puerto sail club places five of 10 on national team

 

June 6 dinner here to raise funds for Bermuda trip

Five of ten young sailors chosen nationally from year-long national regattas to represent the great Mexican nation at the North American Optimist Class world championship in Bermuda are from the Puerto Aventuras Sailing Club.
This record-breaking  feat means that PA’s sailors have been outperforming their peers at regattas around the nation for the opportunity to become known as world class sailors and champions.
The invitation to participate is an opportunity for local sailors to compete with the best international sailors and put Puerto Aventuras on the world sailing map.
The Bermuda regatta requires expenditures that several of the local sailors cannot afford, so to help them, a gala dinner will be held June 6  at the Omni Hotel and Beach Club in an effort to raise $4,000 USD.
Tickets on sale at the Colonos office are 600 pesos or $55 USD and includes  sumptuous dinner choices with wine and drinks included.

 

Absent water-bottle seals prompt criticism

Officials temporarily close several

area bottling plants over health issues

By Staff
     Water, the earth’s most abundant and essential liquid, caused some concern just as snowbirds were about to head north in April when the E-Pura bottling company unilaterally decided to remove one safety feature – the seals under the cap – from the 5-gallon it delivers to households.

The action spurred back-fence criticism by some residents who wanted to know if the sudden lack of protective seals was a broad oversight, a narrow act of mischief or a pre-conceived move by the company for a legitimate, non-threatening reason.
Delivery employees could only say that the company was no longer using the seals.
Unfortunately, the company’s failure to notify its customers beforehand prompted dialogue on other fronts that included complaints about too many bottles that leak and the quality of the plastic from which the bottles are made. Several residents said they believe the quality of the water bottles containing a resin code number 7 is below standard for bottles containing water for human consumption.
That complaint is branded as a misguided myth by the SPI, the Society of Plastics Industry trade association. It says the numbering, from 1 to 7 stamped in a triangle, identifies plastics only for recycling purposes.
Nonetheless, in May, the Mexican Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) suspended and fined at least five purified water bottling companies, among them Water Rose, Drop Blue, Pure Evena, Silo and others, for what officials said were practices that could compromise the health of consumers, even criticizing the condition of vehicles used to deliver the water.
Felix Montes Casanova, Solidarity coordinator, said mistreatment and handling of water invites bacteria like ecoli, salmonella and typhoid. The companies are charged with operating in inadequate facilities, use of generic labels that make the water source hard to trace in the event of an outbreak, delivery vehicles in poor condition. There was no mention of the seals, leaking bottles or the quality and safety of the plastic.
Notifying customers of changes to products and packaging, and explaining in summary why the changes are occurring, could help dampen complaints.

Commerce Corner… 

‘Donna’ transitioning biz to a ‘marisqueria’

    By Staff
Tiramisu’s Donna” is one of those people who, like “Beyonce” or “Madonna” or “Peter” from Latitude 20 Restaurant does not need a surname to be instantly recognized, such is her local popularity.
The Connecticut native and owner of the now permanently closed Tiramisu Restaurant for 12 years in Puerto Aventuras’ Centro, told the Pelican Free Press that she will be opening a “marisqueria” in her building where Paparazzi Pizza is located just outside the resort’s main gate facing the Highway 307 overpass.

For the English speaking crowd, a “marisqueria” is a restaurant that specializes in fish dishes and/or raw bar. “We are designing gardens on the side of the building with a fountain and a palapa,” she said. “All of my cooks have decided to stay with me and two of my waiters.  So you may see some of the old Tiramisu favorites pop up on the new menu.”
The rumor mill started churning as soon as the closing was announced, with next-door restaurateur John Timmerman of Hippo’s mentioned as an interested party along with a Mexican restaurant owner from Cancun.
Retirement is not on Donna Carey’s agenda. Besides her continued affiliation with local charities, “Plans now are to relax and spend some time in Rio Lagartos.  I will also be practicing and teaching Reiki, sound healing and meditation in Akumal.
“An attorney friend has asked me to be a business consultant in his office for foreigners who want to open and operate businesses in Mexico.  Also, I am following my heart’s desire and organizing tours to Bhutan and other locations while I am in the process of writing a book.
“I have asked those who would like to participate to send me their stories of memories of Tiramisu, the Reiki Bakery, Caribbean Com, Full Moon Ceremonies and other Puerto events linked to me and the restaurant to be included in the book along with some of the most requested recipes.  So, you see, I still have many irons in this fire!!”

BUSINESS BRIEFS…

WORK IS CONTINUING on the new Omni Beach access walkway as shown in above photo contributed by Capt. Rick’s Sport Fishing next door. Note the flower boxes on both sides lending aesthetic improvement of the walkway that was sorely missed when it was temporarily closed to residents last year…SOLIDARITY MAYOR Rafael Kantun visited Puerto Aventuras Puebla to announce an investment of 1.3 million pesos to install paved streets and sidewalks for access to the secondary school Esparza Jose Antonio Tzuc. He said paving will be 10 inches thick and cover 120 meters of paving and 240 linear meters of curbing and sidewalk. The initial high school building in the Puebla was funded by Anat Kah and Charity Golf Tournament in the resort…HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS in Playa has been purchased by the real estate trust Fibra Inn for $11 million. The trust said the acquisition is part of its diversification plans…EASY ON THE BOOZE ADS – The Department of Protection Against Health Risks is banning outside advertising of happy-hour price reductions so as not to encourage excessive consumption by the public. It goes into effect this month…COMEDY FESTIVAL in Akumal has already set its date between May 1-3 in 2014. More details next year…ECONOMY MAGAZINE announces that Mexico slipped out of the top ten world tourist destinations in 2012…A WAR OF WORDS erupted the the area Business Coordinating Council over the hiring of  foreigners in Playa del Carmen’s service and hospitality industry, noting the jobs are needed for locals and protected under the law. One union leader called for action against businesses that do not obey the rules…

 

In Case You Want to Know…

Our Mexican state: Pronounce it Keen-TAH-Na-Roh-oh

Hurricane season forecasters
predict a worrisome year

From Staff and news Reports
    Puerto Aventuras is in the state of Quintana Roo, the easternmost state at the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula that covers an area of 42,030 square kilometers (16,228 square miles), which is a little less than half the size of the US state of Maine.

It borders the Mexican states of Yucatán to the northwest, Campeche to the west, the Central American countries of Belize and Guatemala to the south, and the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and north. The state has eight municipalities. Its capital is Chetumal.
Quintana Roo is situated on the Yucatán Peninsula, which is low and flat. The southwestern region of the peninsula is the highest, reaching an altitude of more than 200 meters (660 feet) above sea level. The Caribbean coastline is long and beautiful, with fine beaches. One important feature of this coastline is the coral reef.
The most important river is the Hondo River, which forms the border with Belize. The state also has many lagoons. There are also underground caves filled with water that has filtered through the porous rocks. These caves are known as cenotés.

Weatherwise, the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea contribute to the climate, which is generally warm and humid. The average temperature range is 25.5°c to 26.5°c (78°f to 80°f), with maximum high temperatures between 36°c and 38°c (97°f and 100°f) and low temperatures ranging from 12°c to 14°c (54°f to 57°f).
The highest monthly average rainfall, 17 centimeters (6.7 inches), occurs in September. Annual rainfall ranges from 1,100 to 1,500 millimeters (43 to 59 inches), with the average being 1,200 millimeters (47 inches). The region is also frequently affected by tropical storms and hurricanes. In September 1989 Hurricane Hugo struck Cancún with 320-kilometer-per-hour (200-mile-per-hour) winds, causing major damage to the resort hotels there.
In that vein, the latest forecast of this coming hurricane season from NOAA predicts above normal and highly active storms with 13 to 20 named storms of which seven to 11 could turn into hurricanes and three to six as major hurricanes. Forecasters define hurricanes as Category 3 storms churning 110-mph winds and above. Forecasters do not routinely predict location of possible landfalls.

Briefly noted…

 

SIGNS POSTED along the elevated highway through Playa del Carmen ban bikes, other two-wheeled transportation and vehicles with trailers from using the overpasses…CANADIAN TOURIST DROWNS – Samarin Martin, 57, drowned May 17 in the Puerto Aventuras cenote Chac Mool. A guide said the tourist had been told not to enter the water because of his physical condition and pressure problems…A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY who was part of a school group was killed when he climbed the roof of a glass domed museum at the Xcaret Park and fell through the skylight in what park owners termed a very unfortunate accident…A DUTCH VISITOR drowned off the Punta Venado reef as he tried to swim to shore after feeling some discomfort while snorkeling with a group…HOT! HOT!HOT! Weather observers in Q Roo say more cars and deforestation are contributing to hotter weather in the central and southern parts of the state as temperatures reached 34 and 36 degrees Celsius, up from 30 degrees 10 years ago in the same areas…ILLEGAL INVASION of Electric Department and ejido lands in Playa del Carmen led to violence last month with fisticuffs, death threats, three arrests and a torched palapa. No wonder we are seeing guards on duty in their makeshift towers along Highway 307…Q. ROO STATE is moving toward criminalizing vehicular manslaughter cases where a guilty driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs will face four to 12 years in prison and minimum-wage fines from 31,000 to 93,000. Insurers have already boosted social insurance coverage for vehicular deaths to a maximum of $300,000USD. Driver sober, drive carefully…A DRAMATIC GUN BATTLE between police and alleged extortionists in the Colosio Luis Donaldo in Playa’s north end injured one suspect and a  2-year-old child who happened to be near the chase and shootout as the suspects, whose car rammed a chain link fence, were arrested to end the May 25 spree. The suspects had attempted to extort 50,000 pesos from a Playa business. In all, five suspects from Tabasco were arrested…NINE ACTIVE WILDFIRES were being reported in Q. Roo as the Pelican went to press this week. Some 2,783 hectares were involved…HURRICANE SHELTER preparations begin this month in the various municipalities…

 

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

We are never too old to learn.  “Nunca estamos demasiado viejos para aprender.”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email at nanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517.

Church Services… Please click Colonos icon on top right hand of page.

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.

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