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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sales tax hike greets new year

 

 

Pelican ‘hits’ Parade: By Counterize, for Dec. 24, 2013

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REMINDERS:

MASSES AT POBLADO’S Sta. Teresita del Nino (Roman Catholic) Church for New Year are 11 p.m. Dec. 31 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 1
Cooking Class on regional Mexican cuisine at 10 a.m. Friday at Latitude 20 Restaurant through March. More info at 984-802-9372
The Colonos office will be closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1 and open Friday, Jan. 3.
Holidays dance party with DJ Bob 7 to 10:30 P.M. Dec. 27 at Latitude 20 Restaurant on the Lagoon of Dreams. P.S. Latitude Catering is available for home parties. Reach them at catering@restaurantlatitude20.com.
FOR CATERED party information click on Puerto Aventuras Catering logo at left
Runners in the annual road race, being held on Jan. 19 this year, are reminded to get in shape to vie for one of the prizes. More details later.
Library Hours over the holidays: Open Dec. 27 and Jan 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular hours resume Jan. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

WANTED TO BUY: Golf cart, aluminum frame, 4-person, good shape. Contact Carlos 984-111-1252
HOUSE SITTING, experienced sale staging, excellent references, competent adult…click on “for sale” page

 

‘Christmas spirit’ a permanent

resident of Puerto Aventuras

 

By Staff
Have you ever wondered if the spirit of Christmas and giving ends on Dec. 26 or does it continue throughout the year?

The Pelican learned last week during an evening ride from Puerto Aventuras to a 90th Street neighborhood in Playa del Carmen that, in many instances, the yuletide spirit does indeed live on, endlessly infusing humankind with hope and courage in selfless, private acts of kindness and generosity large and small.

We were in Hal Harper’s SUV with Harper, Lenny Libis and Rob and Sheralee Solosth, being followed by another car driven by Anne Silver, who was accompanied by Jayne Halle, all of them Puerto Aventuras volunteers along with Gaylita Dunaway, at a horse therapy program for special needs children that runs all year.
They were on their way to the annual Posada held at a modest schoolhouse where Edith Mangana, mother of a disabled child, runs a school for special needs children and several adults in addition to the horse therapy program called Centro de Equinoterapia de Playa del Carmen, A.C.

Lighting the way
    It was an evening of singing, lighting candles and re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay on Christmas eve, called the “posada.” That was followed in the small, walled- in school yard, by watching with glee the client children take turns at walloping the “pinatas” as best they could and with a depth of joy that was palpable. Then came light food and desserts, a visit from an underfed but no less robust Santa, whom the children hugged as they excitedly received their gifts.
“Do you know,” said Harper in an aside,” that Gaylita shops for all those gifts, not only for the client children but for the siblings so they don’t feel left out.” It’s not an easy chore, he said, considering the gifts have to be not only gender and age but also ability specific.” The funds for the gifts comes from the volunteers.
But it’s the time they spend all year with the children – time being a most precious commodity – forming bonds that deliver pleasure and sense of accomplishment to clients and volunteers alike.In the course of the evening, you learn game-changing things about the cosmopolitan snowbirds and expats living in Puerto Aventuras that make you want to hum a tune:

Caring with carrots
Lenny tells you about the little extras that he and Hal bring to their weekly stints of leading client children on horses around a ring for an hour or more. “We bring carrots for the horses,” he says, then adds. “Hal is one heck of a recruiter,” of volunteers.

Hal reveals that the volunteers also work four days at the annual Mayakoba golf tourney and all proceeds of their work given to the school. He describes Gaylita as the “Madonna” of horse therapy, noting she earned the title the hard way over the years by being “kicked, bitten and thrown off” a horse and this year suffering a broken wrist. ”No other volunteer has ever had a thing like that happen to them,” he says, because not all actually get up on a horse to hold a child safely.

You learn it sometimes takes three volunteers to handle one disabled child up on a horse, one to lead and two on each side to assure safety, unless there is a volunteer on the horse also holding and guiding the child to allow his or her body to move with the horse. It’s a demanding task. One can almost feel the sense of attainment Gaylita herself feels when up on a horse with a child who is moving in rhythmic syncopation for the first time as the horse sways and rocks gently around the ring. Then there is the quiet glee of caretakers who seldom see such a range of motion in their disabled child. This goes on all year long.

And there’s more
    There is no forgetting the many individual acts of kindness emanating from the resort community to the one across the highway, private acts like paying for education lessons and medical procedures (one family donating nearly $18,000 U.S. last year). There are also the more transparent efforts of organizations such as FOPA (Friends of Puerto Aventuras) and Anat Kah, this area’s United Fund, contributing grandly to the general education, welfare and progress of native inhabitants among other agencies and organizations listed in this year’s Colonos Assembly report available at the Colonos office.
Onward to a feel-good 2014 of peace and progress for all people.

Christmas past…already?

 

 

Commerce Corner…

Sales tax is rising,

but sky not falling

By Staff
The snowbird sky over Paradise won’t fall and the world won’t end just because Mexico will introduce tax reform measures beginning Jan. 1. Happy New Year!
Some lawyers are already insinuating, in doomsday blogs, a plethora of dire consequences for scofflaws who do not immediately conform to the new regulations, teasing potential clients with just enough information to make them willing to pay for more.
Other legal counselors are sharing what they know about the law’s general goals and infer it will take some time for every interwoven detail, every type exemption, and every logical interpretation to trickle down to every law and accounting office, every municipality, every business and every family under every circumstance.

Sales tax up 5% to 16%

The most immediate and all-inclusive financial impact on the majority of snowbirds and non-working expats will probably be the sales tax, or VAT (Value Added Tax) on goods and services already in effect in other parts of the nation. e’pura Water Co.  was among the first to react several weeks ago with a home-delivered message that its rate would rise 1 peso, to 26 pesos per bottle in the resort area.
It means, as thus far determined, a 5 percent increase in almost all consumer products and services, groceries and medicines excepted, but almost everything else included – transportation, rent, (gasoline to what degree?), private-school tuition, pet food, bus tickets and nearly everything else. What portion of the tax hike vendors will swallow, if any, depends on the individual vendor and service provider.
A 5% higher sales tax is not good news for a nation with a 45%, poverty rate and financially vulnerable and questionable middle class that, some say, will be hurt most. But, the Nieto administration says Mexico needs to overcome its standing as the nation with the lowest tax collection rate of the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The news isn’t earth-shattering for snowbirds who can afford multiple homes, frequent flying and dining out routines. If you have a 400-peso bill with an 11 percent tax, you pay a 44-peso (roughly $3.39 USD) tax now. After Jan. 1 you pay 16 %, or 64 pesos (roughly $4.93 USD) or $1.44 more.
One analysis estimates that a family of four earning $38,000 a year will pay about $260 a month in taxes between the 5 percent sales tax for goods and services and an increase of several points in the income tax.
Banking changes are also in store, likely adding to aggravations already experienced by some Puerto Aventuras snowbirds. Those changes will be between client and bank through the standard course of banking. Foreigners in small business here will need to rely on their accountants for proper and timely advice. Exemptions for capital gains on property sales have been increased. Talk to your realtor if you’re selling.

Business changes
    Small-business men in Playa del Carmen and elsewhere have generally panned the increase as threatening their profits if they must raise prices accordingly to remain viable. They say tourists are already spending less and that price hikes won’t help them loosen the grip on their cash.
They also express concern over major new policies providing tighter government scrutiny and oversight on how receipts (facturas) will be processed electronically to assure maximum tax collections and further rein in the cash-only sub-culture businesses like taco stands, limiting cash deals to 2,000 pesos.

 

Local views vary – Here in Puerto Aventuras, businesses have varying views. Ken Kindred of Riviera Maya Dry Marina and Storage, said for the moment his business has no immediate plan to raise prices to cover the increase. “We charge a flat rate and our accountant takes care of those things from our flat-rate receipts,” he said.

Peter Metrick of Latitude 20 Restaurant said he doesn’t yet know if he will have to raise consumer prices or if he’ll be able to cover the tax with current pricing. “It’s one thing to bump up the price of a meal if you cater to tourists here for a week or two. But I have a community repeat business which, incidentally, is for sale if we can get our price.” He said the key will be, as always, in adaptability and the price of the food itself.
Lothar Batt, a partner in a condo administration company here, says he thinks that in general prices will rise almost everywhere by 5 percent. He could not predict as of this writing what potential increase in maintenance fees would be recommended for each of his company’s complexes because they are all different with varying needs and situations.
The Colonos administration, which collects maintenance fees from all properties, asked for and received a 3.5 percent increase to cover the IVA tax hike and 5% employee raises at its assembly several weeks ago.
The best that can be hoped for is that the increased taxes are reflected in improvements to infrastructure, education and welfare and not in media exposures of increased fraud by business charlatans and corruption in the halls of government.

 

Medical priority improves deal

for 44-foot ‘dreamboat’ yacht

At 65, Frances England of Paamul has had to decide on a heart bypass operation or continued attempt to deliver on her now-dead husband’s dream of a Mexican lifestyle offering yacht charters to vacationers.

It was a vision she shared with her husband before he died within 53 days of being diagnosed with cancer a few years ago in their native Texas.
Now the ‘dreamboat’ is like an anchor keeping her in Mexico when in fact she needs to be in the United States for the procedure which is mostly covered by U.S. insurance. But, she said in an interview this week, she can’t afford the incidental financial needs of housing and recuperation for a return to the United States to undergo the surgery.
Her son, Jeff, who lives with her in Paamul where their palapa home is also for sale, realize expediency is required for the surgery since it was recommended by doctors more than a year ago. “I can’t leave until I sell the boat,” she said.
So the price of the 44-foot yacht, docked in Puerto Aventuras and originally offered for sale at $136,000, has been reduced. Following a “scare last week” with chest pains, she dropped their asking price for a loss to $126,000 in an attempt to expedite the sale and will listen, she said, “to any reasonable offer.”
The 1998 Sea Ray Sedan Bridge is equipped with 454 MAG MPI Horizon engines and has been immaculately maintained, Mrs. England said. It has two fully furnished staterooms, two full baths, kitchen, living quarters, fully air conditioned, generator. radar, GPS, chart plotter, autopilot, fish finder and more. Anyone interested in making an offer can get in touch with Mrs. England by e-mail: england_frances@yahoo.com or call her at 984-120-0253.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Pemex headlock on oil industry broken:

Nieto: Foreign investment adds promise

President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed a bill breaking the 75-year-old monopoly state-owned Pemex had on the nation’s oil industry, which is now open to foreign investment and increased production. Among other things, the bill is expected to pump up oil production from a current low point of 2.5 million barrels a day (down from 3.4 million in 2004) and should bring a drop in natural gas prices via increased shale gas production and cost of electricity, lead to faster economic growth, increase productivity, create more jobs and even increase food production as fertilizer production rises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mail Bag

Volunteers sought to assist

in cat neuter/spay program

Dear Editor:
Ever been awakened deep into the night with the screeching sound of wild cats procreating near your residence?  (Edit. Note: YES!) Has their territory become your deck where they relieve themselves, give birth, etc.  because neighbors are feeding the cute little kitten families? Do you lay awake at night feeling helpless thinking how this problem could get out of control if someone doesn’t do something about it and quick?
Well that’s why I got involved.
First thing you should know is that for the past four years, there has been a PA program sponsored by the Colonos whose general manager, Armando Rincon, has worked with Diana Wells of the local Maskoketos Vet Clinic, to address the problem.  Diana came from Argentina two years ago to work for Dolphin Discovery and decided to open up her own vet clinic here in town.
This is how it works:  Various humane traps are set up by local volunteers, security employees and Diana to capture cats that are identified as problems.  She does the surgeries late into the night after she closes shop.  She spays and neuters around 20 healthy cats a week to keep up with the demand.  After surgery she clips the corner of the cat’s ear so we can identify them in the future and releases them into the area of origin.  Diane believes this is the most humane thing to do.  Armando and Diane agree that the cat population is starting to get under control and is diminishing.  Should this trend not continue, discussion was about the possibility of relocating some cats.
If you have any cats in your area, look closer to see if one of their ears is clipped off on the tip.  If so, it tells you that cat has had surgery.  Good news is that a treated cat will quiet down, put on a bit of body weight and will not reproduce.  However, if you find one that you aren’t sure about and would like to have it checked out, please contact gerencia@colonos.org or http://www.colonos.org or telephone 984-873-5116 or 17 and we’’ll respond as soon as we can.  Of course volunteers are always welcome and needed to assist in this community effort…please.

Signed/Trisha Caddey

Dear Editor:
The guitar just sold.  Someone saw the Pelican Free Press ad through a Playa board link and I sold it for my asking price this morning.  This means Dave and I have a new TV to enjoy as our Christmas gift this year.  Thanks for your help.

Signed/Linda Gosslin

 

Briefly Noted…

CROC-A-DOODLE DO – The Navy was called out last Friday to help capture a small crocodiles frolicking in water off the touristy Mamitas Beach in Playa del Carmen. It was humanely removed from the area…TRAFFIC CONTROL by an army of white-gloved police will help expedite vehicular movement in Playa’s Centro area during the holiday high-season…TIME AND SPACE(Y) FESTIVAL of music at the Tanakah Caleta in Tulum this past weekend turned into a booze, drugs and sex festival that careened out of control with somebody pulling a gun, according to media reports…CHICKEN IN EVERY POT was a promise in the 1928 campaign of U.S. President Herbert Hoover that didn’t immediately pan out. Now it’s a similar situation in parts of Mexico where natives in surrounding Q. Roo communities didn’t have enough money for a holiday chicken as President Pena Nieto strives to lift a stagnant economy in a world of stagnant economies…THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT of Solidaridad plans to strengthen rules to prevent fraudulent practices concerning the sale of time shares that are giving the industry a bad name. There are also plans afoot to further protect cenotes and caverns from environmental abuse…

 

Phrase a Week… with Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
New taxes will greet the new year. In Spanish, you would say, “Nuevos impuestos saludo de Año Nuevo
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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PA Centro preps for high season

Pelican ‘hits’ Parade: By Counterize, for Dec. 17, 2013

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REMINDERS:

Popular Cooking Class on regional Mexican cuisine begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 20) at Latitude 20 Restaurant through March. More info at 984-802-9372 
The Colonos office
will be closed Dec. 24-25 and open the 26th and follow a similar schedule for New Year week.
Candlelight service in Paamul: The Fellowship Church of the Riviera Maya invites everyone to come and celebrate with members from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Dec. 24th in the Palapa Community Center. Participants will be singing together and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Holidays dance party with DJ Bob 7 to 10:30 P.M. Dec. 27 at Latitude 20 Restaurant on the Lagoon of Dreams. P.S. Latitude Catering is availble for home parties. Reach them at catering@restaurantlatitude20.com.
Runners in the annual road race, being held on Jan. 19 this year, are reminded to get in shape to vie for one of the prizes. More details later.
Library Hours over the holidays: Closes the 20th of  December, open Dec. 27 and Jan 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular hours resume Jan. 7, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WANTED TO BUY: Golf cart, aluminum frame, 4-person, good shape. Contact Carlos 984-111-1252

 

 

Speeders risk losing access cards;

Highway 307 resurfacing welcomed

By Staff
   Three drivers caught speeding over the 30-mile limit on resort grounds by Colonos officials temporarily lost use of their main gate access cards, reports Colonos GM Armando Rincon.
   He said the eyewitness incidents were corroborated by the Colonos security cameras after which the gate access cards were rendered useless at the gate. “The drivers then usually come in to let us know their card isn’t working, at which point we tell them why they lost the service.” He said access is reinstated and the drivers warned they could lose the card permanently if there are other abuses of the Colonos speeding limit.
   The Colonos administration regularly receives complaints of people not only exceeding the speed limit but actually passing other cars, even on narrow, curving streets like Bahia Chemuyil. Residents are asked to obey the traffic rules for their safety and that of others.
   Heavy truck and bus traffic has also been excluded from using narrow side roads to navigate the resort. They are being guided to use the main road into Centro to reach the hotels and various construction sites where practical.

307 surface improved
   In other local travel news, snowbirds newly arriving will notice the north-bound leg of highway 307 to Playa del Carmen is being resurfaced with blacktop material that, we

are told, reduces the risk of skidding in wet weather.  Another improvement will be the painting of lane stripes to help avoid accidental lane switching. Oh yes. The ride is a lot smoother and more quiet too.    
   There are also reports that repair work is being done to the light standards lining the median strip between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras. There have been numerous complaints, particularly from older drivers, that vision is somewhat diminished and impacts safe driving at night without the lights. Why precisely the lights have been inoperative has been a matter of conjecture. Some report that the state or municipality didn’t pay its electric bills, while others claim thieves were stealing copper wiring. Also, more police filter areas have been added along the road and the existing filter improved. Meanwhile, residents in Playa del Carmen are urging repair of potholes on the overpass saying they pose a risk of accident, particularly from foreign drivers unfamiliar with the pothole problems caused by heavy rains his year.
   New arrivals may also notice a sign, partially covered by surrounding growth, announcing the location of a proposed Pemex service station. The site is located just north of the Lapis outlet.

Five killed in nearby 307 crash:
Officials say liquor involved

By Staff
   A car allegedly being driven at excessive speed by an intoxicated driver went out of control after hitting  the median on Highway 307 between Puerto Aventuras and Playa del Carmen shortly after midnight early Saturday morning. The car became airborne and slammed head-on into an oncoming trailer truck, leaving five nationals in the car dead. The truck driver was not injured. 
   When rescue personnel and authorities arrived, they found one body had been thrown from the car quite some distance. Four others were jammed in the wreckage of the compact car Clio Renault. All were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies required by legal protocols showed levels of alcohol, indicating one possible cause of the accident, while speed and fatigue were also mentioned.
   One report speculated the departed were employed by a 307 all-inclusive hotel and had traveled to Playa del Carmen to attend a party. While officials did not mention lack of lighting on the well-traveled highway as a contributing factor, Puerto Aventuras residents have complained that they fear driving on the highway at night since the lights have been inoperative.

Even in absentia, filter ‘topes’
force near gridlock on 307

By Staff
   Three lanes of cars, buses, trucks – even police cruisers – were backed up on Monday afternoon from Rio Secreto, down by Xcaret, heading north to the police filter near the Toyota dealership and Liverpool. The usual 15-minute or so ride into Playa from Puerto Aventuras was transformed into an hour’s ordeal of impatience
as traffic moved slower than the famed Akumal turtles. It was stop and go a few feet and stop again. For the uninitiated, a “tope” is a speed bump.
   Speculation of a horrid accident, such as occurred on the highway a few nights before (see story above) or major construction occupied the minds of drivers, some on cell phones probably explaining why they will miss their flight out of Cancun, or why the delivery of goods was being stalled, or why they would be late for work.
   We had offered to give Prof. Andy Pittman of Texas A&M, an owner here who was here on business for a very brief stay before returning to work in Texas, a lift to a Playa bank and Soriana’s before he had to attend a 5 p.m. meeting of his homeowner association. By the time we reached the filtro, we had used up more than an hour’s time and Pittman suggested we just turn around and head back for his meeting. Which we did.
   The cause of the delay was ironic: Three lanes of traffic were being funneled into one lane at the filtro because workers were removing the very topes that usually slow traffic, replacing them with nice, flat cement for what we hope is a more accommodating flow of traffic in the future..
   The back-up was not much different than those that occur daily in northern cities from Los Angeles to Boston, except that it doesn’t happen here every day. However, a suggestion for future such projects if possible: Work on 25% of a given road at one time, leaving enough space for two lanes of traffic, rather than doing a third or more as was being done on Monday, leaving only one lane open. Otherwise, onward and forward with progress!

  
 
COMMERCE CORNER

Puerto Aventuras Catering offers

great food, service for good times

    What better time than the holiday season of cordial get-togethers of family and friends to remind the Greater Riviera Maya that the three bi- and tri-lingual chefs at Puerto Aventuras Catering are ready to make any size holiday party a social and culinary success.   

   “Our menus, including authentic Mayan, Yucatan, Mexican as well as American, Caribbean, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Healthy Vegetarian, Macrobiotic, Pritkin Diet and Kosher cuisines, reflect the abundance and quality of the area’s fresh seafood, meats, tropical fruits and spices,” says Chef Francesca. “We know where to go to shop for the best quality.”
    While the chefs have assorted cultural backgrounds, they all live in Puerto Aventuras, from where they offer a selection of services as varied as their extensive menus. If you’ve rented a villa and need a daily chef, they do it and the shopping too. If you are having a gathering of six in your condo, they can prepare a festive array of foods in your unit or at their own kitchen facility.
    They can cater to larger events like weddings, birthday and beach parties, yoga retreats, business meetings, anniversaries, and holiday gatherings, like those that are now upon us when the host and hostess would prefer to mingle with and enjoy their guests without worry.
A new service is the delivery of home-made lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, crespelle and/or cannelloni. The lasagna for six people is priced at 500 pesos.($38 USD on Dec.18) 
    If you are thinking of inviting friends for a holiday celebration, click on the Puerto Aventuras Catering logo in the left hand column of this page to reach the catering web site and its extensive offerings of services, menus and prices, or call them at Mobil 984-876-3277.
    P.S: Puerto Aventuras Catering also sells homemade pasta, breads and natural fruit preserves at the local produce market on Wednedays and Saturdays next to the post office kiosk in Centro.

Aventurans not­e Akumal parking loss

By Staff
   Some slightly agitated Puerto Aventurans have been wondering what’s up with Akumal’s former public parking lot and apparent confusion over the charge of 50 pesos for parking at another nearby lot closer to the Turtle Bay Restaurant.
   So we visited there last week just to see what would happen and were pleasantly surprised. As we had been told, the former public lot was roped off for what we were told is to become a commercial development.
   As soon as we drove under the archway, we hugged a right on the dirt path that leads to the Lol Ha Restaurant. There was a man guarding the roped-off path. He took our license number and let us through. We had breakfast then left. The same man let us out. No charge. We didn’t overstay.
   A well-versed resident of Akumal said the other lot, recently monetized into a profit-making parking lot, charges 50 pesos for day parking for spending time at the beach or snorkeling. It isn’t known at this time whether part of the payment is forgiven if people just want to go there to eat.
   There is another, smaller lot on the left side of the Main Road, just after the arch, for patrons of Turtle Bay restaurant. Parking tickets are stamped for diners.

Face of PA Centro in transition
Cleanup in works, provided
association rules followed

By Staff
   There have been some changes in the commercial make-up of the so-called Dolphin Walk retail and restaurant area in Puerto Aventuras Centro.
   There is empty space where the former Tiramisu and Sushi restaurants once were, evidently with no new entrepreneurs currently beating a path to those doors. Also gone, recently, is the Mangos restaurant, the target of numerous noise and other complaints from the public. Its empty bar swings are just hanging there, sometimes slightly swaying in the breeze.
   The former computer restaurant is gone and replaced by one apparently featuring ceviche, while several other eateries, taking a lesson from an aggressive rainy season, are building roofs over their dining areas with permission from the Centro Association to keep diners and casual imbibers dry on the outside if not on the inside.
   At least one commercial building housing condos and retail outlets is for sale. A new pub opened as did an ice cream shop. Several eateries appear to be branching out into real estate as a sideline and a new owner of the former Gringo Dave’s is awaiting permits to open after completing some remodeling.

Tidying up the rules
   A letter from the administration of Centro Commercial Marina, an owners’ association, was sent to members asking for cooperation to keep clear the common areas by removing banned items that have been placed in them. A list of those items and rules is available in the regulations governing use of common spaces. The items are listed in Chapter 2, Articles 12 and 14 and Chapter 3, Article 16 of the regulations.
   A partial list of those items banned from common areas includes ice machines, work tables, hanging tarps or screens, broken or badly rusted items, advertising signs on porches or hallways and grills. Also, no loudspeakers outside units and no more than one menu board outside the unit.
   “We try to maintain a nice shopping center for visitors to use, clean and tidy, and are committed to working with owners in keeping the common areas attractive and well-maintained,” noted the administration. “This action will give an improved appearance and image to businesses,” for tourists and authorities checking the facilities.
   The letter noted such items left outside after last Sunday would subsequently be removed by the association. The administration said Tuesday the response for cooperation was moving along and would hopefully pick up steam as the high season advances.
 Trans-peninsular Train Update:
   News out of Mexico City reveals that a meeting was held between government officials and potential bidders of rolling stock for three major railroad projects nationwide, one of which is the trans-peninsular project linking Playa del Carmen to points south and northwest, the southern rail ending at Calica, then going west. Enough rolling stock to transport 1,000 riders is being viewed for the trans-peninsular project.The meeting included 15 manufacturers of rolling stock in Mexico, and others from Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, China, Korea, Italy, Spain and Japan.
  

Phrase a Week… with Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. In Spanish, you would say, “Feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo ”
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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