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Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 16, 2018

PA’s People…

Porto Bello, where friendships
forged can last longer than life

Memorial golf tourney slated Feb. 24

By Staff
We learned fractions in school and how well they fit into whole numbers when unified.

So it goes at Porto Bello where “fractional” ownership has given rise to a tight-knit cosmopolitan community from the world over and cemented friendships that last longer than life.

Remembering teacher Jean-Yves Losier with a charity golf tournament on Feb. 24.

One such bond has given rise to a golf tourney to be held Feb. 24 at the Puerto Aventuras Club in memory of Jean-Yves Losier who died last March.

Jane Barclay, serving on the committee with her husband, Dusty, a retired bridge builder in Michigan, and with Wayne and Millie Acheson, Milan Chilla and Kris Kumpf, said Losier was a teacher in Canada and a most congenial sort that they now miss but remember fondly.

“Since he loved to teach,” Mrs. Barclay said,” we thought of having a charity golf tournament for the Friends of Puerto Aventuras (FOPA) where the English language is taught to some 80 poblado children daily in addition to their regular schoolwork. FOPA also funds secondary education scholarships for willing, worthy students as well and night classes in the evening for adults.

The tourney, in a smaller way, replicates several tournaments held some years ago that, in cooperation with the Anat Kah charitable foundation, helped build the first two classrooms of the poblado high school and fund FOPA.

“We already have 32 of the 36-limit number of golfers we can handle for the day, and the 60-limit on dining,” the Barclays reported on Wednesday and will be pleased to include another four golfers.

The event is being held at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entry is limited to the first 36 golfers and the fee is $60 USD, ($25 for non-golfers) which includes food, refreshments, cart and prizes.

For information and payment, contact Milan Chilla [email protected] Wayne Acheson [email protected] Dusty Barclay [email protected] .

Woman carrying cash payroll
shot dead in Punta Soliman

Victim had home in Puerto Aventuras

A female architect with Israeli and Canadian ties and listed in Colonos records as a homeowner here was shot to death last Friday while delivering a cash payroll to laborers working on one of her and her husband’s projects in Punta Soliman, about 18 kilometers north of Tulum.

A Puerto Aventuras resident said he knew the couple as Yardena and Roger Parienti who had developed several properties in Puerto Aventuras and Punta Soliman.  He described them as “…a charming couple close to each other and their family.”

Municipal police responding to a 911 alert found the woman in her white Ford Explorer on a dirt road that connects Highway 307 to Punta Soliman beach and residential area. Paramedics from the Red Cross ambulance crew pronounced her dead at the scene.

Her husband told investigators after a preliminary review of the scene that his wife’s pocketbook, in which she was carrying the payroll, was missing. There were no bullet holes on the car. She reportedly was shot in the head and heart and the gun left in the car, leading investigators to theorize that she may have been targeted either as a matter of retribution , theft of the payroll or both.

Fantoms of the Opera…

More than 500 fans attended the “popera” concert by teenager Carmen Goett last Sunday at the Cultural Center, apparently breaking an attendance record for that venue and earning raves for her performance. (Staff Photo)

Audience showers teen soprano
with accolades on performance 

More than 500 area residents and guests – an apparent attendance record – brought tears, cheers and standing ovations to Carmen Goett’s “popera” performance last Sunday at the Puerto Aventuras Cultural Center. Audience reaction is best expressed by those in attendance. Here are a few:

“She is a self-taught soprano,” said resident Timothy Howard, “with impressive natural gifts that include a broad range and the ability to hit the high notes. Goett’s first selection, Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, showcased these gifts perfectly, after which she ventured fearlessly into two works few sopranos her age would even attempt: Verdi’s iconic Nessun Dorma and the blazing coloratura aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Der Hölle Rache.”

Mr. Howard,  who served as treasurer and executive committee member of the Washington D.C. Opera House when Domingo Placido was with the company, continued: “Goett’s popular selections drew on songs made famous by her inspiration Sarah Brightman, and Andrea Bocelli. The audience responded enthusiastically to Bocelli’s Song of the Earth. To close the evening, Goett paired with tenor Alfredo Fiori to perform two appropriately placed crowd-pleasers—The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye—sending everyone, after saying goodbye, off into the night singing.”

Rapturous applause

“Carmen Goett gave a wonderful performance to a full house,” said resident Angelo Mouzouropoulos. “Her repertoire ranged from classical pieces such as Gounod’s Ave Maria to modern songs such  as an extract from the Phantom of the Opera . This enabled her to display the wide range, strength and versatility of her voice, which is incredible for a 19-year-old. Her presentation was sophisticated and yet very warm and friendly.

“For some of the songs, she was accompanied by a talented tenor, Alfredo Fiori, who complemented her voice very well during duets. The audience showed its appreciation with rapturous applause and standing ovations. I am sure that Carmen will have a wonderful career ahead of her and hope that she is actively investigating the various avenues to promote herself in Mexico and internationally.”

Sang like an angel

“We heard Carmen sing three years ago on the patio at the Omni Hotel at the age of 15, “writes resident Ann Matheson, “and were overwhelmed with her amazing talent, and that of her accompaniment, her sister, Cecelia … then again last year at a wine tasting evening at Dreams Hotel.

“We invited some friends Sunday and after the first spellbinding moments, when I had goose bumps,  I looked at my friends and most of them had tears in their eyes. She sang like an angel.”

“I will say this, for the audience, she was exhilarating,” said Jim Jamieson. “Her stage presence, her command of the high notes and her overall performance more than satisfied all in attendance.”

“The Riviera Maya’s large expat community is exposed to many art and music events throughout the year, but not of this sort – and rarely of such quality,” said Paamul Jack, a resident of Paamul who attended with a contingent of friends.

“I have been a classical music and opera enthusiast since I was 12. What a delight it was for me to be shocked with a young and beautiful modern-day Maria Callas, exploding with some of my old favorites – right here in PA – performing for a full house of an overwhelmed audience. The magnificent sounds of her voice still resonate in my ears, days after the event. There is no doubt in my mind that Carmen is on her way to international fame as a top-notch soprano of the 21st century, and I will be anxiously waiting for her next local performance.”
Ms. Goett expressed appreciation to Coppelia’s Lighting, Jettience Dresses, Info Center Promotions and GM Media for recording the event.

Charity Golf tourney set for Feb. 24

Charity golf tournament   in memory of Jean-Yves Losier, teacher from Canada, gets under way at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 24,  at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course.  The Divot Restaurant, adjacent to the course clubhouse, “is a generous partner” in the event providing food and refreshments at cost, said committee member Jane Barclay.
Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in February, on the 18th with Bingo and the 25th with a return of Trivial pursuits. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes all to join the fun.

What is believed to be the world’s oldest and best equipped three-masted schooner will visit Puerto Morelos.

Soccer   Thierry Defauw reports that the friendly Sunday morning pick-up soccer games have resumed at the Puerto Maya field behind the Oxxo store on the main road into the village. Call Thierry at 984-877-5190 for more information. Young, middle aged and older folks can join the fun workout.
Group Spanish lessons with teacher Gloria Contreras are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.
The world’s grandest and oldest schooner, the “Sorlandet” pearl of Norway, will dock in Puerto Morelos at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20 as part of a trip around the world to promote personal development and environmental causes. The public is invited to greet the majestic ship carrying some 80 students from all over the world.

Chili cookoff also was a sellout last Saturday at the Latitude 20. The ten cooks participating pleased many palates and the sponsoring Seaside Rotary Club reported more than $1,000 USD was raised for support of the “Transformar Educando” Community Center school and social services center in the poblado.

THE CROW’S NEST…

Taema letter claims 2,944
voters have ‘no standing’  

By Pelican
Here’s a shocker that gives residents food for thought. It blew into Puerto Aventuras last week with the contents of a letter from Taema, the Grupo Frisa company planning to build more than 900 housing and hotel units and an airpark across the highway just west of Phase 4.

Background: Taema had initiated a 2016 undisclosed pact with the PA resort’s Fideicomiso and Colonos board that would give Taema homeowners privileges equal to regular resort residents, including use of access cards through the resident gates, for a modest fee.

Existence of the contract was exposed recently by several curious resort residents who had learned from Taema salesmen about the use of “passports” for unchecked access to the resort – the same privilege as resort homeowners. The couples were infuriated because they saw this as a breach of the resort’s claims and expectations of exclusivity, and a burden on resort parking, infrastructure and facilities.

Voters don’t count

A record attendance of Colonos Assembly voters in December accepted the Colonos board’s admission of a “mistake” in signing onto the pact under the Fideicomiso’s prodding and voted overwhelmingly – 2,944 to 2 – to rescind it.

And here’s the shocker. Taema’s letter says the vote doesn’t mean a thing because, the company claims, the assembly has no “standing” (from the Latin locus standi). That’s a legal term “for the ability of a party to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged to support that party’s participation in the case.” If the HOA Assembly has no standing, why was it pressed by Fideicomiso to sign the contract? To show togetherness?

To claim that after sitting six hours at the assembly, the voters have “no standing” leaves the entire affair and efficacy of community involvement and official transparency open to question.

If existing resort property buyers were made to believe the community is exclusive, why would the Fideicomiso suddenly promote special arrangements to include buyers of property across the highway against the wishes of 2,944 to 2 voters – while simultaneously hyping tighter main gate access control for existing users? Why was the pact kept hidden from public view? (To be continued)

A hare-raising show…

Magician Enrique Perez holds audience attention as he prepares to pull a surprise rabbit out of a hat during the Colegio’s annual talent show held Wednesday at the Cultural Center. (Staff Photos)

The Mail Bag…

Where are the fines ?

Dear Editor:
In the interest of providing both sides of the issue I would like to suggest that people who are interested go to chachalal.com to see what people there have posted regarding the difficulties between us and Colonos administration.

Also, I would like to quote from  the (unedited) “Rules we live by…or Not” carried in your paper (as a public service) a couple of Colonos regulations that they do not live by which are causing the problem. Namely articles 25 and article 28. There are others but these are indicative of their lack of enforcing their own regulations.

“Article 25.– Since noise contaminates the atmosphere it is forbidden to generate it surpassing the maximum decibels established by the ecological development bureau in urban areas at 90 db. Offenders will be fined.

Article 26. Felling of trees in public gardened areas, green areas and the development’s reserve zone is forbidden. Trees located within private property may only be cut with a permit from the authorities and only if strictly necessary. Offenders will be fined and the authorities will be notified.

Article 21.- domestic animals found within the development without their owners will be considered street animals and be either put to sleep or turned over to the authorities.

Article 28.– It is forbidden to enter commercial areas, consumption and service areas in general as well as clubs or recreational areas with any type of animal.

Signed, Peter Moulton

(Ed. Note. – Colonos is not authorized or empowered to levy fines. Call the municipal police and/or authorities with complaints. They can fine offenders. As to Article 21, like most others, it is non-specific and we presume it does not include the human animal. Woof! Woof!)

The Roundup…

Sargassum is back to haunt Playa’s beaches to the growing dismay of waterfront businesses that are increasingly vociferous in faulting the government of dragging its feet on spending funds via the Beach Recovery Trust to find a sargassum solution. Left on the beach for too long, the sea grass emits an odor that drives people away from the beaches. So far this year, it has not been a problem in Puerto Aventuras…

Population growth has its dark side as people of Playa, Puerto Aventuras and other communities find it more difficult to navigate traffic congestion and find places to park. The problem’s impact on tourism and locals is prompting calls to resume work on a 2010 plan to implement new coastal highway improvements…

About 170 tourists in Akumal were prevented on Monday from entering the waters of the turtle sanctuary and two companies temporarily sanctioned by federal authorities from bringing the tourists to the sanctuary risking harm to the turtles or damage to the reefs and sea grasses…

U.S. and Canadian NAFTA negotiators exchanged barbs this week over the sluggish pace of  progress in securing trade agreements. The talks have stalled and frustrations set in with negotiators who now say reaching agreements on schedule seems impossible and could take many months more than planned…

Mr. Clean arrived in Puerto, it seems, after two complaints were filed, one involving the amount of trash and debris lining the narrow sidewalk to Chedraui and the other concerning the uninviting conditions of the public lavatories in Centro. A cleaning crew was observed this week along the sidewalk and reportedly, Centro HOA, Colonos and Fideicomiso are raising funds to brighten los banos…

The rules we live by…or not!

(Final page, unedited)

 ARTICLE 38.– ALL ASSOCIATES WHO FAIL TO PAY THEIR FEES PUNCTUALLY MUST PAY MORATORY INTEREST ON UNPAID BALANCES, AT THE PERCENTAGE AVERAGE COST PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE “BANCO DE MEXICO” PLUS A 50% (FIFTY PERCENT).

ARTICLE 39.- VOTES WILL HAVE THE VALUE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS;

  1. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF UNCONSTRUCTED SINGLE FAMILY LOTS WILL HAVE ONE POINT PER LOT, WITHOUT CONSIDERING ITS SURFACE. LOTS WITH OTHER LAND USE WILL HAVE ONE POINT FOR EACH FIVE HUNDRED SQUARE METERS OR FRACTION EXCEEDING. WITH A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINT PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.
  2. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF HOTEL KEYS WILL HAVE AS MANY POINTS AS HOTEL KEYS HELD IN PROPERTY, AS DESCRIBED IN THE CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS.
  3. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF COMMERCIAL LOTS WILL HAVE ONE POINT FOR EVERY FIFTY SQUARE METERS OR EXCEEDING FRACTION CONSTRUCTED, WITH A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINTS PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.
  4. ASSOCIATE OWNERS OF HOMES WILL HAVE ONE POINT PER BUILT BEDROOM, HAVING A MAXIMUM OF THREE POINTS PER REAL ESTATE PROPERTY.

CHAPTER VII

ON SANCTIONS

ARTICLE 40.– ANY SANCTION TO THESE REGULATIONS WILL BE PENALIZED BY THE DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACCORDINGLY.

ARTICLE 41.- ALL SANCTIONS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE OFFICIALS MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE OFFENSE OR RELAPSE.

ARTICLE 42.– THE SANCTIONS AUTHORIZED IN THESE REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS;

  1. FINES RANGING FROM 10 TO 100 DAYS OF THE PERVALING MINIMUM WAGES IN THIS STATE.
  2. SUSPENSION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ASSOCIATION.
  3. PROPOSAL TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE ACTION INSTRUCTED IN ARTICLE 13 OF THE ASSOCIATION’S PROTOCOL, AND

4.- THE REMAINING, BY THE DISPOSITIONS INSTRUCTED IN THE ASSOCIATION’S PROTOCOL AND                IN THESE REGULATIONS.

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The end Previous edition below

February 9, 2018

PA’s People…

 Teenage soprano  offers a respite
from woes of an uncertain  world

 By Pelican
This week’s edition begins on a high note. Literally.

It radiates from the soul of Puerto Aventuras teenager Carmen Goett, 18, with the capacity to momentarily silence the discordance of world affairs for those who listen. It’s happening Sunday night at the Cultural Center.

Carmen Goett

Miss Goett was born with a double gift. The makings of a soprano’s singing voice and a family that enjoyed and nurtured the sound of music. “My sister, Cecilia, who is my unofficial accompanist, plays piano and guitar. My younger sister, Arantza, played drums in the family band and is also a math whiz at the Colegio.” Her mom, Carmen, father Alex and brother Alex, round out what Miss Goett described as “a very happy family, all of us, to be in the safety of Puerto Aventuras.”

The family spent two years in McAllen, Texas, a dangerous border city experiencing the problems of undocumented visitors before settling in Puerto Aventuras seven years ago.

“Life was boring for me in McAllen,” Ms. Goett recalls, “until one day my father came home with a music disc of opera singer Sarah Brightman. I listened to it often and knew that’s what I wanted to be.” But first there was the move to Mexico and typical schooling at the Colegio. After graduation, she presented three concerts at the Omnis Hotel” and performed with The Three Tenors during a wine-tasting at the Dreams Hotel.

Following a path pioneered by Miss Brightman, who performed at various Mexico venues in 2016, Miss Goett took to “popera,” or briefly, elements of pop music sung in operatic style.

Now Miss Goett is venturing into a larger venue at the Cultural Center, more able, she said, to be creative with lighting and stage décor to set the tone of the evening.

But here is the shocker. She has come this far without ever taking a formal lesson, or being tutored. “People tell me I have a natural quality to my voice.”

Anybody who has heard the Andrea Bocelli and Srah Brightman rendition of “Time  to Say Goodbye” knows what a high note is, and Ms. Goett will go for it Sunday night at the cultural center.

Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets 100 pesos at the Colonos office today, 150 pesos at the door.  Refreshments will be available. Puerto Aventuras residents who have heard her sing before say they are buying tickets. They want to her again.

Colonos ‘not close’ to gate
deal with the Fideicomiso

By Staff’
In the wake of Chac-Hal-Al’s vote to disaffiliate from the Colonos HOA a few weeks ago and “possibly” join a fledgling   group, the Colonos board issued a statement to members updating developments since the Dec. 9 assembly.

Expressing disappointment with Chac’s vote and the developer’s apparent creation of a parallel alliance named “The Covenant”, the statement highlights events attitudes and contacts between developer Roman Rivera Torres and Colonos Chairman Jorge Kaufer.

Meanwhile, Chac-Hal-Al’s board has taken issue with statements furnished to the Pelican Free Press by various sources, noting that Chac has not at this time joined a new alliance. It has, however, withdrawn from the Colonos HOA “for now,” and said it intends to fund Colonos landscaping and street work, but not Security, and, in the fashion of the tail wagging the dog, remain open to dialog with the Colonos – of  which it no longer is a member. (See why in Mail Bag below)

Deal offered

The Colonos time-line statement, too long to publish here,  notes that 11 days after the Dec. 9 Assembly gave overwhelming support to the existing Colonos leadership and hence, the work of Security, Rivera offered to produce, and did later send draft rules to govern main gate access for review and input by the Colonos. The board consented.

Rivera reportedly stated if the parties agreed on access protocols, he would terminate legal action to take over the main gate in April, then negotiate integration of Phase 4 into the Colonos and resume work on the proposed park.

But, contacted this week, Kaufer said “We are not close to any deal with the Fideicomiso.” In the meantime, the developer has unilaterally undertaken projects along the beach and main gate without notice, reportedly telling Colonos “that until communication has been restored he is under no obligation to keep Colonos informed about his activities.”

(Full text of the Colonos statement is available from the Colonos or its website that can be accessed by clicking on the Colonos logo in the upper right portion of this page)

The Crow’s Nest

Chac’s Colonos complaints
misdirected, strategy risky

By Pelican
The crow’s nest on older ships provides a 360-degree view of the horizon and a closer glimpse of the sky. But what the lookout can’t see is what’s roiling beneath the dark  sea.

Other perspectives are floating a few fathoms down. Herewith some of them.

This  blog is taking heat from the Chac neighborhood for not publishing its views and complaints in tw0 long letters and for not being factual: Fact: The press is persona non grata at Chac’s and other private assemblies. But neither did the Pelican publish a too-long letter from the Colonos. Fact: Chac leaders were asked to edit letters down to 300-400 words, the Pelican policy. It was done and it appears in today’s mail bag.

The blog is faulted in letters today (see the  The Mail Bag below) for publishing  hearsay rather than facts. We cannot chase vigilance committees of 116 condo complexes to report their official facts without having access to their meetings or minutes. Get real. Send us an email, the minutes or give us a call. Pelican is responsive, within reason.

Workers jam the main gate mornings waiting for access to their jobs. (Staff Photo)

One letter today lambastes the Colonos for inaction to stop a barking sea lion at night. Who can?  The lion(s) belong to Dolphin Discovery, in which the PA developer may have a financial interest, we are told. Perspective: Either are empowered by fact of ownership to end the sea lion entertainment to please Chac. The Colonos is not so empowered. Profit before people comes to mind.

Colonos is faulted for lax main gate access policy. Perspective: Putting different people with myriad objectives through a strainer at the gate is a complex task. Stop his truck – but don’t stop mine, lest you hurt my profit line. Access rules, however, should be more precisely defined and equitable and not require enmity or disassociation to improve.

There’ is the long-running complaint about Colonos failing to stop interlopers from accessing and despoiling Chac’s beachfront. To its arguable credit, it took the fideidcomiso just two weeks to moderate the problem by building a guardhouse, a small gate and creating a new path to divert the crowd farther down the beach. Perspective: Is anybody in Chac asking  why this relief  wasn’t provided five or more years ago by the only entity able to do it?

Who can legally stop Hoo Haa from its early morning cacophony? Owners of the Hoo Haa property live in Chac and lease the site  to a Canadian. Can Colonos break the lease? Perspective: No. Can the owners?  Yes. Hoo Haa’s late-night permit is issued by the municipality despite Colonos pleadings to limit the hours. Somebody even tried arson, to no avail. Profit before people.

Nobody says the Colonos operation is without imperfections. Perspective: One only need peruse the vagueness of the by-laws, the lack of a rigid and fair gate access policy and Security’s shortfall of enforcement powers. But the assembly vote to continue the existing Colonos leadership was overwhelming and should  prompt  Chac to go with the flow. But that’s Chac’s business.

Perspective: Maybe Chac is being used to discredit Colonos and, in its blinding frustration, allowing itself to be led down the primrose path without thinking of who is motivated to milk the Puerto Aventuras cash cow. Not the non-profit Colonos.

Chac has reasons to complain, but faulting only the Colonos is misdirected. Its wavering strategy of possibly turning its back on the rest of the Colonos family is a tribal tactic that risks escalating into the larger community’s undoing.

GUESS…

IN THE ABSENCE of official news, guess what’s happening at the CEDAM museum and win a free subscription to the Pelican. The space is empty of artifacts, the,museum sign has been removed and workers are remodeling the space. (Staff Photo)

Three armed gunmen captured
on highway in Puerto Aventuras
Area police mobilized in force last Saturday after a car carrying three alleged organized crime gunmen ignored protocols of the police filter South of Playa del Carmen and sped away.

Police caught up with the trio on Highway 307 just outside the Barcelo Hotel in Puerto Aventuras and confiscated two 9mm handguns.

Police reported the men failed to obey the signals of police at the filter who noted the passengers in the car fit the description of criminal suspects. One of the men is from Acapulco, one from Tabasco state and one from Cancun.

 

Chili Saturday, Concert Sunday
make for entertaining weekend

CONCERT: “Popera” a concert starring PA’s own Carmen Goett and special guest Alfredo Fiori, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Cultural Center. Tickets are 100 pesos advanced and 150 at the door. Information and tickets available at 984-177-3827, or email [email protected]

Chili Charity Cookoff sponsored by the Seaside Rotary Club starts at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, at Latitude 20 Restaurant. Contact Deborah Mahan at [email protected] for more information. Tickets available at the door, happy hour.

Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in February. It starts Feb 4 with Friendly Feud, followed on the 11th with Trivial Pursuits, the 8th with Bingo and the 28th with a return of Trivial pursuits. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes all to join the fun.

Soccer   Thierry Defauw reports that the friendly Sunday morning pick-up soccer games have resumed at the Puerto Maya field behind the Oxxo store on the main road into the village. Call Thierry at 984-877-5190 for more information. Young, middle aged and older folks can join the fun workout.

Group Spanish lessons with teacher Gloria Contreras are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

Two German visitors drown
in tragic Playacar events

A married German couple visiting in Playacar’s Riu Hotel were separated by death on Jan. 28 when the wife’s lifeless body washed ashore near the Sands Hotel as the result of drowning, according to officials.

The husband, 58, extended his stay at the hotel to cope with arrangements, the hotel reported, but was reported as missing early last Sunday morning, a week ater his wife’s departure. Guards patrolling the beach at 7:30 a.m. came upon his body on shore, also a victim of drowning.

Authorities said they would not rule out the possibility of suicide caused by despondence over his wife’s death.

The Mail Bag…

Chac explains its frustrations

Dear Editor:
The Chac Hal Al Homeowners Assembly, on January 26, 2018, voted to withdraw from the Colonos Association.  The vote reflected years of frustration with Colonos and its failure to address serious problems affecting Chac Hal Al, and affecting the greater Puerto Aventuras community.

Chac Hal Al openly presented these issues at the Colonos Assembly, almost two months ago.  Serious problems with the commercial boat employees, HOO HAA restaurant, and increasing non-resident use of our beaches and facilities were described in our letter read aloud at the Colonos Assembly.  Above all is our continuing and growing concern with the ineffectiveness of Colonos security services and the open-to-the public admissions policy at the main gate to Puerto Aventuras.  We called into question the leadership of Colonos.  We believe the future continuation of Puerto Aventuras as a private residential community is at risk.  We saw what happened with Akumal.  Despite numerous complaints and petitions, Colonos has done nothing.

Our owners question what we are receiving for the Colonos dues that we pay. Colonos does not provide water, sewer, electricity, phone and internet. Colonos does not provide an effective security force and does not control non-resident, public admission through our main gate.  Colonos does not have policies to restrict use of Puerto’s amenities and facilities for our residents who pay for these.

We expected some concrete ideas would have been forthcoming and Chac Hal Al has been willing to work with Colonos to address these issues.  But Colonos came with nothing.  Chac Hal Al voted to leave the Colonos association because Colonos has failed to act.  Our owners voted to discontinue payments for security services not provided and policies that are endangering our investments in what is supposed to be a private residential community.  We are willing to pay our share for maintenance and landscaping that Colonos does provide.

Chac Hal Al is willing to continue dialogue with Colonos.  Contrary to published reports, we have not joined another association.  This is under consideration.  We are willing and prepared to work for acceptable solutions to these issues and for changes in Colonos policies and practices. We are committed to making Puerto Aventuras a better place to live and ensuring that Colonos is fully responsive to the needs of the residents of our community.

She speaks for herself

Dear Editor –
For the record: Mr. Hal Harper does not speak for me (a CHAC resident) either in his sentiments regarding the Pelican Press or CNN. In my opinion your publication has been the best source of unbiased information in Puerto Aventuras. Thank you for your service to the community.

What a sorry mess. Make love, not war. Why can’t we be friends? I’ve got a lovely studio to sell in CHAC – any takers?

Signed/Aymara Lilienthal

Giving developer a chance

Dear editor:
With all due respect, in my opinion, the Pelican Free Press needs to be unbiased and stick to the facts, not hearsay, if it is not going to turn into a gossip sheet.  I assure you that Chac property owners did not make the decision lightly, and it is not open-ended.

We empowered our Vigilance Committee to use their judgement and return to Colonos if this experiment does not yield what we hope.  I attended the four-hour pre-meeting and listened to Colonos, represented by Mr. Tim Howard, and to Mr. Roman.  We have gotten Colonos’ attention, and now they say they will do something to address Chac’s concerns.

Well, in my opinion, talk is cheap, and what will make them act now when they have ignored our complaints for over ten years?  I have been an owner in Chac since 1998.  Whenever I went in person to discuss noise issues with Mr. Rincon going back to the Gringo Dave days and the sea lion that barked all night, he told me that I need to do petitions and get signatures.  I did so but nothing changed.  I now know it was busy work to get rid of me.

In my experience, Mr. Roman gets things done, and we decided to give him a chance.  Hopefully, Mr Roman will clarify for all concerned that we do not intend to be “free loaders”.

Furthermore, I resent Chac being defamed and labeled “troubled”.  We have a nice community in Chac; our beach is the envy of Puerto Aventuras, and our landscaping is beautiful.  It is one of the best properties in Puerto Aventuras.

We have what others do not–a beautiful beach on Fatima Bay, a large infinity pool, and gorgeous sunsets.You have provided Puerto Aventuras a valuable service over the years, which we have appreciated.  We hope you will continue to do so by just reporting the facts.  Thank you.

Signed/Gloria Pardo Fastrup Chac E-101 and G-302

(Ed.Note: Fact: The writer moved away from idyllic and envied  Chac-Hal-Al several years ago to live in San Miguel. At least one of her two apartments is listed for sale.)

A reply in like prose

Dear Editor:
It was nice seeing you and Dorothy the other day in Chedraui. I am a fan and supporter of you and your newspaper. Even though you recently chided me for what you called a “history lecture” which was an attempt to make known to the many people who have not been here from the beginning why we live in such a beautiful, clean and safe community, unlike Akumal, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen or Cancun. Never mind that.

I just read Hal Harper’s letter which showed your journalistic integrity in printing it. This guy is a creepy redneck and bully and I would appreciate if you would publish my reply to him.

“Hal harper, after reading your letter to the Pelican Free Press, all I can say is that you are a slimy, slithering snake in the grass with a propensity for pomposity. Keep your redneck, racist, fascist politics out of our community! Just like your criminal president who does nothing but lie, your attack on the free press crosses the line! The only crap here is the constant foulness that spews out of your (bleep)-hole of a mouth! One love to all.”

Signed/Peter Metrick

Not enough curry

Dear Editor:
The curry fest at Latitude 20 was a great disappointment. Two types of food were not available any more when approx only 75% of the people were served. Whatever food was available was doled out in minimal portions and the taste of the food was below standards. Never again!.

Signed/Loek van der Klugt

Respect each others’ opinions

Dear Editor:
Thank goodness we were raised to respect each others’ opinions in mail sent. I have always enjoyed your paper. Please don’t stop. It sounds like Trump’s twitters are causing fake news concerns everywhere!

Signed/Cheryl Cosgrove

The Roundup…

Chedraui in Puerto Aventuras said it would increase surveillance after a shopper told the manager he unknowingly was squirted with caramel sauce by two men dressed as store workers. The men helped him clean up but stole two credit cards and cash from his wallet he carried in a jacket pocket. A similar event occurred in the parking lot two years ago but was foiled by a member f he Pelican staff. Forewarned is forearmed…

In case you missed it, major US newspapers reported last week finding a massive Mayan civilization nar Tiki, Guatemala with thousands of structures and fields. The discovery was made by scientists using airborne lidar mapping tools. The reports open new theories about the size and scope of the Mayan civilization…

A crazed contruction worker killed a colleague with a blow to the head while on the job in Playa del Carmen last week.  While the worker was arrested, police also faulted job security guards for allowing drugs and alcohol on the site in exchange for cash…

The Chinese food stall at the west entrance of Chedraui ‘sSupermarket across the highway is closing down and integrating with its second restaurant further inside the multi-plaza…

No safe hiding place – Thieves stole contents of a safe-ox in a room occupied by an American family last week at the Riu Hotel in exclusive Playacar. Police invesigators were reportedly turned away by hotel and Playacar security saying they will take responsibility for investigation and liability. Contrents of cash and jewelry were reportedly valued at mor than $20,000. The theft took place while the family was at a Hotel entertainment production…

The rules we live by…or not!

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ARTICLE 33.- IT IS THE CONSTRUCTOR’S OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE AND KEEP CLEAN THE LETRINES FOR THE WORKERS, BOTH AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AS WELL AS IN THE INHABITED CAMPS OUTSIDE THE DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 34.- ALL SIDEWALK AND GARDEN DAMAGE CAUSED DURING CONSTRUCTION MUST BE REPAIRED BY THE CONSTRUCTOR LEAVING THEM IN THE STATE FOUND WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN. MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALK METER ADJOINING A PROPERTY IS THE OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY.
CHAPTER VI

ON THE ASSOCIATIONS MAINTENANCE FEES AND THE VALUE OF
THE ASSOCIATE’S VOTES


ARTICLE 35.- THE PRESENT CHAPTER IS APPLIED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS. ITS OBJECTIVE IS TO REGULATE ORDINARY FEES WHICH ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS MUST BE PAID BY THE ASSOCIATES; AS WELL AS THE VALUE OF VOTES.

ARTICLE 36.– PROPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACCORDINGLY, THE ASSOCIATION’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL DETERMINE THE AMOUNTS TO BE COLLECTED, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE LOCATION OF LOTS, THE AUTHORIZED LAND USED AND THE TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION.

ARTICLE 37.- ORDINARY FEES ARE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS;

  1. UNCONSTRUCTED LOTS WILL PAY AS FEE, THE RESULTING AMOUNT OF MULTIPLYING THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S ESTABLISHED FEE FOR EACH USE OF LAND, TIMES THE AMOUNT OF SURFACE SQUARE
  2. HOTELS, CONDO-HOTELS AND CONDOMINIUM RESIDENCES WILL PAY AS FEE FOR EACH HOTEL KEY, THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
  3. THE COMMERCIAL LOTS’ FEE WILL BE THE RESULT OF MULTIPLYING THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY TIMES THE SQUARE METERS OF CONSTRUCTION.
  4. HOMES WILL PAY AS FEE, THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TIMES THE NUMBER OF BUILT BEDROOMS. THE MINIMUM FEE EQUAL TO THAT PAID BY A THREE BEDROOM CONSTRUCTION. (To be continued)

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