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April 12, 2017

The rules we live by…..or not !
English translation of Colonos by-laws
being presented over next 22 issues 

By Staff
The Pelican Free Press is pleased to present, over the next 22 editions, an English translation of the complete Colonos by-laws, unedited to maintain the document’s original intent in a translated version.

…OR NOT – Parking rules ignored by some – no parking, at left, and cart parked in space reserved for cars, at right. (Staff Photo}

Our goal in parceling the somewhat lengthy narrative into a series of 22 segments is to help readers familiarize themselves with the “rules we live by…..or not” as one might savor a 5-course meal – a little bit at a time.

This series is in response to intermittent requests from English speaking stakeholders. They seek a basic understanding of how Puerto Aventuras is administered and how it, along with the Puerto Aventuras Trust, provides for maintenance of its infrastructure and security in accordance with municipal, state and federal laws and agreements.

We suggest readers copy and paste each week’s segment to build their own full copy of the by-laws they are expected to embrace in a “society by agreement.”

The series will be found at the end of each edition under the tagline “Rules to live by….. or not.”

The Pelican reminds readers the “Mail Bag” section is available for commentary limited to 400 words and free of personal attacks on neighbors and/or officials. Hopefully, we can disagree without being disagreeable, particularly in such a pleasant setting. The Pelican reserves the right to edit and/or discard comments that do not conform to its policy.

Book look…
Akumalian Rhett Schober co-authors
Yucatan fly-fishing book for the ages

DOING, THEN SHOWING others how to land the beauties on the Yucatan is guide Rhett Schober with an envied catch in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

Adds highlights of Peninsula’s
captivating history and geography

By Staff
Akumal resident Rhett Schober, a fly-fishing guru and guide along the generous Mexican Caribbean, has co-authored a new bible for the fly-fishermen who religiously practice the sport in Maya country.

A first look at the 208-page manuscript “Fly Fishing the Yucatan” reveals you are in for a treat if you’re hooked on history and street-smart traveling as well as fishing.

It’s a nuts and bolts compendium of details on what specific rods, lines, reels and flies will serve you best, of tested “how-to” plans for walking a flat, to the particulars of  landing prize fish in complex situations.

With comfort, and ease

The book doesn’t stop at fishing. A successful trip for any reason is one that is preceded by the accumulation of useful information about new surroundings, culture, currency exchange, licenses, seasons, safety, housing, transportation and communication, areas in which Schober, owner of Akumal Villas rentals and Akumal Fly Fishing, is well versed.

This easy-reading text on fly-fishing the Yucatan’s ample larder of snook, bonefish, permit, and small tarpon to name a few, is also a jeweled  primer on Yucatan history and geography that makes good reading after a day’s exciting fishing.

It digs back 400 million years to the formative cradle of bonefish, to the meteor strike in the Gulf some 60 million years ago that may have exterminated the dinosaurs. Fast forward to the lonely island just 70 years ago that harbored only three humans caring for coconut groves and is now Cancun’s popular Hotel Zone.

Then down to the border with Belize for excellent fishing in the embrace of Mayan history there and along the waters of the entire peninsula.  It is fascinating reading for its fishing lessons and for its Yucatan and Mayan history and travelogue of practical needs,tips and what to see.

Do-it-yourself help

Lead author Rod Hamilton, who also wrote the critically acclaimed “Do It Yourself Bonefishing” and runs the DIYFishing.com website, notes “One example of a successful fly-fishing vacation is Akumal Fly Fishing operated by resident expert Rhett Schober. He cut his baby teeth in the flowing waters of Colorado and sharpened them along the Riviera Maya coastline for more than two decades perfecting his skills and helping fishing vacationers land some prizes.” The experiences of guides Schober and Nick Denbow contributed heavily to the book’s content.

Hamilton writes that Schober arrived on the Maya Riviera as a college student to study the Mayan culture but spent much of his time pursuing his passions of fly-tying and fishing while exploring the shoreline wilderness teeming with the sea’s gifts. and making note of the hot spots. Read the book, available at Amazon, at your leisure then get more information at www.Akumalflyfishing.com

Akumal swim-with-turtles activity
reopens in time for holiday week

By Staff
Swimming with the turtles in Akumal Bay has resumed per orders of several federal and state authorities who had ordered the area closed to swimming earlier this year to address access difficulties.

Enjoy, but please do not disturb.

The bay, a certified refuge, is now open under new regulations designed to protect the green, hawksbill and loggerhed turtles that inhabit the area from excessive exploitation by humans.

New rules include limiting service providers to 12 swimmers each, use  of biodegradable sunscreen only, time limits of about an hour, quiet entrance and exit from the water and proper snorkeling equipment that includes short fins only and no waist or arm floating devices among other rules to be explained by providers.

Ballet Finale…

SWAN SONG – Cast of Copelia Ballet Co.’s production of “Swan Lake” in its finale at the Puerto Aventuras Golf Course outdoor venue March 31. Several lead dancers are from Puerto Aventuras. The event attracted an estimated 200 viewers. (Gayle Sandholm Photo)

The departure of snowbirds for the summer has led to the end of Bingo games held every other week at the Latitude 20 Restaurant, says owner Jim Stubbs. There won’t be any games on Easter Sunday but, Stubbs said, Trivial Pursuits  will resume the following Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. Stubbs also announced the Sunday events that began last year have raised 102,400 pesos for various charities in the Poblado, or about $5,500 USD…

ALSO HAPPENING – Crepes and Gelato at Jessie’s on the Centro Walk. Stop by and try.

Dates of note in April… In Mexico – Heroic defense of Veracruz against US occupation, April 21; Children’s Day, April 30;   In the US – Persian Gulf War ends, 1991, April 6; Religious: Palm Sunday, April 9; Passover, April 10; Good Friday, April 14, Easter, April 16.



Come and gone…

…IN QUICK ORDER – Strong southeast winds early last week deposited substantial sargassum along Fatima Bay just as snowbirds began exiting Puerto Aventuras for the season, leaving empty beach chairs behind. Northerly winds by Friday and hard-working crews cleared Omni Beach for Easter week vacationers. Deposits were worse in Playa del Carmen where the sargassum fouled some boat lines. (Staff Photo)

Crowd complains over lack
of information about car plates 

Move afoot for 4-year replacement, not 3

By Staff
In its March 22 edition, the Pelican Free Press notified its more than 1200 free subscribers of the March 31 deadline for getting the discount on car plate re-registrations and, also, that the actual plates had arrived for distribution.

Evidently, readers took heed for there were no complaints addressed to the Pelican like there were on March 31 when hundreds of people formed several lines outside the registry of Motor Vehicles located on Calle 1 Sur and Avenida 15 in Playa del Carmen Centro.

One major complaint heard there was that the Secretariat of Finance and Planning did not prepare sufficient news advisories to alert drivers of the pending deadline and the receipt of plates.

Guard was misinformed

Instead, there had earlier been misinformation by a guard at the registry who told some people there intending to make payments that the actual plates would not arrive until April, which is when the higher price kicks in.

While some people pay early in the year and return later to get the plates, others prefer to wait until the plates arrive to make payment and receive the plates in one visit. Why plates arrive so late mystifies observers.

Now there is a proposal before authorities to extend the plate life to four years instead of three. The plates, incidentally, are manufactured by a private company that bids for the work, debunking the notion they might be made by prisoners.

Nature Watch…
Vote against dolphinariums
blocked by federal legislators
Another vote attempt expected next week

By Staff
A  movement to close dolphinariums in Mexico morphed into a political zoo last week during heated debates and parliamentary procdedures  among federal legislators in Mexico City representing various parties, causes and opinions.

REMEMBER THIS, a kiss isn’t just a kiss. It’s a playful link to understanding different kinds of life found at Dolphin Discovery. (File Photo)

The fracas has fed into a rumor circulating here for a while that the dolphin pools would eventually be closed and replaced by a marina and that reproduction of the specie in captivity had already been stopped.

“That’s not correct,” said veterinarian Dr. Roberto Sanchez  Okrucky of Dolphin Discovery and a resident of Puerto Aventuras.

Dr. Okrucky witnessed the debate between the country’s Green Ecologist Party (PVEM), which supports a bill phasing out dolphinariums on behalf of  animal rights groups, and several other parties in opposition including PRI and PAN.

Dr. Roberto Sanchez Okrucky is optimistic the dolphin pools here will remain for many years.

Last week’s thrust for a vote was stymied by a mass walkout of those in opposition, denying a quorum for a majority needed to pass in the 500-member legislative chamber. “Another vote will be attempted next week,” Dr. Okrucky said, noting that he would be returning to Mexico City to lobby against the measure.

“This isn’t about the animals,” he said this week after returning from Mexico City. “It’s about politics.”

He would not venture a prediction of next week’s vote but noted that in any event, closing the dolphinariums could take 20 years under the possible rule of “last generation”, meaning all current 300-plus aquarium animals in Mexico – 22 here – would have to die in captivity to make way for closure. He also raised the probability of  the issue going before the courts if necessary.

The rumor here  of imminent closure is misinformed, the doctor said. Other issues besides the fate of the animals are also being considered, including the loss of 2000 nationwide jobs and 13,000 indirect jobs. Dolphin Discovery in Puerto Aventuras directly employs 100.

LEARNING about manatees while feeding them lettuce in a clean environment under strict federal rules.

The dolphinariums are tightly regulated by  federal law known as NOM 135, Dr. Okrucky explained. General manager Guillermo Lobo said federal operating rules are many and strict concerning animal health and welfare, to the point the dolphins generally live longer than those in the wild.

Puerto Aventuras developer and Arq. Roman Rivera Torres, asked about the rumor this week, said, “I am aware of the facts  and don’t believe it (closure) will go that far.” However, he conceded that “the topic is in a different sphere,” referring to the national political arena.

While the Green Ecologist Party (PEVM) wants to free all aquatic mammals, the National Action Party (PAN) says the proposal would expose the animals born in captivity to near-certain death in the wild, eliminate thousands of dolphinarium jobs nationwide, stall research beneficial to the animals and end an iconic tourist attraction that delivers positive economic results  for a questionable cause they feel requires more analysis. 

The Roundup…

Early hurricane forecast  by Conagua, Mexico’s water commission, estimates the formation of 13 Atlantic tropical storms, six of them of hurricane force for the 2017 hurricane season June 1 to November 30….  

A battalion of 600 Mexican Army soldiers has arrived in northern Quintana Roo to help put a lid on the rising crime rates in Cancun and, to a lesser degree, in Playa del Carmen. Expect to see them riding in their trucks or stationed at gasoline stations and other lookout points such as the south 307 filtro they manned last week.

The presence of the well-trained soldiers is expected to help local police forces turn the tide on warring drug gangs that have gotten out of control, say local authorities. They also expressed gratitude for the federal help over the busy Easter holiday season…

Several businesses were sanctioned by the Puerto Aventuras Property Owners Association board (Colonos) last week reportedly for their part in a main gate incident on March 29 that resulted in several blocked resort entrance lanes for about two hours…

The Logo Shop   and activity center formerly housed across from the Omni Hotel has moved to the Information Center building on Bahia Xcacel …

Dark soil and tire tracks from dump trucks along with unpleasant odors are tainting some community streets, reports an observer who wished the Colonos would do something about it…

The newspaper “Norte” in Ciudad Juarez closed its doors last week after 30 years of publishing following the murder of three journalists there in March. The ownership said reporting the news had become a high-risk profession. The publication, as are many others internationally, was aslo having financial problems…

Coming in May

Thirty canoes manned by 300 people will cross from Xcaret park off Highway 307 to Cozumel on May 26 to commemorate the sacred Maya crossings. The canoes will depart at 5:30 a.m. There will be free admission to watch the spectacle at the park. Spectators for the free event will not be allowed to remain in the park after the event, but tickets will be available for those who wish to remain…

US firms will continue building
in Mexico despite Trump threats

American manufacturers will continue to build plants and jobs in Mexico despite Trump threats of high tariffs on their products. The reason, noted in the International Business Times two weeks ago, is that pressure to cut costs via cheap labor is greater than Trump’s tax threat.

While Trump took credit for an $850 million jobs and plant investment in the US by Ford, that decision was made in 2015, before he became president.

Scores of firms are heading south to Mexico including Illinois Tool Works going to Ciudad Juarez, Rexnard Corp. moving 350 jobs from Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico. Also, Caterpillar from Joliet, IL. to Monterrey, Mexico, among others.

US manufacturing jobs dropped 0.3 percent in January from the year before while similar jobs in Mexico rose 3.2 percent at the same time. Observers have noted that automation is also replacing manufacturing jobs.

The Mail Bag…

Virtuoso’s gift appreciated

Dear Editor:

I and many other fortunate neighbors in this beautiful community wish to thank musician extraordinaire Arlindo Silva for his generosity in providing an incredible evening of music in support of our local Red Cross.

His enormous energy and talent, along with his fellow artists, provided not only a memorable evening but extended the vital services of our local Red Cross for another year through donations to the event.  Bravo!I certainly hope he will give us another “excuse” in the very near future to enjoy his music together! Many thanks.

Signed/Hannah Friedman


The rules we live by…..or not!”

First consideration:”What’s in a name? 

Page 1 of 22:



ARTICLE 1.- The Civil Association is called Association of Dwellers, Owners and Beneficiaries of Puerto Aventuras, Civil Association.
ARTICLE 2.– The Association’s address is at the Puerto Aventuras Dovelopment, in the Municipality of Cozumel, State of Quintana Roo, however it may designate conventional addresses as it seems convenient and may open branch offices anywhere in the Mexican Republic.


ARTICLE 3.– The Association of Dwellers, Owners and Beneficiaries of Puerto Aventuras A.C., is Mexican and is subject to the Mexican Laws and Courts. Every foreigner who at the time of its incorporation or at any later time, acquires an interest or participation in the Association, is considered by this very fact as a Mexican in regard to the same, and it shall be understood that he/she agrees not to invoke the protection of his/her Government, or else, in case of default to this agreement, forfeit said interest or participation in favor the Mexican Nation.


ARTICLE 4.– The term of the Association shall be of ninety-nine years, counted from the date of signature of the Constitutive Deed. A fiscal year for the Association will be a calendar year, counted from January lst. to December 3lst.
                                           CHAPTER IV 


ARTICLE 5.– The Association of Dwellers, Owners and Beneficiaries of Puerto Aventuras, A.C., is a non-profit organization and shall remain out of any religious or political problem or  issue, and shall not allow within it any religious, social or racial discrimination.

ARTICLE 6.– The purpose of the Association is to group the Dwellers, Beneficiaries and Promissor Beneficiaries of real properties located in the Puerto Aventuras Development with no distinction of race, nationality or creed, in order to pursue the following objectives:
(To be ontinued)

(Ed. Note: When founded, Puerto Aventuras was in the municipality of Cozumel and, with Playa del Carmen, became the municipality of Solidaridad in 1993.)

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