Cameras capture trio here during theft
Deadline for Colonos employee gifts nears
If you haven’t rolled out the good cheer yet, you have through Dec. 19 to deliver a present for the Colonos employees and their families in time fortheir annual Christmas party on Dec. 21. It is an opportunity for residents to express in a small way their appreciation for the labors that maintain and beautify the community’s welcoming infrastructure. As we approach the season of joy, those more fortunate than others can express their good fortune by sharing. Gifts can be delivered to the colonos office. Do it today. Other Colonos events on the way:
December 15th – General Assembly Meeting to be held at “Salon Playa” in Dreams Hotel, at a 9:30 a.m. first call.December 21st –Party organized for the Asociacion de Colonos staff. We appreciate your support by donating gifts to be distributed to employees, which we are receiving at Asociacion de Colonos during office hours.December 21st to 25th – The Asociacion de Colonos office will be closed for Christmas holidays, resuming activities on the 26th.December 22nd – Closing work in process, resuming work on January the 2nd, 2013.
December 29th to January 1, 2013 – The Asociacion de Colonos office will be closed for New Year’s Eve, resuming activities on January 2, 2013.
End of World Dinner Dance at Latitude 20 Restaurant, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21
Special Mayan dinner, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 20 at Cafe Ole
Dessert and wine tasting, 6-10 p.m., Dec. 21, Cafe Ole
Colonos says 3 security employees captured
on video during alleged robbery
Trio being sued by security company
(The following notice was received by the Pelican from the Colonos and is presented as delivered, with only slight editing.)
“The security within the Puerto Aventuras Resort has been compromised by a single event on Nov. 29 in which three people who belong to the company that provides security services were involved and who were captured by video cameras at the time of committing the crime.
“It doesn’t mean in any way that the company or the Asociacion de Colonos are involved. Proof of this is that today Vizprotec Security Company has sued these people withpreliminary number AP/ZN/PYA/01/01/3401/11-2012 for robbery, as the event is considered a breach of trust.
“Due to the above, we inform you that each case has been reviewed promptly in video cameras and hasn’t detected any violation by staff hired and so far hasn’t been linked to any safety feature similar events, so in this vein, we are suggesting that all affected persons to place their demand to the competent authorities to clarify the facts and punish the guilty persons.
“We take this opportunity to invite you to become a members of the Board for the period 2013-2015 of Asociacion de Colonos, or any of our committees. For that you must register at the Colonos office between December the 3rd through the 7th presenting an ID. No more for now, we look forward to your feedback.”
Mayan coast chronicles…
The meaning of Roo,
a what or a who?
What or who is Quintana Roo?
Most folks freshly arrived here from elsewhere in the world come across the name Quintana Roo and wonder about its origin. Is it some exotic plant, Mayan idiom or ceremony? Or is it somebody’s name? Read on.
To begin, Quintana Roo, which stretches westward from the coast to the border of Yucatn state, is the newest of Mexico’s 31 states (plus a federal district). It achieved statehood in 1974. It happens to be the state we live in while in Mexico.
Chetumal, to our south, is the state capital and has a population of nearly 220,000. To the north of the capital is our village/resort of Puerto Aventuras. It is in the municipality of Solidaridad, which was once the mainland section of the island of Cozumel municipality. The two were separated in 1993 to form Solidaridad on the mainland, one of Quintana Roo’s 10 municipalities.
Playa del Carmen, 15 miles to the north of PA on Federal Highway 307, is the rapidly growing seat of Solidaridad’s government. Playa has grown since 1970 from a small fishing village to a bustling vacationland of around 140,000-plus. It has a relatively defined central tourist area east of 307 and a sprawling pueblo on the west.
Puerto Aventuras, with a population of roughly 6,000 says the 2010 census, is part of Playa del Carmen, together forming one municipality. To Puerto’s immediate south is the village of Akumal, the northernmost community of the Tulum municipality. It has a population of nearly 1,400 reports the 2010 census.
Just four years ago, in 2008, Tulum was detached from Solidaridad to form the new municipality of Tulum, home to a spectacular and largely undeveloped beach complemented by a Mayan ruin site and the prospect of a new airport that so far has largely just been talked about.
As to Quintana Roo, the name belongs to Mexican patriot Andres Quintana Roo, born Nov. 30, 1787., in Merida, whixch is in the next-door state of Yucatan. He was foremost a man of letters studying early at a local seminary in Merida then at Mexico City’s Royal and Pontifical University.
His father established the first printing press that produced newspapers on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is not surprising that aside from Andres’ considerable
curriculum vitae as poet, lawyer, politician,, insurgent in search of independence for Mexico and a participant in defining the Mexican Declaration of Independence, that he was also a journalist.
His forebears settled in Merida from the Canary Islands, which may explain the name. The Canaries, south of Spain and off the African coast in the Atlantic, were named after the large dogs (Canes) found there.
A sports arena in Cancun is also named after Quintana Roo as is a town in Yucatan state.
The Mail Bag…
Residents “very unhappy” that caleta access blocked
We recently arrived back in Puerto after several months in the States. This morning I rode my bicycle to the caleta and was told by the security guard that residents are no longer allowed access to the caleta. He indicated that others have been very unhappy to be told they can no longer access the caleta.
Let there be holiday lights …
It has always been quite shocking that PA does not have Christmas lights, a community tree or a service for the holiday. We attract many tourists that keep our businesses and community live.
Christmas looks like any other normal day. Can we do something about this? Even the Poblado decorates better than us. Can we all get together and purchase a large Christmas tree in the village and then on one night we light candles and give presents to the needy? Just an idea.
Melodie . Melvin
Understand and help each other
I appreciated reading Jose Ramires’ letter of acceptance of us Gringos in Mexico. Sad to say there is mistrust on both sides. The thing we all agree on is that Mexico is a beautiful country and both natives and visitors need to work together to keep it that way.
As visitors, we are impressed by the good nature and the hard working Mexicans. We hope we bring opportunity for greater employment with our investments here and also support for needed projects like schools, playgrounds and the arts with our dollars.
Most Americans that I know respect the work ethic of the Mexican people and want to see them realize their dream of a better life. Maybe our living together here will open opportunities to know, understand and help each other fulfill all our dreams.
Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
Santa Claus is coming to town “Papá Noel viene a la ciudad”
Anyone interested in learning the language can contact Ms. Contreras by email at Gloria Contreras firstname.lastname@example.org or Cel: 984-108-3517.
(Ms. Contreras teaches Spanish classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is $150 pesos per session. Please call her first to make arrangements.
See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Centro Maya: http://cinemex.com/
Las Americas: http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215
Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
BELIZE is reportedly looking to establish a “free zone” to compete with the proposed Dragon Mart project in Cancun/Puerto Morelos area…THE COASTAL BUSINESS SECTOR continues to complain about beach erosion…LOOKING UP – Holiday flights are on the rise with the start of 36 weekly flights to Cancun Airport from such places as Paris, Austin, St. Petersburg, New Orleans, Chicago, Panama among others…SHORTFALL – It is reported that only 25 percent of Solidaridad police meet certification requirements required by the Federal Public Security Act. The reason is an inability of the center responsible in Chetumal to meet demand for the tests…THE USUAL SUSPECTS – Police and Navy personnel with drug sniffing dogs continue to raid establishments on the west side of 307 hoping to prevent crime before it happens…