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Colonos releases crime figures

Posted 9/21/10 by Pelican Paulie

The Pelican Press reported a recent rape-murder in a nearby PA community and the fact that a suspect has been arrested. This event should not be a standard by which crime is measured here in PA. To that end, we asked Colonos GM Armando Rincon to provide us with figures of criminal activity in the gated community for the first half of this year. His report:

We begin with the business category where there were six reported thefts because one case involved two security personnel in whom trust had been placed. The goods in this case were returned while added complaints included the theft of money from employees.

Two private homes reported thefts and these were relegated to maid and employees hired by the owner. There were five cases of theft outside of homes, where owners left goods outdoors, a practice that should be avoided if possible.

Two cases were placed in the “doubtful” category because of their late filing and unclear information provided to Security.

The good news is that none of these involved violence, providing a standard of safety and freedom from fear that should be enjoyed by residents in appreciation of the fine job Security is doing despite the unfortunate incident that, when all is said and done, does not taint the entire Security staff.

In this vein, there is  a view circulating that perhaps PA should soften security and be more welcoming to non residents who may want to come and shop and support the Centro business district. This view is countered by the traditional one that people who purchased homes here wanted the security and exclusivity of a gated community. Nearby Akumal, which is wide open, is now considering beefing up security and the possibility of a gate.This issue should make for interesting debate as the year progresses.

Third annual road race slated November 21

The round-up for runners in the third annual PA road race has begun in hopes of
continuing two successful years that saw some 300 participants last year shed some perspiration for a good cause – PA’s Sports and Cultural Committee. Details are below, but the event can accommodate up to 500 runners in multiple categories vying for cash prizes and getting that feeling of satisfaction having completed a race (or genial walk) and performing a good deed simultaneously. PA is waiting for the snowbirds to fly in and sign up much like participants in last year’s race, photo at left, waiting for the runners.

A CLASSIC IN THE RIVIERA MAYA

After two years of success the Colonos´ Association of Puerto Aventuras invites you to our third annual 1 – 5 & 10 km. Race.

Date: Sunday November 21, 2010

Place: Kiosk at the Commercial Plaza of Puerto Aventuras

Time: 7:00 A.M.

Capacity: 500 racers

Categories:

1 km

kids, boys and girls (9 to 14) 500 meters for kids 8 and under

5 km.

JUNIORS: men or woman (15 to 18)

OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39)

MASTERS: men or woman (40 and up)

10 KM.

OPEN: men or woman (19 to 39)

MASTERS: men or woman (40 to 49)

VETERANS: men or woman (50 and up)

COST AND REGISTRATION

$50.0 pesos per person until Saturday November 20 at 16:00 p.m.

1) By e-mail to: carrerapuertoaventuras@hotmail.com

2) Asociación de Colonos de Puerto Aventuras. Tel 984 873 51-16 y 17.

time: from 09:00 a 14:00 & 15:00 a 18:00 hrs. Monday to Friday

PACKAGES AND NUMBERS will be given at the Colonos office Friday 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m

And Saturday 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration on Sunday will cost $150.00 pesos and only in the categories available. You will receive your number but no gift package.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

There will be $36,000.00 pesos in total purse for the first, second and third place of each category.

And special prices by our sponsors.

Also gifts for the first resident of P.A. to arrive.

For your safety the race duration will be 1 hr and 59 min and the route will be protected from traffic.

BEACH ACCESS, RECYCING, PLAYGROUND

DEFINE COLONOS MEETING

Beach access, the perennial problem for some Aventurans, was again discussed at the Sept. 11 Colonos meeting, along with a report on the recycling program, the quest for a playground and the road race (see above) during the 2-hour meeting.

Minutes of the meeting say Colonos board president Jorge Kaufer gave an update on the situation termed as “so necessary for all the Colonos” since now the only access is through the Omni or the side of the dive shop which, to some, is “unaccpetable.” It was agreed to request a meeting soon with Roman Rivera Torres, architect and developer of PA, to try, in the absence of any other arrangement, to assure beach access via Plan 4 now under construction.

The playground committee, represented by Andy Pittman, said it has identified three potential parcels for a children’s playground, one adjacent to the school, another next to the cultural center on Bahia Akumal, and the third between the golf clubhouse and tennis courts, where negotiations would be necessary with the golf facility’s owner.

In other business, Mrs. Beatriz Marronn, of the Environmental Committee, gave a Powerpoint presentation on the progress of the recycling program while Mr. Kaufer noted the board’s ongoing effort to have the municipal garbage fee reduced. If that fails, the Colonos will probably face a fee increase for 2011.

Mr. Daniel Garcis of the Sports and Cultural Committee, spoke about the Nov. 21 road race (see above) and urged residents to support the sailing school whose students have already appeared in regattas representing our community.

All financial reports were approved without debate.

LAST WORDS: There’s talk of horseshoe pits and/or beanbag toss games, theater productions and fitness programs. We’ll have more on those in the next issue. Bye all.

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