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Compromise sought on issue of night noise

COMING ATTRACTIONS…

 

FOOD, FASHION, ART & MUSIC FAIR at Latitude 20 Restaurant in Puerto Aventuras will be held from1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (April 14) with more than 20 artists, craftsmen, cooks and fashion clothiersdisplaying their skills/wares for the public’s enjoyment.
Young musicians from the Colegio, who have scored a hit with the public here at previous Latitude 20 events, will be entertaining for the entire afternoon at this pleasing venue overlooking the the newest and exciting dolphin pool and shows.
Among well-known area artists will be Isabel Schober and Michele Brown, who is also a local vocalist appearing intermittently at Latitude 20 with pianist Jerry Fastrup. Eight chefs from well-known local eateries like Cafe Ole and Mango’s will be there to serve up palate-pleasing delights. Also on hand will be selected items from Mexicoo Craftsware and information on Chinese medicines, said Latitude 20 owner Peter Metrick. He  said he is trying to create a “community venue where everybody knows your name,” with local events such as this. “If it is well received this year, then we’ll begin a little earlier next year and start to grow it,” he said.

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

begins at 6 tonight (April 11) at the Lol Ha Restaurant and other local venues and times over the 3-day event that will feature among the comedians the last-minute addition of Camilla Cleese, the daughter of Monty Python icon John Cleese, who will attend and perform. For times, venues, performers and other details, please go to www.akumalcomedyfestival.com.

Briefly, the schedule: Today: April 11, 6 p.m. at Lol Ha Beach bar and showcase; 8 p.m. at Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage, and 10 p.m. at La Buena Vida Late Night Show.
    Tomorrow, April 12; 6 p.m. at La Buena Vida; 8 p.m. at Plaza Ukana and 9 p.m., live music from Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls at La Buena Vida; 10 p.m., La Buena Vida Late Night Show.
Saturday, April 13; Festival grand finale show starts at 4.30 p.m. at Plaza Ukana Cancha (basketball court – Akumal entrance); 5.30 p.m., Improv comedy with Kim Schiltz and Jim Robinson; 6.30 p.m. – live music from Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls; 7.30 p.m., Jarana regional dancers, Montessori children performance, Address from the Akumal Delegado (Major); 8 p.m., Best of the Best comedy headliners and 9 p.m., live music with Natalie and the Foxes.There will be food, drink, and merchandise for sale throughout the evening.

 

Colonos seeks  solution to “noise” pollution

 

‘Al Fresco’ and ‘Mariah’ help carry sound

By Staff
     It’s a nice idea on paper, but mixed-use zoning, that is, blending residential and commercial activity as in Centro Comercial, sometimes creates as many problems as it tries to solve. A case in point is the ongoing flap over what is booming night “noise” to some and just “music” to denizens of the dark looking to drown themselves in pounding, brain-numbing cacophony.

 

Noise complaints drifting into the Colonos administrative office have become frequent enough, General Manager Armando Rincon said this week, to warrant recent random decibel measurements in Centro and elsewhere, followed by a congenial and cooperative meeting with commercial interests.
Security Chief Jesus Galdeano, armed with a sound meter, took measurements on 27, 29 and 30 March at two locations that appear to be the source of most noise complaints in the Centro area, “Mango’s” and “Gringo’s Cantina,” Rincon said.

Breaking the sound barrier

     While 65 decibels on a sound meter is the accepted level of noise authorized by the municipal government – and not exceeded here most of the time – Galdeano’s report did show several Gringo’s Cantina holiday week measurements surpassing the authorized decibel level.
One reading hit a high of 82.1 decibels at 10:30 p.m. on March 30. That measurement was taken two meters from the restaurant. Other readings at different distances measured 75, 78.5 and 78.4. None of the tests at Mango’s on the same dates went beyond 65.
Now, it has gone beyond that as the Colonos considers asking municipal authorities for help. One way would be to deny licenses that allow operation beyond 11 p.m., as in a night club license that allows activity until 3 a.m. Having to turn to the municipal authorities is a distasteful prospect for the Puerto Aventuras visionaries who have tried to shape an idyllic “society by agreement.”

Obviously people who go to bed early or simply view peace as a paid-for blessing are in disagreement with business establishments and neighbors that insist on blasting needless late-night noise/music through pounding, ear-piercing sound systems.
Rincon has subsequently met with representatives of target businesses and characterized the general attitude as understanding and eager for solutions. He said a Gringo’s Cantina spokesman explained there was a glitch with the amplification equipment on the night measurements exceeded the 65-decibel norm, the only night that happened.
The Mango’s spokesperson explained that Mango’s has a municipal night club license allowing it to operate until 3 a.m., overriding the Centro Comercial HOA’s general agreement of noise reduction at 11 p.m. Municipal regulation trumps Colonos and HOA rules.

    Solution requires considerate agreement

Two main culprits poking a hole in the solitude of Paradise for those who retire early or simply seek solace in their own living quarters are “Al Fresco” – outdoor dining, imbibing and music playing, and “Mariah” as in “They Call the Wind Mariah.”
Since nearly all dining and dance venues on the Riviera Maya are Al Fresco, there are no walls to contain music/noise particularly if music is amplified and in many cases over-amplified to reach beyond the borders of a particular venue without containment walls or draperies.

Not only is it a disturbing problem for the quiet crowd living in close proximity, but a vexing situation for nearby businesses whose acoustic entertainment may be drowned out by the boom band next door.
In the case of some hotels that play music outdoors near their pools with no roof or walls, Colonos Board chair Jorge Kaufer said wind gusts whip in off the sea heading inland, elevating the sound waves over nearby building barriers and sends the sound galloping some distance to bombard inland residential neighborhoods where too-loud music becomes unpleasant noise for those trying to sleep.
Other noise problems arise when owners of some private homes and condos become crudely inconsiderate of their neighbors by extending over-amplified party times beyond 11 p.m.  or when late-night drivers blast sonic booms from car radios.
Since Al Fresco and Mariah are beyond human conversation, a solution or solutions must be exacted from the parties involved by agreement and compromise. Noise levels can be decreased to a bit below the 65-decibel limit while the sleep crowd defers to the fun-seekers until 11 p.m.
If there is continuing conflict, the Colonos administration says it will have little choice but to petition municipal authorities to step in. It has long been the tradition of Puerto Aventurans to remain free of burdensome municipal oversight. Only by solving local problems locally through compromise and agreement can that tradition continue, Rincon inferred.

Commerce Corner…

Bilingual business newspaper eyed for Riviera Maya

 

Would also work in tandem
with Pelican Free Press

By Jon Felperin  jfelperin@negociosunidos.net
      Ninety six out of every 100 businesses in Mexico are small enterprises. This 96% of “Micros o Pymes” account for 40.6% of all jobs here. As in other parts of the world, entrepreneurism is gaining attention in Mexico. Federal, state and local authorities are making resources available to the average citizen thinking of starting his or her own business.
One problem has been the scarcity of accurate information about the various government programs or incentives available and how to qualify for them.

In the Riviera Maya, the problem is compounded by the many foreign residents who are still working but who are not actually part of the Mexican public system. For example, the Italian population in the Riviera Maya is purported to be between 7,000 and 10,000.  As such, non-Mexicans simply have trouble obtaining bank or mainstream financing, as anyone who has ever had to pay cash for his or her real estate readily knows.
There is the issue of having almost no public information available in English or other languages, while local happenings, opportunities or innovations remain best-kept secrets among small groups of like-minded, Spanish-speaking people.
Hence the launch of the new Riviera Maya Business News, a monthly supplement of the El Quintanarroense local Spanish-language newspaper, that will begin circulation of its bilingual business edition on April 25, 2013.

The idea for this supplement came from the collective desires of local business people to interact more with the foreign and international communities and to build a bridge between the 3.6 million visitors to our area each year and the fewer than 300,000-plus residents who make the Riviera Maya our home.
As previously reported in thePelican Free Press, a new business organization called United Businesses (Negocios Unidos) has been making a splash by organizing business networking groups and nightly events to help foster small business management and marketing practices.
Together with the Tecnológico de Monterey (the MIT of México), Negocios Unidos and Monterey´s Idess social incubator are helping to make free or low-cost business services and mentoring available to the public. And now Negocios Unidos is collaborating with the El Quintanarroense to create a bilingual business publication insert that is reflective of current economic activities.
The newspaper will be divided into six or so large sections and carry topics related to small businesses, start ups, the tech scene, marketing, finance, real estate, social entrepreneurial efforts in Mayan communities and information staples related to hotels, restaurants and general tourism.
The Riviera Maya Business News hopes to work closely with the Pelican Free Press to provide Puerta Aventuras´ residents with greater coverage and insight into business developments and opportunities for English-speaking residents in the Riviera Maya.

 

Business Briefs…

 

BOAT STORAGE DEAL was announced by Riviera Maya Dry Marina and Storage on highway 307 across from the Paamul entrance. The first five boats will get secure dry storage and maintenance for $3 a foot per month. The company also announced it will open its consignment section on Monday and begin accepting items, from cars, boats, to furniture and equipment,on consignment. Drop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and say hello to owner Ken Kindred… NEW STORE selling children’s clothing is opening in one of the retail stalls at the Chedraui Market in Puerto Maya…A GLASS SLIDING DOOR was shattered at the Chedraui eastern entrance last week. It wasn’t known if a person walked into the closed door or some other kind of accident or failure. We did notice a small boy bump his head hard on one of the doors last week. Be careful…TOURIST SPENDINGin Playa del Carmen’s retail sector took a healthy leap over the holidays reports a Playa representative of the National Chamber of Commerce…OFFICIALS are predicting the total arrival of 4 million tourists to Riviera Maya by the end of this year…

Filet of Soul: Slowly came the night…

By Staff
     About 180 fans of soul showed up to hear two talented vocalists wail the blues at the Puerto Aventuras Cultural Center Saturday night in a concert billed as “soft” jazz.  Unfortunately, “soft” was hardened by over-amplification, a problem that besets this community as today’s lead story notes.

Vocalists Alejandra Milan and Claudia Trevino, both bi-lingual, had the voice, movement and stage persona to charm and entertain the audience while the four musicians, Alex Can on guitar, Arturo Solis on drums, Pedro Mantecon on piano and Hiram Gomez on bass showed technical expertise that was essentially diminished as soft music was, by excess volume, sometimes transformed to noise.
The pained heart of the blues pumps softly. It doesn’t pound and crash with visceral reverberation.
Nonetheless, some of the selections evoked memories of the Newport Jazz Festival  that attracted hordes of young aficionados in the days when talent wasn’t corrupted by super amplification. Saturday night, we saw couples here hug. We noticed shapes in the darkened venue moving, nay, flowing, to and fro and side to side. We saw feet tapping to the beat. We felt the success of the performers when the urge to dance suddenly hit us.
And we felt, once again, the sense of community these events bring to Puerto Aventuras as friends in the audience hug, tell short stories, laugh, shake hands, joke and in general enjoy being with each other in the same place for a few hours. It tells us there is more to a concert than music and noise, yes?

In case you want to know…

Charity golf team renders an accounting

The 2nd annual charity golf tournament held last season rendered a statement this week of proceeds and their distribution.
Tournament chairman James Jamieson also applauded the generosity of the golfers, sponsors, volunteers and contributors of auction items who together raised a collective $16,500 USD.
While proceeds of the 1st annual tournament helped construct the new high school in the Poblado, the continuing efforts of a few dedicated people in urging the government to fulfill its educational obligations was successful and more classrooms and utilities have been installed at the high school at government expense.

This activity has freedproceeds of the 2ndannual tournament to be distributed more broadly. After much research and discussion with community groups, Jamieson said, the golf committee chose to assist three worthy causes.
The major thrust continues to be the education of the Poblado children, and $12,000 USD has been allocated to the newly reorganized Friends of Puerto Aventuras (FOPA), which has merged with Puerto Aventuras Educators (PAE) in an alliance dedicated to the continuing education of children and young adults in Poblado programs. Both organizations have had a long presence in Puerto Aventuras.
The golf committee donated $2,800 to the recently opened Red Cross clinic and ambulance in the former Poblado police station to help purchase medical equipment and provide crews that staff the facility 24/7 with appropriate living accommodations at the clinic.
The remainder, $1,600 USD, funded the purchase of essential school materials for the Jardin De Ninos: Marco A.Milan pre-school, which is under the direction of Prof. Sebastiana EK EK, director of Plantel Education.
The highly successful golf tournaments required a committed team, numerous volunteers and responsive local golfers, all of whom deserve the community’s appreciation. With Jamieson on the committee were his wife, Jeannette, co-chair; Glenna and Bob Uecker, Dick and Sally Dawson, Bob and Pam Beisenherz and Don and Diana Black.
FOPA, which organized in the 1990s, is now under the administration of Fred Devos.     At the helm are Richard Coburn and Paul Ramsey. Sally Wood-Evans, a founding member, continues to counsel the organization.
Since its formation in the 1990s, FOPA has sponsored English language classes for varied age groups, created a donation-based library, initiated computer literacy courses and distributed scholarships. Currently 34 students receive scholarship stipends to post-secondary schools and colleges.
Letters…

 

Sees hope in new government approach

Dear Editor:
     I want to thank you for the excellent reporting you do on our beloved Puerto Aventuras.
Especially your courage in reporting on the child molester who apparently did many things to ingratiate himself with the community.
Your report on the Easter service was beautiful, insightful and hopeful as was the report on the new government. All of us who come to Mexico see the hard work and gracious spirit of the Mexican people and want to see them have a better life.
We hope our spending there helps and the tips, donations and gifts will make a difference in at least some peoples’ lives. But the real difference will occur when the government adopts policies to give everyone a chance like the current administration seems to be doing.
I wish the new administration the best in reforming the inequities and expanding the resources of Mexico to benefit Mexicans more equally.

Signed/PeterMoulton


Church Services…

STA. TERESITA del NINO Jesus Y la Santa Paz (Roman Catholic)
Puerto Aventuras poblado masses: daily/Mondays through Sundays, 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) . Church office Tel. 984-206-6245 (daily, 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.)
Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
CORPUS CHRISTI (Roman Catholic)
Calle 110A entre 25, Playa del Carmen (near Soriana)
Mass: Saturdays, 11 a.m. (Spanish)
Church offfice: 803-0600
Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PAAMUL– Non-denominational English worship Service is at 9:00 a.m Sundays in Paamul at the Palapa Church and at 10:45 a.m. at the Hacienda Real Hotel, Avenida 10 and Calle10 in Playa del Carmen.
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH TULUM – “Lighting the way to Life” English worship Service is non-denominational, 10:00 a.m. Sundays with continental breakfast at 9:30; located on Highway 307, 1.2 miles past San Francisco grocery, hospital and Subway, next door to fruit stand.

 

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

 

 

 

This restaurant is the most expensive in the area. “Este restaurante es el mas caro de la zona”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email atnanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517 so she can prepare materials in advance.
(Classes are from 8:30 to 9:30 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is 150 pesos per session.

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 6 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

What’s Playing…

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

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
JAGUAR RUMOR in Phase 4 was circulating in PA’s Centro Comercial a few weeks ago. It was given some long-stretch credibility last week when wild fires in Bacalar, not so far from PA, chased a jaguar from the forest to be then struck by a car on a highway. Farm workers found it…HEALTHY IDEA, WHY NOT HERE?  A two-mile bike path was carved into Playa del Carmen for the observance of World Health Day. Interim Mayor Rafael Kantun led bikers from 88th Street along 5th Avenue to the highway and Painters Avenue. The idea is to encourage bikers to exercise in a group Sundays from 8 to  11 a.m. along that path. An organized bike ride along a predetermined path might be a good idea for Puerto Aventuras (?)…THOUSANDS OF SWIMMERS in Playa but not one drowning is reported in the wake of the Holy Week vacation that flooded this area with tourists. It’s a tribute to the increased patrols by police and Red Cross that responded to 23 cases of missing children, all found; nine false alarms and 97 first-aid cases…

 

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