CULTURAL CENTER INAUGURAL A CROWD PLEASER
Sold out musical melange puts Puerto ‘in the mood’
Posted 2/26/11 by Pelican Paulie
A smorgasbord of musical modes greeted 350 Puerto Aventurans and friends Friday night at the first concert heralding the resort’s new palapa-roofed cultural center for the performing arts on the southern end of Calle Akumal.
The four piece band and two female singers whipped up the audience early on with an explosive, introductory drum solo followed by a series of Latin and energetic rhythms that had been billed as a discovery expedition to fathom what kind of music Puerto Aventurans might like.
It was a great idea, but it worked too well. The eclectic audience loved it all and proved it with considerable applause, whistles and whoops after every number the band belted out with gusto. There was a whole lot of shakin’ going on too as many in the audience swayed
and tapped with waves of undulating rhythms that mimic the sea.
Promoter Daniele Gracis, chairman of the Colonos Cultural Committee, was ecstatic at concert’s end as he reported attendance by 350 music lovers exceeded expectations and took it as a signal to continue a performing arts program.
Colonos general manager Armando Rincon, who, along with his staff, assisted Gracis in
preparing the venue, said the goal is to promote a variety of performing arts about every two months for the time being.
The musicians had to appreciate the decent acoustics offered by the site and the audience response, particularly violinist and band leader Guillermo Guiterrez whose nimble-fingered solos and staccato fill-ins for the singers and other musicians drew loud applause at every step.
Also doing yeomen’s work were Adrian Ornelas on piano, Jorge Galvez on guitar, Julio Cepero on drums and Lorena Gonzalez, lead vocalist, all of whom were given wide berth to display their talents in rousing rounds of rotating riffs.
But the concert was more than music at 50 pesos a ticket. It was an invigorating
endorsement of community involvement, friendship and joy in a complicated world so lacking it. Priceless. It was a considerable gathering of Caddeys, Landahls, Greens and Whites and Rodriguez’ and Schwandkes and so many others as though funneled through a cone to this one spot on this one might to enjoy each others’ company in a language we all understand… music.
It was a lesson in personal endurance as well. Those who saw Mr. Gracis bounding up and down the amphitheater’s considerable steps, rushing hither and yon, graying hair flowing behind, to enspirit the musicians and enliven the audience must have marveled at his boundless enthusiasm…that after just undergoing a heart procedure in Italy. Gracis explained it all away in a few words: “I love music,” he beamed.
Any balance left from the sale of tickets and beverages will go into the cultural committee account to continue improvements and maintenance of the venue.
One whimsical note: The venue’s new sanitarios underneath the coliseum is co-ed, an unusual situation necessitated by lack of funds for separate facilities. Sense of community doesn’t get much better than that.
State fails to help HOAs collect from deadbeats
We are hearing from people who have been reading and deciphering the much-awaited changes in the state condominium laws that were expected to provide condo associations tools to collect maintenance fees from the worst delinquents.
Administrators and vigilance committees were hoping the state would allow HOAs to
shut off non-potable water to excessively delinquent units. But to the contrary, reports one study group, the new rules allow HOAs to deny electricity and gas services only if delivered as part of the HOAS fee but for some evidently wider reason, the lawmakers exempted water, the most effective tool, even though it isn’t used for drinking in resort areas.
This puts many condo associations back where they started in dealing with delinquents and confounds others. In one instance, an HOA voted unanimously for a rule advising delinquents of three months or more that their water would be shut off for non-payment after being notified by letter.
The treasurer of one HOA suggested the reluctance to allow water shut-off could be a protection for poorer inhabitants who are able to drink tap water. It isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue, however. Lawmakers could have tiered the regulation to allow both a ban in the general population, but allow condos to govern themselves by agreeing as part of the bylaws t0 allow shut-offs where residents drink bottled water anyway.
There could be some HOA defiance of the state’s ruling if HOA owners themselves vote and agree to deny themselves water service for non-payment of maintenance fees within a reasonable amount of time. At least one association did successfully shut off water to a unit late last year without a legal challenge and was rewarded with a beneficial outcome.
Another association allowed administrators to turn water down to a trickle in units owned by deadbeats, rendering the water flow useless but without breaking the letter of the law.
A prevailing view from those charged with collecting fees is that the state’s law is illogical in condo circumstances if it also allows water distributors to shut off the supply to delinquent property owners. (The Pelican has not read the new laws and is not schooled in the state reasoning to ban water shut-offs.) What’s YOUR view? Leave a comment.
NEW COMPANY, NEW UNIFORMS, SAME SECURITY
It’s the same staff, but it is a new, larger company and new uniforms for Colonos Security which has three shifts of nine people each, five at the gate and five roaming the resort on motorcycles and responding to distress calls.
The agents can’t cover the entire perimeter simultaneously so the Colonos and Security
administrations ask residents to take precautions to protect their valuables at home and in their vehicles.
Colonos Manager Armando Rincon said the new, darker colored uniforms – which have received mixed reviews from residents – were part of negotiations with a new security company, “Securitas”which purchased and folded the former company, Guardio Blanco, into its larger organization. “We have essentially the same staff headed by Jesus Galdeano but with new uniforms,” said Rincon.
Resident opinions differ: “The main gate now looks like the entrance to a penitentiary” is one opinion while another is that the guards “look more official and down to business.” Regardless, part of the negotiations have included disucssions about setting up security cameras.
Meanwhwile, six thefts were reported during December and January, five of the six in January. They include one from Villas del Caribe, a ring and money returned by household help; a missing mobile phone at Punta Matzoma; a missing motorcycle; flat screen TV, laptop, camera, rings and hand bag taken from one residence on Bahia Chemuyil when the owner left a rear window open and a camera, videogame and handbag taken from another on Bahia Chemuyil; laptop missing from a locked car parked on Cleta Xel Ha, Residents are asked to take care in protecting their belongings and to report suspicious activities or other complaints such as noise to Security at the Main Gate or calling 984-873-5128.
SMILE – Anybody thinking of making an appointment for a dental cleaning or looking for aJapanese restaurant might want to be patient for about five weeks and save themselves a trip and a search. A reliable source says a dental office will be opening next to the stairs of the Colonos office in Centro and a Japanese Restaurant coming to the empty store adjacent to Tiramisu. Stay tuned… STILL JUST A RUMOR – Speculation about the sale of the golf course to Barcelo have been charging around longer than a golf cart battery. But could signs and fences going up on the course lately to minimize damage to the fairways and keep motorized vehicles off paths be saying a sale is imminent? No, says Roman Rivera Torre of the Fideicomiso: “Barcelo and I have been negotiating the idea of them buying the golf course, finishing it with a signature and maintaining open for their hotel as well as for owners and residents of Puerto. The general economic situation today has not allowed it and it will not happen for some time.”
Now we know where slang ‘lucky dog’ comes from
He was born in Arkansas to penniless parents and didn’t have to work a lick or sniff out an uncle’s fortune to suddenly find himself living a young life of luxury in a Caribbean waterfront condo.
All he had to do was be a cuddly puppy that captured – at a distance – the fancy of his
benefactor, Doug B. of Quinta Luna. And he did that so innocently but completely that he was accorded a birthday party last Friday at Centro’s Sabor restaurant in appreciation of a shared companionship that includes an older canine named Copper.
“Dogs can be a lot of trouble at times, but they are wonderful companions,” said Doug, a retired computer program designer who has been living in Puerto Aventuras for seven years in a condo unit with a spectacular view of the Caribbean and lagoon area. He calls his birthday dog Moon, a white, tail-less west highland terrier who has to wiggle his entire hind side to express his considerable joy.
One would be hard put to find a resident here who hasn’t come across Doug and his pups somewhere in the resort, particularly mornings when they sit with friends for chit-chat and breakfast at local eateries along the federal Dolphin walk.
Doug is testimony to his own observation that, “People here love their dogs,” a sub-culture of sorts that allows pets some human attributes. Moon, for example, enjoys watching TV and will sit and otherwise interact with the guys who come to Bell’s to watch football on occasion. In this case, it was learned how to make Moon shine.
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