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Details awaited on plan to reclaim beach

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IMAGES OF WOMAN’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) at the Cultural Center offers poetry, dance, music entertainingly designed to inspire women. Men welcome. Tickets at 120 pesos available at the Colonos Office and at the door. Beverages available.
TRIPLE NATIONAL REGATTA is coming here Feb. 1,2 and 3. The event, which should reportedly attract hundreds of visitors, is organized by Daniele Gracis and the Puerto Aventuras Sailing Club. Stay tuned for more information.


Talented team tackles beach erosion fix

Issue boiling down to sharing
costs and timing of permits

By Staff
    Fideicomiso Roman River Torres has assembled an impressive team of talent in an attempt to rectify the depletion of sand along Omni Beach in Fatima Bay.
Nature has ravaged what is perhaps the only beach within the confines of Puerto Aventuras Resort that is considered to be a primary public facility for resort residents in addition to guests of the Omni Hotel and members of the popular Omni Beach Club.

As it now stands, the beach has all but disappeared along the Omni frontage and the Fideicomiso, along with residents, have a stake in seeing its expanse replenished with sand to accommodate all residents and guests who wish to use it.
To that end, Rivera Torres has offered a plan to the Colonos, which is the association of property owners in charge of maintaining peace and infrastructure and promoting cultural growth. The plan, the details of which will be released later, was floated at the Dec. 15 Colonos Assembly, where voters received the proposal with interest but wanted more details since the plan involves a cost-sharing agreement to proceed.
It was decided to conduct a Special Assembly on Feb. 16 to give the Fideicomiso time to gather all details and polish its presentation.  The Colonos,in turn, has said that if all aspects of a presentation are not completed by the deadline to be placed on the Assembly agenda, the Assembly will be canceled.
Rivera Torres told the Pelican Free Press last week, “A year ago I hired a company known as Oceanus SA headed by Pablo Besquin who  hired Dr. Ping Wang from the University of Florida to do the studies.
“They finished the studies only this last November and now we have the project of what we have to do. We have the cost and budget,  and the permits are on the way.  We have also prepared the 3 tons of rocks necessary to do the job. The rocks are now ready and available on Plano 4 for anyone to see.”
Oceanus, based out of Merida, specializes in beach recovery and wave attenuation devices. The company says it has allied with other international technologies to offer the most scientifically advanced technologies in the world today related to coastal protection and beach reclamation.

The company engineers wave attenuation devices to replicate the hydrodynamics of natural reef systems. These devices, the company says, are the most stable, productive and sustainable coastal protection anti-erosion devices available worldwide.
Besquin, the company CEO,  is currently involved in a project to create an artificial reef barrier spanning the coastline from Cancun to Punta Nizuc. The aim is to provide a new tourist diving experience while reducing the pressure on the natural barrier. The project has involved the Mexican navy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr.Wang, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida (USF), earned a Ph.D. from USF with a dissertation that examined “near-shore sediment transport and field measurement and prediction.” Dr.Wang earned a Masters Degree in geology from Shanghai University with a thesis on Barrier Island Depositional systems.
Dr. Wang has an impressive list of published papers and technical reports and more than 26 recent projects to which he has contributed his talents.
Meanwhile, the local press reports that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra) is planning a beach recovery project to about 4 kilometers of beach in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Lack of funding prohibits more extensive projects, it was reported.

LOOKING UP IN PA… with Gayle Sandholm


Big Boa sighted on Bahia Chemuyil;

Nobody asked it for a hug

There have been a few sightings around town this week. No film stars, soccer greats, or well known politicians—or none that I saw.  There was, however, a good sized boa constrictor shown here on Bahia Chemuyil near the highway.

Vehicles stopped, locals and tourists got just close enough for a good look, took some photos, then drove their bikes, cars, scooters around the boa who slithered to the more hospitable nearby jungle.

I estimate this boa was between 6 and 7 feet. Female boas can grow up to 10 feet in length. Even longer in captivity. The boa on Chemuyil will likely grow to be a little longer and a little heavier, if it learns to stay off the street.
I have been back in Puerto just over a week, but the birds around town continue to amaze me. The orioles are enjoying the blossoming trees all around town. Lots of Orange

Orioles and Orchard Orioles, plus some yet to be identified. The red hepatic tanager still hangs out in the trees behind Hippos.
This week I am enjoying two birds seen around town, the Rufous-browed Peppershrike and the Squirrel Cuckoo (photo below). The Cuckoo has a long tail and can be up to 50 centimeters long. It has a chestnut brown head, wings and back. The outer tail feathers are black with white tips.
The name derives from its habit of running along branches and leaping from branch to branch like a squirrel. It normally flies only short distances, mainly gliding with an occasional flap.

A  spider monkey walked in front of our family on Bahia Chemuyil for 50 meters before disappearing into the nearby trees. Our grandkids enjoyed watching a large blue crab hiding out in the rocks near Café Ole. It was probably hungering for a bite of one of Gaylita’s famous pies.
Mostly a quiet week here in Puerto. I will report more sightings around town from time to time. For now just keep looking up, down and all around. There is always something interesting to see. It could be a place, a face or add a slice of Mother nature.


The Pelican Pulpit…

In this case, the bark is worse than the bite

Staff Opinion
    Should one family with two dogs be allowed with impunity to frequently disturb and thus infuriate more than 50 neighbors?
That’s a question that the Colonos needs to answer for those 50 or so families living along the golf course who have been exposed to the cacophony of two yapping dogs whose purpose in life seems to be riling nearby residents and keeping potential real estate buyers at bay.

The non-stop barking – the frenzied yelping type -for three hours last Wednesday evening prompted one vigilance committee member representing 32 condo units to cross the fairway in the black of night, flashlight in hand, to discover why the dogs yipped and yapped consistently for some three hours, disturbing the dinner hour and sleep for a number of taxpaying families.
As it turned out, the owners were away on vacation and neighbors taking care of the dogs didn’t notice one had gotten loose, causing both dogs to break the peace incessantly for three hours.
The owners were expected back Monday. In the meantime, the vigilance committee was hoping to visit with the owners, who live on Yalku to complain about the frequent barking and suggest remedies.

“It isn’t the dogs,” said the vigilance committee member. “It’s the inconsiderate behavior of the owners.” They apparently lack the presence of mind to realize they aren’t living by themselves in the middle of the desert but in a close-knit society by agreement where keeping the peace is everybody’s job. Shame on them!
If there is no satisfactory understanding with the owners, the vigilance committee spokesman says it will endeavor to present a petition to the Colonos and municipal dog pound officials to enforce the law. The two dogs in question are frequently let loose to roam the golf course, bother elderly strollers and bark incessantly at other dogs passing by or left outdoors to bark when the family is out.
If there is no law to stop this inconsiderate behavior by owners, then there ought to be one. What do YOUthink? Send us your comments.
Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

What is the price of a liter of gasoline? “¿Cuál es el precio de un litro de gasolina? Anyone interested in learning the language can contact Ms. Contreras by email at Gloria Contreras nanigloria@hotmail.com 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.)




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

FOUR KILLED in a senseless crash in front of the Mayan Palace Hotel on 307, at kilometer 310, heading north toward Cancun. A car driven by a Cuban national evidently took a wrong lane and caused a crash when trying to correct the error. It is another reminder of why all are urged to drive defensively please…YES, WE HAVE NO BANANAS – Supermarkets in the area have been running out of bananas including plantains and we wonder why. We saw one clerk picking up bananas that had been dropped to the floor under the display counter. The clerk was putting them back on the counter for sale…OFFICIALS ARRESTED a number of gang suspects in the Sunday (Jan. 13)  execution of two people in Cozumel…THE STATE AND TEACHERS are having a debate on education reform and whether the reforms infringe on the rights of labor…DRAGON MART MERRY-GO-ROUND – The latest on the proposed Dragon Mart near Cancun and Puerto Morelos is that it will cover 100 acres with room for 3,000 stores, 700 houses and break ground in 2014…AIRPORT CRIME including attacks/robberies on individuals and car break-ins have engendered an increase in police patrols in the airport’s “zero-kilometer zone”…ALSO, MEXICAN FEDERAL officials caught several immigration employees releasing some six newly arrived passengers from Germany traveling on false papers and suspected of dealing drugs…POLICE HAVE DETAINED TWO CANADIANS who were carrying three guns in their car outside of a known criminal hangout called Chilly Willi’s on Playa del Carmen Boulevard…

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