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February 2, 2018

PELI-CONDO ASSEMBLY…

…VOTED UNANIMOUSLY to reject a proposal for placing “no loitering” signs on the breakwater barriers in Fatima Bay, where the meeting was held. (Staff Photo)

Chac-Hal-Al owners vote
to abandon Colonos HOA

Action helps start a parallel universe

By Staff
Chac-Hal-Al condo complex has reportedly embraced an ongoing movement to dilute the unity of the Colonos Homeowners Association and help create an alleged parallel universe named “The Covenant.”

Informed sources said Chac owners last week voted to exit the Colonos, which funds and maintains roads, landscaping and security among other tasks, to join “The Covenant,” which, incidentally, is the name of a 2006 Hollywood horror film.

CHAC-HAL-AL is barely visible behind curtains of yachts and verdant trees. (Staff Photo)

The vote was “nearly unanimous,” said a source, with 43 percent of registered voters participating. The outcome indicated that a pre-assembly meeting with several Colonos board members did not satisfy the Chac Vigilance Committee nor, subsequently, those who voted.

Not empowered

The Colonos board members reportedly listened to Chac’s particular needs and desires, replying that the Colonos could fix some problems but was not empowered to solve others not in their purview. This evidently led the Chac complex to choose the new option of “The Covenant,” offered by developer and Chac resident Roman Rivera Torres.

The developer in recent weeks has already made changes beneficial to Chac-Hal-Al involving complaints about Chac beach access by outsiders. He has placed a gate in the so-called dive shop access alley on Omni Hotel property, which he owns, and constructed a guardhouse and proposed gate on the canal-side beach entrance.

In tandem, the developer is opening a new beach access path from the Centro parking lot on Omni Hotel property along the Villa del Mar property line, to the irritation of that condo complex, to control and divert beach access away from Chac-Hal-Al, all actions the Colonos is not empowered to take.

Opens legal questions

Departure of the 120-unit waterfront campus begs the thorny questions of whether Chac’s withdrawal is permissible by law and whether Chac-Hal-Al and other like-minded entities are required to continue funding their share for maintenance of so-called PA common property, security operations and conduct philanthropy in the poblado.

To date, the Colonos said it has not received a first-quarter payment from Chac-Hal-Al. “They still have two months before they become delinquent,” said Colonos GM Armando Rincon.

Devloper leads charge

The developer reportedly told the condo owners (uncorroborated) he will take control of the main gate in April, grant Covenant members 50 percent discounts at local facilities, end all discounts to Colonos members and protect Covenant members with legal assistance. He also reportedly stated that Colonos dues will be held in escrow, that he owns the roads – which is a point of contention according to the Colonos.

 Membership mandated

There are 116 condo complexes in Puerto Aventuras, most all members in the Colonos association, according to the HOA. There are legal state documents noting that all buyers of property in Puerto Aventuras are required, in appendices to their deeds, to belong to the Colonos HOA in perpetuity.

One such state document mandates that purchasers of PA property (a) are obliged to comply with all construction regulations, and (b, translated from Spanish) “…enter and remain at all times a member of the Colonos Association of Owners and trustees of Puerto Aventuras, a civil association.”

The document also mandates respect for use of the land, be it villa or condo, in accordance with the license authorized by the state. It adds that these and all other conditions stated in the document “…cannot be separated from same in all cases of sale” and that all mandates are at sale transmitted to the new owners and cannot be separated from the title.

Many of PA’s condo complexes are smaller developments of a few units. As of this writing, no independent complex, including Chac-Hal-Al, has officially notified Colonos they are deserting the association.

The only properties to do so are those in which the developer has a stake, the Colonos said. They include the golf course, marina, Omni Hotel and some lots.

BULLETIN: The Colonos HOA board issued a statement to members yesterday expressing disappointment in the recent actions by the Fideicomiso to launch a competing organization and Chac-Hal-Al’s withdrawal from Colonos  as “misguided, divisive and not in the best interests of our community, and we hope they will reconsider.” The statement also gave  a brief history of recent events that have led to these actions and pledged the board to “…do our best to represent your interests during this difficult time.”

The Crow’s Nest…

History hypes the virtues
of sustaining a united house

By Pelican
Historian’s tell us the fall of the Roman Empire stemmed from multiple interwoven reasons including dwindling efficiencies of the emperors and bureaucrats and weak enforcement of rules to keep the “barbarians” of the day at bay.

It resulted, over time, in loss of control over far-flung lands by invaders from within and without that emboldened emerging political entities, although Roman culture lived on for centuries. Simply, one reason the empire fell was loss of unity and thus, credibility.

The concept of unity as a protective virtue has been traced to biblical times and Greek fables.  Modern history attributes the inspirational notion to John Dickenson, a pre-US revolutionary founding father who wrote “The Liberty Song”, in which he entreats, “Then join hand in hand, brave (people) all. By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”

Statesman Patrick Henry used an abbreviated version of that 1799 speech reducing it to “United we stand, divided we fall,” which to this day remains a rallying cry for labor unions, associations, coalitions, nations and any group of people with binding ideals.

Abraham Lincoln issued a rousing speech prior to the Civil War, proclaiming that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” History has shown there is strength in numbers, a truism repeated at the last Colonos assembly that rejected in near unanimity an an effort to fire its leaders.

Here in Puerto Aventuras resort, peacefully united since its inception, residents are facing a developing effort to dismantle the community’s binding structure – the Colonos Homeowners Association – by promoting an exodus of individual entities for questionab,le motives.

The crow’s nest notes heavy seas ahead as resistance takes to the oars.

Visitor arrested in wife’s death

By Staff
The first alleged homicide in more years than longtime residents here can recall was reported in Puerto Aventuras resort last Sunday when a Canadian man, 40, registered at the Catalonia Hotel, killed his wife in their room.

Initial reports from police sources said the wife, 20, and Canadian, had been stabbed and had lesions on her throat. The husband initially reported the death to hotel security, which summoned municipal investigators.

Puerto Aventuras security agents also responded but were told they were not needed as the hotel acted in protective mode in deference to other hotel guests. Officials said the body had lesions on the throat and thorax and puncture wounds.

The husband has been arrested and is awaiting a court appearance. Investigators reported the husband said the death was a sexual choking accident.

PLAYNG TONIGHT, FRIDAY, FEB. 2,
8 P.M. AT THE CULTURAL ENTER

CONCERT: From New York, “The Stage Garden” troupe presents “Ixchel”,  a night of music, dance and theater Friday, Feb.2 , at 8 p.m. in the Cultural Center.  Tickets at $200 pesos available at the Colonos office and at the door.

CONCERT: “Popera” a concert starring PA’s own Carmen Goett and special guest Alfredo Fiori, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Cultural Center. Tickets are 100 pesos advanced and 150 the door. Information and tickets available at 984-177-3827.  or email [email protected]

Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in February. It starts Feb 4 with Friendly Feud, followed on the 11th with Trivial Pursuits, the 8th with Bingo and the 28th with a return of Trivial pursuits. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes all to join the fun.

Chili Chefs, professional or domestic, are invited to participate in a cook-off on Feb. 10 sponsored by the Seaside Rotary Club at the Latitude 20 Restaurant beginning at 6 p.m. There is no cost to participating chefs and table space, electricity, tasting cups, utensils and napkins are provided. Contact Deborah Mahan at [email protected] for more information.

Soccer   Thierry Defauw reports that the friendly Sunday morning pick-up soccer games have resumed at the Puerto Maya field behind the Oxxo store on the main road into the village. Call Thierry at 984-877-5190 for more information. Young, middle aged and older folks can join the fun workout.

Group Spanish lessons with teacher Gloria Contreras are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

A SOLD-OUT CROWD enjoyed the Hughes Family Curry Night at Latitude 20 last Friday where more than 50,000 pesos was raised for “Transformar Educando” that provides educational, social and health services to the people of the poblado. (Staff Photos)

 

The Mail Bag…

Blaming the messenger

Chac residents are also opting out of the Pelican Press (or its new name CNN Fake News Agency…. You used to provide a real service to this community and now you are just a Left Leaning Crap Paper… At least if you were a published paper you could be used for bird cage crap [email protected]@

Good by..

Signed/Hal Harper Puerto Aventuras, MEXICO

Commerce Corner…

CUSTOMER Rene Gagnon enjoys a haircut by Maria at her salon and spa in Bamboo Plaza. (Staff Photo)

Maria Rojas Hair and Beauty
is where savings are in style

There is a place in Puerto Aventuras that lets you let savings go to your head.

Maria Rojas will tell you where that place is if you promise not to tell everybody… except family, friends, residents, guests, tourists and complete strangers.

Maria Rojas’ – where a smile is in style.

It is in the canal-side Bamboo Plaza just cross from the Colegio on tree-lined Bahia Yanten. The place is “Hair and Beauty by Maria Rojas” and the savings don’t just go to your head. They go to your feet, your fingernails and the rest of your body.

With a staff of four trained personnel including herself, Maria offers haircuts for men, women and children; also pedicures and manicures at prices that please and the convenience of a 7-day week. And, house calls for all of their services. They make time when you have time.

Maria’s pricing is competitive. A man’s haircut is just 100 pesos ($5.40 at the latest exchange rate) and 150 pesos ($8) for women’s styles. Maria’s is currently offering a full one-hour massage for 500 pesos ($27), pedicure and manicure for 200 pesos each ($10.79).

Hair coloring and highlights are just 100 pesos while wax treatments are priced by the demands of the work requested.

A relaxing way to find a bargain.

But price isn’t everything. There is the quality of the work, awareness of styles and experience to copy them. “I brought my iPad with me to show Maria the style I wanted and she duplicated it  perfectly,” said resident Dory Poritz. “When several friends saw the results, they visited Maria too and were pleased with the results.”

Snowbird Earl Matheson says “I have been there three times since she opened. Twice Maria cut my hair and once one of the  other ladies did the job. They are skillful at their art, very friendly and, as a bonus, the price is very reasonable. I will be returning there for my next hair cut.”

Maria came to Puerto Aventuras four years go to open her business and has been at the same location since. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by calling 984-145-6247.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Arrangements for house visits can be made for all services. Click on the Hair and Beauty logo at left for more information. (Facebook page currently under construction.)

The Roundup…

Arrested in Puerto Aventuras while having dinner with his family recently was resident and former State Secretary Gabriel Mendicuti Loria. The State Attorney General also ordered seizure of 18 properties in Playa del Carmen and 21 vehicles. Loria served in the government of discredited former Gov. Roberto Borge, who is facing a trial for various offenses while in office. Loria is charged with illicit use of power and malfeasance…

The Aguacan water concession that supplies the municipality is under fire again after a breakdown this week that left customers without water for about 24 hours. The municipality is now saying it will petition for a revocation of Aguakan’s concession…

Beach erosion continues to plague the Riviera shoreline in some places, particularly along Playa del Carmen and Playacar where businessmen continue to lobby for government action to reclaim and preserve the beaches. They say thousands of workers depend on the beach business, a major generator of foreign exchange… Conversely, complaints continue to be registered with the local press concerning beach reclamation activities along Fatima Bay in Puerto Aventuras where, it is alleged, unpermitted works continue…

Armed holdups are on the rise in the area, particularly in the neighborhoods west of Playa’s tourist section. Three such robberies occurred within three hours on Wednesday of last week in places such as pharmacies, convenience stores and a video club. Forewarned is forearmed…

A NEW PALAPA is under construction at the welcoming center of the Catalonia Hotel after its predecessor collapsed, slightly injuring one patron. (Staff Photo)

Street vendors in Tulum and other workers attended a food handling course provided by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks learning to prevent and spot tainted food from being sold and possibly causing gastrointestinal ailments…

Nearly 50,000 doses of oral Sabin vaccine will be distributed in the northern part of the state including Solidaridad for the prevention of polio in children. Mass vaccination will be held in the district between Feb. 17 and 23. Health officials said basic vaccinations against tuberculosis, diphtheria and tetanus among others, will also be available for children …

Armed men stole 2 ATM machines at the entrance to the archeological site in Tulum early last Tuesday morning. A guard who heard a noise went to the scene and saw about 10 men hoist the machines into a white van and disappear, he told police. He said the van headed north toward Playa del Carmen. It was the second theft target of ATMs in recent weeks, the first at Bahia Principe when a guard that interrupted the attempted theft was taken hostage but released in unharmed in Playa…

The rules we live by…or not!

(Page 20, unedited)

ARTICLE 24.– COMMERCIAL SIGNS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT AND MUST COMPLY WITH THE EXISTING MODELS. SHOULD A SIGN BE PLACED WITHOUT FOLLOWING THE ABOVE MENTIONED RULES, IT WILL BE TAKEN
DOWN AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.

ARTICLE 25.– SINCE NOISE CONTAMINATES THE ATMOSPHERE IT IS FORBIDDEN TO GENERATE IT SURPASSING THE MAXIMUM DECIBELS ESTABLISHED BY THE ECOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT BUREAU IN URBAN AREAS AT 90 Db. OFFENDERS WILL BE FINED.

ARTICLE 26.– FELLING OF TREES IN PUBLIC GARDENED AREAS. GREEN AREAS AND THE DEVELOPMENT’S RESERVE ZONE IS FORBIDDEN. TREES LOCATED WITHIN PRIVATE PROPERTY MAY ONLY BE CUT WITH A PERMIT FROM THE AUTHORITIES AND ONLY IF STRICTLY NECESSARY. OFFENDERS WILL BE FINED AND THE AUTHORITIES WILL BE NOTIFIED.

ARTICLE 21.- DOMESTIC ANIMALS FOUND WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT THEIR OWNERS WILL BE CONSIDERED STREET ANIMALS AND BE EITHER PUT TO SLEEP OR TURNED OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 28.– IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER COMMERCIAL AREAS, CONSUMPTION AND SERVICE AREAS IN GENERAL AS WELL AS CLUBS OR RECREATIONAL AREAS WITH ANY TYPE OF ANIMAL.

CHAPTER V

ON CONSTRUCTION WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT

ARTICLE 29.- THE CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS ARE COMPULSORY TO ALL ASSOCIATES, ALL SITES BEING REGULATED BY THEM.

ARTICLE 30.– ALL INITIATING CONSTRUCTIONS MUST PAY A SPECIAL FEE FOR MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING OF STREETS AND AVENUES FROM HEAVY MATERIAL TRANSIT. SAID FEE MUST BE PAID TO THE ASSOCIATION WHO WILL ISSUE A RECEIPT REQUIRED BOTH BY THE DEVELOPMENT’S TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT IN ORDER TO APPROVE THE REGARDING PROJECT, AS WELL AS BY THE SECURITY GUARD AT THE DEVELOPMENT’S ENTRANCE.

ARTICLE 31.- NO PERSON IS ALLOWED IN THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OUTSIDE THE WORKING DAY SCHEDULE, EXCEPT FOR THE NUMBER OF WATCHMEN AUTHORIZED BY THE DEVELOPMENT’S TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT WHEN THE PROJECT WAS APPROVED.

ARTICLE 32.- CONSTRUCTION PERSONNEL ARE FORBIDDEN TO SLEEP WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT. (To be continued)

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