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February 9, 2018

PA’s People…

 Teenage soprano  offers a respite
from woes of an uncertain  world

 By Pelican
This week’s edition begins on a high note. Literally.

It radiates from the soul of Puerto Aventuras teenager Carmen Goett, 18, with the capacity to momentarily silence the discordance of world affairs for those who listen. It’s happening Sunday night at the Cultural Center.

Carmen Goett

Miss Goett was born with a double gift. The makings of a soprano’s singing voice and a family that enjoyed and nurtured the sound of music. “My sister, Cecilia, who is my unofficial accompanist, plays piano and guitar. My younger sister, Arantza, played drums in the family band and is also a math whiz at the Colegio.” Her mom, Carmen, father Alex and brother Alex, round out what Miss Goett described as “a very happy family, all of us, to be in the safety of Puerto Aventuras.”

The family spent two years in McAllen, Texas, a dangerous border city experiencing the problems of undocumented visitors before settling in Puerto Aventuras seven years ago.

“Life was boring for me in McAllen,” Ms. Goett recalls, “until one day my father came home with a music disc of opera singer Sarah Brightman. I listened to it often and knew that’s what I wanted to be.” But first there was the move to Mexico and typical schooling at the Colegio. After graduation, she presented three concerts at the Omnis Hotel” and performed with The Three Tenors during a wine-tasting at the Dreams Hotel.

Following a path pioneered by Miss Brightman, who performed at various Mexico venues in 2016, Miss Goett took to “popera,” or briefly, elements of pop music sung in operatic style.

Now Miss Goett is venturing into a larger venue at the Cultural Center, more able, she said, to be creative with lighting and stage décor to set the tone of the evening.

But here is the shocker. She has come this far without ever taking a formal lesson, or being tutored. “People tell me I have a natural quality to my voice.”

Anybody who has heard the Andrea Bocelli and Srah Brightman rendition of “Time  to Say Goodbye” knows what a high note is, and Ms. Goett will go for it Sunday night at the cultural center.

Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets 100 pesos at the Colonos office today, 150 pesos at the door.  Refreshments will be available. Puerto Aventuras residents who have heard her sing before say they are buying tickets. They want to her again.

Colonos ‘not close’ to gate
deal with the Fideicomiso

By Staff’
In the wake of Chac-Hal-Al’s vote to disaffiliate from the Colonos HOA a few weeks ago and “possibly” join a fledgling   group, the Colonos board issued a statement to members updating developments since the Dec. 9 assembly.

Expressing disappointment with Chac’s vote and the developer’s apparent creation of a parallel alliance named “The Covenant”, the statement highlights events attitudes and contacts between developer Roman Rivera Torres and Colonos Chairman Jorge Kaufer.

Meanwhile, Chac-Hal-Al’s board has taken issue with statements furnished to the Pelican Free Press by various sources, noting that Chac has not at this time joined a new alliance. It has, however, withdrawn from the Colonos HOA “for now,” and said it intends to fund Colonos landscaping and street work, but not Security, and, in the fashion of the tail wagging the dog, remain open to dialog with the Colonos – of  which it no longer is a member. (See why in Mail Bag below)

Deal offered

The Colonos time-line statement, too long to publish here,  notes that 11 days after the Dec. 9 Assembly gave overwhelming support to the existing Colonos leadership and hence, the work of Security, Rivera offered to produce, and did later send draft rules to govern main gate access for review and input by the Colonos. The board consented.

Rivera reportedly stated if the parties agreed on access protocols, he would terminate legal action to take over the main gate in April, then negotiate integration of Phase 4 into the Colonos and resume work on the proposed park.

But, contacted this week, Kaufer said “We are not close to any deal with the Fideicomiso.” In the meantime, the developer has unilaterally undertaken projects along the beach and main gate without notice, reportedly telling Colonos “that until communication has been restored he is under no obligation to keep Colonos informed about his activities.”

(Full text of the Colonos statement is available from the Colonos or its website that can be accessed by clicking on the Colonos logo in the upper right portion of this page)

The Crow’s Nest

Chac’s Colonos complaints
misdirected, strategy risky

By Pelican
The crow’s nest on older ships provides a 360-degree view of the horizon and a closer glimpse of the sky. But what the lookout can’t see is what’s roiling beneath the dark  sea.

Other perspectives are floating a few fathoms down. Herewith some of them.

This  blog is taking heat from the Chac neighborhood for not publishing its views and complaints in tw0 long letters and for not being factual: Fact: The press is persona non grata at Chac’s and other private assemblies. But neither did the Pelican publish a too-long letter from the Colonos. Fact: Chac leaders were asked to edit letters down to 300-400 words, the Pelican policy. It was done and it appears in today’s mail bag.

The blog is faulted in letters today (see the  The Mail Bag below) for publishing  hearsay rather than facts. We cannot chase vigilance committees of 116 condo complexes to report their official facts without having access to their meetings or minutes. Get real. Send us an email, the minutes or give us a call. Pelican is responsive, within reason.

Workers jam the main gate mornings waiting for access to their jobs. (Staff Photo)

One letter today lambastes the Colonos for inaction to stop a barking sea lion at night. Who can?  The lion(s) belong to Dolphin Discovery, in which the PA developer may have a financial interest, we are told. Perspective: Either are empowered by fact of ownership to end the sea lion entertainment to please Chac. The Colonos is not so empowered. Profit before people comes to mind.

Colonos is faulted for lax main gate access policy. Perspective: Putting different people with myriad objectives through a strainer at the gate is a complex task. Stop his truck – but don’t stop mine, lest you hurt my profit line. Access rules, however, should be more precisely defined and equitable and not require enmity or disassociation to improve.

There’ is the long-running complaint about Colonos failing to stop interlopers from accessing and despoiling Chac’s beachfront. To its arguable credit, it took the fideidcomiso just two weeks to moderate the problem by building a guardhouse, a small gate and creating a new path to divert the crowd farther down the beach. Perspective: Is anybody in Chac asking  why this relief  wasn’t provided five or more years ago by the only entity able to do it?

Who can legally stop Hoo Haa from its early morning cacophony? Owners of the Hoo Haa property live in Chac and lease the site  to a Canadian. Can Colonos break the lease? Perspective: No. Can the owners?  Yes. Hoo Haa’s late-night permit is issued by the municipality despite Colonos pleadings to limit the hours. Somebody even tried arson, to no avail. Profit before people.

Nobody says the Colonos operation is without imperfections. Perspective: One only need peruse the vagueness of the by-laws, the lack of a rigid and fair gate access policy and Security’s shortfall of enforcement powers. But the assembly vote to continue the existing Colonos leadership was overwhelming and should  prompt  Chac to go with the flow. But that’s Chac’s business.

Perspective: Maybe Chac is being used to discredit Colonos and, in its blinding frustration, allowing itself to be led down the primrose path without thinking of who is motivated to milk the Puerto Aventuras cash cow. Not the non-profit Colonos.

Chac has reasons to complain, but faulting only the Colonos is misdirected. Its wavering strategy of possibly turning its back on the rest of the Colonos family is a tribal tactic that risks escalating into the larger community’s undoing.

GUESS…

IN THE ABSENCE of official news, guess what’s happening at the CEDAM museum and win a free subscription to the Pelican. The space is empty of artifacts, the,museum sign has been removed and workers are remodeling the space. (Staff Photo)

Three armed gunmen captured
on highway in Puerto Aventuras
Area police mobilized in force last Saturday after a car carrying three alleged organized crime gunmen ignored protocols of the police filter South of Playa del Carmen and sped away.

Police caught up with the trio on Highway 307 just outside the Barcelo Hotel in Puerto Aventuras and confiscated two 9mm handguns.

Police reported the men failed to obey the signals of police at the filter who noted the passengers in the car fit the description of criminal suspects. One of the men is from Acapulco, one from Tabasco state and one from Cancun.

 

Chili Saturday, Concert Sunday
make for entertaining weekend

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 at the door. Information and tickets available at 984-177-3827, or email [email protected]

Chili Charity Cookoff sponsored by the Seaside Rotary Club starts at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, at Latitude 20 Restaurant. Contact Deborah Mahan at [email protected] for more information. Tickets available at the door, happy hour.

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.

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.

Two German visitors drown
in tragic Playacar events

A married German couple visiting in Playacar’s Riu Hotel were separated by death on Jan. 28 when the wife’s lifeless body washed ashore near the Sands Hotel as the result of drowning, according to officials.

The husband, 58, extended his stay at the hotel to cope with arrangements, the hotel reported, but was reported as missing early last Sunday morning, a week ater his wife’s departure. Guards patrolling the beach at 7:30 a.m. came upon his body on shore, also a victim of drowning.

Authorities said they would not rule out the possibility of suicide caused by despondence over his wife’s death.

The Mail Bag…

Chac explains its frustrations

Dear Editor:
The Chac Hal Al Homeowners Assembly, on January 26, 2018, voted to withdraw from the Colonos Association.  The vote reflected years of frustration with Colonos and its failure to address serious problems affecting Chac Hal Al, and affecting the greater Puerto Aventuras community.

Chac Hal Al openly presented these issues at the Colonos Assembly, almost two months ago.  Serious problems with the commercial boat employees, HOO HAA restaurant, and increasing non-resident use of our beaches and facilities were described in our letter read aloud at the Colonos Assembly.  Above all is our continuing and growing concern with the ineffectiveness of Colonos security services and the open-to-the public admissions policy at the main gate to Puerto Aventuras.  We called into question the leadership of Colonos.  We believe the future continuation of Puerto Aventuras as a private residential community is at risk.  We saw what happened with Akumal.  Despite numerous complaints and petitions, Colonos has done nothing.

Our owners question what we are receiving for the Colonos dues that we pay. Colonos does not provide water, sewer, electricity, phone and internet. Colonos does not provide an effective security force and does not control non-resident, public admission through our main gate.  Colonos does not have policies to restrict use of Puerto’s amenities and facilities for our residents who pay for these.

We expected some concrete ideas would have been forthcoming and Chac Hal Al has been willing to work with Colonos to address these issues.  But Colonos came with nothing.  Chac Hal Al voted to leave the Colonos association because Colonos has failed to act.  Our owners voted to discontinue payments for security services not provided and policies that are endangering our investments in what is supposed to be a private residential community.  We are willing to pay our share for maintenance and landscaping that Colonos does provide.

Chac Hal Al is willing to continue dialogue with Colonos.  Contrary to published reports, we have not joined another association.  This is under consideration.  We are willing and prepared to work for acceptable solutions to these issues and for changes in Colonos policies and practices. We are committed to making Puerto Aventuras a better place to live and ensuring that Colonos is fully responsive to the needs of the residents of our community.

She speaks for herself

Dear Editor –
For the record: Mr. Hal Harper does not speak for me (a CHAC resident) either in his sentiments regarding the Pelican Press or CNN. In my opinion your publication has been the best source of unbiased information in Puerto Aventuras. Thank you for your service to the community.

What a sorry mess. Make love, not war. Why can’t we be friends? I’ve got a lovely studio to sell in CHAC – any takers?

Signed/Aymara Lilienthal

Giving developer a chance

Dear editor:
With all due respect, in my opinion, the Pelican Free Press needs to be unbiased and stick to the facts, not hearsay, if it is not going to turn into a gossip sheet.  I assure you that Chac property owners did not make the decision lightly, and it is not open-ended.

We empowered our Vigilance Committee to use their judgement and return to Colonos if this experiment does not yield what we hope.  I attended the four-hour pre-meeting and listened to Colonos, represented by Mr. Tim Howard, and to Mr. Roman.  We have gotten Colonos’ attention, and now they say they will do something to address Chac’s concerns.

Well, in my opinion, talk is cheap, and what will make them act now when they have ignored our complaints for over ten years?  I have been an owner in Chac since 1998.  Whenever I went in person to discuss noise issues with Mr. Rincon going back to the Gringo Dave days and the sea lion that barked all night, he told me that I need to do petitions and get signatures.  I did so but nothing changed.  I now know it was busy work to get rid of me.

In my experience, Mr. Roman gets things done, and we decided to give him a chance.  Hopefully, Mr Roman will clarify for all concerned that we do not intend to be “free loaders”.

Furthermore, I resent Chac being defamed and labeled “troubled”.  We have a nice community in Chac; our beach is the envy of Puerto Aventuras, and our landscaping is beautiful.  It is one of the best properties in Puerto Aventuras.

We have what others do not–a beautiful beach on Fatima Bay, a large infinity pool, and gorgeous sunsets.You have provided Puerto Aventuras a valuable service over the years, which we have appreciated.  We hope you will continue to do so by just reporting the facts.  Thank you.

Signed/Gloria Pardo Fastrup Chac E-101 and G-302

(Ed.Note: Fact: The writer moved away from idyllic and envied  Chac-Hal-Al several years ago to live in San Miguel. At least one of her two apartments is listed for sale.)

A reply in like prose

Dear Editor:
It was nice seeing you and Dorothy the other day in Chedraui. I am a fan and supporter of you and your newspaper. Even though you recently chided me for what you called a “history lecture” which was an attempt to make known to the many people who have not been here from the beginning why we live in such a beautiful, clean and safe community, unlike Akumal, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen or Cancun. Never mind that.

I just read Hal Harper’s letter which showed your journalistic integrity in printing it. This guy is a creepy redneck and bully and I would appreciate if you would publish my reply to him.

“Hal harper, after reading your letter to the Pelican Free Press, all I can say is that you are a slimy, slithering snake in the grass with a propensity for pomposity. Keep your redneck, racist, fascist politics out of our community! Just like your criminal president who does nothing but lie, your attack on the free press crosses the line! The only crap here is the constant foulness that spews out of your (bleep)-hole of a mouth! One love to all.”

Signed/Peter Metrick

Not enough curry

Dear Editor:
The curry fest at Latitude 20 was a great disappointment. Two types of food were not available any more when approx only 75% of the people were served. Whatever food was available was doled out in minimal portions and the taste of the food was below standards. Never again!.

Signed/Loek van der Klugt

Respect each others’ opinions

Dear Editor:
Thank goodness we were raised to respect each others’ opinions in mail sent. I have always enjoyed your paper. Please don’t stop. It sounds like Trump’s twitters are causing fake news concerns everywhere!

Signed/Cheryl Cosgrove

The Roundup…

Chedraui in Puerto Aventuras said it would increase surveillance after a shopper told the manager he unknowingly was squirted with caramel sauce by two men dressed as store workers. The men helped him clean up but stole two credit cards and cash from his wallet he carried in a jacket pocket. A similar event occurred in the parking lot two years ago but was foiled by a member f he Pelican staff. Forewarned is forearmed…

In case you missed it, major US newspapers reported last week finding a massive Mayan civilization nar Tiki, Guatemala with thousands of structures and fields. The discovery was made by scientists using airborne lidar mapping tools. The reports open new theories about the size and scope of the Mayan civilization…

A crazed contruction worker killed a colleague with a blow to the head while on the job in Playa del Carmen last week.  While the worker was arrested, police also faulted job security guards for allowing drugs and alcohol on the site in exchange for cash…

The Chinese food stall at the west entrance of Chedraui ‘sSupermarket across the highway is closing down and integrating with its second restaurant further inside the multi-plaza…

No safe hiding place – Thieves stole contents of a safe-ox in a room occupied by an American family last week at the Riu Hotel in exclusive Playacar. Police invesigators were reportedly turned away by hotel and Playacar security saying they will take responsibility for investigation and liability. Contrents of cash and jewelry were reportedly valued at mor than $20,000. The theft took place while the family was at a Hotel entertainment production…

The rules we live by…or not!

Page 21, unedited)

ARTICLE 33.- IT IS THE CONSTRUCTOR’S OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE AND KEEP CLEAN THE LETRINES FOR THE WORKERS, BOTH AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AS WELL AS IN THE INHABITED CAMPS OUTSIDE THE DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 34.- ALL SIDEWALK AND GARDEN DAMAGE CAUSED DURING CONSTRUCTION MUST BE REPAIRED BY THE CONSTRUCTOR LEAVING THEM IN THE STATE FOUND WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN. MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALK METER ADJOINING A PROPERTY IS THE OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY.
CHAPTER VI

ON THE ASSOCIATIONS MAINTENANCE FEES AND THE VALUE OF
THE ASSOCIATE’S VOTES


ARTICLE 35.- THE PRESENT CHAPTER IS APPLIED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS. ITS OBJECTIVE IS TO REGULATE ORDINARY FEES WHICH ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS MUST BE PAID BY THE ASSOCIATES; AS WELL AS THE VALUE OF VOTES.

ARTICLE 36.– PROPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ACCORDINGLY, THE ASSOCIATION’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL DETERMINE THE AMOUNTS TO BE COLLECTED, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE LOCATION OF LOTS, THE AUTHORIZED LAND USED AND THE TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION.

ARTICLE 37.- ORDINARY FEES ARE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS;

  1. UNCONSTRUCTED LOTS WILL PAY AS FEE, THE RESULTING AMOUNT OF MULTIPLYING THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S ESTABLISHED FEE FOR EACH USE OF LAND, TIMES THE AMOUNT OF SURFACE SQUARE
  2. HOTELS, CONDO-HOTELS AND CONDOMINIUM RESIDENCES WILL PAY AS FEE FOR EACH HOTEL KEY, THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
  3. THE COMMERCIAL LOTS’ FEE WILL BE THE RESULT OF MULTIPLYING THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY TIMES THE SQUARE METERS OF CONSTRUCTION.
  4. HOMES WILL PAY AS FEE, THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED BY THE ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TIMES THE NUMBER OF BUILT BEDROOMS. THE MINIMUM FEE EQUAL TO THAT PAID BY A THREE BEDROOM CONSTRUCTION. (To be continued)

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