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‘HAPPY TRAILS’ UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

REMINDERS:
OLYMPIC TRIALS for Optimist Class sailboats April 28-30
CONCERT 6 p.m. April 30 at Cultural Center, Bahia Akumal
COLONOS BUDGET ASSEMBLY May 5, See details below
PALAPA IN PAAMUL
 See ‘for sale’ page
EROSION SERIES  to resume in June edition

 

BELOW; Three divers drown in nearby cenote

THE EXODUS 2012

 

Looking back – and forward to new expectations

With this issue, the Pelican Free Press transitions to its low-season monthly schedule and will publish its next issue in June and monthly thereafter until November. Exceptions will be made in the event of important breaking news affecting its readers.
As always, the staff appreciates information about potential stories and news received from residents and welcomes a continuation of that practice during the summer months. Email information to pgauvin@comcast.net

Already, the Spring exodus is well under way for the many anglos retreating to their cooler northern digs to escape the heat and humidity of the sub-tropical climate.
What do they leave behind this year?
The much-ballyhooed Tulum Airport didn’t get off the runway,the immense commercial venture Dragon Mart has yet to put shovel into the ground near Puerto Morelos, all talk of a railroad from Merida has ceased and a hoped-for horseshoe pit didn’t get built adjacent to the tennis courts.
Beach replenishment in PA remains on the drawing boards while funds and compromises are sought. The Pelican Free Press will resume its “Erosion” series in June and continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer.
    Also, a few retail spaces at Chedraui remain vacant, several businesses have closed in Centro Comercial and several new ones opened; PA has yet to adopt a 2012 infrastructure budget (expected on May 5) with a possible 2 percent decrease for home and condo owners and 7 percent for commercial entities. (See story below)
The Mexican immigration authority continues to tantalize Anglos over the awaited promulgation of more accommodating immigration rules.

On the positive side, the Phase 4 roadway is well under way and a record was broken by the annual PA road race crowd of 500 runners, an initiative by Sports and Culture Committee icon Daniele Gracis who also brought an Olympics sailboat race to Puerto Aventuras. The concert series was not allowed to die, the library raised enough funds to expand, new building seemed to be on the rise and the wonderful Playa del Carmen overpass is a welcome fait accompli.
The Colonos infrastructure was improved with new plantings, new lighting was installed on Bahia Xcacel and repaving part of that road was in the works for this summer
Snorkelers have ogled their turtles, fishermen have hooked their mahi-mahi (or not), golfers have improved their scores (or not), travelers have sated their urges by visiting ruins, cenotes, urban centers, jungle attractions, big cities, many restaurants and shopping malls.
Last but not least, philanthropy showed its smiling face again in many ways including the charity golf tournament for the Poblado High School building, the library fund-raising concert, a dance to fund medical treatment for a friend from the Poblado and in a myriad of other ways through the Anat Kah Foundation, this area’s answer to the United Fund.

So for now, as Roy Rogers would croon:
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again
.”

 

Colonos meets May 5 to debate tiered fee cuts

Hotels asking for 5% fee decrease
in addition to 2% offered by board

 

The Colonos will resume an effort to adopt a budget for the year at a general assembly May 5 in the Kuuch Muuch Kuxtal (Let’s Get Together) room located in Centro Comercial above the Oxxo store. First quorum call will be at 9:30 a.m. and second at 10 a.m..
The assembly earlier this year failed to reach a compromise on a Colonos proposal to reduce the Colonos fee by 2 percent for all stakeholders, with several hotels arguing for a larger reduction, resulting in a postponement of voting on a budget and fee.
Since then, there has evidently been a compromise. The Colonos board appears inclined to support an additional 5 percent decrease being sought by the hotels and businesses that claim to being hit hard by increased municipal taxes and permit payments in addition to the effects of a struggling world economy.     ‘

If the hotel request is approved by the Assembly, it means home and condo owners will get a 2 percent Colonos fee reduction and hotels a nearly 7 percent reduction. Colonos GM Armando Rincon said it would also set a new, lower baseline for commercial entities when setting rates  in subsequent years.
Registration to attend for home, condo and lot owners showing identification will be held April 27 and 30 and May 2. Proxies must present a simple document valid for the date of the meeting and signed by two witnesses bearing copies of ID documents of owner and proxy. Otherwise condo owners are represented by their administrators who, along with hotel representatives, must register on May 2.
There are a total of 6,296 votes in the Colonos. The combined hotels have 949 votes and Centro Comercial 126 votes for a total of 1,075. Lot, home and condo owners wield the remaining 5,221 votes…but must be present or have a proxy present to use them. Many snowbird owners have already departed. Only stakeholders current in dues will be allowed entrance.
Also on the agenda besides the 2 percent budget decrease is the question of applying the 5 percent discount to the base fee for the hotel, key and square meter of commercial properties, presentation of the expense budget for 2012-13 and approval of the maintenance fee retroactive to Feb. 1, 2012.

Three divers drown in nearby Chac Mool cenote

     A diving instructor from Spain and a recently married couple from Brazil drowned Thursday during a diving expedition at Chac Mool Cenote some 100 meters south of Puerto Aventuras. The cenote has a depth of about 25 feet.     

There was speculation in a local newspaper as to the possible causes of the tragedy, none of which have been corroborated pending investigation.  The instructor/guide was identified as Ismael Garcia of Spain, allegedly working for a dive shop in the Akumal area,  and the tourists as a recently married Brazilian couple.
News reports said the dive shop and cenote management are being investigated by Q. Roo officials. Divers had entered the cenote at 4 p.m. and had not emerged when the cenote closed at 5 p.m. The bodies reportedly were discovered after midnight, some six hours later.

According to one research source, Thursday’s tragedy matches a 1995 Yucatan incident cited as the worst in the peninsula’s history when three open water divers including two tourists and a Cozumel dive store owner perished in the Cenote Calavera (Cenote Escueleto) near Tulum.
Water runs through underground caves in the Yucatan where part of the land collapses and causes a sinkhole, or cenote. The Chac Mool Cenote has two entrances and two rooms, one that is large and light and the other, with a collapsed ceiling under an air dome that allows divers to surface and view two levels of stalactites
The cenote’s attraction to divers includes a Halocline, where fresh and salt water meet creating fascinating visual effects. Chac Mool reportedly is also host to the largest underwater stalactite in the world.

 

Business Beat…

Pet Spa with veterinarian opens in Centro Comercial

 

     A pet spa offering dog bath, medicated bath, haircut, nail clip, ear, gland and eye cleaning plus part-time veterinary services, dog training and walking has opened in Centro Comercial. It occupies a retail space between the Paris pharmacy and Post Office Kiosk and is directly behind the parking lot adjacent to the bi-weekly farmer’s market.      

Biologist Arturo Romero, who speaks English, and veterinarian MVZ Diana Wells are partners in the venture, which opened three weeks ago and is in the process of developing the site to include the veterinary office.
For the record, the name of the new business, Maskoketos, is a play on words derived from the Spanish  “mascota”,  mascot or pet, and “coqueta” meaning a female who flirts girlishly to gain attention.
Romero said the company will also offer dog training, dog walking and kennel service for those who like to take short trips without their pets.
Also available are OTC medications for canine ailments such as fleas and heartworm, various foodstuffs and other dog accessories like leashes and food bowls. Maskoketos is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
Appointments can be made by calling 984-146-5875. Walk-ins also welcomed. Pick-up and delivery of the pet is also offered.

Letters…

Dear Editor:
My wife and I own a fractional ownership in Puerto at the CMSC. We have owned there since 1999.

Usually we are only able to spend two, maybe three weeks, annually in PA. Although Minnesota, our home state, is beautiful, even with the snow, NOTHING compares to Puerto and we love this marvelous community and the many new friends we have been blessed to meet.
BECAUSE OF THE PELICAN FREE PRESS, in an “alternate”sense, we are able to spend much more time in PA, even from our home in Roseville, MN. We love your candor, your creativity, your artistry, your breadth of subjects and your care in sharing observations and information, yes even your humor.
THANK YOU for all that you do for our wonderful community as your efforts are, we believe, a significant platform for blending, bonding and bettering our wonderful community of so many different people with so much to offer each other. Keep up the “mission”!
Sincerely, and with grateful spirits,
Marty and Denny Wall.

(Ed Note:: With a blush on our cheeks, we thank you for the feedback.)

Dear Editor:
I was horrified to think that someone was so desperate because of the Colonos lack of concern over the deplorable situation with loose dogs that he or she poisoned a dog. The situation should never have been allowed to reach this level of seriousness.

  • My dog has been bitten twice while being walked on leash, both times by dogs accompanied by owners, but not on leash. The latest episode occurred last week when the dog’s owner and his dog were with the so-called dog trainer. When confronted, both the owner and the “trainer” said it didn’t happen!
    They also said that it always happened that a female dog would bite another female dog. How incredibly stupid!
    When I stated that dogs in P.A. were required to be on leash, the “trainer” told me to go back to the USA, that this wasn’t my country. Furthermore, he said his dog was like a human and he would never comply and put a leash on his dog.
    What would PA and the Poblado be like if we were all to go back to our countries of origin? (With our money.) I have watched security drive past owners with leashes in hand while their dogs run loose and do absolutely nothing.
    None of this would be happening if the Colonos would enforce their laws and do something about this before PA’s reputation as a paradise becomes even more sullied. We are living in a community that is becoming increasingly dangerous (not just because of dogs) and everyone just keeps their head buried in the sand!

Patricia Parkinson,
Puerto Aventuras


Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
You left your keys inside the car and need a locksmith. Say “Deje las llaves, dentro de mi carro. Donde hay un cerrajero ?
(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. Please call her first to make arrangements at 984-108-3517

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
http://cinemex.com/cartelera/cartelera_cine.php?cvecine=115
http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly Noted…

Compiled from staff, contributors and media reports

INJURED AGAIN
 – Danny Iglesias, the Poblado car-wash owner for whom a benefit dance was held several weeks ago to pay for a knee injury sustained while helping someone dodge an assault, slipped in the shower and re-injured the knee, reports benefit committee member Hal Harper, and will undergo additional surgery… APPEARANCE OF RED

MITES in Q. Roo’s south land is taking a toll on palm trees there, reports the local press. Check trees whose palms are rapidly turning yellow. The mites are usually under the leaves … A CARAVAN of white SUVs complete with a squad of armed marines were at the Omni Hotel on Friday, teasing the curiosity of people who witnessed the parade. Inside the Omni, it appeared a baby shower was in progress and, according to one source, the wife of the Q. Roo governor was in attendance … BABY BOOMERS are leaving $50 million a year on the Riviera Maya says the Association of Owners and Real Estate (AMPI) in Playa del Carmen … 43 FARM WORKERS were killed in Alamo last week, in the gulf state of Vera Cruz, when the bus they were in was hit by a runaway trailer on winding highway and plummeted nearly 200 feet into a ravine. Police were looking for the truck driver who ran off… INDIGENOUS GIRL, 12, gave birth to a healthy 6.2 lb. girl and had been picking chili peppers as a farm worker until a few days before giving birth in the northwestern state of Sinaloa … WAL-MART MEXICO BRIBERY plot surfaces on pages of New York times…17 MURDERED in a Monterrey bar Friday, bringing to 40 the number of homicides in a 24-hour period  believed to be perpetrated by rival drug gangs…

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