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In PA, giving and receiving crosses borders, waters

Voters approve playground as Fideicomiso donates land use;

PA residents, Calica team up to feed Veracruz hurricane victims;
Wishes aired in Pelican are heard, paving the way to Chedraui;
And, oh yes, Colonos fee climbs 7% as ‘good life’ costs rise like tide
Posted 12/25/10 by contributors & Pelican Paulie:
While generosity flowed gracefully from Cape Cod to Puerto Aventuras and from Puerto Aventuras to Veracruz in pay-it-forward fashion (see story below), Colonos voters at their annual meeting on December 11 were also generous. They approved a 7% fee increase 2189 to 877 votes and seed funding to launch the creation of a universal playground for all ages and to continue street lighting expansion. Not to be outdone, the Fideicomiso donated use of the 405 sq. meter island that contains the skate park along the Main entrance road as the site of the new facility. It is estimated that it will take at least three years to complete. Meanwhile, debate over more liberal access to the resort to feed centro businesses and better access to the beaches and a more accommodating path to the new Chedraui supermarket were conspicuously absent from the public discourse. Nonetheless, expressions of some resort property owners for a defined path to the new Chedraui supermarket have been answered. There is a walkway being paved on the Poblado side of Route 377.

The annual meeting is called an “Ordinary Assembly” and, as such, it didn’t stray much from the ordinary. The Colonos is the association of residents and businesses conjoined to maintain the infrastructure and the peace. Also ordinary, the Colonos stayed within budget for 2010 and plans to do so again in 2011 with the help of a 7% increase, which was approved by understanding voters.

Year 2011 budget of $900,936 MP is 11 percent more than last year but the fee is increasing by only 7 percent, the remaining 4 percent to be culled, hopefully, from collections of late payments as happened last year. Five percent of the 7% increase is for general labor and security costs and 2% as a contingency fund for unseen expenditures. Condo owners can expect increases in their maintenance fees to cover the 7 percent Colonos hike unless they have sufficient association cash reserves to cover it..

Rubbish collection and recycling remain a bit of a problem although the process has improved according to the administration headed by the Colonos board and its general manager, Armando Rincon. More cooperation from the public is expected 2011, fostering added improvements to the recycling program and general resort cleanliness.

Even the crime rate was ordinary, with only 25 thefts in six months, six from residences, six from shops and 11 at other facilities. Twelve cases were solved – and a 50% solve rate is impressive – by the security staff managed by Mr. Jesus Galdeano, who is working with [private security staffs in the area. This cooperative effort led to the capture of a felon involved in three Puerto Aventuras thefts. The security staff has also been most responsive and effective concerning calls about noisy neighbors breaching Colonos and condo regulations. Residents are reminded to call Security concerning suspicious activity and inconsiderate neighbors. The number is 873-5128. There is usually someone there who will understand English.

Many residents have reported their appreciation for the work done improving the green/garden areas, road improvements and other general improvements, Mr. Rincon said. He explained that the rainy season helped water the garden areas, decreasing the amount of time spent watering by staff, which was put to use planting and nurturing the greenery.

The Colonos went over budget on three items this year, $70,000 MPs on pothole repairs, $35,000MPs to repair the street sweeper and $230,000MPs for the garbage compactor. Completed on roads this year was the concrete surface laid on Bahia Soliman Road for $1,120,668 MPs and a portion of Chemuyil for $424,708 MPs. Rincon reports there is $500,000 MPs left in the road fund to be applied to other road projects.

Hats off to the people who kept the community running efficiently within budgeted means, both elected and volunteers. For example, Mr. Daniele Gracis, of the sports and cultural committee, has guided the annual road race, gastronomic international festival and sailing school, increasing participation in the race to 516 participants this year from Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chetumal, Valladolid, Merida as well as Puerto Aventuras residents from both sides of the highway. And the sailing school, the only one on the Riviera Maya, has won several events and grown to some 15 boats while the 2nd annual gastronomical event had 32 exhibitors and an attendance of 400. Plans are in the works to install bathrooms at the civic center (the church) so that it can be used as a venue for cultural entertainment like concerts.

Also to the members of the Vigilance Committee: Gilberto Chaine, president; Ms. Irma Ramos, treasurer; Ms. Beatriz Marron, secretary and environmental committee; Daniele Gracis, member and sports and cultural committee; Ms. Debbie Van der Haar, member and security committee; Gianmarco Cavagliano, member and Ms. Gilda Peregrina, Ms. Clauda Lugo, Ms. Pipis Aguilar of the environmental committee. Also, the Colonos board of directors whose members for next year are: Maria Beatriz Marron Vales, president; Timothy Day, treasurer; Hector Pavon, secretary; and assistants Jorge Kaufer, Daniele Gracis, Ivonne Almeida and Roman Rivera Torres. The two new members, Rivera Torres and Pavon, who also represent the fideicomiso, will abstain from any potential conflict-of-interest votes. (More on single issues in subsequent editions of Pelican Press)

THE SEASON OF GIVING SHINES IN PA

Some of you might remember our story in previous issues about a fellow on Cape Cod in Massachusetts who, after hearing about the effort to build a high school in the Poblado, donated all the money he had with him at the time – $70 USD – to the school. Well, the money donated by Mr. Robert Berry has been delivered. (See column in previous post).That incoming act of generosity has now been met in pay-it-forward fashion by a group of Aventurans who recently came to the aid of victims of the hurricane in Veracruz. We hear from Monica

Tynan Day, whose husband, Timothy, is on the Colonos board of directors, that 16 adult and youth volunteers here went door to door to collect a total of $7,000 MPs, while the Rotary club contributed $2,000 MPs and employees of the Calica division of the Vulcan Corp. just down the road from here, contributed $34,000 MPs. This was all part of the Red Cross-Veracruz Hurricane Karl Campaign.

In total, the local effort generated $75,000 in pesos and goods.

Calica matched the local contributions and, with its parent company Vulcan, paid for most of the travel expense incurred to deliver foodstuffs and other items to the stricken area. El Marahara donated the tractor trailer and a Calica associate donated the petrol. “Puerto Aventurans and personnel from Calico personally purchased $52,000 MPs in food and necessities prioritized by the Red Cross,’ said Tynan Day. As to the Poblado school, Ms. Alexander notes that the $35,000 Anat Kah has raised or in  of raising, provides only part of the funds needed to finish the school. Local government will participate as well and is already prepared to pave a roadway to the school which will have enough room to expand in the future. More that later.

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