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January 18, 2017

Hear the gun, watch ’em run…

RUNNERS EXPLODE from the starting line at the Dolphin Store last year and will repeat the feat this Sunday at 8 a.m. as spectators cheer. (Pelican File Photo)

Voters’ $12K grant to ‘Transformar
Educando’ yielding positive results…
…but wasn’t mentioned at assembly 

TRANSFORMAR EUCANDO students get a varied day at the Poblado Community Center. From top left, crafts class and, right, learning the music. At bottom left, breakfast is served and right, students gather with students from the Resort Colegio to share their education on a variety of subjects on Tuesdays.

Learning today for a better tomorrow

By Staff
When resort residents in 2016 generously dedicated  $12,000 USD annually from their HOA  budget to help fund the poblado’s “Transformar Educando Community Center,” the pre-condition of an annual report at subsequent Colonos assemblies was understood.

But a year later, at the 2017 assembly held Dec. 9, not a word about the center and its mission was spoken and not a single statistic shared with the voters. Why?  

EXPANDING HORIZONS for the students aboard the Catamaya.

The program director, Graciela Maldonado, a model of efficiency and record-keeping, was aghast to learn during an interview this week that the varied courses of education, social and health services did not get a mention. “This isn’t right,” she said with astonishment.

Report was submitted

She had submitted a report to the Colonos as agreed, recognizing the virtue of  informing donors, and had offered to deliver it personally at the assembly. Her offer was declined. Why? She was told the 2017 gathering could become a nasty affair and thought she and the program should not get near the potential political battle.

LEARNING THE MOVES – A student from the resort’s Colegio shows students in the poblado community center how to make the right moves in chess.

That potential was realized. It was a painful affair for a place dubbed “Paradise.” In retrospect, the 225 assembled voters probably would have welcomed a reprieve of positive news, of hearing how their seed money was elevating the human condition  across the highway.

Ms. Maldonado’s office is festooned with notebooks, primers, readers manuals, workbooks. There is a glass-enclosed bookcase along a wall with rows of large 3-ring binders meticulously documenting in words, pictures and numbers, all aspects of the center’s programs and expenditures.

Investment well pent

She points out that 843 people are currently utilizing all programs of the organization’s three center’s, from sewing classes for young and old, to general education certificate programs for the youth, to health and general social services such as a breakfast program she prepares for the students. Ms. Maldonado documents these activities  with statistics and expenditures neatly filed in the binders attesting that the Colonos grant is well spent.

Where education lifts a  community.

For example, the funding helped construct a new two-story building with two classrooms down and one up for sewing. That project included a supply of new sewing machines. Incidentally, children from 11 up are taught in the sewing class to care for and repair their own clothing and school uniforms.

Rifling through the folders, she recognizes volunteer help received from the resort side, such as a handicraft class taught by Ron and Catherine Hurst and a 140,000-peso donation from Rotary Club of Plain/Township, Ohio, arranged by Deborah Mahan, or the high and long cement block security wall funded by Sunday Trivia and other games sponsored and held at Latitude 20 Restaurant.

Need for computers

Outdoors there is a new basketball court, general recreation area and four new lavatories to add to the two upstairs in the older building.

The centers  have won several cash awards to support programs and construction at the organization’s three centers, the other two located in Akumal and

MONEY MATTERS – Director Graciela Maldonado displays award won by Transformar Educando to continue and expand its work.

Chemuyil. One award was from the Mayakoba “Mitigation of Child Labor” initiative and another from Santander Bank in Mexico City’s “Trust for Mexican Children,” attesting to continued fund-raising to expand programs and maintain the centers.

For example, there are 42 students taking a computer class on 14 available computers, so the class is split into three sessions. “But we have a waiting list of 42, so we could use eight more computers,” she said, “even if they are used but in good working order.”

Ms. Maldonado also reported on an alliance with the Puerto Aventuras Colegio. “Students from the Colegio visit here on Tuesdays to teach our students to play Chess, learn history and math.”

There are 24 adults in the evening sewing class while 172 students received state education certificates in 2017. There are more positive takes to this story and Ms. Maldonado is open to sharing them from time to time with  the Pelican and the community.  

A MILESTONE in the lives of the young above was made possible by the generosity of others as they hold their certificates of graduation and harbor hopes of an improved life.

 

Chefs sought for Chili cook-off

The Hughes Family Charity Curry feast is being held again this year at Latitude 20 Restaurant on Jan. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are 350 pesos and available now at Latitude 20. Tickets the night of the event are 400 pesos.  

Latitude 20 Restaurant is offering a diverse month of Sunday games in January. It starts Jan. 7 with Friendly Feud, followed on the 14th with Trivial Pursuits, the 21st 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 in back of 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 being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

The Crow’s Nest…

Answer to gate access, control,
could be just over the horizon

By Pelican
It appears the movers and shakers are still digesting fallout from the contentious commentary they swallowed just before and during the Dec. 9 assembly. For the moment at least, the silence is deafening.

The unsolved problems of 2017 that caused such a stir now find themselves lurking in the uncertainties of 2018 as the community puts on its best face for the happy season while leaders debate behind closed doors in the dialog of the deaf. We can’t hear them.

There are trickles of gossip, some of them quite erroneous, surfacing in community discourse. Settlers sitting in the bleachers high above the fray casually ask what is happening with the main gate issue, or the so-called public park development or, even, the private affairs between the marina and a group of boat owners.

A response to the latter is that the small-town press does not stick its nose for news into the minutiae of what is essentially considered private business matters … unless and until … (excepting letters to the editor) those matters threaten the public treasury or default on the rightful expectations of the resident/investors.

Be assured, however, that the Fideicomiso and Colonos board aren’t sitting on their hands in the aftermath of a prickly assembly. There is what we might call site preparation going on concerning voting rights and how to guarantee them, and who, when and what to allow through the main gate.

The grapevine says the Fideicomiso has submitted a 32-page, manual-like proposal to the Colonos setting out policies and procedures of main gate access for the Security force to follow.

The Colonos board has time to weigh in on how they individually feel about what is proposed prior to a meeting scheduled for Tuesday to allow informed discourse.

From the Crow’s Nest, it looks like something’s floating in the water. An olive branch maybe?

The Roundup…

THE CATALONIA welcome lobby sports a different look following the collapse Sunday of the iconic palapa covering it. (Staff Photo)

The palapa roof over the Catlonia Hotel lobby   collapsed just before midnight Sunday causing injury to one U.S. guest, reports PA Security. Ambulances, firefighters and repairmen were quickly summoned by hotel staff. Colonos Security and local police responded but were not required as hotel security and medical doctor were handling the situation. The injured person was taken to a hospital with what was considered minor injuries. Hotel staff followed the custom of private hotels in this area by handling situations with their own personnel when considered appropriate. Cause of the collapse was initially attributed to the poor condition of supporting posts…

Local and state police evicted an estimated 400 people from an irregular invasion of alleged private property near Puerto Maya in Puerto Aventuras on Tuesday, albeit some of the evicted said they needed a place to live. The city council arrived to ensure some 12 local and three state policemen carried out the eviction peacefully. It begs the questions, where are they from and where will they go?

Something is burning – Several visitors renting in condos along the golf course have complained about an acrid odor of smoke entering their units. They wanted to know its source. The Colonos couldn’t pinpoint it but said it could be coming from deep in the jungle where residents burn wood to keep warm and the smoke and smell carried by the wind direction…

\Solidaridad’s first murder of the year attributed to organized crime was recorded Sunday night when a sicario (hit man) shot and killed the 31-year-old son of the owner of the “La Montana” bar on Constituentes and 90th St. in the Ejidal Colony. Police identified the assassin, who is being sought, from security video. The police believe the bar owner had refused to pay extortion… Another person was shot dead in front of  a doctor’s office in Tulum…

Traffic crawled  at the main gate Wednesday morning as repairs were made to the resident exit. There had been a problem for several days with the electronics controlling the up and down movement of the barrier blade.  The equipment was was having difficulty responding to the the resident card swipes….

A banner year for ferries to Cozumel was reported last week as the passenger count rose 27 percent from 2016 to 2017 despite bouts of bad weather and more than doubling number of homicides and other crimes in Solidaridad. The maritime terminal directorate reports 2,568,553 passengers were ferried by the three companies operating an aggregate of 51 daily crossings…

Archeological sites in the state also registered an impressive increase in visitors, reaching 3,413,730, a 20 percent increase over 2016. Of that number, Tulum area sites counted 2.2 million visitors…

Tulum’s community development center was closed temporarily after workers there reported numerous cracks in walls and the ceiling following the Honduras earthquake earlier this month. Other damage to the building including the separation of new flooring forced the closure by the directorate of civil protection until a safety study can be performed…

Hoteliers in Playa continue to press the governments for beach reclamation projects to freshen the tourist destination’s image. Difficulty in accessing government funds and acquiring permits for the work could seriously impact  tourism industry revenues, they say…

Mono Leisure…

…Strikes a pose – This spider mono was photographed doing what the rest of us do on a balmy day. Sit down somewhere along the dolphin walk, relax and and watch the world go by. (Staff Photo)

The rules we live by…or not!

(Page 18, unedited)

CHAPTER II
ON HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT

ARTICLE 8.– THE MAXIMUM SPEED FOR ALL VEHICLES CIRCULATING WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE 30 KM/H. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THIS ORDINANCE WILL CHARGE THE OFFENDER WITH ECONOMICAL SANCTIONS AND SHOULD A RELAPSE
OCCUR, HE/SHE MAY BE PROHIBITED ACCESS.

ARTICLE 9.– ALL VEHICLES MUST PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS. IN PUBLIC AREAS, STREETS AND WALKWAYS, PARKING IS FORBIDDEN; ANY VEHICLE FOUND IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED AREAS WILL BE TOWED AWAY AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.

ARTICLE 10.- CIRCULATION IN THE GOLF COURSE IS FORBIDDEN TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.

ARTICLE 11.– CIRCULATION OF TWO WHEEL MOTORCYCLES IS FORBIDDEN UNLESS OF OFFICIAL USE AND WITH PROPER AUTHORIZATION.

ARTICLE 12.– ALL VEHICLES, TRAILERS OR BOATS FOUND IN PUBLIC STREETS OR EMPTY LOTS FOR MORE THAN 30 DAYS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION WILL BE CONSIDERED ABANDONED AND IMMEDIATELY TAKEN TO THE NEAREST TRANSIT
POLICE YARD AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.

ARTICLE 13.– ANY PERSON FOUND DRUNK DRIVING WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 14.– IT 1S ESTABLISHED THAT THE MARINA 1S EXCLUSIVELY FOR BOAT TRAFFIC, THEREFORE ALL SPORTS ARE FORBIDDEN UNLESS AUTHORIZED.

ARTICLE 15.– ALL VEHICLES ARE FORBIDDEN TO TRANSIT ON SIDEWALKS, GARDENED PUBLIC AREAS, GREEN AREAS OR RESERVE ZONE. (To be continued)

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