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January 25, 2017


10th Anniversy PA race
draws record 700 runners

GETTING BETTER AND BETTER is the annual Puerto Aventuras road race. Photos left, from top down, the first runner to cross the finish line is interviewed; race begins from a new gate in front of the sponsoring Dolphin Discovery store; crowd waits in anticipation of the starting gun. Photos at right, top down, 4 legged runner is disqualified; massages await tired muscles as does refreshing fresh fruit. And all of it captured by an eye in the sky, center photo. (Staff Photos).

CHILDREN WAIT for their class to be called while Colonos Vigilance Committee member Carlos Suarez pauses for refreshment. (Staff Photos)

Unannounced site work next
to main gate yields dismay  

From left, Chipping away, dozing away, hauling away next to the main gate. (Staff Photos)

Colonos board caught by surprise

By Staff:
A squad of workers suddenly appeared unannounced at the main gate on Monday and started chipping away the cement on a section of land owned by the Fideicomiso between the main gate caseta and the “Go Mart” building. It was cordoned off by yellow tape.

By Tuesday the squad was accompanied by a bulldozer, a truck and more laborers chopping, pulling, and dozing the assorted vegetation and loading it on a truck.  Work on the ste dcontinued through Thursday.“ What’s going on?” curious residents were asking. It was, as the saying goes, none of their business.  It’s private property.

Even members of the Colonos board were left in the dark. A Pelican request for information from the Fideicomiso was dispatched but no response was received, as has been the habit of late. Somebody called Colonos board Chairman Jorge Kaufer Monday. He hurried to the scene, closely followed, he said, by the Fideicomiso, feeding a volatile combination for the time being.

Kaufer said on Wednesday he had gone to the gate to see if there was encroachment on the Colonos-controlled caseta, which there wasn’t. There was some talk about permits, or lack thereof, for removing the vegetation. Kaufer was told, he said, the work was site preparation for improvements to come later if the Colonos and Fideicomiso can agree on a set of rules governing gate access. “We are working on that,” Kaufer said.

By Thursday, another uncorroborated theory surfaced that a special gate was being built to accommodate owners who opt out of the Colonos for a new association administered by the Fideicomiso.

The Colonos is holding $200,000 USD in escrow to fund what was supposed to be two more resident lanes on the work site and other security improvements. Gate control is ceded annually by the Fideicomiso, who owns the gatehouse, to the Colonos, which funds the gate’s and general security’s operations of out its $1 million-plus USD budget.

Villa del Mar leaders irked
about sudden path project

THE BEAUTY OF FICA TREE and other decorative vegetation may disappear from Villa del Mar’s view. (Staff Photo)

By Staff:
Another unannounced action by the Fideicomiso this week riled officers of Villa del Mar (VDM) when workers suddenly apppeared, again on private property, to begin pioneering a narrow access path to the beach along the south side of the Omni Hotel restaurant and the Villa del Mar property line.

Don Black, chairman of the condominium’s Vigilance Committee and Ivonne Almeida Jardon, administrator for the upscale beachfront complex, said they were surprised to see the workers tearing down a security wall and forging ahead to clear a path through vegetation.

“I was talking to the (Fideicomiso) on Saturday and he mentioned he was thinking of putting a path there but didn’t say work would begin this week,” Black said Tuesday. He said condo leadership was caught off guard. “We don’t mind the path, “he said, but the way he (Fideicomiso) was going about it without the courtesy of proper notice.

The VDM leaders called in surveyors to ascertain precise property lines. Ms. Almeida said there is a Fica tree in the path’s way that requires a permit to remove. Some thick, vegetation that now provides a decorative green fence forces the complex to build a fence, the condo leaders said, and wondered aloud who should pay for it.

A STEP UP – Stairs at the Omni restaurant will also serve as in and out passage for new beach access. (Staff photo)

The path will wind from the parking lots across from the Oxxo store along the southern wall of the restaurant and VDM property line, exiting at steps leading to the beach and restaurant.

It is believed by some the new beach access is designed to move alleged pressure on the Chac Hal Al beach by having bathers turn right from the restaurant steps to the longer stretch of beach spanning more condo complexes and private villas.

A gate has already been installed at the existing beach access point at the rear of the Omni dive shop. Another is planned for the gatehouse at the northerly access along the north channel’s Chac-Hal- Al Point.

PA’s People…

Resident’s letter hoped to infuse
ideas for solving 2017’s woes

By Staff:
The day after attending the contentious Q&A forum held at the Colegio for developer Arq. Roman Rivera Torres to answer questions from the public, Belgian native Thierry de Fauw wrote a 2½ page letter to the editor expressing his discomfort over the proceedings.

“It was very uncomfortable” he wrote “as the Puerto community is so divided that whatever you say, some of your friends will not speak to you again. The matter has become too personal and we must agree that nobody is 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong.”

Looking over his construction site and moved by community debate.

Prodded by civic conscience, the 13-year resident’s letter was referring to private issues that arose in 2017 concerning the marina and some commercial boat owners, which led to subsequent fallout over main gate control, stalled improvements and funding for the main gate and a proposed public park.

The call to civic involvement

Mr. de Fauw is simultaneously outgoing and private, wears a perpetual smile, is a husband and father of two children, 17 and 8, plays pick-up soccer on Sunday mornings, and is an investor/builder currently working on a project along Boulevard Puerto Aventuras assembling long-term rental apartments. He constructed and occupied the second home to grace the canals of Phase 4 and is well versed in local building regulations.

The dominant point made in the letter and in conversation with the Pelican, is that all residents need to be allowed to express and debate their personal views, but final important decisions must abide in the majority rule of the HOA assembly.

His letter, which the Pelican forwarded to the Colonos for its contemplation, listed numerous ideas for solving some of the major issues of 2017.

Right of passage

The letter listed six categories of visitors, beginning with residents/owners who cannot be denies entrance at the gate, then to various workers needed by hotels, businesses and builders, skipping to to guests of owners and “useful” visitors then to the sixth category of “liability guests” – characterized as those “who bring nothing positive to the community.”

He feels, from his observations and experiences, that commercial activity in the marina is a negative that sometimes yields dirty water, noise and unweldome behaviors, faulting “poorly mannered sailors and their clients,” most all entering “our exclusive community” from the outside.

But he does realize, he said, that his views are not shared by all, which is why he feels important matters should be settled by majority vote in the assembly, “and I would abide by those decisions because we must have rules.”

Better safe than sorry

On security, de Fauw believes more videocams should be placed on community streets and maps drawn of streets and addresses for faster response by security guards and emergency personnel.

“We need to realize what is happening in the larger community. Five years ago, we did not hear much about guns,” he said referring to the double digit increase in gang-related gun murders in 2017. “That is why security is a big issue in our community. It is why we need to carefully control access. We do not want people coming in here to kill people.”

Other of his opinions ran the gamut of community life, but none more strongly than majority rule, offering  suggestions for improvement on various topics as seen through the eyes of a concerned resident who attended the  Q&A and the assembly and was moved to action by the debate.

Divers find longest flooded cave
in world on Yucatan Peninsula

One plus one is not always two. Divers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have shown one + one also makes a longer, world-record one.

They did it by discovering a heretofore unknown passage in Tulum that connects two long underwater caves they claim makes it the largest single flooded cave in the world at 216 miles, not exactly a one-tank dive.

The discovery was made by divers of the Great Maya Aquifer Project.  The passage connects the Sac Actun and Dos Ojos caves. They named the single aquifer the Atun System after the longer of the two caves.

They aso believe the cave contains arcgeoligiical ad cyltural treasurers of the anicient Mayans. The project divers say evidence of the first settlers of America along the cave’s path.

Charity curry night Friday, Jan.26,
one of PA’s culinary crowd pleasers

The Hughes Family Curry feast arrives tomorrow ((Jan.26) at 6 p.m. at Latitude 20 Restaurant  Advance tickets are 350 pesos and available now at Latitude 20. Tickets the night of the event are 400 pesos.

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 at 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 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.

Soccer   Thierry de Fauw 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 are being held at the Nauty Burro in Centro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

The Mail Bag…
Chef alert! Search on for best Chili

Dear Editor:
Who has the best chili on the Riviera Maya? Let’s find out!
Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Seaside Rotary Chili Cook-Off.
The event will be held at Latitude 20 in Puerto Aventuras on Feb. 10, 2018, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The organizing committee is looking for great professional chefs and home cooks to present their very best chili recipe and vie for the title “Best Chili on the Riviera Maya”!
The chili will be tasted and voted on by members of the community and our panel of celebrity judges. Participants are encouraged to invite friends and family to “stack the deck” in their favor. The chili recipe with the most votes, wins the People’s Choice Award. Our celebrity judges will also pick their favorite! The winners will take home a trophy and bragging rights!
Chefs: There is no cost to participate and present your very best chili recipe. We provide table space, electricity, tasting cups, utensils and napkins. Space is limited. The deadline for registration is February 2, 2018.
Attendees: The cost to attend, taste all the delicious chili recipes and cast your vote for your favorite is just 200 pesos and 100 pesos for children under 12. Children 5 and under, free. Everyone is welcome!
Funds raised will go into Seaside Rotary’s Charitable Giving account and used to support the Puerto Aventuras Community Center that provides health, educational and social services to families in the poblado.
During the event, Latitude 20 will be offering chefs and attendees a 2-4-1 Happy Hour. Help Seaside Rotary help the children of Puerto Aventuras.

For more information, contact Deborah Mahan [email protected] .

Signed/Deborah Mahan

Likes being informed

Dear Editor:
I really enjoy reading all about Puerto Adventures in your articles. Very informative information for newbies. We just purchased a new condo in Quinta Aqua. .On that note, does Puerto Adventures have any sort of newcomers’ information meetings. Anything in that nature?.

Also, is there a classified listings in the Pelican Press. A great idea, I think. We’re not starting our semi- snowbird living there until the fall. We’re from Kelowna BC in Canada. Look forward to reading more articles. Thanks.

Signed/Gail Kroeker

 

The Roundup…

So-called land invaders, about 200 of them just off Puerto Maya in Puerto Aventuras, were again evicted by a reported 100 police this week while. The operation became somewhat messy as srticxks and tones were sued afainst the police, resulting in 11 arrests including two women. Meanwhile, police also confronted an evicted some 60 invaders on beachfront land next to the Grand Sirenis Hotel a few miles south of Puerto Aventuras…

Calica mining operations were temporarily stopped by environmental authorities this week pending a study of the extraction of limestone from below the water table. One published report said the US president has a stake in th3 company…

Two female German tourists were violently attacked by a gang and robbed of their cash, passports and cell phones as they approached a hotel in the crime infested Luis Donaldo Coloso Murietta colony north of the tourist zone in Playa del Carmen. One was injured and taken to a private hospital. Witnesses said the police arived about 30 minutes after the incident ocxcurred.

Meanwhwhile, a young man was violently attacked while walking along 10th Avenue near 4th Street in the tourist center and robbed of his personal belongings in plain view of nearby tourists who called 911. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a broken arm and some minor injuries…

Bad weather has been bad news and bad economics for area water service providers during the rash if cold fronts haunting the Riviera Maya to the point that a cruise ship carrying nearly 15,000 tourists with money to spend was not allowed to dock in Cozumel because of the weather conditions last week…

The attempted robbery of an ATM machine at the Bahia Principe resort by armed men failed when a guard hailed help by calling 911. The guard however was taken as a hostage and the thieves, leaving their tools behind, fled with him in an SUV but dropped him off unharmed in Paamul and, evidently, without charge…

Pet peeve: The Oxxo store in Puerto Centro could learn a lot from Go Mart just outside the main gate about customer satisfaction and service when it comes to maintaining a supply of iced coffee and other machine-brewed drinks. Every day and every time of day there are always supplies of drinks in neatly-kept machines at Go Mart and cashiers always have a supply of change, which is much more than can be said for the local Oxxo on both fronts…

The rules we live by…or not!

(Page 19, unedited)

CHAPTER III

ON THE DEVELOPMENT’S SECURITY

ARTICLE 16.- ANY CRIME OR OFFENSE COMMITTED WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT MUST BE REPORTED TO THE CHIEF OF SECURITY IMMEDIATELY, WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING IT TO THE AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 17.- FOR SECURITY REASONS, SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO UNIFORMED SECURITY GUARDS OR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IS FORBIDDEN.

ARTICLE 18.- ENTRY TO THE DEVELOPMENT IS RESTRICTED TO COLONISTS, OWNER OF REAL ESTATE WITHIN IT, OR PEOPLE WITH PROPER AUTHORIZATION.

CHAPTER IV

ON THE DEVELOPMENT’S CLEANLINESS, GARDENING AND HYGENE

ARTICLE 19.- GARBAGE MUST BE PLACED IN ADEQUATE CONTAINERS LOCATED AS STIPULATED IN THE CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS. CONDOMINIUMS AND HOTELS MUST INCLUDE WITHIN THE PROPERTY, AN AREA DESIGNATED FOR GARBAGE.

ARTICLE 20.– ANY PERSON FOUND LITTERING OR DUMPING GARBAGE IN NON DESIGNATED AREAS WILL BE FINED BY THE ASSOCIATION. SHOULD AN INCIDENT REOCCUR THE AUTHORITIES WILL BE NOTIFIED.

ARTICLE 21.- ANY BUSINESS SELLING FOOD AND BEVERAGE OR PROVIDING HOTEL SERVICES WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT MUST PAY A SPECIAL FEE FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION.

ARTICLE 22.- THE CONSUMPTION OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE ON AREAS WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT. AS WELL AS CAMPING
PROHIBITED EXCEPT IN AREAS DESIGNATED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

ARTICLE 23.– ALL CAMPERS ARE PROHIBITED WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT. (To be ontinued)

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One Response to January 25, 2017

  • Dusty Barclay says:

    Just wanted to alert people about a scam that happened in the Chedraui Supermarket this past week. While shopping there a local winter resident of Puerto Aventuras who had just arrived had his wallet stolen when the perpetrators (dressed like store workers in red shirts) unbeknownst to the victim squirted caramel sauce on the back of his shirt and shorts. While helping him clean up they helped themselves to the cash in his wallet and two credit cards. They then replaced the wallet in his pocket. It was a short time later that he realized his money and credit cards were missing. He reported it to the store manager who is taking it seriously and posting more security inside the store and out. Quick thinking to call the credit card companies kept this from being a much more expensive lesson. (No names please).

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