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January 4, 2018

Strolling into 2018…


THE DOLPHIN WALK provided a premier venue for visitors and locals to stroll into the new year along the walk in upper photo: Bottom left, family stops to photograph baby’s first new year while, at right, Omni Hotel decorative sign offers a creative reminder to sign checks 2018. (Staff Photos)

POST-DINNER DESSERT was enjoyed at Jessie’s Gelato in top left photo. Top right, customers wait to be seated at The Pub. Bottom left, a full house at Hippo’s and, at right, diners enjoy Baltic music at La Caleta by the boat ramp. (Staff Photos).

Tourists, locals stroll Centro
to greet  another new year

By Staff
National and international tourists took the holiday season in stride to end 2017 and begin 2018 with as much, if not more gusto and good cheer, than in 2016 despite rocky world affairs and high Mexican crime rates.

While Playa del Carmen was reporting a packed 5th Avenue and beaches, a surge in activity was expressed by business people in Puerto Aventuras where restaurants along the marina and Dolphin Walk, which was  all a-glitter in holiday lights and filling the balmy evening air with festive music, benefited from the holiday surge of tourists and returning snowbirds.

“There were many people here during the holiday week,” said Marten Slob, owner of Jessie’s Gelato, underscoring the fact by noting high demand depleted his extensive variety of flavors one night.

Waiters at The Pub took to running to keep pace with orders on New Year’s Eve while some venues with fewer tables could boast of a full house at times, adding to the hum of people enjoying themselves.

There was the young mother of an infant in a carriage seated on a bench along the walk taking selfies with baby, an extended family also posing for photos with a child, many alfresco diners, eating, laughing and conversing in sublime congeniality.

The holidays provided a cheerful  interlude between shedding life’s problems of 2017 and preparing to hopefully keep them at bay in 2018.

Cyclists riding on the overpass  
injured as two vehicles collide

Three cyclists were injured on the overpass outside the main gate of Puerto Aventuras at about 8 a.m. last Friday morning when a pick-up truck that was guiding them over the bridge was in collision with another vehicle attempting to pass the truck and bicyclists.

The passing vehicle collided with the rear of the truck guiding the bicyclists. The truck slammed into the guard rail and struck the bicyclists who were triaged at the scene by Red Cross and private ambulance services and taken to hospitals for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Federal police from the highway division interviewed the drivers, noting the bicyclists should not have used the narrow over pass on their voyage south.

The Benchmark…

…OF THE GOOD LIFE IN PUERTO AVENTURAS is reflected in the shaded solitude of the Lagoon of Dreams off Bahia Xcacel. (Staff Photo)

Eastern Yucatan sees 2017
surge in Canadian visitors

By Staff
After five years of stagnant growth, the Canadian presence on the Riviera Maya topped other venues that, in the aggregate, attracted 1.92 million Canadians to Mexico nationwide, Mexico’s Tourist Promotion Council has estimated.

Fifty-five percent of travelers from Ontario and Manitoba provinces chose the eastern Yucatan as a destination while Mexico City attracted 24 percent, Puerto Vallarta 10 percent, Los Cabos 4 percent and Cozumel, 2 percent.

Council officials opine that one reason for the sudden 11 percent growth spurt is an exchange rate in which the Canadian dollar has lost value against the US dollar, making Mexico destinations more financially attractive and practical.

Puerto Aventuras has experienced a notable smattering of visitors from French-speaking Quebec Province in the past two years while the community’s stakeholders include noteworthy representation from Vancouver in British Columbia province and Alberta’s Calgary area.

Manitoba, with an estimated 2017 population of 1.338 million and Ontario, the most populated province at 14.193 million, occupy roughly the middle part of the country’s border with the US, the council said.

Cancun, Playa 2017 homicides
surge as do national numbers

By Staff
The year 2017 was one of the worst in the number of Mexico’s gang/drug-related homicides. But this time, the fatal violence also included an abnormal rise in Solidaridad gang shootings, some in daylight and in view of horrified tourists on Playa del Carmen’s iconic 5th Avenue.

Cancun and Playa together registered 315+ homicides – versus 216 the previous year – as 2017 was coming to a close, 58 of those in Solidaridad alone, and one of them in the Puerto Aventuras poblado .

Oddly, the Pelican noted the following in its Oct. issue after the Las Vegas massacre of 58 concert goers: “It has taken multiple sicarios (assassins) with handguns 10 months to kill 51 rival gang members just like them in Playa del Carmen. In Las Vegas, it took one man with an array of automatic weapons 10 minutes to slaughter 58 law-abiding people and injure about 500 for no known reason, begging the question of which is the safer tourist destination?

But as 2017 ended, Solidaridad’s homicide tally reached the same number as Las Vegas, 58.  It just took  longer.

Nationally in Mexico, 23,101 homicide cases were recorded in the first 11 months of 2017, compared to 22,409 in 2011, which was considered the worst year. The new figure is said to be complicating the political landscape for the PRI Party of President Pina Nieto in this year’s national election.

Passengers celebrate New Year
twice by flying into the past

Flying into the past...

People who like celebrating New Year’s Eve once, love doing it twice.

That might have been the experience of passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446 from Auckland, New Zealand, where the flight was slated to depart at 11:55 p,m, 2017, on New Year’s Eve .

However, the flight left 10 minutes late at 12.05 a.m. after ringing in the New Year of 2018. The plane then flew into the past and landed in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. the same day, 2017, with plenty of time to celebrate New Year’s Eve again.

It was just one of the planes having this experience on New Year’s Eve due to the 23-hour time difference.

Another flight departed Auckland for Papeete, French Polynesia, at 10:25 a,m, on Jan. 1, 2018, and flew backwards, so to speak, landing in Papeete at 4:25 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2017.

Six planes departing Taipei for the US and Canada in 2018 landed in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2017.

Spanish lessons begin Monday, Jan 8

Paamul Garage Sale – The Services to Others Committee (PSOC) Annual Charity Garage Sale will be held at David’s Store at the Highway 307 entrance to Paamul on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, from 8 a.m. to mid-day. Proceeds provide the necessities of life and  education to residents in the jungle villages of Chumpon, in Quintana Roo; Santa Clara,  Kulunche and San Pedro in Yucatan state. If you have items to donate or any questions about our charities, please refer to the Facebook page for Paamul Services to Others Committee and send a message.
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.The 10th annual road race for people of all ages will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, with races beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Dolphin Discovery Store. Register at the Colonos office. Cost is 250 pesos for adults and 200 for children.
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 will resume Jan. 8 at the Nauty Burro on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is 180 pesos.

The Roundup…

The ADO bus terminal in Playa has been experiencing about the same number of travelers this holiday season as last year. Officials report that while an average 3,400 riders a day were incoming, some 4,250 were leaving for other destinations…

PA Security personnel were stationed at Centro’s Punta Celis parking lot area during the holidays to assure maximum use of parking space. In one incident, a motorcyclist who had parked diagonally on Punta Celis across from Oxxo was told to move the cycle to the nearby area reserved for them and golf carts. A car immediately pulled in to the now available space…

Cozumel hosted 809 cruise ships in 2017, making it the most popular cruise destination in Mexico. The landings represent an increase of 12.4 percent over 2016. The second most popular Mexican cruise port was listed as Majahua in Nayarit on the Pacific with 200 landings…

The price of bread goods is expected to increase by three pesos in the first quarter of 2018 because  of higher costs for eggs, flour and sugar,  three staple ingredients of the baking industry. But bakers say they expect sales to increase despite the hike…

New clay pigeons? – Fishermen in the Gulf of California fired 25 rounds at an environmental group’s night-vision drone flying above to check on their operations. So much for eyes in the skies…


The rules we live by…or not!

(Page 16 of 22, unedited) 

ARTICLE 39.- The Associates Assemblies shall take place at the time and place indicated in the convocation.

ARTICLE 40.- The convocation for the celebration of the Assembly of Associates will be signed either the President or the Board’s President and Secretary, indicating the corresponding Agenda, and will be made as follows:

  1. Through notices sent to the associates’ addresses;
  2. Through notices posted invisible place;
  3. Through notices inserted in the newspaper of highest circulation in the Municipality of Cozumel, Quintana Roo.
    All letters and notices must be issued at least 30 days prior to the date of celebration of the Assemblies.

ARTICLE 41.- General Assemblies of the Association shall be considered legal with the attendance of fifty-one percent of the total value represented by the votes of all associates in the Association.

In case there would be no quorum at the time set in the convocation, the corresponding entry will be recorded in the Minutes and an additional period of thirty minutes maximum

will be given, but after this time the Assembly will start with whatever percentage is present, this apart from any special quorum that may be required in the different cases indicated in these By-laws.

ARTICLE 42.– The decisions of the Assemblies are binding for every member of the Association, even those absent or disident.

ARTICLE 43.– Either the President or the Board’s President will have the obligation to call to a General Assembly whenever required by a group of the associates comprising at least fifty one percent of the Association’s membership, and failing to do so, the competent Civil Judge shall do so at the request of said members.

ARTICLE 44.– Each one of the Associates will have a vote with a value indicated in the Association’s By-laws. The votes will be counted by the tellers appointed to that affect, at the time of raising their ballot forms which will be given at the start of every Assembly and where the value of their vote will be indicated. Special voting is required in the following cases:

  1. Fifty-one percent of the total value of votes represented by the members present, for the execution of actions of ownership of goad and sixty-five percent of the total value represented by the votes of all associates members for actions of ownership of Real- Property;
  2. Fifty-one percent of the total value represented by the votes of all associates, for any modifications to the Deed of incorporation, and of the By-laws; and
  3. Sixty-five percent of the total value represented by the votes of all associates in the Association in writing, for the dissolution of the Association. (To be continued)

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