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JUNE, 2017

Four hurricanes, 11 storms
predicted in Atlantic for 2017

That includes the Gulf and Caribbean Sea

By Staff

Four hurricanes and 11 named storms are predicted for the 2017 hurricane season in the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, says the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University. The season begins June 1 and ends November 30.

WILMA DAMAGE in Puerto Morelos in 2005 serves as a reminder to be prepared.

What specifically is a hurricane? The weather services say a hurricane is a “tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or more.

The 1 to 5 ratings on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale rates the wind intensities, generated by a Category 3 storm that is considered to be a major hurricane with considerable property damage.

Forecasters and hurricane centers urge preparedness when the Category 3 alarm is predicted.

Weather services use the following warnings: A “Hurricane Watch” indicates a 48 hour warning that a certain area could experience hurricane conditions.  A “Hurricane Warning” indicates an approaching Category 3 or more storm within 36 hours.

WILMA’S PATH , like most storms, hard to predict and pinpoint.

Colonos General Manager Armando Rincon said last week that during hurricane seasons, residents and contractors are asked to clean their areas of items or equipment that could be swept up by hurricane winds and cause damage. He said the Colonos will begin trimming palm trees to diminish hurricane damage to them.

Remembering the 185-miles-per-hour winds of Hurricane Wilma in October of 2005, one of the most intense hurricanes recorded, property owners away for the season are encouraged to stay in touch with property managers should a hurricane threaten.


Gate-pass renewals required
before June 30, says Colonos     

The Colonos informs residents that for the 5th consecutive year, all gate passes will be deactivated on June 30 to maintain and upgrade security. This will require all residents possessing a pass to apply for reinstatement before then.

That can be accomplished in two ways. One is by going to the Colonos office before June 30 and filling out the required form. For absentee snowbirds, there is a simple form online at http://www.colonos.org/index.php/services/form-for-vehicle-access-cards that can be filled  out and scannd to either one of these two addresses, [email protected] and/or [email protected] .

Gate cards will not be processed if the card owner is personally in arrears of Colonos maintenance fees or if an owner’s condo administration  is behind in payments.

Money well spent…

PROGRESS CONTINUES at the Community Center in the poblado as new classrooms take shape under the direction of Transformar Educando. The agency receives considerable financial assistance from the resort community. Photo at lower right of new sewing classroom was shot through a screen (Staff Photos)

Two cars torched inside
resort condo parking lot

REMAINS OF THE DAY – Here is what was left of two cars in a condo parking lot after they were allegedly torched by gangsters and after twisted metal was removed.

By Staff
Two cars owned by a Canadian businessman living on Bahia Kantenha in the Puerto Aventuras resort were allegedly torched by criminal elements on May 16, leaving behind a pile of charred, twisted metal.

Municipal firefighters and policemen assumed control of the situation after a private Colonos security guard and a supervisor summoned assistance.

The local press, commenting on information from police sources, alleged the vehicles, a Nissan and a PT Cruiser, were set ablaze by drug gang members because the businessman refused to cooperate with certain gang demands.

A witness at the scene told the Pelican Free Press the cars were parked close together in a condo parking lot. One was evidently set ablaze using liquid igniter. Flames from that car quickly spread to the other. By the time firefighters arrived, the cars were already burned beyond repair.

Because of the distance they had to travel, it was too late for firefighters to save the cars that were later removed from the lot. The witness said it was unfortunate security cameras were not set up in that area. The incident has left some residents of the area wondering how criminals accessed the resort.


On the hook…

PA places six boats of 72
in top 10 of Playa tourney  

Billfish tourney hosts wounded warriors

Puerto Aventuras placed six fishing boats in the top ten of the annual Playa del Carmen tournament last weekend that attracted 72 participating vessels.

Notching the top position was the Sea Phantom of the Capt. Rick’s fleet, followed by the Sea Queen, third, the Finatik, seventh, also of Capt. Rick’s; the Long Fin, eighth, the Sweet Marlin, ninth, and the To Go, tenth.

Earlier in May, the annual Dave Harris Billfish Tournament was held in Puerto Aventuras, attracting 32 participants including six wounded warriors from the United States.

The 4-day tourney began with a welcoming dinner at Hippo’s Restaurant on May 19, followed by an afternoon of fishing on May 20. This was capped by dinner at the residence of Bob and Glenna Uecker, local coordinators of the billfish tournament, with the help of friends. Guests also watched and wagered on the Preakness horse race.

Participants took the day off on May 21 with some heading out for diving adventures at area cenotes in the afternoon then to dinner at the Pub, followed by a Beer Pong challenge. There was another day of fishing on May 22 followed by an awards banquet at Latitude 20 Restaurant.

Memories of the 2017 Dave Harris Billfish Tournament in Puerto Aventuras.


Power outage cripples banks,
traffic in coastal Solidaridad    

A daylight power outage caused some major inconvenience to consumers on May 23 when traffic lights shut down and confounded traffic, gasoline stations couldn’t pump petrol, hospitals postponed procedures, restaurants couldn’t process tourist credit cards and the banking business was temporarily interrupted.

The disruption was less apparent in Puerto Aventuras, said Colonos GM Armando Rincon. “Only a few stores decided to close.” He said the outage lasted several hours there.

The power loss caused more than a modicum of confusion on Playa del Carmen’s main streets, which municipal personnel tried to tame by assigning human traffic control at the busiest intersections. There was no immediate way for commuters and tourists to know how long it would last.

The problem, as explained by the federal electricity commission, CFE, was that an arcing fire at a main station caused similar incidents down the line to sub-stations creating outages from Cancun to Tulum and points in between along the coast and across the peninsula.

On the bright side, power was restored in a few hours and no traffic accidents were reported.

Commerce Corner

Pool chemical, accessory supplier
WeRWater changes business model

LELIET DUSCHKIN outside the WeRWater store that is moving to a warehouse/delivery operation in June.

The WeRWater pool supply and service store located just outside the main gate closed on May 31 but operations will continue as a family business under a different operating model that includes delivery service from a warehouse in the Poblado.

The business opened about five years ago in Puerto Aventuras Centro by partners Leliet Duschkin and Lucy Wedge, who built a customer base before moving last year to quarters adjacent to the Pemex station just outside the main gate.

Ms. Duschkin said the partnership has been dissolved as Ms. Wedge, a UK national, is reportedly returning there. The business will be owned and operated by Duschkin and her son, Brendan Uriel Wilms Duschkin.

The business sells a variety of pool supplies that includes chemicals, replacement tiles and a host of pool accessories. For further information and orders, Ms. Duschkin can be reached at 984-873-5283 and 984-115-4588. Her son, Uri, can be called at 984-129-1776.

WeRwater’s website is currently being updated to reflect the change in the business model that includes two deliveries daily, morning and afternoon. Click the WeRWater logo for more information on supplies, accessories, heaters and pumps among other pool-related products .

Art workshops continuing
at Cultural Center, Colegio
event coming Saturday

Art workshops including drawing and painting are continuing at the Cultural Center on Bahia Akumal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays under the direction of Maestro Eduardo Stein.

Game day at the Colegio begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Come play games you played when you were young! Also watch an in-line skating demonstration and browse English and Spanish books at the book fair and various items at the monthly bazaar.

Trivial Pursuits coming up at 4 p.m. Sundays, June 4 and June 18 at Latitude 20 Restaurant with proceeds going to the poblado Community Center. Owner Jim Stubbs welcomes new players to join in rhe fun.

Dates of note in June: In Mexico – Dia de la Marina (Navy Day), June 1; In the U.S. – June 4, Battle of Midway (1942); June 6, D-Day (1944); June 18, Father’s Day; June 22, GI Bill signed, (1944); June 25, Korean War Begins,(1950).



Local journalists bemoan
murder of Sinaloa publisher   

By Staff
The mid-May cold-blooded murder of an award-winning anti-crime journalist in northwestern Mexico’s iconic drug-cartel state of Sinaloa, home of the infamous “El Chapo,” has had repercussions here in the Riviera Maya and internationally.

Javier Valdez, a martyr at the alter of truth, admitted to never feeling safe.

Journalists, their guilds  and citizens espousing freedom of expression gathered at the bust of Benito Juarez in the Fourth of July Village in Playa del Carmen to lament the assassination of journalist Javier Valdez, 50,  who died in a hail of bullets while walking to work at the newspaper he founded. The paper reported significantly on the drug trafficking trade.

The demonstrators here in Playa del Carmen noted that six journalists were killed nationwide since the beginning of 2017. The local demonstrators pleaded with all government levels to better protect the soldiers of free expression from those who murder the nation’s communicators with impunity.

Valdez admitted to friends during his career that he “never felt safe.” It is estimated that 40 journalists have been assassinated in different Mexican drug states since 1992.

Admittedly easier said than done, President Pena Nieto told an emergency meeting of his security team and state governor that “…violence can’t be part of daily life. Each crime against a journalist is an attack on freedom of expression, the press and the citizenry.”


The Mail Bag

Looking for Help for the disabled

Dear Editor:
Parking areas for disabled people: I am disabled and found out that there are no provisions for parking or ramps for people like me. What can we do about this situation other than write to the Pelican Free Press?

Signed/ Octavio Cavillo, Punta Roca

(Ed. Note: Suggest you call the accommodating staff at the Colonos office and discuss it with them. The number is 984-873-5116. The general manager, Armando Rincon, said they are looking for two spaces in the Centro parking lot to serve the handicapped. There are however, a number of ramps around Centro Comercial as photos below attest.


JESSIE GELATO OWNER Marten Slob steps on a  wooden ramp he had constructed for handicapped customers. At right are photos of some of the ramps that currently exist in the Centro area. (Staff Photos).

 Updates appreciated

Dear Editor:
Always enjoy reading the Pelican Free press. The articles are timely and well written. It is nice to be informed about PA and the surrounding area, especially when I am back in Austin, Texas.

Signed/Albert Davidian

The Roundup…

The time-table for remodeling the main gate has gone by without a construction start. The $260,000 USD project approved at the December Assembly is reportedly being held up pending the signing of a financial agreement between the Colonos and Fideicomiso that would protect the Colonos fee-payers’ investment. The project’s start was projected at the Assembly to be April-May.

An“irregular” chicken slaughterhouse in Playa’s Ejidal colony west of Highway 307 was closed by officials after they found traces of salmonella in the product. The discovery provoked a pledge by officials to check other irregular businesses to assure the public safety…

The moto-taxi quandary continues in the PA Poblado as unapproved units try to compete with union- and government- approved units. The interlopers, says Jesus Duarte Yam, a delegate of the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Transportation (Sintra) are producing a climate of instability. The government agency and taxi unions have agreed to not allow more moto-taxis in the saturated community…

Discovery of Mayan ruins in the Mayakoba City complex now under construction has stopped work on the so-called Metropolitan Park inside the complex off Highway 307. The discovery could extend the complex’s estimated completion date beyond the 2019 goal…

A proposal to build 51 homes in the vicinity of Puerto Aventuras and the Xpu-Ha beach is under consideration by federal environmental agencies. The house lots are on two hectares. The proposal includes a plan to store local flora before construction to ensure it can be restored. Maintenance of the flora would create an estimated 20 long-term jobs…

A hail of bullets from an automatic weapon killed one taxi driver and injured others riding in a taxi on Xcalacoco Road on April 29. Witnesses told police the shots were fired from a white car that pulled up alongside the taxi. Police say it was part of drug gang battles for control of the area.

May wasn’t much better as three more gang-related killings were reported over the month’s first weekend, bringing to 19 the number of executions in Solidaridad this year. Meanwhile some 13 gang leaders and members were transferred to a West Coast prison following riots that killed one and injured nearly 30 inmates at the detention center in Playa del Carmen in late April. A second inmate who was hospitalized died from his injuries in mid-May…

Highway needs help – Not only is the investment in lighting along Highway 307 an apparent waste of money since the lights rarely work from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Aventuras, near-drought conditions and lack of care has all the many palm trees planted along the roadway drooping and looking like near death…

Dealing with immigration is a pain in any country. That said, Mexico could improve its immigration services at Cancun Airport by renting a bit more space that would allow permanent resident visa holders to sit somewhere to fill out the small-print departure forms and shrink the waiting times…

Mexico remains the world’s top silver producer despite a dip in production in 2016. It maintains the top spot for the seventh consecutive year…

A hotel worker walking along 5th Avenue in Playa was stabbed to death by three robbers who took all his belongings before fleeing. The victim was only 21 years old. The thieves were later arrested and arraigned in the area court. The incident added to growing concerns about criminal activity in the tourist area…

Three area pharmacies were ordered temporarily closed by the federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (Cofepris) for distributing controlled drugs to persons without a prescription. They were fined 1,600 minimum wages…

Prepare to abate the scourges of mosquito-borne diseases by removing standing water in condo areas and villa properties or treat such water with chlorine. Use bug repellants when planning to stay outdoors for extended periods…

Mexico challenges ranking
as 2d most dangerous nation

By Staff

Mexican officials say there is a big difference between nations dealing with homegrown criminal organizations such as drug cartels and countries such as Syria, Somalia, Nigeria and others dealing with anarchy, flagrant terrorism and unending civil war.

Authorities in Mexico rebut a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies that Mexico ranks second behind number one Syria, as the second most dangerous country with major conflicts.

The Mexican officials pointed out that at least five South American states have higher per capita homicide rates than Mexico and that, in essence, comparing Mexico with a raging war in Syria is akin to comparing puppy-dogs with bulls.

The rules we live by….or not !

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Purposes of the Colonos (continued)

 “In general, to carry out all actions and enter into all contracts and agreements which are convenient or necessary for the fulfillment of the Association’s goals, in the understanding that in no case shall profit be pursued, but only the assurance is sought of providing the best possible services at the lowest possible cost in accordance with the goals of the Association.

  1. To enter into contracts or agreements with third parties or with the State Government of Quintana Roo, with Federal or Municipal authorities or and person or entity, whether these are for rendering of services, for cooperation, coordination, whether these are assigned to a name or with no name, as long as they have as their main purpose or goal the better development of its own Corporate Goals.

ARTICLE 7.- Every person or entity shall be a member of the Association by the simple fact of being an owner, Beneficiary or Promissor Beneficiary of any property located within the Puerto Aventuras Development.

The Founding Members shall be those who sign the Deed or  incorporation of the association and those others who may have joined within the next three months following this event. These members reserve no special right for themselves arising from their status of founders.
ARTICLE 8.– The persons or entities referred to in the foregoing article may delegate their associate rights in some other person through legal appointment.

ARTICLE 9.- The associate members will have the following rights:

  1. To attend the meetings with say and vote, either in person or through en attorney appointed through a proxy signed before two witnesses or through a public Deed;
  2. To be elected as President or member of the Board of Directors or the Vigilance Committee or of any other commissions of the Association;

III. To bring any proposals deemed convenient for the Association and its goals to the attention of the President or the Board of Directors;

  1. To participate of all services of the Association through the payment of the assessments set by the President or by the Board of Directors; and
  2. Participate in the distribution of the association’s assets in case of its dissolution. In no case shall the members, even those in the Management team, shall be personally responsible for obligations assumed by the Association, as the latter will be the one responsible to answer any claims with its own patrimony. ” (To be continued)

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