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Main gate resident pass renewals required

System will penalize owners
in arrears, improve security

By Staff
Residents with main gate passes will have to confirm them for this and succeeding years under a plan revealed this week by the Colonos, which is the property owners’ association and the closest thing to resort government.

Residents have the month of May to go to the Colonos office to verify the continued viability of their gate pass(es).
By June, however, any owner who has not verified his or her pass(es) will not appear in the system and will need to recertify. By July 1, uncertified pass holders will be unable to gain access or egress through the automated gates. Those drivers will have to filter through the checkpoint lanes and leave identification with the guards until they leave the resort and/or until such time as they reapply for a pass with the Colonos, which can be done at any time of the year.
The gate pass verification process will be an annual event and owners in arrears are alerted that fast-lane cards will not be re-certified until payment is made.
The Colonos is updating the gate system and needs to eliminate “ghost passes,” that is, passes that may no longer be viable. “For example,” said Colonos general manger Armando Rincon, “some owners may have two or three passes to accommodate a spouse, or workers that are no longer working for them.” Also, the passes need to be renewed for workers in general as well, Rincon added.

Condo owners affected

     A new wrinkle added to the rules could penalize condominium unit owners who are inarrears in their condo fees. A portion of the condo fee goes to the Colonos assessment every year. After the verification period, the fast-lane passes of condo owners who are in arrears incondo maintenance fees could be revoked upon notification to the Colonos by condo administrators. “This was offered to the administrators as a pressure tool to collect maintenance fees from delinquent owners. Administrators will only have to request the cancellation,”Rincon said.

He met for the first time in two years with condo administrators last week to explain the new system and to request the names and email addresses of all individual unit owners.
“As it is now,” Rincon explained, “the Colonos office does not have names and email addresses of individual condo unit owners because the Colonos assesses the condo homeowners association/administration rather than individual unit owners.”
He said not being able to communicate directly with condo owners perpetuates the recurring problem of people who tell the Colonos they “didn’t know” about this or that rule or deadline.
Some administrators balked at releasing e-mail addresses of unit owners. They wanted express permission from vigilance committees and/or a written agreement e-mail addresses will be kept confidential and never sold or otherwise distributed. The Colonos is preparing such an agreement.
Gate passes will have to be recertified annually.  Snowbirds who have already departed, and those about to depart before May 1, will be able to recertify or re-apply upon their return.
Speaking of passes, beach passes are being planned for distribution to property owners. In the case of rentals, Rincon said, the Colonos is working on a system whereby it is hoped owners will be able to leave beach passes with administrators for use by renters.
Saying that people want more security and efficiency, Rincon noted the new gate system and its equipment and cameras is intended as a step in that direction.

Forecasters agree: Busy hurricane season ahead

 

     While the accuracy of early April hurricane estimates is in question, four major forecasters have already agreed that – averaging their own predictions – the 2013 season will generate 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. That’s more than usual.
It may be early, but forecasters at Colorado State University anticipate a warm, tropical Atlantic and low likelihood of El Nino, which usually suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity, to general more than average storms.
With six weeks to go before the hurricane season starts, there are predictions that at least one storm will hit the Gulf or U.S. shore. Later forecasts should be more accurate. Stay tuned.

Commerce Corner…

 

‘We R Water’ celebrates first year of business

     By Staff
     They didn’t just dive into the entrepreneurial pool on a sudden, whimsical urge. They walked around it. They watched the pool guys maintain it. They took note of the chemicals and equipment being used to keep the pool fresh, clean, safe and inviting. They asked many, many questions. They opened books, scoured the Internet, studied the labels and claims of manufacturers. They discussed and debated at every turn over a period of eight months.
Then Leliet Duschkin and Lucie Wedge, friends for more than 13 years and both bi-lingual, studied the lay of their environment before fulfilling their shared ambition to become entrepreneurs, have a business of their own.  “There were already too many restaurants and small retail shops.” Then they thought, “…there are a lot of pools in the area but no local supplier.” Now there is one.     

What was missingfrom this Greater Puerto Aventuras quarter of Paradise was a retail outlet for “all things water.” So they decided to fill that void, to save residents and businesses using chemicals and equipment to maintain pools and improve the domestic water supply, from having to travel a distance for their needs.
“We want to be the connecting point for all things water, from supplies, pool toys,  tiles, lights, pumps and other equipment for the purification and softening of household water to arranging, when requested, for repairs and  maintenance of pools and Jacuzzis though our network of qualified tradesmen and technicians,” they said.
Their business, “We R Water” is now ensconced in a retail stall on the Dolphin Walk in the Centro Comercial area of Puerto Aventuras, just across from the Omni Hotel. Inside are all the ready-to-load supplies for pool and Jacuzzi maintenance and various brand name items of equipment having to do with water. (Fore more information, click on the WeRWater icon on this page to access their website.)

Christening of the website and sponsorship of the Pelican Free Press celebrates the company’s first year in business here on May 21. “We are happy with the response so far,” the owners said. “Hopefully, we’re here to stay.”
Besides being a businesswoman, Leliet Duschkin is a former teacher and now a freelance language instructor, translator and interpreter. She is the mother of two boys and lives in Puerto Aventuras.
Lucy Wedge is the mother of two girls and handler of six horses where she lives in Rancho San Martin just off Highway 307 on the Akumal-Puerto Aventuras border.  Her youngest daughter, at 12, competes in Yucatan equestrian events.
They invite anyone with pool, Jacuzzi, household water problems or water-related questions to stop by the business or call them at 984-873-5283 during business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,or email lucywerwater@gmail.com or lelietwerwater@gmail.com.
BUSINESS BRIEFS –   Cafe Cafe, Centro’s only Internet cafe, is no longer in business at its location near the Dolphin Adventures store. The place was emptied and doors were closed without notice over the weekend. A source said the property will be occupied by a Cuban restaurant.

 

FUN WAY TO ENJOY A DAY – More than 200 visited the Latitude 20  Restaurant’s Food, Fashion, Art and Music Fair Sunday along the idyllic Lagoon of Dreams. At top, artists and craftspersons display their wares and converse with strollers. At right, Pamela Sanvincent spreads coconut over her homemade flan. It that was a hit with dessert lovers out to please the palate following a fine assortment of lunches. Pamela, a chef in her own right, is the wife of Latitude 20 chef Danny Sanvincent.

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In case you want to know…

 

Questions to ask your health insurer

Presented by the local U.S.Consular agency

Q: Why should I be concerned about medical coverage abroad?

· The Social Security Medicare Program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States; Many health insurance plans do not provide coverage overseas. Those that provide “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad may not pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States which can cost $12,000.00 and up depending on your location and medical condition.
· Many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service;· Uninsured patients may be refused service; · Countries with socialized medicine may not provide full services to non-residents; Payment of hospital and other expenses abroad is the responsibility of the traveler;· Some countries require tourists to carry accident or travel insurance. Check the Country Specific Information for the countries you plan to visit for detailed information.

Q: What questions should I ask my health insurance company?

· Does this insurance policy cover emergency expenses abroad such as returning me to the United States for treatment if I become seriously ill?· Does this insurance cover high-risk activities such as parasailing, mountain climbing, scuba diving and off-roading?· Does this policy cover pre-existing conditions?· Does the insurance company require pre-authorizations or second opinions before emergency treatment can begin?· Does the insurance company guarantee medical payments abroad?· Will the insurance company pay foreign hospitals and foreign doctors directly?· Does the insurance company have a 24-hour physician-backed support center? · Senior citizens may wish to contact theAmerican Association of Retired Persons for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.

 

 

Letters…

 

Writers applaud noise abatement negotiations

 

 

Dear Editor:

As a condo owner 50 meters from Cantina Gringo, and after years of complaint to the Colonos, I am glad to see that the noise problem is being addressed. However, the federal law trumps municipal law, and the federal law prohibits excessive noise at all times, not just after 11 p.m. Amplification is the problem. The music should be limited to customers and not the surrounding community.
Signed/ James Pavlakis

 

Dear Editor:
     Clubs in the marina are not the only sources of noise pollution above and beyond reasonable levels in PA. Dreams Resort is a particular offender for those of us living around the caleta or Bahia Kantenah. Loudspeakers that face the beach waft annoyingly loud music and recreational games into the peaceful environment sought by condo owners. Hopefully the negotiations under way between the Colonos and various establishments will include the large hotels.
Signed? Kerry Novick

Dear Editor:
     I live at Marina Mia far from The Marina,but I still hear “noise pollution” from the hotels on either side of me and too top it off that “noise pollution” from the sea.No wonder the merchants in P.A. have a hard time keeping a business open with the attitude that seems to be prevalent.

Signed/Jimmy Don

Dear Editor:
    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with useful info to work on. You’ve done an impressive process and our entire neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.

Signed/ Kristofer Willis

 

Church Services…

STA. TERESITA del NINO Jesus Y la Santa Paz (Roman Catholic)
Puerto Aventuras Poblado Masses: daily/Mondays through Sundays, 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) . Church office Tel. 984-206-6245 (daily, 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.) Contact: The Rev. James Hogan

CORPUS CHRISTI (Roman Catholic)
Calle 110A entre 25, Playa del Carmen (near Soriana);Mass: Saturdays, 11 a.m. (Spanish)
Church offfice: 803-0600; Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
FELLOWSHIP CHURCHPAAMUL– Non-denominational English worship Service is at 9:00 a.m Sundays in Paamul at the Palapa Church and at 10:45 a.m.at the Hacienda Real Hotel, Avenida 10 and Calle10 in Playa del Carmen.
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH IN TULUM – “Lighting the way to Life” English worship Service is non-denominational, 10:00 a.m. Sundays with continental breakfast at 9:30; located on Highway 307, 1.2 miles past San Francisco grocery, hospital and Subway, next door to fruit stand. IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN:English speaking, non-denominational Christian Worship Service begins April 21 and meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information and directions:www.lighthousechurch.mx

 

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

 

 

 

 

How many workdays for my document to be ready? “En cuantos días hábiles esta mi documento?”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email atnanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3517 so she can prepare materials in advance.
(Classes are from 8:30 to 9:30 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is 150 pesos per session.

AA and Alanon meetings…

 

 

 

 

AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 6 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.

What’s Playing…

See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Centro Maya: http://cinemex.com/

Las Americas: http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
OUTDATED FOOD products were discovered during a check of a distributor on Cozumel.  The Ministry of Health has sealed the establishment and is considering fines…BE CAREFUL IN CANCUN – A 47-year-old driver who pulled into a gasoline station at the entrance to the hotel zone shortly after 5 a.m. was shot in the leg by a thief who stole his car. The victim was transported to a local hospital by the Red cross…BAD WEATHER

AND ROUGH SEAS have been keeping fishing boats in port, meaning that restaurants have been running out of locally caught fish…LACK OF BEACH SAND is not only an affliction for Fatima Bay in Puerto Aventuras but also some eight hotels on Cozumel that began receiving sand allotments from another island location last week to replenish their artificial beaches…A MEXICO CITY HOTELIER was arrested there and returned to Playa del Carmen to face a judge on charges of theft of real estate involving the resort Puerto Chile on the highway between Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. The suspect is accused of transactions on the property using false papers… SOLIDARITY’S NEW MAYOR Rafael Kantun and a delegation of environmental and health officials toured the Puerto Aventuras Poblado and Puerto Maya neighborhoods Saturday as part of “Clean Avenything Solidarity” which includes sweeping streets, reforestation and recycling. The mayor visited the sports dome, parks and playfields…PLAYA’S COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTS says the incursion of foreign contractors has brought unfair competition to the Riviera Maya…

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