March 22, 2017
The year’s second traffic fatality
near main gate is reported
Another traffic fatality occured on Highway 307 in view of the pedestrian overpass in Puerto Aventuras and near the beginning of the vehicular overpass heading south.
The only early identification described the victim as a male wearing red shirt and blue denim trousers. The police said there were tire marks of a vehicle apparently braking hard and leaving the scene.
This accident is close to another fatal several weeks ago in which a 30-year-old mother of two was killed trying to cross the highway to a van stop for transportation to a new job.
Since that accident occurred, a temporary type fence has been erected on the highway median to encourage use of the pedestrian bridge and discourage the dangerous practice of crossing a highway of speeding vehicles.
A small group of concerned citizens in the Puerto Aventuras resort has recently opened private discussions on how to get the federal government to improve safety conditions at the retorno leading to Puerto Maya and Chedraui market and improve pedestrian safety in the area.
Colonos reverses stance
on use of main gate ban
Customers of commercial vessels contesting requirements of a new contract with the Puerto Aventuras marina ownership will be prohibited from entering the resort at the main gate beginning Wednesday, March 29.
The Colonos board’s decision last Thursday (March 16) reverses a previous denial of the marina’s initial request to use a main gate ban for what is essentially a private business matter between the marina and commercial boaters.
A spokesman for boaters reiterated this week they are and have been “100 percent open to negotiations” with the marina ownership over some aspects of the new contract they say will have a negative impact on their businesses, underscoring that “it isn’t just about money.” The spokesman said there are about 100 jobs at risk among the boating crews should a ban force layoffs.
The Colonos board, which is the voice of the community’s property owners’ association funded by community fees, reconsidered its stance after the marina ownership’s request was resubmitted and after the Colonos board heard an attorney’s arguments made on behalf of the boaters.
The boaters involved in the disagreement – not all boaters are contesting the contract – were to be officially notified of the decision this week. Also being notified, according to the Colonos administration, are third party agencies that sell to and deliver customers to the boaters from outside Puerto Aventuras resort, suggesting they book with other providers or be denied entry at the gate.
Colonos board members were not inclined to release specifics of the reversal vote this week other than say it was “close,” or what explicit information, situation or pressures triggered the reversal of its original vote.
A document issued by the community’s master developer in January called “Plan Aventuras 2017-2020” includes a section on the marina and commercial services therein noting that “New activities and promotions require adaptations and additional infrastructure that will have to be funded by such services…and will include a new fee for those who will offer services to visitors in general and doing business from the marina.”
Pickpocket team claims another
PA victim in Soriana market
Another Puerto Aventuras resident – the second in as many years – was a pickpocket victim at Soriana Supermarket in Centro Maya last week. Adding insult to injury, no one at the store, not the clerks, not the security guards “seemed to care,” the female victim told the Pelican Free Press.
The incident begs a warning to shoppers and diners everywhere, particularly older and from another country, that the high season provides many fresh, unsuspecting targets for ravenous thieves to fleece and want to know “what’s in your wallet?”
The woman’s wallet contained several credit cards, driver’s license, health insurance card, and nearly $1,000 USD, some of which was going to be used the same day, ironically, to pay for a “residente permanente” visa.
The modus operandi is not particularly brilliant, but it works. A stranger in the shopping aisle attracts the mark’s attention with conversation while a partner, in this case, unzipped the victim’s pocketbook while the victim was firmly holding it by the handles, but facing the woman who distracted her, as the partner deftly lifted her wallet and disappeared.
These incidents cause victims to frantically make calls to cancel cards and then face the daunting task of replacing health and credit cards and driver’s license, all of which disrupts the flow of normal life for a while.
Forewarned is forearmed. When shopping in any busy supermarket, keep your pocketbook in front of you and tighten your grip when strangers accidentally bump into you. Never leave a pocketbook sitting in the shopping cart while you peruse the products. When in restaurants, don’t hang a pocketbook on the back of a chair out of sight. Be conscious of the possibilities you are being stalked as a victim and act accordingly.
Time running out for discount
on new plates for your car
A discount offered for registering your car and trading your old license plates for new plates ends on March 31, after which time the price will edge up somewhat. The cost before April 1 is 690 pesos and payment must be in cash. No credit or debit cards are accepted.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles is located at the corner of 15th Avenue and Calle 1 South, just in back of the walled school. Take a right on Juarez from the lower highway (Playa del Carmen Blvd.) down to 15th. Turn right. Go one block and you’ll see a parking lot on the right and the registry on the left.
Besides cash and your current registration (the little silver card) be sure to bring identification such as your passport or residente permanente and a little less patience than the last time three years ago. The long lines of the past have gotten shorter by using an upstairs office to also process the registrations and trade plates, saving time.
You also need to remove the plates from your car and bring them inside with you. Be sure to have the right tools to accomplish that and install the new plates. One of the attendants in the parking lot, if you park there (12 pesos an hour), will help with the plates for a tip.
The rhythmic beats of Africa,
and saving lives by eating tacos
African dance and drum performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Cultural Center on Bahia Akumal with proceeds going to the award-winning youth sailing club of Puerto Aventuras. The Mexican percussion ensemble will present African beats with eight drummers and three dancers interpreting the sounds and movements of cultures from West Africa, Guinea and Burkina Faso. Tickets are 100 pesos at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Colonos office.
Eat tacos and save lives – A taco party fund-raiser to maintain the Red Cross ambulance in Akumal will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Lol Ha Restaurant on the Akumal beach. Tickets are 280 pesos (or $20 USD). The musical group, Salty Snowbirds, will entertain. Tickets include a beer or soda and a belly full of tacos.
Trivial Pursuits is coming up at 4 p.m. this Sunday, March, 26, at Latitude 20 Restaurant with proceeds going to the poblado Community Center. Come join the fun, says owner Jim Stubbs…
Spanish classes taught by Maestra Gloria Contreras are under way at the Latitude 20 Restaurant. Beginners class from 9 to 10 a.m. and advanced class from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact her at cel 984-108-3517 for more information…
Soccer players aged 15 to 50+ are invited to play on the informal resort team Sundays, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Puerto Maya sports complex field. The resort team, wearing red and black shirts, has informal fun games with a poblado team. The field is in back of the Oxxo store on the main entrance road that begins at Chedraui’s…
Dates of note in March… In Mexico –President Benito Juarez birthday, March 21.
Unions, government sign pact
on regulating PA mototaxis
B y Staff
An agreement to operate regulated mototaxis in Puerto Aventuras poblado and Puerto Maya has finally been signed by five unions and the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Transportation, but it won’t bring mototaxis to the resort.
The idea of having perhaps five regulated mototaxis with union approval operate inside the resort was floated by the Fideicomiso a few months ago pending union approval. However, the Colonos board countered that it was not a good idea, so the proposal has been abandoned.
The mototaxis have been proliferating in the community without regulations concerning safety and liability. The agreement has set the number of taxis at 20 units to each of the five signatory unions, COR, COM, CROC, Untrac and Lazaro Cardenas del Rio, for a total of 100. That figure could rise to 30 units each depending on demand.
The agreement requires the taxis be factory purchased and not remodeled bikes or motorcycles and that each carry liability insurance. Union and Sintra agents will be assigned to handle complaints. Pricing was set from 5 to 20 pesos depending on distance. The taxis are not allowed to operate outside Puerto Aventuras.
A subsidy to the Red Cross by the municipal government hardly made up for years of not funding a critical service that saves lives. The municipal council voted 50,000 pesos last week after the Red Cross publicly complained of not receiving any government support for years, risking closure of the Red Cross clinic and ambulance services in Puerto Aventuras which is supported by Colonos funding…
Two noisy businesses were closed in Tulum and three more sanctioned for exceeding noise decibel limits that drew complaints from the public. The businesses were located on the beach and on Tulum Avenue.
Mesh barriers to prevent sargassum from reaching beaches in Playa del Carmen were re-installed last week as the unwanted weed began to surface again along the coast, including some small deposits in the area of Fatima Bay in Puerto Aventurs that were quickly raked. Storms had upended the mesh barriers earlier this year…
Another “narcoblanket” was found hung in Playa del Carmen last week after the arrest of an alleged leader of one of the competing cartel gangs in the area. It carried threats to other gangs, the “police” who protect them and taxi drivers, one of whom was murdered last week thus bringing this year’s total of taxi driver homicides to six…
Mexican human rights at risk says a story in last week’s New York Times. The bill, not yet passed in congress, would lose the gains made in last year’s heralded justice system reform. The new bill will allow the detaining of suspects for years awaiting trial, let police rely on hearsay evidence and let prosecutors use evidence obtained by torture…
Cruise ships are expected to bring a $6 million windfall to Cozumel this week. Eight ships are expected to arrive this coming Thursday, depositing some 24,000 passengers on the island…
Food Fest 2017: Another happy ending…
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