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May, 2017

Moonshine Moment…

THE DREAMS HOTEL LAGOON reflects a full moon and snowbird melancholy as high season closes and the birds fly north with lasting memories. (Staff Photo was taken from the Latitude 20 restaurant.)

As snowbirds come and go,
PA continues to grow

By Staff
As the last of the part-time residents depart in May, ending the high season, Puerto Aventuras will not roll over and fall asleep. Growth will continue as will community projects in and out of the resort.

Just in Phase 4, for example, 67 of the 120 residential lots have been sold with 12 villas under construction while 17 more are in the planning/permitting stage, according to developer Roman Rivera Torres.

FINISHING TOUCHES are applied to the former rocky hill leading onto Caleta Yalku from Bahia Chemuyil. The project is part of the Colonos road maintenance and improvement schedule for this year. (Staff Photo)

In addition, five of 10 condo lots have been sold and one condo complex, Bliss, is under construction. The permits for condo suites and a marina adjacent to the Bliss project have been approved.

Housing construction in the community’s north end has continued on Bahias Xaac, Xcacel and Chemuyil. A proposed 20-unit condo is in the planning stage on one of the few remaining lots along the Kantenha Lagoon and another condo complex is under construction adjacent to, but not linked with, the Porto Bello fractional living complex on the new marina.

But growth isn’t limited to the resort. There have been four “invasions” on the west side of Highway 307 as that compact area continues to build on its 15,000-plus population figure.  The latest  so-called invasion, just a few weeks ago, was comprised of an estimated 50 people with machetes clearing out spaces across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Adjacent to Puerto Maya. It was not known if they would eventually remain.

Improvements on way

THE FIRST 100 METERS of the twin jogging-bike paths in the new public park has been completed , marking a primary stage of development. (FPA Photo)

With growth comes the need for added infrastructure improvements. In the case of Puerto Aventuras, discussions have centered on adding lanes and other improvements to the main gate. This is being funded by the Colonos (property owners association). Some of that project was completed last year outside the gate. It is expected that two resident access lanes will be added this year along with improvements to the gate structure and security cameras, improvements that could be completed by the time the next high  season arrives.

Progress on developing a public park is advancing as are continuing improvements in lighting, walkway repairs and painting along the Dolphin Walk business outlets. Outside the gate, the Chedraui supermarket is rumored to be planning an expansion of its cramped facility.

The Pelican will endeavor to keep readers updated on these projects in our monthly and special editions from May through October, of which this is the first. As always, comment is welcome at PelicanFreePress.com .

PA’s DYNAMIC COED DUO…

TWO PUERTO AVENTURAS YOUTHS helped Playa del Carmen youth soccer team coached by Oscar “Cato” Ramos win the 7th annual Merida Cup this month in Merida. Parker Sandholm, son of Jeff and Tiffany Sandholm, left photo, celebrates his goal with team members. In right photo, Paulina Suarez, left, daughter of Carlos Suarez and Katia Ullman Suarez, hangs in the air after a head-shot goal (see ball at right) to help win the league title in the 10-11 year old category. They are the only two players from Puerto Aventuras on the team and both scored in a league that supports coed teams. (Jeff Sandholm Photos)

Puerto Aventuras
set to greet wounded
warriors at fish tourney

Puerto Aventuras is all set to welcome U.S. Wounded Warriors between May 19-23 as part of the annual Dave Harris Billfish Tournament coordinated by Capt. Rick’s Sportfishing Center.

SGT. STEVEN CURRY suffered traumatic brain injury and lost his left leg when his vehicle was bombed in Iraq.

The annual 4-day event attracts between 60 to 80 fishermen from various countries who share their adventure, sea stories and good times with eight recuperating wounded warriors who will be housed at Porto Bello and Aventuras Condominiums.

Glenna Uecker of Capt. Rick’s, local coordinator, said the tournament sprang from the late Dave Harris’ fondness for fishing. The tournament was cast in Puerto Aventuras in 2005 and the idea of inviting wounded warriors launched in 2014.

Welcome mat out

While Harris died of cancer, members of his family continued the tournament staged annually in Puerto Aventuras.

MARINE CPL. NICK PERALES served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before losing his right leg and left leg fractured by an IED.

“It has become a community event” Uecker said, noting the annual cooperation of Porto Bello and Aventuras condominiums, restaurants such as Latitude 20, The Pub and Hippo’s who prepare opening and closing banquets along with entertainment and special events such as a trip on the catboat Catamaya and more.

SGT. ADAM KISIELEWSKI lost his right leg and left arm when a rigged artillery shell exploded during a mission. Lt. James Cathy, who was next to Kisielewski, was killed.

The Dave Harris tourney seeks sponsors or partial donations to arrange for transport and needs of the veterans during the tournament, estimated to be $1,500 USD per wounded warrior. Donations can be sent to: Wounded Warrior in Action Foundation, 6516 Dolphin Cove Drive, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. (Please put “DHMBT sponsorship” in memo line).

Also happening in May

Trivial Pursuits coming up at 4 p.m. Sundays, May 7, and 21 at Latitude 20 Restaurant with proceeds going to the poblado Community Center…

Dates of note in May… In Mexico – Dia de trabajo (Labor Day), May 1; Cinco de Mayo, May 5, commemorates the defeat of French forces in Puebla in 1862; Miguel Hidalgo’s birthday, May 8. He initiated the Mexican Independence War in`1753: In the U.S. VE Day, 1945; Mother’s Day, May 14; Memorial Day, May 29.

Pick-up soccer games are played beginning at 9 a.m. every Sunday morning at the sports complex in Puerto Maya, just behind the Oxxo store on the Main Road. Resort residents from 15 to 50 and up invited to join in the fun and get some exercise.

The Roundup…

Park easily and eat heartily at The Patio roadside diner across from the entrance to Paamul on Highway 307. (Staff Photo)

Highway restaurant opens – The Patio diner has opened on Highway 307 in Paamul at the site of Riviera Maya Storage Co., offering hearty, down-home, truck-stop American breakfasts that include pancakes, French toast, large omelets and other traditional fare.

A lunch menu includes burgers, crispy fried chicken, fish and chips, burritos and other Mexican delights along with rotating specials like peanut butter chicken, Texas chili and enchiladas, all economically priced.

“It’s the only easily accessible roadside diner from Cancun to Tulum with more than ample off-road parking for truckers and cars,” said owner Ted Farber. “We’re looking for input and constructive criticism from customers because we want to give a good value to folks for the money they spend,” he said. The Patio is open from 7:30 to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.”

A fatal traffic accident was recorded last weekend near the Catalonia Hotel on Route 307 when a van driver tried to avoid a flooded area of the roadway and collided with a car in which a woman was badly injured and later died in the hospital. A third car was also involved in the crash…

Puerto Morelos City Council voted to reduce the hours that liquor can be served in an effort to reduce violence and other problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Sale of closed containers of beer, wine and liquor will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Nightclubs must be closed by 3 a.m.

At least one inmate died and more than 25 were injured in the Playa del Carmen jail last week as inmate gangs fought for control of the jail turf, according to the police. The injured filled the emergency area of the general hospital, said a patient there, who also noted that armed guards were everywhere as the inmates received treatment. The jail’s warden has been fired…

Preparatory work on long-anticipated beach replenishment in Fatima Bay stalled last week pending discussion with government environmental agencies following a complaint by an unnamed source last month that was delivered to a regional newspaper…

NO BEACH, NO BIZ – A high tide carrying sargassum reaches the Villa del Mar property line on Fatima Bay last week, speaking to the obvious need for beach replenishment to help sustain and grow the local economy. (Staff Photo)

Rules on rooftop solar power units have been eased by Mexico’s Energy Secretariat. The change will allow systems attached to roofs of homes and small businesses to be more easily connected to the nation’s electric grid to provide power and possible income from reserve energy. The move provides an incentive for consumers to invest in solar energy as some have already done in Puerto Aventuras resort…

The 9th assassination of drug/gang related activity in Playa del Carmen this year was recorded when a 32-year-old man was shot gangland style while standing at a food cart in the city’s extreme North End. By comparison, there have been 411 homicides in Tijuana already this year challenging previous records. Meanwhile, two top drug traffickers were killed last week in a shootout with federal forces in Tamaulipas, near the US border…

Airbnb growth in Mexico is such that the company may create a local affiliate. There are now 62,000 Airbnb living units available in Mexico, a 114 percent spike over 2015. The system accommodated 974,000 people last year, up 195 percent over the previous year…

Playa del Carmen transit inspectors impounded 30 motorcycles over the Easter holiday. The vehicles were stopped at a filtro where the undocumented vehicles were checked in an effort to prevent them from being stolen while owners sought proper ownership papers…

For what it’s worth, Cozumel remains the cruise ship industry’s principal port in Latin America, capturing 16 percent of the world market. But nationally, Mexico has dropped from one of the top destinations in 2008 to 14th place because of the economic crisis, influenza outbreak and insecurity…

State robberies at businesses spike;
Solidaridad third in reported incidents
Public helps capture some perpetrators

By Staff
State authorities report an increase of 101 percent in robberies at commercial entities such as retail and convenience stores in Quintana Roo during the first two months of this year.

Total complaints filed with the Public Ministry was 358 in January and February, compared to 178 the previous year.

Benito Juarez (Greater Cancun) leads with 254 complaints, 59 of them with violence, followed by Orthon P. Blanco with 55 events, 22 of them violent and third, Soliaridad, which includes Puerto Aventuras, 34 reports, none with violence.

Public helps out

Police reports shows that in some cases, owners of businesses and/or neighbors and customers, have helped thwart robberies. One example occurred recently in Playa del Carmen when a gunman attacked a female store employee who screamed for help…and got it!

Neighbors were quick to respond, witnesses told police. When the would-be thief realized the screams foiled his plan, he tried to escape on a motorcycle – but it wouldn’t start. Neighbors then jumped on him, took his gun and held him until police arrived.

The Mail Bag…

Save a trip for car plates

Dear Editor:

For online car tax form, the website is Tenencias y Control Vehicular . You have to put your plate number and the number that appears on your registration card. The site and the form are easy to use (but only in Spanish).  Then you print the page and go to the Quintana Roo secretary of finance office at the corner one block from the playa airport on Avenida 15.  I have done it this year and last year.

Also, there is an office of Canaco, on the parallel of the Federal Highway 307, right side if you come from Puerto Aventuras, between Constituyente and Suma Casa construction material store. You can pay the tax there with no, or less, of a line than at the Quintana Roo secretary of finance. Canaco is a kind of Chamber of Commerce with a small office of the Quintana Roo secretary of finance.  I have paid there several times.

Signed/Thierry Defauw

(Ed. Note: The above is in response to a story in a recent issue of the Pelican concerning annoyed crowds getting car plates at the last minute for the discount and complaints by some who go to get the  plates twice, once to pay and once to actually get the plates.)

Making late-night noise with impunity

Dear Editor:

Why do we have a security force in Puerto? I called the office at 2:35 a.m. because my neighbors who were renting a nearby apartment were partying (music, laughing, dog barking…) and one of their guests was in my parking space.

The security person arrived and introduced himself by explaining to me that the problem must be settled by the owner of the condo. He went knocking shyly at the door (no answer from the neighbors) and he left without doing anything.

Whatever, it was 3:15 a.m. and my family still couldn’t sleep for the noise and we have to go to work at 8.30 a.m.
Greetings.

Signed/ Valerie Slob

(Follow up: As I had written an email to the Colonos concerning the passivity of the patrol guard , we have had a visit last Monday evening of one of the Security officers because there was no written report of that night, as though nothing had happened.

So I explained everything with the exact hour of the phone calls and what followed , so now they could make a report of what happened. The patrolman who came that night could not be bothered with what was going on.This just to let you and readers know that sending an email to Colonos can be effective.

Legal affairs…

Foreign wills valid, but tough on heirs

Recent conversation around a breakfast table in a Puerto Aventuras restaurant concerned whether a U.S. or Canadian Will covers all aspects of an estate in Mexico. We asked Mexlaw of Playa del Carmen to elucidate. Here is the firm’s response:

“It is important to understand it may be difficult for your loved ones to deal with your estate if you do not have a Mexican Will. Residents of Mexico, primarily property owners, should consult a Mexican attorney regarding their estate planning.

Is a Canadian or American Will valid in Mexico if it includes my Mexican real estate and valuables?

Although your foreign Will is valid in Mexico, the time and expense it takes to have it verified and processed will cause your family undue stress and expense.

The problem is getting these documents recognized. American documents need to be apostilled and notarized in the U.S. and translated into Spanish by a court approved translator in Mexico.

Canadian Wills do not need to be apostilled, but will need to be translated by a court approved translator and submitted to the Mexican consulate in Canada and then presented to a Notario in Mexico.

In a case where there is no Will, the property may not always be automatically left to the surviving spouse. Mexico does not have survivor rights, meaning the surviving spouse does not automatically inherit the property even if the couple owned it 50/50. Without a Will, the government may decide the fate of the deceased share of the property.

If the couple has children, the court may divide the deceased spouse’s share equally amongst the surviving spouse and the children.

This may be a difficult situation in the future as the surviving spouse will require the children’s permission to sell or mortgage the property. The Will should read specifically that the surviving spouse inherits the other 50% of the property, in the event that parent also passes away, the children will then become the beneficiaries.

Does the Fideicomiso Protect my Heirs?

The idea of a Fideicomiso trust is to protect your heirs by listing them in the contract as your Substitute Beneficiary. But there have been instances where the bank trustee failed to issue a transfer of property to the benefactors and the heirs had to go to court to have the bank release the certificate.

Even if your property is held in trust, it is important to have a Mexican Will to protect your heirs and avoid any unnecessary red tape.

Last Will and Testament Considerations:

  • Your Mexican Will must be in Spanish, use a trusted attorney to prepare the Will.
  • Cross reference your Canadian or American Will with the Mexican Will.
  • State specifically the surviving spouse, or designated benefactor, who will be the sole beneficiary of the property if that is your wish.
  • Include a simultaneous death clause.
  • Include a “No Contest Clause.”
  • Include a residuary clause, if you have foreign property and only a Mexican Will.
  • Consider your executor/executrix: Do they live in Mexico, understand Mexican estate laws and speak Spanish? Preferably, your executor is a professional with integrity; This will help expedite the transfer of property.
  • Consider a Medical Directive in your estate planning.
  • List a power of attorney should a medical situation arise.

 (Click the Mexlaw logo in the sponsor column for more information.)

The rules we live by….or not !

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Purposes of the Colonos (continued)

  1. Service, procure and in its case provide its members directly or indirectly, all kinds of advice regarding the Member’s property in the Development, as well a rendering, if such is the case, the services aimed at improving the said Tourist Development ,including if possible, the general and public services rendered by the State Government of Quintana Roo and the Municipality of Cozumel or the Developer;
  2. To promote the improvement of the facilities, equipment and installation used to provide said public services.
  3. Watch the urbanization work in the Development, to make sure that it follows the Master Plan, the Building Code for the Development and the authorized land use, as well as to insure that the priorities of the majority of the Homeowners are being considered;
  4. To represent the associates, both individually and collectively, before federal. State or Municipal authorities, as well as before all kinds of private institutions, persons or business entities in regard to their properties or rights thereon, in the Puerto Aventuras Development;
  5. To strive by all means within its reach, to foster amicable relations among all dwellers of Puerto Aventuras and to always encourage honesty and good faith;
  6. To encourage all ideas, proposals, studies and projects produced by the associates, in order to carry out those which are considered beneficial for the associates, the Development and the homeowners in general;
  7. To encourage and promote among its associates and their families, all kinds of cultural, sports, artistic and humane activities;
  8. To determine and set the amount of the assessments and/or contributions that must be paid by its associate members, according to what the Associate agreed in the respective Contract or in the final Dee, as the may be, which he/she celebrated with the Developer or with the original buyer of the property or properties located in the Puerto Aventuras Development as well as in the terms of the Bylaws of the Association and its covenants, such assessments and/or contributions will be used by the Association to cover its administrative expenses, activities, rendering of services, whether these are general, special or public in that case, as well as to make the necessary investments for the attainment of its goals.
  9. To buy, sell, lease, own, manage end in general to trade in all kinds of goods and real property which are necessary or convenient to attain the Association’s goals; (To be continued).

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