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MAYAN YEAR OF FEAR (OR CHEER) IS HERE

NEW YEAR EVE SERVICE 11 p.m. Sta. Teresita in the Poblado
NEW YEAR ELECTRONIC FIXES – See Alan on services page
SUSHI AT HOME FOR NEW YEAR – See on dining page
DIVE INTO THE NEW YEAR – Just click on “Dive Aventuras” logo

Will 2012 deliver us whole unto 2013 ?

Posted 12/25/11 by Pelican Paulie
Earth and its organisms are about to enter the ominously dark and potentially catastrophic year of 2012. It is the year in which apocryphal Mayan lore, rising like a toxic fog from the ancient and occult jungle not too far from Puerto Aventuras, predicts by some accounts, that Armageddon will visit the world’s degenerate populations and culminate in the annihilation of the present universe.
G-Gulp and egads!
You have until the winter solstice of Dec. 21, 2012, to spend all your money, use up all of nature’s bounty in one massive epicurean blitzkrieg of travel and dining – hurry up, see everything, do everything, eat everything, sate yourself – before a singular cosmic clash with a black hole or meteor shatters us and our world into micro-particles of nothingness, ashes to ashes and dust to dust, a reverse Big Bang and dinosaur extinction simultaneously reprised. Or even worse! Social Security runs out of money and the FM3 process is further complicated!
     Or… you can saddle your angst and take these apocalyptic fortunes for the myths they are, save your money and safely spread your penchant for the good life over a much longer period of time. There’s no rush if you lean toward the more enlightened interpretations of primitive Mayan prognoses.
How embryonic Mayan history from 2,000 BC was deciphered into a prophesy of dated catastrophe– the winter solstice of Dec, 21, 2012 – from a 1,300 year old mysteriously imprinted tablet, is understandable in the context of a culture that idolized jaguars, which once roamed Puerto Aventuras and the Yucatan, creating a blend of religion and superstition based on primal physical and emotional forays into the unknown. And the world does have its share of over-imaginative kooks, no?
Behind the suggestion of chaos on that date is the Mayan long-count calendar that, briefly, views Dec. 21, 2012, as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long era and since it purports that the calendar merely stops there, not time, it gives rise to transformative pseudo-scientific theories including disaster for the pessimist and renewal for the optimist.

Modern Mayanists and scientists find little support for any of the life-altering expectations attached to the end of the long-count calendar, but that doesn’t stop Mexico – which itself does not believe in the calendar’s significance – from employing the misguided prophecies to attract in 2012 an estimated 52 million visitors into the cauldron of superstition stew and have fun with it. Normal tourist activity is about 22 million for the whole country.
In the jungles outside Cancun, for example, there are plans to bury time capsules with photos and messages. This is among some 500 various events – masked priests performing ancient voodoo-like rituals, burning incense, chanting and dancing like the colorful but intimidating actors along Avenida Cinco in Playa del Carmen giving us a glimpse, however embellished or moderated, of ancient times.
Will Puerto Aventuras position itself to also employ this rare non-event to attract more tourists and give its businesses a boost? Hurry! Think of something!
And will it be a Boo Year or a Renew Year for you? … By the way, what are you doing on Dec. 22, 2012…that is, if the world is still turning?

 

Dredging more new sand may not be the answer

Posted 12/24/11 by Juanito
     Puerto Aventuras isn’t the only place along the Mayan Riviera that has experienced disappearing beaches.

For whatever reason, be it removal of mangrove forests, overdevelopment or destruction of reefs, it is evident that the coastline between Cancun and Tulum is changing. It is most evident along the beaches at Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras where, coincidently, there has been aggressive commercial and residential buildup during the past decade. The phenomenon seems to have escalated in recent years.
Fearing a major loss of tourism, and following a plan used along the Hotel Zone in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, roughly 15 miles north of Puerto Aventuras, decided to take on the costly chore of dredging sand from the depths of the Caribbean to rebuild the beaches along what is known as Playa’s “Golden Zone”.
The zone is a 2.7 mile stretch of sand that runs from Avenue Constituyentes, down to the Ferry Dock, and then continuing south through Playacar’s Hotel Zone. The project, which took nearly all of January 2010 to complete, deposited 2.6 billion cubic feet of new sand along the entire 2.7 mile stretch of beach.
The sand was dredged using huge pipes that extended a considerable distance from shore, out to where no coral would be disturbed and was of the same sugar white consistency that rates Mexico’s Riviera Maya among the top ten beach destinations in the world.
I remember walking the “new beach” soon after its transformation in 2010. It was immense! A true marvel of modern engineering. At the time, there was a lot of hubbub. “Why don’t we do that in Puerto Aventuras”, the locals wanted to know? But sometimes it pays to wait. For it seems, that in the case of Playa del Carmen’s beach, man’s modern engineering may not be able to overcome Mother Nature.

During a stroll of the beach earlier this week, a mere two years following the rebuild, the beach at Playa del Carmen has become a “two level” affair. As some has been washed back to sea, it has created an upper shelf and a lower shelf of beach, divided by a six or seven foot high wall of sand. Reminiscent of Great Britain’s famous White Cliffs of Dover, we could call this the “White Cliffs of Playa del Carmen”, which would be humorous were it not so sad. Some enterprising hotels and restaurants have gone to shoveling sand stairways and ramps to help ease transition between the two levels.
Yet, for some unknown reason, the large area of sandy beach, located between Calle 2 and the Ferry Terminal, appears to have grown in size since last year and remains natural and flat, similar to the southern corner of Bahia Fatima here in Puerto Aventuras. However, that section of Playa del Carmen’s beach remained void of college breaker’s on the day I was there. Apparently easy access to refreshment is a bigger draw than being on a perfectly groomed beach?

Plan for Omni Beach gathers more dust than support

Posted 12/28/11 by Pelican Paulie
  A bona fide plan to replenish and preserve the Omni Beach sand asset does exist. What is evidently lacking is political will and compromise between the Colonos and the Fideicomiso. the federal and state governments and, of course, the abundance of time and money.
According to Colonos GM Armando Rincon, a plan at the behest of the Fideicomiso was put forward several years ago by Oceanus Search & Recovery to replenish and then preserve the sand asset. Oceanus would employ 710 pyramids in several rows, 12 feet long at the base and seven feet high, along the breakwater, somewhat in the fashion used by Villa del Mar to preserve the sand fronting its property next to the Omni, but on a much larger scale, as shown in the above photo.
There are multiple stories making the rounds as to why this hasn’t happened, some falling deeply into the realm of rumor. What is evidently fact is that when the idea was proposed by the Fideicomiso, the Colonos balked because of  the then $1 million USD price tag and lack of a compromise to create a decent public way to water for free and “guaranteed” access for Colonos stakeholders whose properties do not front the beach but would help pay for the project.
The issue of access flared again last year, said Rincon, when the dive shop through which the public must currently transit to gain access to the federal beach property, went on vacation and closed its doors. denying any access other than paying for it via a beach or health club membership, hotel reservation or day pass.

It has also been said that because the private Puerto Aventuras community itself has limited public access, the state and federal governments are not inclined to help fund such a project for the benefit of the few and the exclusion of the many.
A majority of people here appear to concur that the human capacity to engineer a guaranteed solution to the sand syndrome draws a snicker from Mother Nature, who reminds us that “mother knows best” in her habit of not guaranteeing anything.
It is said the jetties here flanking the marina channels may have shifted the natural ebb and flow in the bay. The buildup of sand near the south channel jetties is perceived as evidence and that Puerto Aventuras wouldn’t have to go far to find extra sand.
Rincon said the political situation could change when the Phase 4 development by the Fideicomiso becomes more advanced. As to funding, the issue continues to be debated on the street and in public forums in broad terms suggesting the community will become what its stakeholders are willing to support. The Fideicomiso did not respond by deadline to an e-mailed request for comment.
A new year brings new hope, another step in time as manana approaches…

CONSUL TO EXPLAIN NEW FOREIGN-PLATED CAR RULES
Interested parties should mark calendar for Feb. 7

Posted 12/24/11 by Juanito
U.S. Consular Agent, Samantha Mason, will present another in her series of informational seminars in Puerto Aventuras on February 7, 2012. Her meetings have become an annual event much to the delight of area residents.
This year’s program will be held in the Colonos Meeting Room, with doors opening at 9:00 O’clock and presentation to begin at 9:30. Topics to be discussed include a detailed explanation of the many changes made to laws regulating U.S. plated cars in Mexico, including the 2012 reintroduction of an annual import sticker. Yes, it will cost you more for the coming year.
Those who own foreign plated cars, or are considering bringing one into Mexico, are encouraged to attend this meeting. Other topics on the agenda include a detailed explanation of services offered by the U.S. Consulate Office in Playa del Carmen, the suggested protocol to use when stopped by police, how to pay your traffic ticket and what to do if you become the victim of a crime.  No reservation is required to attend and the meeting is open to all interested parties.

Briefly Noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and press reports
A RECORD HOMICIDE rate  of 64 , most allegedly involving executions by criminal groups in Q. Roo, was being reported for 2011, many of those deaths in the Cancun area…MEANWHILE, the growth in crime is being met by an exodus of Cancun small businesses tired of extortion and being fearful of the violent crime spree, reports Senator Jose Luis Garcia Zalvidia, who also notes crime spreading south to the Riviera Maya. Meanwhile, fewer foreigners are moving to live in Cancun, he reports… THE CALICA MARITIME TERMINAL is getting infrastructure improvement as work continued last week on a road widening and paving project adjacent to Highway 307 …DROP IN REAL ESTATE  industry is forcing many workers in the sector to find other employment, reports Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor delegate Rogelio Marquez Valdivia as a statistical drop of 70 percent in sales and rentals was reported. Q. Roo fares better than other parts of the country experiencing an 80 percent plunge in activity… A MEDICAL CITY with internationally accredited hospitals is being eyed for either Cancun or the Riviera Maya  if the funding can be organized. Some 60 acres of hospitals are envisioned between Puerto Morelos and Cancun, the same area where, supposedly, Dragon Mart is preparing to bring a huge mall. Whether these dreams blossom into reality remains to be seen… A TOURIST CALL CENTER casting broad information in Spanish, English,  French and Italian is expected to open in Q. Roo the second week of January. The number reported for Mexico is 01800…

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