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NOV 2012: PA Trust seeks lifestyle input

HAPPENINGS:

HALLOWEEN PARTY Oct. 31, Latitude 20, kids welcome, 7-10 p.m.
COMEDY SHOWS Nov. 2 at La Buena Vida in Akumal and Nov. 4 at Latitude 20 Restaurant, Puerto Aventuras, 9 p.m. Cover charge.
ANNUAL ROAD RACE  December 2. Get ready.
ROAD RESURFACING: Be advised that for 30 days beginning Monday, Oct. 29, the Concreto Ecologico Co. will be laying pavement of one lane of Puerto Aventuras Blvd. The street will be partly closed as construction progresses , starting at Porto Bello to Condominio Peninsula. The Colonos asks all to obey the security signs directing drivers to drive and leave vehicles on the lane opposite the construction lane for 10 days, which is how long it takes for the concrete to dry. Drive carefully.
TASTE OF PLAYA food fest Nov. 18 at Parque Fundadores, on the beach below the bus station and adjacent to the ferry dock in Playa del Carmen.
RIVIERA MAYA JAZZ FEST Nov. 22-24, 7 p.m. nightly at Mamita’s Beach in Playa del Carmen

 

Survey offers opportunity to vent, make

suggestions to improve PA’s lifestyle

The Puerto Aventuras Fideicomiso (Trust) is asking for input from local residents concerning restaurants, sports facilities and use of the Colonos meeting room and Cultural Center on Bahia Akumal to advance the local quality of life.
To that end, the Trust is asking residents to respond honestly to 13 questions, printed below. Readers of the Pelican Free Press can fill in the questionnaire, print it and/or copy it electronically and email it to hector@puertoaventuras.com.mx  or maricela@puertoaventuras.com.mx or drop it off at the Main Gate Security or Fideicomiso office.
There is space at the end of the questions for general comments. This gives residents the opportunity to express their feelings and suggestions about general observations on such things as lighting, crime, beaches, roads – particularly the rough road aprons at the Main Gate – that continually attracts negative criticism by car owners. Please participate.
The questions:

1-Do you usually go to Playa del Carmen to lunch or dinner with your family ?

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2-Why do you prefer Playa del Carmen instead of restaurants in Puerto Aventuras ?

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3-Do you have an opinion of the restaurants and bars at the Omni Hotel and Beach Club ?

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4- Do you have an opinion of the restaurants and bars at the Marina ?

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5-Do you use the Golf Course in Puerto Aventuras ?

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6- What changes would entice you to use the golf course, or use it more ?

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7- Do you use the Tennis Club in Puerto Aventuras ?

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8- What changes would induce you to use the Tennis Club ?

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9- If we were lighting the Tennis courts, would you use them at night and would you be willing to pay a differential cost ?

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10- Are you familiar with our Cultural Center for 300 persons, where concerts have been held ? Would you be interested in making use of it for cultural or social promotions ? Please suggest .

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11- Do you use local attractions that offer residents a 20% discount? Which ones :

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12-Do you know that at the Asociación de Colonos office has a meeting room with television and gaming tables? Would you be interested in using it with friends and neighborhood groups?

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13- What suggestions would you make to improve the infrastructure of Puerto Aventuras for a better quality of life for its residents?

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Resident Name and Signature ______________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________

Stolen-boat owner tells story

Implores Colonos board

to improve local security

  (Ed. Note: The Pelican Free Press policy is not to name victims of crime if they prefer to remain anonymous, as in this case.)
    The owner of the latest boat stolen from the Puerto Aventuras Marina – the fourth in a year – has appealed to Beatriz Marron, chair of the Colonos Association, to try to initiate action to ensure more vessel owners are not subjected to these brazen and very expensive losses. His note to Sra. Marron:
       “My wife and I had the fourth stolen boat from Puerto Aventuras this year.  Please read below what I just sent to the Pelican Free Press.  I ended the account with a request that Puerto Aventuras and Colonos be proactive in resolving the recurring crime.
“There is a pattern here and we need to be aggressive in determining the root of these crimes.  Can Colonos go to someone connected or in power that can assign an investigative
team or task force to come from outside to investigate these crimes?
“The police investigators that started this investigation believe there is an internal problem within Puerto Aventuras that requires further examination.  There are too many inconsistencies and too much continuing crime.’’

      The owner wrote the following to the Pelican Free Press:
My wife and I have owned a condo in Puerto Aventuras for six years.  Three years prior to that, we bought two prime months of a fractional ownership overlooking the main marina, where we learned to love all that Puerto Aventuras and the Riviera Maya have to offer.    

Each year, we average spending five to six months in Puerto Aventuras.  During these years we have experienced both the good and bad that Mexico has to offer.
Until recently, the good has always outweighed the bad.
Looking at the beautiful Caribbean from the beach, we see the calm days with fishing boats, dive boats and catamarans passing by just outside the reef.  In March of this year we made the big decision to buy a boat.  We bought one in Florida to fit our needs, a Grady White center console with two Yamaha 250 four stroke engines, fishing outriggers, radar, marine radio, depth sounder and satellite radio.
We paid to have the boat shipped from Miami to Puerto Morelos where we officially imported and then registered the boat.
At 9:15 a.m. on the morning of October 4, 2012, I walked down to the Puerto Aventuras channel where we dock the boat and discovered the boat was gone — stolen.  I immediately went to the marina office to report the theft.  According to personnel at the marina office, around 1:25 a.m. a security guard, who had been posted at the end of the beach, saw the boat with two individuals on board exiting the channel and turning north to Cancun.  It was dark so he couldn’t see the name of the boat.  Of course there was nothing the guard could do from the ground to stop the boat.
We hired an attorney to assist us and the police investigation started on Saturday. It was obvious the thieves entered the main gate of Puerto Aventuras prior to the robbery.  The follow-up investigation brought conflicting stories. I was told that the Marine / Navy base was immediately contacted by security.  The base is located in Puerto Aventuras on the same channel as the boat and only a couple hundred meters from where the boat was docked. 
We were told by an employee at the marina that the military went out from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. to search for the boat to no avail.  We then saw an email from Colonos Administration that thelocal military base replied that they did not have a boat available and would have to defer to the Cancun military base. We have never been able to confirm that the Cancun military base sent a boat out.  Additionally, we were told all harbormasters and military bases between Puerto Aventuras and points north of Cancun would be notified within an hour of the 9:30 a.m. report.
A couple days later, we had an appointment with the harbormaster in Playa del Carmen. He said he did not receive any notification.  We then obtained an email that went out from Puerto Aventuras at 4:12 p.m. on the day of the theft.  Of course, by then the stolen boat was already where the thieves planned to hide it.  We are not accusing anyone of complicity in the crime, only showing frustration over the inability to get the facts straight.
It is disheartening to experience this loss.  We had only been out on the boat six times.  In July we pulled the boat from the water and had the bottom painted.  The day before the theft we put $300 (usd) of fuel in the boat.  We do have theft insurance, but with the extras and deductible we stand to lose a substantial percentage of our investment.
Yes, we are keeping it in perspective and are grateful no one was hurt. In addition to our financial loss, the workers we pay to maintain the boat and assist us when fishing have now lost a job.
     With this being the fourth stolen boat from Puerto Aventuras this year, along with a rash of home robberies, we question whether Puerto Aventuras is the paradise we thought. With these disturbing events, and the inability of Colonos to resolve these issues, why would anyone want to invest time and money here?
The economy has been slow and values in Puerto Aventuras are at a low.  The last thing we need is to allow crime to continue driving values down.  Colonos must be proactive in assisting authorities to get to the bottom of this criminal activity and must take bold steps NOW to prevent this from continuing.”

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and press reports
LOCAL ENGINEER DIES – Arturo Hernandez Ramos, 34, who worked in the maintenance area of  the Dolphinarium in Puerto Aventuras, was killed in a single-car accident on Route 307 near Tulum – THIRTEEN TAXIS were damaged in a continuing battle between unions in Tulum and Playa del Carmen during a recent confrontation on Highway 307 at the entrance road to the Tulum ruins, surprising tourists. Negotiations to resolve differences are ongoing as is a legal case to recoup damages…FIGHTING EXTORTION – Law enforcement agencies have combined to distribute pamphlets on how to avoid being set up for telephone extortion scams. Among suggestions: Don’t answer unfamiliar calls and never give out personal information. Police say most telephone extortionists targeting Playa are calling from Tamaulipas and Veracruz…SPAIN’S MONEY WOES continue to stall construction of 4,000 hotel rooms in Cancun and Riviera Maya. The Spanish consul says it is a temporary situation and will be resolved when banks there resume investment loans…IN THE MEANTIME,  The Economist magazine says Mexico’s banks that were in trouble back in 1995’s “tequila crisis” and needed a $50 billion bailout for loose lending practices are now in a position to help their parent companies. Bancomer – an annual visitor to Puerto Aventuras and popular among Anglos – is the Mexican link of Spain’s BBVA, and now accounts for a third of BBVA’s worldwide profits…THE WORLD AIR TRAVEL SUMMIT held in Abu Dhabi last month has given cause for hope that flights to Cancun International from UAE, Qatar and South Africa could begin in 2013…POLICE ARRESTED four men who reportedly had been fighting over a brick of marijuana at the Xpu-Ha Beach, which is popular among Puerto Aventurans…THE NATIONAL MARINE PARK of Cozumel Reefs has been given an award, and the flattery of being copied by other countries in its strategies to battle the beautiful but deadly lionfish that is anathema to marine microsystems…NEW YORK CITY is making a concerted push to attract more travelers from Mexico. Turnabout is fair play. The number of Mexicans visiting the city has doubled in six years…

Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter

We have postponed our trip to Mexico “Hemos pospuesto nuestro viaje a México”
Anyone interested in learning the language can contact Ms. Contreras by email at Gloria Contreras nanigloria@hotmail.com or Cel: 984-108-3516.
(Ms. Contreras teaches Spanish classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is $150 pesos per session. Please call her first to make arrangements.

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