OPTIMISM RULES: Centro HBMOA Okays $2.2M renovation
Like other HOAs, raises penalties for maintenance fee delinquents
Posted 2/8/11 by the Pelican
Despite several years of lackluster performance at the hands of a recession and negative drug war publicity on a national scale that unfairly reflects on the entire country, the Centro
“At the January 29 Annual Homeowners Assembly, members of the “Centro Comercial Marina” shopping district voted to provide an extra 2.2 million pesos to fund plans for major renovation to its infrastructure. The special assessment will be spread over a 4-year period and is separate from the regular quarterly assessments which remain unchanged for the coming year. The Centro Comercial Marina Association is unique to Puerto Aventuras, in that it is a mix of commercial space and private residences. Itsbuildings are among the oldest in the community, with construction dating back to its inception in 1988. A special engineering study commissioned last year indicated that considerable work needed to be done to modernize the complex and preserve its integrity. A detailed report and cost analysis has been completed for each building and has been provided to residents for review. Work will begin immediately.
The Centro Comercial Marina Association is shaped like a horse shoe and extends fromMimi’s Café-Café all the way around to the Mary Arena Clothing Boutique. Its total area extends from the marina out to the two adjoining streets, and includes the kiosk and all buildings in between. There are 35 ground floor commercial units and 75 above ground condo units. All of the walkways and gardens within the complex are considered “common area” and ownership is shared amongst the owners. With their approval, shops and restaurants can rent portions of this outdoor space on an annual basis. The mood remained positive throughout the meeting as attendees seemed focused on wanting to support long term improvements to the central shopping district. The Vigilance Committee, which includesEdgar Giffenig, Hector Pavon, John Schwandke, Paul Wedge, and Armando Rinconwas re-elected to serve another term.
In order to involve more business owners in the overall planning process, a new “Design and Promotion Committee” was formed. It consists of five members who will explore ways to improve communication with the public, suggest design ideas for the retail area, and to generate promotional ideas that will be of benefit to all. It was suggested that a member of the Vigilance Committee also serve as a member of the Design and Promotions Committee to help maintain good communications between the two
Other decisions reached during the meeting included increasing the penalty charged for late payment of maintenance fees and the ratification of three palapas recently constructed within the common areas. Several restaurants had requested permission to construct rainproof covers over sections of their outdoor rental space. Following investigation by the Vigilance Committee, which included consultation with the Fedeicomiso design department and PA developer Roman Rivera Torres, it was determined that palapas would be the preferred method as long as they are constructed within specified guidelines.
Artists return to Sunday Centro shows after snowy Eurotrip
Posted 2/6/2011 by Pelican Paulie
Parisian-born and bred Michel Brown, at one time the only foreign artist shown in a Russian museum, and Mexico City native Lourdes Ortiz Rubio de Brown, whose grandfather was president of Mexico from 1930-1932, may be accomplished artists with intriguing backgrounds but none of that could temper Mother Nature’s fury when they made a holiday season trip to Europe in December. They are back at their usual Sunday location between The Pub and Café Ole on the Dolphin Walk displaying their impressionist and realist art and talking about their flaky adventure to Paris, via Amsterdam, Brussels, thence London.
“We were told our luggage had gone ahead to Paris and that we’d have to wait in a long line for a free toothbrush and accommodations for the night. After waiting for too long in the line, we decided to get our own hotel room and went out into the snow with only a sweater to ward off the cold,” said Lourdes. Michel had brought a heavy jacket, but they had to shop for some outer clothing for her. By 11 p.m. they had retired to a hotel but had to be up again at 5:30 a.m. for a flight to Paris, which didn’t take off either. After hours of waiting and battling fatigue, they hopped the fast train to Paris. “We got a seat but other people came up to us, showed us their tickets and said we were in their seats. Lourdes was so tired she told them she wouldn’t move. And she didn’t,” recalled Michel with a smile that said only a woman could get away with that.
After 17 days of traveling Europe and London visiting relatives and friends, they returned to PA. “Our luggage followed us a few days later in Cancun airport after we arrived here…17 days without our luggage,” Lourdes said. Was the trip worth the effort? Michel raises forefinger and thumb to his lips in a singularly Euro-gesture and made a smacking sound. “It was beautiful”he said. They were in the city of his birth, renowned for its art, architecture and cuisine; the city where he had learned to paint at his father’s knee, as his father had learned from his father.
With many exhibits to his credit in Paris, Michel, who studied fine arts in Paris, moved to the southern part of France where he tutored art students. He became director of a an art house there until he befriended a traveling couple from Mexico. The couplelured him to Playa del Carmen, and, in a display of artistic temperament, “I left everything, everything behind and came to Mexico.” He and Lourdes met at a serendipitous event to which they had both been invited and seated next to one another. That event became, they admit while looking into each others’ eyes, a match made in heaven. They’ve been married seven years now. They live the fulfilling life of the artist contented with his lifestyle and the opportunity to create canvasses with skilled strokes of the hand guided my the eye of the soul. “I am an impressionist,” says Michel. “I paint what I see, and I see everything.”
Lourdes was born and raised in Mexico City, studied architecture, the history of art and landscaping at Anahuac University. She was childhood friends with the ubiquitous architect Roman Rivera Torres, mega-developer of Puerto Aventuras, but while she was am equestrian, he was a diver. “My family bought a summer home in Cancun when it was just beginning to become popular.” Later in life she moved there, then to Playa del Carmen where she met Michel, who both preferred the more quiescent lifestyle of Puerto Aventuras.
“My grandfather was president of Mexico from 1930 to 1932 ( inaugurated Feb. 5), and I wish so much that he would still be here so I could talk to him and get to know him better. I was just a little girl when he was president, so I didn’t get to know him as an adult.” President Pascual Ortiz Rubio, an engineer and surveyor in civilian life, was the immediate target of an assassination attempt and was shot in the facial area, recovered, and went on to lead a government of accomplishment including the separation of the Baja into North and South His administration enacted federal labor law, established the National Commission for Tourism, and joined the League of Nations among other significant achievements.
When Michel, an army veteran of the Algerian struggle, was studying fine arts in Paris, he was invited to St.Petersburg, Russia, to display five paintings of Paris. He remained there for six months and was the only foreigner whose work was displayed at the museum there.
Today, Michel, who has graced thousands of canvasses with his touch, has completed contracts for paintings in the rooms at the Omni Hotel here and is half way through a similar contract with the Omni in Cancun. Both artists have had numerous shows including in Mexico City and New York among other places and now occupy themselves locally in their home studio and with contract paintings, wall and ceiling murals in PLaya, Cancun and Mexico City. Lourdes has a son in PA who replenishes beaches, owns land with cenotes used by cave divers, and experiments with organic and early Mayan gardening techniques. Her daughter lives in Cancun where she owns “a hotel for dogs and is very busy,” says Lourdes.
We might say that Michel and Lourdes and PA embody the words of poet Allen , who wrote in his journal, Mexico and Return to U.S”: “Fortunately, art is a community effort – a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.”
THE MYSTERIOUS MACHINATIONS of Gringo Dave continue to mystify PA’s pundits as the eatery, a prime contributor to local gossip, now sports a new name emblazoned upon a large banner at the entrance heralding “Gringo’s Cantina”…SPEAKING OF RESTAURANTS, guests of residents are reporting increasing satisfaction with the quality and apparent flourish of diversity of the menus among Dolphin Walk restaurants, a