PA Centro preps for high season
Pelican ‘hits’ Parade: By Counterize, for Dec. 17, 2013
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Popular Cooking Class on regional Mexican cuisine begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 20) at Latitude 20 Restaurant through March. More info at 984-802-9372
The Colonos office will be closed Dec. 24-25 and open the 26th and follow a similar schedule for New Year week.
Candlelight service in Paamul: The Fellowship Church of the Riviera Maya invites everyone to come and celebrate with members from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Dec. 24th in the Palapa Community Center. Participants will be singing together and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Holidays dance party with DJ Bob 7 to 10:30 P.M. Dec. 27 at Latitude 20 Restaurant on the Lagoon of Dreams. P.S. Latitude Catering is availble for home parties. Reach them at email@example.com.
Runners in the annual road race, being held on Jan. 19 this year, are reminded to get in shape to vie for one of the prizes. More details later.
Library Hours over the holidays: Closes the 20th of December, open Dec. 27 and Jan 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular hours resume Jan. 7, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WANTED TO BUY: Golf cart, aluminum frame, 4-person, good shape. Contact Carlos 984-111-1252
Speeders risk losing access cards;
Highway 307 resurfacing welcomed
Three drivers caught speeding over the 30-mile limit on resort grounds by Colonos officials temporarily lost use of their main gate access cards, reports Colonos GM Armando Rincon.
He said the eyewitness incidents were corroborated by the Colonos security cameras after which the gate access cards were rendered useless at the gate. “The drivers then usually come in to let us know their card isn’t working, at which point we tell them why they lost the service.” He said access is reinstated and the drivers warned they could lose the card permanently if there are other abuses of the Colonos speeding limit.
The Colonos administration regularly receives complaints of people not only exceeding the speed limit but actually passing other cars, even on narrow, curving streets like Bahia Chemuyil. Residents are asked to obey the traffic rules for their safety and that of others.
Heavy truck and bus traffic has also been excluded from using narrow side roads to navigate the resort. They are being guided to use the main road into Centro to reach the hotels and various construction sites where practical.
307 surface improved
In other local travel news, snowbirds newly arriving will notice the north-bound leg of highway 307 to Playa del Carmen is being resurfaced with blacktop material that, we
are told, reduces the risk of skidding in wet weather. Another improvement will be the painting of lane stripes to help avoid accidental lane switching. Oh yes. The ride is a lot smoother and more quiet too.
There are also reports that repair work is being done to the light standards lining the median strip between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras. There have been numerous complaints, particularly from older drivers, that vision is somewhat diminished and impacts safe driving at night without the lights. Why precisely the lights have been inoperative has been a matter of conjecture. Some report that the state or municipality didn’t pay its electric bills, while others claim thieves were stealing copper wiring. Also, more police filter areas have been added along the road and the existing filter improved. Meanwhile, residents in Playa del Carmen are urging repair of potholes on the overpass saying they pose a risk of accident, particularly from foreign drivers unfamiliar with the pothole problems caused by heavy rains his year.
New arrivals may also notice a sign, partially covered by surrounding growth, announcing the location of a proposed Pemex service station. The site is located just north of the Lapis outlet.
Five killed in nearby 307 crash:
Officials say liquor involved
A car allegedly being driven at excessive speed by an intoxicated driver went out of control after hitting the median on Highway 307 between Puerto Aventuras and Playa del Carmen shortly after midnight early Saturday morning. The car became airborne and slammed head-on into an oncoming trailer truck, leaving five nationals in the car dead. The truck driver was not injured.
When rescue personnel and authorities arrived, they found one body had been thrown from the car quite some distance. Four others were jammed in the wreckage of the compact car Clio Renault. All were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies required by legal protocols showed levels of alcohol, indicating one possible cause of the accident, while speed and fatigue were also mentioned.
One report speculated the departed were employed by a 307 all-inclusive hotel and had traveled to Playa del Carmen to attend a party. While officials did not mention lack of lighting on the well-traveled highway as a contributing factor, Puerto Aventuras residents have complained that they fear driving on the highway at night since the lights have been inoperative.
Even in absentia, filter ‘topes’
force near gridlock on 307
Three lanes of cars, buses, trucks – even police cruisers – were backed up on Monday afternoon from Rio Secreto, down by Xcaret, heading north to the police filter near the Toyota dealership and Liverpool. The usual 15-minute or so ride into Playa from Puerto Aventuras was transformed into an hour’s ordeal of impatience as traffic moved slower than the famed Akumal turtles. It was stop and go a few feet and stop again. For the uninitiated, a “tope” is a speed bump.
Speculation of a horrid accident, such as occurred on the highway a few nights before (see story above) or major construction occupied the minds of drivers, some on cell phones probably explaining why they will miss their flight out of Cancun, or why the delivery of goods was being stalled, or why they would be late for work.
We had offered to give Prof. Andy Pittman of Texas A&M, an owner here who was here on business for a very brief stay before returning to work in Texas, a lift to a Playa bank and Soriana’s before he had to attend a 5 p.m. meeting of his homeowner association. By the time we reached the filtro, we had used up more than an hour’s time and Pittman suggested we just turn around and head back for his meeting. Which we did.
The cause of the delay was ironic: Three lanes of traffic were being funneled into one lane at the filtro because workers were removing the very topes that usually slow traffic, replacing them with nice, flat cement for what we hope is a more accommodating flow of traffic in the future..
The back-up was not much different than those that occur daily in northern cities from Los Angeles to Boston, except that it doesn’t happen here every day. However, a suggestion for future such projects if possible: Work on 25% of a given road at one time, leaving enough space for two lanes of traffic, rather than doing a third or more as was being done on Monday, leaving only one lane open. Otherwise, onward and forward with progress!
Puerto Aventuras Catering offers
great food, service for good times
What better time than the holiday season of cordial get-togethers of family and friends to remind the Greater Riviera Maya that the three bi- and tri-lingual chefs at Puerto Aventuras Catering are ready to make any size holiday party a social and culinary success.
“Our menus, including authentic Mayan, Yucatan, Mexican as well as American, Caribbean, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Healthy Vegetarian, Macrobiotic, Pritkin Diet and Kosher cuisines, reflect the abundance and quality of the area’s fresh seafood, meats, tropical fruits and spices,” says Chef Francesca. “We know where to go to shop for the best quality.”
While the chefs have assorted cultural backgrounds, they all live in Puerto Aventuras, from where they offer a selection of services as varied as their extensive menus. If you’ve rented a villa and need a daily chef, they do it and the shopping too. If you are having a gathering of six in your condo, they can prepare a festive array of foods in your unit or at their own kitchen facility.
They can cater to larger events like weddings, birthday and beach parties, yoga retreats, business meetings, anniversaries, and holiday gatherings, like those that are now upon us when the host and hostess would prefer to mingle with and enjoy their guests without worry.
A new service is the delivery of home-made lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, crespelle and/or cannelloni. The lasagna for six people is priced at 500 pesos.($38 USD on Dec.18)
If you are thinking of inviting friends for a holiday celebration, click on the Puerto Aventuras Catering logo in the left hand column of this page to reach the catering web site and its extensive offerings of services, menus and prices, or call them at Mobil 984-876-3277.
P.S: Puerto Aventuras Catering also sells homemade pasta, breads and natural fruit preserves at the local produce market on Wednedays and Saturdays next to the post office kiosk in Centro.
Aventurans note Akumal parking loss
Some slightly agitated Puerto Aventurans have been wondering what’s up with Akumal’s former public parking lot and apparent confusion over the charge of 50 pesos for parking at another nearby lot closer to the Turtle Bay Restaurant.
So we visited there last week just to see what would happen and were pleasantly surprised. As we had been told, the former public lot was roped off for what we were told is to become a commercial development.
As soon as we drove under the archway, we hugged a right on the dirt path that leads to the Lol Ha Restaurant. There was a man guarding the roped-off path. He took our license number and let us through. We had breakfast then left. The same man let us out. No charge. We didn’t overstay.
A well-versed resident of Akumal said the other lot, recently monetized into a profit-making parking lot, charges 50 pesos for day parking for spending time at the beach or snorkeling. It isn’t known at this time whether part of the payment is forgiven if people just want to go there to eat.
There is another, smaller lot on the left side of the Main Road, just after the arch, for patrons of Turtle Bay restaurant. Parking tickets are stamped for diners.
Face of PA Centro in transition
Cleanup in works, provided
association rules followed
There have been some changes in the commercial make-up of the so-called Dolphin Walk retail and restaurant area in Puerto Aventuras Centro.
There is empty space where the former Tiramisu and Sushi restaurants once were, evidently with no new entrepreneurs currently beating a path to those doors. Also gone, recently, is the Mangos restaurant, the target of numerous noise and other complaints from the public. Its empty bar swings are just hanging there, sometimes slightly swaying in the breeze.
The former computer restaurant is gone and replaced by one apparently featuring ceviche, while several other eateries, taking a lesson from an aggressive rainy season, are building roofs over their dining areas with permission from the Centro Association to keep diners and casual imbibers dry on the outside if not on the inside.
At least one commercial building housing condos and retail outlets is for sale. A new pub opened as did an ice cream shop. Several eateries appear to be branching out into real estate as a sideline and a new owner of the former Gringo Dave’s is awaiting permits to open after completing some remodeling.
Tidying up the rules
A letter from the administration of Centro Commercial Marina, an owners’ association, was sent to members asking for cooperation to keep clear the common areas by removing banned items that have been placed in them. A list of those items and rules is available in the regulations governing use of common spaces. The items are listed in Chapter 2, Articles 12 and 14 and Chapter 3, Article 16 of the regulations.
A partial list of those items banned from common areas includes ice machines, work tables, hanging tarps or screens, broken or badly rusted items, advertising signs on porches or hallways and grills. Also, no loudspeakers outside units and no more than one menu board outside the unit.
“We try to maintain a nice shopping center for visitors to use, clean and tidy, and are committed to working with owners in keeping the common areas attractive and well-maintained,” noted the administration. “This action will give an improved appearance and image to businesses,” for tourists and authorities checking the facilities.
The letter noted such items left outside after last Sunday would subsequently be removed by the association. The administration said Tuesday the response for cooperation was moving along and would hopefully pick up steam as the high season advances.
Trans-peninsular Train Update:
News out of Mexico City reveals that a meeting was held between government officials and potential bidders of rolling stock for three major railroad projects nationwide, one of which is the trans-peninsular project linking Playa del Carmen to points south and northwest, the southern rail ending at Calica, then going west. Enough rolling stock to transport 1,000 riders is being viewed for the trans-peninsular project.The meeting included 15 manufacturers of rolling stock in Mexico, and others from Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, China, Korea, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Phrase a Week… with Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. In Spanish, you would say, “Feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo ”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cel: 984-108-3517 .
Church Services… Please click Colonos icon on right top of page.
AA and Alanon meetings…
AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.