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September 2017 EXTRA!

Request for  Special Assembly
to fire Colonos leaders denied

MORE PALM THAN CALM as talk of firing Colonos leaders harmonizes with new trees planted in Centro.

By Staff
The Colonos has informed PA developer and Arq. Roman Rivera Torres that it will not call an extraordinary Assembly to consider firing Colonos board Chairman Jorge Kaufer and General Manager Armando Rincon for alleged under-performance.

Kaufer is elected to the non-paid position on the board by the vote of the Assembly. Rincon is the paid general manager who is hired by the board.

Kaufer said last week a letter was dispatched informing Rivera Torres “the issue will be discussed in the December General Assembly.” He added that “no extraordinary Assembly will be organized since the two other Vigilance Committee members do not agree with the request since it does not represent the Vigilance Committee (VC),” Kaufer said.

Rivera Torres is president of the VC, which serves as a non-voting adjunct to and overseer of the Colonos board.  Property owner Tim Howard and Carlos Suarez, a resident and local condo administrator, form the three-man VC panel. The communication requesting the extraordinary Assembly was not signed by any VC member other than Rivera.

Differences of opinion

While the Colonos stands by its opinion that it was not obliged to intercede for one party over the other in what it considered private commercial matters earlier this year, Rivera re-iterated his judgement last week that the Colonos Association “has an obligation to protect its associates. The marina is an important associate.” He emphasized that the marina is losing business over the continuing financial discord with some boat owners.

“Those boats and the company representing them are not in disagreement on fees – they are not paying,” he alleged. As to retaking control of the main gate, which the Fideicomiso also owns along with the marina, Rivera said he offered to run the gate for three months “put things in order and give it back to the association operating correctly.”

Also in question as of this writing is the status of $200,000 USD appropriated at the last Assembly for main gate improvements. Funding has been withheld by the Colonos and the project stalled after the Colonos was notified of the Fideicomiso’s intent to retake gate control next April.

Ad-hoc study panel being formed    

In the meantime, Kaufer said the Colonos is assembling an ad-hoc panel of residents-at-large, with guidance from legal counsel, to “…work on strategies to avoid giving up entrance (main gate) control to the Fideicomiso – or how to work the transition if there is no better option.”

In current and past practice, the Fideicomiso cedes control of the gate’s operations to the Colonos, which in turn funds the gate and general security operations on behalf of all property owners, businesses and residents who fund it.

The competing interpretations of Colonos rules by the Fideicomiso and Colonos board over the contentious gate access issue remains unresolved heading into the December Assembly.

(Refer to Rivera’s full, unedited text published in the Pelican’s Sept. 5 news bulletin below this edition and to Kaufer’s explanatory columnr published in a special edition on Aug. 17 for further background information and competing interpretations.)

 

The Mail Bag…

PADDLING TOGETHER – not a  bad idea – to avoid he storm cloud (upper right) heading for the beach. (Pelican File Photo)

Looking for the weekly meetings

Dear Editor:
I am a condo owner at Puerto and I am coming in October. I have asked once before what is going on with the owners’ breakfasts that used to meet at the Pub. I went one time two years ago and there were only two people who came to the Pub and they said no one meets anymore.

Does anyone know about any owners’ weekly breakfast meeting? The weekly meeting was very nice for people like us who have not yet retired and come only for 8-10 days at a time (we never get to vote anything). It was such an informative meeting.

My second issue is that my friends that were going to come with us are afraid with all the bad publicity that they will be kidnapped, drugged or shot if they come with us. I used to see articles boasting about the low the crime rate is in the community and I have not seen any such information in the past few years. Is there any data about the crime rate in our community. My friends do not want to even travel from the airport to our community.

I have noticed that rentals of my condo are not as great as it was years ago. I feel as if we as the owners need to meet up and talk about some of the issues going on. People are afraid to visit. This is going to be devastating to us all.

Signed/Sharyn Guzzi 

(Ed Note: See letter below this one as to PA’s well-established security record. As to voting, you can either be here for the Assembly, or file a proxy with the Colonos or contact your condo administrator and let him or her know how you prefer them to vote on issues of concern to you.

Don’t ruin what we have

Dear Editor:

I have been a real estate developer for many years and when I built a project in Puerto Aventuras in 2006, I fell in love with the living conditions here and ended up staying, marrying and basing my very happy life here. People are happy here and it’s contagious!

As far as I know, no single case of violence is recorded. The private security force is highly respectful to residents, to the point of having returned my dog to me after it had escaped. he postman knows me, most people know each other, noise is controlled, street security cameras work! There is no car theft, no armed robbery, few minor burglaries, no gangs and kids can play free everywhere.

There is no theft of boat parts common in other areas, considerate restaurants in Centro close relatively early.

Puerto Aventuras is one of the best places to retire for people from all over the world. Something has been done well, I do not know if thanks to the Colonos, the Fideicomiso, the Municipality or all of them.

There is always room for improvement, but let’s do it together. Let’s not confront each other or allow this private community to become a community we cannot control.

Signed/ Manuel Cusi

 

Will miss watching young sailors

Dear Editor,

We love our condo in PA that we bought in 2005 and witnessed growth over the years. It is unfortunate that the sailing club was asked to vacate since just the few houses have been built in Phase 4.
We found it an entertaining, fun and healthy environment for all and enjoyed watching them from our balcony. We need more positive sporting opportunities for youth recreational activities in PA.

Currently, golf carts racing around with fun-seeking kids seem to take priority over safety issues or other available organized sporting opportunities. Our youth is our future, but it is our responsibility to help guide them down the right path.

Hopefully, this sport will soon be viable again in PA for the common good with appreciation of the importance of such sports for our community. Always look forward to reading your articles and keeping us updated through Pelican Free Press as we live most of the year in our home in Canada. Thank you.

Signed/Dr. Luis and Lorna Gonzalez

 

Security is a serious concern

Dear Editor,
After reading Arq. Roman Rivera Torres’ letter concerning the main gate issue, I can feel his frustration and want him to know he can count on me for support in creating conscience and logic with our community about this topic.

I feel our foreign English-speaking audience is not fully sensitive to how this country is changing and how hard it will be to conserve the peace and the value of properties in Puerto Aventuras if security is not properly enforced.

Puerto Aventuras is selling safety. The influence of a strong foreign presence that enforces its own protection independent of municipal authorities with its own first-world values is normal in first-world countries, but is a privilege in Mexico.

It increases property values and is the way to live a relatively peaceful life. The rise in criminal activity outside gated communities is enormous but is non-existent in the Puerto Aventuras resort. If municipal police are let in and we are not careful, Puerto Aventuras will get infected as well. We must ensure that whomever is in charge understands and believes in this to the core, and he/she gives us the certainty that rules are rigidly enforced.

I also urge we are prudent about how we manage access to the public beaches lest we become another Akumal with its myriad access problems. I have witnessed that Mr. Rivera Torres has personally put great effort and sacrifice to protect Puerto Aventuras from beach erosion as well. I can feel his frustration about what is happening with Puerto Aventuras and the work he has done regarding these topics. I extend a helping hand, and truly hope we can solve this together.

Signed/Pablo Besquin

(Ed. Note: Mr. Besquin is president of Oceanus International of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has been employed by the Fideicomiso to engineer the Fatima Bay beach reclamation project.)

Don’t change for the worse

Dear Editor:

I am disappointed to see the problems in the leadership of the town. I hope they can be worked out at the Assembly. We love this town and no one wants it to change for the worse.

It was built as a resort and it has generated many jobs. Many people have flocked to the Poblado in search of a better life and have been supported through the Colonos by the residents of the resort in that effort.

It must be recognized that without the resort there would be no jobs and the community would collapse. It is very important that we abide by the original restrictions so that both the resort and the Poblado can survive and flourish.

Please consider this as you make important decisions that affect everyone that has invested their lives and their money in Puerto Aventuras.

Signed/Peter Moulton

Save community attributes

Dear Editor:

I have been a Puerto Aventuras investor, owner and resident for over 25 years and witnessed its healthy growth resulting from the tenacity and leadership of its developers and  community interacting under the principle of harmony and clear goals. But now I am concerned about communications spread through different means, that seem to be dividing our community. This stems from an apparent lack of basic knowledge of Puerto Aventuras’ initial goals credited to those who conceived and sustained it since the beginning.

Attributes that make this place so unique are at risk. They are: Unity and integrity of the concept due to the Association’s alleged lack of fulfillment in protecting the interests of its associates or because of decisions that have forced not a few to resolve their problems in an individual way, thus breaking the initial plan of a “single and unified whole.”.

Our security, facing a generalized and prevalent unsafe situation in the zone. This problem initiates with our main gate control and the application of the adequate systems for the entrance of owners, residents and authorized visitors.

The privacy of our development ,which was created for the benefit and enjoyment of its owners and residents can reach the point of losing the “privacy of an integrated community”, turning our beaches, caletas and infrastructure into public.

Puerto Aventuras is what it is today because of those who conceived and developed it hand in hand with a community that believed in the concept, invested in it and chose it as a life experience. But all of this seems to be at risk because of “the free expression of personal positions” elaborated without awareness of its roots and giving no credit to the leadership that initiated it and has kept it valuable to this day.

Signed/ Salvador Sada Derby

Support restoration of security

Dear Editor:
We as property owners and full-time residents of Puerto Aventuras would like to give our full support to Roman Torres in his effort to have security restored here in our private resort and gated community.

We purchased our property because we understood that all  property here is private and for the use of the residents and guests only. We are not a town or a municipality. If we were looking for that, we would have purchased property in Akumal, Tulum or Puerto Morales.

It has come to our attention that now our beaches, coves, marina area, and neighborhoods have become public with free access to people outside of the development. The Colonos president and manager have allegedly given their approval to opening our private property to anyone that stops at our front gate with an ID and this is in violation of our bylaws and regulations of the development. Try doing that at any of the other private resorts near here like The Barcelo and Hard Rock Hotel and we are a private resort just like them.

We have noticed large groups of people walking through our private property and using our facilities that should not be open to them. Security does nothing to stop them and this must stop. Security also does nothing regarding parking, noise violations, both from residents and some businesses and one wonders what security actually does.

Security needs to protect its owners and residents and if the Colonos leaders won’t do it, they should step aside and let someone else do it for us. We are sure that if our absentee owners knew about the total lack of security within our development, they would agree that there is a strong need for a change.

Signed/Ron and Catherine Hurst, Hal and Pauline Harper, and John R. Bush.

(Ed. Note: The signatories are residents of Chac-Hal-Al condo domplex which has generated numerous ongoing complaints of late-night noise emanating from docked boats and a nearby lounge.)

 

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