SWING INTO 2d ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF FEB. 29
VALENTINE COUPLE – Surf & Turf, 300MxN, Cafe Ole
JUST WAITING TO FISH – See the “for sale” page
GET A BRIGHTER SMILE – Go to “service provider” page
NEED A MINI LAP TOP? – Push the “for sale” button
Sign up now to help Poblado students
reach a new educational level of hope
Event limited to 36 golfers, but public invited
to enjoy auction, raffle following play at 2 p.m.
Posted 2/9/12 by Pelican Paulie
PA’s second annual charity golf tournament to support the Poblado high school will be held this leap year on Feb. 29 at the PA golf course with a 9 a.m. tee time. Last year’s
initial event with only 27 players raised an estimated $8,000 that furnished windows and doors for the 2-r00m, 2-bath school funded by Anat Kah, this area’s answer to a tax-deductible United Fund.
Students are now using the school classroom while temporary electrical service is being installed by CFE, the government-run electric company.
Fee for golfers is again $100 with opportunities to win cash prizes for best performance and have fun with various $75-peso mulligans. Last year, beneficent players who enjoyed a merry day with neighbors and friends on the course left their winnings for school use.
Golfers can sign up now to reserve a spot by calling Tourney Chairmen Jim and Jeanette Jamieson at 984-873-5336 or ( c ) 617-733-3174 or Bob and Glenna Uecker at 984-873-5195 or visit them at Capt. Rick’s Sportfishing Center in Centro Comercial.
Committee members Dick and Sally Dawson, Don and Diana Black, Bob and Pam
Beisenherz, the Ueckers nd Jamiesons and others are currently busy drafting posters, getting sponsors, marketing the auction to the public, general logistics and food and performing other myriad tasks for the event.
If it is anything like last year, it will be a day every golfer, raffle ticket buyer and auction bidder will remember as a “hoot,” as Mrs.Jamieson would say.
Nine foursomes (36 players) will enjoy a 5-hour round shooting for 4.5 hours armed with a gift bag containing golf balls, tees, shirt and treats. After play, lunch will be served – and it was delicious last year – with a silent auction in tandem preceding the live auction of 10 major items at 2 p.m. There will be a major prize for a lucky winner of the raffle. Plans are afoot also for hanging a plaque in the clubhouse with the name of the winner of each year’s tourney to be engraved on it.
Jamieson visited the school this week to note the progress being made. There were several electricians fashioning a junction box to handle a temporary flow of electricity to feed power to fans in three
trailers also being used as classrooms, and to the school itself. A lengthy spur of macadam roadway already has been constructed alongside the school and is extending into the jungle where it seems future housing and other development is being planned. In addition, a large hole has been prepared on the school site to accept a septic system.
Like leap year itself that occurs every four years, one day is added at the end of February,which usually ends on the 28th. It is significant that the added day coincides this year with the tourney, symbolically giving students the added time to prepare for a better life of service and success through education.
More than 120 show for car, FM3, pet primers
Best advice of the day?
Purchase a Mexican car
More than 120 people jammed the Colonos meeting room Tuesday for advice on new rules governing the temporary (and permanent) importation and use of foreign-plated cars. When that segment of the fact-filled 3-hour schedule ended, the best advice seemed to be “Buy Mexican!”
New rules dictate that driving a home-country car into Mexico from now on will require an affidavit that the car will also be driven out and to insure that, the government will require deposits ranging from $200 to $400USD depending on age of the car. Break the permit or immigration rules and you lose the deposit and the car could possibly be confiscated under certain circumstances.
That’s a major difference from the old rules that have allowed cars to remain in this country without current registrations either in Mexico or the USA, meaning fee-and tax-savings for the owners. But under the new rules, bring a car in, you’ve got to take it out…even if it isn’t running.
The new rules also require a lot of paperwork, multiple copies of just about every pertinent paper and piece of information about the car and the owner and a process that runs through three to five separate agencies, some of which are in fairly distant locations like Cancun. Anybody with an FM3 knows what that’s like.
Getting a permit, which costs $44 USD, requires valid passport, immigration document and car title or registration. If it’s a rented car, a copy of the lease agreement is required. If the car is financed, bank permission is required. Also mandated is a “promise to return” affidavit.
Obey the rules and your deposit is returned. Break them by allowing a breach of your immigration status or permit, and you lose it. However, even if you lose your deposit, the car permit is still extended so long as your immigration status is.
For those whose cars that were here before the new law, the car is legal and its validity is based on the owner’s immigration status. A vehicle is automatically permitted along with one’s visa renewal. It was quite obvious there were too many details in the talk for people to remember and their hopes were dashed when they learned the U.S.Consul agent could not post the English translation on the Internet “because the laws change.”
Temporary importation is for foreign tourists, non-immigrants and immigrant rentistas and expires with the length of the various visas. The car can remain in Mexico for the length of extended visas as long as the visa is continuously valid.
There are many more details and specifics about these rules, too many to be repeated in this space. For people who still need good information, such as getting a permit over the Internet and other processes, Lic. Aurea Ma. Munoz Beristain of the Mexican Customs Office, who explained the rules in Spanish, and Samantha Mason, U.S. consular agent in Playa del Carmen who repeated them in English, strongly suggested getting the details straight from the law itself at www.aduanas.gob.mx or calling the agency from Mexico at o01-800-463-6728 or, from the U.S. or Canada, 1-877-448-8728. The agency has English-speaking information agents.
Boats and motor homes can be permitted for 10 years and accessory small vehicles can be trailered into the country with the main vehicle.
Now that the tax has been removed from owning a Mexican-plated car, and the seemingly complicated new process, with its potential for loss of deposit,the murmur heard in the room was indicative of a foundation change of things to come and a logical conclusion to “Buy Mexican.”
Keep your luggage close,
but keep your pets closer
U.S. Consular Agent Samantha Mason clarified a problem that has lately beset several U.S. citizens bringing their pets to Mexico. One PA visitor recently complained to the Pelican Free Press about their pet being left in a customs warehouse for some 17 hours without food and
water and having to pay $800 to a customs broker to retrieve the dog.
The consul agent said, generally, that transporting a pet as cargo requires the services of a customs broker to retrieve the pet upon arrival. She strongly advised that rather than save money on extra baggage by putting pets free in cargo instead, pets fly with the owner.
As long as a pet has a certificate of health and vaccinations, it can fly with the owner and enter the country without problem. But if the pet flies cargo, it must go through customs and be retrieved by a broker whose basic charges, said the consular agent, is alleged to be $1,620 pesos.
(That did not explain why the PA vacationers were initially charged $800 USD, then dropped to around $600. The plaintiffs also alleged the airline made the error by shipping the dog cargo and an attempt was being made to recover the payment from the airline.)
Snowbirds and expats were told the future seems much brighter for a more accommodating immigration process if new laws already written on the federal level are actually promulgated at some future time.
A presentation by U.S. citizen and Mexican law student Solomon Freimuth approached an exercise in futility since there was no way of knowing, he said, what decision would be made on the new legislation.
But briefly, the law as written does seem to be more welcoming to foreigners. It evidently eliminates the FM3 – 2 and sets up a broad category of “temporary resident” that would include visitors who could stay to 180 days as tourists, working tourist who could remain in country up to 4 years, and – the one that would mostly impact retired snowbirds…a one-time visa for those who support themselves from outside money, such as Social Security, pensions, etc. Now that would be nice and save many old folks those frustrating FM3 complications and long waits for service.
The proposed law also contains a points system to attract skills the country needs, such as educators, doctors, engineers, etc. For those who want more specifics despite the fact the law remains only a proposal and could face multiple amendments and/or political inertia, go to Freimuth’s promotional website at www.mymexicanlawyer.com .
Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter
You are at the bank and want a balance on your account. Ask the clerk: “Quiero mi estada de cuento, por favor.”
(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. Please call her first to make arrangements at 984-108-3517)
PARK COMMITTEE CLASSES:
Cooking:10 a.m. Mondays at Latitude 20 Restaurant
Fitness at the Park: 8:15 A.M.: Tai Chi Tuesdays, Yoga Wednesdays and Fridays
Art: 9 to noon Wednesdays and Sculpture on Thursdays
French: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays
Kids’ Club: Art 10-11 a.m. Saturdays; French, 4-5 p.m. Mondays; Story hour 3 p.m. Fridays
See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports
POWER OUTAGE Tuesday evening didn’t help with production of the Pelican this week as Freddie Kilowatt took a hike and left the entire village except hotels with generators without illumination until Wednesday morning. It ruined many a dinner as did a water repair shutdown Wednesday evening. The outage was caused, we are told, by a broken transformer near Akumal…TRASH TALK – While the resort community went about five days without rubbish pickup last week, the “problema” with the municipal collection contractor has evidently been overcome, reports the Colonos. Some folks began to worry about rodents and other
organisms should rubbish remain uncollected…SEVERAL EXOCITC ANIMALS,including a tiger and macaw among others used to entertain visitors, were taken over by authorities from shops and sites along Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue last week because they evidently lacked proper permitting papers…RUMORS (slosh, slosh!)OF A DROUGHT in Puerto Aventuras are grossly exaggerated…PEEWEE SIGNAL?- No, it isn’t what you might be thinking. It’s a traditional Mayan delicacy of corn on the cob cooked underground for about three days. It is known as “Pibi Nal” in Yucatec Mayan and no longer a widespread practice…BEATLE PAUL MCCARTNEY is expected to give a concert at Chichen Itza when his final world tour gets under way, say state and federal officials despite the fact that no contract has yet been signed…SMALL HOTELS in Playa had to decrease room rates by 60 percent in order to achieve 50 percent occupancy in December and January as managers say there is no relief from the economic doldrums in that sector…CONVERSELY, INVESTMENT-MINDEDreal estate dabblers can take heart in a prediction by the Mexican Association of Real Estate Owners in Riviera Maya that the worst is over, that is, the 2008 economic downturn and the 2009 influenza scare, and the real estate future looks brighter. Now all owners have to figure is a way out of
capital gains…LIONFISH HUNT – Twelve divers this week participated in the first lionfish tournament off Playa del Carmen and the effort was called a success as bags of lionfish were brought ashore, poison spines removed, and fish served as ceviche. The lionfish is a predator with the potential of destroying the reef ecology. PA divers have been removing them from local reefs for several years…TULUM FOODSTANDS are the target of health officials who said growing cases of suspected salmonella reported at the local hospital moved them to ask for hygienic inspections of local eateries…SIX DEHYDRATEDCubans on an escape raft were rescued off the coast near Isla Mujeres this week after being spotted by a fishing boat…SEARCH FOR a British passenger who jumped or fell from a cruise ship off Cozumel last week was to end this week without success…
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