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Time to gift Colonos workers



Mosquito spraying draws

Complaint, quick response

   The Colonos has responded to complaints from residents Mary and Bernie Strojny concerning mosquito spraying. The couple reported that as they were walking at 5:30 one evening along Privada Xel Ha they were sprayed with a chemical fog by a passing truck that began the process too early, they said.

“It would be very helpful if you would post information on the website to tell us about the spraying schedule.  It would be even better if the spraying took place after midnight and before early morning when no one is out walking and breathing these chemicals,” the couple suggested in a note to the Colonos.

Mrs. Strojny said that after the incident she developed a sore throat and headache and decided to contact the Colonos to “let us know when dangerous chemicals are being used.”

In a timely reply, Colonos GM Armando Rincon thanked the Stronys for the alert and said the Colonos was sorry for the inconvenience.

“The schedule is normally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 6:00 p.m. “…but we will reduce this practice to two days which will be Tuesdays and Fridays.

“The reason we spray at these hours is because we have been told by the authorities it is when the best results are achieved. I am also considering canceling spraying for a while. We now have lower temperatures and no rain at all, meaning mosquitoes will tend to disappear naturally,” Rincon wrote.

“I will post our schedule on the Colonos web page for the following weeks. I am also investigating the use of friendlier methods that may be available on the market for future programs.”



FUND-RAISER for café Ole from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21 at Latitude 20 Restaurant…ART SHOW Gladis del Carmen, art director of the Puerto Aventuras Arts Gallery, welcomes the photographic work of Jayne A. Halle of Puerto Aventuras in a show entitled “Mexico Heart and Soul” opening Nov. 22 at 6 to 9 p.m. at the center…ASSEMBLY for Centro Comercial Owners’ Association slated at 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Colonos meeting room on a proposal to recall the Vigilance Committee…COOKING CLASS at Latitude 20, now under new ownership, begins Nov. 28 at 10 a.m…FIRST CONCERT OF THE SEASON at the cultural center from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5 will feature the juvenile symphonic orchestra from Cancun. It is sponsored by the award-winning PA Youth Sailing Club. Cost is 80 pesos for adults and 40 for children. Tickets available at the Colonos office and at Bamboo. Soft drinks, snacks, beer and wine will be available. An iPad will be auctioned…A COLONOS ASSEMBLY will convene at 9;30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Dreams Hotel Theater on Xel Ha Avenue to consider a 3 percent increase in the fee among other financial topics…CENTRO COMERCIAL annual assembly is scheduled for January 10…


Colonos seeks employee

gifts for the holiday party


There is plenty of time for residents to open their hearts and donate a gift for employees of the Colonos, which every year conducts a Christmas party for its 40 workers and their children under the auspices of the board of directors.

“The party is a way to thank our employees for their efforts and support during the year, but it wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the community at large. We ask for your help in donating a gift, for an adult or a child. It can be delivered any time beginning now during working hours – 9 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Colonos office. Our best wishes to all for the holiday season,” the board declared.



Two sources offer Spanish

classes for all adult levels

   Several good opportunities to learn Spanish have arisen this year, giving potential students a choice of beginning with some basic grammar and verb conjunctions to a purely conversational approach. Both classes are taught by certified teachers familiar to Puerto Aventurans.

One class in conversational {coffee klatch) Spanish is taught by Alberto Andres de la Fuentes at the Colegio Learning Center from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The other class, tentatively slated to begin in January, is taught by Gloria Contreras, a certified instructor and translator who teaches at UNID, a private university in Playa del Carmen,

Contreras said her course is for beginners and intermediates who seek a review. Part of the class will be in situational conversation, such as dealing with employees at gasoline stations and restaurants, basic expressions and useful vocabulary along with emphasis on grammar and verbs.

Classes will be held at the Latitude 20 Restaurant, tentatively from 11:30 to 12:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays for five-week periods, or 10 classes in each 5-week section. Fee is $100 pesos per class payable in advance for the 10 classes, or $1000 pesos ($73.71 USD). Contreras can be reached at Cel: 984-108-3517.

The conversational class taught by De la Fuentes will begin when a minimum of four students register for the course. “We can meet at the school (Colegio) to agree on a schedule,” de la Fuentes said. This course is generally for people who have a basic knowledge of Spanish but not enough to attempt to actually use it in conversation. The course goal is to help people begin overcome fear of using the language in general conversation.

If a minimum of four people sign up, the cost would be 150 pesos per class. If more than four , 100 pesos. Contact de la Fuentes at 984-140-3976.


Briefly Noted…

A group of people was spotted checking out and measuring the aluminum rubbish bin at Condos Esmeralda last week after the Pelican published a photo of it along with an appeal by the Colonos for folks to take steps to prevent overnight scavenging by raccoons and other pests…Mall Road is pothole hell at Las Americas Mall where the brick roadway surrounding the mall has evidently taken a beating from the weather. If you go there, pay close attention to your driving…A horse was killed when it was hit by a van on Highway 307 near Punta Venado (Calica) last week. Police blamed the “irresponsible handling” of the horses that escaped from a nearby ranch. Two horses were crossing the highway at night when the accident occurred. Nobody was injured…Expect a hike in local taxi fares sometime soon. The state has approved an “adjustment” for local drivers who haven’t raised fares in five years despite higher petrol prices and cost of repair parts because of the increased IVA tax to 16 percent. The state says the increase will be “minimal” in order to accommodate workers who need the taxis…The Playa airport move to Puerto Aventuras West is being done with close attention to preserving conservation lands, even at the current site in Playa. Officials want to ensure the keeping of the green regardless of what building projects are ultimately planned at the old airport… Life expectancy in the Yucatan just beats the national average of 74.7 years. Here it is 75.3 years, with women generally living longer than men…Holiday tourism is headed for success since 90 percent of hotel rooms reportedly are already under reservation…The fastest growing national sector for new tourists is the Russian market, according to reports on air travel…


Case of 43 missing Mexican

students gets world attention

Press in this area chronicles crime increase 


Editor’s note:  Mexico has suffered a world-wide blow to its image with the apparent murder of 43 missing students six weeks ago at the hands of a mayor, his police force and local criminal elements in the city of Iguala, Guerrero State, about 1,000 miles from Puerto Aventuras.

The matter was confronted at the G20 Summit in Australia attended by Mexican President Enrique Pina Nieto last week, also in a searing New York Times editorial and in sympathy demonstrations by students and adults in other countries.

In Australia, hundreds of marchers, some carrying Mexican flags emblazoned with the numerals 43 at their center, gathered at the summit while others protested Pina Nieto’s presence. And in Mexico, the government exhibited growing impatience this week as it moved to separate violent groups from the peaceful demonstrators and deal with them.

The local press in Playa del Carmen has been chronicling this area’s spreading incidences of gang crime such as extortion, drugs, kidnapping and, reportedly, seven gang assassinations this year, indications that rapid growth in a tourism destination is generally accompanied by challenging, unintended consequences.

As crime and corruption expands nationally with apparent impunity, Mexico’s reputation and ability to govern, as viewed by the foreign press, is questioned and was summed up by the following editorial from the Nov. 11 New York Times Editorial Board and published verbatim here:

The New York Times editorial:

“The disappearance, and presumed murder, of 43 college students six weeks ago has brought parts of Mexico to a tense point. On Monday, thousands of protesters blocked access to the airport in Acapulco, and last week tens of thousands more filled the streets of Mexico City.

“They are understandably outraged at a government that has failed to provide security, respect the rule of law, hold criminals accountable and ensure justice for victims and their families. In short, when gang members, security forces and others kill, they know there is a good chance they can get away with it.

“The 43 students from a rural teachers college disappeared on Sept. 26 in Iguala, 120 miles south of Mexico City. They had traveled there to collect money and steal buses for transportation to a demonstration. According to authorities, the town’s mayor feared the students would disrupt a speech by his wife, so he told the police to stop them. The police ambushed them, engaged in a shootout that left six people dead, and then turned the students over to members of a drug gang who killed them, burned their bodies and erased much of the evidence.

“Although the attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, announced on Friday that authorities had arrested at least 72 people, including the mayor and his wife, questions remain, including whether some students may still be alive. The government has said it will send some incinerated remains to a lab in Austria for identification. There may have been more to work with if the federal authorities had not delayed in taking over the investigation.

“Tragically, this is merely the latest example of a breakdown of law and order. In June, military personnel in Tlatlaya killed 22 people inside an empty warehouse; later, according to the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico, state prosecutors detained two of three surviving witnesses, beating and threatening them into saying the military was not responsible for the killings.

“The two incidents are “the worst atrocities we’ve seen in Mexico in years,” said José Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director at Human Rights Watch. But they are part of a pattern. Some 22,000 people have gone missing since a wave of drug violence began in 2006, and 100,000 people have died since 2007 in violence linked to organized crime. A 2013 investigation by Human Rights Watch found that in 149 of 250 disappearance cases, there was “compelling evidence” that state agents were involved.

“Two years ago, when he took office, President Enrique Peña Nieto pledged to revise the penal code, give more attention to crime victims and focus on Mexico’s economic growth as a means of reducing drug-related violence. What limited progress has been made still has not repaired a criminal justice system unable to properly investigate crimes, end the corruption or stop the killings.”

(A version of this editorial appeared in print on November 12, 2014, on page A26 of the New York edition with the headline: Law and Order in Mexico.)

The Mail Bag…

PA golf fees lowered

Dear Editor:

   A “tip of the hat” to Golf Course manager Jose Luis Ortega and staff of 22 for what they have accomplished thus far this year including lowered resident fees that should please local golfers.

Current resident rates: Weekends: Two golfers for the price of one for only 500 Pesos including a golf cart; Weekdays: $50 U.S. Dollars per round; Monthly Membership: Unlimited Golf for $350 U.S.D with no cart (Cart Rent $20 additional). These prices are good until further notice.

As play moves forward, we realize physical improvements too. The fairways have been made wider by clearing back rubble. Tree branches have been trimmed, flowers have been planted; areas around ponds, xenotes and water holes have been cleared of underbrush, making it much easier to find stray golf balls.

Fish and turtles have been added to at least one of the ponds, which results in cleaner water and an overall improved appearance around the course.  Ortega explains that it is still a “work in progress” with much remaining to be done. But, here is a “tip of the hat” to Luis and staff for what they have accomplished thus far.

In addition to these improvements, Ortega instituted the Puerto Aventuras Golf Academy to provide Golf Lessons for every level of play. Instruction begins with a detailed “swing analysis” incorporating specialized computer software. Following “swing analysis”, lessons from licensed professional golfer Andres Mejia Range begin. Andres encourages participants to come with an open mind, relax… and be prepared for positive change.

If you are a new golfer, Andres truly enjoys teaching newbies how to play the game. A 60 minute session costs $40 USD (2 people for $70) and a 90 minute session is $50 (two people together for $85). There is also a longer term Seasonal Academy for boys and girls. Smaller children play using “Soft Clubs” and time spent includes other fun games to provide entertainment while they learn the game of golf.

For reservations you can email the Pro Shop at [email protected]  or telephone 984-873-5004.

Signed/John Schwandke

Where are the other holes?

Dear Editor:

   When will the second part of the golf course be completed? We were told in 2008 that it would be completed in 2010. Then in 2013 that it would be done in 2014. The only progress has been the dumping of the rocks that were dug out for the new development. Anyone else concerned about this? Thank you.

Signed/ David Perry

(Ed. Note: It’s safe to say the developer is working on it.)

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