Van kills child in mom’s arms
Van strikes mother, child near
PA Chedraui mall; child dies
A 24-year-old mother and her 11-month-old child were struck by a hit-and-run van shortly after 9 a.m. last Thursday while evidently trying to cross Highway 307, ironically, near the pedestrian bridge crossing that has fallen into disuse. Several days later the child died at the General Hospital in Playa del Carmen and the mother was listed in critical condition.
The local Red Cross and Costa Med paramedics stabilized the mother and child at the scene of the accident and they were then transported to the General Hospital where their injuries were initially described as “serious.”
The mother, carrying her child, did not use the pedestrian bridge nearby, which gets little use by residents on both sides of the highway. Police said they found the van later but it had been abandoned by the driver, who remains on the run, according to police. Some Poblado residents gathered to urge that something be done to have more people use the pedestrian bridge to avoid such tragedies.
New Colonos identity
cards now available
The new personalized identification cards are now ready to be picked up at the Colonos office by residents who own housing units, the Colonos advises. Residents who live in private homes are directed to pick up their cards at the Colonos office during regular working hours.
Cards for residents who live in condominiums are available at the various condo administration offices. If some residents do not have a card waiting for them, it is because information was not delivered to the Colonos or condo administrators when the request for information was made in 2013.
The new cards, which replace the current identity cards that will no longer be valid in 2015, were originally designed as identification, beach access and discounted services by participating businesses and will evolve in due time. A list of establishments offering discounts will be provided.
Colonos faults both parties
in Oct. 11 Café Ole demolition
Condemns demo process, cyber-bullying
Colonos officials faulted both the Centro Comercial Owners Association (CCOA) for its aggressive handling of the recent demolition of Cafe Ole structures and also the café owners and their supporters who dragged the larger community through the mud of humiliation on social media.
Meanwhile, Gayle Dunaway and Gary Adams, the café owners and renters of the cafe property, admitted, in a lengthy explanatory letter of apology to the community, to ignoring some association rules that prompted the CCOA action.
The Centro Vigilance Committee then issued a long letter of its own in Spanish refuting and clarifying some of the Café Ole owners’ perceptions. However, the CCOA simultaneously attracted criticism for ending the practice of having a translator at assemblies and bi-lingual correspondence to members, many of whom speak English only.
Colonos voted with majority
For the record, Colonos boards cast a vote at an August 2 association assembly agreeing with the association to return the Cafe Ole “common area” to its original state by removing permanent structures built on common property by the café owners under what the association believed were questionable circumstances.
But a brief letter to all Centro stakeholders signed by Colonos GM Armando Rincon, Colonos spokesman, ripped the Centro association’s aggressive demolition foray. He said the Colonos supports the intent of upholding rules, but “…does not approve and condemns the (demolition) procedure since we (the Colonos officials) recommended doing it by legal course.”
In a phone interview, Rincon told the Pelican Free Press the Centro board acted on advice of a lawyer rather than wait for approval of a judge as required by law.
Social media use backfires
Several days before the demolition occurred, Café Ole owners and supporters took to the Internet in an 11th hour effort to garner support from the community to prevent the pending destruction. But the move backfired as it soured some in the community and spurred café supporters into a social media barrage of fault-finding and unwarranted denigration of association individuals, creating a public relations nightmare for the community.
The personal attacks apparently helped torpedo a planned meeting between café owners and the CCOA board that might have prevented the impromptu demolition. Piecing together information from various sources, the Pelican found the café owners had agreed to considerable concessions with the COAA administrator prior to the actual demolition.
A discussion was evidently planned to seal the deal with the COAA board, but ironically, it was postponed for lack of availability of several COAA members as the cyber bullying began attracting attention on the Internet. Then came the demolition before a further discussion could be held.
Special meeting set, postponed
A special closed meeting for all Centro condo and business owners – not an assembly – that was scheduled to be held Saturday (Oct. 18) to discuss the situation was also postponed at the 11th hour. “It was thought it would be too soon,” Rincon said he was told. He inferred a cooling off period is needed before sensible discussions can take place.
While the Colonos board condemned the association’s aggressiveness, it equally condemned “the reviling and aggressive acts toward the people involved, referring to their nationality in a derogatory way and using social networks to do it. We ask responsible people to stop these aggressions which do not help anyone and damages our community image,” Rincon wrote for the board.
Future in limbo
In response to an inquiry by the Pelican Free Press of what the future may hold for Cafe Ole, Gary Adams said he believes the situation is “now a criminal matter” and that once it has been resolved by the judicial system, restitution will be demanded. He said, optimistically, that when the courts approve rubble removal and once funds are provided, “we will rebuild.” He said partner Gayle Dunaway wants to remain in the business, but as to himself, “I’m not so sure.” There was no definite timetable included in his responses.
Among the affair’s unintended consequences is a call by condo owner and former association board member John Schwandke for the association to resume bi-lingual meetings and correspondence. “Perhaps the single biggest cause of confusion about this Cafe Ole ordeal is lack of communication.” He said the current board ended the practice of having a translator at association assemblies to save money, but that it should resume so that less information gets lost or confused in translation.
“Until such time that all unit owners are provided communication they can understand, I predict that debacles like this one will escalate,” Schwandke said. He and others also note that all Centro owners should be provided with copies of the standard lease agreement that clearly explains what is expected of signatories.
Most outdoor property surrounding Centro buildings up to the dolphin walk is common property and is leased by business owners under conditions and regulations adopted by agreement of association members.
Hotel group objects
to Calica fuel depot
Objections to the proposed fuel terminal at nearby port of Calica (Punta Venado) just north of Puerto Aventuras, are being presented to local, state and federal governments by the Riviera Maya’s Hotel Association and Business Coordinating Council.
Both bodies believe the storage and distribution through the state of 420,000 barrels of stored fuel – including aviation petrol bound for Cancun Airport – will undermine the area’s primary source of income – that is, tourism – and have the potential to despoil the region environmentally.
Both organizations seeking rejection of the proposal held a press conference recently and reaffirmed their belief the plan by Storage and Distribution Terminal del Caribe (ART) isn’t feasible socially, environmentally and economically. The objectors claim that in addition to land-based surface and underground (rivers) environmental damage, the potential exists for debilitating the world’s second largest reef system, part of which lies just off the Mayan Riviera shore and Calica.
Proponents see an opportunity to bring the fuel depot and the trans-peninsular train terminal at Calica as a relatively safe way to increase tourism throughout the peninsula and have the potential to deliver fuels by train rather than trucks that would be kept off the busy highways.
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The Mail Bag…
Odor chases kayaker away
I paddled my kayak into the harbor today(10/13/14) and coming abreast of La Costa, the water turned brown and a strong fecal smell was present. This disgusting situation increased up to the bridge by Latitude 20 at which time I got the hell out of there back to the ocean. Latter my wife and I went to Latitude 20 to have dinner but the stench was overwhelming and we left at once. The locals tell me this happens after a strong rain and the adjacent sewer overflows into the harbor. I have had property here for over 25 years and have witnessed some bad stuff but this situation is by far the worst ever. I know the sewer system was poorly designed and installed but this has to be corrected before people get sick.