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CALLING ALL CHEFS!

 

The more the tastier!!!

You don’t have to buy a $10,000 plane fare and circumnavigate the world to taste its infinite variety of cultural foods and spices. All you need is a 150- peso ticket to attend the fifth annual Puerto Aventuras Food Festival and get a sampling of what you’d find in other exotic places.

If the past is indeed prologue, this year’s event should please the palates with morsels of international delights from Japan, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, India, USA and national dishes from Puebla, Oaxaca, Tabasco and more. The Colonos Cultural Committee is calling on more chefs from various countries to participate in this year’s event being held in the ample Colegio courtyard. The Colonos notice:

“Here’s a notice for the chefs and cooks who like pleasing PA palates to prepare for the 5th edition of the International Food Festival of Puerto Aventuras to be held Sunday, March 15, in the ample setting of the Colegio of Puerto Aventuras.

This has been one of the community’s premier events in past years and a delicious way of getting to know people from around the world and the country as local chefs share their gastronomical culture and neighbors renew acquaintances.

Those who want to participate – restaurants, hotels and individuals – are asked by the Colonos to confirm their intent as soon as possible to facilitate planning. “The idea is a simple one: one country,” says the Colonos, “one dish. It’s a way of getting to know each other and the traditions of each country through their food. It’s not high level cuisine, but the traditional foods eaten daily by the Greeks, Chinese Turkish and other countries.

We’re not looking for lobster or caviar, but something simple and characteristic of each country. México will participate by states, that is, Puebla, Yucatán, Nuevo León, etc.

Each dish must be enough for 250/300 samples, small portions, a taste of flavor, 30 grams of meat or 30 grams of pasta. Nothing big. We would like for everyone to be able to taste 10 countries before being full.

There are two ways to participate:

1) A private citizen cooks his recipe just to introduce his country, with no commercial intent. In this case, the Association of Colonos will refund the food cost (but we need the receipts) up to a max of $2,000.00 pesos. Obviously the Association of Colonos provides also the installation: tables, chairs, cups, main course or soup dishes, napkins, etc.

2) As commercial business (restaurant, hotel, foods dealer). The company makes its own publicity, in any way they want, but we need it to identify with one country: Chinese restaurant, Argentinean parrilla, French cheese import, etc. The Association of Colonos provides the installation: tables, chairs, cups, main course or soup dishes, napkins, etc., but not the food. This is the cost of publicity.

We need to know ASAP who wants to participate, name of the country and the dish that will be prepared. Invite your neighbors and friends from other countries to participate. We expect around 600 people at the event. Drinks are sold separately. Call or contact Carlos Quiñones at coordinacion@colonos.org or tel. 8735116.

Tickets are $150.00 adults, $100.00 pesos children”

 

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Commerce Corner…

Fabric store will locate

in PA’S Chedraui multiplaza

By Staff

Lots of meanings get lost in translation. It was no exception last week attempting to learn what kind of business will occupy new construction at the Multiplaza Puerto Aventuras where Chedraui is located on Highway 307.

None of the employees in Chedraui and on the construction site itself knew. We asked a guard who was taking pictures of the ongoing construction if it was going to be a bank and, if so, which one. After a spate of gesturing and smiling and pretending we understood one another, the guard sort of agreed it was a bank.

The Pelican got in touch with the rental agent Ricardo Bonilla. He said it was being built for a clothing store called Parasini. So which was it? Bank or clothing?

The Pelican contacted Diane Tapia Garcia in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico at the home office of Frisa. That’s the national development company for the entire site and the ongoing construction. She said the “stand-alone” construction will house a fabric store called “Parisina.” The web site is www.laparisina.com.mx. The chain operation deals in fashion fabrics, sport uniforms, drapes and curtains and offers tailoring.

The new retailer will join Super Che and prepared food outlets Home Pizzas, Mei Xin and Salciccas sandwich and the coffee shop kiosk; the TelCel outlet and health and beauty outlets “Your Stylo” and “Similar Pharmacy” in the main building. It also houses several other businesses including a small fitness center and internet store, according to the Frisa website and observation.

The Frisa website also notes the multiplaza has 80,000 monthly visitors and 168 parking spaces. It has a land area of 11,669 m2 and the main building occupies 3,367 m2 of that. The food market and plaza were opened in 2011 and services a “local” population of about 15 – 16,000 between the resort, the Poblado and Puerto Maya as well as the surrounding areas of Paamul and Akumal.

 

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What’s in a name?

Knowing where you are

By Staff

A resort resident remarked recently that the streets of the Poblado, having been repaired and resurfaced, has made for a pleasant sojourn to the other side of the highway either walking or biking, to browse, dine, shop, visit or get the car fixed.

It is being said the road work has inspired Poblado residents to join in the improvements by tidying up private and public property as the political municipal delegation representing Puerto Aventuras makes its need for continued betterments known in city council  chambers.

One of the improvements sought is street signs. The local delegate has told the municipal government that residents and visitors complain of not knowing where they are when they reach crossroads. In fact, resort residents are surprised to learn that the Poblado streets actually do have names.

The main street, for example, that begins at the underpass, has been known by resort residents as simply “the Main Street.” But is has a name and that name is Avenida el Vivero, meaning “ plant nursery.” Unlike the repetitive names of streets in the resort area and Phase 4, the Poblado names are all different, making location much easier if only there were street signs.There are names like “Calle Chicozapote” and “Calle Ciricote”  or “Calle Cocotehos” and calles Roble, Jabin, Yaxche, and Uva de Mar to name a few.

Ironically, there was a call at the last Colonos Assembly on the resort side for simplification of addresses there.

 

 

Centro votes to continue action

 

to recover common area space

 

The Centro Comercial Assembly held last Saturday voted to continue an action begun by a previous board to recover common area space used by Cafe Ole, according to a source at the meeting. The vote stipulated the action be taken according to proper legal protocol. The previous board was recalled recently and replaced by the current board after part of a fixed bar placed by the café on common area was demolished by action of the previous board apparently without proper judicial permission, the source said.

The assembly also voted to increase the  15-pesos per m2 fee for common area encroachment by some condo units that occurred years ago to the 55-pesos per m2 price paid by commercial units. The assembly also approved the use of demand notices to members who are delinquent in maintenance fees by more than one year.

 

 

COMING EVENTS…

CONDOMINIO PUNTA ROCA assembly is at 9 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28 in the Colonos Room… SEASIDE OPERA CONCERT & BUFFET BRUNCH at the waterfront Omni Hotel 12 noon March 1, organized by the Utopia Group to promote musical culture in Puerto Aventuras. Tickets at  ceci@puerto-aventuras.mex  or call 984-168-0249 …RECYCLING at the skate park 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 6… COOKING CLASS – Latitude 20 cooking class is held at 10 a.m. Fridays. All are welcome to join in … SPANISH CLASSES at Latitude 20: Call Gloria Contreras at cel: 984-108-3517 for information… FREE LECTURE at 10 .m. March 17 in the Colonos room. The topic: There Is No Cure For The Common Birthday, But There Is Youthful Aging – Join Professor Emeritus Jim White and learn how to immediately slow the aging process… BENITO JUAREZ birthday is March 21 but observed Monday, March 16, when the Colonos office will be closed…

 

 

The Mail Bag…

Bancomer’s Napoleon meets his Waterloo

Dear Editor:

Thanks again for a great Pelican Free Press! Just wanted to say that I too had the same problem with Bancomer back in November. After dealing with customer service by phone and then sending them a long written report, and following up with three or four requests for an answer, I have heard nothing back. I was with Bancomer for seven years and could not believe how badly I was treated. I did not wait to deposit my cheque and instead went to CI Banco and opened a new bank account. They were very professional, courteous and friendly and after only two weeks I had my new account and my Canadian funds were in my account , ready for me to spend. What a treat to not have to deal with “Napoleon” ever again!

Signed/ Heidi Petre

(Ed. Note: Others are also criticizing Bancomer’s veiled policy on preferred status and asking for a clear explanation that has thus far not been forthcoming.)

The other side of Paradise 

Dear Editor:

In the last several years, most condo complexes have improved their properties, even some with limited resources like Puerto del Mar and San Carlos. It makes us aware the community was designed more than 25 years ago from scratch when proper construction materials were scarce or non-existent. That scarcity is beginning to show as the community infrastructure ages.

We now have different types of street substrate, water and sewer systems of questionable quality and durability, various types of unfriendly topes including the “tope on tope” outside the Centro Comercial zone; landscaping and sidewalk designs made from whatever is available, without benefit of standard strategy.

As property administrators continue to meet at the various assemblies, I would suggest some thought be given and pressure applied to effect long-term corrective planning to include: hiring a proper company to study the existing infrastructure condition and list priorities for a long-term overhaul plan; invite Cablemas and other utilities to cooperatively install underground systems, the water company to improve the water and sewerage infrastructure, standardizing road surfaces, all of it done in phases of a long-term plan and spending priorities. The Centro Comercial overhauled its property over several years and it looks and operates much better.

There are only two things that separate PA from resorts in the Riviera Maya like Bahia Principe, Playacar, Mayakoba and others: a Marina, which Puerto Aventuras has, and an 18-hole golf course, which has yet to extend from the current nine holes, but that’s another story. I suggest homeowner associations send the developer a letter asking to update the marina.

We no longer host a marina full of million dollar sport-fishing boats or get the five to ten mega-yachts we used to. Now maybe one or two boats are worth more than $100K. It’s a catch 22. Why invest if there are a bunch of derelict boats, but then why would a nice boat come if it’s a derelict marina?

In the last 25 years, other than some corrective maintenance, there has not been any work on the marina and it shows. It’s a lot like the larger community – five different types of posts, many types of electrical boxes, several walkway places caving in, etc. It took me some time to write this letter yet I am sure you all could add to it. The goal here is to get the community thinking of its future needs.

Signed/ Capt. Andy Beltran

 

 

Briefly noted…

Work was continuing  this week to assure the reopening of the Red Cross clinic in the Poblado and the resumption – and possible expansion – of ambulance service for all of Puerto Aventuras. Stay tuned … There is a proposal in the municipal council of Solidaridad to run the approval of new alcohol licenses by the city council for discussion rather than allowing licensing agencies to distribute licenses and permits at their discretion without council debate. Politicizing the process could perhaps benefit PA in controlling hours of operation of license holders to conform to local policies… U.S. Weather Conditions have affected the tourism market here, say businessmen, but travelers from other countries and Europe are helping make up for the many canceled flights from the U.S. because of incessant snowfall and extreme cold…Mexico speaks out on violent extremism – Interior Secretary Miguel Chung, speaking at the U.S. Summit Against Violent Extremism said last week that “It is not enough to deal with expressions of violence to ensure the tranquility of nations. We must also build responses to the root causes that generate it.” … Mayahablantses is the Spanish word for people who speak the Mayan language, and in Solidaridad, according to the last census, there are about 19,000 of them. While snowbirds think of bilingualism here as Spanish-English, for many Mayans it means Spanish and Maya… The infamous “Rubygate” sex scandal involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly is reaching Playa del Carmen where properties were allegedly purchased as “hush-money” for a then under-age Moroccan prostitute known as “Ruby,” with whom Berlusconi allegedly cavorted. The Italian government is investigating… Colombian Narco-cops  intercepted a shipment of 3.3 tons – yikes! – of cocaine hidden in mineral compost headed for – guess where – Veracruz, Mexico…  Gaining Ground – Tulum’s Small-Hotel Association is reporting an increase in occupancy from 70 to 73 percent over the same time last year… Tulum’s population has climbed rapidly from 2008 to 2014 with an increase of 20,000 new residents – from 10K in 2008 to 30K currently, creating more jobs in the hospitality sector… Researchers in Playa del Carmen report the HIV infection rate in the municipality has risen 33 percent since last June… Mexican President Pena Nieto will meet with Queen Elizabeth and UKPM David Cameron next week to sign cooperative agreements in the energy sector. Pena Nieto will also deliver a speech on investing in Mexico and then make a state visit to Scotland… Foreign immigration and customs agents will be allowed to carry self-defense firearms of limited capacity in Mexico to  protect themselves in the course of their duties handling illegal transport of drugs and people across borders…

 

Nature Watch…

CFE pole breaks, hangs from

heavy wires on Bahia Chemuyil

Woodpeckers, termites not culprits in this case

By Staff

A telephone pole cracked and fell onto Bahia Chemuyil last week and remained down for several days while security personnel directed traffic around it. It hung precariously from heavy wires and was buttressed underneath by a supporting pole. The incident called attention to a recent announcement by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) that – get this – woodpeckers and termites were causing some $500,000 pesos a year in damage to the company’s wooden posts.

The company reported that the average damage to poles from woodpeckers, termite and weathering is about 20 poles a year needing replacement. But in 2014, 30 poles were damaged from those sources and had to be replaced.

The pole that cracked and fell on Chemuyil was for a different reason, said Colonos GM Armando Rincon. He said the pole had simply deteriorated and had been reported to the CFE many times over the last three years as needing replacement. Most poles are pressure treated with chemicals to last about 50 years under local conditions.

Each post and the labor required to install and wire it exceeds 20,000 pesos, said the CFE. There are roughly 300 poles carrying power lines in the local district.

 

Go softly and carry a big stick,

crocs at cenotes can be quick

 

By Staff –

There is a sign near the cenote in Phase 4’s conservation area to beware of the crocodile reportedly hiding out there. This Pelican has never seen it and, upon learning that the specie can run pretty fast on those awkward legs and has a mouthful of 68 teeth, a few of which hang menacingly over the lower lip, (see photo), it’s probably just as well. Crocs are apt to lunch on pelicans as they do other birds and small mammals like pet dogs, for example,

A local amateur biologist who spends a lot of time by the Phase 4 cenote enjoying the isolation says he has never seen the croc mentioned in the sign, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Yet, the croc shouldn’t be too difficult to spot since an adult male Morelet –so named after the French naturalist who discovered the species in the mid-1850s – can grow to 10 feet – sometimes 14 feet by nature’s whim, and weigh in between 84 and 128 pounds.

The naturalists tell us the Morelet may look as if it couldn’t run the annual Puerto Aventuras road race, but don’t be fooled  by those stumpy legs, the rear ones webbed at that. While the croc won’t outrun a gecko chasing a cucaracha, it can keep up with and maybe surpass folks who’ve been collecting social security for a few years. The crocodile is described as having “explosive” capabilities because of strong muscles and that includes sprinting.

The Morelet prefers secluded fresh water  habitat near rivers, marshes, lakes, cenotes and the Yucatan’s grassy savannahs. Young crocs live in dense cover to protect themselves from predators, which explains why they aren’t always easy to spot. The Morelets breed between April and June and can lay between 20 and 45 eggs. Unfortunately, the Morelet can also be cannibalistic, devouring its own specie.

The juveniles are bright yellow with some dark bands and, if not confused with various lizards, have been spotted off the Phase 4 main road dashing into the brush looking for mama.

 

 

NOTES: An effort was to begin this week by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) to make residents aware through a publicity campaign that a ban on fishing, taking or eating the Queen Conch specie has been banned since 2012 for five years in hopes of replenishing the stock.

LIONFISH: While details haven’t been released, there is expected to be a lionfish tournament off Playa del Carmen sometime in March to continue efforts to rid the invasive specie that despoils the reef habitat,. The tourney follows on the heels of similar previous tournaments held after the fish was promoted as edible and a cookbook published several years ago.

 

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