Costa Maya Newsletter
Newsletters > April 2007
Maya Newsletters: of primary interest to property owners on the Costa
Maya, - Rio Indio - Placer - Uvero - Punta Herrera - Xcalak and other
points along the coast
April 1, 2007**************************
* Message board for Costa Maya Neighbors - topic on ATVs and Medical
* Electricity efforts
* Learn Spanish on-line
* Articles of Interest in the news
* Costa Maya Clean Beach committee commences
* Properties for rent
* April 1 - Daylight savings in Mexico -- NOT April fools!
* Sea turtle advocates appeal to the Vatican
* Houses for Rent in Chetumal, Uvero and Placer - long term and vacation
* Spotlight on your Neighbors
I've now been here on the Costa Maya and in Placer for almost three
years. In the entire time I haven't been sick. I've watched my staff
get all sorts of pains and illnesses and pooh-poohed every little
cold and sniffle as they shuffled off to the doctor or left work because
of a "febre." Then a couple of weeks ago I got my first
"tropical" cold. It knocked me flat for a couple of days
and I just couldn't think straight. I now have a lot more sympathy
for those who get the dreaded "tropical" cold. Which, by
the way, if you do need to go see a doctor, there is a new house across
from Super Carolina that has a "doctor - 24 hour" sign on
it. So far, we haven't taken advantage of his services, but that's
the type of progress we like to see. Medical care is one of the topics
on the discussion board. If you have the time, please take the time
and comment, especially if you had had the opportunity to use Medical
care in the area and can recommend someone.
You can find this issue of the newsletter and archives of past e-newsletters
at this location:
MESSAGE BOARD FOR COSTA MAYA NEIGHBORS
If you haven't yet, please check out the message board this month.
In the messages about Neighborhoods is a topic by Carol Tumbler from
Balamku who is leading an effort to stop high impact vehicle tours
from the beach road. Elsewhere along the coast, such as in Tulum,
these businesses have been required to create their own off-road terrains
and not drive up and down the roads that cut through our property.
They are dangerous, noisy and don't contribute to road improvement.
If you recall, we just got our road improved last month by TransCaribbean
real estate company. It was expensive and we want to keep it nice.
Imagine hearing a tour of 20 ATVs or Jeeps roaring past your home
several times a day or jet skis ripping past where you are swimming
- that's exactly what is currently occurring South of Mahahaul and
north of Uvero to about km 7. If you plan on renting your home out
to others in the future, you want to market it as a place of peace
and quiet. There doesn't seem to be an area of the Costa Maya that
isn't impacted by this industry. At least voice your opinion on the
matter and find out what we can do. Thanks in advance for supporting
the neighborhood and thanks to Carol for laboring to rid the area
of these noisy machines! Topic:
Also, if you've used any medical care in the Bacalar or Chetumal
area that you might recommend, please let everyone know (also vet
care!). I personally have refrained from going to a doctor because
I didn't know where to go. I've since learned that there are some
very good clinics in Chetumal. If you have had any experience, please
contribute and let others know. Topic:
looking for good Medical care
Two months ago we asked for you to join in an effort to bring electricity
to the beach. We've had a better response last month, but we still
need more names, having only collected 13! Again, I'll reiterate -
this is a group effort! Ted Garcia, who has been collecting these
will be in the area this week and hopefully will find out more information.
There has been some news about the previous request for power in behalf
of the people of Mahahual. There have been a couple of articles in
the paper covering the plight of the Mexican citizens denied power
by FONATUR, and there will be more coming. Again, to reiterate, we
are trying to join in with those who are fighting FONATUR's claim
on all of the electricity. The power company is not going to run electrical
power to us without property owners doing someting. Even if you don't
think you will ever build, your property will be more valuable if
you have electricity, so please don't procrastinate.
In order to be included, the following information MUST be submitted
for EACH property owner (legal descriptions and names are NOT enough):
- Name of owners as shown on your passport or FM3
- Name of corporation if owned by a corporation, or name and location
of your Fide Camiso Bank trustee
- Predial papers (your property tax statement)
- Copy of cadastral (the official document that shows the square meters
of the land, the legal description and the structures on the land,
as well as the appraised value of all.)
- Contact information
Ted Garcia has volunteered to help compile this information. He owns
property in Placer and knows the power issues we all face. There are
three methods to convey the information:
- scan the documents and send them via email to Ted at TGarcia@appletonideas.com
- Fax them to Ted at this number: 920 991 7345 (Please include cover
page with Ted's name)
- make copies of them and mail them to the following address:
201 E Clearfield Ln.
Appleton, WI 54913
Tel: 920 991 8184
Fax: 920 991 7345 (Please include cover page with Ted's name)
Ted is located in the United States. Please be sensitive of his time
and resources and do not call him just to "chat" about this
action. We really appreciate his efforts in compiling this info.
LEARN SPANISH on-line
I found a program on-line that takes what Spanish you know (but didn't
know you knew!) and expands on it to help you learn Spanish. Spanish-is-easy
includes some mnemonics to help you remember (although I still struggle!).
They also have the first few chapters of a workbook that you can download
and print up. Again, they cell CD's, but the on-line free-bies are
worth looking into. http://www.spanish-is-easy.com/
ARTICLES OF INTEREST IN THE NEWS or ON-line
CONSTITUTION ON-LINE Mexican constitution of 1917 translated
into English ..
Chocolate week (March 18-24) Listen to a radio show
about the history of chocolate or read about Europeans' introduction
to cacao by the Mesoamericans in the article "Conquests
of Chocolate" in Word format .
plastic especially for saltwater? A new environmentally friendly
plastic that degrades in seawater may make it possible to toss plastic
waste overboard without killing turtles, dolphins and other marine
life, according to research presented at the 233rd national meeting
of the American Chemical Society by scientists from the University
of Southern Mississippi. We'll believe it when we DON'T see it, but
I hope it works and is commercially viable!
fishing sharks is impacting the entire ecosystem, causing
the proliferation of Rays. If you snorkel a lot, that may seem harmless
every time you see this big beauties, but rays and skates eat a tremendous
amount of muscles, clams and my favorite -- scallops.
APRIL 1ST - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS - NOT APRIL FOOLS.
While the US started Daylight savings early, Mexico actually slid
its start date a week later than it had in the past to the 1st of
April. The change actually left some guests sitting on the tarmac
for a while waiting for the USA air to get their act together trying
to figure out what time it actually was going to be when they landed.
No joke, Mexico's April fools is not on April 1st, but it's equivalent
is celebrated on Dec. 28th, or the day of the innocents. Originally
created to remember the killing of babies by King Herod, The day has
morphed to include jokes and harmless pranks.
COSTA MAYA CLEAN BEACH COMMITTEE
On Saturday, March 24th, they finally celebrated the founding of
the Comite de Playas Limpias de la Costa Maya (Costa Maya Clean Beach
Committee). Held at Tequila Beach club, The meeting was a virtual
Who's-who of dignitaries and bureaucrats. Included in the list of
attendees was the mayor of Chetumal, a Delgado from SEMARNAT, representatives
from PROFEPA, the head of CONAGUA, representatives from the federal,
state and regional level -- the list goes on. The meeting was merely
a formality but a lesson in Mexican bureaucracy. The reason it is
such an important thing is that all the water including the beaches,
the lagoons and the aquifer belong to the Yucatan regional Watershed,
which encompasses the entire peninsula and several states. The Federal
Commission of water is CONAGUA. As an FYI, They are over potable water
and sanitary systems in rural areas.
Every time I go to one of these meetings they include a PowerPoint
presentation full of facts. That's OK with me, because its easy to
take notes! From CONAGUA presentation I learned:
- 2002--there were 94 cruise ships 2003 - 149 , 2005 - 299. I'm not
sure what happened to 2004 and 2006 but you can see the trend. I can
assure you that there are at least 12 ships a week during high season
and 10 during low season.
- The cruise ship was built in 2001 and is being extended this year
to handle more cruise ships
- There are 22 restaurants along the Costa Maya
- There are 210 hotel rooms (some have closed)
- They built the road to Xcalak in 2000
- 2002 - started a study of the marina and the impact of cruise ships
to the reef
- 2003 - potable water came to Mahahual (oh to have it here!)
- 2004 - Garbage pickup started in Mahahual
- 2005 - started a local "clean the beach" campaign with
signs in Mahahual
They passed out posters with the committees mandate, which is Recycle
and reuse. We'll see what happens, because attendees reminded the
group that we have been trying to get a recycle program for years
and the question was posed as to when we would see some results
from the committee.
SEA TURTLE ADVOCATES APPEAL TO THE VATICAN
With Semana Santos coming up and thousands of Mexicans coming to
camp on the beach, the following article is especially meaningful.
Because of the common misconception of sea turtles as 'fish,' it is
estimated that as many as 10,000 endangered green, loggerhead, and
olive ridley turtles are taken for feast food each year during Catholic
religious holidays. The tradition of eating turtles for Lent is stronger
in Mexico that other Latin American Countries. The fervor for turtle
eggs is bolstered by rumors of libido enhancement. An environmental
campaign targeting the practice features Argentine supermodel Dorismar
saying "Mi hombre no necesita huevos tortuga," (My man doesn't
need turtle eggs). A group in Baja Sur is sponsoring a petition to
gain support from the Pope. I've copied the letter below, with a link
that you can click on to add your voice to a request to the Pope.
You can also read the fascinating report on this issue "The
Turtle Thief, the Fishermen and the Saint: A report on the consumption
of sea turtles during Lent:
"Help stop sea turtle consumption during Lent
With a copy to: The United States Embassy to the Holy See, and the
Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
We are writing to you on behalf of one of Earth's creatures that
does not have a voice of its own.
We are writing to you on behalf of ancient mariners that have long
graced our planet with their presence.
We are writing to you on behalf of gentle giants that have touched
many human hearts throughout time and across cultures.
We are writing to you on behalf of thousands that could be saved
by a few simple words from Your Holiness.
We are writing to you on behalf of the sea turtles that are consumed
during the Lenten season.
All sea turtle species face extinction and are protected by the national
laws of many countries. During the Lenten season, devout Catholics
around the world continue to consume thousands of turtles as a substitute
for meat. Turtles, however, are not fish. They are air-breathing reptiles
(still reliant on dry land for the bearing and incubating of their
young), and their flesh is meat, and therefore does not fulfill strict
If people refrained from eating turtles during the Lenten season,
it would help stabilize dwindling sea turtle populations around the
world. We humbly beseech you to clarify that sea turtles are not appropriate
food during Lent. Perhaps you can offer a prayer for the sea turtles.
A few words from Your Holiness would inform the entire Catholic community,
and help to protect these ancient creatures."
ON YOUR NEIGHBORS
Sorry, I don't have the spotlight because I have been ill! If you
have never checked out the Spotlight -- do so now. http://www.mayanbeachgarden.com/PropertyOwners_spotlight.html
FOR RENT IN CHETUMAL, UVERO AND PLACER - Long term and vacation
CHETUMAL: Ever come down to the Costa Maya to take care of business
on your property and end up having to spend a night or two in Chetumal?
If you wonder where to stay, Graham and Linda Smith have a couple
of houses in Chetumal that they rent out for the night. The houses
are located close to immigration so its very convenient and Graham
and Linda live there as well. The rate is $40.00 USA per night. The
homes are fully equipped with a stove, fridge, water cooler, towels,
linens, etc. There is space for parking a vehicle in front of the
houses. Contact Graham and Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call them at 360-927-2928.
PLACER: Many of you vacation in Cancun or Akumal or somewhere in
big resorts and only come visit your property for a day. What a shame!
The Costa Maya is a great place to vacation -- it takes at least a
week to appreciate the beauty and get into the rhythm. We encourage
you to visit the area for a longer period of time. Staying in a beach-home
gives you an opportunity to see what you would like to have in your
own home. We represent several owners homes and offer them for rent
on our website. We'll be adding some new homes soon that are currently
in construction, so please take a minute to look at what's there.
We even have houses that are air-conditioned if you want to visit
in August but don't feel you can "take the heat!" Also,
please take note that mid December - end of March fill up fast, so
you might want to get your name in and put a hold on a property.
LONG TERM RENTALS
PLACER: Many of you may be familiar with Fabio's house, which is
just South of Mayan beach Garden. I will post pictures and full information
later on this weekend, but his house is available for long term rental
if you are interested. Please contact me for more information.
UVERO: Many of you visited Dr. Greg Zeman's home before he died.
His house is now for sale or long term lease. Pictures and more information
will be posted on the website above as soon as the specifics are verified
by the owners. The large one-story two bedroom house has a built-in
care-taker, fans and air-conditioning in the bedrooms. The fully furnished
house runs on a combination of solar and generator and includes washer
and dryer, satellite TV and other amenities. Pets allowed. Please
contact me for more information.
The editor of this newsletter (me) makes no claims that the information
here is completely true. I am not a news reporter, Spanish is not
my native language and this is not my primary business, but rather
a service to the neighborhood. If you find something untrue PLEASE
let me know and I will print a disclaimer. I try to verify the information
but even the newspaper prints up rumors, so I can only report what
I read and hear. THANKS!!!!!
Until Next month...
Regards from your Costa Maya Neighbor
Mayan Beach Garden, Boutique hotel on the Costa Maya