President’s Briefings

February 14, 2022

VECINOS ANNOUNCES A CUTTING-EDGE WAY TO VOTE

NO PROXIES NEEDED

ELECTION BUDDY ONLINE VOTING SYSTEM

For the first time you can cast your own vote at the members’ Annual/Ordinary meeting without being there in person or having to appoint a proxyholder!

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS

Based on your membership email address, you will receive from ElectionBuddy an invitation to vote online, which will come with a unique key in your email giving you access to the Vecinos Voting Ballot. Your ballot choices will be protected at all times. You may start from 12:01 AM Akumal time (EST) and voting will close at 2:30 PM Akumal time (EST). This gives you 14 hours to cast your vote.

IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE EMAIL IN YOUR INBOX, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK FOLDER

STEPS NEEDED TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT

  1. When you click the active key in your ElectionBuddy email, a voting ballot will open immediately. The candidates’ names have interactive circles next to them. Click the circle next to the name of the candidate for whom you are voting, or you may write in a candidate you prefer to vote for in the blank spaces provided.
  2. When you have completed the form, click submit and your vote will be registered.
  3. There is a final step that must be taken. You must sign-in to the Members’ Ordinary Zoom Meeting on February 17, 2022, anytime between 11:00 AM (EST) and 2:30 PM (EST) your sign-in shows you attended the meeting, and it validates your vote.

 

WHAT IF I ALREADY GAVE MY PROXY TO A PROXYHOLDER TO VOTE FOR ME, BUT I WOULD NOW PREFER TO CAST MY OWN VOTE?

Simply send an email to your proxyholder BEFORE the start of the Annual Meeting stating that you are cancelling your proxy. In addition, send the same email to The Director of Elections at [email protected]

CONGRATULATIONS,

YOU HAVE VOTED ONLINE AT A VECINOS ANNUAL/ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING.

February 14, 2022

The Vecinos Annual/Ordinary Meeting will take place on February 17, 2022 at 11.am EST (Akumal Time). 

If you are attending the Annual/Ordinary meeting by Zoom, your email address as registered in the Vecinos database will be used for identification purposes. If attending the Annual/Ordinary meeting in person, please bring photo id.
Just click on the link for the meeting, or dial-in from mobile connection.
Tandy Muir-Warden
Director ofVecinos 2022 Election

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The Vecinos Annual/Ordinary Meeting will take place on February 17, 2022 at 11.am EST (Akumal Time). 

If you are attending the Annual/Ordinary meeting by Zoom, your email address as registered in the Vecinos database will be used for identification purposes. If attending the Annual/Ordinary meeting in person, please bring photo id.
Just click on the link for the meeting, or dial-in from mobile connection
Tandy Muir-Warden
Director ofVecinos 2022 Election

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Vecinos de Akumal Norte is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Vecinos de Akumal Norte Annual Meeting
Time: Feb 17, 2022 11:00 AM Akumal Time/Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 276 108 6904
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Jon Kantor
415.412.6798

Vecinos de Akumal Norte is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Vecinos de Akumal Norte Annual Meeting
Time: Feb 17, 2022 11:00 AM Akumal Time/Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 276 108 6904
Passcode: 999555
One tap mobile
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+12532158782,,2761086904#,,,,*999555# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location
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+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 276 108 6904
Passcode: 999555
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbfmWeCNlv

Jon Kantor
415.412.6798

February 14, 2022

The Vecinos Extraordinary Meeting will take place on Thursday February 17 at 9.30 am EST. 

If you are attending the Extraordinary meeting by Zoom, your email address as registered in the Vecinos database will be used for identification purposes. If attending the Extraordinary meeting in person, please bring photo id.
Just click on the link for the meeting, or dial-in from mobile connection.
Tandy Muir-Warden

Director ofVecinos 2022 Election

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Vecinos de Akumal Norte is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Vecinos de Akumal Norte Extraordinary Meeting
Time: Feb 17, 2022 09:30 AM Akumal Time/Eastern US/Canada

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2761086904?pwd=WFlvb0todW9Nd0syT05YTXhQaisxdz09

Meeting ID: 276 108 6904
Passcode: 999555
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,2761086904#,,,,*999555# US (San Jose)
+12532158782,,2761086904#,,,,*999555# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 276 108 6904
Passcode: 999555
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbfmWeCNlv

February 8, 2022  (updated feb. 11, 2022)

The attached is the current list of candidates for all positions on the Vecinos Board, except for the candidates for President. The brief profiles are not complete and some photos are not yet included, but I  did not wish to delay any further sending out this information.

As I receive more information I will make it available to you all. It will also be included on the Vecinos website and facebook.
Thanks to Lisa Wilson for her assistance in gathering information.
Tandy Muir-Warden
Director of Vecinos 2022 Election

Candidates for Vecinos Board other than for President

Candidates for Vice President

 Helmie Atarie

Owner Akumal Sunshine Vacations

Fulltime resident of Akumal

[email protected]

The Akumal Dive Shop as Receptionist 1987 – 1992

The Akumal Dive Shop as Manager 1992 – 2002

Akumal Management Company – Co founder and Manager 2002 – 2006

Locogringo Inc – Reservations Specialist 2006 – 2011

The Akumal Dive Shop – Reservations Specialist 2011 – 2014

Akumal Sunshine Vacations –  Owner / General Manager 2014 – Present

ADMAK(Akumal Property Managers Association) – President  2015 – Present

Vecinos de Akumal Norte honorary member  2018 – Present

Vecinos de Akumal Norte Government Committee member 2019 – Present

Rhette Bolin-Schober

Owner Akumal Villas and Casa Lote H88

Fulltime resident of Akumal since 2004

As owner/operator of Akumal Villas, one of the top property management firms in the area, Rhett Schober would bring a wide range of professional skills to the position of Vice President.   He’s got more than 15 years experience dealing with the property owners, vacationers, suppliers and government agencies involved in local property rentals. His tact and competence have always stood him in good stead when resolving problems and fostering compromise.

Over the years, Rhett has contributed to North Akumal and the wider Akumal community through a variety of projects, including:

  • Organizing the completion of the road paving project in North Akumal
  • Contributing to the construction of the Vecinos Community Center
  • Fundraising for the Hekab Be library, Akumal Arts Festival and associated community charities

Rhett first visited the Yucatan as a college student to study the Maya culture and language . After graduating college, he launched  a 10 year career in Japan running the international department of a Japanese boarding school. He later made his way back to his hometown of Vail, Colorado to help start-up an outfitting business and to pursue his passion of Fly Fishing.  But sixteen years ago, he could no longer resist the calling to return to the Yucatan where his family had started investing in real-estate.  His decision to purchase and revamp Akumal Villas made him an instant asset to our community.

When asked why he was running for Vice President of Vecinos de Akumal Norte, Rhett replied: “North Akumal is a diamond in the rough that needs to be polished quite carefully so as not to lose the unique sparkle that makes it such a special place.  I aim to foster the cooperative community spirit that will be critical in maintaining North Akumal’s distinctive identity as the association moves forward with projects as diverse as bringing in sewage lines, maintaining the road or managing the tour groups that visit Yalku Lagoon.”

Rhett can be reached via email at <[email protected]>

Candidate for Secretary

Monica Gabriela Estrada Apodaca

President and Owner Coco Propiedades

Fulltime Resident in adjacent area of Solidaridad

[email protected]

Associate Degree in Hospitality Management, Southwest Institute

Texas Realtor since 2002

Akumal Villas Vacation Rentals Reservations 2007-2009

Coco Propiedades Property Management & Rentals, President and Owner since 2012

ADMAK (Akumal Property Managers Association) Founder & Secretary since May 2015

NAS (North Akumal Security) Assisted raising money from Businesses and Owners 2015-2018

As ADMAK member worked along Vecinos de Akumal Norte President Dan Freeman since 2016

Vecinos de Akumal Norte honorary member since 2016

Assisted with coordination of Solar Lamps for Akumal Norte 2017

Worked on Promotion Project #Come2Akumal in 2020

Created FB page Vecinos de Akumal Norte March 2021

Vecinos de Akumal Norte Government Committee member since 2019

Candidate for Treasurer

Tandy Mary Muir-Warden

Owner #4 La Mirage Condos, Lote HD

Lives in Akumal 4 months a year

Current Treasurer, Vecinos de Akumal Norte

[email protected]

Lives in Dunrobin, Ontario Canada

Born and Educated UK, called to the Bar 1968.

Legislative Editor, Canadian Department of Justice 1969-1974.

Legal research, compliance, communications, and management positions in Canadian    Competition Bureau (like US-FTC) 1974-1980 and 1981-2002. Retired 2002 as Director, Management Policy and Services

Volunteer experience:

Board member and Chair Bylaws committee, Ottawa Montessori Schools 1983-1987;

Trustee, The Espinosa Memorial Fund, 1987- present,

Patron bodance;

Treasurer: La Mirage Condos 2002 – Present;

Treasurer: Vecinos de Akumal Norte 2012-Present.

David and I bought our condo in La Mirage in 1998 and also a 1/3 interest in La Mirage #6 in 2013.  When possible we are in Akumal for 2-3 months in the winter, 1 month in October-November, and 2 weeks in the summer.

            After 10 years as Treasurer of Vecinos,  I believe that the Association is on a solid financial footing, is             understood and supported by the majority of the community, and is well-positioned to take the next steps to           secure our legal status. In addition, recent experience has shown the need for a   complete review of the   Vecinos Bylaws as a priority.

 

Neil David Canter

Resident of Weston CT

Owner Casa Cascadas

[email protected]

Neil and his wife, Lisa, have owned Casa Cascadas in North Akumal since 2004. They have been supportive dues paying members of Vecinos de Akumal Norte since day one.  Now that Neil is retired and spending more time in North Akumal, he’s ready to serve the community is a more official capacity.  He brings strong professional skill to the job of At Large Board member, having worked as the global head of analytic consulting for the largest marketing research company in the world since 2015. Neil offers strong technical and analytical skills, a compelling background in management and finance, and decades of marketing expertise.  But it is his abiding love for Akumal Norte that best qualifies him to serve as a member of the board.  When asked why he was running for the board, Neil said,  “I welcome the opportunity to bring my many profession  skills to bear on the challenges facing Akumal Norte.  I’m confident I could help Vecinos grow exponentially and better contribute to the welfare of the quaint and quiet community we all love so well.”

Candidates for Vocal/Member At Large

Eric Lichtenberg

Owner in Yool Caanal

Fulltime resident of Akumal Norte

Current Vocal, Vecinos de Akumal Norte

email:[email protected] bellsouth.net

Vice-President of an engineering consulting firm (retired)

20-year US Military veteran with expertise in security and major projects (retired)

Since moving here, I have been a volunteer with the Mayakoba Golf Classic (2019-21), the Latin American Golf Championship (2021), the Centro Ecological Akumal Turtle Camp (2019-20) and the Akumal Fiesta de Juegos (2019-21).  I’m also involved with security.

“We fell in love with Half Moon Bay and Akumal on our first visit here ten years ago.  The natural beauty of the bay and the friendliness of the people made it the standard by which we judged other places we visited on our travels around the world.  When it became time to choose a place to retire, Half Moon Bay was at the top of the list.  We bought our condo five years ago and live here full time now.

I am committed to preserving and protecting Half Moon Bay, its fragile ecosystem, and its inhabitants.”

Ingrid Elizabeth Datica Urribarri

Co-owns Balam-Ek Lote F27

Current Vocal with responsibility for the Pluma

[email protected]

Nationality: Mexican

  • moved to Akumal in 1993 and has lived here ever since.
  • co-owns Casa Balam Ek as well as Akumal Dive Shop. In addition, manages, represents, and rents properties in Akumal.
  • Vice president of ADMAK, the local Akumal Property Managers Association
  • Vecinos de Akumal Norte, chair of Security Committe and member of the government committee.

Work Experience primarily in ecology, event planning, real estate rentals, and property management

  • 2020 Present — Las Casas de la Selva, Puerto Rico: Special Projects 2020 Present — Synergia Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico: John Allen’s  personal Assistant and archive.
  • 2019 Present — Website builder/blogger
  • 2017 – Present — Fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics
  • 2017 – 2017 — Production Assistant in Fellini film Mexico
  • 2016 – Present — Shareowner of the Akumal Dive Shop
  • 2015 – Present — Vice President of ADMAK (Administradores de Akumal) 2008 – 2009 — Diplomado en Ingenieria de Productos turisticos, Marketing, y  competitividad. (ACTI Consultores en Turismo)
  • 2000 – 2007 — Share Owner of the Agency Travel Services of Akumal
  • 1995 – 1997 – Vice-President of Planetary Coral Reef Field Station, Akumal, Q.Roo Mexico

Life Work: Dancer, singer, painter, marketer, organizer, photographer, blogger.

Lynda Joyce Kerney

Owner of #9 La Sirena Lote H34-35

Fulltime resident of Akumal Norte since 2017

LYNDA J. KERNEY, M.P.A.

www.linkedin.com/in/lynda-kerney-mpa

[email protected]

 

Hello neighbors; it is with the wellbeing and preservation of our beautiful community in mind that I ask for your vote. The unique atmosphere, beauty, and vibe of Akumal Norte drew my husband and I here full time in September 2017. My priorities are to ensure that the ambiance and feel of the community is preserved as best it can be under the current pressures of development, and to work toward expediting needed services such as the sewer line. Please consider:

  • Longtime and well-known volunteer in former home community, including neighborhood organization
  • 25+ years in local government administration (California)
  • Legislative Assistant to elected County Supervisor (10 years)
  • Transferable skills:
    • Excellent written communication
    • Preparation of agendas and meeting minutes
    • Consensus-building
    • Organization and planning
    • Resourcefulness and neutrality
    • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Knowledge of:
    • Policymaking
    • Community related issues and solutions
    • Meeting protocol

 

Gerardo Arturo Orozco Lopez

Owner of Lote 80

Moved to Akumal Norte in 1981

Gerardo is running for an At-Large Member of the board in the hopes he might apply his expertise in real-estate and government relations in service of our community and our efforts to “regularize” our legal status vis a vis the Tax Office (“Catastro”) in Tulum.

Gerardo moved to Akumal in 1981 and was actually one of the first children to live here.  He attended Anahuac University in Merida and, after graduating, began working in local government and tourism. He returned to Akumal to work at Akumal Dive Center, family business but quickly branched out into working in real-estate, too.

Gerardo currently manages projects under development in Holbox, Playa del Carmen (Secrets Moxche), Cancun, Merida, and Campeche. In all these projects I am in charge of the final developent, including the technical, financial and commercial studies.  Gerardo also provides real estate consulting services with special expertise in government relations. When asked by he was running for the board, Gerardo explained:

I grew up in Akumal.  I love Akumal.  And if there is anything to do to preserve the things that make Akumal such a quiet, unique and laid back community, you can count on me.”

Gerardo can be reached via email at <[email protected]>

 Elias Papadopoulos

New Owner of Casa Bella Lote H14

Lives in Brookline MA

The new owner of Casa Bella, Elias Papadopoulos has, from Day 1 last August, thrown himself into improving his property,  He is now ready to step up to the plate in getting equally involved in improving our community by volunteering to serve as an At Large Member of the board.

Elias is 55 years old and has been running a RE/MAX franchise in Brookline Massachusetts since 2004.  With almost 40 years experience in the real estate business, Elias knows what it takes to protect property values.   He currently employs 36 agents at his firm.

His family of 5, including his wife Linda, have already enjoyed multiple stays here in North Akumal and bring fresh eyes and ideas to our community.  They successfully hosted some of the artists who participated in the Akumal Arts Festival and look forward to getting involved in lots more community projects.  When asked by he was running for the board, Elias replied:

“I always try to bring a positive attitude and look for solutions. I was raised to always leave something better than I found it and I believe, little by little and step by step we can make Akumal Norte an even better place to live and share with others.”

Elias can be reached via email at <[email protected]>

George Ernest Pritchard

Owner #2 La Bahia Lote G47

Current Vocal, Vecinos de Akumal Norte

Lives in Akumal 6-7 months each year

 We started coming to Akumal in 2000. Bought our condo in La Bahia in 2012.We usually spend a total of 6-7 months in Akumal.

I have actually owned and managed construction companies for 35 years before retiring in 2005.

I have served on many boards, both for profit and non-profit companies. I was President of the Mid America show board. This was a 6-member board that held trade shows in 11 states.

I helped form an education training program for training personnel in the swimming pool industry and was an instructor for the program.

I am Treasurer for La Bahia and oversee all maintenance of the building. I am also on the board of directors of Vecinos.

 

Michel Lee Stone

Owner of La Iguana condo #13 Lote H33 for seventeen years.

Retired and living in Akumal full time for the last two years.

RESIDENTE PERMANENTE as of  01/03/2020.

A Tool and Die maker with Oberg Manufacturing for 36 years.  Traveled outside U.S. as instructor for the company.

I have been on the Vigilance Committee of La Iguana association for 12 years and the President of the association for five of those years

 

 Peter William Swenson

Owner # Mi Casa Del Mar since 1999

Current Vocal, Vecinos de Akumal Norte

Lives in Akumal 4-5 months a year

[email protected]

 

I am a semi-retired consultant in the nuclear engineering field, having spent my professional life as an executive in large programmes world-wide.  I am currently supporting the design of the next generation fast breeder reactor for ARC Clean Energy.  Previous assignments include:

  • Programme Director, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
  • Head of Project Office, ITER experimental fusion reactor, Cadarache France,
  • Deputy Director, FIFA World Cup, Doha Qatar
  • Director, Contracts and Procurement, CH2MHILL, Denver Colorado
  • Director, Rocky Flats Plant, Golden Colorado
  • Senior Consultant Positions:
    • Paris 2024 Olympics
    • Dubai Work Expo 2020
    • West Valley Nuclear Plant
    • Express Canada Pipeline

My wife Barbara and I bought our condo at Mi Casa del Mar in 1999 to enjoy the diving and the local culture, and we now split time between Akumal and our home in Boulder Colorado.   We typically spend 4-5 months in Akumal a year.

We live in a unique and beautiful place, distinct from other communities up and down this coast. I support Vecinos because I believe that as property owners, we need to work to maintain the character of our community despite the changes coming from intense development and tourism.

My priorities include:

  • Establishing the boundaries of North Akumal and codifying our role with the Municipality
  • Installation of a community sewer system
  • Security, road maintenance, traffic control, and lighting

 Beryl van Lierop

Owner #2 Yalku Kai since 1994

Fulltime resident since 2006

Current Vice President,Vecinos de Akumal Norte

  • Attended schools in Buenos Aires, Beirut, New York, Mississippi
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Graduated in Political Science/Spanish
  • Taught in the International Baccalaureate program in Jackson,Mississippi public schools.
  • Chairman foreign language department Jackson Public Schools
  • Led student and college alumni tours of Yucatán/QR.
  • Board member Belhaven Heights Home Owners Association
  • Owned Yal Ku Cai condo 2 since 1994.
  • Permanent resident since retirement in 2006.
  • President of Yal Ku Cai condos
  • Member of Vecinos and Akumal council until their dissolution
  • Vice President Vecinos de Akumal Norte 2016-present
  • Presiding President of Vecinos de Akumal Norte Annual Meeting

Lisa Gail Wilson

Owner of Casa Fortuna Lote 50 and Lote 51A

Lives in Akumal 3 months a year

Legal Resident Quintana Roo

Lisa is a retired marketing executive with professional experience in non-profit fundraising and membership development for environmental organizations.  She remains active in many U.S.-based environmental groups and recently joined the board of the Yucatan Environmental Foundation.  Lisa and her husband Alex live in the suburbs of Washington, DC but have recently become legal residents of Mexico and enjoy spending at least 3 months a year in Akumal.  If elected to the Vecinos board, Lisa would focus on membership recruitment and fundraising initiatives. When asked why she was running for a seat on the board Lisa said,

“I fell in love with North Akumal the first time I visited.  I’m a nature girl.  I love hiking through the jungle to discover Laguna Lagartos at sunrise or snorkeling the reef in Half Moon Bay.  But I also see how endangered our natural environment is.  If elected to the board, I would work hard to make sure we become more proactive stewards of the natural world around us.”

Lisa can be reached via email at <[email protected]>

February 7, 2022

Administrative issues relating to Extraordinary and Annual/Ordinary meetings

1 Jon Kantor will be acting as the Zoom host for the meetings. I will be forwarding in separate emails the zoom meeting access information. My apologies in advance for the number and length of emails you are going to receive.

2 There are 2 separate meetings. The first meeting is a Special/Extraordinary meeting with the primary purpose of clarifying the membership provision of the Bylaws and a consequential residence provision. Only members who were admitted to Vecinos before February 21 2020, are eligible to vote at that meeting. NOTE the notice of meeting in english incorrectly states the time of the first call. The spanish is correct. The first call is for 9.30am and the second call is for 10. am (see call information in #4)

3 The Annual/Ordinary meeting is the usual meeting with board reports, proposed budget, and election of the Board. Only members who were admitted to Vecinos before February 21, 2020 form part of the quorum for the meeting. Members who have joined Vecinos since that date become eligible to participate and vote at the meeting as soon as they are formally admitted to membership (item 5 of the meeting agenda)

Calls. For each meeting, the formal notice from the President of Vecinos contains a first and a second call a half-hour apart. The purpose is to ensure that if there is not a quorum at the first appointed time then by virtue of the second call, the meeting may proceed with those members attending in person, on zoom or by proxy

Attendance of members in person, by proxy and by Zoom

5. Seats

Attendance at La Buena Vida will be limited because of covid restrictions. Current Board members and some candidates intend to participate in person. If you wish to attend in person, please let me know so I can allocate a seat for you. Non-members may also attend as observers if there are sufficient seats. I am keeping a seating list and will confirm if there is a space for you the day before the meeting

6 Proxies/Carta Poder

If you are an existing or new member and are unable to attend in person or by Zoom, but wish to be represented at the meeting you may complete a proxy form (carta poder). Attached to the proxy form is a list of candidates standing for election to the Board. If you wish your proxy holder to vote strictly in accordance with your wishes, please indicate your choices on the list (you may choose to sign it and have your signature witnessed for greater certainty). You may also indicate on the proxy that a completed list is attached. If you choose not to sign your choices on the candidate list there is no way to verify that your proxy holder followed your wishes. The completed proxy form together with the completed list, if applicable, must be emailed to your proxy holder and to our independent meeting host, Jon Kantor [email protected] not later than February 16. Your proxy holder must bring a copy of the proxy to the lawyer and scrutineer for verification before the meeting. Please note we are still in discussion with our lawyer about the format of a limited proxy and will provide further information if required.

For those who do not read Spanish an unofficial translation of the proxy (carta poder) is also attached. But the Spanish version of the proxy form must used in order to be legally valid in Mexico.

7 Quorum, Meeting attendance and vote. The quorum for the meeting will consist of the members who have accessed the meeting on Zoom, those who are in attendance at La Buena Vida and all proxies received by the lawyer. BUT if you intend to vote for candidates on line on ElectionBuddy, you are required to “attend” the meeting (ie log into zoom) for your vote to be valid. In such a case it may be necessary for the proxy to be limited to all matters except the election. Further explanation will be provided if necessary after consultation with our lawyer.

8 ZOOM invitation link and polling

All members who were admitted on or before February 21, 2020 will receive two Zoom invitation links. Members who have joined since February 21, 2020 will only receive the Zoom invitation to the Annual meeting. Voting on most agenda items will be by “poll” on Zoom or a show of hands in person.

9 Election Buddy software for voting for Election of Board

Vecinos will be using ElectionBuddy software to ensure the integrity and legality of the election process. Jon Kantor will generate unique ElectionBuddy codes for each member to access the secure electronic voting system. The codes will be generated on the morning of February 17, you may need to check your spam/junk folder for the ElectionBuddy email if you don’t see it in your inbox. For those accessing the meeting on Zoom, the election of Board members will only be carried out on the ElectionBuddy software. If you are attending the meeting in person, you have a choice, you may vote on ElectionBuddy or receive a paper ballot to complete at the meeting. Jon Kantor, together with the lawyer and the scrutineer, will ensure that no duplicate votes form part of the final count.

10 Questions during meeting

Members attending in person may ask questions relating to the agenda item under review. The President of the meeting (usually Beryl van Lierop) will ensure that the meeting remains focussed on the appropriate item . Members attending by Zoom will have the opportunity to submit written questions during the meeting. The meeting host will direct the questions to the appropriate board or committee member.

11 Election Candidates

The list of candidates sent out on February 2, contains the names of all members who had indicated their interest in being elected to the board as of that date. The ElectionBuddy list and the in-person paper ballot contain provision for write-in candidates for all positions.

11 Non members

Any person interested in attending the meeting as an observer on Zoom is encouraged to do so. You will need to register with me for the meeting access code. However you will not be able to submit questions or vote. We request that you don’t participate in the zoom polls.

If you have any questions about the process and the above details, please contact me.

Finally, please reply to this email indicating that you have received it and the notice of meeting for February 17, 2022.

Thank you

Tandy Muir-Warden

Vecinos Treasurer and Director of 2022 Vecinos Election

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English unofficial translation of proxy – Spanish version must be used

Extraordinary Meeting/Power of Attorney/Proxy

I (full legal name), owner of (lot number and condo name and number if appropriate), Municipality of Tulum,
 Quintana Roo, grant a power of attorney in favo(u)r of MR/MRS/MS (name of proxyholder) to attend as my
 representative the extraordinary meeting of Members of the Association known as Vecinos de Akumal Norte 
AC to be held at 9.30 am on February 17, 2022 at La Buena Vida Restaurant in Akumal Norte, Tulum, Quintana 
Roo and authorize the proxyholder to take all necessary actions and to vote on my behalf at the meeting.

This power of Attorney is signed today (day of month of year)

Sincerely
signature

Ordinary Meeting /Power of Attorney/Proxy

I (full legal name), owner of (lot number and condo name and number if appropriate), Municipality of Tulum,
 Quintana Roo, grant a power of attorney in favo(u)r of MR/MRS/MS (name of proxyholder) to attend as my 
representative the Ordinary meeting of  Members of the Association known as Vecinos de Akumal Norte AC 
to be held at 11.00 am on February 17, 2022 at La Buena Vida Restaurant in Akumal Norte, Tulum , Quintana 
Roo and authorize the proxyholder to take all necessary actions and to vote on my behalf at the meeting.

This power of Attorney is signed today (day of month of year)

Sincerely
signature

February 2, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following 4 items are notices required for Vecinos’ annual meeting.  Spanish, English, and Carta Poder for the Ordinary Meeting followed by Spanish, English ad Carta Poder for the Extraordinary Meeting.  The Carta Poder is in Spanish.

Convocatoria para Asamblea Ordinaria 2022

Estimados asociados de Vecinos de Akumal Norte

Reciban un cordial saludo por medio de la presente de la parte del Consejo Directivo de nuestra Asociación.

Es un honor invitarlos a nuestra asamblea ordinaria que se llevara a cabo el día 17 de Febrero del Año de 2022 a las 11:00 AM en el Restaurante La Buena Vida  (piso superior) en la localidad de Akumal Norte, Municipio de Tulum, Quintana Roo; la asistencia podrá ser vía Zoom por la preocupation con respecto a la posibilidad de transmisión continua de COVID-19.

Si no se cuenta con suficientes asociados presentes, se llevará a cabo un segundo llamado para la asamblea antes descrita a las 11:30 AM del dia 17 de Febrero del 2022, en el Restaurante La Buena Vida  (piso superior) en la localidad de Akumal Norte Municipio de Tulum, Quintana Roo bajo las mismas condiciones antes descritas.

ORDEN DEL DIA: 

I.- Designación del presidente de la asamblea, secretario, escrutador, y toma de lista de asistencia.

II.- Verificación del quórum legal y declaración por el Presidente para estar legalmente instalada la asamblea, en su caso.

III.- Ratificación del Presidente de la asamblea, secretario y escrutador.

IV.- Lectura del Orden del día.

V.- Retiro y Admisión de asociados.

VI.- Discusión y aprobación del balance del ejercicio fiscal 2021 presentado por el tesorero.

VII.- Informe del Presidente y prioridades 2022.

VIII.- Presupuesto 2022.

IX.- Informaciones de comité.

X.- Nombramiento de los miembros del Consejo Directivo y ratificación.

XI.- Asuntos generales.

XII.- Designación de la persona que comparecerá ante el Notario o Corredor Público a su elección a efecto de protocolizar los acuerdos tomados en la presente Asamblea.

XIII.– Redacción, lectura, aprobación y firma del acta de la asamblea y clausura de ésta.

En caso de no asistir vía Zoom o presencial, se adjunta un formulario de carta poder para que usted pueda designar a otro miembro de Vecinos para votar en su nombre. La persona designada deberá presentar la carta poder firmada para verificación ante el representante legal de la Asociación antes del inicio de la asamblea y enviar por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Esperamos que participe en nuestra Asamblea y comparta sus ideas de cómo mejorar nuestra comunidad.

Atentamente,

Roy Daniel Freeman II

Presidente Vecinos de Akumal Norte AC

Vecinos Annual (Ordinary) Meeting 2022

Members of Vecinos de Akumal Norte

On behalf of the Board of Vecinos you are invited to the Annual (Ordinary) Meeting of Vecinos on February 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. upstairs at La Buena Vida Restaurant in Akumal Norte, Municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo; attendance may be via Zoom due to concern regarding the possibility of continued transmission of COVID-19.

If there are not sufficient members represented in person or by proxy to reach a quorum for the meeting described above, then by this notice we are calling a second meeting for February 17, 2021 at 11.30 am upstairs; and by Zoom as a result of the conditions mentioned above.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1- Designation of President, Scrutineer and Secretary of the meeting and attendance roll call.

2 – Verification of legal quorum and declaration that meeting is legally constituted

3 – Ratification of appointment of President, Scrutineer and Secretary for the meeting

4 – Reading of Agenda

5 – Retirement and Admission of new Members

6 – Discussion and Approval of Treasurer’s report for 2021

7– President’s Report and 2022 Priorities

8 – Budget for 2022

9 – Committee Reports

10 – Appointment of Members of the Board and Ratification

11 – Other Business

12 – Designation of persons to appear and formalize the resolutions

13 – Writing reading and approval of minutes and closing of meeting

In case you are unable to attend, attached is a proxy form (in Spanish) for you to nominate another member of Vecinos to vote on your behalf. The designated person must present to the legal advisor for the Association the signed proxy form and send by email to [email protected] before the start of the meeting.

We hope you will participate in our meeting and share your ideas on how to improve our community.

Respectfully

Roy Daniel Freeman II

President, Vecinos de Akumal Norte AC

CARTA PODER

 C.__________________________, PROPIETARIO DE _____________, MUNICIPIO DE TULUM,

 

QUINTANA ROO, OTORGO CARTA PODER A FAVOR DEL SEÑOR(A)_________________ PARA QUE EN MI NOMBRE Y REPRESENTACION ASISTA EN LA ASAMBLEA ORDINARIA DE ASOCIADOS DE LA ASOCIACION CIVIL DENOMINADA “ASOCIACION DE VECINOS DE AKUMAL NORTE A.C.” A CELEBRARSE EL DÍA 17 DEL MES DE FEBRERO DEL AÑO 2022, A LAS 11:00 HORAS, EN EL RESTAURANTE LA BUENA VIDA EN AKUMAL NORTE,  MUNICIPIO DE TULUM, QUINTANA ROO,  Y TOME LOS ACUERDOS NECESARIOS PROPUESTOS EN LA ORDEN DEL DIA MANIFESTANDOLO CON SU VOTO.

EXTIENDO LA PRESENTE CARTA PODER, SIENDO EL DIA ____ DEL MES DE __________  DEL AÑO 2022

ATENTAMENTE

C,___________________________

(nombre)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Convocatoria para Asamblea Extraordinaria 2022

Estimados asociados de Vecinos de Akumal Norte:

Reciban un cordial saludo por medio de la presente de la parte del Consejo Directivo de nuestra Asociación.

Es un honor invitarlos a nuestra asamblea extraordinaria que se llevara a cabo el día 17 de Febrero del Año de 2022 a las 9:30 AM en el Restaurante La Buena Vida (piso superior) en la localidad de Akumal Norte, Municipio de Tulum, Quintana Roo; la asistencia podrá ser vía Zoom por la preocupation con respecto a la posibilidad de transmisión continua de COVID-19.

Si no se cuenta con suficientes asociados presentes, se llevará a cabo un segundo llamado para la asamblea antes descrita a las 10:00 AM del dia 17 de Febrero del 2022, en el restaurante ‘’La Buena Vida’’ en Akumal Norte municipio de Tulum, Quintana Roo, bajo las mismas condiciones antes descritas

ORDEN DEL DIA:

I.- Designación del presidente de la asamblea, secretario, escrutador, y toma de lista de asistencia.

II.- Verificación del quórum legal y declaración por el Presidente para estar legalmente instalada la asamblea, en su caso.

III.- Ratificación del Presidente de la asamblea, secretario y escrutador.

IV.- Lectura del Orden del día.

V.- Propuesta, discusion y aprobacion para modificar los articulos 9 y 17 de estatutos legales de la sociedad

VI.- Asuntos generales

VII.- Designación de la persona que comparecerá ante el Notario o Corredor Público a su elección a efecto de protocolizar los acuerdos tomados en la presente Asamblea.

VIII. – Redacción, lectura, aprobación y firma del acta de la asamblea y clausura de ésta.

En caso de no asistir vía Zoom o presencial, se adjunta un formulario de carta poder para que usted pueda designar a otro miembro de Vecinos para votar en su nombre. La persona designada deberá presentar la carta poder firmada para verificación ante el representante legal de la Asociación antes del inicio de la asamblea o enviar por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Esperamos que participe en nuestra Asamblea y comparta sus ideas de cómo mejorar nuestra comunidad.

Atentamente,

Roy Daniel Freeman II

Vecinos Extraordinary Meeting 2022

Members of Vecinos de Akumal Norte:

On behalf of the Board of Vecinos you are invited to the Extraordinary Meeting of Vecinos on February 17, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. upstairs at La Buena Vida Restaurant in Akumal Norte, Municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo; attendance may be via Zoom due to concern regarding the possibility of continued transmission of COVID-19

If there are not sufficient members represented in person or by proxy to reach a quorum for the meeting described above, then by this notice we are calling a second meeting for February 17, 2021 at 10.00 am upstairs at La Buena Vida Restaurant in Akumal Norte, Municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo; and by Zoom as a result of the conditions mentioned above.

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1- Designation of President, Scrutineer and Secretary of the meeting and attendance roll call.

2 – Verification of legal quorum and declaration that meeting is legally constituted

3 – Ratification of appointment of President, Scrutineer and Secretary for the meeting

4 – Reading of Agenda

5 – Proposal, Discussion and approval of amendments to Articles 9 and 17 of the Bylaws of the Association

6 – Other Business

7 – Designation of persons to appear and formalize the resolutions

8 – Writing reading and approval of minutes and closing of meeting

In case you are unable to attend, attached is a proxy form (in Spanish) for you to nominate another member of Vecinos to vote on your behalf. The designated person must present to the legal advisor for the Association the signed proxy form or send by email to [email protected] before the start of the meeting.

We hope you will participate in our meeting and share your ideas on how to improve our community.

Respectfully

Roy Daniel Freeman II

President, Vecinos de Akumal Norte AC

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

CARTA PODER

 C.__________________________, PROPIETARIO DE _____________, MUNICIPIO DE TULUM,

 

QUINTANA ROO, OTORGO CARTA PODER A FAVOR DEL SEÑOR(A)_________________ PARA QUE EN MI NOMBRE Y REPRESENTACION ASISTA EN LA ASAMBLEA EXTRAORDINARIA DE ASOCIADOS DE LA ASOCIACION CIVIL DENOMINADA “ASOCIACION DE VECINOS DE AKUMAL NORTE A.C.” A CELEBRARSE EL DÍA 17 DEL MES DE FEBRERO DEL AÑO 2022, A LAS 9:30 HORAS, EN EL RESTAURANTE LA BUENA VIDA EN AKUMAL NORTE,  MUNICIPIO DE TULUM, QUINTANA ROO,  Y TOME LOS ACUERDOS NECESARIOS PROPUESTOS EN LA ORDEN DEL DIA MANIFESTANDOLO CON SU VOTO.

EXTIENDO LA PRESENTE CARTA PODER, SIENDO EL DIA ____ DEL MES DE __________  DEL AÑO 2022

ATENTAMENTE

C,___________________________

(nombre)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

February 1, 2022

To Vecinos membership and Akumal Norte Community at large:

For six years the board and I have worked to build the community’s infrastructure systems and create
a operating system for Vecinos. 2021 was our turn around year, infrastructures are functioning, and
we are moving into the community maintenance phase. 2021 ended with our first surplus of money
to begin 2022 with. Now our security stations are fully equipped, the buildings finished the
organization can at last tackle the following projects for 2022.

SEWAGE PLANS AND PROJECT
On Thursday a team from the Vecinos sewage committee, and a representative sent by David Ortiz
representing Central Akumal were given a tour by the Director of CAPA of the new sewage treatment
plant in Akumal Pueblo. The facility represents a major step forward bringing a comprehensive sewer
system to Akumal Norte and Central Akumal. Federal law dictates that sewage lines must be installed,
and everyone must be attached to them. The Director of CAPA thinks that the schedule for
connection to Akumal Playa will be ready by the end of 2022. This gives Vecinos and our neighbors
one year to find a path through Akumal to bring in the main sewer pipe to connect everyone to the
plant.
This week I reached out to our partners in Central Akumal to schedule our first negotiations to find an answer. Negotiations will include finding a path and determining the costs and how they will be shared. The project will take time and require us to work closely together. In the end the protection this offers to saving Akumal Norte’s natural environment will be well worth it for us and generations to come. We will keep you posted as discussions continue.

LEGALIZATION OF OUR SEMI-AUTONOMOUS STANDING UPDATE
Last year we had all of the community lands and roads surveyed. These surveys were digitalized and
sent to Tulum’s department of Catastro for registration. This was the first step needed in the process
to establish Akumal Norte’s legal boundaries. The second step was taken this week when we
contracted Ivan Hernandez’s law firm to lead us through the steps for final legalization of Akumal
Norte. The law firm will complete a community impact study of Akumal Norte’s present development
and forecast the maximums of our land, water, and infrastructure resources. No more assumptions,
just actual certified facts. We need this study as a foundation for negotiations with outside parties.
Once approved by the city council of Tulum, our communal lands will be protected from invasion by
any agency or speculator, and we can establish rules for traffic, parking, and density of use, restrict
street peddlers and general conditions for the management of the community. When Tulum city
council has approved our rules and regulations they will be enforced by Tulum.

INTROSPECTIVE STUDY

An introspective study for all of Akumal Norte’s community will be sent out within the next two weeks. Vecinos members, community at large, business owners and tourists will be emailed, given, or dropped off survey sheets. The objective of the study is to gain real information of what people think about and want for Akumal Norte, what they see we are at present and where they would like for future development. Decisions can then be made based on an analyzed base compiled from the whole community.

OTHER NEWS
Vecinos Director of elections has been very busy preparing for our 2022 members annual meeting
scheduled for February 17, 2022. Within the next week all members will receive the rules and
conditions for this year’s board election.
SECURITY
Ingrid Datica Barri (Pluma Chair) and Rocio Cuë (Guard Administrator) were busy this week securing
the inter-post connections between the Pluma and Guardia Nacional station. Thanks to their efforts
the guards have visual connection to the cameras at the pluma station. A new monitor was donated
for the security stations. The monitor was a gift from Wilma Arcila, and really saved money for the
budget.

GOLF CART GIFT TO VECINOS
Thanks to George Pritchard from La Bahía, we have a refurbished golf cart which belongs to Vecinos
and made available to the Guardia Nacional for patrolling. The patrols using the golf cart will be closer
to the civilians then those patrolling in the larger trucks.

ROAD MAINTENANCE
Road maintenance will continue after the latest session of house construction is over and high season
is slowing down. We decided on this action to limit the blockages on the main road.

STREETLIGHTS
They are still not here however we were told they will be here and in use by the end of February.

February 1, 2022

The Association of Vecinos of Akumal Norte was re-activated ten years ago to try to address our problems and to maintain the unique character of North Akumal as a community, conscious of and protective of our natural environment and capable of resisting the rampant development surrounding us. Over the two administrations headed by Henning Bartsch and Dan Freeman this new association has successfully achieved much for North Akumal. Look at us today to see what has been accomplished. Compare that to where we were when we began:

2012 – The developers of Akumal, Promotora Akumal, had abandoned us, leaving our infrastructure unfinished and our legal status unresolved.  All three levels of government ignored the needs of Akumal both here and in the pueblo.

2022 – We have achieved a unique status for an unfinished development through successfully negotiated agreements of cooperation and joint responsibility with three successive municipal administrations, recognizing the Association as the legal representative of our community. The next steps toward permanently regularizing our legal status are already progressing. We now have a strong and respected community organization through Dan Freeman’s ability to forge relationships with his counterparts in government.2012 – Our road was uneven, mostly unpaved, pot-holed and rutted, except in a few places where it had been haphazardly paved by individual owners in front of their properties.

2022 – We have a uniformly paved road from the pluma to the Yalku Loop, with drains installed in areas of the worst flooding, and topes in high traffic areas that comply with Federal guidelines.

2012 – The streets were dark and unlit, except where a few owners had put outside lights.

2022 – Streetlights powered by solar energy line our roads. Owners and renters no longer need to carry flashlights to walk at night.

2012 – There wasn’t enough pressure in the leaky water supply system to reach the northern portion of the community where properties had to bring in one or two truckloads of water per month to fill their cisterns. Our haphazard individual septic systems were polluting the bays, the mangrove and Yalku Lagoon.

2022 – We have a functioning water supply from CAPA accomplished by the Association through negotiation and cooperation. Years of contact and ongoing negotiations among your association, CAPA and the interested parties of Central Akumal have brought us to the practical  point of planning our sewer system as part of the overall plan for Akumal.

2012 – Opportunistic break-ins and robberies of houses and condos in North Akumal were a constant occurrence, particularly affecting our visitors.

2022 – We finally have true security after Dan Freeman assisted by Rocio Cue obtained a contingent of the new Guardia Nacional for Akumal. The cooperative relationship between the Guard and the community has been praised by the General Coordinator for Quintana Roo as a model for how they wish their program to work nationally. We have a Community Center that fortuitously gave us the ability to house our Guardia Nacional Unit. Now robberies are practically non-existent and Incidents of violence and robberies in the Pueblo have been drastically reduced.

2012 – Internet reception from independent wireless services was poor quality and intermittent.

2022 – After several years of frustrating negotiations and cajoling by our association, Telmex installed fiber-optic internet and telephone lines giving us high speed connectivity.

2012 – The previous community organization, The Akumal Council, had focused on the commercial interests of Central Akumal and collapsed under the burden of excessive administrative and security costs.

2022 – Vecinos is financially solvent, finishing this year with a surplus, even with the huge drain on our budget represented by the cost of maintaining and manning the pluma.

2012 – Houses and condominiums were not selling. For sale signs proliferated, a bad image for any community.

2022 – Because of our success in overcoming past challenges, houses and condos in Akumal now sell so quickly there is hardly any inventory left.

And all of this has been achieved while keeping our dues moderate and       affordable!

We still have challenges facing us. Most of these the Vecinos Board are already at work on. It is important to keep things in perspective and arrive at optimum solutions that are cost effective. Glib words and glitzy presentations are easy to produce, producing accomplishments takes hard work, experience and perseverance.

January 26, 2022
To Vecinos members and Akumal Norte community,
For several years we have made donations to Akumal Pueblo as part of our sense of obligation as neighbors, employers, and part of the overall Akumal community. When they needed support to enhance the main street of the pueblo we contributed 30 bags of cement for the central island walkway.  Another year we contributed prize money to the dance competition among the local dance groups from the pueblos surrounding us. Last year when the Delegación was left without a computer, we contributed one to help the Delegada with her job. This year we have given $15,000.00 pesos in the name of Vecinos for 15 commercial grade lights for the bridge connecting Akumal pueblo and  Akumal Playa to provide security for the people of the pueblo crossing at night, most of them our workers returning home after work. 
— David Zucker
January 26, 2022
The Akumal Arts Festival to show their appreciation has sent one of their best artists, Peaches, to paint a mural of a beautiful woman on the blank wall of the newly rebuilt Pluma Caseta. I gave them the go-ahead because it not only beautifies our entrance, but I felt it would promote awareness of the Festival, which has done much to enhance the image of Akumal Pueblo and has given the people of Akumal pride in their town. Many of our members are already providing shelter to the artists who have come here from all over the world. At the end of the festival, if the community of North Akumal so wishes, we can paint over the mural. While I was taking this picture, I was surprised by how many visitors were exclaiming their admiration for the mural. 
You can find a list of events and workshops at the Arts Festival on akumalnow.com/Akumal-Arts-Festival-2022.
These gestures of support for the people of the pueblo improve our relationship, and everything that improves the pueblo improves the image of all Akumal.

January 5, 2022

We thank our members and non-members for your support.

You are the heart of Akumal Norte, whosetrue beauty comes not only from its natural environmentbut from the sense of unity and peacewe get fromthis wonderful place and the friendships we share.Our visitors come away with a warm feeling that onlyAkumal Norteimparts. We offer a unique experience completely different from Cancun, Playa, Tulum, or other resorts on the Riviera Maya.

We will see you at our annual members

Meeting on February 17. 2022

***

It is the unity of Akumal Norte’s community that is the strength of Vecinos. Neighbors, both members and non-members, have contributed money and service. Vecinos serves Akumal Norte and represents us to our neighbors and the government. Please give this information to new owners and those neighbors who have still not joined.

VECINOS CHARTER DEFINED

As our charter defines our mission, Vecinos is responsible for the building and maintaining of Akumal Norte’s service infrastructure and developing relationships with all levels of government, and to protect and preserve our natural environment.

We have formal board meetings every month or two. We hold informal meetings of the Kitchen Cabinet once or twice a month where all community members are free to attend. Attendees meet and greet neighbors and board members. Committee and cabinet meetings keep us abreast of the community’s needs and provide the information that the board uses in making final decisions as to the direction the organization.

Accomplishments of Vecinos with the support of its members and the community at large in continuing the organization revived by Henning Bartsch and Jaimie Cost:

SECURITY FOR AKUMAL NORTE AND SURROUNDING PUEBLOS

  • Through our relationship with Mexico’s president Lopez Obrador, we were able to secure the Guardia Nacional to provide true security for Akumal Norte and our surrounding Pueblos.
  • We built the Community Center in Yalku Park, which is now serving as temporary accommodation for the Guardia Nacional. Vecinos is giving our Guardia Nacional contingent a golf cart to increase patrols in Akumal Norte and Akumal Pueblo. This slower patrolling will bring our guards even closer to the people they protect.
  • On October 2nd we sent our representative to Mexico City, to meet with the President and five top military and Guardia Nacional generals. Our goal is to achieve absolute permanency of our Guardia Nacional guard unit in Akumal Norte. Two days after these meetings the President announced his new program, the establishment of the Guardia Nacional Turistica. Under this program 400 guardsmen are permanently stationed on the Riviera Maya.
  • We secured a donation from a citizen of Akumal Pueblo of four hectares of land for the Guard to build their permanent headquarters.
  • Terry Richardson started the pluma at our main entrance, and last year Vecinos took responsibility for its running and the cost of the pluma. This year we rebuilt the guard booth and Vecino’s security office.

INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES

We have been consulting with CAPA for the installation of our modern freshwater system. CAPA is scheduled to deliver plans for Akumal Norte’s’ central sewage in March of 2022.

  • We completed the construction of the main road from the pluma to Yalku Lagoon, which had been a broken-up asphalt and dirt road with potholes before Russ Motley and Rhett Schober began the community paving project. We now provide continuing maintenance and repair.
  • Two storm drains were installed on the community’s main road this year and two more are scheduled for 2022.

  • Restoring Yalku Park began this year, clearing the original walking paths, and bringing in two concrete benches.
  • Recently we purchased twenty more solar streetlights to add to those we installed four years ago. Ten are already in service and the other ten are on a slow boat from China.
  • After much effort, we secured Fiber Optic service in North Akumal from Telmex.

PUBLIC LAND SHORTAGE AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

  • Traffic is one of the problems our community is faced with, especially in high season. With all the service trucks and worker’s cars double parked, just getting through can be a challenge. This is a hazard both for drivers in a hurry and people walking without sidewalks. Because many private properties have been developed right out to the edge of the road, there is no community land for sidewalks.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

        LEGAL RECOGNITION OF AKUMAL NORTE’S STATUS (PRIORITY FOR 2022)

Our governmental committee has hired and is working with a specialty law firm to achieve this goal.

  • The first item needed in the process to gain permanent legitimacy of our semi-private status is having legally registered community boundaries of Akumal Norte. We accomplished this with the survey of our communal land and legal boundaries in 2021. The surveys are now being registered with the Catastro Department in Tulum. Legal recognition gives our civil association the right to set and enforce regulations for the running of Akumal Norte. At completion of this project Akumal Norte will be protected from municipalization by the government and intrusion by surrounding developers.

 

  • Along with securing our legal status, we must complete our community impact study to formulate our policy regarding the negotiations with our neighbor MM Desarrollos as they develop their hundred-acre project between North Akumal and the highway, and how that will affect us.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE TO ATTRACT THE KIND OF TOURIST WE WANT?

  • Attached to this report please read the article published in International Living all about Akumal. I could not have written it better myself. As the article points out, visitors come here because of our unique qualities. Akumal Norte is a small resort with natural beauty, peaceful lifestyle and is within easy distance to many of Mexico’s ancient Maya historic locations. We are surrounded by fabulous cenotes, offering great snorkeling and the world’s largest underwater cave diving system. We need to understand what is best about our community and concentrate on emphasizing those qualities that bring tourism to us. Vecinos is committed to continuing the modernizing of community services and emphasizing the wonderful arts, history, and culture of this region. Please join us in our projects to keep Akumal Norte one of the most unique tourist destinations on the Caribbean Coast.
November 17, 2021
— Vecinos Charter sent to All
November 7, 2021
Well, down with the old building and up with the new one. Look at that roofline no rain collecting on that building, on the interior shot notice the roof solid concrete. Electric is and plumbing is going in, then plastering and finishing details in two weeks we will be using the new building. Our original budget was $150,000 pesos, however with foundation renewal and inflation on materials our finishing cost is $180,000. So far we have raised $153,000, so we need to raise $27,000 pesos more. Still, where could you build a solid building like this finished including the solar panels remounted and details finished?
Once more our wonderful community members to the rescue please thank them when you see them in town. 
YOU ARE THE BEST!
Alex John Malison
Andres Hernandorena
Arlene & Richard Pargot
Association of Casa Miraposa
Beryl Van Lierop
Carina Oriansino
Chesley McColl
Christopher Dore
Corey Mangold
David & Diana Walter
Elias Papadoplouos
Ellen Roberts
Gail Brenton
Jeffrey & Elaina Spotts
John Carleton
Jonathan Kantor
Karen Thorpe
Kenneth & MaryMargarate Goldstein
Leonard & Betsy Rappaport
Leticia Cordoba
Linda Novak
Linda Pokrajac
Lynda Kerney
Lynne & Sage Dorsey
Marieke White
Michael Roberts
Mike & Peggy Stone
Nancy Poor
Neil & Lisa Canter
Peter & Barbara Swenson
Phyllis Johnson
Rhett Schober
Ricardo & Monica Mangione
Stacy Albelais
Steve & Suzette Kappes
Tandy Muir-Warden
Kelly Patterson
24 October 2021
Although we had to replace the casitas foundation which was not included in the original bid we are able to move forward with the rebuild and these are your neighbors who are making it possible. The new casita building will be a watertight and totally secure facility housing the computer camera and gate operating systems. Please thank these community members when you see them.
PROPERTY NAME
La Sirena Andres Hernandorena
Las Vigas Arlene & Richard Pargot
Yalku Cai Beryl Van Lierop
Quinta del Mar Carina Oriansino
Mi Casa Del Marr Chesley McColl
Lol Ka’naal Corey Mangold
La Sirena David & Diana Walter
Casa Bella Elias Papadopoulos
Lo Ka’naab Ellen Roberts
Nikte Ha Jeffrey & Elaina Spotts
La Sirena John Carleton
Casa Mariposa Jonathan Kantor
La Sirena Karen Thorpe
Yalku Cai Linda Novak
La Sirena Linda Pokrajac
La Sirena Lynda Kerney
Lol Ka’naal Michael Roberts
Yool Caanal Nancy Poor
Casa Cascadas Neil & Lisa Canter
Mi Casa Del Marr Peter & Barbara Swenson
La Sirena Phyllis Berman
Akumal Villas Rhett Schober
Casa Caribe Ricardo & Monica Mangione
La Iguana Stacy Albelais
La Sirena Steve & Suzette Kappes
Casa Mariposa Assoc. Owners of Mariposa
Casa Mariposa Christopher Dore
Casa Los Palmos Leonard Rappaport
Casa Papagayo Kenneth & MaryMargarate Goldstein
W still need donations for sanding and painting the camera poles and gate operation mechanics maintenance.
 
Thank you all for supporting Vecinos, you make the difference for Akumal Norte! 
Vecinos board and Dan
October 13, 2021
Hi Everyone,
Monday, October 18 the rebuild of the casita will begin. Of our goal of  $115,000 pesos needed we have reached $55,000. Following I listed the names of our donators so far. When you see them please personally thank them for supporting our security system. A big thanks from the Vecinos board for helping with this special donation for the pluma casita rebuild.
Arlene & Richard Pargot – Michael Roberts – 
Stacy Albelais – Nancy Poor – ChesleyMcColl – 
Steve Kappes – Corey Mangold – David Walter – 
Jonathan Kantor – Beryl Van Lierop – Ellen Roberts
Neil & Lisa Canter – Ricardo & Monica Magione –
Carina Oriansino – John Carleton – Karen Thorpe –
Phyllis Berman – Lynda Pokrajac – Lynda Kerney
If you are not yet a member please join, attached is our membership form. Donations can be made using the attached form or through our website using the membership-donation form if it is just designate if it is a donation (for?) or a membership.
Thank you all for your support.
Dan
Roy D. Freeman
President
October 12, 2021
Telmex has added new fiber-optic connections in Akumal Norte. To order one fill in the attached form and return it to their representative Rodrigo he will make sure the forms go into the Telmex sales department. 
The email address were you will send the form is:
Any questions you have please call Rodrigo at
998-845-4397
September 26, 2021
To the Vecinos members and Akumal Norte community,
Please read the following document carefully. It contains Vecinos founding charter defined. Our operating structure and an explanation of the expenses your dues have paid for so far in 2021. 
Akumal Norte is a safe, vibrant, and desirable destinationThe community continues to grow and thrive in the heart of the Riviera Maya. We’re close to shopping and other amenities, yet far enough away from distracting hustle and bustle. The past year has seen an increased number of real estate transactions in spite of covid-19 and the quantities of sargassum inundating our beaches. New condo construction, and home renovation and expansion projects are contributing to a healthy local economy. While we do receive some government services, the bulk of our community care and initiatives are undertaken by the local homeowners’ association, “Vecinos of Akumal Norte.”
Please, if you are not a member join Vecinos. You will be helping to keep the community services functioning and protecting our status as a semi-private community in the Municipality of Tulum. 
Thank You!
Dan

VECINOS RESPONSIBILITES AS OUTLINED IN THE FOUNDING CHARTER

To Make representations on behalf of members before local, state and federal governments, according to established legal standards, to maintain/support the interests of the Association and its members with regard to land use, urban planning and human settlements known as the subdivision North Akumal, Quintana Roo State, United States of Mexico.

To manage, encourage, and provide collaboration with the appropriate public authority for maintaining and carrying out works that is inherent to the wellbeing of its members and the beautification and enjoyment of the Development known as North Akumal

To promote, undertake, and advance the establishment and improvement of all public or private services needed for transportation and roads, telephones, water, electricity, street lighting, garbage collection, security and general safety of the Development known as North Akumal.

To channel and extend its support to sponsor and maintain the ongoing social, cultural and welfare activities of the Development.

To assume an advocacy role and make representations that its members determine are required in terms of official regulations and other issues that affect their interests

To make legal representations before administrative and judicial authorities and to the local companies or businesses in the development known as Akumal Norte and private companies building houses and those that manage properties or acquire the assets and liabilities of such companies in the development

To enter into and execute civil and commercial contracts necessary to develop and serve Akumal Norte’s infrastructure and utility services.    

We are a classified by the government as a fraccionamiento

A fraccionamiento Is a sub-division of the municipality.

Semi-Private Status

Akumal was registered as a Fraccionamiento. Over the years It became a failed sub-division. Then several property owners formed Vecinos de Akumal Norte a.c.. Through seven years of agreements made with each successive Tulum administration, the organization has been recognized as the administrators for the service operations of the community. Vecinos has protected our semi-private status with the Municipality of Tulum. 

VECINOS COMMITTEE STUCTURE

To meet our responsibilities as defined in our charter, we have created the following committee structures listed in order of their importance as seen by Vecinos.

GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

Accomplishing this committee’s mission is the most important of all issues facing Akumal Norte today. The committee’s mission, to regularize the systems needed to legalize and maintain Akumal Norte’s status as a self-administering, semi-private community. Achieving this goal will legalize, preserve and protect Akumal Norte as a semi-private community within Tulum municipality for this administration and all future Tulum governments. To achieve our goal, we have hired specialized lawyers who have experience with this type of process and have negotiated successfully for other communities.

To not achieve the goal of the committee leaves Akumal Norte ripe for the possible municipalization by the municipality of Tulum.  The cost for this undertaking is estimated @ $300,000.00 pesos this will require additional funding that is not covered by our normal dues.

SECURITY

Vecinos pays for Target security at the Pluma from Association dues. We maintain the gate system on behalf of all members of the community including for those who pay and those who don’t. In October of 2020 Vecinos president contacted the office of Mexico’s president Lopez Obrador explaining how bad the situation was becoming. We requested that the Guardia Nacional be brought in to strengthen the security of Akumal Pueblo, Akumal Norte and surrounding pueblos and villages. A deal was made.  Vecinos would provide accommodations and other services needed by the guard. Ten days later the first contingent of the guards arrived at their new home base the Community Center of Akumal Norte.

SEWAGE

The sewage systems built by the initial builders of Akumal Norte are inadequate. The older systems are leaking into the bay, mangrove, lagoon, and ocean daily. Over the years the government has allowed developers to build without regard to the installation of adequate sewage systems. Sewage pollution is one of the main, if not the worst environmental pollution problems for our mangrove, lagoon, and ocean environments, especially to the destruction of our reef system.

The federal government has mandated that central sewage systems are to be built in all pueblos. Property owners must connect to it. For the preceding two years Vecinos has held meetings with government officials from CAPA at all levels. In phase one of the government’s sewage plan Akumal Pueblo’s in-ground service and the rebuilding of their sewage processing plant will be completed and operational then phase two will begin. In phase two the government will begin the installation of Akumal Norte’s in-ground system. Our last meeting the systems in the pueblo are in, however they still need work and money for our system is not there yet. We are working with CAPA to have an estimate of the cost for our homes and condo buildings connections.

SOLID WASTE GARBAGE

We ship our solid waste trash to Tulum, gone and forgotten. However, since no garbage disposal plants exist, Tulum trash trucks dump it into city-block long, six story piles in the jungle to rot in the noon day sun. Studies show us that daily the pollution from this waste is the greatest threat to underground rivers, and ultimately the water we drink.

Recycling has never worked with individual property pick up for the whole community. Vecinos is researching a recycling program where your staff would bring your recyclables to a central location for once a week pick up.

SARGASSO

The board appointed a Sargasso committee. The goal, develop a workable plan that will alleviate or at least manage the problem. It must be affordable and practical in its application.

COMMUNITY MAINTENANCE

For the last four years we have had streetlights. The only cost was their purchase. Since they are solar powered, there is no ongoing electric cost. This program has been so successful that we have helped surrounding communities achieve the same results for their communities.

We have recently installed three central storm drains and have a fourth in the works. These drains help keep our paving system from deteriorating. Every year sinkholes and topes in our road system require work.

New Signage is being installed, and speed limits, directional, street names etc. are required. None of these can take place until dues funding is available, the work of the governmental committee can be completed, and legal agreements reached with the relevant authorities.

SIDEWALKS

As we grow, sidewalks become more important than ever for the safety of our walking public. This future project means we will be able to install the new sewage lines without digging up the main road from the pluma to La Buena Vida. At the same time, we can put our electric and internet lines underground. This will meet with the government mandated project that seashore cities must have electric and internet connections underground within the next two years. This is to prevent interruption of power and communication during hurricanes or tropical storms.  A future plan must be considered for the inclusion of sidewalks from La Buena Vida to Yalkú Lagoon.

What your dues and donations have financed so far at 9 months into 2021:

Survey of Akumal Norte public areas                                                                                       $ 55,000.00

Installation of central storm drains                                                                                          $ 30,000.00

Target guard services(annually)                $ 504,000.00 so far in 2021                               $ 396,500.22

CCB added new building w/2 bathrooms w/showers Pd for w/donations & dues          $ 158,535.00

CCB Vecinos office furnishings & equipment                                                                          $ 18,420.68

Office supplies                                                                                                                              $ 12,000.00

CCB Sewage, Water, Telmex and electric services                                                  $ 43,900.00

Account fees (Owed 2 years $50,000. /still owed for 2021 $25,000.00                            $ 50,000.00

Repair of the main community highway and topes                                                               $ 32,500.00

Installation & maintenance of 20 new/25 old solar streetlights                                          $ 66,800.00

Actions in progress

  • Breakfast planning meetings with officials:
  • Meetings with the President of Tulum Municipality.
  • Commanding General of State of Quintana Roo Guardia Nacional
  • October19th our first meeting with the new President of Tulum.
    • Meetings with Target security
    • With State CAPA for sewage planning
  • Working with state offices of CAPA completing plans for central sewage system
  • Developing a recycling plan for the community
  • Working with Yalku Parque (Yalku Lagoon) to approve a parking lot for them to take parking off of the public streets.
  • Cleaning and Developing Yalku Park (two benches in), four more on order

The board and president’s deliberations on issues and final decisions reached are based always on the best long-term results for Akumal Norte.

An example of long-term planning was the building of the community center. Though it is not currently functioning as was intended, its existence allowed us to have and house the Guardia Nacional when even Tulum did not have the Guards. This has enhanced the security of the community.

July 3, 2021
On July 7, 2021, at 9:00 AM a special presentation of films taken from local cenotes showing the underground river system will be shown. There will be a description of the extensive river system that exists underground here in Mexico.
This presentation has been arranged by Marco Lascano. The presentation will give us a much better understanding of how our underground river system integrates with the mangroves, caves, bays, and inlets of this area.  
Please RSVP if you can not come, otherwise, we will see you on Wednesday at 9:00.
May 28,2021
When becoming president and with the agreement of the board, I established three goals for the organization. One, establish and maintain the infrastructure systems needed for a functioning community. Two, survey the community establishing registered boundaries, legally recognized by all levels of government. Three, making the Vecinos Civil Association, elected by community members recognized as the community’s governing arm. 
 
This week the organization took a step closer to accomplishing one more of our goals.  We hired a surveying company to survey the common areas of Akumal Norte, establishing our community’s legal boundaries and registering those surveys with Catastro in Tulum.
 
Projects Underway this week:
1. Surveying of the community
2. Installation of strom drain between LaBahia & The Reef
3. Repairing and placing new adocreto in the main road in those areas where cement was used to fill holes and is now breaking up. 
4. Inspecting holes that are occurring in front of Playa Caribe for repair.
5. Installing 10 new solar lights and new PVC light poles
6. Preparing PVC mounts for new road signage.
 
Sargasso season is upon us again. Victor Mas, the president of Tulum promised that they would provide what help they can for Half Moon Bay as material and money become available.  However, especially in an election year, public beaches get priority. Since Half Moon Bay Beach is strictly private with no outside access at all, it is and will be last in line. Therefore, some of the beachfront condos have organized a unified effort to deal with sargassum washing up on the beach and we will support their initiative.
 
Attached is the information about the survey  and the need to do it.
The Vecinos board and Dan thank you for your continuing support.

To Vecinos Board,

As you know the governmental committee has had meetings with Ivan Hernandez Pacheco. These are advisory meetings giving us help in understanding the step-by-step process we must take in order to make Akumal Norte a self-governing semi-private community.

When checking with the Catastro Tulum we found that many of the records that were originally kept in Cozumel were lost or destroyed when they were moved first to Playa del Carmen then to Tulum.

The survey of Akumal Norte is the most important first step on the road to government recognition of Akumal Norte official boundaries. This is of overwhelming importance now with the acceleration of development all around us. It will give our community more legality in governing itself and enforcing our rules to run Akumal Norte, and control of our security.

Registration of our officially recognized boundaries with the catastro department will give the property owners in Akumal Norte the means of verification of ownership and legal security of their property in catastrol processes, which will lead to improving property values.

So, the first step in moving our government project forward is to have Akumal Norte surveyed.  This past week Yalku Park was surveyed, and that survey officially registered with the department of catastro in Tulum.    (In Spanish it is catastro  and in English cadaste)

Included here is a news release, an article covering a similar project undertaken by the municipal government in the city of Tulum and the hotel zone, and the reasons they felt it necessary:

Citizens will have means of verification and legal security in cadastral processes
* SEFIPLAN works in the fight against corruption with a reliable cadastral registry

Chetumal. -The Geographical and Cadastral Institute of the State of Quintana Roo (IGECE) began to prepare the cadastral orthoimage of the municipality of Tulum, in order to update the cadastral cartography and meet the needs of the municipal public administration.

As will be recalled in April, the IGECE and the Tulum City Council signed a collaboration agreement to carry out the expansion of the passive geodetic network and generation of cadastral orthoimages for the town, municipal seat and hotel zone of the aforementioned municipality.

The General Director of IGECE, Mtro. Ricardo López Rivera commented that “Around 80 air flights will be carried out with an unmanned aerial vehicle. The photographs obtained will have a resolution greater than 12 megapixels in color, this means that there is adequate positional accuracy where geodetic GPS control points are obtained, all this in collaboration with the Cadastral Directorate of the Tulum City Council”.

Ricardo Lopez Rivera went on to explain that as a result, citizens will have means of verification and legal security in the cadastral processes; These data will be used in urban development work, in addition to supporting tourist activity, the main economic bastion of the municipality of Tulum.

An updated cadastral registry will allow to know exactly the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the existing properties in the municipality, and will reflect quality, agility, honesty, and transparency about their heritage in a responsible and efficient way to fight corruption.

With these actions Together We Advance made the identification, registration and geographic location of real estate located in the State of Quintana Roo.

24 May 2021

To Vecinos Members and Community at Large,

Akumal Norte is a fraccionamiento, that is, a housing development.  There was at one time for Akumal Norte surveyor records registered with Catastro (the Land Registry Office) in Cozumel.  When checking with the Catastro department in Tulum, we found that the original records from Cozumel were lost or destroyed when they were moved first to Playa del Carmen then to Tulum.

In order to have legal recognition of Akumal Norte as a whole, registered surveys must be recorded in the office of Catastro in Tulum.  The Vecinos board established a committee with the mission to identify the process needed to bring the community into legal standing with the government.  The committee began meeting with a legal advisor whose specialty is defining the steps needed to achieve this goal.  Accomplishing this project is of major importance now, with the acceleration of development all around us.

The completed project will give our community a stronger legal standing for self- governing, for enforcing community defined rules, and for control of our security.  It will enforce legal recognition of and verification of ownership and legal security for property owners, which in turn will lead to improving property values.

The first step was taken this week with the hiring of a surveyor.  Yalkú park was surveyed and registered officially with the department of Catastro in Tulum.

To give you a better understanding of this process and how it benefits you, I have included a news release. It is an article covering a similar project undertaken by the municipal government in the city of Tulum and the hotel zone, and the reasons they felt it necessary:

Citizens will have means of verification and legal security in cadastral processes
* SEFIPLAN works in the fight against corruption with a reliable cadastral registry

Chetumal. -The Geographical and Cadastral Institute of the State of Quintana Roo (IGECE) began to prepare the cadastral orthoimage of the municipality of Tulum, in order to update the cadastral cartography and meet the needs of the municipal public administration.

As will be recalled in April, the IGECE and the Tulum City Council signed a collaboration agreement to carry out the expansion of the passive geodetic network and generation of cadastral orthoimages for the town, municipal seat and hotel zone of the aforementioned municipality.

The General Director of IGECE, Mtro. Ricardo López Rivera commented that “around 80 air flights will be carried out with an unmanned aerial vehicle. The photographs obtained will have a resolution greater than 12 megapixels in color, this means that there is adequate positional accuracy where geodetic GPS control points are obtained, all this in collaboration with the Cadastral Directorate of the Tulum City Council”.

Ricardo López Rivera went on to explain that as a result, citizens will have means of verification and legal security in the cadastral processes. These data will be used in urban development work, in addition to supporting tourist activity, the main economic bastion of the municipality of Tulum.

An updated cadastral registry will allow to one to know exactly the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the existing properties in the municipality, and will reflect quality, agility, honesty, and transparency about their heritage in a responsible and efficient way to fight corruption.

With these actions Together We Advance made the identification, registration and geographic location of real estate located in the State of Quintana Roo.

Dan

28 March 2021

Good Evening Everyone!

Friday evening the Valfab solar company unexpectedly appeared at our door returning the solar lights we left with them for service — in February 2020! We had tried several times to retrieve our lights. Since we had no luck, we contracted with a new local company for the purchase of ten new lights. So, with the nine returned and the 15 new ones we will have 24 lights going back up in the community over the next two months. The new company, Aproycon Solar, will be putting up the lights and maintaining all our streetlights from now on. In addition to adding new lights, we will begin replacing the metal poles with dark green PVC poles filled with rebar and cement. No rust or repainting needed ever!

Fernando Ávila owns Aproycon Solar and Construction company, anyone interested in solar service or construction bids can contact him at cellphone: 998-577-0727 or email: [email protected]. Normally we do not endorse companies, however, he lives in our community and has worked for many of our members. He is extremely reliable and professional.

In the past two weeks thanks to our Sargasso committee members the mayor of Tulum has been here twice for sargasso and COVID 19 meetings. The Sargasso committee is working with Tulum and other officials to find a system that will work to relieve our sargasso problem as much as possible.

How about a walk-in Park? That’s right, Yalkú Park is open. The original paths are clear and waiting for you to take a stroll and enjoy the park. Through a generous donor, the park was cleaned and over 20 truckloads of jungle waste and trash were removed. Please, ask your gardeners not to dump jungle waste in the park anymore. Anyone caught dumping in the park will be charged for its removal. Remember the Guardia is watching and you will be reported.  The park committee is looking for some more donors to help with the next two projects:  purchasing new benches and tagging the trees, making the park once more an arboretum.

The Vecinos board is preparing to work once more with CEA for the turtle season. We have asked Sheree Lichtenberg to be the representative to CEA from Vecinos, coordinating all turtle-related needs.

This week I was able to secure my electronic signature, so we can once again send out facturas for donations given to Vecinos. If you’re finding it hard to pay the full dues amount this year because of COVID 19, Vecinos has a two-payment system:  pay half in April and the other September.

Enjoy the pictures  Happy Easter  Enjoy Passover,  David and I are celebrating our 54th Passover together. ?how many different ways can you eat Matzo?

14 March 2021

Hi Everyone,
We at Vecinos are busy at work. After 5 years of struggling this year will really be a pivotal year for changes in the organization.
 
In late Spring or early Fall, we will hold a Members General Meeting, if it is not possible to hold because of COVID 19 then we will hold a Zoom meeting.
I have attached two attachments, one is the presidential brief and the other is for an article that tells why we feel so strongly to preserve Akumal Norte as it is a portal into the world of Maya, enjoy the article.
 
Come Soon, we miss you
Dan
Copy this address on to your browser
It is a great article

 

The President’s brief is part of the new communications program. It will come out every three to four months or when needed. The purpose is to update you on current projects and new projects that are needed.

Vecinos Board

President – Dan Freeman                                  Term expires 2022

Vice President – Beryl Van Lierop                     Term expires 2021

Treasurer – Tandy Muir Warden                        Term expires 2021

Secretary – Richard Pargot                                Term expires 2021

Vocal – Carly Flores                                         Term expires 2021

Vocal – Peter Swenson                                     Term expires 2021

Vocal – George Pritchard                                  Term expires 2022

Vocal – Henning Bartsch                                  Term expires 2022

Vocal – Ingrid Datica Urribarri                          Term expires 2022

 

Vecinos Operational Committees

We created three new committees to keep up with the growth of Vecinos operational needs.

Government Committee            Chair    Henning Bartsch

Sargasso Committee                             Chair    George Pritchard

Communications Committee                 Chair    Carly Flores

Membership and Fund-Raising              Chair    Dan Freeman

Pluma Committee                                 Co-Chairs Ingrid Datica Urribarri/Monica Estrada

Guardia Nacional Administrador           Rocío Cue

Facebook Blog                                     Mónica Estrada

 

There are several volunteers working on these committees; however help is always needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 984-177-5709

 

Projects In The Works

  1. Solar light restoration. 15 new lights were purchased for $30,000.00 pesos. They will be installed over the next two weeks
  2. The web site committee will meet this week to work on redesigning and updating content.
  3. Meetings took place this week with government officials: President of Tulum, Admiral from the Navy, personal assistant to the governor of Quintana Roo. Discussion for a plan for sargasso control. Pictures attached.
  4. Dan Freeman and Rocio Cue met with the new Guardia Nacional Comisario for Quintana Roo. The general was very impressed with all Vecinos has done to help the guard. The guardsmen who have come to work here in the community are impressed with the kindness and respect shown to them as they do their jobs.
  5. The new bathroom facilities for the CCB will be completed this month. Once again, this project was made possible by generous donators from our community, and we thank them.
  6. Mónica Estrada is setting up and publishing our new Vecinos page on Facebook.
  7. Through a donation from one of our community members we were able to begin restoring Yalku Park this week. Men began to haul out debris, cut out dead foliage, and restore the original walking paths. When this phase of the operation is completed, we will start marking the trees and plants with their names, returning the park to its state as an arboretum. If you would like to volunteer to help or donate to purchase benches for the park, please contact the park committee at 984-177-5709 04 or 302-526-7407. Our goal is to make the park a wonderful place once more for guest to sit and read a book, bird watch or just relax ready for people to enjoy once more. v
  8. The new year is underway, and we are all busy with new and old projects. Dues are coming in, even though so many of us have had a couple of very hard years. Your support for the community is greatly appreciated.In talking with one of the heads of a condo association, I was told he did not know about the dues payment program we set up last year. The program is a two-payment plan system: you may send in half a payment in March and the other half in August. Vecinos exists because of your support, so we as an organization must be supportive of you our members. Please just let us know what we can do to help you. Call 984-177-5709 in Mexico or 302-526-7407 in the U.S. and tell us what your needs are for dues payment.Reports From Committees From Rocio Cue report on the Guardia NacionalThe Commissioner commented that he had received instructions from Mexico City to come to see the National Guard facilities in Akumal, as well as the president of the Asociación de Vecinos de Akumal Norte and personally thank him for hosting the GN.Dan commented on the great work and support that the GN does from Chemuyil to San Martin, and how the atmosphere had changed since the GN arrival, now the community walk in the town with more tranquility and the area remained peaceful.General Toscano commented that a study of the area would be carried out in order to make a support strategy, in this way the results of the GN would be much more effective, as well as it would try to send more vehicles and personnel to carry out their work with more efficiency.Dan told him about the association’s idea of donating one hectare to the GN, land that is located on the other side of the Yalku Lagoon, where the GN would have more privacy and could make a large base where it could house more guards. And as soon as we could access the land, he would be invited to see it.Finally, we gave him a tour of the facilities of the Community Center, as well as the construction of the new bathrooms.If you have questions or comments please contact me at [email protected]From George Pritchard report on Sargasso and BudgetVecinos over the years has operated under dues paid, but donations for projects. Vecinos has a very important program, which is security and its pluma. This program was started by Terry and then Vecinos took over financing the program. The program expenses are over 50% of the entire budget.Moving forward in 2021, Vecinos is starting a 5-step financial program. This program is to control expenses and prioritize projects to ensure projects that benefit the entire community are done first.Vecinos does recognize the need to address the sargasso program for all owners. After our Zoom meeting, many owners shared their views on how to address this problem. After reviewing the emails, we are down to 4 options. One option is to install a barrier system for HMB. The Sargasso committee has been working on this option with other options. The second option is a sargasso removal boat. This option is under review. The third option is to work with the government to manage the sargasso; we are currently in talks with government. The fourth option is do nothing and see if the sargasso will just go away. This is the worst option. The loss of tourism and income that the tourists bring to many owners and businesses is great.If you have questions or comments please contact me at [email protected]From Carly FloresThe Communications Committee has met several times since its inception.  Our plan is to flood you with emails until you beg us to stop.  Or, we could let you know what’s happening . . . as it happens.However it’s done, communication involves a sender and a receiver.  We would be interested to receive your ideas, comments, and questions about Vecinos activities, plans, works-in-progress.  For now, mail to [email protected]
24 October 2020
Hi Everyone,
 
As you read through these updates understand Vecinos for all intents & purposes is Akumal Norte’s community government. Tulum pays for nothing, they do on occasion collect your trash, and for some of us, charge for that. 
So please join the 120 members and 45 none members who are paying dues and supporting Vecinos. Become an active member, and if you can, volunteer for work here or even at home. Please call, because every day we increase the workload, we need you. Our next big project is the installation of central sewage. Already we are clearing the jungle roadside south of La Buena Vida to the pluma for the installation of a sidewalk system. Please join if you are not a member and pay the dues so the work can continue on our way to one of the top civil associations in Q. Roo.
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q,R. — On September 15, the Secretary of Ecology and Environment of
Quintana Roo announced that based on the latest weekly satellite observations made by the
Sargasso Monitoring Network, a significant decrease has been observed and the season deemed
over.
In a press release, the state government says there is very little amounts of sargassum in the
coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as the waters of
the Greater Caribbean, the Lesser Antilles Arc and the central part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Thanks to the high definition satellite images shared by the European Space Agency (ESA),
images show that at least for the next three months, until the end of the year, the region can
expect very small amounts of sargassum on Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches. For this reason, the
government says they have conclude the 2020 sargassum season.
Even as far south as Mahahual where sargassum hit hard last year, the arrivals were a lot less
than anticipated. Alondra Martínez Flores, director of the Environment and Ecology in Othón P.
Blanco explained that this year, the amount was 80 percent less than last.
Specially built sargassum collection vessels were hardly needed for the 2020 season
The official indicated that at the end of August and the beginning of September, the arrival of
just over 2,000 tons of sargassum was expected, but this did not happen. During the last days of
cleaning, they collected only seven seven-meter cubic dump trucks.
“It decreased a lot. Actually, last week, we did not have sargassum arrival, so the beaches were
clean,” he said.
Alondra Martínez said that it was in July, when the seaweed began to arrive in greater quantities,
but nothing compared to what happened last year. “The forecast indicated that July and August
would be the greatest recall, but it was not like that,” he said. In fact, the official explained that
compared to 2019, the arrival of seaweed to the coast of the state, especially to Mahahual, was
minimal.
“Last year the arrival of sargassum began long before Easter and lasted throughout October,” he
recalled.
In previous years, sargassum posed a challenge, arriving in large quantities which was added to
the emerging measures taken by government authorities to address the problem. This year,
however, the entire region experienced a contrast. Not only were municipalities prepared with
specially made sargassum collection vessels, seaweed barriers and additional cleaning
equipment, the seaweed arrived in considerably lower amounts.
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q,R. — On September 15, the Secretary of Ecology and Environment of
Quintana Roo announced that based on the latest weekly satellite observations made by the
Sargasso Monitoring Network, a significant decrease has been observed and the season deemed
over.
In a press release, the state government says there is very little amounts of sargassum in the
coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as the waters of
the Greater Caribbean, the Lesser Antilles Arc and the central part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Thanks to the high definition satellite images shared by the European Space Agency (ESA),
images show that at least for the next three months, until the end of the year, the region can
expect very small amounts of sargassum on Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches. For this reason, the
government says they have conclude the 2020 sargassum season.
Even as far south as Mahahual where sargassum hit hard last year, the arrivals were a lot less
than anticipated. Alondra Martínez Flores, director of the Environment and Ecology in Othón P.
Blanco explained that this year, the amount was 80 percent less than last.
Specially built sargassum collection vessels were hardly needed for the 2020 season
The official indicated that at the end of August and the beginning of September, the arrival of
just over 2,000 tons of sargassum was expected, but this did not happen. During the last days of
cleaning, they collected only seven seven-meter cubic dump trucks.

5 October 2020

To Vecinos Members and Community at Large,

Tourism in North Akumal has been devastated first by Sargasso, now by Covid. We have had to lay off employees most of whom come from Akumal Pueblo. This has impacted the pueblo and surrounding areas extremely hard economically. Crime and violence are increasing daily. This makes our need for stronger security an imperative. With the local authorities unable to control what is happening the association decided to act. We wrote to the President of Mexico and Commander of the National Guard. The letters detailed the issues in our area and asked for help. In addition, we offered some solutions, one was to bring in the national guard.

We are extremely excited that our letter produced positive results. The President ordered the General of the guard to assign an 8-man unit to Akumal. To strengthen security in Akumal Norte, we offered the new police office in the community center to be their headquarters. Today I will meet with the captain of the guard unit to inspect the space.

What does this mean for Akumal Norte? We will have 24-hour police patrols now. The guards working with our Target staff will give Akumal Norte one of the strongest security programs in the area. The guard members  are well trained, disciplined, and respectful.

To deliver a basic office space for the guard we need to immediately finish the community center’s utility services. This will cost $175,000.00 pesos or roughly $8,500.00 dollars. Your property investment is protected by the community’s security and maintenance programs, programs operated and paid for by the Vecinos association, not Tulum or any other government agency. Without your support our security program will not be as strong as it can be.

Many of you have paid your dues and memberships, understanding the importance of our community’ security and operational services. I am asking you to help me, your president, and Vecinos to finish the community center project which will be the core of our future security. Please pay your dues if you have not already done so, or, if you can, contribute more. This is the only way to maintain our reputation as a peaceful family destination on the Riviera Maya and protect your investment in Akumal Norte.

Fiber Optic service is here! Telmex sales staff began calling and setting up contracts this week. You may continue to send in your forms. They will be forwarded to Telmex sales office. In some cases, if you have more questions you may speak to your building manager for details on the wiring and setup.

Last week Dan met with the Director of the Tulum Hotel association. Vecinos association will become an affiliated member entitling the association to all benefits the hotel association offers. Group advertising, special tours, contact with state tourism programs. Dan will work on defining how the Hotel association can benefit our association and will pass information to you our members.

Thank You,

Dan

29 August 2020

Vecinos Members and Akumal Norte Community,
 
On Wednesday, August 26th we met with Harold from Mundo Internet services to discuss having them install fiber-optic service because we could not get a commitment from Telmex as to when they would install the promised fiberoptic cable. We were favorably disposed to use their service and notified Telmex that we were no longer willing to wait for an answer. 
 
I subsequently received a call from an owner who was working with the senior engineer of Telmex to fix his own phone service and was informed by the engineer (who is heading the Akumal Norte project) that the Telmex headquarters in Mexico City had approved the contract and money needed to bring fiber-optic service to Akumal Norte.  Because we have repeatedly been told that service was coming for the past year, I informed him that I would need a signed document stating that the installation and all details are committed to by senior Telmex officials.
 
A preliminary  letter of commitment was sent from the official’s office, with a confirming contract coming from Mexico city to follow.  The letter confirms that the contract for the installation of fiber optic service is approved and moving forward. They apologized for the time it has taken for them to start. The splitting up of the company, takeover by the new owner, and the COVID epidemic slowed the process.
Today, Saturday, August 29th, a Telmex crew is in Akumal Norte surveying how the cable will be installed, the number of new poles needed, etc. The actual installation will commence in the third week of September.  They say it will take several weeks to complete. The cable cost is paid for by Telmex. The only cost to us is the cost as listed for the actual service. 
 
As explained to us, with Telmex committed to complete the service, it would not prove cost-effective for the Mundo company to bring in a second cable. 
Attached is Telmex’s internet price sheet.

 

 

 

 

22 August 2020

We have worked diligently with Telmex for the past year trying to arrange the installation of fiber-optic service. Rocio Cue has written, called many times to Telmex at their Mexico city headquarters. The response has this month for sure or next month, so on and so on. Because they do not seem to think that the installation of over 300 connections is worth it, we have decided to contact a competing company. 
The company is Mundo. They already have some clients in the community and those clients seem very happy with their service.  Vecinos is arranging a meeting with Mundo representatives to bring their fiber-optic service to Akumal Norte. We have an existing list of over 250 owners (houses & Condos) who have signed up for this service. After meeting with their representatives we will make sure they meet with the condo building managers to go over the details of how the installation will work for large units.  I will publish how service will be set up for houses and how you can sign up for your house.
I’m sorry this has taken so long to work out. Initially, we thought Telmex being the largest phone service in our part of the country would be the best to work with. We gave them the benefit of a doubt and they failed us.
 
I will let you know as soon as possible how the meeting goes. If you did not sign up originally do not worry we will make sure they will have enough connections for the entire community and some extras.
Thanks,
Dan

18 July 2020    Ref: Security Update

Overall
Since the beginning of this pandemic we have not had reports of burglaries in North Akumal,
even though you would assume that extreme unemployment would spur this activity. One
reason for our lack of break-ins is because we have kept up and improved our security system.
However, I believe the primary reason for lack of crime is that there have been no guests to rob!
I anticipate that to change with the return of tourism as this pandemic has somewhat shredded
the local economies.
The Vecinos de Akumal Norte organization has not been dormant during this time. Roads have
been maintained, older topes restored, security is working full time and Dan Freeman meets
regularly with the Vecinos board and members of ADMAK (the property management
organization) to discuss the legal matters that face our community for the long term. There are
a lot of people working on behalf of your investment.

Security Improvements:
This tope was installed between the Las Casitas entrance and the curve before the security gate.
The reason for this new tope is that cars (taxis in particular) were continuing to reach speeds of up to 50 mph heading into the curve. The speeding not only showed disrespect toward our community but also created a very real safety concern.  Please note that the curb has been again freshly repainted yellow due to the efforts of Joel/
Katie Datica (and friends). There are many unrecognized volunteers who contribute to the betterment of our
community.
Topes at the pluma (gate): I remember when we didn’t have topes because the holes in the sascab road were sufficient to slow everyone down to a safe speed. Now, with adocreto (bricks) providing a smooth ride, we have a need for them. Recently at the pluma, we changed from the rubber topes that only covered half the road on
each side to concrete topes extending the entire width of the road, both entering and exiting:
The extended tope version  eliminates drivers from going around the pluma arm as they would do with the previous 1/2 width rubber topes. Many times this would result in clipping the pluma arm, thus  putting it out of commission for 10 days at a cost of $5,500 mx per
copy. And, there were a lot of copies.
Additionally, these new
topes allow us to bring
cars to a complete stop,
which is a necessary part
of the function of the gate.
The guards are extremely
pleased with how the new
topes preform.
Note: I have had feedback about the ‘abruptness’ of these topes, especially for bicyclers. I have taken note and we will continue to improve our entrance in all aspects, including reducing
the abruptness of the topes (in the future).

Pluma (gate) procedures:
Yellow Tag: Most owners already have one of these yellow tags.
Now, we have begun to issue these yellow tags to employees
who work within North Akumal. We are beginning to develop an
identification system that distinguishes between who belongs
here and who does not.

Red Tag: Upon arrival at the entrance gate, all guests will be
asked to fill out this simple form, documenting: arrival date,
departure date, where staying, and ID. The guests will then be
provided with a red tag to hang from their rear view mirror
which will eliminate them from having to show ID again during
their stay.
Additionally, each arriving guest will be given the ‘turtle season
nesting checklist’ which will alert them to the precautions we
need to take during turtle nesting season. This will be a great
help to the Turtle Volunteers (our neighbors) working in Half
Moon Bay under the umbrella of CEA.

So, again, we are dialing in on who belongs here. For now the providers (beverage trucks, gas
trucks, water trucks, etc.) will not be asked for ID or require a pass.
However, everyone, (yellow pass, red pass included) must come to a complete stop as they
reach the pluma (entering). If a yellow or red tag is displayed, the gate is immediately lifted after the vehicle stops.
Those providers described above, for now, must also stop but they will be allowed to immediately pass as well.
Everyone else, after coming to a complete stop, is approached by the security guard on duty
and asked, “where are you going?”. Depending on the drivers’ response, the guard will issue a
red or yellow pass when appropriate or the driver will be asked for ID that is then held under
the camera which is synced with cameras focused on the vehicle. The vehicle is then allowed
to pass.
We are extremely sensitive to those who wish to go to one of our fine restaurants or bars. There
will be no restrictions in this regard. On the contrary, our guards are instructed to recommend
and direct both day and night visitors to these establishments during their hours of operation.
The system described above is fully functioning, now, and certainly enhances the feeling that
the North Akumal community is watching out for itself.
New Signage
I have been working with Dan Freeman and others to come up with signs that express the rules
of the community (and the government). These signs are extremely important to our guards so
that they have a reference to ‘point to’ if challenged regarding our rules.
This sign (very visible as you pass through the pluma) states that Akumal is established as a Fish Refuge and No fishing or Spear fishing is allowed.  This combination of signs, Government Rules on top and North Akumal Rules on
the bottom, is located on the West side of the pluma, visible as you enter. Again these rules give our guards confidence to carry out their duties.

17 June 2020

Hi Members, Administrators, and Community,
On June 25 the cleaning of North Akumal will begin. We are preparing for the opening of our community to receive future tourists in Akumal Playa, Akumal Norte and Akumal Pueblo. Obviously we want to greet to greet our tourists with “our best foot forward”.
Our cleaning committee is in charge of various areas such as parks, vacant lots, bus stops, and the main street of the Pueblo Last week CFE cut trees and left the refuge. Ware asking for your collaboration with the pick up of the refuge and garbage. Please have your staff clean and fix the areas in front of your facility. The cleanup committee cannot cope with so many areas, but if you help us we would greatly appreciate it
Sincerely,
The Cleaning Committee

25 April 2020

Hi Everyone,

So far I have not heard of any certified reports of deaths due to the virus. Just the death of Enrique Alcarez from dengue fever.
 
The government has put out phase 3 rules:
1. Face masks must be worn outside and in stores or offices.
2. Rental properties are not to accept rentals from April 1 to April 30th. At the end of April, the government will decide if this will carry through for the month of May.
3. Our beaches are closed to anyone except community property owners until the government allows them to reopen. If visitors ignore this they are subject to fines or even arrest.
4. No construction or building allowed
5. Governor issued a decree cars without Quintana Roo plates will not be allowed in the state for now. 
 
Dan

31 March 2020

Dear Members,
If you have paid your dues thank you so much for your support. Your contributions give us the ability to provide for your security and for moving those projects forward that protect your investments.
 
Please read Terry’s attached letter carefully. Security is one of the most important services Vecinos provides. Your dues are the only way this service can be paid for. Terry has put a lot of labor and thought into explaining why all of us need to participate by paying our dues. In addition, communicate with Terry what your needs as an owner are. Please, money is only one step, your evaluation of your area and encouragement to others for more even security is the second step. Please email Terry at [email protected] he wants to know your thoughts on security.
 
This year is presenting financial difficulties for all of us. In order to reach our budget for the year and ease the stress of having to pay in one lump sum, we are offering a split payment system.  Pay half of the dues payment by April 30th and the 2nd payment by October 31st. You will see on the donation form the ability to pay in full or split payment. Even with a split payment, you will receive a payment receipt for the payment being made. At the beginning of October, we will send you a notice for payment of your second half payment. Please email your donations with your form to: [email protected] 
Security comments and information to: Terry at [email protected]
 
Dear North Akumal neighbors:
As most of you are aware, NAS (North Akumal Security) has been incorporated into
Vecinos de Akumal Norte and as such, the funding for our common security at the
entrance to North Akumal is now derived from Memberships and Dues paid to Vecinos
de Akumal Norte. Security consumes approximately 50% of our current $1 million peso
budget. The balance goes toward roads, lighting, accounting and general maintenance
and legal obligations. If you have not yet joined or paid your 2020 dues, it would greatly
help if you do it now. There is a form attached. And, Thanks to all those members who
are current.
As Security Committee chairman, I work closely with our president, Dan Freeman.
Recently, you received a notice from Dan that we are respecting the curfew imposed
by the Tulum municipality. The entrance at the pluma will be closed from 10:00 pm
through 5:00 am until further notice.
Wherever you are, I would say we are pretty much in the same boat, right now. The
world is in shutdown mode and like you, I am watching it day by day. Regarding
Akumal, the Riviera Maya and Cancun, tourism has come to a jarring halt and it’s not
coming back for a while.
So, let’s talk about your Akumal investment. Collectively, we as owners have,
conservatively, $110 million USD invested in Akumal Norte. Collectively, through our
dues structure, we can easily afford to properly take care of this investment if we all
pay our share.
In my opinion this is not the time to cut back on security, rather it is a time to add to
security and improve our procedures with our current set up. I don’t know what the
future holds, however all the hotels around us are shut down and I expect the effects of
unemployment will certainly be felt in the coming month as money from severance pay
to workers runs out. Crime normally increases during high rates of unemployment and
that is why we need to continue to stay vigilant and project a strong image.
At the Pluma
We have upgraded our cameras and video equipment and we will be stopping anyone
coming into Akumal Norte who is not displaying a ‘yellow tag’. To expedite traffic, in
addition to property owners having the yellow tags, we will now be offering them to
those workers employed in Akumal Norte.
The procedure: Vehicles not displaying a yellow tag will be stopped and the driver will
be asked for identification. The attending guard will then hold the ID up to a camera
allowing the other cameras to catch the driver’s face and license plates on the vehicle.
With the exception of the current curfew, this will begin during the hours of 5:00 pm and
continue until 6:00 am. Eventually, we will extend this to a full 24 hour schedule.
Guard Chain Concept (See attachment)
For reference, here is a map showing the location of our full time
(night) guards with yellow indicating the guard is employed by Target Security and
green indicating a guard supplied by a company other than Target.
Section F: When driving through this section in the evening you will see the first five
guards wearing Target uniforms lined up. This is the type of impression we want to
make. It doesn’t have to be Targets to provide the proper impression, however, this
chain of Target guards is hooked up by radio and supervised by Jose Campaneria at the pluma. The strength
of your security force is magnified when you have a chain of guards connected in
this fashion.
Section G: Well done in this section! Not only is Section G insulated somewhat by
the other two sections, Section G has a guard system that works and provides a
very secure setting.
Note: There is still room for improvement in both section F and G. I will be working
with property managers and owners toward more and better communication
between the Target guards and the other private guards.
Section H: Not so good… For sure Section H is receiving benefit from the efforts of the
other two sections, however not much security going on, here. In the past I have
reached out to most of the property owners in Section H in an effort to implement ‘the
chain of guards’ concept. It seems like half were willing to take a look and the other half
didn’t respond. Eventually, I lost interest.
I would like to give this another try. Anyone in Section H wanting to revisit
strengthening of security, please respond to this e-mail and we will go from there to
set up a conversation among only those in Section H that are interested.
The Community Center:
I support the community center and have donated to its construction. The Center will
certainly play a big part in the overall security picture of the community of North
Akumal and in particular to Section H. Much of the discussion with those Section H
owners who respond to this letter will be around the Community Center.
O.K., enough for now, except for one last appeal to those of you who are not Members
or have not paid your 2020 dues. There are a lot of people that continue to work on
your behalf. In addition to Dan there are several other property owners and property
managers who regularly attend meetings and continue to provide input and support.
Like myself, these people don’t mind putting in the effort, but we shouldn’t have to
always worry about having enough money. So, now is the time to step up.
Dan will be following up with additional updates in the near future. And I, hopefully, will
be communicating with Section H owners in an effort to shore up security in that
section and talk about how the community center plays into our Security picture.
All of this will pass, someday. Let’s make sure that the restart is set up to be a
smooth one.
Sincerely,Terry Richardson