Costa Maya Newsletter
Newsletters > October 2004
of primary interest to property owners on the Costa Maya, - Rio Indio
- Placer - Uvero - Punta Herrera - Xcalak and other points along the
October 20th, 2004**************************
This newsletter includes:
- Recycling Drop-off Center established!!!! (this
is great news for our future)
- Information about Environmental Impact studies
and your property
- Learn Spanish in Mahahual
- Taxi and bus service in Mahahual
- Corrections from previous newsletters
RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTER (your
support desperately needed on this ASAP)
Great News -- we finally have a partial solution
to our garbage problem. Fide Caribe has approved
land for the use of a Recycling drop-off center,
but we as a community need to help develop the
drop-off center. There are currently no municipal
taxes being collected, so there are no funds available
from any government agency to build fences and
bins to place the recyclables in. We are asking
you, the property owners in the area for some
small donations to help develop the recycling
drop-off center. In the long run this will save
us money because of the cost to dump garbage in
the land-fill. 80% of our garbage is recyclable
so we feel this is another factor in enhancing
the value of our property. I've provided details
LOCATION: About kilometer 20.5 on the Jungle Road.
This is a great location because everyone coming
from Ubero, Punta Herrera or Placer passes by
this spot. To give you a landmark, the access
road to Placer is about 22.5.
STIPULATIONS TO USING THE PROPERTY:
- Must have a locked gate to avoid garbage dumping
- All users will receive keys
- Must have a sign stipulating usage
- Must be maintained by the community
- Glass, Cardboard, Plastic bottles and aluminum
cans will be recycled
Many local businesses and agencies are already
involved in this:
- Fide Caribe -- donating the land
- Matehual material yard -- provide supplies at
cost to build the recycling drop-off center.
- Hotels Mayan Beach Garden, El Placer del Caribe
and Paradise Lodge -- donating labor to clear
the land and construct the recycling bins.
- Amigos de Sian Ka'an -- management for building
the bins, labor to paint signs and educational
seminars for workers on how to recycle.
- We are looking for donations to provide the
funds for the signs, the fence and locked gate
and the bins for dividing the recyclables. Estimated
cost for the bins are about $400. Signs are estimated
at about $50. We don't have an estimate for the
gate and lock, but it won't be more than the bins.
WE NEED HELP. It is really necessary to solicit
help from the community because the alternative
is what is happening in Cancun. They did not set
up a recycling system and now their land fill
is full and they have no where to put the garbage.
People are not in the habit of recycling and this
is becoming one of the largest problems in the
city. It is our choice, but the solution today
is to develop a community supported recycling
center and avoid this problem. If you feel you
can donate some money towards this effort, we'll
make sure you are credited. All funds spent will
have a full accounting provided. Our goal is to
have the recycling center built by Nov. 6th at
which time there is going to be an education seminar
on recycling, so we are asking for some help today!
If everyone donates just a little, it will truly
be a community effort.
Thanks for your support in this. Email me directly
if you want to donate and I'll send you instructions
on how to get the money to me. You can either
do it via charge card or mailing a check to an
address in the US that I will send you .
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDIES:
You may or may not have heard that you must conduct
an environmental impact study on your property
before building. There are many people who will
say they can do the study, but make sure they
are certified. The Amigo de Sian Ka'an and the
Environmental Station from the University of Quintana
Roo are certified to do this. There is an office
in Mahahual. The cost varies depending on the
size of your property and what you want to build.
A hotel will cost more than a small home as the
environmental impact is greater. You must first
decide what you will build and then get the study
done. I will be conducting an interview with a
representative from the University in an upcoming
newsletter so that you know some of the specifics
and what you will can expect out of a study prepared
by them. Good news for us Gringos, they have a
representative who speaks very good English.
LEARN SPANISH IN MAHAHUAL:
Great news for us that are struggling with our
Spanish. The Environmental Station from the University
of Quintana Roo is conducting Spanish classes
on Wednesday evenings in Mahahual. They are located
about 2 km south on the Mahahual beach road. At
this time there is no charge for the classes.
TAXI AND BUS SERVICE TO AND IN MAHAHUAL
You may already be aware, but there is now a every-day
taxi service in Mahahual. What that means is that
you can now get taxi service on days other than
Cruise ship days. This also means that you can
take a bus into Mahahual and then get a taxi to
your destination. The bus makes three round trips
a day from Chetumal and stops in Limones as part
of the round trip.
CORRECTIONS FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS
- Incorrectly reported that the Cancun hotel zone
was evacuated during hurricane Ivan. I heard from
the general manager of the Westin that although
this was reported in the paper, this did not happen.
There were some small hotels that were evacuated,
not the large ones in Cancun.
- We had reported that we could NOT dump garbage
in the land fill and therefore our only recourse
was to burn. This is not so. We can take our garbage
to the Mahahual land fill, but we must recycle
everything that is possible (see article above
on recycling center). The hours are 9-5 Mon-Fri.