Costa Maya Newsletter > Archived Newsletters > May. 2005

Newsletters: of primary interest to property owners on the Costa Maya, - Rio Indio - Placer - Uvero - Punta Herrera - Xcalak and other points along the coast

***********************Newsletter: May 9, 2005**************************


Royal Caribbean cruise ship slams into the Costa Maya Pier More Cruise ship news -- freak wave hits Norwegian liner New Passport requirements coming - Proposed Timeline for Implementation for Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Requirements New publication on prohibited items when flying Update on recycling program
Spotlight on your neighbors - Kristine Garbo and Dick Bonner

Hi Neighbors,

Happy Mother's day! Without the media reminding us to buy something, it is sometimes hard to remember US holidays when you are here in Mexico, but they have their own Mother's day here including children making mother's day gifts in the schools.

Not too much news this last month. April was very busy with spring vacation travelers and key people were out of town so meetings were postponed. The drought continues although there have been a few spontaneous thunderstorms in various locations but few along the beach. The pier is now officially on summer schedule - cruise ships less often as they head to cooler destinations.

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On April 21st, Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas slammed into the Costa Maya Pier ripping a 42 foot long gash in its side approximately 5 feet above the waterline. The reports stated that the conditions were windy, but they seemed pretty normal to spectators who saw the accident. No one was injured but the ship was stuck in Mahahual for a few days while authorities scrambled to get skilled labor and material to fix it. Meanwhile passengers had to figure out what to do. Many took alternate ways home, but many ventured out of the protected mall of the pier and into Mahahual finding it sleepy and slow. Most of the workers from the shops and restaurants in Mahahual had gone home, as they had not expected there to be any ships in port. Full report on the accident:

I normally don't care about the comings and going of cruise ships, but since we live so close to a cruise ship dock, everything that affects the industry affects the Costa Maya and in turn our property and quality of life on the Costa Maya. This month another accident occurred on a cruise ship when a 7 story freak wave crashed into the Norwegian Dawn while cruising in the Bahamas, injuring 4 passengers. Freak waves happen out to sea. Last week a mini "freak wave" capsized a boat loaded with divers 2 km south of Mahahual. Only minor injuries were reported, but everyone was shook up. In the same week, one of our guests experienced their own freak wave incident when on a glass-like day, a wave toppled her kayak over. Our guest laughed and got back up on the kayak after several tries.

Up to now, all that was needed when entering and exiting Mexico was a picture ID and birth certificate and less than that was required for driving over the border. Many people managed to get into the country with only a driver's license. That is going to change with new travel initiatives from the US security department going into effect at the end of this year. Most of those reading this newsletter probably have passports, but those who do not or are planning on visiting with friends and family members, please pass the word around so that you can all get into Mexico or other bordering countries without a hitch. There is plenty of time, but things do creep up on you.

The travel initiative requirements will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines. The proposed implementation timeline is as follows:
December 31, 2005 – Passport or other accepted document required for all travel (air/sea) to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.
December 31, 2006 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.
December 31, 2007 – Passport or other accepted document required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

The publication from the US government on prohibited items when flying was updated on 3/11/2005. Most of it looks very similar to what we all have gotten used to since 9-11, but as of April 14th, 2005, all cigarette lighters will be prohibited as carry-on items. Up to four books of safety matches are permitted as carryon and no strike anywhere matches. Lighters and matches are always prohibited in checked in baggage. If you are a smoker, that might make things difficult for you. Here in Mexico, the problem with safety matches is that they are affected by the humidity. Most of the matches here in Mexico that you buy are these funky little plastic things that burn your fingers or blow out quickly. Wooden matches are available at Barudi's Bodega in Mahahual. Barudi's is located on the SE corner of the first intersection in the houses by the pier (referred to as the casitas). These matches are comparable to the strike anywhere ones in the US. Lighters and refillable fuel cartridges are easy to find as well.
Find the updated report here:

Thanks to everyone who keeps showing an interest in the recycling program. I had some guests stay here who said this is the FIRST recycling program they had seen anywhere in Mexico. My guest was a captain in the US armed services traveling around Mexico doing research on the culture and stopped here along the Costa Maya to see what it was all about. He was notably impressed to also find out that so many of you have donated money to the efforts.

I was a little disappointed to find that the work on the recycling center had slowed down due to the busy month of April. I have been promised that the efforts will speed up. CORRECTION on last month's newsletter. I had reported that the city had purchased a trash compactor. I was mistaken, I think they were GOING to purchase one (those verbs get me every time!). They now may have to re-apply for the funds all over again due to the new change in government that occurred April 15th. A trash compactor is essential to the efforts here as all of the plastic bottles have to fit into special recycling bags. They also need to have a certain number of tons before it is cost-effective to take them to the recycling center in Chetumal. The compactor helps that efforts. It is high on everyone's list in the city. They did manage to get their 4-wheel scooter and trailer to pick up recyclables, I have seen the scooter.

New contributions to the recycling fund:
>>Louise Trygstad and Bruce Durland......... $100
>>Ted W. Trauernicht.................................$100
>>Mystery guest....................................... $???
I am embarrassed to say that a guest at Mayan Beach Garden left me a donation in cash. I think I know who it is, but I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't write it down or the amount. If you left the cash, please email me and let me know so I can credit you!

Total donations to date: 1,941.27
Debits from the fund:
Previous : .............................. $834
April : .................................... $------

Balance: ..............................................$1106

This is a new series in the newsletter that has been requested by several people. The goal is to not only meet your neighbors, but hopefully connect neighbors with one another. We find we count on our neighbors out here far more than we ever did back in the US. Our first spotlight is of Kristine Garbo and Dick Bonner. Kristine and Dick currently live and work in Galveston Texas. They have two restaurants there but hope to retire soon and move here full time. They have property 4 km north of Uvero beach club in Alma 6 and plan to start building in about a year. You can see a picture and read more about Kristine and Dick on this web page: If you think you have property close to them, let them know; they would love to start up an email friendship with you and anyone who is interested in extending their circle of friends here in the Costa Maya.
Until next month .....

Boutique hotel on the Costa Maya


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