is a synopsis of our most significant projects of 2007.
1. – Meetings and
Throughout the year, we had meetings and negotiations with SCT
officials and some other local Government principals regarding the
new 4 lanes highway. The participation of The Akumal Council was
significant in accelerating the completion of the entrances on the
highway, at least as far as Akumal.
We have participated on
Signage matters and recently on the painting of lines and the
finishing of the Returns.
Certainly, The Akumal
Council and our relations was an important key in this process.
2. - POBAk (Plan de
Ordenamiento de la Bahia de Akumal )
This is a very important
initiative lead by CEA under the leadership of Paul Sanchez
Navarro. The Akumal Council is able to play an important role by
taking advantage of our well established public relations and
contacts with Government and by offering the assistance of our
The Akumal Bay
Management Plan is a very significant project for Akumal
since its main Objective is to prevent further damage to the Akumal
Bay, to improve safety for swimmers and tourists in general, and to
reduce in a significant way the number of boats and activities on
After months of meetings,
discussions and workshops, the document, which will provide a well
structured plan to PROTECT OUR BAY, is almost finished . It is
expected that this plan will be used as a model for the rest of the
state of Quintana Roo.
There is ongoing work to be
done with the fishermen and other people who use the bay in order to
accomplish the goals of this project. There is still a lot to do,
but there have also been significant accomplishments, such as the
Buoy System, the new Security Staff on the Beach, and the
institution of the Rules and Policies stated by the POBAk.
3. - The Old Fidecaribe
consideration the abandoned, run down appearance of this structure
at the main entrance of Akumal, this represents a
accomplishment and a very long term goal of The Akumal Community.
After three years of
negotiations with the Municipality, we were finally given a Contract
that gives us the rights to the building.
We invested around $10,000
USD of Council funds to remodel it, with the intention to have the
Police Headquarters downstairs and offices for The Council in the
addition to that, we will rent out part of the building (as approved
by the General Assembly) in order to create additional funds and
other resources for the Akumal Council and our ongoing community
projects. The business that is renting part of the lower portion is
investing a considerable sum to improve the function and appearance
of the entire building.
We hope to begin using the
entire building, including moving the Police there, during first
months of 2008.
4. - The North Akumal Road
This is certainly the
project with the most direct impact on the central and North Akumal
The new section of road,
paved in adocreto, is finished except for final details. There is
still a portion that we had hoped to do that has not been completed,
but funds permitting, we will do it during the coming year.
Thanks to the generous
contributions of many Akumal property owners, businesses and
investors, we have been able to complete this $65,000 USD project.
Many Thanks to everyone who
There are of course many
other activities, negotiations and participators involved in The
Akumal Council Agenda. We would like to mention in particular CAPA,
the Mayor, Gonzalo Arcila, the hard work of the all the board
members, the super useful help of Steve Clouther and The
Akumalian, and the always helpful Sergio Gonzalez.
Many Thanks to all you who
have supported supported the Akumal Council.