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The Akumal Council
Tulum Municipality Meeting, Thursday, May 15, 2008
Akumal Council or
or The Akumalian
This was basically an informational
meeting for the membership and all those who attended.
AKUMAL COUNCIL MEETING ON NEW MUNICIPALITY
Akumal Council convened a special meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2008 to
present what it knows about the new Tulum Municipality and answer questions
about its impact on Akumal. The meeting was chaired by Gonzalo Arcila,
Sergio E. Gonzalez Rubiera, and Din Richardson. The meeting was fairly well
attended by about 16 members of the Akumal Council, including two
re-iterated a lot of what he distributed in his e-mail of 2008-04-26 (see
April 26 letter) as not too much new has transpired since that time.
However, he did mention that he has been following this issue via
information the government diligently posts on the Internet, and he read
from a 5 page document – Tulum (municipio) - which he printed off the webs
site at Tulum
Municipality. This is an excellent description of the Tulum
Municipality, albeit in Spanish. As far as Akumal is concerned, the
northern boundary of the Tulum Municipality is the southern edge of Yal-Ku
2/21/08 the State Congress
votes unanimously to make Tulum the 9th Municipality
3/13/08 Tulum is ratified as
the 9th Municipality
Announcement on the Tulum Municipality
5/16/08 10 days later,
Official Decree to be published Public State newspapers, making it
5/27/08 (approximately 10
days later) State Congress to appoint the 11-person Municipal Council as
an interim government until the elections in February 2009.
7/27/08 (approximately) the
Interim Council has 60 days to invite the political parties to get
organized and participate in the election process for 2009.
Feb. 2009 the new elected Town
Council and its Mayor will be in office for only 2 years (instead of the
normal 3 years), in order to sync with the administration periods in the
process of reception, the Municipality of Solidaridad must transfer all the
available information to the new Municipal Government, such as tax
information, subdivisions, records from Catastro, etc. This process should
include the transfer of all municipal obligations, services and
infrastructure. All paperwork, procedures and legal situations remain in
the exact same status as they are now. Same status quo, but under a new
Council has made several statements in the press in order to call the
attention of the authorities to the importance of the Akumal community. It
has requested that someone from our community be appointed to the board of
the new Town Council.
stated that he has been invited to several meetings with the active
participants and politicians involved in this process, but that there is
actually no official information about who and how they will be integrating
this new position.
meeting lasted over two hours, and there was a lot of discussion, but there
were no new revelations. Some of the discussions covered:
is a familiar subject at most Akumal
Council meetings, and it was re-iterated that North Akumal was never
regularized as part of the Cozumel or Solidaridad Municipalities;
Solidaridad was created in 1993 when the municipality of Cozumel was
split into two, with the mainland section constituting the new
municipality of Solidaridad, which covers a total surface area of
4,245.67 km² and, in the 2005 census it had a population of 135,512.
Akumal does not have the normal infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, street
lighting, sewerage, water, etc.) that defined by a municipality, and while
the battle/discussions go on, it is very possible that North Akumal will
never be regularized and really recognized by any Municipality.
explained and agreed upon, the need to continue in our process of
Regularization and to finally deliver the FRACCIONAMIENTO (starting with
Akumal North) to the Municipality.
Akumal Membership on the Interim Council.
This seems to be a grey area with regards to how the State Congress will
allocate the seats on the Interim Council, and the question was not
asked (specifically) on when, where, and how Akumal might nominate its
candidate(s). There seems to be a willingness on the membership for
Gonzalo Arcila to have a role in the Interim Council, and there was some
discussion about Maria Del Carmen Domani being the Akumal
representative, as Maria had once been a member of the Municipality
Continuation of Services. This is a
REAL grey area that nobody knows the answer to. One of the major roles
of the Interim Council will be to oversee a clean and clear transition
of the related elements/services of the Municipality Solidaridad to the
new Municipality Tulum. What happens with the police coverage? Garbage
collection? The pot-hole filler for North Akumal? Water delivery. The
Tax Offices and services? And on and on…….? TBD.
An Observation, or the Facts of Life. SteveC
made a comment that there is absolutely no way that the new Tulum
Municipality can continue, at least in the short term (2 years?), to
provide the level of services and recognition we got from Municipality
Solidaridad when you look at the size of the two. As mentioned above,
Playa del Carmen had a reported population of over 135,000 in the 2005
census, while the population of Tulum is set at just under 15,000. As a
result of the population, and the fact that Playa del Carmen continues
to be the fastest growing city in Mexico, you can easily see the
services and infrastructure as you drive through on MX307. There
probably are more police with radar guns on MX307 within the immediate
city limits than the entire police force in the sleepy little town of
Tulum. In Playa, they just recently expanded the fire house on MX307,
and there are new government buildings being created over by the Mall of
the Americas. The process for paying taxes has been greatly improved.
Consider all the hotel rooms within Playa del Carmen and Playacar, to
say nothing of Myakoba.
Admittedly, the Akumal Council has played a major role over the last 3 or 4
years to get Akumal recognized by Municipality Solidaridad, and this
resulted in police coverage, garbage collection, and the pot-hole filler for
North Akumal, among others.
will we be once Municipality Solidaridad washes its hands of Akumal?
Akumal Master Plan. Gonzalo had two
pictures showing the layout of the infrastructure of the "new" Akumal to
be built across the highway over the next 25 years. These are available
at ? - image is too large for here; go to
MAP. Reportedly, the number of habitants here will be in the order of
150,000! This REAL!!
Sub-Committees. Years ago, the Akumal
Council had a number of sub-committees which worked to various degrees,
and some just did not function at all. Part of this is due to the
membership and leadership, to say nothing of the object of the
sub-committee. So, the new Tulum Municipality is being viewed as an
"Opportunity" whereby Akumal can be in on the ground floor as the
municipality is being established, and a number of sub-committees
could/should be formed to bring attention and focus on the important
issue; i.e. regularization of North Akumal; police coverage; garbage
collection; and water delivery by CAPA; among others.
Akumal Pueblo. The pueblo needs to
part of whatever the Akumal Council does with regards to the Tulum
Municipality, and it is recognized that there are some "issues" between
the people in the pueblo, CEA, and the Akumal on the east side of MX307.
At some time in the near future, before the General Meeting on June 27,
the Akumal Council and CEA will approach the leaders in the pueblo and
solicit their involvement in the Akumal Council.
Sergio E. González Rubiera. It was
acknowledged that Sergio will continue to be the consultant for the
Akumal Council, and his role will continue as before, but now he will
focus his attention on the Interim Council and the issues identified by
the various Sub-Committees.
Tulum Master Development Plan. It is
not the subject of this paper, but there is a small reference to the
(Plan de Desarrollo Urbano, PDU) for Tulum on page 2. It’s at
While things might appear
rather bleak in the short term, the general mood seemed to be one of
optimism and OPPORTUNITY. It is absolutely imperative that as
many people attend the Akumal Council General Meeting on Friday, June
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