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Akumal Council Connection
Full Report, March 2007
Akumal Council, or
The Akumal Council was started with a vision. We had the idea and the hope
that we could unite the community for a
better Akumal. The primary forces in Akumal came together for the first time
and there was indeed a new direction. There was a core group of volunteers
who contributed their time and money, hired a paid professional, and we
counted on the participation of the community to fill it out.
Akumal is a big investment in most of our financial and emotional lives, and
the Council needs full community support if we are going to continue working
to protect and improve that investment. There is still the core group doing
the work and supplying the funds but otherwise we are experiencing a
surprising decline of interest in the future of the Akumal Council.
Therefore, the Akumal Council is at a crossroads. Though we don't want to
walk away from the work that has been accomplished, neither can we keep
devoting our time, energy and money without major support from the
community. If we are going to continue, we need your help, we need your
interest, and we need your participation.
The Council's accomplishments are an example of what can be done with hard
work. Keeping it alive requires vision, community participation and
commitment from leaders possessing an intimate knowledge of the area and its
We have established a respected reputation in the municipality which serves
us in everything we do. This is in large part made possible by our
professional leader, Sergio Gonzalez. We need him as much for what he knows
as what he does. His duties include managing our legal structure and
handling all of our accounting and tax details. He keeps our legal and
written records, runs meetings, meets with officials, drafts minutes and
reports, sends notices to the authorities, pays suppliers, and keeps in
constant e-mail contact with the board.
We have established a police force in Akumal which has greatly reduced the
amount of robberies in the area. This involves ongoing and monthly expenses
which are paid by the Akumal Council.
We gained the 'rights' and did the preliminary rehab, including cleanup,
paint and landscaping, on the Fidecaribe building out by the parking
lot. The intention was/is to move the police out there, but after careful
consideration we decided we couldn't commit to the cost of monthly upkeep at
this time. Nevertheless, we have improved dramatically the appearance of the
building that welcomes people into Akumal. If we get adequate commitment
from the community, we will complete the necessary upgrade and move the
police out there.
We have made dramatic changes in the new Master Plan of Development. This
* A drastic reduction in the proposed population
* Receiving assurance that the 100 hectars will remain green.
* Been assured of a seat on the committee that directs the Master Plan.
We have achieved the first 2 steps of the regularization plan for North
Akumal and are working on the third. This will make us a legal
fraccionamiento and give us more legal rights in general and more parity
within the community (fair play among community members) .
We helped organize and continue to provide the leadership for the much
needed management plan of Akumal Bay. The purpose of this is to secure the
bay by making it a safer place for bathers and to reduce the stress caused
by boats on the delicate ecosystem.
After the initial contract was made by Vecinos de Akumal Norte, the
council has pursued CAPA to provide water and to improve the infrastructure.
There is still much work to be done in order to complete what they've
We have landscaped the areas out by the entrance at the highway, and we help
to maintain them, along with the area between the highway to the arch,
including the parking lot, walkway and the Fidecaribe building.
We've established strong relationships with our Spanish neighbors, (all
inclusive hotels around Akumal) which have the potential to benefit us in
In addition, we bought and installed Akumal signage on the highway, we've
arranged semi-regular visits by the jet patcher, we've organized 2 emergency
cleanups (after Wilma and CAPA), initiated a trash campaign in the pueblo,
we petitioned for traffic lights at the entrance at the highway (which were
installed but then removed), gotten municipal help with the lighting on the
walkway, solicited the bus stops as contributions from our bigger neighbors.
To see more detail, go to
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2007
First and foremost, we need to assemble a board of directors that will be
enthusiastic and willing to put in the time and do what is needed to meet
our goals in 2007. Without this, there is no point in continuing. This
requires that everyone reading this letter either contribute their time,
money, or preferably both.
We need to establish a Project Agenda for 2007. Each point on the agenda
needs to have its own committee committed to working towards that goal.
While it's nice to be able to communicate face to face with your committee
members, it is not essential. Since most of the communication is done via
e-mail anyway, it is not necessary that you live in Akumal in order to
Ongoing projects include:
* Continue with the Regulation Plan for Akumal North.
* Complete the potable water project with CAPA.
* Continue with the Akumal Bay Management Program - working together with
the Akumal Ecological Association (CEA).
* Finalize the Master Plan of Development which will help to control the
development surrounding Akumal.
* Work more closely with Bahia Principe and the other hotels around Akumal
on several joint Akumal community and environmental based projects. Several
exciting projects have already been discussed in which they are interested
in investing substantial amounts of money (millions of dollars).
Please note that while several of our projects are specific to North Akumal,
others effect all the Akumals. Since the large majority of our participation
comes from North Akumal, it is only logical that we direct much of our
energy there. In addition, many of these projects may eventually serve as
guides to be used in the other Akumals. Projects that address Akumal Centro
are of benefit to all the Akumals. We especially need participation from
Aventuras, South Akumal, and Jade Bay, so that their issues become known and
There's a decision to be made. Are we ready to abandon what the Akumal
Council has started, or do we want to continue with the vision that inspired
us in the first place?
For those of you who wish to join or renew, please send your checks, made
out to The Akumal Council, to:
827 Union Pacific PMB 8-522
Laredo, TX 78045-9452
Akumal residents can leave checks with Wendy at the TSA/Money Exchange or
deliver them directly to one of the board members.
The Akumal Council Board of Directors
Consejo de Desarrollo de Akumal SA.
Web site: www.akumalcouncil.com
Akumal Council, or
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