Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
July 2009 Issue 79
Summer and the hurricane season are here, and the tourists are still here too. And, there is a fair amount of “Came & Went” as well.
Interestingly enough, there are no Mexico holidays in July to report.
MESSAGES FROM THE STAFF
SURVEY and FORMAT
The results of the Survey were reflected in an interim issue of The Akumalian that was distributed a few days ago. However, The Staff was overwhelmed by e-mails, telephone calls, telegrams, and faxes (we don’t take tweets) from the silent majority, so this issue brings The Akumalian back to some sense of normalcy. So, there is a fair amount of duplicity with this issue and what was distributed earlier in the month, and this is the format you can expect to see in the future. The Staff hopes you enjoy this format of The Akumalian.
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IMPORTANT JULY FACTS
It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born, The month Julius replaced Quintilis (quintus = five)—the fifth month in the early Roman calendar, which began with March before the Julian calendar instituted January as the start of the year. Unfortunately, Caesar himself was only able to enjoy one July during his life—the very first July, in 45 B.C. The following year he was murdered on the Ides of March.
Cancer June 22 – July 22
AKUMAL COUNCIL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
The summer Akumal Council General Assembly Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 24th at the Lol Ha Restaurant, and, considering the time of year, there was a very interested and enthusiastic attendance. The Akumal Council has published the minutes on its web site at http://www.akumalcouncil.com/ACcontent/archives.html Check it out.
THE AKUMALIAN’S PERCEPTION OF “LEGALIZED”
The Akumal Council General Meeting of June 24 dedicated much of its time to the current issue of “Regularization” or “Legalization”. These are the two terms that were used interchangeably during the meeting and in subsequent e-mails, but they, especially “Legalization” might really not be an appropriate definition for what is going on. Paul Sanchez-Navarro gives a good clarification from his perspective after THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE AKUMALIAN.
Please understand that what follows is exactly what it says, “The Perceptions of The Akumalian”, and these do not, in any way, express the position of the Akumal Council. It is quite possible that the Akumal Council will express its PERCEPTIONS when the minutes of the meeting are posted to their web site.
THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE AKUMALIAN
While “apparently” is used a number of above, here is a partial list of what The Akumalian sees as really open questions.
· Who really can provide a definitive answer on ALL the required documentation for the different classifications (business, rental property, resident, etc)?
· Once one has all the required documentation, where does one take it, and to whom does one present it to in order to be officially “Legalized”? Do you have to?
· Who can really provide a definitive answer that all the paper work is in order and one is “Legalized”?
· Once one has been deemed to be “Legalized”, what kind of proof does one have for future references?
· When, where, how and why might one be required to prove one is “Legalized”?
· How do owners with older houses with no original paperwork for “Construction License” go about getting whatever is required to satisfy this piece of the puzzle?
· What kind of fines and penalties are we looking at if not “Legalized” by November 15, and are they ‘One Time’ or annual?
Some of those may seem elementary and trivial, but they still seem to go unanswered.
PERCEPTIONS OF PAUL SANCHEZ-NAVARRO
There are some businesses and residences in Akumal (as well as the rest of the state, but we are in Akumal), that have been built, and have been operating without complying with certain legal requirements for construction or operation. In each step of the way, as a land buyer to builder of one's home or business, and then even to becoming an operator of a business, one has to acquire permits, pay fees and taxes to the Municipal government (as in the US and most any other country).
Many people did this in Akumal as they went through each step, and others did not. Some businesses are operating (earning money in Mexico) without having been registered correctly as a business. Some houses were built without getting the proper permits for construction. The processes, from what I understand, were not always easy, as we experience quite a lot in Mexico. So, many ex-pats may have overlooked the details of all these requirements, and they may not have paid the fees or taxes when they should have, as it is quite confusing.
Now today, Akumal, like many settlements along the Caribbean coast, is now in a new Municipality, one that must begin to operate and run the area, making sure all the municipal laws are enforced. So, we get to a situation of checking just how these regulations are being complied with by every business in the Municipality. A rental house in Akumal is a business, and a small hotel or condo for rent is a business, and they therefore must operate as a Mexican business.
ON THE JULY 8 MEETING IN AKUMAL=
The Municipality representative was a sub-delegato, and he is reported to have said something to the effect – being paraphrased here – “I don’t know the answers. I need to find out. Don’t hold me to anything I say here today.”
Clouther was told the sub-delagato would be at the Akumal Council’s office
from 11:00 to 4:00, but when he arrived with his pile of papers at 2:30, he
was then told that the sub-delagato left at 1:00.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
Missed May Birthdays and Anniversaries
INDEPENDENCE DAY (U.S.), JULY 4th
Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, go to July 4th.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JULY 3rd
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. This is one to celebrate, because it’s on Friday, July 3rd, the eve of July 4th.
This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” worn by a male for July. And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like “coolest”, “neatest”, and “most colorful” might garner a lot of brownie points.
The June award for “best Shirt” went to Steve Clouther, who was “hot” with his birthday shirt, not suit. See June Best Shirt for more photos.
The July Best Shirt Award has been posted as well.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Lol Ha Summer Hours
Other new features include Cappuccino, espresso and special iced frapuccinos, and on Sunday there is a gourmet all-you-can-eat dessert bar.
And if that is not enough, there is live entertainment. Wednesday is Flamenco dancing, and on Friday, after Happy Hour, is the Blues & Jazz Band.
Lol Ha Happy Hour Goes
Florist in the Pueblo?
SPORTING EVENTS IN JULY
Henley Royal Regatta –
Tour de France 2009
Festival of San Fermin
MLB All-Star Game
All-American Soap Box
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The pace continues unabated as we head into July.
FULL MOON, JULY 7th
Full Buck Moon was on July 7th at 4:21am AST.
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.
It was also
often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being now most frequent.
Sometimes this is also called the Full Hay Moon. Since the moon arrives at
apogee less than 13 hours later, this will also be smallest full moon of
2009. In terms of apparent size, it will appear 12-percent smaller than the
full moon of Jan. 10.
BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14th
Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July").
To see “the rest of the story” go to Bastille Day.
Did you know Meteor Showers recur each year, in some cases for hundreds or even thousands of years? Technically speaking, Meteor Showers are bursts of cosmic debris entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speed and thus vaporizing, leaving a streak of light that quickly disappears. Normally named after the constellation from which they originate these bursts are the result of interactions between a planet and a comet in which a number of meteors are observed. As they all travel in parallel paths and at the same velocity, to their viewer Meteor showers appear to radiate away from a single point in the sky. This is called the "radiant" of the shower.
So, as we
know you don't like spending your early mornings outside at the beach or up
the roof, but still love fantastic meteor showers, there are two this month,
and they are a “must see”.
DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER, JULY 28-29th
Aquarids usually produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The
shower will peak this year on July 28 & 29, but meteors can usually be seen
from July 18 - August 18. The near first quarter moon will set early,
providing an excellent viewing experience after midnight. The radiant point
for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is
usually to the east after midnight. Because these meteors nearly broadside
the Earth, their speed is a moderate 25.5 miles per second.
CAPRICORNIDS METEOR SHOWER, JULY 29-30th
Though you can expect only 15 meteors per hour at best under dark sky conditions, the Capricornids are noted for producing brilliant fireballs. Today astronomers generally seem to agree that two or three distinct maximums occur during the time the Alpha Capricornids are active. The shower is created from the debris in the meteor stream, which becomes visible on the earth when the earth passes through the stream. Astronomers have not identified the object responsible for producing the Alpha Capricornids. Yet, the discovery of this meteor shower is attributed to a very cool Hungarian astronomer named Miklós von Konkoly Thege, who first plotted several meteors emanating from the region of the star Alpha Capricorni on the nights of July 28 and 29, 1871!
The only Akumal “Event” was the Best Shirt Award, and that has been reported.