Good news! We have a new organic market option in Playa del Carmen! The Coco Beach Market will take place every Friday 9am-11am in a commercial space at Les Alizes Condominiums. I’m looking forward to seeing what they offer! Share this with all your foodie friends! — http://ow.ly/i/3FGn5
3D IMAGING TECHNOLOGY IN YUCATAN’S MYTHICAL CENOTES
This year, all kinds of groups seem to be in a search to learn more about the intriguing and legendary cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula! In addition to cartography experts and skilled divers, now local universities are joining in to study the region’s cenotes in an effort to preserve them for centuries to come.
Specialists at the city of Merida’s Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana (Metropolitan University of Techonology) and the Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente (Secretary of Urban Development and Environment) are teaming up to generate 3D images of Yucatan’s cenotes in order to monitor and register how they change over time. The project will take place in more than 200 cenotes and underground rivers throughout the area, which will be equipped with 3D electronic cards. All parties involved hope that the project will help the local population in caring for and preserving Yucatan’s precious cenotes with increased knowledge and awareness.
The 3D project is also bringing in university students majoring in Digital Animation Design in order to pass on the information and technology to a future generation.
In the past, this exciting 3D technology has already been pioneered in ancient Mayan cities at sites such as the Observatory at Uxmal, Cacaxtla, and the Ball Court and Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza. This new undertaking marks the first time the technology will be used in cenotes, so it will be fascinating to see what kind of new information the images bring.
The project began just last week as 3D images were taken at Tza Ujukat cenote in the municipality of Homún, Yucatan. The images will be used to follow up on any changes in the geography of these underwater caves. http://ow.ly/i/2TFYu
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Life is a miracle… respect it.
Is it really fair to take wild animals from their environment and bring them to our homes so that we can “play” with them when “we want” to? Does it serve a purpose to keep these animals in JAIL or away from nature where they belong?
Tulum was voted #15, best beach in the World on CNN 100 list! Just a 50 minute drive from Playa del Carmen! http://mexico.cnn.com/salud/2013/05/29/tulum-esta-entre-las-mejores-15-playas-en-un-ranking-de-100-de-cnn
The lower house of Mexico’s congress voted Tuesday to loosen longstanding restrictions on foreigners buying property along the coast and the nation’s borders, a proposal that drew stiff criticism from some quarters.
The measure, which passed 356-119 in the Chamber of Deputies, still needs approval from the Senate and a majority of the country’s 32 state legislatures to become law.
For decades, foreigners have had to use real-estate trusts or Mexican front companies to buy beachfront properties, because Article 27 of the constitution prohibits non-Mexicans from directly owning land within 31 miles (50 kilometers) of the coast and 62 miles (100 kilometers) of the nation’s borders. The trusts and front companies have provided a lucrative income for banks, lawyers and notaries who are required to operate them, and the extensive paperwork has discouraged many foreigners from buying.
The change, sponsored by Congressman Manlio Fabio Beltrones of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, would allow foreigners to directly buy ocean-front property for residential use, but not for commercial projects.
Such proposals have been made before, but not by figures as influential as Beltrones, the PRI’s congressional leader.
“This is about eliminating the middlemen who, through trusts, corporations and front men, have made a living off the constitutional ban,” Beltrones’ office said when he submitted the bill earlier this month. “It is a question of encouraging tourism investment and creating local jobs.”
The Union of Indians and the Farmers’ Force, a farmworkers group, criticized the proposal Tuesday, saying it would “give free rein to foreigners to legally buy up the best land, and encourage robbery and financial and real estate speculation.”
“This would result in the foreign colonization of the country,” the groups said in a statement.
Those are strong sentiments in a country frequently invaded by foreign powers in the 19th and early 20th century. Mexico set up the restrictions to ensure national security and avoid the creation of foreign enclaves like the one that grew up in a former Mexican province known as Texas, where the foreigners eventually rebelled and split from Mexico.
“For historical reasons, it was considered risky to allow foreigners to establish themselves permanently on the coast and the borders,” according to Beltrones’ proposal, but it says “the conditions that led the Constitution to limit such purchases have been overcome.”
Arguing for the change Tuesday, Beltrones said, “Apart from ensuring legal certainty over property rights, this would financially benefit the coastal town government, given that it would make tax payments, like property taxes, easier to collect.”
Kevin Graham, a Texan who runs the Costa Maya Living real estate firm in the Caribbean beach town of Mahahual, said some potential buyers are put off by the prospect of not being able to hold direct title to beach properties.
“I feel, with all the doubts they have, it’s slowed the market down for foreign investment here,” he said.
Federico Estevez, a political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, also cited the benefits to foreign investment by simplifying ownership for foreigners.
“This is to bring the law up to date, because basically it’s going on anyway, but with all these foul distortions of having to pay people off,” he said.
Noting that Mexico has been seeking more foreign investors, Estevez added: “You want their money, keep them here.”
AeroMexico is launching daily non-stop service from New York JFK to the Mexican Caribbean resort destination of Cancun on July 1.
The airline is due to start its service while Cancun is in the midst of commemorating the Mundo Maya, which offers events and celebrations throughout the resort city.