Cozumel News March 20, 2017

In this issue of Cozumel News: One Family’s Gift to Cozumel, Mexico’s Predial Taxes to Increase, Traveling Tricks to take the Stress Off, Cozumel Worship Services in English, Cozumel Ladies Breakfast, Cozumel Event Schedule for March, April, and May, plus more!


One Family’s Gift to Cozumel

A United States’ based, one family organization, brought 100 children’s helmets to Cozumel. They donated the helmets to families that drive motorcycles with children on board without helmets. This worthy cause truly makes a difference on our island where children’s helmets are scares and totally out of the average families budget.

Please visit their website and make a donation. Saving the lives of Cozumel’s children… what a wonderful way to give back to this community!

From Irma Fernandez-Brand: “We directed people to the fire station this afternoon to hand out the rest of the donated helmets. We had to turn families away once we ran out  😢 Please consider donating helmets or contributing to our PayPal online at http://www.guardacocosinc.com/.  We will return in June with more helmets.”

Spread the word in Cozumel! If you know a family in need of helmets for their children, have them sign up at the Firestation.

 

FUNDACIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS "GUARDA COCOS" REGALA CASCOS PARA MENORES DE EDAD!- La intención es que todos los menores que viajen en una motocicleta usen cascos.

Posted by Alerta Cozumel on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cozumel Ladies Breakfast

It is time once again for a change of venue of The Cozumel Ladies Breakfast; it has been a long time since we visited our next location.  For the next three weeks, March 22, March 29 and April 5, we will be visiting Casa Mission.  The main entrance is on Ave 55 Sur which is a one way going south from Juarez.  There is also a back entrance around the corner on Calle 1.  There are no parking lots but street parking can be had on Av 55, Calle 1 and Av 50.  This is not to be confused with their downtown location called La Mission on Salas.

 

The Breakfast Menu has 15 choices and includes one glass of orange juice and unlimited coffee for just $75 pesos per person.

Our group meets every Wednesday. In addition to meeting wonderful Ladies from all over the world, the breakfast club is an excellent source of information gathering and networking. Breakfasts are informative and FUN! All Women are welcome to join us, even if you are just visiting our beautiful Island.   If you wish to be placed on the mailing list, contact: Betty Li at cozumel.ladies.breakfast@gmail.com.

 

Bandida Fishing Charters Come Fish with Us! Fleet includes Wheel Chair Accesbible Boats! luispescador63@hotmail.com Phone México (052) 987-872-4573 http://www.fishingbandidacozumel.com/

 

Mexico Predial Taxes to Increase

The Mexico News Daily reported on Thursday, March 16, 2017 that Low property taxes might soon disappear.  Property owners in Mexico currently enjoy very low property taxes, but the tax rate is low compared to other jurisdictions.

Mexico’s Finance Secretary José Antonio Meade said on Tuesday during the 100th general assembly of the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico that the tax, known as Predial, represents “a great area of opportunity.”

Meade said property taxes achieve two important objectives: as a revenue source for municipal governments and as a tool for urban development.

He said the Predial tax generates the equivalent of just 0.2% of Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product while in Latin America as a whole it represents 1.7%.

For member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development the percentage rises to 2.2% and in the United States it is 3.2% of the Gross Domestic Product.

Given tight finances due to the economic situation it was time to take advantage of the municipal tax base, Meade said. Ideally, he said, local governments could finance their requirements with their own income.

Albatros Charters Fishing Snorkeling & Cruising Cozumel U.S. (630) 938-7603 (Vonage) Cozumel: (987) 872-7904 Email: info@cozumel-fishing.com http://albatroscharters.com/

Traveling Tips to Take the Stree Off

Blue Angel Resort & Dive Shop
Cielo Cruises On Wednesdays!
Call 872-1631 (Snorkel) –
Dive Packages –
Hotel – Hotel & Dive Packages
Scuba School 5 Star IDC Center
www.blueangelresort.com
info@blueangelresort.com
+52 9878720819

If you think that traveling is stressful, maybe it is because preparing for it is even more stressful than the actual thing. There are a lot of things which can happen even before you leave.

To enjoy your travel time the most, you have to relax before traveling. This would be especially useful when you are traveling on a vacation. When traveling for business, it is assumed that the rigors and stress of business travel is covered as company expenses. Technically, business travel is expected to be stressful since it is part of work. On the other hand, vacation travel is already part of the vacation time.

Either way, you should be more conscious of the stress levels. Preparing for travel requires a lot of time weighing options. There are things to pack, and other things to consider. You have to pack essentials. You also have to decide what you don’t need to bring. These and more require knowledge of certain travel hacks to help you along.

On the other hand, some people have ready-to-go bags. These people are always ready to go away on a trip somewhere at a moment’s notice. They already know what they need to bring, and they have everything in the bag. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of experience traveling before you realize what to put in the ready-to-go bag.

Traveling should be fun. It should not be stressful. If you know what you want to bring, it should be easy to pack your bags. Keeping things to a minimum also helps. Finally, after you have packed all that you need to bring, take a deep breath, and enjoy the moment.

For a better traveling experience, read the infographic about travel hacks you need to know before you go.

7 Travel Hacks You Need to Know Before You Go

Aurita’s Cozumel Corner

It is half way through March and Charlie and I are still running amuck in the streets of Cozumel. Oh what fun! We started March on a long but worthwhile hike to Blue Angel, Turquoise Beach Club, and Blu Bristo Cafe. We timed it from our home, it took almost an hour and a half. Charlie and I rode in our electric chairs and Sharon walked. Eva Rasmussen has succesfully put her magic touch on all three places. We had our doubts about the acccessible ramps at Turquoise, but the staff came through enthusiatically assisting us as we entered and left the premises, as well as getting Charles to and from the restrooms on the lower level. The service was excellent and the French Onion Soup we enjoyed was to die for! The three hour round trip was well worth it, and we will be back for dinner at Blu Bristo Cafe.

We have stayed closer to home the last two excursions, Starbucks, Palmeras, Wet Wendy’s, and Costa Brava.  Luis Gusman Ruiz, longtime friend and owner of Costa Brava Restaurant has been sick for a number of months. His wife and children have been at the helm of this wonderful restaurant. Costa Brava was my first restaurant experience in Cozumel some 17 years ago. We made it a point to eat there daily on our diving trips. It is family orientated, family ran, with old fashioned work ethics. They serve traditional Mexican Dishes, excellent Soups, and Sea Foods at reasonable Prices. They offer a 15% local resident discount. They are open 364 days per year, only closing on Our Lady of Guadalupe Day, when they all participate in the Procession in her honor. I urge all my readers to patronize Costa Brava for a true Mexican down to earth meal.

I am still looking forward to my readers saying hello when they see me out and about! It finally happened a few days ago, a beautiful blond lady called out to me from a balcony at Hotel Barracuda. Unfortunately it was during the heighth  of traffic on Melgar, I could not hear what she was saying due to the passing cars and had to keep moving as not to block the sidewalk. Nevertheless, she made my day! Email me please, mystery lady!

 

The Sun Garage Sale

The Sun Garage Sale, formerly known as “The On-Going Garage Sale” was started as a means to collect gently used clothing and goods to be donated to the poor and/or sold at low cost to raise funds for our many projects in Las Fincas and our immediate neighborhood.

We have donated or sold the majority of the second hand clothing and articles we collected in 2016. Our garage sales will resume again next month, and need your donations. Please consider dropping off the items you no longer use or need at our home/store #1081 35 Avenida between Calles 17 & 15 Bis. You can also call at 987-118-4453 or 987-120-5902 to arrange a pick up at your home. All Clothing, Housewares, Furniture, Appliances, etc. will be greatly appreciated. Your donations or proceeds from your donations are guaranteed to go towards a family in need or to a good cause. A special Thank you to Ron & Tina Mannes, Kathy McGinn, and other contributors for their generosity. 

There are English language worship services in Cozumel. Cozumel has a variety of Churches representing almost all denominations. Many people choose to attend a Church of choice and follow the service in Spanish as best they can. This is a great way to practice your Spanish. The following is a list of worship services that are in the English Language (CHABAD Service is in Hebrew):

Church of Christ / Inglesia de Cristo
Calle 55 entre Adolfo Rosados Salas calle 3 sur
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tel: +52 01 987 564 0462 / Pedro Castenadas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Iglesia-de-Cristo-en-Cozumel-Calle-55-925168434231680/

 

 

Ebeneezer 001Ebenezer Presbyterian Church

30th Ave. at 10th Street North

Services in English every Sunday at 9 a.m.

Jesus Es ReyJesus Es Rey Bible Church
Corner of Ave. 95 y Calle 39
Services in English Sundays at 10 a.m.

Ola de Gracias

Non-denominational Christian Church
30th Avenue Between Calles 29 &  27 
next to the Jackpot Casino
Sundays at 10 am
Wednesdays at 7 pm the services
Depending on Pastor either in Spanish translated into English
or in English Translated into Spanish.
Erik Lucy - English
Pastor Castillo - Spanish
Pastor Traconis - Blends both Languages

plaza del sol

 CHABAD of Cozumel
5th Avenue between Juarez and 1st
2nd Floor PLAZA DEL SOL close to the San Miguel Pier
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
US Phone: +1 (305) 432-2406 or +1 (770) 666-5428
Mexico Cell Phone: +521 (987) 111-9715 or +521 (987) 117-9518
Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night: Sunset


Your place of worship not listed? Please contact me with the information, I will be happy to inform the readers!

Papeleria Mama Lilly

School and Office supplies, copies, printing, laminating,
scanning, and binding. Gifts and Novelty Items. Computer Access,
Calls to Mexico, U.S, and Canada. We provide Facturas, and
deliver to your home, business, or office.

AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY SERVICE AVAILABLE!

We Speak English!
Telephone:   987-120-5903
EMAIL: mapapeleria@outlook.com
06:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
08:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday
08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m. Sunday
https://www.facebook.com/papeleriamamalilly/
35 Avenida Sur Entre Calles 17 y 15 Bis
Colonia Independencia (Near the Independencia Sports Center)

The Men’s Breakfast Club Every Friday at 8:00 a.m. Fogo do Brazil Melgar & Calle 5 Fogo Do Brasil has a parking lot free – Park in the lot on Calle 5 between Rafael E. Melgar and 5 Av (alongside the Hyperbaric Chamber). Present your ticket to your server at Fogo do Brasil and your parking is free of charge.

 

Blue Angel Restaurant
www.blueangelresort.com
info@blueangelresort.com
+52 9878720819
Bohemian Dinner with Music and Ocean Waves Blue Angel Restaurant Cozumel.
Salvador Formento Plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:00pm – 10:00 pm
Turquoise Beach Club  Sundays at 6 p.m.

Circuit Ultra de La Selva Cozumel 2017 April 29th

turtle rescueCozumel Annual Turtle Breeding Season

May 15th – October 28th

mayan-journey11th Annual Sacred Mayan Journey

May 2017

Sergio’s Silver from Taxco Cozumel Town Square Park Juárez Ave. #117 x 5th Ave Mon- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. Phone: 01 987 872 7632 Email: sergiosilver@live.com.mx Website: http://www.sergiosilver.com

 

Buccanos Beach Club Bar & Grill

Rated one of the top beach snorkeling sites in Cozumel with natural sand walk-in beach, ocean view swimming pool, seaside restaurant with bar, umbrellas & palapas, showers & lockers, beach massage, snorkel equipment & kayak rental, wave runners and parasailing, poolside internet, on property tequila tour, and repel/rock climbing facility.

Beach Club Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reservations:  01 987 872 0100

Email       buccanos@yahoo.com

http://buccanos.com/

Hotel zone north of Cozumel
Playa San Juan Beach Costera Norte Km 4.5 

 

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About Aura Holguin-Resch 256 Articles
Welcome to the Cozumel Sun! I have been a full-time resident of Cozumel since 2006 and have a lot of great information about Cozumel to pass on to my readers. In Cozumel I have been the translator and editor of Cozumel Today Magazine and the creator of News Cozumel, an English section of news and information in “Tiempo de Cozumel", one of the oldest newspapers on the island. In addition to my editorial duties, I have provided volunteer translation services to residents, tourists, and local businesses. My version of retirement, is to provide this service to the English Speaking Community and raise funds to help those in need in our beautiful island paradise. Together, it is full time work, seven days per week, but very rewarding! I am always fine tuning this publication, with an end goal of providing my readers the latest news and information. Readers are welcome to provide articles, pictures, and reviews to both our website and Facebook pages.

3 Comments

  1. I’m the blond lady that yelled to you, but I wasn’t at the Barracuda. We stay the winters in the most north apartment above Dive Paradise, Mayan Tattoo, and Isla Mia. I saw you a few weeks ago too when you were up here, but didn’t know who you were until you asked for people to shout out when we see your chairs. We go back to Wisconsin this Saturday. We’ll be back Jan. 13. I use a hot rod walker myself and don’t get around much.

  2. Hey a neighbor! We lived in Woodbury Minnesota and spent our summers in Hudson Wisconsin at the Hudson Marina! You are probably tied up getting ready to leave (bummer), so let us plan on lunch or Dinner on your next visit on January 13th. I am easy to reach! I even have a US number that rings here. 386-445-8702. You can email at auraholguin@thecozumelsun.com. Have a safe trip back home, I am looking forward to spending time with you on your next visit!

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