The Cozumel News in English
Each week we select articles from local newspapers that amuse or interest us and then translate them into English. We wish to stress that these translations are literal --English versions of exactly what was originally written in Spanish by reporters for Por Esto, Diario de Quintana Roo, Novedades and El Seminario. It should also be mentioned that we cannot always verify the facts in the stories we publish here. We leave that job to the newspaper that originally published the article. We appreciate hearing from our readers so please feel free to E-Mail US your questions, suggestions and comments. You may also wish to consider starting a discussion on any topic below that interests you by posting on the Living on Cozumel Forum.
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The Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Sea will be the first cruiseship to dock at a Cozumel's pier when it arrives this Tuesday, five months and fourteen days after Wilma's arrival.
The historic arrival will be at eight o'clock SSA Mexico pier. At this point, however, the pier may only be able to receive cruiseships of medium capacity.
The pier, known locally as the "International Pier" was the second most damaged by Wilma's path. Carnival Cruise's Puerta Maya was totally destroyed and only parts of Punta Langosta sustained serious damage.
The Internacional lost only some sections of the slabs of the flooring of the pier but preserved its strong columns. Joists were placed to join the columns where the concrete surface had been destroyed thus creating an elbo at one section of the pier thus allowing the reception of moderately sized cruiseships like the Jewell.
The company that administrates the dock broadcast from last Saturday the notice to the state-owned API that they proposed ready to receive ships. The API, for his part, requested immediately the inspection corresponding to Puertos's Headquarters of the SCT for this Monday and in the afternoon, the authorization was received in Cozumel stops than this same Tuesday arrive the first cruiser to a dock of the island in little over five months.
The Jewel of the Sea was originally scheduled to moor off shore as usual since Wilma and have tenders bring passengers ashore. Now they can sent directly to the pier.
The cruiseship was built in 2004 and is the twin of the Radiance and the Serenade. It flies under the flag of Bahama, has capacity for 2501 passengers and 859 crewmen displaces 90,000 tons and has 12 decks.
The harbor pilot that will guide the Jewell to the newly repaired pier will be captain Maurilio Ancona, one of the most experienced pilots on Cozumel who predicts that the arrival of this ship marks the start of a new stage in the economic recovery of the island.
With the new municipal regulations for antennas and communication towers going into effect soon, there will be far fewer new ones erected in populous areas. What's most important is that now the citizenship will decide if they wish to accept the installation of any of this type of equipment and if not, another zone will have to be found.
IA Playa del Carmen building company has won the bid to construct the new ferry building which will be designed in a better way so as to catch the wind and let it pass through and also present a better vista to the waterfront avenue, Rafael Melgar of Cozumel.
In spite of the fact that the rain drain construction work has cut off the circulation for some important streets at the north end of downtown, authority has been negligent in placing precise and opportune signalings, provoking many vehicles, mostly ones driven by tourists to get lost and go down one way streets the wrong way. .
However, Cozumel's traffic police have until now been incapable of mobilizing traffic agents at the entrances to these construction zone mazes that have been created by the escavation. As a result, many drivers lose themselves, only realizing they are trapped when they come to a place where it is no longer possible to advance.
Tourists are the primary trappees who get lost in the chaos of the work as they or road gibberish as they try desperately to extricate themselves fro mthe road gibberish and escape to 20th Avenue which still flows freely.
As a warning to the slow and no payers of property tax, the Office of the Treasurer and Municipal Land Management Office has proceeded to confiscate the first 14 estates of a real estate property known as Sierra Herra Hermosa which is owned by a former president of the republic Luis Echeverría Alvarez. The properties are located in the northern hotel zone.
Esther Echeverría Zuno, Luis Echeverría Alvarez's daughter has already communicated by telephone with the municipal treasurer indicating that her lawyers were on their way to accomplish payments and correspondent agreements on this issue.
The official explained that the family's debt comes to one million 800 thousand pesos just for the past six years of non-tax payment. However, this figure doesn't include other debt that have accrued in fines, etc. He added than the primary objective of Mayor Gustavo Ortega Joaquín is to collect property taxes not just from the humble people but the same for all the people who own property on the island.
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