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FAST

The City of Progreso is pleased to announce the launch of its new service designed to help foreign residents and visitors living or visiting in Progreso.  The Foreigners Attention Service Team (F.A.S.T) is now available to answer your questions – in English! – about any type of city service: garbage, water, non-emergency police matters, paying your property taxes, city events and more.  They will also offer a referral service to provide information on other types of service providers.  The manager of FAST is Rashid Pedro Martinez. The Beach Area News Team met with Rashid to learn more about him and his vision for FAST. Rashid was born and raised here in Progreso, although he has had the privilege to travel throughout Mexico.  He has two university degrees, one in Education and another in Ecological Tourism. He was working in Monterrey, Mexico before returning home to Progreso to take on this new assignment. Rashid sees his job as being a channel of communication for the expat residents and snowbird visitors into city government. Rashid shared that the City of Progreso greatly values the many ways that foreigners contribute to the region, both from an economic development perspective and also in the way we support the various charitable programs that help the less-fortunate residents in the community. He noted that in some ways, such as garbage and caring for street animals, foreign residents care more about improving Progreso than many of the locals who have lived here all of their lives. Rashid speaks excellent English, which he learned by watching English music videos – he loves American rock & roll, hip-hop...

Drinking Water Quality in Merida

Thanks to YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan. © Steven M. Fry The issue of drinking water quality keeps coming up over & over on Expat web-boards, webpages, and Expat FB pages, for at least the past 14 years. The common ~lurid rumor~ that many newbies propose is that our Merida City tap-water is somehow ~magically~ “bad” … Fortunately, the opposite is true. … Merida City tap water consistently tests clean roughly 97% of the time, when tested before the water enters the home. … Sadly, so many Merida homes have contamination in their tinacos** and cisterns** that just 75% of Merida homes test clean at the kitchen sink tap. *  (See below for instructions on inspecting your home water system quality.) Continuing… Why is Merida tap water so clean, but SO HARD?? Our Merida City Water (JAPAY) comes from 360 ft deep wells … and it’s from 10 million years ago. … Were there pesticides & herbicides 10 million years ago? Since there is 330 feet of limestone between modern surface water and our 360 ft deep Merida City drinking water wells, there really is no way for surface contamination to get down 360 ft to our drinking water supply. … Merida is not New Orleans whose Mississippi River contains the effluents & sewage & feed-lot & farm run-off from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians… USA water?? One of the earth’s most polluted rivers That’s the USA …  Not Merida … ? Fortunately, here in Merida … We have no tar-sands oil… We have no fracking .. We have no mega-hog farms or Mega-chicken farms … No big chemical plants nor...

New home for the Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub

Well each day is closer to the grand move!  Beto is busy doing electrical, water and bathroom facilities.  Once the main floor is completed work will begin on the 2nd floor for Las Mujeres de Chicxulub sewing group. These are random photos from this weekend as we get closer to the opening! Bodega for FBCarmita and DuncanDisplay areaNW area in the big spaceWindow blocksBodega with toilets y stuffFront entrance wheelchair access Plan is to do the sealant beginning Dec. 6th, give it 3 days to dry then get things ready for the Christmas Hampers, Christmas party and December dispensa. The work will continue on the bathrooms for the kids and outdoor area. Then the upstairs area for the Sewing group. It will come together but not as we expected! NEW ADDRESS: CALLE 23 # 16a X 12 Y 14. Familiarize yourself with this location as it will be where you drop off your donations. There will be an open house at least twice to get to know the new...
Cruise Ship Visits

Cruise Ship Visits

Once again I had a visit prepared with James and his group from Kentucky.  Last year when he was cancelled his visit was cancelled due to hurricane-like weather.  This year all was in place to happen.  We arranged to meet for 10:30 at the Casa de Cultura where I could take a few photos and accept the donations; and we were planning to have lunch together. I was pleased when the day dawned bright and sunny.  That was a good omen, I thought! It was not meant to be. The down town area close to the malecon and Casa de Cultura was undergoing construction. However I made it to the Casa and waited behind sheets of plywood, and waited and waited. At about 11:30 I began walking to the terminal and market without success. At about 12 noon I left for home. Once I got home I sent off an email and got a response saying they were at Eladio’s. Guess what? I did not go back as I was sweaty and worn out from my walking and the heat. I asked James to leave his donation with Richard at Balom Balon and had it picked up by Gustavo. And it arrived at my place on Sunday. Thanks to everyone for their perseverance and determination to make a difference to the people in Chicxulub. The group from Kentucky and their donation Reusable Bags and...

Rental Accomodations

New BNB Locations Looking at the number of views in last month’s newsletter this area is closely looked at so here are a few new properties. Ola de Mar is located on the beach in Progreso 1/2 a block from the malecon. It is a renovated home that houses 5 rooms of various sizes and has been open since August 2019.Online booking https://www.bedandbreakfast.eu/bed-and-breakfast/progreso/hotel-ola-de-mar/6058234/ ORhttps://www.airbnb.com/rooms/37936020?source_impression_id=p3_1571946716_MMpMBsgyNFaziJEm Sitting areaNew B&BRegistration areaBeach club next doorBathroomSleeping areaSmall poolAnother sitting area Vina del Mar is a second storey walkup that has three condos ready in Chicxulub in front of the sea.  All are one bedroom with balcony off the bedroom.  Rent is $900 US and available Nov-March. Note: below the condos is a beach...