Asociación de Vecinos de Akumal Norte A.C.
Dear Vecinos Members and community at large:
When I became president, Vecinos had 60 members; today we are 110 members strong and growing. Everyday people can see the improvements made and in progress – the road, restyled topes, underground water system, street lighting. These completed projects are why supporting Vecinos is so important. Your continued support for each project is making Akumal Norte all it can be. With great pride I’m announcing the building of the Akumal Norte Community Center in the park.
Members of the Tulum administration were so pleased they approved the architectural and engineering plans immediately and issued the permits at no coast. SEMARNAT approved the environmental impact study at no cost. They see the improvements Vecinos is making in Akumal Norte and they support the work we are doing. This week we began clearing the site, marking out where the building will be. Next week we will lay the actual foundation.
The first floor of the center will have Vecinos offices, and emergency and police services. The second floor will have a visitor center offering programs on Maya history and culture as well as sites to be visited while staying in Akumal.
Our visitor population increases every season, so the need to create the center is important for the continued development and success of our community. For the first time Akumal Norte’s civil administrative services will have a permanent location, identified by owners as a place to seek help and notify Vecinos of community problems. The visitor center is where visitors can learn about the history of the Maya civilization and culture, build an understanding of the need for strong conservation programs to protect the natural resources of the Rivera Maya, and find information for various types of Maya ruins, cenotes, and beaches to visit.
The center reaching its full function depends on the support of the whole community. Total community support and membership in Vecinos assures that Akumal Norte is speaking with the strongest voice possible. The center is the foundation of our community’s civil services, so Vecinos is the best foundation for Akumal Norte’s civil representation at all levels of government. The community moving forward with one voice is the underlying goal of the center.
We have set up a community center building fund. Please keep faith with me in understanding the importance of this project. For the initial building we see a projected cost of $30,000 usd. To reach our goal we are asking for $300 usd per member; however, whatever you can contribute will help. The center will assure our community of an organized civil administration for years to come regardless of who the board and president may be.
Roy Daniel Freeman, President