For the donation of Food Basket Thank you

Thank you for your donation to ANA’s food bank program – PAVE (Protein And Vegetables Etc.).
For 200 pesos each family will receive two baskets a week. Every Wednesday – a roasted chicken with tortillas and salsa.
Every Friday – vegetables, fruits and eggs from a local market.

Protocol of care for people of Mexican nationality and foreigner

Protocol of care for people of Mexican nationality and foreigner who are in Mexican national territory in centers of accommodation during the mandatory quarantine by COVID-19

  1. The hosting industry, including hosting platforms and OTAs will stop receive reservations and will reschedule all reservations during the validity of the “Healthy distance” policy.
  2. In the case of guests for essential economic activities such as travel business, can have a maximum occupancy of 15% and will require a proof of the company you work for, specifying the branch you are dealing with, so that the lodging center can verify that it is one of the branches exactly as essential activities described in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
  3. The State Tourism Secretariats in coordination with the National Associations of the hotel industry will define a list of lodging centers destined to focus on all domestic and foreign guests with respiratory symptoms (Hotel COVID) and foreign guests without respiratory symptoms (Hotel NO COVID) in so much recommended hopes the support of your government governments for your process repatriation
  4. The lodging centers authorized to attend the contingency will be specifically those who have medical service and will maintain communication close with specific health services.
  5. Members of national associations of the hotel industry are hereby authorized to: for humanitarian reasons, specifically restricted to foreign citizens staying in the facilities of the specific lodging centers.
  6. The mobilization of people in said accommodation centers during the contingency It will be strictly limited to the rooms in which they are located.
  7. The lodging centers close their sports and social facilities such as: swimming pools, gyms, spas, restaurants, entertainment centers, business rooms, etc.
  8. Foreign citizens who are in Mexican national territory in centers of accommodation, obliged to communicate with their diplomatic representations to start your paperwork back home.
  9. Diplomatic representations and foreign citizens in hosting centers, they will arrange the coverage of the payment of the lodging and food.
  10. The lodging centers must apply preferential rates to accommodate visitors foreigners in need of isolation for a minimum of 14 days, or until further notice from the health authorities.
  11. In the case of the personnel who work in the lodging centers, they will be subject to the following provisions:
  12. People who belong to groups considered to be at higher risk for complications due to COVID-19, they will not be able to work.
  13. They will be subject to the sanitary labor filter described in the “General Guideline for mitigation and prevention of COVID-19 in closed public spaces”, published in
  14. The personnel designated to care for the rooms with people Protocol subject to modifications according to health needs suspected of transmission or confirmed of COVID-19 should take the following personal precautionary measures: frequent hand washing, respiratory label, Sanitary labor filter and strict use of personal protective equipment.
  15. The lodging center must provide its personnel with the protective equipment necessary to provide the service safely: Disposable surgical mask or cloth, disposable latex gloves, disposable or cloth cap, uniform and service Laundry for the uniforms, masks and cloth caps used during their day labor.
  16. Food for people will be previously defined by the lodging center according to their capacities and supply, and will be supplied in their rooms.
  17. The lodging center will be in charge of providing basic supplies for the hygiene of people staying: Drinking water, soap, shampoo, disposable tissues, paper Hygienic, towels and linens, at least once a week.
  18. People who have respiratory symptoms will be isolated preventively in a separate room (except for those who require accompaniment).
  19. In case any of the people in the lodging centers start with respiratory symptoms, personnel should immediately notify the medical service and state health authorities, according to the “Standardized Guideline for epidemiological and laboratory surveillance of COVID-19 ”.
  20. When releasing a room that has housed people with suspicion or confirmation of COVID-19, a thorough cleaning and disinfection must be carried out before returning to occupy it with another person.
  21. The hotels of the Mexican Republic, in compliance with the sanitary measure of “Stay at home”, they will only authorize the accommodation of the aircraft and ship crew that they arrive in Mexico, that they require it.

Disinfection of suspected or confirmed case room.

– The highest surfaces should be cleaned with a cloth / cloth / flannel / towel / slang impregnated with detergent water, avoiding dispersing the powder.

– The walls, windows and doors that include the handles must be cleaned thoroughly regular, as well as when they are visibly dirty.

– Horizontal surfaces that include tables, chairs, beds, shelves or other Installations attached to the wall should be cleaned with a cloth with water with detergent, rinse with clean water and disinfect with chlorinated solution (see more forward technique of the three buckets).

– In the rooms of patients in isolation the same methodology of cleaning, with the personnel having to follow the required precautions (insulation of contact and drops).

– In the event of spills of body fluids on the surfaces, the procedure must be following way: o Put on gloves and cover the surface with paper / absorbent material.

Protocol subject to modifications according to health needs –

o Remove as much dirt.

o Throw away the paper / wash other material.

o Finally, continue cleaning on a regular basis.


  1. b) Disinfection with chlorinated solution

– A bucket will be filled with warm water and detergent in sufficient quantity to make foam, another with clean water and a third with chlorinated solution.

– In principle, the equipment, walls, will be cleaned with the detergent solution openings and all those elements that need to be cleaned.

– It will then be rinsed with clean water and dried.

– Finally, disinfection will be carried out by direct contact applying on the surfaces, chlorinated solution and will allow to dry.

– The floors will be cleaned applying the same technique previously described.


  1. c) Routine disinfection

– In each patient room, frequent contact surfaces must be identified (knobs, bed rails, keyboards, telephones, table tops, lamps table)

– These surfaces should be disinfected daily at least once a day, ideally once per turn.

– A cloth impregnated with disinfecting solution or with 70% alcohol.


  1. d) For a liter of disinfecting solution it is necessary:

– Fill a bottle with a liter of clean water

– Add a coffee tablespoon of commercial bleach

– Cap the bottle and shake

– Label the bottle indicating that it contains chlorinated water

– Let stand 30 minutes before using it

– Store the container in a dark place and out of the reach of children

– This solution can be used for a month to clean surfaces

7 Health Safety Measures provided by the goverment

April 1st, 2020
7 Health Safety Measures
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Hi {FIRST_NAME|Valued Customer},
As a result of the conference call we held on March 31st  with 12 members of the Amapas Neighborhood Association and condo administrators, we agree to help distribute the official information to all our members coming from Mexico, Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta. 
One question brought by the condo administrators was:
The following information provided by the Federal Health Department of Mexico through his sub-director Hugo Lopez Gatell, has been translated hoping to be a tool to condo administrators and residents at this time of contingency.
Amapas Neighborhood Association is committed to sharing only official and confirmed information from official sources such as:,,,


#STAYHOME                 #QuédateEnCasa
As of March 30, the following measures apply:
1. The suspension until April 30 of non-essential activities in the public, private and social sectors is ordered.

2. In the sectors determined as essential, meetings of more than 50 people should not be held and basic hygiene, prevention and healthy distance measures should always be applied.

3. The entire population residing in Mexican territory is encouraged to comply with the co-responsible domiciliary receipt (voluntary limitation of mobility).
4. Home protection is strictly applied to anyone over 60 years of age, pregnant women, or people with chronic or autoimmune diseases.
5. After April 30, the Health Secretariats, in coordination with the Labor and Economy Secretariats, will issue guidelines for the gradual resumption of activities.
6. All censuses and surveys are postponed until further notice.
7. All measures must be applied with strict adherence and respect for human rights.
To face the coronavirus we need your cooperation.



a) Those that are directly necessary to attend the health emergency, such as:
the labor activities of the medical, paramedical, administrative and support branches throughout the health sector, public and private.
those who participate in its supply, services and supply, among which stand out:
the pharmaceutical sector both in its production and its distribution (pharmacies);
b) Those involved in:
public safety and citizen protection; in the defense of integrity and national sovereignty;
the procurement and impartation of  justice, legislative activity at the federal and state levels.
c) The sectors considered essential for the fundamental functioning of the economy:
financial, that of tax collection, distribution and sale of energy, gas and gas stations, generation and distribution of drinking water, food and non-alcoholic beverages industry, food markets, supermarkets, self-service stores, grocery and prepared food sales; passenger and cargo transportation services; … telecommunications and the media, private emergency services,
funeral and burial services,…logistics (airports, ports and railways), as well as activities whose suspension may have irreversible effects for its continuation.
d) The operation of government social programs.
e) The conservation and maintenance of critical infrastructure that ensures the production and distribution of essential services:
drinking water, electric power, gas, petroleum,
gasoline, jet fuel, basic sanitation, public transport, first level hospital and medical infrastructure; among others that could be defined under this category.
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March 2020 ENewsletter


While the COVID-19 virus has not been reported to have hit Puerto Vallarta, we are all reading the news and know that other viruses are alive and well in paradise.  During this time of the year it is quite common for people to contract the flu, pneumonia, or any other type of respiratory disease.  Please use the following common sense when deciding to attend a social event.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds before, during, and after the event.
  • Assume others don’t wash their hands, so limit hand-shaking.  Use elbow to elbow or head nods.
  • If you’re sick, have a fever, have a cough, achy, headache, etc., please don’t attend the social event.
  • If you don’t wash your hands, then use available hand sanitizer to clean your hands before having contact with another.

As of the writing of this March ENewsletter, ANA will not hold its social events until allowed by City and State officials.  We are following the request by the Jalisco governor to stay home for five days, which would be until Wednesday, March 25th.  Please exercise good hygiene and make good decisions. 


Membership is the backbone of our financial planning and the reason why ANA is strong and effective.  In 2019 we had 17 full building members (207 units) and approximately 60 individual members.

We begin 2020 Membership with a significant increase in full building membership (FBM).  ANA now has 20 FBM buildings which represents 295 units.  This is a 30% increase!  Why are buildings joining ANA?  After November’s President’s Reception & MÁS event ANA experienced an increased interest in our work, especially as it was outlined in ANA’s Five Year Plan.  Through the document, ANA was able to demonstrate to our community that we are committed to taking care of our neighborhood and that we listen to what our community tells us. 

As of April 1, 2020 ANA’s membership fees will increase. 

Here’s the rationale for the increase.

  • ANA originally set its membership rates in pesos based upon the exchange rate to $100 USD. As of today, the rate is 22.19 pesos to one USD. 
  • All costs in Puerto Vallarta are increasing, i.e., services, workers, materials, labor, etc.
  • ANA needs to remain competitive and retain our quality staff.

Interested in knowing more about ANA – Contact to schedule a presentation for your building or an individual appointment.



The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) at Incanto’s piano bar on February 20, 2020.  Even though no one sang, it was a great setting for our group of about 30 people.  Everyone was able to hear each other and look into each other’s eyes.  The intimate setting allowed everyone to hear and see who was speaking. 

Here are the 2019 highlights from this year’s AGM.

ANA’s Priorities are Safety and Security, Responsible Development, Infrastructure, and Community.

  • Safety and Security

Significant decreases in criminal activity in the Amapas zone since Spring 2019

Continued Vecinos En Alerta (VEA) Amapas – Police WhatsApp Program

Held monthly meetings with Police and Police Chief.

Communicated Security Alerts to all ANA members

Gained Police approval for Traffic Calming Interventions


  • Responsible Development

ANA is following the development of three properties:  Casa Serena on Calle Santa Barbara, Calle Gardenias 215, and the possible development of The Creek on Calle Olas Altas.

ANA is not against development.  ANA is for responsible development


  • Infrastructure

Pilitas Stair repair

Highway – painting, clearing vegetation along the road, maintenance

Street Repairs

Abedul Garbage Bin


  • Community Events

ANA held monthly Meet and Greets throughout the Amapas community.

On average 30 members attended, even during the summer months.


Our 2019 fundraising events included:

December 2018 ANA Dinner Dance – Sail Away

March 2019 – Mariachis, Margaritas & More

May 2019 – Drag Derby

November 2019 – Mariachis, Margaritas & More

Third Edition – ANA Business Brochure


The November President’s Reception & MÁS (Movers and Shakers) had 50 Attendees – Members and Non-Members.  We shared the process used to develop ANA’s Five Year Plan:

  1. Survey of all ANA members
  2. Held President’s Round Table with 36 ANA Members
  3. Developed working definitions and targets
  4. ANA Board developed goals and objectives

We distributed ANA’s Five Year Plan which laid out our work and vision for 2019 and beyond.

Don presented the state of ANA’s 2019 finances.  (Insert here.)

ANA’s Board for 2020 will be:  Sylvia Toy (president), Robert Howell (secretary), Steve Clarke (treasurer), Don Pickens (vocal), and Robin Spencer (vocal).  There are two openings which will be filled at a later date.

What?  Don Pickens isn’t treasurer anymore?  For two years Don has been joking and pleading for someone else to take on the treasurer’s responsibilities.  Many things happened during those two years.  Don was hit by a taxi.  Tom passed away.  Sylvia became president and life moved on.  Don is staying on the Board, but he will focus on fundraising.  This is something he has wanted to do for some time.  Steve Clarke, former president at Villas Loma Linda, will be working with Don to learn all the particulars of working a business in Mexico.  So, don’t worry, folks.  Don is still a part of the Board and he has someone very capable to teach. 

2020 Budget (Insert here.)

Responsibilities were divided amongst the Board members as follows:

2020 Focus

1.0  Safety and Security

Distribute Vecinos En Alerta (VEA) signs to all FBMs

Determine need and support for Private Patrol Program

Hola Traffic Calming meeting on March 4th.

Identify locations for additional lighting.

2.0 Responsible Development

Continue vigilance on developments in the Amapas zone:  Serena, Gardenias 215, and The Creek.

Identify open space in Amapas.

3.0 Infrastructure

Highway Sidewalk – dedication, maintenance, and decorate wall

Highway painting, signage, speed reductors & crosswalk – installation and maintenance

Install trash containment receptacles

Install lights in identified locations

Implement Clean Beach project

Obtain commitment from City to increase service to Amapas Zone

4.0 Community

Continue monthly Meet and Greet events

Volunteer Coordinator – Myrna Morton Brown

Outreach to new members – individuals and full buildings

Members Only Q & A sessions on topics of member interest




Fifteen percent of ANA’s membership responded to the survey.  In general, most of us don’t know a lot about our water supply.  Additionally, there are very few credentialed individuals who will go on record to give us answers.  It puts ANA in a strange position, because while we don’t want to contribute to rumors, we also don’t want to withhold credible information.  That is why the next steps are critical in coming up with good, solid information.

The Almar Hotel

The Almar Hotel is located between Calle Amapas and Calle Santa Barbara.  Owned and operated by brothers Alejandro and Vidal Meza, these two men bought a property and recreated it for a new clientele.  As a result of their investment into the community, they have brought jobs and people into this section of Amapas.

Recently, President Toy and Viviana Testón, ANA Administrator, met with Alejandro Meza and his architect to discuss concerns about the new expansion occurring on the property.  First, their target is to finish by year’s end, because they already have rented rooms in their new additions.  That’s a relief to all, because constant construction noise is difficult to bear.  Secondly, construction only occurs between 10 and 7, Monday – Saturday. 

They are doing their best to be responsible neighbors.  In an effort to provide a safe environment for their workers, they constructed a temporary bridge between the top of the project (near Calle Amapas) and existing stairs.  Concerns were voiced to ANA over this action, because the bridge crossed over land that is not part of the Almar project.  It is temporary and will be removed once construction is complete. 

Speaking of the stairs – These run between Calle Amapas and Calle Malecón.  As part of the Almar project, the Meza brothers fixed these crumbling stairs to make them safer and more stable.  They have also added lights so evening travelers can see where they are stepping. 

ANA is vigilant about ensuring responsible development occurs within our colonia.  None of us enjoy losing our precious views of the Banderas Bay, so ANA works with developers to ensure they are following the Plan Parcial which specifies height and density restrictions.  Almar is doing so and contributing to the community. 

Almar will continue to notify ANA when parties occur at their Sky Bar that are outside of City specified noise limits.  ANA’s relationship with Almar and the Meza brothers is an example of a positive working relationship with the businesses in the Amapas colonia.

Traffic Calming Initiative Version 1.0 – Next Steps

A summary of the meeting held on Wednesday, March 4th has been distributed to all ANA members.  On March 11th another meeting was held for those who wished to learn more about the Traffic Calming Initiative.  Two people attended.  A road trip will occur sometime in April for interested members to see and experience a variety of topes, vibradores, and dead-placement options.  The item that generated the greatest interest was a tope-crosswalk combination.  This would reduce the amount of interventions, cost less, and cause less noise to be generated.  We’ll see!

ANA’s Traffic Calming Initiative Version 1.0 received City approval.  By making changes, we need to have another meeting in April with Police and City to discuss Version 2.0.


“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.” (Mark Twain)


Everybody needs water!  We have been fortunate in Puerto Vallarta, that until recent years we have had a sufficient supply of tap water, and the sewage system, has somewhat kept working. ANA has taken on the task of seeking a transparent report from officials of the plan for infrastructure to keep up with significant development in our city. As reported at our General Meeting, we have received validated reports of both water shortages and sewage spills in Puerto Vallarta. Our eyes see the rapid development of vertical buildings and increased tourism.


Our members reported a lack of knowledge of our water sources, and sewage disposal system in a recent survey conducted by ANA. Our members want ANA to work with the city in obtaining a transparent plan to address the infrastructure of water systems: tap and sanitation.


We are heartened to learn that we now have other entities acknowledging our members´ concerns.

  • The Mexican Federation and college of civil engineers, had their national meeting here, central themes were works for Puerto Vallarta and the controversial phenomenon of the construction of buildings and vertical condominiums, which without planning will cause chaos. (Feb. 2020)
  • Aumenta SEAPAL infraestructura y disponibilidad de agua potable en Puerto Vallarta. (SEAPAL is augmenting infrastructure and availability of potable water) COMUNICADO (HTTP://WWW.NOTICIASPV.COM.MX/AUTHOR/REDACCION/) $ 21 FEBRERO, 2020


Although these headlines are indicative of a broader acknowledgement of the potential problems in Amapas and the city as a whole, it is the Obligation of ANA, through its members and the AMAPAS Vecinal to seek a transparent plan from city officials.  This effort is both time consuming and costly as we seek professional consultation in identifying the specific needs of the Amapas Zone, which likely reflect the needs of the city as a whole.  As stated at the General Assembly, by Robert Howell, Secretary, and others this is a concern for all residents in Amapas, but paid members are bearing the burden of the non-members of Amapas. Please encourage non-members to join and assist with this initiative.  The infrastructure team of ANA will keep membership informed as we continue to move forward!