What motivates people to drive cautiously? In Vallarta the focus of driving is to keep on moving. Stop signs are guidelines and offered up as suggestions to take a moment and pause. If the intent is to make people slow down then the topes (speed bumps) are the only way to influence driving behavior. Why? Topes can cause significant harm to a vehicle, which is a prized possession, and must be cared for.
Therefore, that is why topes are used so frequently throughout the city. They work! What doesn’t work is relying on driver’s good intentions, especially when it comes to driving on Highway 200 – the Carretera. Everyone loves zooming up and down the highway and the feeling that they are driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. Same beautiful waters, but a whole lot more pedestrians. Safety was the number one issue for ANA members. It includes home and personal safety. Whether you own or rent, walk or drive, it is important for everyone to be able to cross the highway.
The stretch of highway that divides the Amapas community twists and turns and allows vehicles to accelerate and decelerate at amazing speeds. Quite often there are multi-denominational prayer services held at the blind intersections where requests for heavenly assistance can be overheard. Please, oh please, make sure the oncoming vehicle is not accelerating as I enter the highway. Pedestrians and drivers pray to their respective divinities. Wouldn’t it be great if we all just slowed down? What if every time we saw a pedestrian trying to cross the highway we stopped and let him/her do so? What if we were driving slow enough to allow another vehicle to merge in front of us? What if we all just got along? All possibilities. All dreams. What is our reality?
La Cima III, Terraza Del Mar, and individual members residing near the bottom of Los Pinos and the highway have expressed concerns about the trash. It is not only unsightly but the trash debris falls in between the slats of the water way which ultimately finds its way into the ocean.
Given the easy location of this trash spot, many non-neighborhood people throw their trash there which has been of concern for years. It’s a frustrating situation for ANA, as well, because most of the residents are not ANA members so we don’t have any contacts. Regardless, ANA will be holding a meeting of interested neighbors to come up with a solution to the trash, because it is a problem that impacts all of us. If interested in problem solving and you live in the area, please contact ANA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANA has existed for 18 years. For many of those years ANA has had the same four goals – responsible development, security/safety, infrastructure, and building community. It was time to take stock of where we are now.
Fifteen percent of ANA’s membership responded which is considered a favorable response rate. The results of ANA’s 2019 survey were as follows using a forced-choice method:
|1st – Security/Safety of self and property at 42%||2nd – Responsible Development at 32%|
|3rd – Infrastructure at 17%||4th – Building Community at 11%|
This survey was the first step in developing ANA’s Five Year Plan. Step two included the President’s Round Table scheduled on March 25th.
We hope you enjoying yourselves after Semana Santa. Whether you’re up north or still in Puerto Vallarta please make sure you have renewed your membership. Why is your membership important? ANA is a community-based non-profit organization. We rely upon your membership fees and/or your donations to do the good work normally associated with city services. Many of us come and/or move to Mexico because we are attracted by the easy life style and lower cost of living. However, as we spend more time here our expectations for many of the conveniences and services from up north become more desirable. ANA does not receive any financial support from the city for all of the work we do. We could wait until our colonia’s needs came up on the city’s radar to get our streets paved and potholes fixed or we can work collaboratively with the city, ANA members, and donors to get the work done. We’ve chosen the latter approach which has been a very successful one.
What does every member get for 1500 pesos/year? You get to participate in a community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Amapas colonia. Your support helps ANA run its office, foster relationships and connections with important city officials in the police, tourism, ecology, public works, and ___ departments. ANA has also helped members with CFE, SEAPAL, and security companies. Could you do that on your own? Maybe. Maybe not.
To date, ANA has 16 full building members and 56 individual members:
Thanks to all of you for the continued support you offer to your neighborhood organization.
ANA brings our neighbors together to create a community by holding monthly Meet and Greet events, and two large social events (Dinner Dance, and Mariachis, Margaritas, and More) throughout the year. We seek input from our members through the President Walk Abouts, the Survey, the President’s Round Table, and Consultation meetings. We want to hear what you have to say.
If you’re not a member, please join today to support and add your voice to the strongest community organization in the Puerto Vallarta community.
Based on the bylaws of its constitutive, by means of this notice all members are summoned to a GENERAL MEETING which will take place at TASTE, Callejon de la Igualdad 129, Puerto Vallarta on February 16th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. if required quorum can´t be reached, then a second call shall convene at 10:30 a.m. Find attached the oficial call.