Like many other neighborhood organizations, the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA), is doing what it can to help our fellow neighbors after the destruction brought onto our beloved city of Puerto Vallarta.

Today ANA provided a roasted chicken lunch and a beverage to those workers who have been working diligently cleaning up the tons of mud and debris in the downtown area. ANA Administrator, Viviana Testón, loaded up her car with roasted chickens from Pollo Ranchero on Libramiento.

With the assistance of the La Guardia Nacional, Viviana was able to bring the food down to those who are working nonstop in this restricted area. Funds were provided through the PAVE project where the focus is on providing food to locals while benefitting local businesses. Robin Spencer lead us in this most appreciative PAVE initiative. Your ANA at work

What’s happening with these large buildings?

What’s happening with these large buildings?


ANA receives numerous questions about condo development in P.V. and the Amapas Zone. We have selected the most commonly requested questions to answer.

Q. What are the new construction developments this year?
A. The most recent developments are a huge multi story building in Alta Vista at the edge of Amapas, SOHO. This is the tallest building we have yet to see; many stories tall, looming over Calle Insurgentes. Serena and The Creek are in Amapas. There are two new buildings in process in Conchas Chinas and several others around P.V., particularly in Versailles.

Q. We hear about PROFEPA AND PRODEUR, but do not know their functions in Mexico.
A. PROFEPA, is PROCURADURIA FEDERAL DE PROTECCIÓN. PROFEPA so far has placed a CLAUSARDO closure on the following buildings due to lack of adequate ecological studies: Serena, SoHo, and Carmelina.

PRODEUR is PROCURADURÍA DE DESARROLLO URBANO. It is under the state of Jalisco Jurisdiction. ANA filed a question with PRODEUR in 2020 asking if Serena met the Plan Parcial for District 9 that ANA developed in 2012. PRODEUR has responded and identified numerous differences in the permit and the legal requirements of the Plan. ANA will continue negotiations with the City and the Developer, if and when, the property is approved to return to construction by PROFEPA.

Q. What is the status of developments in the Amapas Zone and nearby?
A. Serena in Amapas remains closed by PROFEPA.

If and when it is reopened PRODEUR and ANA will work on negotiations with the developer. The Creek has no permit as of yet, but is actively selling units. SoHo closed by PROFEPA is in the Alta Vista colonia. Carmelina is in Conchas Chinas and has been closed by PROFEPA.

Q. Which groups or organizations are accomplishing all of these closures?
A. The Conchas Chinas Homeowners Association (CCHA) led the charge to bring attention to these matters at the Federal level. CCHA and their lawyer are working with PROFEPA (Federal ecological department) and have closed these illegal developments because they did not conduct the required ecological impact studies.

The ANA and CCHA have been working together on these Federal matters. However, both organizations are Civil Associations must adhere to the requirements of foreigners residing in Mexico. Your ANA Board strictly follows those guidelines.

There is an abundance of rumors and gossip that can be found online about these developments. Your ANA Board is committed to providing you with the truth based on reputable and vetted sources.

Q. How do all of these developments and closures impact ANA financially?
A. Keeping tabs on all of the developments, procuring copies of permits from the City, having an engineer and architect review the plans, takes time, energy and resources, i.e., money. At our 2021 Annual Meeting, your Board recommended a budget of 226,000 pesos to cover those expenses.

Those fees and expenses are not covered through your membership fees. Membership fees only cover ANA’s fixed costs.

Serena Development Closed!
Located on Calle Santa Barbara this development began in February 2019. Notice the water flowing from a naturally occurring stream down into the pit created by the demolition of the original building.

SoHo and Carmelina, both located on Highway 200, were recently closed by PROFEPA.

Orchid, located directly on the beach in Conchas Chinas, on the other hand, has a private lawsuit against it and it has been determined by a Federal Judge to be too tall. As a result, people who bought there cannot get their deeds, because the building does not have a legal occupancy permit.

ANA needs to raise the funds to fight irresponsible development through your generous donations. Please take a moment to reflect upon what you love about your life in Puerto Vallarta. For most of you A VIEW is at the top of the list.

The Plan Parcial for District 9 includes the colonias of Amapas, Conchas Chinas, and down the highway to Los Nogalitos. If it were not for your ANA there would not be a Plan Parcial which specifies the height and density of a building and there would be no legal recourse for CCHA to be taking these issues to Mexico City.

ANA needs your help in keeping the pressure on the City, State and Federal officials. The evidence abounds to show what happens when we work together.

Please donate today to keep ANA in the fight to ensure responsible development is supported and maintained in our beautiful piece of paradise.

ANA Security Council Update

ANA Security Council Update

1.0 Attendance
  • Sylvia Toy, ANA President
  • Steve Clarke, ANA Treasurer
  • Viviana Testón, ANA Administrator
  • Myrna Brown, Vista Amapas
  • Paul Shirer, Renaissance
  • Jennifer Guitierrez, Renaissance
  • Harris Spiridonidis, Paramount Bay
  • Diego Ibarra, Brisas Lunar/Casa Lupe
  • Tom Peterson, Vista Romantica
  • Tom Carota, Bella Vista
  • James Cox, Villas Macuaz
  • Don Bieghler, Villa Tizoc
  • Susan Wiseman and David Lord, Casa de los Arcos
  • Judy McDonald
  • Peter Sieger
2.0 The Security Council was brught together to discuss and review the recent robberies that have occurred in Amapas.

Six break-ins occurred at Brisa Lunar/Casa Lupe on Hortensias over the past two months. One break in occurred at Villas de La Colina and another at Casa de Los Suenos. Neither of these two buildings are members of the Amapas Neighborhood Association, therefore, they do not have access to the Amapas Security WhatsApp group. Their break ins are not included in our data, because they did not share the details of the incidents. They should become members.

3.0 This Security Council meeting was originally scheduled to include representatives from the police.

They were not in attendance, because it was announced the day prior to the meeting that the Marines were departing from the city. We will reschedule a meeting with them at a later date.

4.0 Two points of view were shared during the meeting in how to address these crimes.
  • 4.1 Police do not know how to do their job and we are doing their work.
  • 4.2 We are responsible for our safety.
  • 4.3 Our years of experience, our work with the Police, and the details of these various robberies support the need for ALL OF US to be responsible for our safety and security. We work as a community; however, each and every one of us MUST do what is necessary to prevent crime.
5.0 Based on the Crime Reports shared with ANA, these break ins occurred between 4:45 am and 7 am.

These hours coincide with the change in the police shifts which occur at 7 am and 7 pm.

6.0 In several cases, these were crimes of opportunity, such as an unlocked door allowed a thief to secure a set of keys to which he uses to return.
  • 7.1 Make exits more difficult. Steve Clark from Villas Loma Linda shared the card lock system which has proven to be very successful. Locksmith’s name: Carlos Cerrajero business number 52 1 222 1571 cell number 52 322 139 9188. These were purchased four years ago for four separate entrances for the cost of around $75,000 pesos. The cards costs around $50 pesos each.
  • 7.2 If security wires are cut, an alarm goes off. Susan Wiseman shared that their business (Casa de Los Arcos) uses a system where if the wires are cut, an alarm goes off. Her alarm contact is Moises Valdez Rodriguez. He can be reached at 322-323-3574 (office). His wife Anna runs the business and can be reached at 322-134-7944. Susan has worked with this small family business for several years and recommends them as TRUSTWORTHY and CARING.
  • 7.3 Increase lighting – Buildings need to light up areas to reduce dark, hiding spots.
  • 7.4 Amapas Neighborhood Watch – More buildings need to purchase and post the signs announcing that there is an Amapas Neighborhood Watch program in our area. Criminals don’t like communities that are watching out for each other.
  • 7.5 WE ARE WATCHING YOU! When a suspicious character or vehicle is announced on WhatsApp, let’s all get out and take pictures of the characters or vehicle. What a way of communicating to criminals Amapas is a community that is working together. Go some place else!
  • 7.6 Post pictures of robbers throughout the community. (NOTE: ANA cannot do this, but individuals can do so.)
  • 7.7 Building administrators communicate to owners with reminders of safety tips, i.e., lock doors and windows, etc.
  • 7.8 Purchase a motorcycle to patrol the Amapas area.
  • 7.9 Keep a set of car fobs in your unit. If suspicious character or activity, use your car alarm to scare them.

The safety and security of our residents and their property are a top priority for our community. It continues to be so even during a pandemic.

The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) has no funds to immediately address safety and security issues in our neighborhood. We presented our budget at the 2021 Annual Meeting and identified a need for $106,500 pesos to do the following projects to increase the safety and security of Amapas:
· Implement traffic calming interventions to increase pedestrian and vehicle safety – highway painting, signage, speed reductors & crosswalk
· Increase lighting in identified areas throughout Amapas
· Continue use of Amapas Security WhatsApp
· Expand use of street-based WhatsApp programs

Please take this opportunity to DONATE to ANA so we can continue to increase the safety and security of Amapas.

ANA Great Neighbor Awards

ANA Great Neighbor Awards

The ANA Board wishes to recognize and Thank Great Neighbors. These are individuals or Boards that have made special contributions to the Amapas Neighborhood.

We recognize KIND NEIGHBORS OF LA CIMA III ( A FULL BUILDING MEMBERSHIP) WHO WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS for their generous cash donation to build the trash receptacle at Los Pinos and Highway 200. These generous folk donated the money and ANA did the legwork with the city permit and managed the construction crew to build a trash container that will greatly enhance all the neighbors properties. Thank You! See before and after photos below:

Before After

We recognize the BOARD OF SAYAN TROPICAL (FULL BUILDING MEMBERSHIP), HOA PRESIDENT GLENN LUCHIES, AND VICTOR RODGRIGUEZ, MANAGER for purchasing the materials and providing the labor for the repair of teeth jarring pot-holes at the intersection of Highway 200 and Calle Sta. Barbara. This area and all of Calle Sta Barbara have been severely damage during
construction of large Condos on Calle Sta. Barbara. ANA provided consultation to the Administration regarding requirements of road repair, and obtained a permit from the city.


Once the fate of SERENA is determined, ANA wants volunteers on Calle Sta. Barbara to raise funds for repairs and work with the Developers to contribute as well.

ANA meeting with city authorities

ANA meeting with city authorities

Left to right: Omar Larios Coordinador de Participación Ciudadana; Christian Hernandez, Director operativo Policía Municipal; Viviana Testón, administradora Asoc. De Vecinos de la Colonia Amapas A.C.; Norma Gordian dirección de Vinculación Ciudadana Policía Municipal; Sylvia Toy President of the board, Robert Howell secretary of the board,  and Don Pickens vocal  of board.

In February your ANA Board met with the new authorities of the Police under the Authority of the Marina Police for the purpose of establishing a relationship with the new Authorities managing Police Protection; the Office of Citizen Participation also attended.

Did you know that a new police chief from the Police Marines (Navy) has been placed in charge of policing Puerto Vallarta? We found the new representative to be most professional and attentive to our concerns.

Your Board brought up three critical issues affecting YOUR AMAPAS; vehicles consistently blocking the Callejon de La Igualdad, speeding and reckless driving on HWY 200 through Amapas , and noise issues from parties at private homes and businesses.

Mexico is a personalized culture and your Board knows that establishing a personal relationship with these officials is critical in meeting your needs as members. Additionally, President Toy shared the highly improved crime data from AMAPAS due to the effectiveness of our Neighborhood Watch Programs and the Security Council. We have planned follow up conversations with the group and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship Our Individual and Full Building Memberships help to support our office functioning including our Administrator who has developed a strong relationship with the City.

Individuals and Buildings who do not pay membership fees benefit as well, but they do not contribute to the cost of running ANA. You can help ANA by reminding your friends and acquaintances who are not members and perhaps in buildings not paying their fare share to contribute.

Individuals can join on our web page under MEMBERSHIP, and full buildings can contact Viviana Teston at to join.