July 2012 – #53

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Up & Down the Coast

A reminder that it is still Turtle Season and the hatchlings are coming. Please keep your dogs on leashes as they wreak havoc on nests, hatchlings and mother turtles. Also a reminder that ViDAS will be holding their annual clinic in Playa del Carmen in August. With the HOT days of summer upon us and much of the Northern Hemisphere experiencing drought conditions, also please be aware of your water consumption and follow good environmental practices! (photo courtesy of CEA)

We apologize for being a little late this month. Our publisher was in Mexico for 10 days and our editor had a run in with a scorpion. So that left most duties to Yours Truly. Blame me for all mistakes. Thanks for your patience.

Mike Pontius

What's New

Reflected in this schedule is a week-by-week look at what Yoga en Akumal is planning. The Web site will stay current, so please check there for the most accurate class schedules.

A reminder, for those of you who love Akumal, is that The Akumalian is the best way to keep up on comings, goings, and lots of information about happenings.

If you live in, or are vacationing near, Playa Del Carmen, check out BuyPlaya's new Events Calendar.

Sac-Be.com and mawacos.com are pleased to share the first in a video series, Costa Maya.

Beginning July 7,  Lol-Ha in Akumal will host a charity poker event benefiting the local Montessori School Building Fund.

If you are near the Costa Maya, Marilyn Marshall asks you to consider volunteering at the soup kitchen Debbie Blackburn has been operating in Mahahual at Cross of Christ Church - across from Aroma's.

Marilyn writes: "It has been very well received and (Debbie) is overwhelmed by the support from the business community and the widespread usage by the local people. A big thank-you to Padrino's Restaurant for their preparation of the food. This is a very worthwhile cause during the slow season in Mahahual. The residents are so dependent on the cruise ship industry which is almost nonexistent at this time."

So, if you have a little time on any given Friday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. please text Debbie at 983-124-6818 or email her at DebbBlackbu@aol.com

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so unique, thanks to the diversity of our contributing writers!

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Naturalist David Nunez blogs about the flora and fauna of the Yucatán.

International Airport vs. Fast, Sexy Train

A better transport system for all, by Nancy DeRosa

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by Enrique (Henry) Saldana

Mari Pintkowski Part 2: The Time Is Now

Mari Pintkowski's adventures in Mexico City continue ...

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Learn about remoras from Natalie Novak.

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by Enrique (Henry) Saldana


Sac-Be.com's mission is Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, as we educate people about sustainability.

ViDAS is holding a spay and neuter clinic at Coco's Cat Rescue in Playa del Carmen August 4-9. If you are able to help, please let Coco's know what days and times you can volunteer - info@cocoscatrescue.org or call 984 120 0572. They will try to provide lunch for volunteers who are there all day, but need to have your name down for this to be possible. They also need help on August 3 for set-up and on August 10 for packing up. Please consider donating water, Gatorade and Coke for this years ViDAS clinic! We go through over 200 bottles a day! Please help support the ViDAS team who spend their holiday each year working hard down here helping the animals in Playa!!! Donations can be dropped off at Coco's any day this week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. THANK YOU!

Rigo Happy Ending for Both Rigo and Adopters

If at first you don't succeed ... by Trish Bennett


Sac-Be offers free listings for properties along the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. If you would like to have your rental property listed, please complete the form on our owner's page. Or, if you are interested in learning more about other advertising opportunities, please contact us.

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Xcacel beach, minutes away, is a government protected sanctuary for the endangered loggerhead and greenback turtles.

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Modern Maya, A/C, sleeping loft, full kitchens, direct powder beach on best snorkel bay on the coast.

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If you have an event coming up and would like us to post it on our Events Page or promote it in our newsletter, please let us know.

Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors maintains an events calendar for the Riviera Maya. In addition, we will gladly post your events if you give us notice by emailing your event dates, location and a brief description to info@justimagine.net.

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Pets of the Month


Mildred is between 3 and 5 years old and was dumped on the street. She had obviously been owned by someone at some point as she is very friendly and loving. On arrival she was severely emaciated and had infected wounds all over her back. She has recovered now and is looking for her forever home! Coco's Cat Rescue is looking for someone responsible to adopt Mildred.


Jack is approximately 4 years old. He was rescued by Tierra de Animales in the spring of 2011 from a terrible "rescue-hoarding" situation in Cancún, where almost 50 dogs were kept in a small apartment. Tierra de Animales took in 24 of these dogs at once. Jack is a laid-back dog, loves to shake hands and "high five," likes kids and is an all-around good dog! He doesn't need a lot of activity; he is happy to just hang out and be a buddy ... Can you give him a nice home?

New Contributors

Nancy DeRosa

Nancy DeRosa - Born and raised in California, Nancy moved to the Riviera Maya in 1985, where she built a dive resort and went on to become an environmental activist and defender of Xcacel and Xcacelito beaches.

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Buy Playa Real Estate Advisors - one of the premier real estate firms in the Riviera Maya, owned by Michele and Rob Kinnon.

Videos of the Month

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