Here’s how to apply for asylum in Mexico (in the event of a Trump presidency)

AP

The possibility of a Donald Trump presidency could soon have people pricing one-way airline tickets out of the country.

According to Mashable, Google searches for “How Do I Move To Canada” spiked after the Republican frontrunner won seven states on Super Tuesday. But Canada won’t get a Trump-brand border wall, so Mexico might be a safer bet for those who really want to get away.

Mexico is already home to about 1 million U.S. citizens (mostly retirees), and thousands of other expats from all over the world. It’s also home to a growing population of international refugees.

Mexico has had a long history as an asylum country. The Aztec nation was a safe haven for thousands of Spaniards fleeing the Franco dictatorship in the 1930s, and became an adoptive country for more than a thousand European Jews escaping the Nazis during WWII.

Further back in time, Mexico took in Americans—including U.S. soldiers—who were fleeing the brutal U.S. Civil War. It also gave safe harbor to U.S. citizens accused of being communists during the heady days of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s infamous witch hunt in the 1940s-50s.

Mexico currently receives refugee applications mostly from Central Americans fleeing gang violence and extortion. Last year alone the country got 3,044 applications, and approved 789, compared to the nearly 70,000 refugees who were admitted to the U.S.

So while Mexico doesn’t accept as many refugees as other countries, being American plays to your advantage. According to the Washington Post, a signficant number of U.S. expats in Mexico are undocumented. Mexican immigration agents are mostly focused on nabbing Central Americans, so gringos can usually fly under the radar.

So take heart. Mexico will welcome you. And if Trump keeps good on his campaign promises, his presidency might just qualify you for refugee status under Mexican law, which considers asylum requests from any foreigner who is persecuted on the basis of race, religion, nationality, or gender, or whose human rights have been violated.

So here’s how to do it, according a spokesperson from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico:

  1. Foreigners have 30 days upon entering the country to submit a verbal or written asylum request at Mexico’s Refugee Agency (COMAR), or the National Institute of Migration.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, Mexican authorities must hand you a receipt acknowledging your request is being processed. This document, known asconstancia in Spanish, will temporarily protect you against the Mexican migra and deportation to the United States.
  3. Officials must conduct an interview with you and any applying family members to establish motives for seeking refuge and to corroborate claims. After the interview officials have 45 days to analyze your request and 10 days to notify you of their decision.
  4. If approved, you will process your permanent residency at the offices of the National Migration Institute. The residency grants you rights including access to health care.
  5. In the case that your request is denied, you’ll have 15 days to appeal and request a review.

If you’re really serious about this click here to read full criteria and technicalities. It’s in Spanish, but you might as well start learning the language.

Suerte!

source:http://fusion.net/story/277948/heres-how-to-apply-for-asylum-in-mexico-in-the-event-of-a-trump-presidency/

All I know is, I will be first in line.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina  (or maybe Mexico-Quintana Roo in the near future)

Fractional Ownership; Make Recreational Investment Properties Something For Everyone

Here is an article Steve Uhl from the Tropicante here wrote.  He knows a lot more about real estate than I do, so we were talking about some new condos here and how they would be a good investment for the future.

So he explained fractional ownership for me, and how it would be good for investments here in Mahahual.

Source:https://ahhhmahahual.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/fractional-ownership-make-recreational-investment-properties-something-for-everyone/

 

If you think owning vacation property in paradise is not something your middle class economy would ever allow, think again. When I was a builder in the US, I built recreational cabins in the mountains, where many people own vacation property, and do so with very modest incomes. You don’t need a whole lot of money, if you don’t own a whole lot of vacation property. Just own a piece of one, via fractional ownership, since that’s really about all you’ll be able to use it.

Before you start yelling at me, let me first explain, “fractional ownership” does not mean time share. They are two very different ways to own and enjoy recreational property. Time shares are set up to sell one week increments and really not a real estate investment. The truth is, they are at best, a way to get cheaper vacation accommodations once a year. Typically, units in a condo are broken up into 51 week intervals and sold as such. Each unit has 51 owners plus a holding entity of some sort, which owns the last interest. In the US, only 51 weeks a year can be sold as “deeded” property. So what you are actually buying is one 51st interest in a single condo unit. That’s not a real estate investment and I’m not aware of anyone who has sold a time share and received any appreciation.

Why is that? Do the math. If the condo is valued at say $150,000 and that is divided by 52 owners, the price would be less than $3,000. Most pay many times that for their timeshare and if the building were sold, your small interest would be nothing by the time you paid your share of the sale’s fees and so forth. The only one who makes anything on that deal is the administrators, or that 52nd unit owner from each condo. That is also who you pay your administration fees to each time you use it every year. And of course, they rent the un-used time for their profit and not yours. Hmmmm?

In the real world, what happens is a percentage of the “owners” eventually get tired of paying fees and just stop, writing off their “investment” because it was small and they could not sell it, allowing the administrators to “‘re-posses” the property and sell it again. Not unlike a used car dealer who knows they will get to sell the car again … and again if they are lucky. Time shares are the same. They may or may not be a good way to do your annual vacation, it is not for me to say. It is not however a good real estate investment, I will say that.

Fractional ownership though is different. It is real ownership in property that is shared with just a few people, and usually friends and family as partners. Most of the time, the interests are divided by 2-4 parties and the property is managed and administered by the owners themselves. If you bought the same $150,000 condo with 2 friends, your investment would be $50,000 but you would receive 17 weeks of use instead of one and when you went, you would not pay any fees. Lots of benefits to that.

As I say, in the time share arrangement, if you do not use your condo, you lose that week. Most do not let you rent your week, only exchange it for another place for the week. If you don’t use it, guess who gets the money. You got it, the administrator. In a fractional ownership method, your unused weeks can be rented and you get to keep the money. That is the way a real estate investment is supposed to work. It should make you money and not cost you money. If you can get some enjoyment out of it, so much the better!

So how do you do it? It is actually very easy and the typical way of ownership for foreigners, a Mexican corporation, works very well for fractional ownership. Your group simply sets up a corporation with each being a proportional owner, and the corporation owns the property. If one owner wanted to own half and two wanted to own quarters, one would get 26 weeks of use and the others would each get 13 weeks. Corporate papers can define use regulations and how the end sale is done, as well as any special arrangements each group wants or needs. Its your corporation, make the rules the way you want.

In those rules, you spell out each stockholders responsibility, such as proportional interest in maintenance, expenses and all the usual costs and benefits that go with property ownership. If the roof needs repaired, one owner pays half, and the other two pay 1/4 the cost. Proportional ownership is equal to proportional responsibility as well as benefits. You also can set how the weeks are split, as well as how rental incomes are handled. The process is very similar to the corporation apparatus and set up as what is used in the US, so most will be comfortable with this arrangement.

So what can you get by doing it this way. I’ll give a couple examples. Lets say you want to buy one of the new Aqua Star Condominiums being built right now in downtown Mahahual.

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These are going to be one of the many very nice, new condos going up all over these days. This happens to be my favorite because the location, units and amenities seem a notch above the others. They have 2 bedroom units for just under $200,000 USD, so by the time you do your corporation set up and closing costs, your final total will be around an even $200, 000. The units have nice finish packages and all have balconies that overlook Mahahual’s downtown beach and Caribbean oceanfront.

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This makes it an easy example. If 4 people buy a unit together, each will pay about $50,000 USD and will get 13 weeks a year of use. Most investors are happy to make 10% on their investments, so if you have $50,000 invested in your unit, you need to make about $5,000 a year to do that. New condos rent for close to $2,000 per week on he malecon, so you need to rent your condo for about 3 weeks a year to make your 10%. Most have friends who will rent it that many times a year, so filling un-used weeks is easy. Add the real annual appreciation a typical property increases, usually around 5%, and the investment becomes even better.

Aqua-Star-vista-aerea-total These condos are right on the downtown beach and as I said, have the very best amenities offered in the town. Only 11 units total share 3 pools, a bar/restaurant, and even a small hotel, so when over flow friends show up, they have a place to stay. The rental rate right now for like units in the area start at around $1,500 per week and go up from there. And if you rent your unit, unlike the time share, that is your money!

$50,000 USD is not a lot, but it is still more than many want to spend, so you need to do one of two things. Either find another partner, or find another property. There are little casitas, houses, that are a few blocks from the ocean, that sell for under $75,000 USD. If your group bought one of those, a 1/4th interest is less than $20,000. Who doesn’t just have that much laying around doing nothing? You might as well buys some fast appreciating real estate, and one you can enjoy in the process.

Think of it this way. Each quarter, or once a year, you get a statement from your investments and if you are lucky, you might get 4-5% of appreciation each year. Then what do you do? You then take the statement and file it away in a drawer, or even worse, toss it in the trash. Most real estate appreciates at least that much, recreational property can go much higher than that even. However, instead of a paper once a year, you get a beach house. Try filing that away and see how much fun you’ll have doing it!

If you need more info on Aqua Star, or fractional ownership and how it works in Mexico, contact me. What I can’t explain, an English speaking friend, who is also an attorney here can help you. She can help with consults before you buy, as well as with the purchase and corporate set-up.

So if you like to vacation in the tropics, and think you might want to invest a little in some real estate in the process, consider fractional ownership as an easy way to do that. Get your friends together, buy a piece of paradise, and have some fun with it. Sure beats a statement every so often!

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Vanderbilt Athletes (Female) Come to Mahahual

Me and three female athletes from Vanderbilt in Mahahual today on the malecon

Me and three female athletes from Vanderbilt in Mahahual today on the malecon

I had a unique Memorial Day today. I was on the beach at the Tropicante doing my cruise ship day thing, and these young women walked by and commented on my Gamecock shirt.

Well come to find out they were recent Vanderbilt graduates, and all three played sports at Vanderbilt. The short Korean woman is Jennifer Hahn and she now plays on the LPGA, and she played golf at Vanderbilt and won the SEC individual woman’s title last year, and won the 2014 Women’s Amateur title I think.

What was funny, one of the guitar players who sings on the malecon walked by, and the Jennifer Hahn the LPGA golfer stopped him and grabbed his guiar and started playing Bon Jovi, she was pretty good and attracted a crowd.

What was funny, one of the Mexican  guitar players who sings on the malecon walked by, and  Jennifer Hahn the LPGA golfer stopped him and grabbed his guitar and started playing Bon Jovi, she was pretty good and attracted a crowd.

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The tall blonde Heather played basketball at Vanderbilt for 3 years, and has graduated and is playing at Iowa State next year while she works on her masters. The other woman played tennis at Vanderbilt, I forgot her name, she is now on the women’s professional tennis tour. They had a great time on the beach with me and everybody at the Tropicante today. First time I have ever sat around and talked with female jocks since college.

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They were very funny and attracted a crowd. A lot of the Mexican guys on the malecon did not know what to think of them. They even sang the Vanderbilt alma mater. I plan on following all of these women’s careers, especially the golfer, she is supposed to be very good . She told me she was good friends of Michelle Wie.

Heather basketball player, with Blondie and Mike, waiters at the Tropicante.

Heather basketball player, with Blondie and Mike, waiters at the Tropicante.

It still amazes me how many different and unique people I meet from the USA in this tiny village on the Mexican Caribbean.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

 

 

Another Blogger’s View of Mahahual

Every now and then I meet some very interesting people here in Mahahual that are world travelers. People that have decided to leave the USA or their respective countries, and see the world.  I met Aussie Steve and his wife last year while they were  traveling through Mahahual on their world tour.  Aussie Steve had a blog also and wrote about their travels.  He wrote some of his impressions of Mahahual and I shared on this blog.

I like to give different views and opinions from other from time to time on this blog.  I think people who read this blog like a different outlook or perspective from time to time, than just my opinions and thoughts.  I read a lot of other blogs and websites in my research, so I like to see and read other people’s opinions of Mahahual as well.

A while back I met an interesting couple from Cleveland, Ohio who are staying here in Mahahual for an extended period.  They are Ellen McGregor Kotran and her husband Tedly.  I think if I am correct, they both were in the television business in Cleveland.  She writes a blog about their travels, and she has written several articles on her blog about their stay here in Mahahual.  I found that has some unique observations of Mahahual that I have not thought about writing.

So today I am going to share some articles she has written about their stay here in Mahahual.  I think they are going to be here a little while longer, but I am not sure how long their stay is.

ELLIE MAE,

VAGABOND SPIRIT

One stop at a time

Tulum or Mahahual:

5 reasons we picked

Mahahual for now

May 1, 2016 1 Comment

Tulum’s beach is a magical place. In addition to endless white sand and turquoise water, there’s a spiritual feeling many people experience just south of the famous Maya ruins. I’ve heard it described as a spiritual vortex – similar to the vortexes in Sedona, Arizona. That description feels right to me. I will always love Tulum.

That said, we are budget travelers who retired early. We want a simple life, and we don’t have a gazillion dollars for high rent.

So, here are five reasons I personally like living in Mahahual more than I liked living in Tulum, for now.IMG_8115

#1: It’s more affordable to live on the beach in Mahahual, or very close to it.

  • There are many options for short visits to Tulum – from hostels and hotel rooms in town, some miles away from the beach, to boutique hotels right on the beach for tidy sums of money. Or, in Mahahual, stay across the street from the beach for much less money. Google hotel prices, and you’ll see what I mean.
  • For apartment living, in Tulum you can find monthly places right on the beach, but there is no way I could afford that. So, I paid about $320 in town – miles away from the beach – for one room studio with a bed, small table, basic kitchen, good sized porch, water and wifi included. For Tulum, that was a decent deal. I had a good landlord and I would rent there again. Here in Mahahual, it’s a different scene, with less demand, so prices are lower. We are paying roughly $500 a month for a one-bedroom, split-level apartment with bed, dresser, full kitchen, couch, coffee table, water, wifi, TV and cable included, with an amazing rooftop, ocean view deck, across the street from the beach. Stars and sunrises on the Caribbean Sea. Oh, heck yes.IMG_8640

#2: Mahahual has a malecon. (A walkway with no cars on or near a beach.)

  • The beach road in Tulum is congested with speeding taxis and tourists in a rush. Several times, I was nearly hit by cars speeding by me on my bike once I left the bike path from town. There are no speed bumps on the beach road to the north, and every car speeds. Some drivers are texting. It’s not cool. At the few spots where you can see the beach from the road, you can’t enjoy it because of all the traffic.
  • In Mahahual, I can jog along the malecon – along the beach – along the ocean. I stopped running while I lived in Tulum because I got too hot without an ocean breeze, and I didn’t feel comfortable running with music on the beach road. I love jogging with the ocean breeze right on me the entire time. You can see it from our rooftop deck.FullSizeRender(11)

#3: Mahahual is an authentic small town.

  • You won’t find Starbucks here, like you will in Playa del Carmen or in Tulum. There are only mom-and-pop convenience stores, no Oxxos. No Chedraui, no Walmart or Bodega Aurrera. When you buy something at a store, that money goes to a family’s small business. Not a giant corporation. I. love. that.
  • If you need something you cannot find in town, Chetumal is the state capitol, and it’s 90 minutes or two hours away, by car, bus or colectivo (colectivo is a shared taxi van, and I’m pictured in one below).FullSizeRender(42)

#4: Snorkeling is better in Mahahual.

  • You can walk to the reef – it’s very close to the shore in most spots. It runs along the beach through the center of town. If you’re a decent swimmer, you can get to a few spots south of town without a guide boat. There are more fish and coral here closer to the beach than Tulum – it’s not even a competition. The water doesn’t get too rough or – generally speaking – go over six feet until you’re on the ocean side of the reef.
  • Plus, Banco Chichorro is accessible by boat from here, if you’re in the market for an incredible dive. (Albeit, it’s expensive.)DCIM100MEDIA

#5: Mahahual is more laid back – and people seem happier.

  • The vibe here is so casual, it’s contagious and coveted. Kinda like how Tulum was more than a decade ago. I’ve overheard visitors from the cruise ships say this is the best port they experienced on their trip.
  • Think about it: don’t you always feel better when you see the beach and the ocean? Because of the malecon, the Caribbean Sea is accessible to everyone – it’s right there. It’s not just for the high rollers jetting in for vacation paying big money for a ‘private’ beach, as in Tulum. Maybe this easy access to the beach helps create the collective happy vibe here in Mahahual.IMG_9307

Will it stay this way here? Or will it grow to be more like Tulum, or Playa del Carmen? I have no idea. I can’t see the future. I do know this – there is some development already happening here, with more planned.

For now, at this point in our early retirement lifestyle, Mahahual has many positive points that are more comfortable for us than Tulum. It’s easy going, it’s friendly, it’s less expensive, it’s beautiful. And we like these points. No, we love them.

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Dental care in

Mahahual, Mexico

May 25, 2016 Leave a comment

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It takes 90 minutes to two hours to get to Mahahual from the nearest large urban centers in southeastern Mexico: Chetumal, the state capital, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which is the next largest urban center south of Tulum.

My husband thinks of Mahahual as a tropical island because it’s 35 miles off the main highway running north and south in State of Quintana Roo, and there is basically nothing but mangroves or jungle once you turn off the highway. Mahahual’s seclusion is part of its charm for us.

Americans expect full services and convenient comfort in places where they live, like malls, post offices, grocery stores and Walmart. None of that is here. There are bodegas with all the basic food supplies you need to live, and there is a medical clinic with ambulances on standby on cruise ship days.

Once a week on Tuesdays, a dentist drives here from Chetumal. This is a huge boon – as it saves a nearly a four-to-five hour round trip to Chetumal on public transportation.

My husband and I were due for our cleanings, so I made an appointment a week in advance by stopping at the office of Dr. Mario Adrian Soto Diaz. His office is in a building just off the main drag by one of the less expensive hotels, by the main taxi stop.

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Dr. Diaz has a modern office set for basic care with a dental chair like you would see in the U.S. and sterilized tools. He is a pleasant professional. One look inside my mouth and he instantly accurately recounted my dental history.

He was thorough and gentle during my cleaning. My teeth feel great – clean and smooth. Dr. Diaz didn’t find any cavities, but he did alert me to some cosmetic work I will need to have replaced, probably within the next year. To anyone staying in Mahahual, I recommend Dr. Diaz, should you need a dentist while you are here.

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Dr. Diaz told me most of his patients are people like us – people who either retire here or who live here for an extended time. If someone has a dental emergency, the can be seen right away on Tuesdays without an appointment. But that doesn’t really happen.

Sadly, many if not most of the local people cannot afford the luxury of a dental cleaning. The gringo price for us was the equivalent of a mere $33 each. For the convenience and the Dr. Diaz’s expertise, that’s really nothing. But, that’s incredibly steep for a working class Mexican. We are so lucky to have the means for the cleanings.

I also have some experience with medical care in Mexico, including an annual gynecologist visit in Chetumal, including a mammogram, immediate care in Tulum for likely Chikungunyaand another time for parasites, and also for a urinary tract infection while I visited Campeche. All good experiences overall.

But back to Mahahual. I really love this place on so many levels. We are here for just under one month more before we start our next adventure.

Mahahual is mostly known to tourists who come on cruise ships and visit for a few hours in a day. When those tourists board the boat to leave, this place reverts back to a tranquil, laid back paradise. Even when the cruise shippers are here it’s a paradise — it’s just a little more crowded.

Aside from the cruise ships, there are more Americans coming here to retire, or for extended stays, like us. There appear to be more foreigners buying land and property in this area. If Mahahual sounds like a place you’d like to check out, read more about it here.

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No sargassum in

Mahahual, Mexico, a

gorgeous Caribbean

beach town

April 4, 2016 Leave a comment

For those people searching the internet for “sargassum” and “Mexico” and “Caribbean” and keep landing on this site because of my previous Tulum posts – this post is for you.

No sargassum to speak of here in Mahahual.

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Just regular, run-of-the-mill seaweed and sea grass. That’s what much of those dark spots are under the water.

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There also are bits of coral close to the shore.

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There are many colorful fish. But today was my first time with the GoPro, so I was a little slow, and only caught a couple of good ones.

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In addition to no sargassum, there aren’t any tourists either, if it’s a day with no cruise ship parked at the dock.

So, we just snorkel on. Come visit. Mahahual is only a couple more hours south of Tulum.

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source:https://elliemae411.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/tulum-or-mahahual-5-reasons-we-picked-mahahual-for-now/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Trump’s Wall Threatens 111 Endangered Species

Today I guess I am on an ecology and nature kick.  I have a Facebook friend Sandra Ortiz who works for the Mexican government.  I got to know her after she contacted me about our jaguar sighting here.  She works for the Mexican government, and I think one of her duties is monitoring the jaguar population here in Quintana Roo.

She posted this article today, so I thought I would share.  I guess nobody is thinking about the environmental impact Donald Trump’s wall will have on animal species and other wildlife.

And yes, the bald eagle is on that list

Ocean Conservancy’s 30th Annual Ocean Trash Index

We have a big problem here in Mahahual and Costa Maya, trash is constantly washing up on our beaches.  I started reading this survey yesterday, and I thought that a lot of you readers would like to see this information for yourself.  Plastic straws and cups and other refuse is ruining our seas and oceans, and destroying plant and animal life.

Here is the latest survey of all the trash floating around the oceans of the world now.

NAIROBI, May 26, 2016 – More than eight million kilograms (18 million pounds) of trash—equivalent to the weight of over 100 Boeing 737s—was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup according to a new report released today at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Trash Index is the world’s largest item-by-item, location-by-location database of trash found in near-shore environments. Over 30 years, more than 225 million items of trash have been logged and removed from our beaches and waterways. Some of the more unusual items found in the September 2015 Cleanup include: 97 TV sets, 28 refrigerators, 39 toilets and 54 bicycles.

This database is the cumulative result of more than 11.5 million volunteers helping us to better assess the problem of trash in near-shore environments over 30 years, and they have my immense gratitude,” said Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas® program. “Because of them, not only are our beaches cleaner and healthier, but we have this remarkable dataset that we and other researchers are using to develop solutions to make sure our trash never reaches the beach.

Plastic debris remains a growing concern in the marine environment, and the top five most commonly collected items are cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris.

Acting on existing data and firsthand experiences, a number of Cleanup coordinators have taken note of the pattern of waste items collected during their Cleanups, then using this information to independently attempt local solutions to divert solid waste before it enters the marine environment. In Kenya, one such example comes from the Watamu Marine Association.

“The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has inspired Kenyans to take action. In Watamu Marine Park, community based entrepreneurship is turning the tide on marine debris impacting our beaches,” said Steve Trott, projects development manager for Watamu Marine Association and a Cleanup coordinator in Kenya. “All plastic, glass and flip flop waste is recycled creating a waste recycling value chain. Turning trash into cash along the Kenya coast is creating local solutions to a global problem and generating incomes for impoverished communities.

The Philippines’ contribution was also of particular note to the 2015 Cleanup, bringing the highest amount of participating volunteers for the Cleanup. In total, more than 250,000 Filipinos retrieved more than 400,000 pieces of trash over a little less than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of shoreline. These items collectively weighed more than 300,000 kilograms (665,000 pounds), or roughly the same weight as 220 average cars.

It’s exciting to see the Cleanup grow each year. Volunteers are not only removing more trash from beaches, but they are also contributing to a better understanding of the types of waste entering the ocean,” said Allison Schutes, senior manager for the Trash Free Seas program. “With the launch of our Clean Swell mobile app, I’m excited for these dedicated volunteers to be able to easily collect more robust data as we work to better understand marine debris and work to keep it off beaches and out of the ocean. With Clean Swell, individuals can join a global community working to add vital data to the world’s largest marine debris database by logging the trash they find while at the beach quickly and easily on their mobiles. The database is used by scientists, conservation groups, governments and industry leaders to take actions and ensure trash never reaches the beach.

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Millions of Straws

TFS-Advocacy-Alert-Page-Img-SkiptheStraw.pngAt last year’s International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers picked up more than half a million straws and stirrers, making straws one of the top ten items on our annual list. Straws pose a real danger to animals like sea turtles, albatross and fish who can eat them.

Ocean Conservancy will be reaching out to sustainability directors at large national restaurant chains, and we need your help to encourage them to make a big difference for our ocean with just a small step: Skip the straw!

These restaurant chains serve hundreds of millions of meals every year—just imagine what they’d save if they didn’t serve a straw with every drink.

Take action today by telling these large national restaurant chains that you want to be asked before receiving a straw with your drinks.

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If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from Ocean Conservancy.

source:http://www.oceanconservancy.org/who-we-are/newsroom/2016/trash-weighing-more-than-100.html?referrer=http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/2016-ocean-trash-index.html

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Save a Maya Village Update

Costa Maya Mahahual

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UPDATE:  I wrote this article last July, and I had good response on it.  After I wrote the article I kind of got busy, and then high season came, so this project was kind of put on the back burner.  We did not have enough time to do the fall planting last year, so we are shooting for this year.  All the permits have been attained and a cooperative has been filed with the Mexican government.  I am meeting with the Ejido people tomorrow to get more information and an update on the progress.  I will have more on this project later…..

Since I have been writing this blog, I have a had lot of inquiries and requests, but yesterday I got one that I am going to have to look at very seriously. I got approached yesterday by a Maya friend of mine I have known since before I…

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