|It’s difficult to imagine the tremendous progress being made in all areas of the Costa Maya infrastructure development unless you see it on a regular basis. We see it every day and we continue to be amazed.
The new four lane highway from Chetumal to Majahual is really taking shape. The government has placed big, bold signs at several very visible points along the route, proudly indicating the completion date for the ENTIRE 72 miles of the highway. The anticipated completion date is February of 2003. Considering the amount of “iron” that is hauling, pushing and grading every day, the highway may be finished early.
COSTA MAYA HIGHWAY.
The “high speed” road from Xcalak in the south to Pulticub in the north is nearing completion. New pavement now stretches some 4 miles beyond Uvero, and continues to march north every day.
Work is scheduled to begin improving the beach road. After the completion of the highway from Chetumal to Majahual, work is scheduled to begin on the improvement of the beach road access. This is the access road, which parallels the ocean front properties (February 2003). This phase of the road project is projected to take about one year.
Electricity from Merida to Majahual – complete. Electricity to the cruise ship dock and mall – complete. Electricity to the beach club at Uvero – complete. Electricity to downtown Majahual – complete. New street lights in Majahual – complete. So much electrical power is flowing in the Costa Maya that a SECOND NEW power substation is being built to insure uninterrupted electricity. Power along the beach road is to be installed at the time of improvements to the beach road – beginning early next year!
The water pumping station in Majahual is complete. Water lines have been installed into Majahual and the cruise ship dock and mall. Water lines are to be laid along the beach road at the time of improvements to the beach road – beginning early next year!
Independent financial fund managers from the U.S. have told us that the Chetumal international airport is indeed soon to begin receiving flights directly from the U.S. This certainly supports information we have received from Government offices in Chetumal. They say that runway expansion is underway and that U.S carriers have leased terminal space. When complete (we hear next year), it will be a quick 50-minute drive via the new four-lane highway to the Costa Maya from the international airport. And commuter flights are already scheduled from Chetumal to Majahual.
TelMex has completed their connection facility in Majahual and is taking orders for telephone service. And internet service providers are in the Costa Maya. This is really remarkable when you realize that this time last year there was only one telephone in Majahual – and it didn’t work all the time!
The new Pemex gas station in Majahual is almost finished and will soon be operational. No more rationing of fuel after leaving Chetumal or Felipe Carrillo Puerto. And of course, we assume that the Chicle (chewing gum) and Salbute sales teams will be there on opening day.
CRUISE SHIP DOCK.
Work is already underway to expand the new cruise ship dock by extending the pier farther out into the sea. This would make the Puerto Costa Maya a true deep water port, the first of its kind in the Caribbean. Additional scheduled ship days next season are a sure sign that the Costa Maya is a big hit with the cruise lines and with the thousands of new visitors arriving each week.
Zoning and construction permits have been approved for the first golf course on the Costa Maya. The recent announcement places the location for this facility just to the south of the Explorean (Fiesta Americana) Hotel. One underway, how many more to follow? “Fore” may be a very appropriate golf expression in the Costa Maya. Enjoy Costa Maya!
Steve Nicholson, Director Special Situations