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Old 06-05-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Drinking in public

We got stopped on 5th ave. Friday night. My wife and I had a can of beer in our hand. The policeman told us we could carry it, but don't take drink while walking down the avenue. I had always thought it was ok as long as you were not walking with a glass bottle. I saw him stop other people as well. You see a lot of it, but maybe no more.

Two young men staying at Xaman ha this week were stopped walking back to Xaman ha from the blue parrot. Forced to pay $300 or go to jail. The police took them to an ATM machine so they could get the money. Sounds safer to grab a cab when you leave the clubs if you have far to walk. I'm sure they were intoxicated, but sober enough to use an ATM machine.
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Rules were recently changed and drinking while walking along the 5th is no longer allowed
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Rules were recently changed and drinking while walking along the 5th is no longer allowed
No more public drinking in Playa?!?!
Sad.
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there has always been a law against drinking on the street
it has always been applied selectively


rick told me last night there has been a new law passed that pertains specifically to the area around the blue parrot
perhaps he will come here and tell us about it
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there has always been a law against drinking on the street
it has always been applied selectively


rick told me last night there has been a new law passed that pertains specifically to the area around the blue parrot
perhaps he will come here and tell us about it
He's watching Myth Busters right now with his headphones on. I'm sure he'll see this when the episode is over.
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Two young men staying at Xaman ha this week were stopped walking back to Xaman ha from the blue parrot. Forced to pay $300 or go to jail. The police took them to an ATM machine so they could get the money. Sounds safer to grab a cab when you leave the clubs if you have far to walk. I'm sure they were intoxicated, but sober enough to use an ATM machine.

$300 US???
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Yes. $150 US each.
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there has always been a law against drinking on the street
it has always been applied selectively

Isn't that the case with most laws down there.
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Can you still drink on the beach?
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Yep. Brand new ordinance passed the other day.
As strange as it sounds, it governs Calle 12 between 1st Ave and 1st Ave Biz.
No public drinking.
Bars cannot provide "to go" glasses
No music over 75 decibels
Bars must close by 5am

The article did not mention what the fine would be. That does sound excessive and wouldn't it be nice to let the general public know about such an ordinance?

EDIT: Here's the article.
http://www.diariorespuesta.com.mx/on...ent&Itemid=346

And Google Translation:

To protect people, tourists and the tourist image of Playa del Carmen, the municipal government of Solidarity agreed with service providers in bars and clubs, in order to implement the operation of the establishments located in the recreation area through the signing of an agreement.
It was established in writing that the area 12 North Street, between First Avenue and First Bis not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages in public.

This agreement was achieved with the goodwill, friendship and common interest of both parties to work for a municipality neat, clean and safe, based on one of the commitments of government Filiberto Martinez, mayor.

The owners of bars and nightclubs tourism respect the hours of operation, which ends at 05:00 hours, stop providing disposable cups to customers upon leaving the premises; watch that minors do not enter their business, and respect 75 decibels allowed by the Department of Environment.

For its part, the City will provide greater protection in the tourist area and better lighting in the area. This agreement, signed in the council room of City Hall, runs through September 29, 2013. The agreement has the backing of the Business Coordinating Council of the Riviera Maya (CCERM) and the delegation of the National Restaurant and Food Industry Spicy (CANIRAC).

"We are surprised. Is the best start we've had with a municipal government. Knocked on the door and opened, "said Alejandro Gámez Castillejos, president of the Association of Bars and Clubs in Playa del Carmen Tourism BC

Signed by the association itself Castillejos Gamez, owner of The Santanera "Prieto Valencia Ricardo del Valle, director of" Tequila Barrel "and William Randolph Warschawski Sagrario de la Parra, owner and manager of" Brahma ", respectively, Juan Pablo Rullan Diaz, director of Blue Parrot, Alberto Martinez Zambrano, owner of "Diablito Cha cha cha" Guillermo Sagrario de la Parra, owner of "Hidden." So did Eduardo Esquivias, director of "Coco Bongo" Ismael Mena Enrique Loria , owner of Coco Maya "Arce Asdrubal Muro, director of" Mandala "Jose Escalante Varela, owner of" Pink Elephant "Tryst José Vidal Suarez and Mario Alberto Bravo Lopez, owner and COO of" Kartabar "respectively.

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We got stopped on 5th ave. Friday night. My wife and I had a can of beer in our hand. The policeman told us we could carry it, but don't take drink while walking down the avenue. I had always thought it was ok as long as you were not walking with a glass bottle. I saw him stop other people as well. You see a lot of it, but maybe no more.

Two young men staying at Xaman ha this week were stopped walking back to Xaman ha from the blue parrot. Forced to pay $300 or go to jail. The police took them to an ATM machine so they could get the money. Sounds safer to grab a cab when you leave the clubs if you have far to walk. I'm sure they were intoxicated, but sober enough to use an ATM machine.
Sorry the police will now start using the bribe factor in this. I wish the two guys would have reported that policeman. I am sure the police have been told to hand out warnings especially to tourist. Once someone pays the bribe-that police will continue to try this on anyone. Not sure if one gets a ticket here or taken right to the police station. But I will bet neither would have happened if the two guys had demanded that. This one makes me mad.
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does this mean my husband can't take a beer to beach? the one near hotel Cielo.
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I'd say that's a pretty fair assesment.
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does this mean my husband can't take a beer to beach? the one near hotel Cielo.
No I wouldn't say it sounds like that. Take a cooler with a couple beers in it. This isn't the area they are talking about. They are talking 4 blocks down on 5th and walking around on 5th with an open container.

At least that's the way I think it reads.
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No I wouldn't say it sounds like that. Take a cooler with a couple beers in it. This isn't the area they are talking about. They are talking 4 blocks down on 5th and walking around on 5th with an open container.

At least that's the way I think it reads.
thank you . He wont be getting drunk but would I am sure like to have a beer or two on the beach since were not staying AI we would need to buy it and take it to the beach to have a beach etc. thanks!
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