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Amapas Neighborhood Association's October Newsletter

November 2, 2015

The Amapas Neighborhood Association is the official neighborhood council of residents and business owners in the Colonia Amapas area of Puerto Vallarta. Learn more at

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA), a group of Mexican and ex-pat residents and business owners that work together to enhance the quality of life through improvements in security, streets and infrastructure, and responsible development, brings us up to date on what's happening in Colonia Amapas.

Over the summer, many of us were out of town, but ANA continued making repairs and improvements to our neighborhood, partnering with City Hall to repair crumbling and pot-hole-ridden Calle Hortensias, adding new street lights on the highway and lower Los Pinos, and adding more Big Blue Barrels to help neighbors contain our trash and keep it off our streets between sometimes erratic City pick ups.

ANA Projects In the Works

In line with our core objective - Making life better in Amapas - ANA is working with the new Davalos Administration in City Hall to complete existing projects and start new ones. They include:

Security: ANA is working with Conchas Chinas Homeowners Association to support and help furnish the Police Casita, just south of us on Highway 200. This small building is becoming 'Headquarters South' for Police, Bomberos (Fire Protection and Lifeguards) and Ambulance. The result: better protection and faster emergency-response in both Amapas & Conchas Chinas.

Street repairs: Adding grooved cement tracks to improve traction and safety on sections of Calle Hortensias and a much-needed new retaining wall and curb on lower Los Pinos, where summer rains have caused erosion that could undermine the street. These projects will need the cooperation of City Hall and local members & buildings.

Trash containment and pickup: ANA is working with local businesses and City departments to create new and unobtrusive trash-collection points in our beach and business area to keep trash better contained - and out of sight - between City pickups. Along Highway 200, our goal is to persuade City Services to add daily pickups, particularly at Hortensias & Los Pinos, where unsightly and unsanitary trash - often 'drive-by drop-offs' - piles up between pickups.

Reauthorization of the Amapas Plan Parcial: In order to be local law, the Plan Parcial (a local zoning code for Amapas, Conchas Chinas, and points south that limits the height and density of new buildings, etc.) must be passed - again - by the City Council. We are working to make this to happen, and will work for improvements once it has been reinstated.

City Lights: Adding new street lights on Abedul from Calle Amapas down to the Malecon, as well as in Pulpito Plaza.

ANA First Annual Special Event Dinner Dance

Mark your calendars: Thursday, December 3 will mark another 'first' for Amapas - a dinner & dance featuring an elegant a 3-course French-style sit-down dinner presented by Taste with wine and cocktail, a DJ and dancing, and Guest of Honor Arturo Davalos, Vallarta's new mayor, as well as amazing door-prizes.

Seating for what promises to be a great evening is limited to 80 ANA members and guests. Tickets are $1250 pesos ($80 USD) a seat ($2500 pesos/$160USD a couple) with all proceeds going to support ANA goals and projects.

Don't wait to receive a personal invitation. If you'd like to sit with friends or neighbors in your building, consider hosting an 8-person table, with your name or your building's name on it. Contact Viviana Teston for details at admin(at), or phone 322-129-5049 to reserve your ticket(s) now!

The Amapas Neighborhood Association is the official association of residents and business owners in the Colonia Amapas of Puerto Vallarta. A volunteer and not-for-profit association with about 350 members, the ANA was founded in 2002 to improve the quality of life in Amapas. We work to keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, desirable and welcoming to tourists and residents from all countries and walks of life. We are also the official "Junta Vecinal" or neighborhood council for Amapas, the legal representative of the neighborhood to the city government. Learn more at