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Dear Palmas friends and Neighbors,

We appreciate the support provided during the last years

to our real estate company. At this time for the benefit

of all, the inventory of properties for sale in Palmas del

Mar has dropped considerably and Casillas Realty has

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Just before the closing of this edition we received two

encouraging news for the future of Palmas del Mar. Two

people, Engineer José Ortiz and Engineer Luis (Cuquito)

Muñiz, both with great knowledge and experience in Palmas

del Mar as well as being experts in the development,

implementation of infrastructure and development of

projects have been appointed by Palmas del Mar Property

Inc (PDMPI) as the new President and Vice President

respectively. (PDMPI) is the master developer of Palmas

del responsible for the organized and structured development

of the Palmas del Mar project in accordance with the

Master Plan approved by the Puerto Rico Planning Board.

in addition to having vast knowledge in the area of planning

and development, José and Cuquito are Palmeños

for many years and have always been committed to the

community. José Ortíz with 35 years of experience as a

professional engineer with a Master in Finance, has developed

his career in hospitality, government and manufacturing

and lives in Palmas del Mar since he built his

house in Palmas in 1992. “ I grew my family here.

My wife, Sandra, grew up here since the 70’s with

the Sun Fun Hut and the Palmas Inn. Good memories

without even knowing me! My children, Sandry

Isabel and Jose Carlos, already grown professionals

are Palmas Academy forever Dolphins! Also,

my father in law, Carlos Garcia, retired after over

30 years working for Palmas and recipient of the

John Wallace Community Service Award. Someone

who loved this so much that he took his summer

vacations at Palmas.”, stated José Ortíz and

added: “I’m tied to Palmas for generations and

am very grateful for what this community has given

me. I can passionately spend many pages talking

about plans for this community but prefer to interact

directly with all the community members in the

next few weeks and months to come. It Is time to

bounce back and shine again”.

Ortiz continued, “Puerto Rico has been severely

beaten by the 2008 economic crisis, the government

bankruptcy, two hurricanes, an earthquake and a

pandemic. Palmas had a good share of it. We all have to

take our share of responsibility in making it happen real

soon!” Ortíz explained he has his priorities clear: on the

business side enhance our properties’ values and to expand

the offer of amenities on and around Palmas. “We

need to make sure we, as the master developer, set the

conditions for successful existing and coming businesses

in Palmas and support our institutions like the PHA, TPA,

PAC and PDMU to fulfil the needs of our community, are

ON the horizon

important aspects for a healthy community spirit. However,

our responsibility goes to a larger extent. Palmas

must become the economic hub to the East of Puerto

Rico. Providing jobs to the adjacent municipalities, housing

and leisure to newcomers, attract new capital to the

Island and create economic development opportunities

to the surrounding communities have to be top priorities

and higher targets towards a sustained, resilient Palmas

del Mar ‘’ stated the new PDMPI President.

On the other hand Eng. Luis F. Muñiz, PE has been

appointed Executive Vice-president of Palmas Del Mar

Properties, Inc. Alongside with the new President, Jose

Ortiz. His main responsibilities are to direct the development

of new tourism, business and residential projects for

the benefit of both our community and that of the nearby

neighbourhoods. He will also administer PDMPI properties

within the resort. His efforts chiefly consist in attracting

new investors and developing new projects on the

almost one thousand acres of land at our disposal. These

initiatives and projects will improve our resort’s offerings,

will increase property and business values and improve

the quality of life of all our residents.

Muniz said, I’m deeply honored and grateful for the responsibility

I’ve been given and can assure you that I will

meet the challenge enthusiastically. My commitment to

Palmas goes all the way back to 1973. It was my first project

as an engineer with Daniels Construction, the company

that built the original Palmas infrastructure. I also

served as a member of ARB with my friend and mentor,

the engineer Carlos Garcia and the legendary architect

Esteban Padilla. At different times I have served on the

PHA board of directors. I am completely committed to

Palmas and the Palmas community and am supported

in this commitment by my family. Around 1980, my wife

Didi and I bought our first home at Harbourside 1008 and

ever since we and our children and grandchildren have

been involved. Fifteen years ago I moved permanently

to Plaza del Puerto as did my daughter Maribelle,

her husband Juanjo, and their children, Marisabelle

and Juan Jose both of whom attended the Palmas

Academy. My son Nando and his wife Erika, my

daughter Didibelle and her husband Agustin are

property owners here in Palmas. My granddaughters

Naomi and Marina enjoy golf and tennis and

Gabriela and Cristina enjoy the beach club and

love the sea.

I have been a firm believer in Palmas from the

start. I believe in its present and most definitely

in its future. Palmas must be reborn as the most

complete resort community in Puerto Rico, and

among the best in the Caribbean. I am committed

to achieving that goal and to using my knowledge

and experience as an engineer, contractor, developer,

and entrepreneur for the benefit of all the

Palmas community: property owners, businesses,

developers and tourists alike.

I am fortunate to have as support the exceptional

attributes of our new President and colleague Jose Ortiz.

Together with our vast experiences we are the right

team to achieve our goals which are; improving the quality

of life; increase property and business values; attract

new investors; develop the land still available; and finally,

but not less important, to attract a high level of tourists

through the investment in and construction of two luxury

hotels and residences.

These past years have been economically, politically

and socially difficult ones. And to make matters worse we

are now faced with the worst pandemic in modern history.

Nevertheless the investment of federal and private funds

expected for the next seven to ten years, along with the

imminent possibility of the return of pharmaceuticals offer

a promising future for Palmas’ rebirth.

Palmas has overcome previous recessions. Now we

are facing another which we will also overcome. Like the

Phoenix we will return stronger than ever.

I am here to help and always attentive to the needs and

hopes of our community.”

Commenting on these appointments, Antonio Maldonado,

the Palmas del Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association

(PHA) Executive Director, said he is very excited

and extremely happy with this announcement. “Both

José and Cuquito are well familiar with the ins and outs

of our community, our needs and our priorities. Both have

served in the PHA Board

and have worked very close

with me in every major issue

and challenge we have

faced in our community. I

am looking forward to working

closely with them and

there Is no doubt they will

serve well in the continued

development of our community

in the years ahead”.

As a contractor and/or developer Eng. Luis F. Muñiz,

built the following projects: the original Hotel Candelero

(Now Wyndham); the store, gym, and bathrooms

of the tennis center, the Club Cala Hotel Villas and

Pool Complex; the infrastructure and recreational facilities

on the San Juan peninsula. Other projects of

mine include Plaza del Mar, Plaza del Puerto, Solarea,

and the Yacht Club and Marina which required dragging

both the exterior and interior harbors.

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Sirviendo nuestra comunidad desde 1993

Un equipo de primera

If you are “Palmeño” you understand

the “Ahhh syndrome”. This syndrome

is characterized by a deep feeling of relief,

a sense of peace and security, and

a profound gratitude of coming back to

the nest. That feeling automatically sets

in once you cross Palmas’ gate; even before,

when you see the Palmas sign. And

it’s because Palmas is a haven of peace,

a result of a very well-orchestrated and

executed plan. Palmas is safe, clean, ordered,

well-planned, and one of the first

images you have is our beautiful landscaping.

It’s breath-taking! But this is not

by chance. Palmas del Mar employs one

of the most prestigious landscaping companies

on the Island that is owned by our

long-time resident, Chris Pennock; he’s a

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ted to the community and

with vast experience in the

landscape industry. Actually,

his last name in Puerto

Rico is closely associated

with plants because

his family are pioneers on

the island in that field. We

think Chris was born with

a plant in his hands! He is

very humble and modest.

His company, Pennock

Plants and Design are a

landscape, design, construction,

and maintenance

company with 40 years’

experience in Puerto Rico

and the Caribbean islands

for commercial, industrial,

resort properties and exclusive homes.

We are talking about experience and

knowledge. “When designing, we strive

in creating a sustainable environment

by selecting from our diverse tropical

flora and local geologic material appropriately

for each particular

environment. Whenever

possible in order to avoid

missed opportunities outdoor

hardscape footprint

drawings are dictated by

existing native flora, geologic,

sun and wind. Our

work defined by customer

needs provides utilitarian

standalone aesthetics that

ultimately add value to your

property,” explained Chris.

“In Palmas Del Mar we

have been honored to work

proudly every day for the

past 25 years for the PHA

- (Palmas Homeowners’

Association),” added Chris

and explained that, for example,

in their latest task of

renovating the Palmas Del

Mar community’s main entrance

they took the same

special care as with all their

jobs meaning to dedicate

the appropriate time and

meticulous effort in creating

plans for this new

environment. Some of the

items considered into the

development of the landscape

plan are:

• Proposed site renovation

assessment• As built

plan• Selection of appropriate

plants for existing

environment • Site definition




MENT First task

was to assess

all existing elements

to determine

those of

greatest value

that will stay and

become part of

the renovated

environment. For PHA it was the three majestic Flamboyant

trees anchoring the future setting. Additional midsize elements

also stayed with minimal relocation. These were the Phoenix

Roebelinii Palms, Everglades Palms, and Dwarf Pandanus.

Upon completion of our site assessment

an AS BUILT plan is created, becoming the

“canvas” for the final drawings of the landscape


The task to improve the welcoming feel entering

our community was dictated by the existing majestic

Flamboyant trees and prominent Palmas Del Mar

Ballard sign. The color and texture variation offered by the

Dwarf Pandanus, Roebelinii’s and Everglade Palms made the

job of choosing newly introduced plants such as the Isabel Segunda,

Green Island Ficus, and Bulbinas easier. Boulders and

mounds are introduced providing a three-dimensional natural

feel throughout the design.

Beautiful car and walking paths

As always, using criteria commonly used by Pennock for

the selection of appropriate proven low-maintenance Palmas

plants and yet achieving a fresh new look can be a


The variance of trees and plants within Palmas that have

best endured hurricanes, droughts, rain and heat over the

years are observed and have taught us all. It is largely with

this knowledge that the selection of plants conforming

with the Palmas environment orchestrated with our design,

that a beautifully landscaped environment with a long lasting

life into maturity can be achieved. s

The following is a list of trees commonly

used and seen throughout Palmas del

Mar that can always be recommended

provided the chosen location is suitable

for the selected plant.


Caoba Dominican | Mahogany

Gumbo Limbo | Almacigo

Cepillo de Botella | Bottlebrush

Queen of flowers | Reina de las flores

Pink tabibuiya | Roble Nativo

Maria Tree

Autograph tree | Cupey

Orchid tree | Bauhinia



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Grateful for another hurricane season without catastrophic events

coming to our beautiful island, we take the opportunity to talk about

condo property insurance. The master policy of your condo, if it is

not already, will be renewed under the “Barewall” coverage, which

excludes the original private elements. These are everything that

was added to your apartment after the concrete basic structure

was built, including floor and wall tiles, bathrooms vanities and

toilets, kitchen cabinets, and closets.

You are responsible for securing

the original proprietary elements

of your apartment home. You

must do this by purchasing

a policy known as HO-6

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Different from the above, is your

personal property (furniture, clothing,

equipment, entertainment equipment, etc.) this must be covered by

a personal property policy. If you or the previous owner of your

apartment made renovations, you should cover them under an

Additional Betterments or Improvements coverage. You can

group those coverages together along with public responsibility

and even your car or golf cart, into a Personal Package

It is important to note that under the cover of personal property, highvalue

items should be detailed in a schedule with evidence of value.

This may include jewelry, works of arts, photographic equipment,

musical instruments and golf clubs.

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We hope you and your family are staying healthy in these challenging

times. Give us a call to find out about these and other coverages

you might be interested in, such as extended warranty for your car,

deductible reduction, and non-depreciation endorsement for your car.

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The Pterocarpus Forest

By Roberto Soto Acosta

Raul A. Zurinaga Porrata


Lic. 7386

Tel. (787) 501-5057

E-Mail :

PO Box 19809

San Juan, PR


Three years after being thoroughly

devastated, Palmas’ unique

Pterocarpus Forest has made a tremendous

comeback and is “back in

business” as a natural refuge and a

place for passive recreation, scientific

investigation and environmental


People have begun to visit the

Forest in increasing numbers while

students and professors from the

University of Puerto Rico have begun

invaluable studies of water quality.

As part of the environmental

education component, central

to the Forest’s mission,

the Friends of the Forest ,

are about to launch the beta

version of the “Pterocarpus

Forest Tour App”, with which

visitors and non-visitors alike

will be able to learn more

about this rare natural gem,

its functions, and the flora and

fauna that make it such a wonderful

place today. With the

app, visitors will also be able to

see sights and hear sounds that

they might otherwise miss.

By mid-October, the Forest

visitor will be able to download the

“Tour App” to his or her Android or

Apple iPhone and take a virtual tour

of the Forest (the Tour will also be

available, online to anyone around

the world interested in visiting the

Forest). The tour will consist of video

and audio, available in Spanish

and English, and 16 clearly marked

“stops” (paradas) within the Forest

related to the App content.

The App and is, we believe, one of the first applications

of its kind involving any type of forest preserve in Puerto

Rico and in the Caribbean, perhaps even ahead of some

cultural institutions like museums and churches, where

such tour guides are a mainstay. In the case of the Forest,

however, it proved quite challenging, and therefore

took considerably longer than we had anticipated. Developing

the application involved scientific research, photography

and repeated visits to the ever-changing Forest


Perhaps the most significant lesson learned from the

development of the application is the dynamism involved

in the life of the Forest, how quickly the face of the Forest

can change, and how continuously, as it recovers from

Irma and María three years ago this month.

Where at the outset we chose as interesting, educational

stops areas showing exotic, invasive plants made

possible by the loss of the Forest’s canopy and creation

of sunlit, barren spaces, we were soon confronted by unprecedented

growth in dense foliage. Many of the invasive

species, such as cattails, were hardly visible along

the trail, having retreated toward the edges of the Forest,

out of sight of visitors, as the canopy regrew. Where we

wanted to illustrate natural “recycling” through visuals of

fungi decomposing fallen trees, our tree host began to

disappear by the time we returned to film the spot – and

may be just a memorial site by the time of your next visit!

Similarly, where we sought to show tropical fish in the

Forest’s waters, we would now also encounter turtles

who’d migrated, during the recent rainy season, from the

pond to the interior of the Forest. And who’d return to

the pond once the Forest’s dry season approached.

Keeping up with nature has proven to be a formidable,

wonderful, enlightening challenge. To be sure, the Forest

Tour App 1.0 of necessity will be updated to continue

showing the dynamic changes in the Forest’s flora, fauna

and as well as its undergrowth, canopy and levels of water.

While some of these are cyclical and to be expected,

others are part of the process of rebirth and regrowth that

has been ongoing for the past three years.

With the Governor’s announcement this past Thursday,

allowing more activities on Sunday, the Bosque de Pterocarpus

will resume its 7-day a week availability to the public,

from 6am to 6am. Visitors are asked to please continue

to observe the health-related precautions still in effect.

The Pterocarpus Forest and the bilingual Tour App are

both the result of time-consuming effort made possible

by the generous support of Board members of Friends

of the Forest as well as generous Palmas and other Island

residents, and institutional supporters. For additional information

about the Forest, or to support our ongoing

After hurricane Maria completely destroyed

SCAN the QR code to

watch a video of the

forest the day after María

An Osprey (Pandion

haliaetus) overlooking the

destroyed forest

The Pterocarpus Forest in Palmas del Mar , 50.2 acres (51.7 cuerdas ) of protected forest

educational efforts on-site

and through social media,

please visit pterocarpus.

org as well as our page in

Facebook https://www.

The Friends of the Pterocarpus

Forest (a/k/a PHA

Pterocarpus Forest, Inc.)

is a volunteer group that

has been involved in the

restoration, preservation

and promotion of the Forest

since December 2010.

Donations to the Friends

are tax-deductible under §501(c)(3) and

§1101.1 of the federal and state tax

codes, respectively. Consult your tax

advisor for details about the benefits

of a contribution under your particular



The nonprofit corporation charged with the Forest’s maintenance and development.

In a discovery of remarkable importance for ecology, a

group of local scientists identified two species of Puerto

Rican lichens (Coenogonium dimorphicum and Coenogonium

portoricense) totally unknown to science until a

few years ago. They were found in a patch of the Forest.

These findings highlight the important role that the

Forest plays in research, as well as the role of the entire

Palmas community in the conservation of species and

natural resources. Photo by the USDA Internet (https://

At last count, before Hurricane María,

the Forest served as habitat to 44

species of flora, including more than

25 species of native trees, and 52

species of fauna, of which 13 are

considered native or endemic to

Puerto Rico, some found only in this

part of Puerto Rico. Of the 52 species

of fauna, there are 37 families,

including insects, amphibians,

reptiles and crustaceans, among

others. Some of the rare species

that can be found in the Forest

are the Whistling Coquí (Coquí

Pitito), the Northern Waterthrush

(Pizpita de Mangle) and the Puerto

Rican Hummingbird (Zumbador



well done, palmas!

PHA wants to thank

everyone in our community

for your involvement and

support in complying with

safety and health guidance

to protect our community

during the Covid

19 pandemic. It has been

a prolonged period that

continues affecting our

daily routines, interactions,

relationships, personal life,

work conditions, business

and our family environment.

The effect this new

virus has had in societies

all over the world includes

physical and emotional reactions that will continue likely

for decades. However, our community has shown incredible

resilience, adaptation and a positive attitude

during this complicated period. This attitude has served

our community well and the results in terms of a low

contagion rate speaks well of Palmas del Mar.

I urge everyone to continue to exercise and to demand

from others prudence and compliance with restrictions

in order to maintain our community as safe as

possible. As certain restrictions are relaxed or tighten,

please ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe

by following the basic rules: maintaining social distance,

wearing of mask protection devices and washing

your hands as frequently as possible. We will continue to

demand from everyone coming or living in Palmas strict

compliance with health directives and safety protocols.

6’ 6’

Wear a mask!

Keep social distancing

When wearing a mask you

protect yourself and

protect others.

We are pursuing additional initiatives such as facilitating

a flu vaccination day for the entire Palmas community

as an extra measure to protect the health of all our

neighbors. Also, we continue to modify events and activities

as well as the use of common spaces to promote

the safest environment possible for our community.

The Board continues to work on protecting our assets,

maintaining our environment and our facilities and finding

new ways to improve our community. You will soon

learn about a new project that will improve our daily lives

and make Palmas a pioneer in communications technology

in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Again, thank you

for your support and cooperation. Stay well, stay safe!

– Sandra Gracia, President

* Patients with medical

coverage for vaccination

will be patients with


coverage will be billed

to the medical plan.

For other patients he

cost of the influenza

vaccine will be $25.00.

Fiber Optics

and 5G Project


Since last year PHA has been working with proponents

to bring to Palmas much needed 5 G technology and fiber

to every home and business at Palmas del Mar. This technology

will speed up communications to 10 times faster

compared to current LTE 4G Network and the current

service thru coaxial cables. Such an advance will unleash

new programs and uses in all areas of communications including

telephone, TV and internet, HD video and mobile

virtual reality. This initiative is consonant with the FCC 5G

Fast Plan to pursue superior communications technology

for the USA and its territories and is consonant with 5G

advances being made throughout Puerto Rico.

The PHA administration and the ARB have evaluated

various alternatives to bring this service to the Palmas

del Mar community with the best and safest technology

available while keeping up with the architectural design

guidelines. Such a project would entail the installation of

fiber optics, poles and antennas through the PHA common

areas in order to provide connectivity to all residential

and commercial areas. With the installation of a fiber

optic network throughout Palmas del Mar each home or

business unit will have an exclusive fiber optic connection.

With these services the community will have another alternative

for internet access at unimaginable speeds and

for Cable TV Service including the typical favorites and

local channels. For businesses, homeschooling and remote

working the new fiber optic service will provide the

fastest speed without interruption or lag.

This project is of utmost importance for the community

of Palmas del Mar and represents a quantum jump

in communications technology to be offered to our residents,

commercial establishments and future Palmas

developments. Now that he project is about to come a

reality and there is a specific proposal at the table, the

PHA Board is working to finalize the details and contract

negotiations with project proponents. This is a fascinating

project of utmost importance to the community. It is

considered one of the most significant community projects

undertaken in years that could move our community

to another level and become a model one in technology

which will contribute significantly to our quality of life and

to the value of properties. These are the top two purposes

for which the Association was created.

PHA is already planning meetings with sectors of the

community to present the project and discuss how it will

directly affect each individual community within Palmas.

get your

flu vaccine!

Due to Covid-19 pandemia it’s more

important than ever you get your flu shot!

PHA Flu Vaccination Day

October 18, 2020

Farmacias Aliadas, Facilitator

Hours 9:00 am a 1:00 pm

Format Auto Service - Car or golf car/Rear PHA parking lot

Please call 000.000.0000 to pre-register.

For 18 years or older

Please bring your vaccination and health care card.

Microgrid Project


The Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention

(CDC) have released new

guidance noting that many

traditional Halloween activities

can be high risk for

spread the Covid 19 virus.

The CDC experts recommend

completely avoiding

door-to- door trick-or-treating

especially when children

are handed treats directly

from another person. Also,

crowded indoor events such as costume parties, haunted

houses and movie

nights are considered high risk as well.

As a result of this guidance, at this time, Palmas del

Mar will not be allowing the traditional trick-or-treat door

to door activities in our neighborhoods nor will PHA be

hosting its traditional children’s costume party and Halloween

show. Instead, PHA is planning a drive through

type of activity where parents may take children in a golf

cart through a drive-though display in the PHA parking

and collect their treats. This activity will be held on Octo-

ber 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm behind the PHA building.

The wear of face masks, even while staying in the golf

carts, will be required to participate in this activity.

Regarding mask-wearing, CDC advises that a costume

mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume

mask should not be used unless it is made of

two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the

mouth and nose and does not leave gaps around the

face. People should not wear a costume mask over a

protective cloth mask as the costume ask may make it

harder to breathe.

Little progress has been

achieved in the Microgrid

Project in terms of the

project itself as a result of

the existing situation that

included government and

financial institutions being

closed for an extended period

as a result of Covid-19,

the uncertainty and lack

of information regarding

the recently signed PREPA

privatization scheme with

LUMA Energy, the current

political environment and

the looming elections in

November. The advancement

of this project requires

a close dialogue,

negotiations and commitments

from government

agencies and officials.

Something that is extremely

difficult at this moment,

especially for any proponent.

This may become

even more difficult in the

months ahead due to the

political elections’ constraints.

As a result, the

project is being held in

abeyance for the time being

until the PREPA future

is clear and a stable political

climate is reached in

Puerto Rico.

What the PHA has been

doing during this period

is taking advantage on

the lull of negotiations to

further define the project

specifics to be able to, in

the future, guide any proponent

through the project

with a clear understanding

of the power demands and

requirements. Also, PHA

continues to advance the

energy coop initiative that

runs parallel with the project.

Conversations continue

with proponents to

make sure any proposed

project demonstrates it

is truly viable and shows

proper acceptance from

PREPA, LUMA Energy and

the Bureau of Energy.

Meanwhile the recent announcement

by the federal

government releasing bil-

lions of dollars to upgrade

the Puerto Rico electrical

infrastructure bodes well

for our area. The Humacao

region is PREPA’s number

one priority in its upgrade

plans for the transmission

and distribution systems.

The completion of such

plans will mean a far more

resilient and dependable

electrical distribution grid

for Palmas del Mar.


Saturday, October 31 st at 4pm



drive thru event

Candy bags

for the first

144 children

to arrive.

It is preferable that

they arrive in golf

carts, if not possible,

by car. The activity

will take place in

the parking lot

behind PHA.

The times call for

By Nicole Pérez

Atelier NPR, Architecture and Interior Design

It is fair to say that the world’s current events are changing

the way we live in every way. COVID-19 has affected all

aspects of our lives: the way we work, the way we socialize,

the way we get our food, the way we buy our clothes

and goods, and it is also affecting the way we design. Our

current reality is forcing us to take a close and hard look at

our homes. It is pushing us to evaluate the way we live now

and how we want to live in our future. As Puerto Ricans,

we have realized the importance of our home for a few

years now, especially since we have battled devastating

storms that have threatened their very existence. However,

as the entire world is fighting this unprecedented and

unknown epidemic it has become very clear to many that

our home is truly our safe haven. It is for this reason that

many are finding themselves convinced that now more

than ever is the time to invest in our homes—not to mention,

a great way to stay busy and entertained during this

quarantine. Now, I recognize “investing” has a hugely

different meaning for all. While for some it might mean

a small DYI or small décor project, for others it might

mean a targeted construction renovation project, and for

the proactive homeowner it might mean updating their

homes infrastructure. All have different costs implications

and require different levels of labor and time involved, but

all are worth it.

Now that we find ourselves in our home much more regularly

than before, people are designing their dwellings

to reflect their personalities, and are creating spaces

that tell their story. What we are seeing in design

now is the power of décor and the ability it has to

completely transform a space. Looking forward,

furniture and decor will no longer remain as an

added or extra item, but it will also be seen as an

expression and a statement from its owner. While

previous design trends called for an intricate and

layered interior design, the current nods to California

living and Parisian Minimalism promote a

simplified living environment where every piece

is allowed to breath ad shine on its own. This

trend is an easy one to attain: simply take a hard

look at your living spaces and eliminate all of the

unnecessary clutter and furniture that is, lets face

it, just taking up space. Allow those important

items, the ones you truly use and love, to be the

Atelier NPR featuring (clockwise) BN Milano wallpapers from

Sors Décor Center, Sherwin Williams Paints (Neutral Ground,

Incredible White, and Neutral Ground), Koper Furniture

Enzo center table, Pottery Barn Jute Round Rug (Natural),

West Elm Pillows (Cut Velvet Archways and

Crewel Landscape), and Clients existing sofa

seating also from Koper.

stars of the show. We call these items “conversation

pieces”, and we find that more and more,

furniture design is moving away from traditional

or classic silhouettes and towards more innovative

and unique designs. By combining new

décor or furniture with your existing pieces, the

ones that evoke memories or tell personal stories,

you allow that space to become a reflection

of your personality and open up the conversation.

Additionally, by introducing a light or neutral

color palette throughout with pops of subdued

colors in the furniture or décor, you can

help brighten up a space and make it appear

larger. For those that favor an entirely neutral palette,

adding a wallpaper of the same tone that has an interesting

texture can help bring focus to a particular wall,

without screaming “hey look at me!”. These also serve

as great canvases for any special art pieces you may want

to showcase. We opted to combine all of these techniques

at our most recent apartment renovation project in Metro

Plaza Towers located in the heart of Santurce . While we

combined some of our clients existing pieces with some

new “conversation pieces” we maintained a mostly neutral

palette throughout as a way to allow the apartments

breathtaking view to be the center of attention.

De-cluttering your home could not come at a better

time than now—especially since many of us must make

room for our home offices. Contrary to popular opinion,

bringing your work home does not mean you have

to completely take over an entire room, and it definitely

doesn’t mean you have to go the traditional old school

office route. In the same way traditional office spaces were

saying goodbye to cubicles and adopting the concept of

“alternative work environments”, your impromptu home

office can break the barriers as well. Finding a corner or

nook that is separated from the hustle and bustle of the

family, but not completely enclosed, where you enjoy being

and receive natural daylight could be the recipe for a

much happier and healthier relationship with your everyday

9-5 job. You can re-use an existing table or introduce

a new decorative desk and chair to use as your designated

working area while on duty, but that integrate nicely with

the rest of your home décor. For those fortunate to have a

room they can spare to relocate their entire office set-up,

but might have the occasional houseguest, switching the

room’s bed to a futon or pull out bed could be a great

option to offer more space to your new working environment

without compromising the rooms original function.

It’s ironic how employers were striving to make our work

environments feel more like we were at home, when now

our work environment truly is our home. It’s up to us to

make the most of it.

Now that we find ourselves in

our home much more regularly

than before, people are designing

their dwellings to reflect their

personalities, and are creating

spaces that tell their story.

The Home Warehouse’s Codicer-Pacific Bianco

Hex tile and CLB’s (Casa de Losas y Banos)

Saloni- Kroma White tile (left). Sors Décor Center

Glamora- Quattrocento by Inkiostro water

resistant wallpaper (right).

Cosentino Dekton

Ultra Compact Surface

(Entzo), Impec Teresa

1 Light Bell Pendant

(Bronze), Domitalia

Bouchon Stool, GE

Monogram Café Series

burner oven.

For those who find themselves in a position where a

more permanent investment in your home is a possibility,

you might consider some light and targeted renovation

projects. It might be time to bring the spa to your simple

and practical bathroom, the Michelin restaurant to your

not so efficient kitchen, or what many of us are craving

during this lockdown, bringing the outdoors—indoors.

Although targeted renovations may mean construction,

it also means you are adding value to your home. At the

same time you are taking the opportunity to transform the

spaces you most use into the spaces you will most want

to be in when this lockdown is over. It’s all about being

wise with the areas you target to ensure you get the

biggest bang for your buck.

When targeting a bathroom renovation, the priority

is in recognizing if the existing plumbing fixtures

are located in a way for you to use the space in the

most efficient way possible. Bathrooms are probably

the smallest spaces in your home but also the

ones that require the most space for its functions.

It is for this reason that we are seeing many new

homes integrate the shower, tub, and vanity spaces

into one, eliminating all the diving walls and fixed

glass panels we are so used to seeing. The idea is

that one single corner can serve as a multifunctional

space for most if not all of your bathroom needs.

This also takes us away from the traditional mosaic

tiles we are used to seeing in bathrooms, and introduces

the idea of large format tiles, or even the use

of water-resistant wallpaper to bring unity to the

space. For our Metro Plaza project, we toggled between

the idea of continuing the neutral theme from the

living room and using textured soft toned porcelain tiles

or creating a very playful master bathroom and opting to

use a custom water-resistant wallpaper mural. Both beautiful

in their own way, but both creating completely different

experiences for the client. The materials you choose

can help transport you to that fantasy world or that you

have been wanting to escape to these past months. They

must be chosen wisely since they are more permanent

features you will be enjoying for the many years to come.

I have always been a firm believer that the largest room

in every Puerto Rican’s home should be the kitchen.

Whether you like it or not, you can always find the party in

the kitchen, and since our parties usually involve a lot of

people, we need our kitchens to be big and efficient. On

the other hand, we might also have the enormous 10-12

seat formal dining area, that rarely gets used. So why not

combine the two into a fully usable dynamic cooking and

dining area. This means making the space as efficient as

possible and visually stunning at the same time. For many

years, appliance companies offered luxury kitchen appliances

with very few ranges in finishes, placing stainless

steel as its most luxurious. We are lucky to now see a large

range of material options to help integrate your equipment

seamlessly with the rest of your kitchens design. Introducing

a kitchen island with integrated equipment to

one side, and bar or counter seating to the other, allows

those on the dinning side to share in the energy and excitement

that is usually hidden in the kitchen. Because the

island serves as both a prep and dining area, it is important

to incorporate countertop materials that are not only

visually stunning, but resistive to stain, spills, and scratches.

Additionally, adding comfortable stools and specialty

pendant lighting above the island can help bring intimacy

Windmar Home’s Queel Hanhwa solar panels and Tesla

Powerwall 2 battery, Valcor installation image featuring

their line of Monumental Sliding Glass Doors, American

Plastics & Fabrics featured Type 2 exterior fabrics, and

Green Windows PR’s installation image featuring their

line of projected windows.

to the space—not to mention the perfect setting for an at

home cooking class.

Investment in your home’s infrastructure can sometimes

be something visual and apparent, but it could also be

reflected as hidden and silent improvements. One way

to invest in the wellbeing of your home in a more apparent

way is by introducing full panel hurricane grade and

low e glass windows. These help provide a more modern

look and bring in more daylight while helping reduce the

amount of heat from the sun that enters a space. Simultaneously,

it provides a more effective and efficient protection

during the hurricane

Adding comfortable stools

and specialty pendant lighting

above the island can help bring

intimacy to the space—not to

mention the perfect setting for

an at home cooking class.

By removing existing doors

and providing a larger opening

with newly installed sliding,

folding, or bi-folding doors

you are expanding your living

space without investing in

an additional or expensive



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“By combining new décor or

furniture with your existing

pieces, the ones that evoke

memories or tell personal

stories, you allow that space

to become a reflection of your

personality and open up the


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season—reducing hours of labor and more importantly,

fear. One of the most popular investments we are

seeing in the industry is the concept of indoor-outdoor

living spaces. Not only is this a great way to add value

to your home, but also a big investment in your overall

wellbeing. While this was a concept that was popular

before Covid, it has become a necessity for

many during these past months in quarantine.

By removing existing doors and providing a

larger opening with newly installed sliding, folding,

or bi-folding doors you are expanding your

living space without investing in an additional or

expensive remodel. For homes with limited or

no outdoor space this is a great way to create

multi-use spaces where your interior living room

can double as an exterior patio throughout the

day. In such cases it is important to use moderate

exposure upholstery in all interior furnishings to ensure

best use and durability of your living area.

A hidden but incredibly important investment we

should all be considering for our homes is depending

completely on the least negatively impacting energy

source for the environment—solar energy. While we have

seen a slow and steady introduction of the use of solar

photovoltaic panels throughout the past few years at a

larger scale, we are now seeing people reap the advantages

of installing them for their homes. Now, with the

introduction of additional resources like the Tesla Powerwall

battery storage, homeowners are now having a more

“While previous design trends

called for an intricate and

layered interior design, the

current nods to California

living and Parisian Minimalism

promote a simplified living

environment where every piece

is allowed to breath ad

shine on its own”.

A neutral color or wallcovering helps your artwork stand out

and get the starring role they deserve. In the photo, a ceramic

piece by Luis Ivorra. Diptych from the series “Spaces”

by Pamil Fine Arts.

personal relationship and awareness with their home’s

energy use and its impact on the environment. Tesla’s

Powerwall works as a battery system backup which stores

excess energy generated by your solar panels throughout

the day to be used at night or during the event of a power

outage—an event we have unfortunately become very

familiar with. I think it’s safe to say that its compact size,

positive environmental impact, and incurred economic

savings makes this one of the best investments you could

make for your home.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to giving

our homes the tender love and care they deserve, but

what has become very apparent is that now is the time to

pull the trigger or at least start planning on what type of

investment is right for you and your home. I encourage

all to take advantage of this time at home to take a close

look at how your home can help you create a better life

for yourself and your family. After all, the time at home is

what is helping us get through these tough times. Any

change made to help you use your home in the best way

possible will be well worth. Give you home some love; it

will give it right back to you.

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design guidelines

By Jesus E. (Nesty) Delgado-Morales, Executive Director PHA-ARB

Currently Palmas del Mar has multiple

available residential lots where

each owner can design and build

the house of their dreams. Building

or improving your home at Palmas

del Mar should be a pleasurable

experience for you and your family.

Your residence at Palmas del Mar

represents a major investment, and

to maintain market values for you

and your neighborhood the quality

of design is especially important.

To make the most of your investment,

the design of your house

should provide a higher level of architectural

interest and detail. To

achieve a high-quality design, the

Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association

Architectural Review Board

requires that you procure the services

of a registered Architect or Engineer

to design your home and your

exterior landscape.

Also, to standardize our unique

architectural language and to help

owners and designer in the design

process, the PHA-ARB has developed

the Design and Development

Guidelines & Application and Review

Procedures. The new version of

the Design Guidelines, published on

June 1, 2020, have been prepared to

help homeowners, architects/engineers,

and builders to understand

and become active participants in

the design process and to ensure

long-term community quality and

elegance. The intent is to coordinate

the architectural diversity while

creating and interesting blend of

homes that follows the Mediterranean

Character of Palmas del Mar and

enhance the natural environment

around us.

The Design Guidelines set the basic

parameters to follow in a design

for a property in Palmas del Mar, but

within those basic considerations,

the PHA-ARB is encouraging designers

and owners to be creative, to

blend new architectural styles with

our traditional Mediterranean Architectural

Style and to aspire to develop

a fully sustainable smart home.

The review and approval of the

PHA-ARB is limited solely to whether

the respective plans or work meet

the requirements, standards and

guidelines relating to aesthetics and

to the harmony and compatibility of

the proposed improvements with

the architectural character of Palmas

del Mar. To facilitate that process for

designers and owners, the

PHA-ARB has established

a phased process in which

project plans are evaluated

in their schematic, preliminary

and final stages.

During these stages, the

designer and the property

owner have continuous

interaction with the Executive

Director where he provides

them with feedback,

support and guidance to

obtain a final design that

can be approved by the PHA-ARB

Board and that is consistent with our

guides and architectural character.

One of the leatest homes built in

Palmas, a more modern style but

preserving the essence of the

“Palmeño / Mediterraneo” style.

Any prospect who is thinking of acquiring

a property in Palmas del Mar

or any current owner may request an

orientation from the Executive Director

regarding the Design Guides and

Construction Rules of Palmas del Mar.

To obtain our guides and forms you

can access

or scan the QR Codes included. PHA-

ARB number is 787-656-5661.

In the PHA-ARB we are here to serve

you and to protect and preserve the

nature, the elegance and the architectural

uniqueness of our community!


and simple

remodeling that

gave it a much

modern and

elegant ook to

this property.

PHA-ARB Design and

Development Guidelines


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I am in Puerto Rico on holiday. Where my

wife and I stay, there is a small Pteracarpus

forest on property. The forest exists as a preservation

effort by the community. An ancient

tree native to the island, the Pteracarpus has

been known from antiquity to have mystical

and medicinal properties. Natives call its sap,

‘dragon’s blood.’

Like taking showers, forest bathing can be

hot and steamy, but not in Puerto Rico. The climate

is temperate. Unlike when I’m showering

at home, there are all kinds of critters bathing

with me. They are not really bathing; they

live here. None seem offended when I bathe.

Whenever I forest bathe, the critters are always

discrete as we properly expect when we bathe.

Most critters remain well out of sight. Salamanders

are the exception; they’re voyeurs; they

eye me the whole time I undergo my bathing


I don’t bathe in the conventional sense –

buck naked as at home, under running water

with soap, basically cleaning up. When forest

bathing, I walk very slowly, fully clad while remaining

especially alert. I’m not watchful for

fear of predators, but eager to hear messages.

You see, the forest speaks, but only in a still

small voice. It’s barely audible.

Forest bathing is more ritualistic than any

showering or even the legendary Saturday

night bath. Every step is intentional. It’s a way

of keeping one’s ear to the ground to listen

what the forest and its inhabitants are saying.

I begin this bath by sitting on a bench at the

forest entrance. The bench overlooks a pond

where I see a turtle surfacing. I sit quietly for

five minutes. Trees sway in the breeze. An

iguana lounges lazily on a grassy patch. He’s

sunning himself while a white egret stands indifferently

close by. Except for trees, everything

is still.

I enter the forest, walking on a boardwalk,

inches above the dark waters of the swamp.

The walk extends three quarters of a mile. The

boardwalk sways slightly like a rope bridge.

The forest soon swallows me up. The water is

dark and filled with detritus. It has a distinctive

smell - - dank, a little like the crawlspace under

my house; this smell is slightly sulphurous,

but oddly pleasing. It’s earthy, something like

the smells around where I live, on Maryland’s

Eastern Shore. There, the marshes at low tide

exude this singular smell.

There are two sounds that prevail as I bathe,

both welcoming. One is the soft and hushed

cooing of doves and the other, the chirpy and

exuberant peeps of the coqui, the charming little

frog that lives on the island. Coquis are often

heard, but seldom seen.

All around me the Pteracarpus trees grow,

some large, all with their distinctive root systems.

The roots extend out from the base of

the tree like fans. Natives say the roots look

like hens’ feet. The tree achieves stability,

not by digging in deeper, but by spreading its

roots outward into the shallows of the swamp.

For achieving stability, like these trees, experience

teaches many of us that reaching out

for strength frequently works better than just

digging in deeper.

Speaking of reaching out, I come upon

gossamer threads of spider webs, one after

the other, stretched across the boardwalk’s

railings. I see one after the other, each, about

twenty strides apart. I’m the one that must

gently undo their night’s work as I walk by –– I

don’t like to –– but I do it as reverently as I can.

Putting webs aside tells me I am the first one

to walk the forest that day. I’m sure not all the

forest’s inhabitants welcome forest bathers.

We just make more work for them.

Forest bathing is well known to the Japanese.

It is one of the ancient practices related

to the Shinto religion and today is called ‘shinrin-yoku.’

It’s predicated on knowing that our

own healing necessarily connects us to the

community of life. Our disconnect from nature

today –– inner and outer ––is considered a

significant factor in the prevailing ennui that

our culture suffers. The phenomenon is beginning

to be identified as epidemic. As nature is

continually violated in the consumerist culture

we live in, there’s a growing awareness of how

fundamental our relationship is to nature is and

how it contributes to our mental health and

spiritual awareness.

I think that our casual use of metaphors in

language and the images that appear in the

decorative arts are drawn mostly from the natural

world. Awareness of the depths and beau-



ty of things is expressed in metaphors and in

by George Merrill

the designs appearing in art.

M. Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association

of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

and Programs.

He writes: “Forest bathing can have a remarkably

healing effect. It can also awaken

in us our latent but profound connection with

all living things . . . It is a gentle meditative

approach to being with nature and an antidote

to our nature-starved lives that can heal our

relationship with the more-than-human human


The cellular reaction that vegetation has to

our bodies and to our prevailing attitudes and

feelings is well established and scientifically

verified. Plants don’t like people with an attitude.

It stunts their growth.

My walk in the Pteracarpus forest was not

my first. However, it was the first in which I

brought attention to all my senses as I bathed

my way along its path; the sounds, the smells,

the sights, the colors, the shades of light, the

scampering critters and the breezes as they

rose and fell. I would say that before, I just

walked the forest and thought it was a pretty

place. This time, by inviting all my senses into

the experience, I felt a part of it. I suppose I’m

describing that feeling of intimacy and connection

that poets describe.

At the end of the path, I walk out of the forest

into a clearing. A bench sits there. It’s surrounded

by tall Royal Palms. They don’t seem

to belong right here. They’re too showy. I take a

seat on the bench for a few minutes to process

my experience. About twenty feet away there’s

a huge iguana. He slowly raises and lowers

his head, as if performing some form of ancient

ritual prayer, exposing a large pelican-like

pouch under his neck. He’s a fearsome, primal

looking creature, but I take comfort in knowing

that iguanas are vegans.

When I took time to listen to the earth that

day, by means of the Pteracarepus forest, what

did I hear it say to me?

Come back!

I went forest bathing

this morning.

It refreshed my spirit.





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Club Cala

By Lissette Rosado

Club Cala was

built in the 70s

as a time-sharing

property, very fashionable

in those

times. Since then,

Club Cala has

been one of the

leading properties

in Palmas. There

are many Palmas

homeowners who

got to know Palmas through Club Cala time sharing or by staying at

the hotel. “Club Cala has been responsible for hundreds of property

sales in Palmas”, a Palmas realtor told me once--and it is true.

In the case of my family, my brother had a time share

in Club Cala many years ago, then he bought a villa at

Beach Villa. Years later one of my sisters bought a house

and now we are 3 in Palmas. And very soon we will be 4

because my brother is buying a villa in Palmas to live full

time. And It all started with a stay at Club Cala. Nowadays,

Park Royal Homestay Club Cala is still a leader

in the hospitality business with renewed and modern

facilities that invites you to a relaxing Caribbean experience

at one of the main leading coastal resort community

on the island. Enjoy magnificent championship golf

courses, three miles of stunning beach, endless dining

options, tennis courts, beach club, and the 104 spacious

suites that make up the hotel. Club Cala has developed

into a full hotel operation keeping its original concept

and developing a modern dynamic one. Club Cala offers

a variety of accommodations from Studios to One,

Two- and Three-bedroom garden, pool or harbour side

villas. Two pristine pools are conveniently located. The

Oasis Pool is where the action is with music and a Pool

Bar that serves tropical drinks and a light menu and The

Dolphin Pool-- a cozy and relaxing location at the center

of the poolside villas. The Royal Mart is a convenience

store where you can also find the Alto Grande gourmet

local coffee with a variety of flavours, breakfast, pastries,

treats and much more. As a consequence of COVID-19,

Park Royal Homestay Club Cala has developed a Safety

Guest Program with rigorous protocols in compliance

with local and federal regulations, allowing our guests

to be at ease and focus on enjoying the unforgettable

Reviews from

millions of Tripadvisor

travelers place this

Hotel in the top

10% worldwide.





Maggie Franco, Club Cala Administrative Assistan and Sem

Cuevas General Manager, two veterans of the tourism and

hospitality industry lead the renewed Club Cala.

Park Royal

Club Cala


“The hotel has

modern, renovated

and spacious

facilities with two

beautiful pools

and it’s located at

walking distance of

the beach”

“Park Royal Homestay Club Cala

proudly announced that we have

received the TripAdvisor

“Certificate of Excellence Award”

for the second year in a row”

experiences while protecting our team members who

are on the front lines. Park Royal Club Cala received

the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence Award 2020”.

Park Royal Homestay Club Cala proudly announced that

they have received the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”

award for the second year in a row. The accolade,

which honors hospitality excellence is given only to establishments

that consistently achieve outstanding traveller

reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying

businesses worldwide. “Only the top-performing 10

percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this

prestigious award.” said Sam Cuevas, Club Cala General

Manager. This award confirms that emphasis on key

elements of guest hospitality and the hotel staff is sincere

in its guests’ personal comfort. “We are honored to

achieve this certificate as we continuously do our best to

make everyone feel at home with outstanding, personalized

service,” stated Cuevas. s

For more information call 787-285-5555 or 1-800-513-

6711or email:

Web page:

“Club Cala offers a variety of

accommodations from Studios to One,

Two- and Three-bedroom garden, pool

or harbor side villas.”

according to your needs

Build& style

The inventory of properties built in Palmas del Mar is

low at this moment, which makes it difficult to find a residence

that meets the needs of each family. But yes, you

can get good and diverse lots to build new residences.

The advantage is that these residences would be built according

to the requirements of each owner.

It is a magnificent opportunity where the owner can

establish and plan from the beginning the architectural

appearance and specially the budget that best suits his

reality. You would be achieving your desired residence on

a reasonable budget.

To achieve this, it is recommended that the owner hire

the services of a licensed professional who, in this case,

would be an Architect.

Hiring an architect

There is the impression that by hiring an architect the

project would be more expensive. This does not necessarily

have to be the case. The architect, with his preparation

and experience, would achieve a more efficient and

functional project. Better use would be made of the allo-

cated budget trying to avoid unpleasant surprises in the


The Architect is not alone in this job. It has a team of

licensed professionals in each of the disciplines involved

in the development of a project. This team consist of

Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and Electrical

Engineers. In this way, a good coordination of all these

By Raul A. Zurinaga Porrata

Architect &

Palmas del Mar homeowner

“Narrow lots, as is the case of many

lots in Palmas del Mar, calls for

developing a residence project in a

more efficient way to make t

the most of the size of the lot.

For example, to better accommodate

and achieve the areas required by the

Owner, we may have to go up

in different levels. It can even be

provided, depending on the case,

of the space for a small residential

elevator. Meanwhile, the space would

be used for storage. Terraces can also

be provided on the upper levels and

thus have panoramic views that singlelevel

houses would not have.

disciplines is guaranteed so that the project is functional

and above all, that it can be built. The architect would

be designing a project, not only tailored to its owner, but

also tailored to the lot acquired.

In Palmas del Mar there are many lots available of

different shapes and sizes which fit different needs and

budgets. For example, there are small lots developed for

row houses. If a residence has four bedrooms, it may be

designed with three levels to accommodate all four bedrooms.

If it were three bedrooms, it would possibly have

two levels. These are all different options. In the end it is

designed according to the Owner’s requirements.

There are large, flat lots suitable for single-level residences.

There are also lots on slopes. Some from the

street up and some from the street down. Many of these

lots are in the higher areas and have attractive panoramic


The architect would be designing the best solution for

each condition of site. For a project to look good and

work well, you do not need a large lot or a high budget-

-you just need a good design. This would be the work of

the architect. It is the best tool that the owner must have

to achieve its project in the desired and efficient way.

In the design process, the architect from the beginning

would be guiding the owner as to which is the best solution

to follow. Once the terms of the contract are established,

the architect meets with the owner to discuss what

the requirements and approximate budget will be.

Following the established requirements, the architect

prepares a schematic design with the shape and size of

the project and an initial construction cost estimate so

that the owner can see the relationship between size and

construction cost. Thus, the owner could analyze it and

make comments and changes.

This initial design is prepared and submitted to Palmas

Architectural Review Board (ARB) Office for review and


After the comments are made, the architect returns to

the design table incorporating these and prepares a preliminary

plan which is more defined. Even at this stage the

owner could make changes. Once the design meets all

the owner’s requirements, the final construction plans begins

to be prepared with all the details and specifications

necessary for it to be built.

The final construction plan is presented to the government

office in charge of issuing permits, OGP, to obtain

the construction permit. We proceed to select the contractor

for the project and later, upon completion of the

construction the “use permit” is requested. s

In the design process,

the architect from the

beginning would be

guiding the owner

in which is the best

solution to follow.

Once the terms of

the contract are

established, the

architect meets with

the owner to discuss

what the requirements

and approximate

budget will be.

Harbour View /ocean view lot

Ready to build your dream townhouse. aprox 436sqm.

Sales price $299K/Elite Realty


31 A Plaza Mayor Bahía Sur

214 SM. 1 dock, Price $250k Lynnette Collazo Realty

King’s Helmet

10.5 acres Ocean front/ $9.5 Millions /Maranatha Realty

Harbour lights

2,800 S/m $295K /Maranatha Realty


Ocean view, 2500 m2 /Casillas Realty


The architect would be designing

the best solution for each condition

of site. For a project to look good

and work well, you do not need a

large lot or a high budget. You just

need a good design. These would be

the work of the architect. It is the

best tool that the owner must has

to achieve his project in the desired

and efficient way.

Raul Zurinada, ARCH



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The best kept secret in town!

By Lissette Rosado

Our Equestrian Center


The Rancho Buena Vista

started with a dream in

1998 with a trailer and 10

cages and several years

later, by 2004, the actual

paddock was erected with

64 cages. This project is

the dream come true of Dr.

José “Chequie” Benítez,

Ophthalmologist and a

long time Palmeño who

happens to be married to

Darlene Bajandas, also a

long time Palmeña. Both

are horse lovers who also

transmitted their passion for the equestrian life to their

sons and daughters and now to their grandsons and

granddaughters. As everything is made with love and

passion, the Rancho Buena Vista has been a big success

and part of our community. Nowadays, the Rancho has

more than 100 horses divided in “Paso Fino”, Paseo (a

lateral step horse) and “Trote y Galope” --a diagonal step

horse. It’s hard to decide if Chegui is better as an Ophthalmologist

or as a horse rider. (I think he is both!!) It’s

a pleasure to see him riding as well as Darlene and the

rest of the family. They were born with horse reins in their

hands. “The Rancho Buena Vista offers their members the

horse cage, food, cleaning, grooming, training, horseshoes,

de-wormer; they also offer saddle, reproduction

René R. Rivera Díaz

Rancho Buena Vista

new administrator

Braulio Rosario,

Horse Trainer

Rancho Buena Vista

and other related services. Clients can

call and their horse will be ready when

they arrive to ride. We can also coordinate

horse ride excursions for our

tenants,” said René Rivera, the new

Hacienda Candelero Administrator

and Trainer. “This is like a Marina but

instead of boats you have horses,”

he added and it’s true. There is also

the environment of sharing experiences

and hanging out like you see

in a marina. Although René is from

Humacao and new in this position, he has been

in the equestrian world since very young. “I grew up in

the countryside surrounded by cows and horses, so they

are part of my life. I started riding horses when I was a

kid,” said René. René told us that Rancho Buena Vista has

many good plans for next year. Among the projects mentioned

by Mr. Rivera, he wishes to bring back the rental

horse program and offer riding lessons. He also desires

to have horse exhibitions and competitions, re-open the

restaurant including a farmer’s market. “We have a cattle

farm very close to here and we would like to sell fresh

meat. Our cattle are all grass feed. These are future plans

since they need the appropriate permits and licence to

operate. But it’s in our plans,” he stated. The restaurant,

as they envision it, will be an informal open concept restaurant

overlooking the riding arena. “We also want to

bring back many of the activities that were held in the past

and new ones,” stated René with enthusiasm. s

Impecable horse cages, so well constructed that resisted

Hurricaine Maria and no casualties were reported.

I started riding

horses because

all my family ride

horses,” said

Juan Diego and

stated that he

like to go fast.


Juan Diego, 8 years old, one of the young horseman of the Rancho Buena Vsta

ready for a family ride. In the group photo his aunt, his godmother, his grandmother

and a cousin.

Ready for a family ride. From left to right: his godmother, Mónica Nevarez, Adriana

Ostolaza, friend; Ileana Rivera, his aunt and his grandmother, Irma de Jesús. All very

proud of Juan Diego.

Nicolas Velázquez (4 years old) and Paola Medina,

6 years old, also Nildita Medina’s grandaughter

Juan Diego and his

friend, Sofia Medina 10

years old, Nildita Medina’s


Right now, they have 6 baby horses at the Rancho

Paso Fino

means ‘fine step’...

Nildita Medina, one of our

most elegant amazonas.

The Paso Fino is a blend of the Barb, Spanish

Jennet, and Andalusian horse and was bred

by Spanish land owners in Puerto Rico and

Colombia to be used in the plantations because

of their endurance and comfortable ride. All

Pasos share their heritage with the Peruvian Paso,

the American Mustangs, and other descendants

of Colonial Spanish Horses. Puerto Rican and

Colombian horses, as well as Paso Finos from

Cuba and other tropical countries, have been

interbred frequently in the United States to

produce the modern American Paso Fino

show horse.

The Puerto Rican Paso Fino was developed

on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico over a

500-year colonial period. Island geography

and the desires of a people for hardy,

sure-footed, comfortable horses led to the

independent development of the breed.

The Paso Fino executes a natural evenly

spaced four-beat lateral ambling gait, similar

to many gaited horses. Both the Colombian

and the Puerto Rican strains of the Paso Fino

execute the lateral gait naturally, without the

aid of training devices.






born with a saDdle!

The Benítez Bajanda’ s family, pioneers of the equestrian center in Palmas del Mar and

also sponsors of our beautiful 3 Kings Day Horseback Parade are a horse loving family. No

doubts. There is a famous story of Pilar, who was bitten by a horse with colic. She needed

an operation and when back from anaesthesia, instead of asking about her wound the first

thing she asked was the health condition of the horse.

Ariana, Gabriel and

Cristina’s daughter

Life is sweet...

Gustavo, with his father and

grandfather, has been riding

since he was a toddler.

Impressive photo of

Dr. Chegui Benítez

with his horse.

Darlene Bajandas, Pilar Benítez, Dr. Gabriel Benítez, Ricardo

Benítez and Dr. Cheguí Benítez with Gustavo, Gabriel son.


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looking good!

The Palmas Academy does it again! The school reopened

quickly after the passing of major hurricanes such

as Hurricane George and Hurricane María. Also, prioritized

the safety of the students by making sure the students

knew all safety procedures in case of any earthquakes

like the ones experienced at the beginning of

the year. Now, during this period of concern,

The Palmas Academy has made a remarkable

transition into virtual learning developing

well-structured schedules that addresses synchronous

and asynchronous activities, following

all the expert’s recommendations.

TPA created a Learning Hub that supports

parents and students with easy access to all the

Google Suite applications like Google Classroom,

Google Meet, Jamboard, etc. The use

of these applications have turned out to be excellent

organizational and communication tools

in the teaching-learning process. In addition, it

has allowed our students to attend their classes

regardless of where they are, New York, Tennessee,

or other cities around the island.

“To make this possible, many technological

improvements have been made to ensure that

this process runs smoothly. An overall staff training

took place in order to provide an effective

learning experience for all students. The school

has also maintained the strong line of communication

with the parents. These changes have most

definitely been challenging; however, we can all

see the fruitful benefits of what the school’s hard

work has granted. Lastly, it is important

to mention that the success of this distance

learning modality is not only due

to technological acquisitions, but to an

excellent team of teachers and administrators

who have reinvented and dedicated

themselves to serve our students

and parents with great commitment. We

invite you to call us at (787) 850-9120 and

learn first-hand what could be an excellent

alternative to distance education in times of COVID 19 no matter where

in the world you are”, stated Maria Lomba, Principal of Academic Affairs.

“It is impressive

to see how the

teachers maintain

their enthusiasm,

arranging the room,

making posters

as if they had the

students in the

classroom “It is a

challenge but we are

achieving it because

both the teachers,

the students and the

parents are doing

their part!

From all this

experience we will

come out stronger,

says Maria Lomba,

Principal of

Academic affairs.

Go Dolphins!


from the

By Luis Rosado ( PINKY )

It is a tradition that once in a while one of the editor’s

family members makes a cameo appearance writing an

article or publishing a short kid’s story in Live & Life. The

writing bug I guess is inherited from our mother, who

was a teacher and librarian.

I have been close to Live & Life in Palmas, since its

inception, taking into consideration that my sister is the

editor of the same and I am her favorite brother (because

I am the only male of five siblings).

We have talked on multiple occasions about me writing

a column about golf considering that I have been

involved with golf for the last 25 years in the way of losing

hundreds of balls and investing thousands of dollars

in lessons and equipment for me and my kids, which

doesn’t make me an expert on the topic, but I have definitely

paid my dues dearly to call myself a golfer.

This is a trial run to see if I will get a permanent gig at

Live & Life, as their golf correspondent. Wish me luck

the editor is very demanding!

You may ask, why now? Well after analyzing my latest

life decisions, first becoming a PAC member, again, buying

a property in Palmas, again and finally moving permanently

to the “Pais de Palmas” in the coming months,

maybe unconsciously I am fixing my semi-retirement gig

as a golf correspondent and author and Pulitzer Prize

winner, sorry, I let my imagination run wild there for a


As you all know golfers roam in packs, your golfing

buddies, your foursome, that group that every week is

calling each other to know when the next outing is going

And the winner this year is... Luis (Pinky) Rosado

sponsored by

to be, or through WhatsApp, the social media that my

pack uses, to stay in contact, constantly!!! Which we use

for setting playing dates, T-Times and primarily to harass

and bully the ones that lost in the last outing.

I made the ‘mistake’ of bringing to PAC, 8 of my golfing

buddies; I guess that I am a glutton for punishment. We

established a corporate group, taking advantage of the

last membership promotion and all are very happy with

the move. We have been playing together, for around 8

years and already have become family that not only plays

golf together but that go out to dinners and activities

with our better halves.

I have made a lot of my best friendships in life through

golf as probably a lot of you have done, once you spend

4 hours with a person you pretty much know what kind

a person they are. Like all relationships there are fights,

Misunderstandings, and rules arguments but at the

end of the day we stay together, so we can beat each

other next week on the golf course.

Our group is known as the Pizza Champagne REVO

Tour; usually we celebrate two tournaments a year, one

in the summer time and one in Christmas. We have

been celebrating these tournaments for the last 5 years

all to keep and have your name engraved on the coveted

Champagne Bucket Trophy in your possession for a

whole year.

We usually wear a REVO white hat, taking in consideration

the thousands of dollars that REVO sun wear

spends on this tour. If you see us around, don’t be shy

and say hi, to any group, pack, which I know there are

plenty in PAC, we accept challenges. The ladies have to

give us strokes; we play for chicken wings and a couple

of beers.

Until next time, keep it in the short grass, away from the

Pangolas. s



support of the

art community

By Sabrina Parks

San Juan has long had a thriving arts community as

well as an established cluster of art galleries, particularly

associated with the old city and its busy tourist center.

Viejo San Juan doesn’t have it all though! Puerto Rico

boasts many talented artists who are not necessarily residents

of San Juan, thus in 1999, artists and supporters

from Caguas, Humacao, Luquillo, Ceiba and Fajardo

formed the East End Art Guild. The Guild currently has

more than 70 members including members from the

San Juan area, the United States mainland and Canada

and even a few from Palmas!

The purpose of the Guild is to cater to the vibrant

community of artists and art lovers on the east end of

the island providing exhibition opportunities, the sponsorship

of art related workshops, networking and the

exchange of ideas and information. Over the years the

Guild has organized a number of exhibitions both juried

and non-juried, held in museums and exhibition halls

and other venue’s on the east end of the island as well

as in San Juan and Caguas.

The Guild’s strongest asset is the diversity of its

members. These include dedicated instructors, hobbyists

and well seasoned professionals, Spanish and

non-Spanish speakers and artists specializing in all types

of media. Producing beautiful works ranging from the

printed word, wood, photography, paper, music, metal,

graphic arts, glass, fabric, to canvas and whatever spurs

an artist’s creativity.

Most recently, the Guild and two local restaurants in

the Palmas del Mar community have partnered to provide

visual artists from the Guild the opportunity to display

and offer their art for purchase by patrons. This diversity

of art media is currently on display at the C-Bar

restaurant in Palmanova Square as well as at Chincho’s

restaurant in Anchor Village.

Please take some time to enjoy the food at these fine

dining establishments and to feast your eyes on the

great art that is on display there. Remember the art is for

sale, each restaurant has a schedule with a suggested

sales price for the art on display as well as contact information

and of course you can contact the Guild directly

via the website East End Art Guild, or Facebook page

East End Art Guild, Inc. s

– East End Art Guild

Art and Art Appreciation in Eastern Puerto Rico



ladan aryan

carmen rodríguez






adriana silva, resident artist


shades of selva tropical

Adrina Silva is one

of our young artists

from Palmas del Mar.

Her mastery of light

and her composition

are exceptional. She

works from here from

... Palmas having

a great source of

inspiration through

light and colors


The Slip Owners Association

Some of the work done by el Slip Owner Association


To avoid that Sargasso, enter through the “flushing

channel”, a structure / barrier made of gabions was

placed to stop the entry of Sargassum and garbage. In

this barrier, tubes were placed at the bottom of the canal

so that the water circulation continues without interruption.

Annually, sometimes twice a year, maintenance dredging

is performed in the area of the “flushing channel” in

order to eliminate the excess of sedimentation so that

water flows better into the marina. The Sargassum collection

service was improved with the purchase of a new

machine for its collection. The machine operates 6 days

a week in all the canals of the marina, collecting more

than 80 yards per day, thus preventing the majority of the

Sargassum that enters our canals from sinking quickly to

avoid decomposition

In the last meeting of members of the Slip Owner Association,

the following projects were approved that are

of utmost importance to continue improving our waters:

The installation of aeration pumps at a depth of 9 feet

to help eliminate the strong odor in the canals of the ininformS

the community

As all of you know, during the past years we have been

receiving massive amounts of Sargasso (a natural event

otherwise known as Saragassum) on our coasts which

in turn, affects our marina. Many blame Sargassum on

climate change but that is not the case. What is actually

happening is that the excess of Sargasso frequently

travels to more than 17 countries affecting the shoreline,

tourism, marine life, navigation, and the quality of our residents.

In the case of the marinas located in Palmas del Mar,

our problem lies in the “inner marina” where the massive

quantities of floating Sargasso floats into the main

navigation entrance and the so called “flushing channel”

moving away from all the internal canals. Unfortunately,

this Sargasso cannot make its way out into the open sea

which eventually leads to accumulation, rotting, and foul

odor due to decomposition. Because these events have

been massive and frequent throughout the past years,

the effort and high cost of removing this Sargasso has

been frustrating. The process or collecting and cleaning

this material gets complicated as it also causes the death

of marine species which suffocate or find themselves

trapped underneath the seaweed and heavy Sargasso.

Besides the solid waste that floats in our water along with

the Sargasso, we also receive in our inner canals sediment

discharges that run through the storm sewers that arrive

in the form of runoff from all the highlands and coastal

roads of Palmas del Mar. The truth is that we have been

struggling with a natural event of huge proportions, cou-

pled with poorly planned rainwater infrastructure and

negligence of human beings.

Durante todos estos años la Junta de Directores de Slip

Owner Association y su Agente Administrador han buscado

y estudiado todas las opciones para poder resolver

este problema natural de la manera más eficiente y costo

efectiva posible.

ner marina. When Sargassum sinks, the decomposition

process continues at the bottom and the oxygen level is

reduced. These pumps would be placed to increase the

oxygen level in the waters and reduce the smell emitted

by the algae that sinks in the channels. The aeration

pumps will be being placed as a pilot plan in the South

Bay area, as it is the area most affected at the moment.

This project will have the appreciated financial help from

Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association (PHA), for its


Dredging project in the inner marina, to install the aerators

and improve the depth of the navigation channels of

the “inner marina” due to the accumulation of sediment.

The dredging will be carried out at 10 feet in the South

Bay channel and at 8 feet in the rest of the channels.

There has definitely been a substantial improvement

and that can be seen and felt (or smelled). We congratulate

the Slip Owner Association for this affirmative action

and we urge all its members to continue paying their

maintenance fees as requested so that the works can be

completed, which in the end, are beneficial to enhance

their properties and complex of Palmas del Mar. s

ProNidos in Action

at Palmas Del Mar

Turtle Patrolling...

By Amaryllis Alsina

duties & challenges

ProNidos is the name of the turtle patrol group of volunteers at Palmas del Mar who on a regular basis, and under

the guidance of biologist Luis Crespo, patrol the beaches to identify turtle nesting and hatching activities as well as

potential threats to the habitat. The two turtle species that commonly

nest at the beaches around Palmas are the Leatherback and Hawksbill


Discovering turtle nesting activities during the early morning patrolling

walks on the beach is exciting and rewarding. Getting up early

in the morning with a special purpose is motivating. It also provides

the volunteers with the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous sunrises

that perhaps many do not get to see often. The volunteers are always

showing their enthusiasm and commitment to the effort. Supporting

the Habitat Conservation Plan is an important contribution to the Palmas

Del Mar community.

Patrolling requires close observation of the environment as one

walks along the beach to identify turtle tracks, nesting or signs of nest

eclosions. Identification of tracks and nests can be challenging since

it is not always obvious. The tracks may not be as distinct or may be

discontinuous or may have been partially erased by footsteps, rain or

waves. It is also possible that when a turtle comes out of the ocean

with the intent to nest, something in the environment may force her

back into the water without nesting. In which case the tracks represent

only a crawl or an attempt to nest. Even when there is an actual

nest, it’s location is not always obvious since the turtle may go

through various nesting attempts and sometimes wonder around the

area in order to find a good nesting location. It is surprising on how

creative the turtle gets in the process!

The ability to identify genuine tracks and real nests requires

training and experience and a monitoring only permit

from the Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers

are trained by the biologist and gain expertise in the process

of patrolling the beach. When the volunteer identifies

any tracks or potential nesting activities pictures are taken

and the location is identified with coordinates and recorded.

The biologist then confirms the observed activity and

provides the official record of the event. A log of all activities

is maintained to be able to track nests and hatchings.

The confirmed nests are marked and protected with stakes

and caution tape to prevent damage. These barriers can

not be disturbed and any manipulation of these is illegal

and a federal violation. During the patrolling walks, these

nests are also examined for signs of eclosion. The most

fulfilling part of the effort is having successful hatchings!

This is how this dedicated group of people contribute to

preservation of the turtle species.

Thus the Turtle Patrol volunteers assist in identifying

nesting and hatching activities. Any actions taken beyond

the initial identification of the event are performed by the

biologist who has the knowledge and necessary state and

federal agency permits. Statistics are reported on all observations

and outcomes. This is important to understand

how the habitat is behaving and to know if the conservation

efforts are being successful. The biologist submits reports

to local and federal agencies on an annual basis.

Unfortunately, patrolling does not always presents positive

outcomes. At times those who visit our beaches do

not follow the recommendations of habitat conservation

efforts and as volunteers we must report, and if possible

resolve, some of these threats. At times we find ourselves

removing objects left behind or picking up trash or filling

up holes in the sand or restoring a barrier around a nest.

Additionally, at Palmas beaches we have observed

horseback riding which is a prohibited activity at turtle

nesting beaches and a violation of state and federal laws

as well as a violation of a special ordinance from Humacao.

If you ride horses at Palmas, please keep in mind protection

of the turtle habitats and the importance of respecting

the law.

There are also predators, natural (I.e., ghost crabs, night

herons) or introduced by humans (I.e., mongooses, wild

pigs, dogs), that may dig out a nest and eat or damage

the eggs. Recently a nest at the Candelero beach was

observed to be predated by a mongoose. As volunteers,

signs of predation of nests also have to be noted and reported.

ProNidos was established to support conservation of

the turtle habitats part of the Palmas community and happily

continues to support this effort on a regular basis.

The turtle exited the water and immediately returned to

the ocean. Tracks are in the shape of a semi circle with no

evidence of movement inland, only a crawl, no nesting.

A hatched nest with evidence

of eclosion. The

open chamber can be observed.

Turtle tracks can be observed

inland as the turtle

exits and enters the water.

Hawksbill turtles nest

close to the vegetation.

One of the beautiful sunrises observed during the early

morning patrolling walks.



John Michael Solis Agosto

Jhon Gregory Solis Agosto

Our young people continue to

succeed. Here, María Carolina

Burn daughter of our Palmeño

friend John Burn, wins

2nd place in an important

jumping competition in Kentucky.

Congratulations to Maria

Carolina and her proud parents,

grandparents, and uncles--all


On their way to Spain

john michael

solis agosto &

Jhon gregory

solis agosto

The Solis brothers, who are Palmas residents, will be joining Proyecto JDB in Santiago de

Compostela, Spain. They will be completing their high school program and strengthening their

soccer skills by training under the direction of the program together with the Xuventude Oroso

Club (affiliated with the Celta de Vigo Club.) Jhon and John developed their passion for soccer

very early in life. Their father, instilled the love for soccer given that soccer is the main sport in

his country. In 2011, the Solis Brothers moved to Humacao, their mother’s hometown. That year,

they began their participation in the Puerto Rican soccer leagues with the Tornados Soccer Club.

Aside from being successful athletes, both are very dedicated students, members of the Honor

Roll with a 4.0 GPA. s

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are safe and well!

I want to take this opportunity to warmly welcome our 100 new Palmas

Athletic Club members.

Yes, against all odds we are revitalizing our Club. There is no doubt that

Palmas is the finest place to live on this small island and our Club is the best!

That’s what happens when we all come together with a common goal and

a positive attitude.

I am very proud of our community, our members, and our staff who have

worked so hard during these abnormal times. It has not been easy but with

hard work and ingenuity we have succeeded.

Our two golf courses are in pristine condition and our members and their

guests have been enjoying golf. With certain restrictions, but ... we are back

on the greens! The tennis center too, with some limitations, is back in action

and we have seen a lot of young players hitting the ball hard. We have an

extensive schedule of tennis classes and they are almost full.

And our beautiful Beach Club is open with 25% occupancy and is doing

very well with members only on the weekends. And to complete it, Mother

Nature has blessed us with beautiful sunny days and a serene beach with

lots of white sand and calm waters. We have had some spectacular days

and most importantly ... no hurricanes! Hopefully, this is how hurricane season


Our Club restaurants, Chez Daniel at the Club and Chez Daniel Tapas at

the Beach Club, are open and doing very well. They both have outdoor tables

for those who prefer to eat outside during these times.

Again, thank you very much for your support. Many good things are still

to come!!! See you at the Club!

– Luis Lomba, President Palmas Athletic Club

Myla Barnett, one of our young and cute tennis players

with her professor Elisabeth Cusack. She already

has the bearing of a professional tennis player!

A shout-out to Iván Torres, our Golf Superintendent

and his team for a great job in keeping our beautiful

golf courses in their best conditions!

Beautiful days at our Beach Club backyard

Our best testimony... our clients!

We install and provide all types of shutters

• Roll-ups • Storm panels • Acordeon shutters

• Retractable awnings • General construction • Remodeling



This house

in Palmas

survived Maria’s

winds with

our shutters.

No damage!




Stay strong,

enjoy our



These have been difficult, uncertain, and confusing

times. Every day is a challenge and anxiety levels grow

with the growth of this pandemic. The news varies and the

unpredictability of this virus aggravates the daily panorama.

To this is added the political insecurity, the possibility

of a hurricane, earthquakes and the economic instability

of the country! To top it all off there is the homeschooling

experience which, for working parents, has been a nightmare.

These are not easy times and it looks like this is going

to last. So the only way to maintain sanity and mental

health is to exercise, enjoy nature, eat well, and interact

with family and friends in a safe and prudent way. Mask

and social distancing are two basic measures. And yes,

Palmas gives us the opportunity to do all these things in

a safe environment that is also clean and beautiful. We

have miles of trails to walk; beach and pools to swim; or

just enjoy the fresh air by visiting our tennis courts, golf

courses, a forest and more than a dozen restaurants where

you can eat or order food. We have a school committed to

the academic community and two churches for those who

profess a religion. We are definitely blessed but we have

to stay strong, healthy and connected. Without health

(physical and mental) there is nothing else. If you feel you

need help, ask for help. There is nothing wrong in feeling

depressed or sad. By coincidence today I just learned

that Braulio Castillo Jr. is being hospitalized for severe

depression. (For those of you who

don’t know him because you are

from the US, he is a TV actor and

loved local personality) He gave a

very brave public statement that

he was depressed and reached

out for help. So, if you are at that

point, don’t wait, ask for help.

But as a preventive measure, let’s

take advantage of the facilities our

community offers us to exercise

and stay physically and emotionally

strong. It’s been scientifically

proven that exercise and social

connections are one of the best

anti-depressant. When I was a kid

my father always repeated to us: “Healthy body, healthy

mind!” I think that was Carnegie’s philosophy. As some

of you have seen in Live & Life Facebook page, I have

a group of friends that exercise together and push each

other to do our maximum. Make a group, push yourself,

get out, move and enjoy nature. I am one of the oldest

one of the group. If I can, you can! Stay strong and enjoy

our paradise.

In the next two pages I am going to share with you all

the beauties and the opportunities that Palmas del Mar

offers you to keep yourself healthy and... happy. s

Lissette Rosado, Editor

Stay strong,

enjoy our


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Make a

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‘Nature heals.

Being in nature, or

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of nature, reduces

anger, fear, and

stress and increases

pleasant feelings.

Exposure to nature

not only makes

you feel better

emotionally, it

contributes to your

physical wellbeing,

reducing blood

pressure, heart rate,

muscle tension, and

the production of

stress hormones. It

may even reduce

mortality, according

to scientists such

as public health


Stamatakis and

Mitchell. Taken

from Minnesotta

University article.

The Healing Power

of Nature. TiME

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community and its visitors with the purpose to inform and communicate.

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At the closing of this edition, I found our pro

and coach, Eduardito Fuigueroa at the Palm,

training our one and only Melvin Morales,

a constant figure in the PAC Range. Melvin

will be participating in the GOLFWEEK MIAMI


05-06. Melvin is one of the top Puerto Rico

amateur golfers that has participated in plenty

of tournaments representing Puerto Rico

with great success. Melvin is part of the Saint

Peters University / Peacocks golf team and

as a freshman he won the Male Freshman

Student-Athlete of the Year Award. I have followed

Melvin’s career since he was a kid when

he would wear a distinctive beret long before

Bryson DeChambeau. Melvin, good luck this

coming week, have fun, and enjoy another

great opportunity to better your game. Eduardito

wears REVO, Baseliner, Blue Water lens,

Melvin wears REVO Slater Blue Water lens. s

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