Friday, April 28, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, April 28




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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos






Better quality of life for islanders is a priority of the Mayor and his administration  

Mejor calidad de vida




 Para isleños, prioridad en gobierno de Juan Carrillo


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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  See City section below....


 Chinese tour operators visit   

Confianza empresarial




 Resaltan con arribo de touroperadores chinos


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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See City section below....



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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


City Council Decision Regarding Red Cross First Aid Courses
       At the 34th Regular Session of the City Council, they decided unanimously that the Mexican Red Cross will be the only institution providing first aid training to all the companies in the municipality. The Mayor said, "For more than 30 years the Mexican Red Cross of Isla Mujeres has provided its services in this locality, always thinking about the good of all the islanders. Now, among these services is the provision of first aid courses, through which they can obtain some of the necessary resources to continue assisting the inhabitants of this municipality for free. "
       "The Mexican Red Cross offers a professional course, taught by technicians who are properly trained in medical emergencies, who prioritize the health of people and know that with the proper delivery of first aid can save lives," said Juan Carrillo Soberanis.   
        This decision is part of the actions that the municipal government has taken to maintain the safety and well-being of the islanders, in addition to supporting this important institution which has provided its services to the citizens of Isla Mujeres for many years.
 

A delegation of tour operators from Chengdu, China, visited the municipality of Isla Mujeres


      A delegation of tour operators of Chengdu, China, visited the municipality of Isla Mujeres and were welcomed by members of the City Council. They are visiting the state of Quintana Roo in search of destinations with unique attractions and natural beauty, such as Isla Mujeres. 
      The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said that this interest by these Asian tour operators is a result of promotional work done by the Mayor since the beginning of his administration, which was supported by participation in the recent Tianguis Tourist Convention Acapulco 2017.  
       The General Secretary of the City Council, Joel Saury Galue, was representing the Mayor and thanked the Delegation of Tour Operators of Chengdú for their interest in learning about the attractions of the municipality and encouraged them to invite their fellow citizens to come and visit.
     He said, "Isla Mujeres is a municipality full of history, beautiful landscapes which is growing and developing, with a great deal to offer entrepreneurs, investors and, of course, tourists. This is why all the municipal authorities are committed to continuing to work at the promotion and sustainable development of the island, because we know that this will bring economic benefits for all island families."


        Hundreds of children are expected to attend the celebration on Sunday at 10:30am of “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome in Salina Chica by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts, sponsored for free by the state and municipal DIF social service agencies. 
        "Children are the future of our municipality, so we must seek their well-being and take actions for their benefit. The state and municipal DIF work together so that they can enjoy their day and have fun," said the honorary president of the Isla Mujeres DIF, Paola Orrico de Carrillo.



The mayor attended the Plenary Meeting / Reunión Plenaria between the three levels of government, in which he affirmed his commitment to work in coordination with federal and state agencies offer improved and increased social programs for the benefit of the islanders. 
       He said, "With the support of the Federal and State governments, Isla Mujeres will be able to have more quality services and programs which promote the economic and social development of families."   The island's mayor expressed his complete willingness to maintain this work so that more results can be provided in the short term for the citizens, and in this manner to improve their quality of life.


The DIF Isla Mujeres invites you to celebrate Children's Day, the #díadelniño
Sunday at 10:30am there will be a celebration for “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



Young islander speaks out against discrimination  
http://grupopiramide.com.mx/vivi-discriminacion-no-me-gust…/
     Malaika Maisha Garrido Dietrich is a 12 year old from Isla Mujeres who attends César Mendoza Santana elementary school and speaks 3 languages. She wore  her hair in an immaculate bun as she opened the session of the Children's Parliament of the State Congress with a speech against discrimination. In an interview, she explained that she has personally experienced discrimination and has seen it affect her family. 

She began with a poem Nezahualcóyotl (which is on the 100 peso note with his portrait):
I love the song of the mockingbird,
Bird of four hundred voices,
I love the color of the jade stone
And the enervating perfume of flowers,
But most of all I love my brother: man.
 
She closed her speech with a quote by Martin Luther King: 'We have learned to fly like birds, to swim like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living as brothers.'"

 
She attended the session as the child legislator for District 1 and allowed Grupo Pirámide to interview her during a recess:

-How did you prepare for this experience?

"I had the support of many people, especially my mom and my dad. I had support from my teacher and one of my aunts."


-Why did you talk about discrimination?


"I've experienced discrimination. I didn't like it and I wanted to raise my voice."


-Tell us about it ...


"It was very sad. They've made very bad comments and once they dragged me down onto the floor. They've even discriminated against my mother because of where she comes from. My mom is German and my dad is Mexican; I am half German and half Mexican, so I speak three languages: Spanish, English and German."

 
-What did you think of this experience and which legislator helped you?


"I thought this experience was super. I loved it. It is a great opportunity and I'm very happy to have been a part of the Congress of Quintana Roo. I worked mostly with Alberto Vado Morales."


-What do you like to do in Isla Mujeres?


"I love Isla Mujeres.... the sea, school, my family, and I am enjoying my childhood."


-What message would you give to other children?


"Involvement in politics is important because you can raise your voice about an issue. If you have suffered something, you can raise your voice for someone to do something."


In the clip, she says she's happy to be there, representing District 1 and that the fight against discrimination is very important because it exists in the schools, streets, and many other places in Mexico & that we are all equal, all human, and all living together in a world that is full of discrimination.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Reviewing whale shark tour boats  
Cumplirán condiciones de seguridad n.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The Harbor Master's office has inspected 50 percent of the whale shark tour boats to ensure that they have the safety equipment which is required by law, and the other boats will be reviewed before the start of the season. Since the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, the permit holders have been renewing their certificates of maritime safety and updating their insurance policies to provide coverage to passengers from May to September. In April, the permit procedures began for the authorities to issue consents to enter the permit areas.
   There are a total of 304 permit holders, of whom 204 are located in Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun), which is the jurisdiction of the Isla Mujeres Harbor Master. The Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) determines the dates for the start and end of the tour season, as well as other issues associated with the areas of the Aguas Verdes (Green Waters) and Aguas Azules (Blue Waters), which would be issued through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the General Department of Wildlife (DGVS) for the declarations of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve which converges in the same area. 
      The Harbor Master explained that it is uncertain whether the season will begin May 17 and end Sept. 17, and this is entirely up to SEMARNAT, as is the eventual modification of the management plan. Some environmentalists have proposed that the season be limited to the months of July and August, but he did not consider this to be justified, since only 40 to 50 percent of the fleet go out when there are fewer numbers of whale sharks in the sighting areas. However, their presence in the sighting areas has been recorded since January of each year.



"After You" sailboat defending title in Regatta 
El velero “After You” defenderá el título. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The 49th edition of the Sol al Sol Regatta begins this Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida to sail more than 500 nautical miles to Isla Mujeres across the Gulf of Mexico. The sailboat "After You" will compete to defend its title with seven other boats, including  “50/50”, “Equinox”, “I Believe”, “Its Only Money”, “Midnight Sun”, “My Time” and “Tattoo”. They are expected to begin arriving at the island on Sunday, although the strong winds from the south affecting the Gulf are not favorable for the sailors, and could delay their arrival until Monday.  The boats can be tracked on the regatta website and activities are scheduled on the island.
  The participants will have free days on the first and second days of May to visit island attractions, and the archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza. The traditional Captain's Cup will be held at the Casa de las Rocas at 1p on May 3, and at 7pm will be the basketball game between locals and the sailors. (The article says it will be held on the court "José del Carmen Pastrana", but that court by the town square has been removed and there is just rubble there now. It is scheduled to be completed in June). The Special Session of the City Council in their honor will be held at Punta Sur on Thursday, May 4 at 5pm, or at the Town Hall, depending on the weather. 
   Participants for the 48th edition of the Regatta Amigos will gather at Buho's restaurant at 10am on Friday, and go to the boats a half hour later. These exceptional students from ages 8-12 will begin their tour around the island at noon. Also on Friday, at 7pm there will be a cocktail party and awards ceremony at Cabanas del Mar. On Saturday the participants and their families will depart.


Surada winds cause advisories 
Recio viento del sureste afectaba. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This article is about yesterday's SCT weather report, which said conditions offshore were unfavorable for sailing by boats under 40 feet. The southeast winds of 30-40 kph closed the port for navigation by small boats, preventing fishing and tourist recreation outside the bay. The CONAGUA forecast indicated this could continue almost all weekend and may bring rain. This could reduce tourism on the long weekend. (Many children are out of school on Friday due to teacher's meeting and celebrating Children's Day, and Monday is an official holiday, Labor Day.)
          Editor's note: Mexico's National Meteorological Service is forecasting a heat wave today with temperatures that could be >40C in Q Roo (104F) and Surada winds that may gust over 60 km/h (37mph). Possible scattered showers.
       On Sunday at 10:30am there will be a celebration for “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts. This free event is sponsored by the local and state DIF family social service agency. 

Preparing for traditional children's fishing tournament  
Preparan tradicional torneo de pesca infantil .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    On Sunday, the Velazquez-Celis family will commemorate the 20th anniversary of celebrating Children's Day together with a traditional children's fishing tournament that is held year after year on the pier by their palapa restaurant, along Rueda Medina. The purpose is to instill values in the children and promote a sense of family. It lasts an hour and is catch and release. There will also be a variety of games and an exhibition of boats made by hand from various materials including coconut, cork, wood, etc. Later there will be a sailing competition with these boats.
    The extended Velazquez-Celis family will attend, including parents, brothers, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, with family guests coming from Holbox and Cozumel as well. The older aunts and  uncles will be present, including Porfiria Velázquez, Juana Velázquez, Esteban Velázquez, Eusebia Velázquez, who will judge the boat competition. The head organizer of the family and main host is Don Fernando Velazquez.


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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura


Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!



Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.

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Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.


Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer  Cancelled due to weather.
Don’t get LOST! The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura.
Music starts at 6 and features the local Salsa band “Tokeson”.
DRINK LOCAL BEER….BUY LOCAL ART…..EAT LOCAL FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE LOCO FUN

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 
Action for Isla
To everyone who loves Isla Mujeres,
Action for Isla would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Isla Mujeres Dive Against Debris Event on April 22, 2017. The main objective of the event is to perform a cleanup of the docks and beaches of Isla Mujeres in order to give back to the community and the island that we all love and enjoy.
Last year’s event was a raging success, over 60 volunteers on land and sea collected more than 650kgs of trash in the space of an hour and a half, including 425 glass bottles, 87 snorkel tubes, 6 car and tractor tires and a supermarket shopping cart. We hope to make this year even bigger!
The main reason for this letter is to invite you to participate and support the cause. This event consists of teams of certified divers, support snorkelers and spotters on land that will remove trash from the areas under the docks from the Adolfo López Mateos dock to the dock of the restaurant Velazquez. Volunteers on the beach will assist in the separation and classification of waste. Additional volunteers and the schools of Isla Mujeres will facilitate a simultaneous cleaning of the beaches and boardwalk (Malecón) area and beaches of downtown (Centro) that same day.
In addition to cleaning, we will hold a raffle to raise funds for improvements in the area of the National Park and actively contribute to the organization Project AWARE, which aids in organizing such events worldwide and is currently supporting the logistics of this event. Furthermore, we will document and report the classification and total weight of all debris collected from these two areas to assist Project Aware in their ongoing research regarding marine conservation.
We will provide gloves and lunch for participants as well as large water dispensers, please bring your own refillable water container as it is Earth Day and we would like to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Volunteer Positions Available
*Divers – Advanced Open Water Divers and higher (Dependent upon available gear)
*Snorkelers (Unlimited with own Gear)
Beach Cleaners (Unlimited)
Malecón Cleaners (Unlimited)
Trash Sorters and Weighers (Unlimited)
**Sign-In Volunteers (4 People)
**T-Shirts and Raffle Ticket Sales (2-3 People)
**Water Stand Volunteers (6 People)
**Beer and Sandwich Stand (2 People)
Boat Spotters on each Dock (10 People)
Transporting trash from divers and snorkelers to the collection pile (Unlimited)
*If you wish to dive to collect debris please ensure you are Advance Open Water certified and contact us as soon as posible, there is a limit on the number of divers we can have based upon the available gear. Please bring your own snorkel gear if you have it. ALL DIVERS AND SNORKELERS MUST ATTEND AN ADDITIONAL SAFETY BRIEFING THE EVENING BEFORE THE EVENT.
**The in water clean-up will begin at 8:00am (divers and organizers meet at 7:30am) the event will continue until 2pm to factor in the time for sorting the trash, and then the raffle will take place. Cleaners and volunteers may come at any time but we ask if you would like to volunteer at the stands please contact us and ensure you can show up at 8am to help with set-up. Thank you!
There are many volunteer positions available for this project and if you can help in any way, big or small, please contact us! We are excited to not only clean up trash from our beaches and public areas, but also to involve community members in our ongoing efforts to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our beautiful Isla Mujeres.
To participate please contact us via our Facebook page "Action for Isla" or by email at actionforisla@gmail.com. We can also be reached by telephone +52 (998) 134-0712 or +52 (998) 244-4009. We firmly believe that there is strength in unity, and we look forward to your participation.


Special editions of Noches Magicas on the Town Square nightly at 8pm
Thursday, April 20 Ballet Folklorico "Of My Land" Santa Cruz del Astillero Jalisco (Cancelled due to weather).
Friday, April 21 Choreography workshop DAE "Dance, Art & Expression. Pavlova Street Jazz
Saturday, April 22 Roy Gonzalez Academy of Dance Brandon Paredes and Aldahir Davila
Sunday, April 23 Mar & Arena Group (Sea & Sand) Academy of Dance and Adrenalina.


Thursday, April 27  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  3:30-8:30

Isla Brewery says....
 THIS IS THE LAST ARTIST FAIR OF THE SEASON!
If you are lucky enough to be on the island, you need to come see why this event has been so successful. This year’s Artist Fair Finale is Thursday April 27th at the Casa de Cultura 3:30 – 8:30. Come down and check out the local talent. Local Salsa band “Tokeson” will be playing starting at 6:00. The weather is going to amazing, take advantage and come on down. This Thursday, party like a pirate.
DRINK LOCAL BEER….BUY LOCAL ART…..EAT LOCAL FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE LOCO FUN

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Sunday, April 30 on the Town Square stage at 8p. A Celebration of the International Day of Dance

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 27




This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos








Port closed for small boats due to strong winds  

Cierran puerto por fuertes vientos

 A embarcaciones menores


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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.    Navigation by boats under 25 feet in length was restricted in the open seas and in the Bay due to winds from the south-southeast. The restriction was imposed in the early hours.  This is the second time in less than a week that small boats were restricted, but the port is expected to be open for general navigation on Thursday, or at the latest on Friday.


Lots with services 

Mayor thanks Governor for his support  

Lotes con servicios

 Agradece Juan Carrillo respaldo del Gobernador


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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de abril.-
Leer más...Full article at this link

See translation in City section below 


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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


1500 lots with services in new colonia on mainland  
  A new colonia is being established on the mainland part of Isla Mujeres named "Itzamná in Ciudad Mujeres" to provide 1500 lots for decent housing, because there has been rapid growth in the population of the municipality in recent years. The City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, in coordination with the Department of Urban Development and Housing (Seduvi), are working to provide the lots with basic services, such as water, light and paving, for the citizens of The Continental Zone. The Mayor thanked the Governor and said, "Isla Mujeres is a developing municipality and therefore there is a growing need to provide decent housing for all its inhabitants. With this work, in coordination with Seduvi, we will create better lives for all the islanders," said the municipal president.
   Juan Carrillo Soberanis reaffirmed his commitment to the island's citizenry, so that all families will have decent housing in a municipality developed with a foundation of environmental sustainability, which is an important part of the State Development Plan 2016-2022 and of the Municipal Development Plan 2016 -2018. 


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


Surveillance operations continue at the Maritime Terminals
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/continuan-los-operativos-d…/
This information was translated yesterday and notes that these operations occur on random days and times and often attract the attention of locals and foreigners. This surveillance is intended to prevent drug trafficking and includes dogs for more effectiveness. It is noted that these operations were less common during the Easter holiday season last year, and have generally increased since the double crime in a local hotel a few years ago, which was related to drugs.


Formalizing the merging of the Harbor Masters with SEMAR (Secretary of the Navy)
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/se-oficializa-la-fusion-de…/
This information was translated yesterday.


Aguakan offers theater play for children 
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/aguakan-ofrecera-obra-teat…/
   The Aguakan company periodically offers movies for the children and young people to raise awareness about water conservation, but this time a play is being presented. The performance will take place at the  Julo Saury Espinoza elementary school in La Gloria at 5pm on Thursday. The theatrical company is “Valola” and the name of the play is "A Droplet of Water" (“Gotita de Agua”). Aguakan plans to continue the presentations of movies in the colonias.

Reconsidering the proposal for cruises in the municipality of Isla Mujeres 
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/retoman-proyecto-de-crucer…/

     Alicia Ricalde Magaña, general director of the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo), took a European businessman on a tour of several locations around the state, beginning at Isla Mujeres. He represents investors who may be interested in having a project of floating hotels.  The visit focused on the eastern malecon, behind the Casa de la Cultura, where a study done by a previous administration indicated the proposal could be viable, with "rutas de cabotaje de altura" from there. During the businessman's visit, she also intended to show him the attractions and activities of the isle. She said this project has been proposed by previous administrations, including when she was Mayor.
     Ms. Ricalde explained that the state government has debts and a limited ability to finance projects such as this. The governor has given instructions to seek private investors for large, development projects, which could provide economic benefits for the municipalities. 
   She said the European businessman is a representative for major shipping companies, both passengers and cargo, who aren't just interested in Isla Mujeres for potential investment, and he will also be visiting Cozumel Island, Puerto Morelos, Calica, and Mahahual. Then he will go to the state capital, to see the route for the Canal de Zaragoza, which could be viable for a "private public" investment.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Swimmers in navigation channel 
Bañistas en canal de navegación[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The winds from the south and north have caused the Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach) to gain sand, and part of the buoy line is in the sand. Swimmers are entering the boat navigation area, which is especially dangerous after the lifeguards leave at 6pm and when it is dark.
   In order to move the buoy line 10 or 15 meters into the channel, this must be authorized and currently the  Capitanía de Puerto (Harbor Master)'s office is being integrated with the Secretary of the Navy, and then the request can be addressed. However in this case, SEMARNAT also has to approve because of the presence of coral reefs, if the main buoy is moved, affecting the navigation of the boats.
   The municipal Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman, said that the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, has made the request, but there is a process which does not end with the Navy, but also involves a decision by the SCT (Secretary of Communication and Transport), in order to move the area of navigation.
   The waves may move part of the sand that was gained at Playa Centro over to the north by Chichis, where erosion has caused the loss of an estimated 10,000 square meters of sand. Businesses in the area are encouraged to warn all of the swimmers to avoid entering the area where the buoys are on the sand and where there are no boundaries for the navigation area. It is noted that this area is especially dangerous after dark, and after the lifeguards leave at 6pm.

Two complaints against police 
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    Recently, two complaints against police officers have been filed with the Human Rights Commission, and have been published in Por Esto, with the SEyC (Ministry of Education and Culture) being in charge of the complaint, and it is being followed by the Public Ministry (Prosecutors), Public Security (municipal police), magistrates and authorities. One of these is in regards to injuries and damages sustained by Ms Suemy Marfil Martinez when her scooter was hit by a patrol car more than a month ago, and payment has not been made, although it was determined that the officer was at fault. The Public Ministry is required to issue a report no later than Friday on this case.
   Due to the condition of the muncipal jail, some months ago prisoners were transferred to a Quintana Roo penitentiary, in accordance with the regulations of the state department of  Ejecución y Penas and to avoid violating the rights of the inmates. The island jail does not meet the physical, legal, and administrative requirements for them to serve their sentences there.
   However, some inamtes had already served about three years of their sentences in this small place which lacks recreational space, medical equipment, culture, and workshops. There are plans to improve the facility.
   


Sales decrease due to lack of tourism  
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  Merchants, vendors, and snorkel tours operators are reporting decreased business since the number of visitors has declined with the end of the Easter holiday season on Monday. The beaches and shops which were busy are now practically empty. It is hoped that tourism will improve with the arrival of the boats with the regatta, which begins this weekend. They are also hoping for improvement with the arrival of the whale shark tours season in the second half of May. 


Registering minors for their birth certificates  
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  This was on the mainland part of the municipality   


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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura


Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!



Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.

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Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.


Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer  Cancelled due to weather.
Don’t get LOST! The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura.
Music starts at 6 and features the local Salsa band “Tokeson”.
DRINK LOCAL BEER….BUY LOCAL ART…..EAT LOCAL FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE LOCO FUN

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 
Action for Isla
To everyone who loves Isla Mujeres,
Action for Isla would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Isla Mujeres Dive Against Debris Event on April 22, 2017. The main objective of the event is to perform a cleanup of the docks and beaches of Isla Mujeres in order to give back to the community and the island that we all love and enjoy.
Last year’s event was a raging success, over 60 volunteers on land and sea collected more than 650kgs of trash in the space of an hour and a half, including 425 glass bottles, 87 snorkel tubes, 6 car and tractor tires and a supermarket shopping cart. We hope to make this year even bigger!
The main reason for this letter is to invite you to participate and support the cause. This event consists of teams of certified divers, support snorkelers and spotters on land that will remove trash from the areas under the docks from the Adolfo López Mateos dock to the dock of the restaurant Velazquez. Volunteers on the beach will assist in the separation and classification of waste. Additional volunteers and the schools of Isla Mujeres will facilitate a simultaneous cleaning of the beaches and boardwalk (Malecón) area and beaches of downtown (Centro) that same day.
In addition to cleaning, we will hold a raffle to raise funds for improvements in the area of the National Park and actively contribute to the organization Project AWARE, which aids in organizing such events worldwide and is currently supporting the logistics of this event. Furthermore, we will document and report the classification and total weight of all debris collected from these two areas to assist Project Aware in their ongoing research regarding marine conservation.
We will provide gloves and lunch for participants as well as large water dispensers, please bring your own refillable water container as it is Earth Day and we would like to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Volunteer Positions Available
*Divers – Advanced Open Water Divers and higher (Dependent upon available gear)
*Snorkelers (Unlimited with own Gear)
Beach Cleaners (Unlimited)
Malecón Cleaners (Unlimited)
Trash Sorters and Weighers (Unlimited)
**Sign-In Volunteers (4 People)
**T-Shirts and Raffle Ticket Sales (2-3 People)
**Water Stand Volunteers (6 People)
**Beer and Sandwich Stand (2 People)
Boat Spotters on each Dock (10 People)
Transporting trash from divers and snorkelers to the collection pile (Unlimited)
*If you wish to dive to collect debris please ensure you are Advance Open Water certified and contact us as soon as posible, there is a limit on the number of divers we can have based upon the available gear. Please bring your own snorkel gear if you have it. ALL DIVERS AND SNORKELERS MUST ATTEND AN ADDITIONAL SAFETY BRIEFING THE EVENING BEFORE THE EVENT.
**The in water clean-up will begin at 8:00am (divers and organizers meet at 7:30am) the event will continue until 2pm to factor in the time for sorting the trash, and then the raffle will take place. Cleaners and volunteers may come at any time but we ask if you would like to volunteer at the stands please contact us and ensure you can show up at 8am to help with set-up. Thank you!
There are many volunteer positions available for this project and if you can help in any way, big or small, please contact us! We are excited to not only clean up trash from our beaches and public areas, but also to involve community members in our ongoing efforts to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our beautiful Isla Mujeres.
To participate please contact us via our Facebook page "Action for Isla" or by email at actionforisla@gmail.com. We can also be reached by telephone +52 (998) 134-0712 or +52 (998) 244-4009. We firmly believe that there is strength in unity, and we look forward to your participation.


Special editions of Noches Magicas on the Town Square nightly at 8pm
Thursday, April 20 Ballet Folklorico "Of My Land" Santa Cruz del Astillero Jalisco (Cancelled due to weather).
Friday, April 21 Choreography workshop DAE "Dance, Art & Expression. Pavlova Street Jazz
Saturday, April 22 Roy Gonzalez Academy of Dance Brandon Paredes and Aldahir Davila
Sunday, April 23 Mar & Arena Group (Sea & Sand) Academy of Dance and Adrenalina.


Thursday, April 27  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  3:30-8:30

Isla Brewery says....
 THIS IS THE LAST ARTIST FAIR OF THE SEASON!
If you are lucky enough to be on the island, you need to come see why this event has been so successful. This year’s Artist Fair Finale is Thursday April 27th at the Casa de Cultura 3:30 – 8:30. Come down and check out the local talent. Local Salsa band “Tokeson” will be playing starting at 6:00. The weather is going to amazing, take advantage and come on down. This Thursday, party like a pirate.
DRINK LOCAL BEER….BUY LOCAL ART…..EAT LOCAL FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE LOCO FUN

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Sunday, April 30 on the Town Square stage at 8p. A Celebration of the International Day of Dance

Monday, May 1 Labor Day