Sunday, May 12, 2013

Taxi Union Seeks State Intervention In Golf Cart Rental Offenses, Restaurant Fire Quickly Extinguished, Good Fishing, Vaccination Week Begins, Tourists Enjoying Beautiful Weather In Isla Mujeres News Sunday, May 12 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



Restaurant Fire Quickly Extinguished

On Friday evening there was a brief kitchen fire at Angelo's restaurant, when nearly every seat was occupied by diners, many in celebration of Mother's day. It occurred at the hood above the grill at the front of the restaurant and was quickly extinguished with fire extinguishers, by employees and neighbors. The business on Hidalgo  resumed normal activities after the incident. There was previously a fire on the premises in 2004, according to this report by Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez

Cabbies Seek State Enforcement About Golf Carts

The Taxi Union held a meeting on  Friday regarding irregularities involving golf cart rentals, which the drivers say are causing them severe economic harm. During the two hour meeting they were unable to reach any concrete agreement, except to seek the intervention of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA). They complained about the proliferation of golf carts on the island, which are now often delivered to the doors of hotels where the tourists are staying, in violation of an agreement that has been in place for many years. One cabbie complained that the taxistas are subject to extensive reviews by SINTRA and the municipal police, while golf carts are committing all kinds of offenses right under their noses, including being over capacity and lacking license plates. Another complained about individuals who rent rooms and own multiple golf carts, which are registered as their private vehicles, which they rent to guests. A cabbie complained the City has granted cart licenses to individuals, while previous administrations agreed not to license any more golf carts to people outside the rental agencies. Taxistas said they are also affected by tricycle porters who take the tourists and their luggage to their hotels, rather than to the taxi stand, as agreed. Source: Por Esto  

Improved Fishing

In recent days fishermen have had more opportunities to go out to sea, and although the catches have not been abundant, they are meeting their expenses. There is not very good fishing near the island, so they must go farther out. On Saturday, many boats remained at the dock due to the swells, but many had gone out Friday night and returned with fish, which they were cleaning. They expect the port to be closed (for navigation by small boats) on Sunday. (This morning the breezes are mild and the sea is pretty calm) Baltazar Gómez Catzín complained that the fisherman had only been paid 1500 pesos each in municipal assistance for the first month of the lobster ban, when the payment should have been 2500 pesos. He also said the cooperatives  "Patria y Progreso" and "Caribe" had not received any payments yet because they did not have their documents in order. Source: Por Esto   

Vaccination Week Starts

  The Second National Vaccination Week began on Saturday and will conclude on May 17th. There are 1300 doses of sabín (polio vaccine), which will be given to children under five, with vitamin A. There are over 3600 doses of alvendazol (Albendazole for parasitic worms LINK) which will be given to children between 2 and 14 years of age. They will also distribute "suero vida oral" which are packets of electrolytes used to prevent dehydration. The purpose of the campaign is to complete the vaccination schedules of all minor children in Isla Mujeres, and the General Hospital director gave assurances that they have sufficient doses. The modules will be set up at  the General Hospital, the Naval Hospital, The IMSS, the ISSSTE, and Chedraui. Source: Quequi/Carlos Gasca   

Tourists Enjoying Beaches & Restaurants
Despite favorable weather conditions, demand was minimal for the services of the boat tour operators, although some were taking snorkelers to the reefs near el Farito and other spots of interest, before taking them ashore for a buffet of tikinxic fish. In the early hours, some boaters thought the port would be closed to boats under 40 feet because of waves and the southeastern winds. But the winds did not reach speeds of 35 kilometers per hour, so the port remained open, with caution advisories.
   There were not many tourists in the early hours, but later many arrived, including some with suitcases, indicating they were here for more than one afternoon. The restaurants were busy and many people who had worked on Friday were  celebrating Mother's day on Saturday. Shoppers strolled the streets and other visitors enjoyed the beaches. Some tanned in the sun, while others sought the shade of umbrellas or palm trees. Some quietly enjoyed the beautiful views, while others engaged in animated conversation. The waves decreased as the day progressed, and more people enjoyed the water. In the evening after seven, the restaurants were busy. Source: Por Esto 

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar / Hotel / Marina updated their cover photo.

Christy Dix added 2 new photos.

Very good morning every one.another good sunrise this not too bad nice breazze air not much wind.partly cloudy.eastsouth.         12 may 2013 sunrise

Tony Garcia 
Fighting breast cancer..benefit breakfast

Rob Herrin added a new photo.

Freddy Medina
Va de nuevo mis amigos !!!!
Va de nuevo mis amigos  !!!!

Allyson Tyler
Fernando and I are holding a garage sale at Chango Loco today until 2pm. Please come down and take a peek! Lots of kitchen things, plants, clothing, baby things... 1/2 price on jewlery!
Also our last day of business will be Monday, so if you are able to please come in and enjoy it one last time :)

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

  The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if an article is "missing",  it may have been published in another paper recently, and a previous post.

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