Friday, June 14, 2013

Promises About Promotional Video, Scrapping City Vehicles, Promoting The Island In 50 Countries, Free HIV Testing Today & Tomorrow, Occupancy At 40%, Types Of Rentals, Old Photos, Another Beautiful Day In Isla Mujeres News Friday, June 14 Today's Articles & Events: The Final Edition

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



Promotional video will be released this summer
The head of the Chamber of Commerce, Juan Carrillo Figueroa., announced that the State Ministry of Tourism is going to pay the remaining costs so that the promotional video of Isla Mujeres can be released this summer, after two years of waiting. The state government is going to allocate 500,000 pesos and then the Tourism Trust will cover its part, with the total exceeding a million pesos. It is reported that it will be released this summer and now new images will be added, such as the Malecon Oriente / the Eastern Sea Walkway (The Caribbean walkway). Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 

You can watch the version that is on YouTube HERE. After its completion, it was decided to add more scenes, and then there was a lack of funds to pay the cost of the editing.

Promoting Isla Mujeres In Over 50 Countries
TV hosts Carlos Trillo and Sandra Corcuera were filmed at different locations in Isla Mujeres for the program "El Break" which is on channel Ritmoson Latino. The program will be shown in over 50 countries and features the main tourist attractions of Isla Mujeres, as well as its customs and traditions. Source Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 

Council Votes To Scrap Vehicles
The City Council unanimously approved the disposal of unusable City vehicles which can be auctioned off or sold for scrap. They will have an expert determine which vehicles can be eliminated. The Mayor noted that significant progress has been made in the housing project on the mainland, and he said it is protected by law so that future governments cannot profit from it, and will have to follow up on the deliver of lots to those who have the corresponding documents. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 

Planning 24,000 Hotel Rooms & Giving Away 4000 Condoms
Quintanrooense/Ovidio Lopez report that at the City Council meeting while discussing Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, where more than 24,000 hotel rooms are planned, the Mayor referred to the revision by the Committee on Urban Development and Transportation of "The “Programa de Renovación y Complementación del Puerto Punta Sam” and “Península de Chacmuchuch, " on the mainland area of the municipality. A request for a zoning change was requested (the address is given). In a press conference, it was announced that the Open Arms Foundation, Fundación Brazos Abiertos is working in coordination with the Health Department in a campaign against HIV that will feature education, counseling, and rapid testing, for the fifth time in Isla Mujeres. On June 14 & 15 they will offer 200 free tests and 4000 condoms.

Complaints About Ultramar
Por Esto has several complaints against Ultramar, including accusations of unfair competition, of not always having golf carts available after renting them, and of making tourists who miss the last ferry to the hotel zone at 5:30 pay another 70 pesos to purchase a ticket to Gran Puerto.

Occupancy "Stuck" At 40%
Source Por Esto   Occupancy remains "stuck" at 40 percent, despite the large numbers of tourists seen on the main streets, who mostly come for the day.  Maximum temperatures have been 36 degrees Centigrade which feel like 40 degrees Centigrade at the heat of the day. Despite the heat, the main beaches look fairly empty with only a few lounges and beds occupied near Na Balam on Playa Norte, and only about 40 people, including children enjoying the waters of Bahia Mujeres/ Mujeres Bay. There were many people arriving on the catamarans & other boats from Cancun.  Occupancy is expected to reach 80%, a figure which Por Esto says would be higher except for dozens of villas, apartments, and private houses, (whom PE considers unfair competition), located in both the tourist areas and the colonias, who do not pay the 3% Hotel Tax. An unnamed businessman said in past administrations a census was done to detect irregular rentals, which managed to regularize many, but there have been many new houses and apartments constructed since then.
      Por Esto notes that the hosts from the TV program 'The Break' were filming attractions and traditions of Isla Mujeres, and the program will be shown in over 50 countries.
       On page 156 of the Urban Development Plan for the island area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres (HERE on the municipal website) the development of small, familial rentals is encouraged, which is shown by this statement under the heading "Posadas Familiares": "En estas posadas los visitantes conviven con la familia propietaria y participan en diversas actividades y excursiones. Es un tipo de turismo distinto y enriquecedor." "In these small inns, visitors live with the family that owns it and participate in various activities and excursions. This is an type of tourism that is distinct and enriching."
     On page 50 it gives the ratio of rentals within three categories, and projects how they are expected to grow, noting an increase of 1200 rooms is anticipated. The ratio is the same in both the current and projected categories and indicates that 50% of the rooms are in Hotels, (with an anticipated increase of 600 rooms). Each of the other two categories contain 25%, of the rooms for rent,  (which means an anticipated increase of 300 rooms each). One category is Condominiums, Apartments, and "Villas Turisticas" and the other category is Hostales & Posadas Familiares.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

Notes this morning from MVC B&B
      Last night we had a great dinner with friends at the Cuban restaurant, Veradera's, which is near Chuuk Kay. It is always interesting to watch the variety of boats gliding past, while enjoying the excellent food & service. Then we went for a drive around the south end. The red crabs weren't out migrating, and we saw a couple blue ones, who aren't due to migrate en masse until the full moons in fall. The mosquitoes have been pretty fierce on the west side and south end lately, once the daylight fades. The fumigation trucks have been working day and night. 
    There has been a big rectangle constructed at the trash transfer station.   Here (on page 164-166) are some drawings for the transfer station from the Isla Mujeres Urban Development Plan, although I don't know if this is the final design that is being implemented.  (There is a box at lower left to enlarge the document.
   This morning the sun is shining brightly under blue skies and the ocean is very calm, with gentle breakers. At 10am on the Caribbean coast, there is a mild breeze and the temperature is pleasant. Taking a break to hang out some linens...(All our linens are air dried on lines.)

June Events
Sunday June 16: Father's Day /Dia de los Padres
Friday June 21: Summer Solstice 
Fri-Sun June 21-23:  Whale Shark Festival
Sat & Sun June 22 & 23 : Super Full Moon (6:50, 7:50, & ~hour later nightly)

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. BTW the serpent shadow moving on the steps of Chichen Itza occurs with the Equinoxes.

Super Moon of June: The biggest brightest moon of the year
This year the Supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigree — the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. During perigree on June 23 the Moon will be “only” about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). Source link  


Live Music

In Isla Mujeres: FRIDAY


Casa de los Suenos 4-7  Live music & Half priced appetizers LINKwebsiteLINKfb

Iguanas 6:30-8:30 John Cain  LINK   Fb

Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals LINK


Fenix:  8-10 La Guera & Willy's Blues    LINK

Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis LINK

Cafe del Mar 8  (?)  LINK LINK

Las Brisas Grill:  (?) Cuban music starts around dusk LINK

Ocean Blues & Sassy Jazz 8-10   LINK

La Terraza 10p Salsa & Latin  LINK

Faynes  10:30-12:15 Banda Sin Nombre   LINK

Adelita's Tequila Bar  12:30-2:30  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK     

Tres Mentiras ? LINK

La Catrina: ?   LINK LINK 

Poc Na:  ?   Link


El Patio Dinner & Movie night LINK

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...
John Cain   Playing solo tonight at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 630 to 830...great place!
Tony Garcia  Good morning. Another so beautiful day on paridise
David Daniel  Camarones Enchilados-style. On the water... at the most charming restaurant on Isla — with Diane White Daniel at El Varadero.

Katie Cain  POOL YOGA MOVE class will be at Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres tomorrow morning, Friday at 9AM. Come get your move on, let your mind and soul the cool, beautiful pool.  Namaste
Gotta go for now...Maybe more from Facebook later...or manana...quien sabe?Here's an old news section I already finished this morn...

 On June 14 In Recent Years....

 On June 14 2011 the main news story was the arrest of four Bulgarians for fraud at the ATM of the HSBC bank, where they had inserted a card reader.

 On June 14 2012 preparations were being made for the Whale Shark festival, with warm weather and concerns about rain on the weekend. Commercial fishermen of the cooperative “Patria y Progreso”  were angry about the new shark fishing ban.  Here is an excerpt, the source was  Por Esto  
        This ban that was introduced overnight is affecting the 40 boats of the cooperative “Patria y Progreso”, who were dedicated to only catching sharks.
        Each boat, on average, has a crew of four and a captain, who have been put out of work by the ban. Each year this cooperative catches an average of 100 tons of various species of shark, while only harvesting ~20 tons of fish and ~10 tons of lobster. They say this is an arbitrary ban which is not backed by scientific studies, which is destroying the livelihood of two hundred Isla families who depend on the capture of sharks. 

        100 tons is 200,000 pounds. IF the average shark weighed 100 pounds, that would be 2000 sharks yearly or 166 monthly or ~40 sharks weekly. 
  Note: Those figures may be a little low since it appears I didn't use metric tonnes, which equal ~2205 lbs. I used 2000 lbs/ton. 

Previously Published In Isla Mujeres Daily News: (on Sept 22, 2012)

HERE are 50 photos from the National Geographic photo contest, which include this photo from Isla Mujeres. It is captioned, "Baitfish Skillfully Use Sea Turtle as Cover: Off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Sailfish were circling as baitfish used a sea turtle as cover. The sailfish successfully attempted on several occasions to slap the baitfish with their bills (with surgical precision) to disorient them and have a quick snack before the turtle dove deep to escape the carnage. (© Scott Belt/National Geographic Photo Contest)

 These old photos of Isla Mujeres are from the municipal website historical section, HERE.


HERE is a very cool website titled Oceans: Latest Ocean News "Where Fish Get Their News" that featured this photo  from MUSA. I researched the story to their Facebook page which then took me  HERE   (a regular non fb site) where it explains this is 8 meters deep, off Isla Mujeres....

A new series of sculptures have now been added to the MUSA collection entitled Urban Reef, they depict a series of suburban dwellings specifically designed to house individual marine species. Working with local marine biologists the units are designed with a variety of rooms, spaces, hideaways and textures all tailored for different reef inhabitants. Located on an open stretch of terrain the houses also offer a place of shelter and refuge from reef predators such as Barracudas and Lion Fish.

The first ever underwater urban tagging has occurred on one of the new underwater houses in Urban reef created by the notorious French graffiti artist "Invader". Underwater Urban Street Art!

Last 24 hrs "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 published in the morning.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section is published in the afternoon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if  there is a headline, but no translation,  it was probably published in another paper recently, and the information was a previous post, usually in the past couple days.

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