Sunday, October 27, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Sunday, October 27 The Afternoon Edition

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



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.



Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Entrepreneurs concerned about possible loss of Tourism Promotion Agency

Cunde la incertidumbre

Sábado, 26 de Octubre de 2013 21:24

Entre empresarios, ante posible desaparición de fideicomiso turístico

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de octubre.- 
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 Gerardo Magaña Barragán, member of the Tourism Promotion Agency Advisory Board of Isla Mujeres, (integrante del Consejo Consultivo del Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística de la ínsula) is concerned about the future of the Tourism Promotion Agency  (Dirección del Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística). He says, "Isla Mujeres has been experiencing a four year long crisis in the number of visitors, and the disappearance of the Tourism Promotion Agency would worsen the situation."  He says the situation on the island is so severe that the peak season for hoteliers, which is from Dec. 20 to March 30, is like regular season, the regular season is like low season, not to mention the low season which is from September to November.
      In the lead sentence, the reporter characterizes the influx of visitors to Isla Mujeres as "in a tailspin",  (According to statistics from the Port Authority, the number of visitors monthly and annually has increased compared to last year, and the year before.) and says it would be terrible and catastrophic if the Tourism Promotional Agency disappeared. (There was an article a week or two ago about a possible municipal restructuring to incorporate the Tourism Promotional Agency into the Tourism Department. It did not suggest the Promotional Agency would be discontinued.)
Port closed for small boats

Cierran el puerto

Sábado, 26 de Octubre de 2013 21:20

Mal tiempo provoca parálisis en las actividades comerciales y turísticas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de octubre.-
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Due to strong winds and rain, the port remained closed and sales by merchants were negatively affected. Many stores remained closed since they anticipated very few visitors arriving for the day from Cancun. The only businesses that enjoyed a moderate amount of activity was the golf cart rental agencies, but not at the level they wanted.
Hoteliers say rental houses are unfair competition  

Casas en renta, “coco” de hoteleros

Sábado, 26 de Octubre de 2013 21:17

Ante competencia desleal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de octubre.-
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 Gerardo Magaña Barragán, member of the Tourism Promotion Agency Advisory Board of Isla Mujeres, (integrante del Consejo Consultivo del Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística de la ínsula) says the rental of houses by foreigners causes unease among hoteliers and tourism service providers, because they do not pay the same fees and taxes, which gives them a competitive advantage. He says the tourism service providers are complaining because some foreigners include scooters or golf carts, and they are not being regulated.   

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Port remains closed to small boats


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Mobile Vendor Complaints

Urgen venteros quitar cotos de poder en playas

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Fished to live...Lives to fish 

Pescar para vivir…vivir para pescar

Pescar para  vivir…vivir para pescar
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Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad

 por esto

Significant losses in tourism sector
Importantes pérdidas al sector turístico[+] Ver mas
The weather disrupted tourism activities and only a few catamarans over 40 feet arrived from the hotel zone of Cancun, and they only had a few passengers. It was a sad and lonely day for retailers, restauranteurs, and nautical tourism providers, who remained 'paralyzed' by the low numbers of tourists and the lack of revenue. To make matters worse, in the afternoon the few visitors were rushing for umbrellas and raincoats, although there were only small amounts of light rain. The reporter toured the streets and found very little commercial activity, almost no tourists, and the shopkeepers and restaurant employees were waiting idly and reading newspapers. The few tourists who entered shops appeared to be only looking out of boredom. The businesses who leased vehicles had a good Saturday, with demand at 30%, although when the weather if the weather was better they would expect about 50 percent. The restaurants experienced a low number of diners.

Idle time for small boats
Inactiva jornada para la navegación menor+] Ver mas

The winds and rains have paralyzed the activities of the fishermen and nautical tourism providers, who resigned themselves to another day of inactivity. The low pressure system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is interacting with remnants of cold front Number Eight, which is stationary over the Yucatan Peninsula. Both systems are provoking gusty winds from the east and northeast between 30 and 40 km/hr with gusts, and a 60% probability of squalls and rains, accompanied by electrical activity. (The sun is shining this morning, and it is windy with whitecaps. The clouds are increasing in early afternoon. )

Ironic politics of austerity
Irónica política de austeridad
   An anonymous resident is quoted as complaining that there are some street lights that are lit for 24 hours, and some other street lights that do not work, 'lamenting' about neglect by the City, wasting of money for electricity, and the need for functioning streetlights for security. It is noted that the lights that are lit during the day are located on Martinez Ross Avenue, and the lights that are not working are located along the walking path around Salina Grande. Another housewife complained about the streetlights in Cañotal and along the Caribbean perimeter road (that is Martinez Ross) being on sometimes and off others, saying, "The citizens are the ones who suffer the consequences when we get the electrical bill, since the City does not pay for street lighting, they do not care." (? Residents are not directly charged for street lighting.)

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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

Remaining October Events....
November Calendar of Events... coming soon  .
 The American holiday of Halloween is observed by the expats & a few candy loving kids, while the whole community observes Day of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd.  The last day of Hanal Pixan is Nov. 8th. Special foods are available, and there is an Hanal Pixan altar contest in process, with significant cash prizes.

Summer Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday in Mexico
 Set your clocks back an hour Saturday Night

October 27 Time Change
Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Halloween

Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.

Next Thursday...

Next Friday.....
Come out and join us for our annual Day of the dead party on November 1st.  We will have live music, beer and drink specials, an all you can eat Mexican buffet for $150 pesos, costume contests and games.  Make your reservations today to ensure the best seats! -

Next Saturday......
Fenix Lounge updated their cover photo. — at Fenix Lounge.

Next Sunday....


John Cain's schedule 
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday with The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle. 

Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! — at Fenix Lounge.
Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
·Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings.

Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar

At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band

Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Below..It says City of Isla Mujeres...From a young age, we must encourage them. (This looks like it is from the United Nations Day march & event.)
Desde muy pequeños, hay que fomentarles la #ComunidadEnAcción

Gail Marie Stewart
Sometimes rainy days on Isla are a good thing. I made all my Halloween bags for the kids, changed drapes, did some Xeroxing for friend at Adrian's, got my appts. with Ursula for Monday, finished Dan Brown's latest book, INFERNO, which, BTW, is great, as good as all his others...even cooked some! Said goodbye to friends, Mark and Holly Thompson, and got a bunch of other things accomplished, after a long, long day at the mall in Cancun on Friday!
The rain, didn't put a damper on little Emilio's 6th birthday party outside, that went on till 10! Squeals of happiness and delight emanated from the street in front of my apt. I LOVE THE WAY THE KIDS HERE KNOW HOW TO AMUSE THEMSELVES, BUBBLES, CHALK, MUSIC, THEY JUST KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN, without adult assistance or a computer! I had a few goodies to contribute...Halloween plastic straws with skulls and pumpkins on them, those light-up bracelets, some decorative pencils...not much, but they we thrilled and happy to have them..So, so cute...Our kids at home need to learn from these kids about simple pleasures. They also need to learn how to amuse themselves without being dependent on adults to provide them with entertainment..No whining "I'm bored" here.

Tony Garcia  Good. Lunch at. Mango cafe


My recent photos....

The moonrise at MVC on the 18th

Sunrise at MVC on the 19th

 Sunset at MVC on the 19th, east and west

Dusk at Iguanas on the 20th

Moonrise at MVC on the 20th

Sunset at Soggy Peso on the 26th

Today around noon...

Bruce took this yesterday from the MVC front balcony & put it on fb...

I'm going to stick my neck out on this one.

If you don't know what a PibiPollo is.....Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
Ya estan casi listos pibipollo a $60 pesitos hay servicio a domicilio estamos ubicados en el templo que esta en la curva de chedraui   
They are 60p, she has delivery service and is located near the church at the curve by Chedraui.

Ya estan listos los pibipollos

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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