Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 26

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Boat contest for the Festivities for the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre

 Con motivo de los festejos de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de agosto.-

    The prize for the best decorated boat will be 2000 pesos, with second place winning 1500 pesos and third place will receive 1000 pesos. The Church of Immaculate Conception announced that this contest is part of the festivities for the procession of the Virgin of Caridad de Cobre from Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy, which is scheduled for September 12th.
      The deadline to register is September 10, and the first 30 boats to register will receive a gasoline voucher worth 200 pesos. Owners of all types of boats are encouraged to participate including fishing, whale shark tours, sport fishing, and diving.
    The procession for Our Lady of Charity will leave the concrete pier near the vehicle ferry terminal at 8am on September 12th, and people will gather an hour earlier, so they can call on the boat owners to participate with their families. (The Virgin of Caridad de Cobre is considered to protect fishermen, and they move her to the little chapel at their fishing camp at Isla Contoy, each year, to 'watch over' the lobster fishermen. There is a Mass and people often share food or 'picnic' before returning to Isla Mujeres.)


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

The Mariachis of the Navy Department offered an unforgettable evening of music at the Town Square, where the large audience enjoyed every song.
Una velada musical inolvidable, ofreció el Mariachi de la Secretaría de Marina en la explanada municipal deleitando a un numeroso público que disfrutó cada interpretación.

The annual beach cleaning took place at the beaches and fishermen's camp area on Isla Contoy, with participation by the fishermen of the cooperative Social Justicia, CONANP, and the City of Isla Mujeres, in preparation for the annual procession of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, which will be celebrated on Saturday, September 12th.
Con la participación de pescadores de la Cooperativa Justicia Socia, Conanp y el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres se llevó a cabo la limpieza anual de las playas y del campamento pesquero de Isla Contoy.
Preparando todo para la tradicional precesión de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre que en esta ocasión se celebrará el sábado 12 de septiembre.

 If you missed the magnificent performance by the Naval Mariachis, you will have another chance tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 27, at 8pm, at the Town Square.
¿Te perdiste la presentación del Mariachi de la Secretaría de Marina?
Tienes otra oportunidad de disfrutar este magnífico recital.
Este jueves 27 de agosto, a las 8 de la noche, en la explanada municipal


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

  •   Ferries return to their regular schedules


    Regresan  los ferrys a sus horarios habitualesRegresan los ferrys a sus horarios habituales

    0 26 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

    The vehicle ferry has returned to its regular schedule of five crossings daily, after the demand created by the summer holidays has decreased. On Monday thru Saturday they depart from Isla Mujeres at 6a, 9:30a, 12:45p, 4:15p, and 7:15p.  They depart from Punta Sam at 7:15a, 11a, 2:45p, 5:30p, and 8:15p.  On Sundays there are four round trips, departing Isla Mujeres at 8a, noon, 4:15, and 7:15, and departing Punta Sam at 9:15, 1:30, 5:30, and 8:15. The company confirmed that this schedule will remain in effect until there is a change in demand that requires more crossings.

  • Ha descendido la ocupación


    Ha descendido la ocupación

    0 26 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

    Although the tourism season ended on Friday,  hotel occupancy has remained above 50%, according to the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, who said this indicates a good season. He is optimistic about the statistics and the lower occupancy that occurs in the upcoming months, noting that everything depends on the weather, and potential hurricanes affect occupancy.

    Helping conservation of sea turtles

    Medio ambiente

    Fomentan el cuidado  de la tortuga  marinaFomentan el cuidado de la tortuga marina

    0 26 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

    The Director of the Sea Turtle Conservation program on the island asked people to contribute to the protection of these endangered species and help with the work being done on the beaches. She said to achieve a flawless record for the release of hatchlings, it is necessary that the community also contribute and avoid the theft of eggs that are found on the beach. She said in these months, half buried eggs can commonly be found on the beaches, so it is important to cover them with sand, place a marker, and report them so they can be protected
            She said although there are qualified personnel to do this work, they are often overwhelmed by the amount of turtles that come ashore on the same night. She said, "At times it is difficult and it is normal for a turtle to come ashore without supervision and deposit her eggs." If you find eggs, mark the spot and report it to one of these numbers:   9982250616, or 9981840096 or 9982155763.

    Por Carlos Gasca

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Indolence by lanchero boats from P. Juarez
Indolencia por parte de lancheros[+] Ver mas
           A tour boat for tourists, "Chan Jos", from one of the Puerto Juarez cooperatives, came ashore at Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach) on Tuesday morning, and several tourist disembarked, with great difficulty, traversing the distance between the bow and the shore, including several children.
        This is not allowed because of the danger it poses, and the Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said this will not be tolerated. "All boats must dock at the piers of the Port Authority or at docks of an individual or of a cooperative, and if they do not comply they could face a fine and termination of their tourism permit due to offering services in an unauthorized area," he said.  He said during the holiday period, the Port Authority inspectors were assisted by five FIDENA cadets, who monitored that they vessels has the required safety equipment, current documents, did not exceed capacity, and were not outside the authorized areas.
       He said they will not permit these situations and are emphasizing that this type of activity is not to be repeated, because if it is, a fine can be invoked from 3500 to 70,000 pesos, and their tourism permit can be revoked. He said, "I don't think it is worth the risk, especially considering there is an infrastructure of docks available on the island for loading and unloading passengers."  He said there are some captains in the tourism cooperatives of Puerto Juarez who prefer to unload their passengers on the beach to save paying the fee for the pier, which is around seven pesos per person.

Disparate statistics for overnight tourism
Cifras dispares sobre turismo de pernocta+] Ver mas

       While the municipal Director of Tourism reports that hotel occupancy is nearly 60%, the small hotels have 40% occupancy at best, and some have only three or four rooms occupied. The large hotels such as Ixchel, Aluxes, and Palace are at about 80 %, even though the holidays are over.  The Director of Tourism said, "There is still plenty of daytime tourism, but not overnight tourism. We have noticed that there are many Asian and African-American on the island." There are now golf carts available and the ferries are no longer running at 100 percent capacity as was seen in recent days. The beaches are still busy, and the hostels are enjoying good occupancy, which are the preferred lodging of the backpackers, who do not mind sharing a room or a bathroom.

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August events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Wednesday, August 5 8pm Circus BamBam (near Boxito, east of Chedraui). Tickets 50 pesos. Performance for the benefit of Medical and Therapy needs for kids with Down syndrome, coordinated by Corozon del Willito. Raffle for two sets of tix to swim with Dolphins for 2 people at Dolphin Discovery.

Friday, August 7, Junk collections in  Salina Chica, Electricistas, and at  Colegio de Bachilleres.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11 and be most visible on August 14 when the moon is new

Aug 10-14 Catholic festival for the Assumption of Mary. .Link to translation of schedule.

State campaign for the collection of broken electronics and appliances July 29 to August 28 at the Hacienda Mundaca tourist building at the Ecology Department, 9-4, Paseo de las Aves, colonia La Gloria

Thursday August 13 at 1pm at the Futbol Rapido soccer field: 2nd "Gotcha" Paintball Tournament  
August 14-17 Isla Fest   Anniversary of the Founding of the town in 1850     
7p Town Square Inauguration
Gastronomic event with Tik in Xic fish
Local Talent Night
Coronation of the Queen of the Festival

Friday August 14 
10am Casa de Cultura  Oratory Competition 
7pm  Casa de Cultura  Photography and documentary exposition "Art of Fishing"
                                     Historical conference by historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid
8pm Immaculate Conception Auditorium  Performance by The Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres
5:30pm Procession from Sangrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church in La Gloria to the Immaculate Conception Church on the Town Square

~7 or7:30  Mass on Town Square for consecration, with candles officiated by Mons. Fabio Martinez Castilla
8pm Religious Procession through the downtown streets, returning to the Town Square where there will be Fireworks
10pm Regional Dance

Sunday, August 16 Town Square
7pm  Performance of "Añoranza for Isla Mujeres"  (Yearning for Isla Mujeres)
          by the Quintana Roo Folklorico Ballet Group
         State Musical Group

Monday, August 17
9:30am  Departing from the API pier: Wreath placement event at the Cross in the Bay
6:30pm Town Square  Special Session of the Town Council
9 pm Performance by the musical group "Marconi"

 Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m. a vegetarian dinner to benefit the animals of the street. The money raised will be used to by food for stray cats and dogs will be at the restaurant da Luisa at Casa Ixchel Hotel.  150 pesos, beverages are separate. (a mixed vegetarian entree and a vegetarian pasta, accompanied by bread). Buy your ticket at: Gelateria Italiana FraSe on Madero avenue or  at Hotel Casa Ixchel.

 August 24, Monday: School resumes (Teachers return the week before)
Tickets available for free theater event Saturday at the Casa de Cultura (see below)

Tuesday Aug. 25 8p Town Square Naval Mariachis

Repeat performance by the Naval Mariachis...same time, same place! Thursday Aug 27.
Thursday, Aug. 27  7:30pm,  dome on the Bachilleres campus,  photographic exhibition of the 25 years since the birth of this institution in the municipality

Friday, Aug. 28 Inauguration of the new hospital
Friday, Aug. 28  8pm In front of the Town Hall  Video spectacular 'mapping'  "Isla Mujeres Vive/Live" Isla Fest event.
Aug 28-Sept 20  Video Mapping is a light projection technique that causes fascinating visual effects.
Here is an example below and at  (Link)

Saturday, Aug 29 Casa de Cultura by Theater Company "La Libelula""Cuentos en Movimiento" (Stories in Motion) at 5p (For the whole family) and "La Risa Extraviada" (Lost Laughter) at 7p (For teens & adults) Tickets available August 24th. Free event  Isla Fest.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Wednesdays in September  5p-8p  Nico's Restaurant,  $30usd Painting Class with profits donated to Isla Animals & Little Yellow Schoolhouse  HH drinks & appetizers available

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