Sunday, October 11, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 11

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

More resources for promotion

The distinction of being a "Pueblo Magico" could put an end to the off seasons

Esperan con la distinción de “Pueblo Mágico” y así poner fin a temporadas bajas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de octubre.-
   The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco,  said that with the Pueblo Magico designation, it is expected that more resources will be available for promoting tourism, and this larger budget for promotion should benefit all sectors economically. He expects the low season that occurs in annually in September, October, and part of November to be completely eradicated, and notes this years low season has been better than previous years, regarding the number of visitors. e said not only has this season been better economically, but there has also been more overnight tourism. He attributed these improvements to efforts made by the State Ministry of Tourism via the Office of Visitors and Conventions (CVB).

Growing interest among islanders regarding proposal to construct a cruise ship pier

Por construcción de muelle de cruceros

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de octubre.-
 See translation below 

Preserving the species: Priority

No increase in visitors to Whale Shark tour area

No aumentarán visitantes por avistamiento de tiburón ballena

CANCUN, BJ, 10 de octubre.-

  The Director of Tourism in Isla Mujeres, Gustavo Rodriguez Orosco, said there will be no increase whale shark tourism. In order to preserve this species that visits the waters of the Mexican Caribbean, new rules prevent there from being new licensees in operation. To date there are about 120 operators who are authorized and that number will no increase in 2016.
     In 2015, about 25,000 tourists bought tours to visit the whale sharks, which was a 25 percent increase over 2014. He said, "What we want is to benefit both parties, tourism and the environment." He said we must remember that too much exploitation could scare away the whale sharks, causing the collapse of business for hundreds of families.
     While the authorities work together to prevent 'piracy' (tours by non-licensed boats), the licensees were working one day on and one day off. Tourists who visit the whale sharks are not only American or Mexican, but there were also a few Europeans. (and Asians).

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

October 10 International Day for Mental Health
Hoy 10 de Octubre, Día Mundial de la Salud Mental.

Preserving these species of crab is the job of everyone
Cuidar las especies de cangrejo es tarea de todos.

The work of cleaning and maintaining the public areas of the island continues in all the corners of the island.
Los trabajos de mantenimiento y limpieza de áreas públicas continúan por todos los rincones de la isla.

Theater workshop for young people and adults. Come and learn how to put on a show.
Taller de ‪#‎teatro‬ para jóvenes y adultos. Ven y aprende como nace un espectáculo.

October 10 International Day Against the Death Penalty
Hoy 10 de Octubre, Día Mundial contra la pena de muerte.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Dock  could end off season
  • Infraestructura

    Podría acabar muelle con la temporada baja

    0 11 de octubre de 2015 Carlos Gasca

        The Director General of the state Port Authority, (APIQRoo), Ercé Barrón Barrera. said he is working on a project to establish a cruise route that would include the island. This project would involve the construction of a pier (in another article, he said this proposed pier would be built on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres). 
          He said this project has not been finalized, but the procedures to seek approval from the Department of Communication and Transport have been started. This project would require an estimated investment of around 700 million pesos
        . Island entrepreneurs recognize that this proposal might be feasible, but there is skepticism because this proposal has been made many times and was never carried out. It is possible that building a cruise pier could put an end to off season.

    City celebrates fishermen on their day


    Festejan Ayuntamiento a los pescadores

    0 11 de octubre de 2015   This information was translated yesterday.

    Assurances that trash will be transferred

    Medio ambiente

    Garantizan limpiar basura

    0 11 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

            The municipal Director of Public Services, Manuel Figueroa Cetina, confirmed that the ~800 tonnes of trash at the Transfer Facility should be removed by before the end of year holiday season. He said there has been some problems with the vehicles that are responsible for transporting the trash, but this should be resolved this month.  
          He said the Mayor is committed to having this trash transferred to the mainland before the holiday begin at the end of the year. He said there is more than 800 tonnes of trash that have accumulated, and they move an average of a little over 50 tonnes daily.
         In spite of this problem, the daily trash collection in the streets has not been interrupted and is done every day, including weekends. He said the Mayor has given instructions to keep the streets clean and they are focused on this.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Not feeling the "low season"
No se sintió “el bajón”+] Ver mas
    Entrepreneurs agree that this September the off season was not felt as much as usual. Many of the businesses that closed down have reopened and that, in general, an improvement in business was noted during the first week in October. The head of the local branch of the National Chamber of Commerce, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, said that this year there was a slight increase in hotel occupancy during slow season, compared to last year, and employment has increased by 6 percent.
       The leader of the CROC labor union said that there have been more requests for workers this past week, compared to the previous two weeks. One of the businesses that has reopened is Yax (sic), a well known restaurant along the malecon. Others have laid off workers, and only retained the evening shift.
      The island benefited from the lack of seaweed on our beaches this summer, compared to other locations of the Mexican Caribbean, in combination with the maintenance of North Beach and Playa Centro to maintain the international quality standards that gave these beaches the Blue Flag designation. (Playa Norte earned the White Flag designation, and Playa Centro earned the Blue Flag designation.)

Middle school has new director
Secundaria ya tiene nuevo director[+] Ver mas

Fifth cycle of larvae control underway
En marcha quinto ciclo de control larvario[+] Ver mas

 This information about fumigating all the neighborhoods of the island was translated yesterday.

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are 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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 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)

From Sally MargolisHi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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