Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, March 2

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 to benefit Isla charities 
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featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Agapito: Guest of honor at awards ceremony 

  See City section below...

Agapito attends celebration of IX anniversary of Bacalar becoming a Pueblo Magico   

Comuna se suma a los festejos de IX aniversario de Bacalar

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de marzo.- .
See City section below..


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

In accordance with instructions from Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, in order to have a more efficient  "City in Your Neighborhood Program", the municipal department Directors held a planning meeting to define strategies, plans, and schedules for activities.
Siguiendo las instrucciones del presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, en el sentido de hacer más eficiente el Programa Ayuntamiento en tu Colonia, directores de la comuna realizaron una reunión de trabajo en la que se definieron rutas, estrategias y calendarización de actividades.

Isla Mujeres joins Bacalar in celebration of "Pueblos Magicos" 

 Officials from Isla Mujeres attended a celebration  of the ninth anniversary of Bacalar becoming a Pueblo Magico. They were the first in the state of Quintana Roo to become a Pueblo Magico. 
      The festival took place on the premises of the historic Fort of San Felipe de Bacalar, with hundreds of people in attendance to enjoy the dances, musical performances, plays, art exhibitions, and the participation of Isla Mujeres. During the evening there was a signing of a Charter of Friendship between the Pueblos Magicos of the Yucatan Peninsula, with the goal of exchanging and sharing of successful experiences and activities. 
       Isla Mujeres officials who attended included: Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, Director of Tourism, Carlos Ruben Perez Martin, Director of the Institute of Culture and Arts and Gerardo Magana Barragan, President of the Pueblo Magico Committee of Isla Mujeres.

"Movies in your neighborhood" present "Antz" on Friday, March 4 at 7pm in colonia La Gloria. Free entry. Don't miss it!
Cine en tu colonia presenta "Hormiguitas" este viernes 4 de marzo a las 7pm en Colonia La Gloria. Entrada gratuita.
¡No te lo puedes perder!

On Tuesday morning, Isla Mujeres mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez was a guest of honor at an awards ceremony for the Distinction "H", "M", and Clean Point (Punto Limpio) at the hotel resort Secret Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort Isla Mujeres Palace.
La mañana de este martes, el presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez acudió como invitado y testigo de honor al evento de entrega de Distintivos “H”, “M” y Punto Limpio a los hoteles Secret Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort Isla Mujeres Palace.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

IM begins month of March on the right foot 
IM comienza el mes de marzo con buen pie .. [+] Ver mas
   With overall hotel occupancy at 85 percent, Isla Mujeres began the month of March on the right foot, with a good demand for products and services, which is expected to increase to 100 percent in a couple of weeks. The IMH (Isla Mujeres Hotel) group reported occupancy of 74%, while the Pequeños Fascinantes Hoteles group reported 88 percent. In addition there are guests staying in "pirate" houses and apartments who are not paying the 3% lodging tax, which are usually marketed via the internet to tourists in the United States and Canada.
    Hoteliers attribute the good occupancy to the promotional work that has been done in recent years, which has paid off, although they emphasized that the best promotion is word of mouth, which is why it is important to offer quality and satisfaction, to encourage visitors to return and to recommend this place. They expect Easter occupancy rates to reach 100 percent, and it is nearly impossible to find a room at that time, except for last minute cancellations of reservations.
    Sunny skies and warm temperatures caused many people to visit the beach and go into the waters, while others sought shade under umbrellas or palms. Golf cart rental agencies reported that demand was at 80%, therefore tourists who wanted units at 1pm found them easily.

Increased cost of fish  
Encarecerá el kilogramo de pescado.. [+] Ver mas
   Due to the shortage of seafood, there has been an average increase of 10 pesos per kilogram of fish, and a supply is not guaranteed during Lent, therefore hotels and restaurants are stocking up.(This is the equivalent of ~25c usd/lb) In the storage areas of the fishing cooperatives, there are kilos of lobster which were caught before the ban began, and a little frozen grouper which was captured before the first of February, when the ban began on that species. Meanwhile, fresh fish is scarce.
       At the end of the lobster season, the fishermen of Isla Mujeres saw a slight increase in production, while bringing their last traps. In contrast, the fishing has been slow and there are barely enough fish to be marketed to local residents, while many restaurants are forced to obtain supplies elsewhere.
    On of the fishermen said, "Usually there is enough to sell to the community, including the restaurants and to market the rest to the buyers from Progreso, but currently there is a scarcity, and what is caught is sold to the first people who come to the cooperatives, who know to meet the boats early when they arrive, or otherwise they'll miss out." He said most of the cooperatives do not have enough fish in their storage areas and the fishermen don't know whether they will be able to meet the demand during Lent, due to unfavorable weather conditions and because there is not an abundant amount of fish in the sea.
          He said, "There is not a lack, but there is a shortage, partially because we are in the midst of the closed season for grouper and abadejo, which are two species who are usually in high demand among consumers, but we must refrain from going out and harpooning them, although they are usually our strong sellers.  He said there are a few fishermen who capture fish with hooks on lines or long lines and with nets, which are labor intensive with small results at the end of the day.
     He said, "Due to the increased demand, the price of fish is rising at least 10 pesos per kilo, while the supply is affected by the bans and the catches are small."

 Current prices, followed by price with increase:
Abadejo   120 pesos kilo, 130 pesos kilo
Large Grouper: Mero grande (temporada) 100 “ “ 110 “ “
Canané 75 “ “ 85 “ “
Boquinete 75 “ “ 85 “ “
Large Snapper: Pargo grande 75 “ “ 85 “ “
Small Grouper  Mero chico (in season) 45 “ “ 50 “ “
Coronado 55 “ “ 65 “ “
Sierra 55 “ “ 65 “ “
Cojinuda 55 “ “ 65 “ “
Fish filets: Filete pescado 80 “ “ 90 “ “
Lion fish filets: Filete pez león 140 “ “ 160 “ “
Whole Lion Fish: Pez león entero 75 “ “ 85 “ “

Tortugranja needs attention   
Tortugranja en total descuidoa .. [+] Ver mas
       Some visitors say it is sad to see the turtles, lobsters, starfish, octopus, seahorses, and other animals in small tanks and aquariums, and they think the facility should be improved. There are areas of glass in need of cleaning and some algae is growing which needs attention and makes a bad impression on the tourists. There are also complaints about a lack of guides to explain the exhibits, and that some people are ignoring the signs and touching the animals.
        The entry fee is 30 pesos or three dollars. It is unknown how many turtle hatchlings were released this year during the season of protection, when nearly all the releases were carried out in a private manner. Turtle food is sold in small bags to tourists at the entrance to the facility, who feed the animals, and it is not known if they are overfed. It is noted that the Director of the Tortugranja, Raciel Rivero Coba, is also involved with the Board of Directors of the Patria & Progreso fishing cooperative.

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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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6:40 beginning March 1st: Magic Classes
 (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  7pm Antz movie in La Gloria, Free (Probably under the blue dome)

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Giving away glucometers and supplies for blood glucose testing to diabetics.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation  
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday
March 20-27  Holy Week
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school  


March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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