Monday, May 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, May 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Differing opinions on tourism 

Diversas perspectivas en la afluencia de turistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de mayo.-
  The representative from CANIRAC (restaurant owners organization) says the demand for services at restaurants has declined considerably in the past three weeks, while the leader of CROC (union for hotel & restaurant workers) says that demand for labor has not decreased since the end of 2015.  The CANIRAC (Industria Restaurantera y Alimentos Condimentados) representative in Isla Mujeres is Baltazar Maldonado Tun, and the CROC union leader in Isla Mujeres is Román Maldonado Euan.


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

There were 114 boats participating in the exciting two day fishing tournament, which is one of the most important sporting competitions in Quintana Roo. This was the XIII edition of the Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana Tournament. The crew of the "Melissa" of Puerto Aventuras won with 27,238 points.
Second place went to Crystal Blue of Florida, USA, with 6757 points
Third went to Elayne of Isla Mujeres with 6213 points
This tournament keeps alive the fishing traditions of Isla Mujeres
Llegó a su fin el torneo de pesca más emblemático de Isla Mujeres.
Fueron dos días de intensas emociones en una de las competencias deportivas de Quintana Roo que año con año adquiere más importancia y prestigio.
Con la participación de 114 embarcaciones, la edición XIII del torneo que lleva el nombre de uno de los más recordados hombres de mar de la ínsula, este año 2016 resultó memorable.
Siempre con un espíritu de sana y respetuosa competencia deportiva, el Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña tiene el objetivo de mostrar al mundo las cualidades y bondades de nuestras aguas para la práctica de la pesca y otras actividades marinas.
En esta ocasión, los tripulantes de la embarcación Melissa de Puerto Aventuras, fueron los ganadores del primer lugar con 27, 238. 40 puntos
El segundo lugar, con 6, 757. 40 puntos, correspondió a la embarcación Crystal Blue procedente del Estado de Florida USA.
Los tripulantes de la embarcación originaria Isla Mujeres, Elayne, se acreditaron el tercer lugar con 6, 213. 30 puntos.
Con la realización en este 2016 del XIII Torneo de Pesca Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña, se mantiene viva la tradición pesquera de Isla Mujeres.

Governor Borge reports that the number of passengers transported to Isla Mujeres has grown 64.5% in the past five years
  Governor Roberto Borge Angulo reported that the number of passengers to Isla Mujeres has increased by 64.5% during his administration, and continues to grow, with excellent prospects for the upcoming months.  In 2011, there were 1,342,671 passengers transported to Isla Mujeres, while last year that number reached 2,212,591. This is a difference of 869,920, which is an increase of a little over 64.5 percent in the past five years. 
    According to APIQRoo (Quintana Roo Port Authority) between January and April, 712,314 passengers were transported to the island, which is an increase of 16% over the 626,678 who arrived during this same period last year. The Governor attributed this to intensive tourism promotion, the diversity of the island's attractions, its security, the quality of its services, and the warmth of its people, which have made Isla Mujeres a favorite destination for international and domestic tourists. He said its strategic location makes it a "must visit" spot for tourists who come to Cancun, increasing their opportunities for fun and entertainment.
     The influx of visitors and rate of growth continues with 172,402 passengers arriving at the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres in April, compared to 169,905 last year in the same month, which is an increase of 2 percent. APIRQRoo is  expecting the number of arrivals to surpass the one million mark in June, and projecting an 18 percent increase in the number of passengers arriving and departing at the Terminal for the first half of the year, compared to 2015.
       The Governor said that strengthening tourism promotion for the state has been a priority since the beginning of his administration. Increasing tourism promotion for Isla Mujeres has made it one of the top destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. In addition, there has been improvement of  urban infrastructure and modernization of the port facilities. The Maritime Terminal opened in October 2014, after an investment of over 40 million pesos, which improved the quality of services and responded to the growing demand and the promising future.
      The Director of APRQRoo, Erce Barron Barrera, said the increase in passengers to Isla Mujeres clearly reflects the progress achieved during the administration of Governor Borge.

Excellent Sunday afternoon!
Excelente tarde de domingo!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Aquí puedes consultar la tabla de puntuaciones del XIII Torneo de Pesca Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña (Los 10 primeros lugares)

Here is the score board of the XIII FISHING TOURNAMENT COSME ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ MAGAÑA (the first 10 places) LINK to photo 

The boat "Melissa" repeated itself with a catch of another Blue Marlin, of 196 pounds, and became the winner of the XIII Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana"   Photo at link 
Embarcación "Melissa" repite la hazaña y logra mantenerse como ganador absoluto del XIII torneo de pesca "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" con otro Marlín Azul de 196 libras


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Safety training for car ferry staff  
Mejoran protocolos de seguridad en ferry c.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link

  Personnel with the Car Ferry company which travels between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam, have been undergoing training since March to meet IGS Code certification, in compliance with international safety and security protocols, with audits by PDT (Personal Designada en Tierra,) people on land, as well as on the boat, at sea.  These systems allow identification of possible failures in the vessels, and include training to prevent pollution at sea and for the safety of passengers and crew. IGS stands for Sistema de Gestión para la Seguridad or Management System for Security.

Whale shark season "begins" without permits  
Inició temporada, pero sin permisose.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
   The DGVS (Wildlife Department) has not yet released the 300 whale shark tour boat permits. According to new regulations, the area of the whale sharks has been increased from 279,285 hectares to  633,398 hectares, placing the entire area under the Management Plan, and the start date was changed from May 15 to May 22. The DGVS announced that the number of tourists allowed in boats under 40 feet has been reduced from ten to six.
     The agency PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) had a project to encourage the licensees to install satellite equipment in all the boats, for general monitoring, but this was not established as a requirement. It has been said that no agents have been assigned, and in the past there have been complaints about whale sharks being abused or mistreated, with requests for improved surveillance by authorities. Several boaters said that in the past, the maximum capacity requirement around the perimeter of 16 boats has not been respected.
        There is a plan to place buoys to cause freighters and cruise ships to modify their routes during the five months of the year when the whale sharks are in the area, which has been proposed, but not yet implemented.

Citizen proposal for trash recycling 
Iniciativa ciudadana para reciclar la basura. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
   A civil association has created a proposal for trash management and recycling, and a Mayoral candidate has expressed an interest in adopting the proposal if elected.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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.

May events

Sunset ~7:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 21   7:20
May 22   8:11
May 23   9:01
May 24   9:52
May 25  10:41
May 26  11:28

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" at 8pm on the Town Square.
May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla

May 7, Saturday   "Ballet Son del Caribe" a troupe of five senior citizen women,  will dance at 7pm  at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AA group "Una Esperanza en mi Vida", who are presenting an artistic and cultural festival featuring representations from the Mayan culture, regional traditions, and in collaboration with the children's ballet of the Casa de Cultura.

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 10 Mother's Day
May 12-20 Group exhibition at the Casa de Cultura 

May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights  (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Sunday, Pueblo Magico nights present the Isadora Duncan Academy of Jazz at 8p in the Town Square
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights 

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