Monday, July 4, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 3

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Concern over loss of reefs and mangroves  

 Los arrecifes y zona de manglares

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de julio.-
    The Director of the Isla Contoy National Park, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, said the reduction in artisan fishing is due to the drastic disappearance of at least fifty percent of the reefs and mangroves in this area of the state, which is attributed to the proliferation of large tourist hotels and housing. Development and poaching are leading to the disappearance of many marine species in the northern part of the state of Quintana Roo.
       She said the ecosystems are damaged and collapsing, and in the case of the mangroves, a four year study showed losses of up to fifty percent in the Northern Zone of the state. Research indicated that the healthy reefs are declining, except Banco Chinchorro and Cozumel Island, which are the best preserved areas in Mexico. 
       She said the state of Quintana Roo is developing a biodiversity strategy and various initiatives to work toward creating a biosphere reserve; to create a hydrological reserve.  She said it is important to take this situation seriously; that the disappearance of reefs and mangroves is an issue of national security,  these resources must be conserved, which not only provide food, but which also support tourism. 
    In conclusion, she said the reefs, coastal dunes, mangroves, and sea grasses protect the area during storms, so that during the hurricane Wilma the reef surrounding Puerto Morelos  "contained the equivalent of about 25 atomic bombs". ( de tal forma que durante el huracán “Wilma”, la franja de arrecife de la zona de Puerto Morelos contuvo algo equitativo a 25 bombas atómicas.)

Blue Flag award for second consecutive year  

 Agapito iza Bandera Azul en Playa Centro por segundo año consecutivo

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de julio.-
  See City section below...

Agreement between five fishing cooperatives & "SeaEcology" & Isla Contoy Park personnel 

Pescadores de cinco cooperativas y personal del Parque Nacional Isla Contoy

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de julio.-
   The Director of the Isla Contoy National Park, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, said an agreement was reached between the fishermen of the five cooperatives of Isla Mujeres and personnel of the park regarding the remodeling of the fishing camp cabins, which should have decent bathrooms. The remodeling will be financed by the NGO "SeaEcology". It was established that the cabins are in poor condition, and there is an overgrowth of vegetation, and an intention to keep that cleared. For the benefit of the fishermen who camp there, they will be allowed to have their coolers on land, which was previously banned. This will allow them to keep their products, such as fish and lobster, in good condition. 
     The Director explained that these agreements will help the fishermen avoid spending so much money on fuel returning to Isla Mujeres to deliver their catches. The fishermen agreed to listen to reports regarding the previous season and are in agreement, and to be aware of the amount of lobster near Isla Contoy and what improvements can be made. They expressed their views about the costs of operating and maintaining the fishing camp and agreed to comply with the both the regulations of the Isla Contoy National Park, and the regulations regarding not fishing in certain areas. 
     The fishermen also agreed to assist with the control of the Red Palm Mite, for example with the treatments which are required following the Mass for the arrival of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, as part of the improvements. She said the start of the fishing season includes at field visit to review the cabins, the fishing sites and possible fishing sites for the location of casitas for the restoration of spiny lobsters to rescue the artisan fishing, in a sustainable manner.  (Lobster casitas are man made structures placed underwater where lobsters like to seek shelter.)

Handball team ranked 8th in Mexico   

 Eliminan a equipos de Q. Roo en Conadems

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de julio.-

  The male handball team of the Isla Mujeres High School, Colegio Bachilleres made it into the quarterfinals, but they did not qualify for the semifinals in the CONADEMS games (National Council for the Development of Sports in Schools), held in Torreon, Coahuila. They represented the state of Quintana Roo, and lost to the state of Guanajuato, which caused them to be ranked eighth in the nation. It was a hard fought game with overtime, and a final score of 18 to 19. The women's team also failed to qualify for the semifinals.

From yesterday....

90 days since disappearance of fishermen 

De la desaparición de pescadores

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-

  On Thursday, June 30, it was ninety days, since the five fishermen of the boat "Anastacia" left Isla Mujeres to go shark fishing at Punta Molas, near Cozumel island, and nothing is known about what happened to them. Meanwhile their families live in the midst of crippling anxiety and uncertainty, not knowing if they are alive or dead. No evidence has been found of the boat or the men.
   It was determined they were missing on the afternoon of April first, when a search was begun that lasted 22 days, without result. The wives and relatives continue to hope the five men will return. The latest news is that the PGR (Attorney General's Office) has taken up the case, after the families and wives requested intervention by the CNDH (National Human Rights Commission).

Celebrating & reinforcing the naming of Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico 

 El nombramiento de la ínsula como Pueblo Mágico

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-

Handball team: Among top 8 in Mexico   

Equipo varonil de handball

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-

  The male players of the high school in Isla Mujeres, Colegio Bachilleres, were representing the state of Quintana Roo in the CONADEM games (National Council for the Development of Sports in Education), held in Torreon, Coahuila, and were ranked among the top eight teams in the country, after completing the first phase. Ranking will be determined following competitions on Thursday, and the Isla Mujeres team are likely advance into the semifinals.

Working relentlessly & tirelessly to keep mosquitoes under control

Personal de Vectores labora a marchas forzadas para mantenerlo bajo control

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de junio.-

   The head of the Isla Mujeres Vectors Department, Jorge de la Cruz Velazquez, said the fight against the mosquito that transmits diseases such as Chikungunya, Zika, and Dengue continues every day, nearly 24 hours a day. He said they are working even during the madrugada (wee hours of the night) in a constant battle against these mosquitoes, with thermo-nebulization and fogging, as well as larval control. He said they have been treating the schools, and some churches in an attempt to cover the whole island, and he gave assurances that they are addressing them all in an thorough manner.
    He said it is important that residents review their yards and patios and eliminate any potential breeding areas for mosquitoes, and allow workers to inspect their yards and courtyards. He said it is important to allow workers to do their jobs of destroying potential breeding grounds, as well as the fogging work. He said the larval control brigades have been working in colonia Electristas, and colonia La Guadalupana, and they are doing increased fogging in areas where it is needed.
    He said there was a slight increase in the proliferation of mosquitoes after the recent rains, which they have been countering with spraying campaigns in the colonias and downtown area. He said the biggest problems are in the colonias of n La Gloria, La Guadalupana, Electricistas, Miraflores, and in the area of the Mundaca Hacienda, where there is a large concentration of vegetation.


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

Playa Centro beach receives Blue Flag Award again 

For the second consecutive year, Playa Centro has received the Blue Flag award, which was first granted to this popular beach in 2015, in recognition of its environmental management, cleanliness, safety, and services. The annual certification was granted following an assessment in June of compliance with the 33 criteria, and is certified for the 2016-2017 season.
    The Blue Flag is an international certification program for beaches, marinas and port facilities, whose main objective is to reward those coastal destinations which have achieved excellence in  environmental management, quality of facilities for hygiene and safety, implementation of activities for environmental education, and who maintain high standards of water quality.
    Qualifying for the international distinction was obtained by participation of the personnel of various departments including ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), Ecology, Public Services, Enforcement, Public Security Police and Tourist Police, Tourism, and Civil Protection. 

Urgent advisory for the senior citiens enrolled in the 65+ program who have not obtained their proof of life ('survival') document for the May-June payment period to inform them that this document can be processed on Wednesday July 6, at 10am at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria, when personnel from the Social Development agency will be available. This is necessary to collect payment for the next two month period July-August.
Aviso urgente.
A todos los abuelitos inscritos en el Programa + 65 que no han realizado su prueba de supervivencia correspondiente al bimestre mayo - junio, se les informa que este miércoles 6 de julio a las 10 de la mañana en la Dirección de Desarrollo Social ubicada en el Centro Comunitario de la colonia La Gloria, estará el personal capacitado realizando este importante trámite necesario para poder cobrar el próximo bimestre julio – agosto.

1er Campamento de Verano Vacacional de Turismo 2016 Isla Mujeres.
 This is an invitation to the  1st Summer Vacation Tourism Camp, from the Institute of Culture and Arts, with the DAS Association with conferences and workshops on subjects including the Tourism Industry, Communication, Customer Service, Local Identity, Professional Attitudes, Young Entrepreneurs, Service, Gastronomy, Bartending, Languages, Hotel Industry, Diving, and Sports.
   Discover your talents and develop those skills which will take you farther. Register and participate in professional and recreational activities dedicated to you, from July 20 to August 7. 
   Requirements include personal hygiene items; medical certificate; comfortable clothing & clothing for outdoor activities; shoes, sneakers, & sandals; sleeping accessories; and being a student in Isla Mujeres at the upper middle level.
 Contact & location information is given.

Have a good weekend!
Buen fin de semana!

Celebrating & reinforcing the naming of Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico

Three events took place reinforcing the significance of the designation of Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico.
    On Thursday afternoon the general results were presented of the diagnostic work of the Cadena Productiva (lit. Productive Chain) of Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico. Appreciation was given to all the sectors of society who participated in making this a successful task.
     The second event was held in the newly remodeled and modernized City Council room, where an agreement was signed between the City and the University of Quintana Roo, whose students will help carry out the annual evaluation established in the General Guidelines for Isla Mujeres to continue to be included in the Pueblos Magicos program. Students from UQRoo will draw up, apply, and interpret surveys of tourists visiting Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico during the vacation season, to evaluate the services provided at this tourism destination.
    The third event was held at the perimeter fence for the airfield, across from the exit of the ferry dock, where there was an unveiling of a commemorative plaque. Also, the Mayor inaugurated a large colorful mural alluding to the history of the island and the elements that make up daily life in Isla Mujeres. The Mayor spoke about being a Pueblo Magico and said the island and islanders offer friendship, cordiality, quality, history, gastronomy, architecture, world class beaches, and all the wonders of that Nature has given us. Authorities attending the event are listed.    

On Friday, "Cinema in your Neighborhood" presents "Rio" at 7:30 pm on Plaza Bicentenario in colonia La Gloría. Free.
Cine en tu Colonia.
Presenta este viernes 1 de Julio "Río" a las 7:30 pm en Plaza Bicentenario de la colonia La Gloría.
Entrada gratuita

Invitation to the Children's Futbol Soccer Grand Final July 2 at 10am in Cancun at the Campo Benito Juarez. "Don't miss it!"
Invitación para este sábado 2 de julio a la final de Futbol Soccer Juvenil Menor a las 10am.
¡No te lo puedes perder!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The Cancun office of Visitors and Conventions, Dolphin Discovery, and Disney Mexico are promoting the premiere of the movie "Finding Dory" from June 27 to July 24th. Link


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Lack of sidewalks in Sac Bajo 
En riesgo por falta de áreas peatonaleso.. [+] Ver masFull article & photo at this link
    The tourists who walk into Sac Bajo to see the Makax lagoons, the channel for small boats, and the flora and fauna are at risk, because there is a lack of sidewalks for most of the two kilometer road. The road is often busy with vehicles, the weeds are not cleared from beside the pavement, and the tourists don't want to step into the vegetation because they are afraid of the risk of being attacked by insects and poisonous animals.

Classic islander baseball game Sunday  
Mañana, clásico isleño en béisbol[+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link

   On Sunday, two islander teams will clash at the El Pescador stadium for the start of the summer season of the Tecnológica League. The local circuit of this league includes teams from  Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos y Cozumel. (In the recent winter season, these two Isla Mujeres teams fought over the Championship and second place).
     The game will start at noon with the Cocteleros acting as the Visiting team and the Pescadores as the Home team. Players, coaches, and administrators are listed. The general public is invited and encouraged to come and enjoy the show, which is expected to be good.

Good start to lobster season  
Buen inicio de captura de langosta. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
    Fishermen with the five Isla Mujeres cooperatives reported good catches on the first day of lobster season. Some reported they made more than 2000 pesos on the first day, and expect the same on the second day. The price per kilo is 440 pesos for tails and 250 for whole lobsters. The cost can vary, depending on how much is retained by each cooperative for administrative expenses. Members and some administrators with the Isla Mujeres fishing cooperatives Caribe, Patria y Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and Makax agree with this, but also say you must be aware that the catches will decrease in upcoming days, because in the fall the norte winds cause the lobsters to walk southward. The fishermen are diving and collecting lobsters from their traps north and south of Isla Mujeres and near Isla Contoy National Park.

  No Hyperbaric Chamber
    The season began on July 1, lasting eight months, and the fishermen are currently vulnerable in the event of any cases of accidental decompression, because the hyperbaric chamber for treating them is not available due to a lack of funding. It was never moved to the Community Hospital. It did not receive maintenance during the four months of the lobster fishing ban, and lacks any patronage money for this responsibility.

From yesterday....

Cutting mangroves in Sac Bajo 
Otro ecocidio en Sac-Bajoe.. [+] Ver mas
    Municipal authorities were informed by residents regarding cutting of mangrove plants in Sac Bajo with a chainsaw, using a small mobile power plant. Piles of wood have been placed to build a pier. It is noted in the past three years there have been other cases of destruction of protected mangrove plants without penalties being imposed. The workers did not want to talk to the reporter, and were focused on their work with the noisy chainsaw, which is a unique sound in the wetland area. A few meters away. there are municipal closure seals that were placed last year on a nearby property of nearly one hectare, after mangrove plants were cut down there.  

Broken pole replaced   
Se quiebra un poste en Sac-bajo [+] Ver mas
    Although the wooden electrical poles generally have a longer life than the concrete poles, one of them broke in Sac Bajo, causing fear among tourists, residents, and workers. Crews with the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) interrupted the work they were doing in colonia La Gloria, and immediately attended the emergency, replacing the post and restoring service to nearby establishments.

Accident between golf cart and car 
Choque entre carrito de golf y automóvil. [+] Ver mas

    A golf cart driven by a tourist and owned by the Gomar agency (#5) had an accident with compact car transporting workers, causing damage to the car. The white Toyota suffered damage and a dent in the left frontal area. Traffic police arrived promptly to expedite negotiations, a settlement was  agreed upon, and everyone was on their way quickly. These incidents occur regularly due to the abundance of golf carts on the roads.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

July events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
July 19    7:21p
July 20    8:10
July 21    8:56
July 22    9:42 
July 23   10:44
July 24   11:10   

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.

The Maya Riviera Film Festival concluded in Playa de Carmen on June 30, and is supposed to be coming to Isla Mujeres this month. Last year it was two or three evenings on the Posada beach, shown on a big inflatable screen, shortly after sunset.  Schedule TBA. Link to Website.  Link to FB page.

July 4, Monday  Independence Day in the US

July 7 Thursday Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

July 10-23  Whale Shark Festival.    Schedule TBA.
  Some of the Sea Walls artists will be touching up the murals from two years ago and adding new ones. 

July 15 Friday Classes End & Vacation begins

July 21 Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

Starting in July, the Artist's Fairs are being scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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