Thursday, July 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 28

Please pardon the gaps in publishing, due to problems with our internet service. We are persistently contacting the company, via phone and in person, who sound very earnest when they promise to send a tech to repair the line. Enjoy the mural pictures below! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities  are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
Anastacia FB pages and 

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Children in Summer Camp help with reforestation

Participan en brigada de reforestación

Niños del Baaxalo’ob Paalalo’ob

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de julio.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
See translation in City section below  
 Ferry company struggles to keep up with demand of thousands of tourists visiting Isla Mujeres

No se da abasto transporte marítimo en Isla Mujeres

Por incesante arribo de turistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de julio.-
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   This past weekend, there were long lines of tourists waiting in the morning to come to the island from Gran Puerto, and long lines in the afternoon when the visitors wanted to return to the mainland. In the mornings, it was more orderly, with tourists arriving between 9am and noon on Saturday and Sunday. 
         The longest lines occurred occurred after 5pm on Sunday afternoon when hundreds lined up  to leave, but each boat only has room for 260 people. Although the ferry company had put nearly all its boats into service, there were too many people who wanted to go to the mainland. This created long lines, which at times obstructed access to the taxi stand, and to some shops and restaurants. 
    Some passengers have complained that a single ferry company cannot meet the demand, and they say another company is needed, while others say that this is not necessary, because the problems only occur during the holiday periods.
Poor weather causes financial losses for whale shark tour operators   

Millonarias pérdidas para permisionarios

Mal clima impidió avistamiento de tiburón ballena

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de julio.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link. 
  Whale shark tour operators estimate that their sector lost around 1.2 million pesos when the Port Authority restricted small boats from going out at the last minute, due to large swells and strong winds in the morning. 
      Dozens of boats had begun preparing at 6am, with the intention of taking tourists out from various parts of the mainland including Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam, and the Hotel Zone of the Isla Mujeres Continental area. At 7:20am, the Harbor Master announced that these activities would be suspended due to inappropriate weather, which included strong choppy currents, and intense winds. This affected a maximum of 120 boats who offer the tours, of which about 70 are from Isla Mujeres and the other 50 are from Cancun and Holbox. 
   The Harbor Master said that this was done to ensure the safety of each and every visitor. He also said if the tours had taken place as scheduled, the tourists would have suffered severe seasickness and vomiting, as a result of the large waves, and what was intended to be a pleasurable tour would have been unpleasant, uncomfortable experience.
Over 1500 Catholics attended the Fifth Praise & Prayer event  

Se congregan más de mil 500 fieles

Durante Quinto Estallido de Alabanza y Oración

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de julio.-
Leer más.. Photo & full article at this link.
  The event took place Friday at the Town Square, starting at 7:15 pm, featuring members of the Ministry of the Divine Child Jesus from Merida, Yucatan, and the Isla Mujeres youth group, Carisma Joven. It featured emotional moments.
     Next the Carisma Youth Group will begin preparing for  “El Congreso Eucarístico” on August 12, when thousands of people are expected to come to Isla Mujeres, where the event is being hosted.

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

There is a post with information about financial scholarships for students with economic needs, including what documents are required, and dates and location for submitting them.

Children in the Baax Loob Paala Loob summer camp help with reforestation  
  On Wednesday, more than 40 children who are participating in the “Baax lo’ob Paala lo’ob” Summer Camp helped plant trees and plants at the municipal nursery at the Mundaca Hacienda. This event was part of the many, various activities conducted by the camp, to raise awareness about caring for the environment. It was organized by volunteers and members of the Departments of Sports and of Ecology. Next Tuesday they will conduct a crafts workshop to reuse recycled materials.
    The children learned about the plants which were planted, including chit, guayacán and ciricote, and about how to use dried vegetation for compost. There was a discussion about separation of trash at home, and using compost to fertilize gardens, and how this allows for more nutrients to be given to the plants. 

This is an invitation to participate in the 8th edition of the National Contest for Social Guidance

The Secretary of Culture, via  the Institute of Culture and the Arts of Isla Mujeres, invites all children to participate in the Children's Drawing & Reading Contest based on the children's stories of  José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi. Contact info is given.
La Secretaria de Cultura a través del Instituto de Cultura y las Artes de Isla Mujeres, invita a todos los niños a participar en el “Concurso de Lectura y Dibujo Infantil, Fabulas: José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi para Niños”.
Consulta las bases en o para mayor información: tel: 01 (55) 4155 0800 exts. 3734 y 3719, correos electrónicos: y


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

This article says the 25 y.o. driver whose car went over the cliffs facing the Caribbean sea wasn't hurt and wasn't under the influence of alcohol, but simply lost control because he fell asleep. A tow truck (grua) is coming from Cancun to pull it up off the rocks, where it stopped, not far from the sea. Photo with article and HERE  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Mayor-elect Carrillo introduces his transition team 
Carrillo presenta a su equipo de transiciónVer masFull article and photo at this link
    Mayor-elect Carrillo introduced his transition team at an event at a downtown hotel, and said this does not mean these people will form his cabinet. In accordance with the schedule imposed by law, and to begin the transition, he presented the men and women who will "fulfill the responsibilities to accomplish all of the tasks for governmental transition in a timely manner."
   He said they will cooperate fully with the various levels of government to carry out the work of his administration, and thanked Jesus Pool Moo, who is the coordinator for the Governor-elect, with the municipal governments. He said his team will comply fully with the responsibilities and goals for enforcing the Law of Delivery and Receipt of resources allocated to public servants in the municipalities of Quintana Roo. He said they have a schedule of meetings at a high level of productivity, in compliance with the requirements of the law, and have been in contact with the outgoing administration, with excellent results, and everyone is ready to start the transitional work.He said the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres will be fully integrated into the work plan. The names and titles of the members of his team are given.
    Sr. Pool said when the Governor-elect, Carlos Manuel Joaquin Gonzalez, takes office on September 25, he will maintain full support of the municipalities. He said he has spoken with the Mayor-elect to analyze the three main projects planned by the upcoming administration to work on and make improvements in the areas of health, safety public lighting...the article ends mid-word. The new municipal administration will take office on Oct. 1st. 

Transcripts being held for unpaid fees 
Condicionan la entrega de boletas y certificados [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link

  This is an article about the Agricultural Zone on the mainland and parents who are objecting to the withholding of documents for their children. The documents aren't being released because these five parents owe fees to the Parents Board, who charge 10 pesos per week per student. They phoned the newspaper and would like intervention from the Director of CONAFE (National Council for Educational Development).
       The parents say they live in a rural area and lack the economic means to pay these fees, but want the ten transcripts and certifications released. They say they are being asked to pay 2000 pesos and more which are owed, and others owe 400, 600, and 800 pesos. They say this is unfair and are asking for intervention by the SEP (Secretary of Education, I think).

Raising awareness in children about environmental conservation
Promueven la conservación de la naturaleza entre niñosVer masFull article and photo at this link
  See similar article in City section above.


PangeaSeed Foundation's photo. At the Trash Transfer Facility

Photo by Capt. Tony Garcia. By the Carmelina Hotel
Photos by Capt. Tony Garcia

Photo by Bruce. Near the Tourism office.

Photo by Bruce. At Sewage Treatment facility

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View from the rooms.

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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 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free
 Thursday is a fictional film about a women, her 8yo son, & boyfriend staying in a room together on holiday in Acapulco, "Semana Santa". That trailer & info is here:
 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA.

July 15 Friday Classes End & Vacation begins

July 21 Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

July 28, Thursday   
It's time for the Delta Aquarid meteor showers...into early August. The Perseid meteors are supposed to be better than usual this year...on August 11th.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura

The Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is excited to announce a new matching event to add sponsors and funding for our scholarship students for the 2016/2017 school year!!!
Our very generous anonymous donor has agreed to another round of matched funds for any new sponsors or donations. That’s right – your donations will be doubled!
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July
*Any one time donations
Need more information or have questions? Check out our website or Margaret Washa. We would LOVE to tell you about the wonderful students who are supported by our program because we are terribly proud of them. This is an ideal time to join the program and make the most out of your contribution or to make a one time contribution (we understand if you have commitment issues)
Our facebook page is Isla Mujeres Scholarship Group, please join us there for photos and personal stories from our group. And check out our wonderful new website (thanks, Jackie Conlon!)

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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