Thursday, April 6, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 6

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Blue Flag re-certification begins with analysis of sand quality

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Analizan calidad de arena en playa

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de abril.-
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  The Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Zone), Vladimir Vallejo Garcia, said the the review of beaches with the Blue Flag certification is carried out annually, by a PRONATURA audit, and the re-certification is scheduled for September for Playa Centro, also known as the Posada Beach. On Wednesday, an analysis of sand quality was carried out, and it qualified as very acceptable.
     The official explained that in order to keep the beaches in optimum condition, work is done every day of the year by a staff of 28 people, for the area of Playa Centro and Playa Norte, which have Blue Flag and White Flag designations, respectively.
       He said they do not lower their guard and with this work they ensure the quality of the water, the services, and the cleanliness of the beaches, with the intention of maintaining the recognition of being among the best beaches in the country and in the world.
        He explained that during this Easter holiday season, efforts will be intensified with the surveillance of the beaches, with staff working at various times to keep them clean, with support of the other City workers. He encouraged the community to help keep the beaches clean by not leaving behind their trash or by collecting trash left by other people, with assistance from the staff of the departments of Public Services and Civil Protection.
       He said we must all work together so that the beaches of the island remain among the best and cleanest in the country and in the world.

Ready for large numbers of tourists during the Easter holidays: Mayor Juan Carrillo

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Durante próximas vacaciones: Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de abril.-
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See City section below....


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

WE ARE READY FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS: MAYOR JUAN CARRILLO SOBERANIS· The municipal president said that because of the tourism promotion that has been carried out, a large influx of visitors is expected during this holiday season       As a result of the tourist promotion that has been carried out during the current administration of the City of Isla Mujeres, led by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, and after the outstanding participation of this destination in the Tourist Tianguis Convention of Mexico "Acapulco 2017" , a large influx of tourists is expected during the Easter vacation period.        For this reason, Juan Carrillo Soberanis stressed the importance of caring for the island and providing a good image of the municipality to those who visit it, since tourism represents a fundamental part of the economy of island families.       "From the beginning of this administration we committed ourselves to taking care of the image of our island and to working so that the tourists have the best impression of the isle. That is why the different municipal departments in charge of the cleaning of the tourist areas and the beaches have been prepared for this holiday season, "said the Mayor.       Each year, Isla Mujeres receives 2.4 million tourists from different countries, and Easter is one of the periods in which more visitors are expected, with an increase of approximately 10% in tourist influx and occupation.       The municipal president commented that due to the increase in passengers, municipal agencies such as the Public Services Department and the Federal Maritime Zone will reinforce the cleaning of streets, avenues and beaches, garbage collection, among others.       Finally, Juan Carrillo Soberanis reaffirmed his commitment to providing quality services, both to those who live in Isla Mujeres and those who visit, as he gave assurances that maintaining a clean municipality will attract more and better opportunities for economic growth for all islanders.

There is information about scholarships.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)…/
For the Isla Mujeres Red Cross, the donation drive and the change of leadership will be completed at the end of May. Jorge Cardenas Bazan explained that according to the organization's statutes, he cannot run for the position of Director because he has already occupied that office for two terms. He said he doesn't know officially who is interested, but via the newspapers and rumors he has heard there is interest from Cesar Poot Pérez, Carlos Gamboa Ortiz and Felipe Bierman.

Isla Mujeres seeking renewal of the Blue Flag certification…/

Everything is ready for the 3rd edtition of the International Caribe-Isla Mujeres Poetry contest…/

Isla Mujeres is ready for the Easter vacation period


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Confirmation of the "1D" electricity rate  
Confirma tarifa “1D” .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The CFE (Federal Electricity Commission has confirmed the implementation of the "1D" electricity rate for summer time in the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juarez, and Lazaro Cardenas, which means a decrease in rates for the upcoming months until September. In accordance with a measure by the XV state Legislature, the CFE stopped applying the "1C" rate in localities whose average temperature in the summer is at least 31 Celsius, and therefore the payments for consumption will be less, with a savings of up to 50 percent for working families. These rates are for domestic use only, for customer who are individually connected to their residence, apartment, condominium, or other dwelling.
  Previously, during the summer season, the CFE charge for energy used for "Basic Consumption" (the first tier "consumo basico") was 0.697 pesos for the first 150 kilowatt hours. Now with the rate change, this is extended to the first 175 Kwh.
     For the "low intermediate consumption" (consumo intermedio bajo) the charge remains at 0.882 pesos, which formerly was for the next 150 Kwh, is now extended to the next  225 Kwh. The "high intermediate consumption" (consumo intermedio alto) is 1.050 pesos and previously was for the next 150 Kwh and now is extended to the next  200 Kwh. The rate for  excess consumption (consumo excedente) is 2.802 pesos.
    With the new "1D" subsidized rates, if 600 Kwh were consumed, it would cost 625 pesos, including the 16% VAT tax and the 5% DAP fee. Previously, with the "1C" rate, consumption of 450 Kwh, with taxes and fees, was 466 pesos, and then after that each kilowatt hour cost 2.802 pesos. Therefore, if your consumption was 600 Kwh last summer, that meant paying an additional 512 pesos, for a total of 978 pesos. That is a difference of 353 pesos, which is a savings of more than 50 percent.
   Many families consume that amount of energy every two months, because they have a refrigerator, television, iron, two or more fans to mitigate the heat at night, and other devices such as cell phones.
   The official explained,  "A locality shall be considered to reach the minimum average summer temperature of 31 ° C when it reaches the indicated limit for three or more years of the last five years in which the corresponding information is available. It will be considered that for a year it reached the indicated limit when it registers the average monthly temperature for two consecutive months or more, according to the reports prepared by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat)."

Buoys renewed  
Sistema de boyado revisado Ver masFull article at this link

  The Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman, said that safety measures in 90 percent of the tourism businesses have been reviewed in advance of the upcoming Easter holiday season, with a good response that all are complying with requirements. The entire buoy system of Playa Norte and of Playa Centro was reviewed and renewed, in an area where 5000 tourists are expected to visit daily. He advised the boat owners who park in that vicinity to not tie onto the buoy lines because they can break and that would put the lives of the swimmers at risk.
     He said they have a line of buoys from the pier by the Mia hotel to the area in front of the Posada hotel that covers the two beaches, and they are all in good condition. He said there were problems in December because boat crews were allowed to tie onto the lines and they were broken.
      During the review of Playa Centro, where there was a strong southern wind, he conducted the final reviews prior to the instillation of the Inter-Agency Committee with the Navy, Harbor Master, Red Cross, municipal Police, ZOFEMAT, and Aguakan, among others. The Committee is committed to monitoring of activities around the clock to seek a 'saldo blanco' for this holiday period (no incidents). More than 10,000 visitors daily are expected during Semana Santa.

Three electrical generators on hand  
Tendrá tres plantas generadoras de electricidad[+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Three electrical generating plants were brought to the island following the blackout in January, with one located by the Town Hall and two more at the ferry terminal. The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) has not completed the repairs to the line that goes underground from the connection with the underwater line to the substation by Playa Norte. The generators remain available for the upcoming holiday period and are connected to the network and able to meet demands if there is another blackout.
        Workers say they are nearly finished with the underground line. The Easter holidays will begin on Saturday, and the CFE intends to avoid further blackouts, including the short interruptions in recent days.  It is hoped that the work is completed by this weekend to free up the roads, and it is noted that they exceeded the expected time limit for this project.

Reforestation continues  
Sigue reforestación [+] Ver masFull article at this link

April 5.  A program of 'reforestation' continues at the school campuses, with 60 ornamental plants planted at the middle school, Benito Juarez by dozens of volunteers, including members of the civil association "Patrulla Verde", ans staff with the Civil Protection department and the Tortugranja. The plants were donated by the municipal government, along with 200 others which will be planted at other campuses. This will be concluded Friday when the schools get out for vacation. Participants said, "We all have the right to a clean environment, as well as the duty to conserve it."

Cold Front #39 this Thursday

  The strong southern winds on Wednesday caused PLaya Centro to be unsuitable for people to enjoy and a cleaning brigade was removing sand from the sidewalk-malecon and street of Rueda Medina. There were gusts over 40  km/hr, but the winds could change on Thursday and come from the north, with the arrival of cold front #39, according to the CONAGUA (National Water Commission) forecast. The boats under 40 feet couldn't go out on Wednesday, and will probably be restricted on Thursday, and the 'norte' may bring cooler winds until Saturday, which is agreeable to the people who are hoping for lower temperatures. The Harbor Master said boats under 40 feet are restricted to port and from all recreational activities, including trips to Isla Contoy, sports fishing, and fishing ribereña in the Caribbean Sea.


Port closed for small boats  
Puerto cerrado para embarcaciones menores.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The port has been closed for boats under 40 feet in length since 8pm on Saturday night, which according to the Harbor Master's registry includes about 890 boats, including fishing boats, private boats, and the tour boats. This includes 300 boats with tourist permits, 300 boats belonging to the local fishing cooperatives, and about 290 owned by private individuals who have been inactive since Sunday.
   The Harbor Master said he closed the port for small boats because the winds were gusting up to 50 kilometers an hour and there were waves of two meters in the open seas. He said that nautical tourism activities were allowed, with caution, in the area of El Farito and the lagoon area, where there was no risk of the small boats capsizing, but boats under 40 feet were not allowed to cross between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez. He said it is probable that on Thursday, normal nautical activities could resume.
   Although the tourism cooperatives were able to work and offer their snorkeling tours to el Farito on Tuesday, they said the demand for their services was not high.

Ban season for grouper ends, but windy weather continues  
Termina veda del mero, pero no la “mala racha”] Ver masFull article at this link
   Although the ban on grouper fishing ended April 1st, the fishermen have not been able to take advantage of this to supply the restaurant with this fish which is very much in demand, due to the poor weather conditions preventing them from going out. Meanwhile, the fishermen are engaged in small works of masonry, carpentry, rotulado?, and other trades, while their wives are contributing by selling desserts and snacks, and other activities.

Isla Contoy Fishing Camp Cabins Delayed  
   Councilman Baltazar Gómez Catzín explained that the weather is also affecting the construction of the five new huts at the Isla Contoy fishing camp. He said they have the lumber here on the island and are waiting for better conditions to take it to Isla Contoy, because the waves have been too big for the small boats. 
    He explained that this project was made possible by the United States based NGO, whose representative in Mexico held a meeting in June to submit the application which was approved in December. With the approval came the first contribution of 250,000 pesos which was spent to acquire the lumber to build the cabins. He said they have had all the wood since January, which represents 60% of the investment, but there has not been a single day when they could move it to Isla Contoy due to poor weather. There is an agreement signed for three moths that ended on the last day of March. He said,  "That we have not lost the project and the remaining 250,000 pesos is due to the support of Marisol Rueda, who has been sending bulletins to the headquarters of Seacology and the reports from Por Esto about the port being closed, which has allowed us to verify that the delay is due to causes beyond our control."
     The balance will be released in two stages for labor, freight to move the lumber from Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy, and five solar panels, one for each cabin. He emphasized that the fishermen do not receive a single peso of the money, and the NGO gives it directly to the company in charge of the project.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres . [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  There is a lack of participation by the business sector in the annual collection by the Red Cross which began on March 14th, with a goal of collection 160,000 pesos, which will be spent for the maintenance of ambulances, payment of services, and salaries for staff.  Volunteers who are walking the streets of the island with collection containers asking for donations from residents and tourists say they are getting a better response from those people than from the entrepreneurs.
     They are asking the entrepreneurs, merchants, and citizenry in general to make a contribution, no matter how small, and they are reminding us that the Mexican Red Cross needs the support of everyone to continue the humanitarian work they do for the benefit of people who need it the most.
     Every day there is someone who needs our help and counts on our solidarity. Each time you give to this cause, you will be collaborating to save the life and to rescue the human dignity of who is in situation of vulnerability.

The other news briefs are about the  anti-mosquito brigades and the World Day of Awareness about Autism and Down Syndrome event, which were translated in the City section, yesterday and the day before.

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura

Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE


Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!

Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.
    Azalia León Pastrana will play the role of the Virgin Mary. According to the calendar of activities, on April 13, Holy Thursday, the ceremony of Foot Washing and the representation of the Last Supper will take place; Good Friday will begin at the Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), at 10:30 in the morning, with the representation of the Stations of the Cross, and will culminate at three in the afternoon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (on the Town Square) with the crucifixion of Christ.

Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
                            Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Time TBA Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

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