Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 17

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor committed to maintaining clean secure beaches 

Playas limpias y seguras

 Mantiene Comuna, ante compromiso de Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de mayo.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

  The information about maintaining the beaches and keeping them clean, and the continuing Blue Flag certification of Playa Centro was translated yesterday. This article also notes that North Beach has received the White Flag designation.
       These certifications are the result of work by the administration and City agencies including the Public Services Department and the ZOFEMAT agency, who work daily to keep the beaches and water clean and to maintain the standards that these certifications represent. These recognitions are a result of actions to maintain sustainable tourism in Isla Mujeres without affecting the natural environment, to encourage more tourists and more investors, for the benefit of all island families.


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

No new posts in the City FB page since yesterday.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

UNAM predictions for hurricane season

     Researcher with the Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CCA) of the UNAM, Rosario Romero Centeno, said this year they are predicting five to six hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea, and about eight in the Pacific Ocean. 
     In Mexico, the hurricane season began in the Pacific on Monday, May 15, and will begin on June 1st for the Gulf & Caribbean Sea. The season for both areas will conclude on November 30.
       Hurricane season forecasts are based on historical records. In the Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea, the average is about 11 or 12 named storms, of which five to six will reach the category of hurricane, and about two will be of the higher categories of three, four or five, explained Mr. Romero. He added, "But the variation from one year to the next is very large and we always have to watch out for a shorter or more active season than is forecast."
     He explained that hurricanes are phenomena that contribute to the systems on land, but can harm humanity. Their contributions include the distribution of solar energy on Earth, because the way we receive that radiation is not uniform; is greater in the tropics and much lower in the higher latitudes. Hurricanes help redistribute it by taking it from the tropics to higher latitudes.        
       Another contribution is rainfall. Many areas of the country depend on the rains associated with these phenomena. When rains becomes torrential because the winds are intense, they produce damages; however, the water that falls in our territory due to the hurricanes is important, he said. This is a time when this resource gathers and the aquifers and cenotes are recharged.
   The downside of hurricanes is that they cause intense rainfall that produces floods, mudslides and avalanches of mud. The strong winds can cause damage to the infrastructure, and even destroy homes, people, animals or cars.      
      There is also the storm surge, which is a rise in sea level associated with the thrust of the winds from these systems to the coast. That elevation can cause water to flow several kilometers inland and generate significant flooding, he warned.
     He said to study hurricanes, the CCA analyzes historical records. "There are statistical studies to know the type of trajectories they've followed, how they've affected different states of the Mexico, their intensity and the damages they've produced." They are also analyzed using weather forecast models, which guide scientists about how the atmosphere will evolve.  
     These forecasts offer predictions, which include some uncertainty, about the probability that a system of hurricane strength will be formed, and can be monitored for adequate follow-up. The information is supplemented with satellite observations, he explained.
      "We now rely heavily on numerical models for short-term forecasts and on satellite observations or on-site measurements, which help a great deal to calibrate the models and we are getting better at it," he said.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hotel occupancy in the municipality on Tuesday was 67%
La ocupación hotelera en el municipio registró este martes 67.32 por ciento.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     While the hotel occupancy of the municipality reached  67.32% on Tuesday, officially on the island it was 51.43%. However the small hotel owners downtown disagree and say their occupancy is about 30%, at best. Some of the hostels are at almost 100% occupancy, and are preferred by the backpacking tourists because their prices are more accessible.
     Although the port remained open for nautical services, demand was low, after a slight improvement over the weekend. Hoteliers and restaurateurs agree that there are low numbers of overnight tourists visiting, and they hope this improves this weekend with the “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña” fishing tournament. About 120 boats are expected to participate, and their crews and companions should generate positive economic benefits for the island.  
    The reporter observed a good number of passengers on the ferries, with some carrying suitcases, and a medium number of people on the beaches. Tourists were also arriving on package tours at the other docks of the island, who would later visit the commercial areas to acquire souvenirs of their visit.
   There were comisionistas and workers in booths offering services to the passengers arriving at the Maritime Terminal, including golf cart rentals, nautical tours, and dive shop services.

Very high rents[+] Ver masFull article at this link 
Rentas muy altas
    It is very expensive to rent a house, apartment or room in Isla Mujeres, where many landlords are more focused on tourism prices rather than on rates that are affordable for workers who don't own their own homes. This predicament causes many people who work on the island to live in Cancun because their salaries don't afford them the luxury of paying 3000 pesos for a small room in the colonias, or 5000 pesos for a similar room downtown. 
   There are a variety of rentals available, as long as you are a tourist and have plenty of dollars in your wallet, otherwise the options are limited, since the costs are beyond the reach of the working class, even if they are earning two or three times the daily minimum wage. (The daily minimum wage is ~80 pesos, which is a little over $4/day).
     Those who especially resent the effect of high rents include the hundreds of workers who are forced to cross by boat from Cancun to work, which is the case with Mireya Anguita, who works as an entertainer at a hotel. (en el área de animación) The company she works for provides her ferry tickets, but she would prefer to live on the island for the convenience. However, the cost of living is higher than in Cancun, especially the rental prices. 
        She said, "If I could move here I would do it. I would really like to live on the island, and I would not have to get up so early, but the rents are very expensive. I've been looking for a long time and the cheapest thing I've found was a small room with no ventilation, a small bathroom, and no yard, for three thousand pesos per month. In Cancun, you can find a similar room for 1000 pesos or less. She said it is unfortunate that half the island is already owned by foreigners, who build large house and apartments to rent to tourists, while local people who are equally dedicated to making money also give priority to tourists, and ask for rents that only vacationers can afford.

Lack of maintenance for Salina Grande bridge  
Puente sin mantenimiento en la Salina Grande [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The bridge across Salina Grande was built and maintained during the administration of Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, and was closed by a gate early in the administration of Agapito Magana Sanchez, which remained closed. It is unused, and in need of repairs due to lack of maintenance.
   On Tuesday morning, a couple of elderly foreign tourists were on the walking path and when they approached the bridge they made a gesture of displeasure at the deteriorated bridge. An older adult who was sitting nearby listening to music on his cell phone observed this and commented that it was a pity the bridge had become spoiled by a lack of maintenance, and that Agapito blocked its use with a gate. He noted that if it was repaired, it would offer a more direct route for many people.
      A resident who lives nearby, Eloida Sanchez, explained that she had heard that Agapito closed it to avoid an accident, because the bridge was of poor quality and could collapse. She said because of lack of use, vandals have destroyed it, and it is a shame because when it was in use, her walk to the Super (grocery store) was much shorter, but now she must go around the whole park.

Invasion into malecon walkway  
“Influyente” se apropia de zona federal.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   There is a property that presumably belongs to someone of influence, because nothing has ever been done about the building's invasion of the eastern malecon walkway, leaving a narrow access where two people can barely walk side by side. Also, steps were added, that do not allow a person in a wheelchair or those using a mobility aid to pass freely, which violates a basic right of free movement.
        This area is popular with pedestrians, and many visitors enjoy walking the length of the malecon, enjoying the many colors of the Caribbean Sea. They are interrupted to walk up the steps, with a risk of suffering an accident beacuse there is no guardrail between the walkway and the rocks.
       A neighbor has observed the owner extending the building into the public, Federal Zone, little by little, in order to make his home bigger, and says he has stolen a section of the walkway, and that this is wrong. He said, "It has many years of this, but I remember when we saw what was being done, one of my children went to complain at the City Hall about was happening, but no one came out to verify." 
   The house was originally constructed more than 15 years ago and is located less than 100 meters from the Federal Electrical Commission facility, where the walkway is often busy in the mornings. the neighbor said the Urban Development agency should not let this man do whatever he wants and they should send out inspectors to follow up and ensure that stipulations in construction licenses are being fulfilled.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       The good weather has allowed the fishermen to go out and supply the local markets with fish. They said they must go more than four or five miles from the coast, and cannot invest a great deal in gasoline, or they don't make any money. They are waiting for the lobster ban to end (July 1st), and hoping that it will be sold for better prices last year. They say it is not worth it that the average price was around 400 pesos per kilo, and then the intermediary immediately raises it to 600 pesos.
   The information about the Caribbean Cultural Festival and the inauguration of the Municipal Basketball League has already been translated.

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 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.

Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"  5:30
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  7p
               Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
 Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)

Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Show 8p

Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    


Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

The starting date for Whale Shark Tour season hasn't been announced yet, so it is unknown if it will be May 17 (possibly thru Sept. 17). Will update when announced.

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina

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