Thursday, July 27, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 27

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Agreement to avoid conflicts with taxi drivers in the Continental Zone   

Ratificarán acuerdos taxistas

 Para evitar conflictos estériles en Zona Continental

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

   Next week an agreement is expected to be established on the mainland between the taxi drivers of of the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres (whose cars are red) and the taxistas of the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun, whose cars are green).
    The red taxis of Isla Mujeres will be tolerated in the area limited by the avenue 20 de Noviembre in Cancun, and from there towards the Continental Zone, where they are allowed  to load passengers, as long as they respect a perimeter of 50 meters from the established taxi stands of the "green" cabs.In the case of "green" taxis, they can carry passengers within the Continental Zone, but also must respect the perimeter of 50 meters from the taxi stands of the "red" cabs.
    Fines of up to 800 minimum wages could be applied for those who operate outside these regulations. (The Daily Minimum Wage is 80 pesos which is ~$4.80usd)

Mangrove clean up: Mayor Juan Carrillo keeping his commitments

Limpian manglares

 Se cumple compromiso de Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See City section below...


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

The summer vacation program "Baax Lo'ob Pala Lo'ob" provides healthy recreation for islander children with sports, educational activities and guided tours to different points of interest. It is offered by the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Institute of Sports and Recreation. 
     Natanael Gallegos Salinas, director of the Institute of Sports and Recreation, explained that this program began on July 24 and concludes on August 11. There are a total of 37 children participating, however registration will remain open until a week before it ends.
     He said,  "With this program, parents can feel confident that their children are in good hands, because we have people supervising who are highly trained for this work." He concluded by saying that sports help children to develop physically and mentally, to be healthy, and to relate better with other children.

With a clean-up on International Day of Mangrove Defense, the municipal government reaffirms its commitment to caring for environment
         Antonio Coronado Rojas, City General Secretary,  was present on behalf of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, for the International Day of Mangrove Defense, and he lead the cleaning of mangroves that are located within the municipality, promoting their care and protection.
         He said, "It is becoming increasingly urgent to recognize the importance of conserving and restoring the protective green belt that mangroves are, because they help to reduce the risks of future catastrophes because of their multiple roles."
       During Mangrove Cleaning Day, Carlos Enrique Barranco García, director of Environment and Municipal Ecology, thanked the mayor for his support and interest in the implementation of programs and workshops that help to improve the quality of the environment in the municipality.
       "We are different agencies working in a coordinated manner, following the instructions of the municipal president, working for the care and protection to the environment.  In Isla Mujeres we have different ecosystems, among them are the mangroves. Their many benefits include stabilizing the coastal lands against erosion, protecting the coast against hurricane winds and other climatic events of great impact, " said Mr. Barranco Garcia.
         Agencies participating in the clean-up included the Federal Maritime Zone agency (ZOFEMAT), the Parks and Gardens Department, Tortugranja, Public Services, Fishing Promotion Department, the Municipal System for Integral Family Development (DIF), various tourist and fishing cooperatives, the Asociación de Acuáticos y Subacuáticos de Isla Mujeres, and the companies Aguakán, Dolphin Discovery, Albatros Restaurant, Café Mogawa, and the project Manta Trust.
         The City of Isla Mujeres is committed to continuing to carry out efforts that promote the preservation of natural resources among the island's citizens through coordinated work with the federal and state governments, municipal agencies and private initiative.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

APIQRoo  seeks to raise awareness about the management and separation of trash
     The Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) has place recycling bins for plastic containers in the Maritime Terminals.  The director of APIQRoo, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, said they hope to raise awareness of the residents and the tourists about taking care of the ecosystem. She said unfortunately much of the trash that is generated ends up in the sea and it doesn't degrade easily. In fact, many of these plastics can last up to 300 years without disintegrating. 
     It is be noted that in Isla Mujeres, for many years, these bins have been in place and people used them intelligently, with vehicles in charge of the reception and transfer of these plastics. However, this service was abandoned some months ago, for no known reason.
      She said, "We have now resumed recycling starting at the Maritime Terminals in Punta Sam, Puerto Juarez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and going southward, not forgetting Cozumel." She noted that Cozumel, Cancun and Isla Mujeres all make their livings directly from tourism and this message will always be important.

City agencies clean up the Mangroves…/
See City section.

Boat tour operators disappointed with amount of business…/
   The nautical services providers say that demand has not increased during this vacation period as much as they had expected, despite many people visiting the island. These days they are making their first trip after 1pm, when at other holidays they would be making their second or third trip. They are lucky to have two trips per day, while during the Easter holidays, they had up to four trips daily.
    Angel Garrido said to make things worse, visitors, who are mostly of national origin, ask that they be charged 100 pesos per person for the boat tour and lunch, when the cost of the ride, with food, is 300 pesos. He said the straw that broke the camel's back (lit..the drop that broke the glass) was when a group of four people asked if the charge of 300 pesos included everyone and their lunch. Despite these problems, the boat operators said they expect the demands for their services to improve during the next few days of this summer holiday season

Whale shark tour providers need to know requirements for permits…/
See yesterday's translations.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Not having as much business as they want
No les va tan bien como quisieran [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     Dozens of boats are bringing thousands of visitors daily to snorkel and visit the beaches during this summer season, and as of Wednesday the security authorities report a 'saldo blanco' (no serious incidents). This includes the staff with Civil Protection, as well as the Harbor Master.
     The small boats of Isla Mujeres that offer snorkeling tours are complaining that they are only working at about fifty percent, which they attribute to strong competition from the boats in Puerto Juarez. They say this is due to the increase in cost of the ferry crossing, which doubled at the beginning of the year. They explained that the national tourists find it is cheaper to rent a boat at that port than from the boats on the island. They continue to offer their services to tourists along Rueda Medina, and those with the best salesmen are leaving daily to take visitors to El Farito, Sac Bajo, and Playa Tiburon.
    Unlike the recent Easter holiday season, now during the summer vacation season there is an adequate supply of fish.
   There are 700 rental golf carts mobilizing at least 3000 tourists before sunset daily, because many carts are rented twice when they are only used for a few hours. There is a large demand for swimming with the whale sharks, and some permit holders are offering two trips per day.

Debilitation of the mangroves in the municipality
Manglares del municipio debilitados. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    A recent study by the National Commission for Awareness and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio) reported an increase in Mexico's surface area of mangroves during the 2010-2015 assessment. The report said, "There was a predominance of gains over losses with an estimated 764,774 hectares present in 2010, which increased to 775,555 in 2015. This is an increase of 10,781 hectares or 1.4%."  Specialists report that mapping of this ecosystem has improved.
    Quintana Roo is among the states that has gained in surface area of mangroves, but in the municipality of Isla Mujeres they appear to be decreasing.  Mangroves are considered as the "nursery" of marine species, and there are concerns about the effects of tourism on the the mangroves in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Aerial views of the lagoons of Cabo Catoche and Chacmuchuch, within the municipality, show evidence of deterioration. Por Esto has reported about construction and building of piers at the Makax and Salinas lagoons, which have affected those mangroves, as did the construction of a parking area by the Taxi union three years ago in Sac Bajo. 
    Nationally, in the document "Mangroves of Mexico", two states showed net losses of mangrove areas between 2010 and 2015. The largest losses were in Guerrero with 1,448 hectares (17.8%) and second was Baja California Sur with 117 hectares (0.4%). The states with the highest net gain of mangrove area were Sinaloa, with 4,296 hectares (5.6%) followed by Quintana Roo and Yucatan, with 1,854 hectares (1.4%) and 1,823 hectares (2%), respectively.
     On Wednesday, there was a clean up of the mangroves by Mundaca Hacienda by the City to commemorate the International Day of Mangrove Defense, which also included many volunteers. City officials said, "Mangroves have many benefits and functions that help the environment, but one of the most important is undoubtedly that they work as lungs, because they produce oxygen and remove the carbon dioxide from the air. Join in their care and protection! "

Occupation of palapa continues 
Mantienen ocupación de la palapa. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  After nearly two weeks, the fishermen of the "Caribe" cooperative continue their occupation of the Mininos restaurant and the information in this article has already been translated about their disagreement with their tenant. They do not want to negotiate or to discuss the issue with the tenant. The conflict over this area of the Federal Zone and its concession is expected to be resolved in the courts.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Now that it is nearly a month into the lobster harvesting season, the five fishing cooperatives report they have had relatively good catches, in combination with catching fish. The lobster catch is about the same a last year, with a normal amount of fish being caught. Fish consumption is in high demand during the summer vacation period, and many restaurant customers at the beaches enjoy fresh seafood.
 The other news brief is in regard to Isla Blanca on the mainland where lifeguard services are provided by Civil Protection, with assistance available from the Navy.

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August Events
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July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 4 & 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe
Captain's Dinner is Friday evening, Aug. 4, & the Tournament is Saturday, Aug. 5
 Prizes for the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe". It says surprise prizes for 4th thru 10th. Registration in 2000 pesos. August 4th & 5th

August 6 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

                                                                    Sunset ~7:20
Aug  7   7:28
 Aug 8   8:11
Aug 9   8:52
Aug 10  9:33
Aug 11  10:13
Aug 12  10:55
Aug 13   11.39
Painting by Pam Haas
August 13 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

Dates haven't been announced for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which has presented films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro) the past couple years in July.

Mid August:
167th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town 
Events to be announced

August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament 

August 20 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

 August 27 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

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