Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 26

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Summer Holiday Operation keeping islanders & visitors safe 

Rinde frutos operativo vacacional

 Ante seguridad de isleños y visitantes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de julio.-
Leer más...Full article at this link

 Staff with a variety of governmental agencies are working together as part of 2017 Operation Summer Holiday Season to ensure the safety and security of islanders and tourists. These include officers and staff with the municipal police and traffic departments, municipal and state Health Departments, Civil Protection, Navy, ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone), and the Red Cross, among others.
       Patrols are taking place and there is a Medical Aid unit at Playa Centro (Posada Beach). There are six lifeguards with Civil Protection who are monitoring Playa Norte, Playa Centro, Isla Blanca and Media Luna, as well as in the vicinity of Nah Balam, Nauti Beach, and the beaches of the Mia Hotel.
    It is noted that during this administration, the number of trained municipal officers with the departments of Public Security and Municipal Transit have increased from 72 to 200, with an increased number of patrol vehicles and a renovated communication system. The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, is fulfilling his commitment to having a safe and secure municipality and to being prepared for any contingency.


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

Today we celebrate International Day for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems (Mangrove Action Day)
 Mangroves have many benefits and functions that help our environment, but the most important is that they function like lungs, producing oxygen and eliminating carbon dioxide from the air.  Help with their conservation and protection!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Good weather continues 
Continuará el buen clima. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The port remains open for navigation by all boats, which has been the case since June 28th and is expected to continue through the first week of August. While the island is receiving hundreds of visitors, some staying overnight and some visiting just for the day, the small boats offering tours are not working at one hundred percent. They blame the high prices of the Ultramar ferry, which they say causes people wanting boat tours to buy them in Puerto Juarez.
    Travel agencies report the demand is good for tours to swim with the whale sharks, and for diving and snorkeling tours. On Tuesday morning the Ultramar ferries were nearly filled to capacity, even with their extra boats. Many tourists left the Terminal to rent golf carts or they headed directly to the beaches, and their numbers increased after noon. Many of the tourists are Mexican nationals, and they moved in long lines as they headed to Playa Centro to settle in the sand or rent a lounger and umbrella, or a table and chairs. There were also people shopping and the restaurants are doing a good business, especially at dinner time.
   It is noted that because Playa Centro is a Blue Flag beach, it should have free services for use of palapas, bathrooms, and showers, which are not available.

"Burrocracy" left boaters without permits
“Burrocracia” dejó sin permisos a lancheros [+] Ver masFull article at this link

    Some providers of whale shark tours were unable to obtain permits this year because they did not know the necessary requirements. The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) through the Wildlife Department implemented new requirements for the permit that were not made known in advance so that the interested parties could take the necessary measures.
      It is important that the permit holders have sufficient knowledge about the official requirements that are needed to process the permits, so that at the time of presenting the documents they lack nothing to fulfill the requirements, and..? are "not taken to the dance" ("tampoco se los lleven 'al baile'").
      According to information gathered, at least 13 or 14 service providers did not obtain their permits for the sighting and swimming activity with the whale sharks this year because they had no knowledge of the requirements to be met, since the Wildlife Department imposes requirements that are not officially established by the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium for Protected Natural Areas. (Ley General de Equilibrio Ecológico para Áreas Naturales Protegidas).
    It is worth mentioning that according to this law, Article 90, the only requirement is a written request with the name of the person concerned, name or business name, type of service, description of the activity, length of stay and places to visit            In addition, if applicable, traveler and crew insurance policy, the type of transportation that will be used to carry out the activity, as well as the infrastructure required for its development, which must have the authorization that in terms of Environmental Impact corresponds in the terms of the law and its respective regulations.
         Article 91 of the same law specifies that the request for authorization for the provision of tourist services must be accompanied by the documentation described in the following paragraph:

         Birth certificate of the applicant or a copy of the articles of incorporation of the company, a document that proves the information of the legal representative and, where appropriate, document proving ownership of the vessel or vehicle and authorizations granted by other agencies.

           It also asks for the registration and characteristics of the boat or vehicle and, lastly, the proof of payment of corresponding rights.

Noncompliance with regulations 
No cumplen el reglamento. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   Boats that bring tourists directly to the beach to unload, so that the passengers must jump directly onto the sand, are not in compliance with the regulations, and are risking an accident. According to the Regulation of Nautical Tourism's Article 26, "the provision of  nautical tourism services must be done from piers or marinas that are authorized for tourism, and in the case of beach areas, only the operation of boats up to five meters in length is permitted". This exception doesn't apply to boats of the tourism cooperatives because five meters is equivalent to 16 feet and their boats are larger. 
     There are boats from Puerto Juarez who are avoiding the fee for using the API docks, and instead are risking the safety of their tourist passengers by expecting them to disembark directly on the beach. It is noted that this is especially difficult for the women and children, even though the crew members assist them. Service providers on the beach who observe this daily say the officials should intervene.

Irresponsible people and a lack of trash cans 
Inconsciencia de la gente y falta de basureros [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Litter is accumulating by the walkway around Salina Grande lake due to the irresponsibility of people and the lack of trash cans, with an increasing amount of trash in the mangroves, especially containers for food & beverages, and plastic bags.
     One person who walks the area regularly said that the clean up campaigns aren't very useful as long as people continue to litter and as long as there is a lack of garbage cans for the trash that is generated. She said it is a shame that two days after there is a clean up, everything is back to being the same, because people just throw their food wrappers, bottles, and other trash into the mangroves.

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July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square 

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

 July 9, Sunday 5:30 procession from Maritime Terminal to Town Square church carrying the  Divino Niño Jesús icon

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 10 Monday 8p procession thru the streets with the Divino Niño Jesús icon, followed by entertainment on the Square. Their festival will take place July 10-20 and will include shows for children, dances, performances by local artists & academies, and fireworks, as well as prayers, praises, nightly Masses, laying on of hands, and other religious activities.

July 15, Saturday  The "Reto Isla to Isla" open water swimming competition will take place departing from the restaurant "Flamingos" located along the road to Punta Sam at 7:30am. They are expected to reach Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres around 11am. There are 7km and 3.5 kilometer categories, and the minimum age is 18, with divisions every ten years. 

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.

The Whale Shark Festival schedule
Thursday, July 20
6p Town Square
Art Fair and other activities (I can't read the yellow print very well)
6:30 Fishermen's monument. (")
8pm Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Inauguration of the 10th Whale Shark Festival
A projection presentation of research done at Baja California
Exhibition of motorcycles and Ford cars. Music by DJ Dany

Friday, July 21
the Whale Shark Festival events tonight on the Town Square
6p Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Exhibition of Ford vehicles
8pm Performance by Renata Dance Studio featuring the show "Rewind--Decades"

Saturday, July 22
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
6p City Council room
8p Town Square
 Voices of the Sea 8pm tonight at the Town Square..Stories of the Seas of Mexico

Sunday July 23
12p Playa Centro (Posada Beach)
        Volleyball competition, men's & women's and Live Music
6p Town Square
Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Exhibition of Ford vehicles
 8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square Artistic Program
Ballet Urban Dance-Ballet Entorno
Ballet Customs & Traditions of Mexico
Performance from the Workshop of Dances & Rhythms of the Caribbean
Performance from the Children's Workshop of Dances of the Zona Maya
Singer Jahir Jasso  
July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

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

August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament (New date)

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