Saturday, March 17, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 17

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City giving legal certainty to families of "La Lavandaria" LINK  
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US removed restrictions for its citizens to travel to Playa del Carmen LINK   
    The US Embassy lifted the ban on government employees traveling to Playa del Carmen and using the ferries that cross to Cozumel, after the explosion on February 21 in one of the Barco Caribe boats, where an American tourist was injured.
      Yesterday, this security alert was issued by the US Embassy in Mexico City regarding Playa del Carmen:

"Event: As a result of recent incidents in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Mexican municipal, state, and federal entities have put into place new security procedures in tourist areas.
Effective immediately, U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to all parts of Playa del Carmen.
Effective immediately, U.S. government personnel are permitted to use ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
As noted in our Mexico Travel Advisory for the state of Quintana Roo, U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution due to crime. According to Government of Mexico statistics, the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred.
Actions to Take:
  • Be aware of your surroundings and exercise increased caution due to crime as noted in our Mexico Travel Advisory.
  • Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance."
      Later, the Government of Quintana Roo tweeted: "The Government of the United States of America through its embassy in Mexico recognized that Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are working decisively for the safety of visitors and they lifted the restriction for their officials which was issued on March 7th". 
    Meanwhile, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) so far has not released information about progress in knowing who was responsible for a bomb on the ferry of the company of former governor Roberto Borge, Barcos Caribe, in addition to placing another bomb that did not explode on another of their boats that was anchored in the waters off Cozumel (and was out of service).

Of 17 complaints, only two were for not exhibiting prices: PROFECO  LINK  
This information has already been translated.

There is enough staff for the upcoming Easter holiday season: Harbor Master VIDEO     

APIQRoo will launch security measures in the Maritime Terminals LINK  
   In coordination with the ferry companies, the Port Authority APIQRoo will increase security measures. Carriers will have equipment for control of passengers via scanner, which will have the exact number of passengers, names, faces and luggage.
        The General Director of  APIQROO (Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, said that she is working in coordination with the ferry companies to implement measures to raise the security levels that are provided for users of the Maritime Terminals, both tourists and residents. 
       The state official explained that during the Ordinary Operations Session which she headed in Isla Mujeres, it was agreed that the ferry companies will implement control systems for passengers via scanner. This meeting was attended by representatives of tourism industry, as well as authorities from all three levels of government.  
      Ms. Ricalde Magana said that with this system, when the passenger buys their tickets to board the ferry, their image will be captured, along with their luggage, which will be confirmed when they board the ship, a measure that will allow for the exact control of the number of passengers on board along with their names. 
      The head of APIQRoo said that the security measures that will be put in place will require the passengers to arrive with enough time in advance to board the ship. She said that guaranteeing the safety of tourists and residents is a special task of Governor Carlos Joaquín González, so the necessary resources will be applied to meet this objective.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Fishermen unable to meet demand
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    The fishing cooperatives are unable to meet the high demand for fish during this Lenten season, and their refrigerators/cold rooms are empty. The cold rooms of the five cooperatives can hold at least 10 tons. It is hoped that the weather will allow them to be restocked, because Holy Week begins in less than 10 days.
      Last year, they were unable to meet the demand and restaurants depended on suppliers from Yucatan. At some buffets, Tikin Xik roasted fish was replaced by chicken, for the first time.
     The fishermen are also awaiting the end of the two month ban on catching grouper, on April 1st, in the middle of the holiday season, with hopes of improving their income because of the high value of this species.
  NOTE:  The Easter vacation period begins on the weekend of March 24th and ends when school resumes on April 9th, when the ferries are very busy with tourists visiting for the day.

Conducting "Lightning" soccer tournament
Llevan a cabo torneos relámpago de futbol. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    More than a dozen teams are expected to respond to the invitation to participate in this event which will begin on Monday at 5:30 at the soccer field in Salina Chica, who played in the previous tournament. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams, in addition to 6000 pesos in cash which will be distributed, according to the president of the CADEC group and its organizing committee for this event, Wilberth Basto.

Grateful to the municipal government
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    Two days ago, during the Thirty-fifth Regular Session of the City Council, approval was given for the dis-incorporation of the municipal assets of the property known as La Lavandería, to "regularize" the property, which was donated by FONATUR,  the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism. Sixteen families will benefit, who have lived there for over 3 decades, with fears of being evicted at any time.
       They expressed their gratitude, and beneficiary Sofía Pinzón said, "We have lived there a lifetime, and no one had supported us to regularize our properties." This was approved by a majority of the Council members and opposed by those of MORENA and PSI. Alejandrina Cervera, expressed her thanks saying, "Before, we did not know what would happen to our properties in case we died, but now we have the assurance that our children will not be left helpless."
     This property is located downtown at the intersection of Adolfo López Mateos and Hidalgo avenues, a few steps from Playa Norte, with an area of ​​801 square meters. It is home to 16 families who have lived there for more than 30 years. 
       A few weeks ago about 500 square meters were donated to the irregular colonia Guadlupana, located at the neighborhood's northern boundary, as a three meter corridor at the edge of the municipal cemetery.
      Some sectors worry that the municipal patrimony will continue to be reduced, and this issue could become a subject of a political campaign, especially after hundreds of hectares of municipal land were "poorly sold in the Continental Zone by bad politicians in the last 15 years", according to some.

50th Regatta del Sol al Sol in April  
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      The competitors of the Regatta del Sol al Sol will depart St Petersburg Florida on April 27 at 10am. There are 29 sailboats who have already registered for this traditional event. The friends and relatives of the boaters are expected to arrive on the island on Saturday, April 27, in anticipation of the boats reaching the island on Sunday, depending on the weather. On Wednesday, May 2 the traditional Captains Cup celebration will be held at the Casa de las Rocas, which will be attended by the commodores of the participating yacht clubs, and authorities of the three levels of government, who will express their gratitude for supporting the organization of the event, especially by the Mexican Navy. On Friday, at Maria's Cabanas del Mar on North Beach, the prizes will be awarded.
     The 30th edition of the Regatta al Sol (which occurs every other year) will set sail from Pensacola, Florida, on May 9th, and their awards ceremony is scheduled for May 17th, at the same location as the other regatta.

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March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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