Sunday, March 11, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 11

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Junk removal campaigns to keep Isla Mujeres clean and free of diseases LINK  
More than 7 tons of junk were removed from colonia Miraflores and more than 10 tons were removed from colonia Guadalupana.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Authorities and business owners are working to address Isla Mujeres traffic problems LINK  
    Golf cart concessionaires held a meeting with authorities to discuss traffic issues, a problem triggered by the high number of vehicles that circulate on Isla Mujeres today. 
       René Contreras Gómez, president of the Isla Mujeres Association of Renters of Golf Carts, explained that this meeting was held as a first approach to the traffic problems, which can not be attributed solely to the use of these units. 
      He said that the number of vehicles in Isla Mujeres has grown significantly, and as a result, there have also been some differences with tourists and the municipal traffic department.
      He said, "We live from tourism and we can not create an image like the one that is currently circulating in social networks, that's why we reached an agreement to work together to improve the image we have." 
      He explained that some tourists who were affected by these situations, made their complaints public and posted their annoyances online. "Many of them were true, but others took advantage to say bad things using false profiles," he said. 
      Regarding the the number of concessions, which can also be a problem to address, the official explained that the request was once again made that no more concessions be released.
       Mr. Contreras said, "We want to clarify that this government has not granted any new concessions, which we know want to enter. There were some that occurred during the administration of previous governments, but the deadline to operate has passed, so technically those are already canceled." 
     The issue of retained concessions is a subject that could trigger more problems for concessionaires, since according to data collected, of 72 concessions authorized by Roberto Borge's last administration, 32 are still waiting for a settlement, which could trigger an increase of up to 600 more units.

The City suspended operations of the business "Concretera" on the airstrip, and authorities want to see their official documentation on Monday PHOTOS       


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Winds close port for small boats   
Paralizadas actividades náuticas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    March 10 The northeast winds, remnants of the cold front 35  regained strength last night, and caused the closure of the port for small boats, which could be maintained on Sunday when the orientation of the winds should rotate for the "surada  (winds from the south-southeast). The nautical tour boats were allowed to operate in the lagoon and the area of El Farito. However, the small boats of the fishermen and dive companies were unable to go out to sea.
   Caution was advised for the boats over 40 feet in the Yucatan Channel, 24 miles out from the coastline where there were waves nearly three meters high, and there are forecasts for winds tomorrow up to 40 km/hr. 
   The Harbor Master reported that there had been no incidents, and there were no problems on Playa Norte and Playa Centro. Nearly 830 golf carts were being used by tourists.

Islanders exhibit talent in sand sculpture contest  
Calidad isleña se exhibe en arenas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

March 10.- The first Municipal Youth Sand Sculpture Competition was held today at Playa Centro, with 13 participants, and awards for the top three winners.  
       The Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) coordinated the event, which was enjoyed by the participants and island families. Naddelyn Yurliana Velázquez Perera won  first place; Gustavo Jafet Tun Ruiz took second; and Andrea Guadalupe Lizama Celis was awarded third place. 
         It was announced that soon there will be another event of this kind to promote the interest of children and young people to encourage children and young people's interest in sand sculptures, and learning about marine life. 
      This type of cultural events has been regularly promoted in recent decades with children from the coastal municipalities of Quintana Roo competing against each other. Today's winners could represent Isla Mujeres at the state level, to show the talent of the islanders against residents from of Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juarez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco.

Meeting to protect tourism on the island  
Acuerdan proteger al turismo en la isla. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      At a meeting held by the golf course lessors with the municipal and state authorities, regarding transportation, it was agreed to protect the image of the destination regarding the sanctions on visitors that drive those vehicles, and to regulate the public transport activity because of the saturation that exists. 
     Municipal president Juan Carrillo Soberanis met with the rental agency owners and the delegate of SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport), Issis Morales Meléndez to address these issues. He announced that a mobility order  (un ordenamiento de movilidad) will be carried out with the other branches of municipal transport. 
     René Contreras, spokesman for the 25 dealerships of more than 820 rental golf carts, said later in an interview that the meeting was successful because they tackled these issues in an open manner, which will be followed up with establishing order (seguimiento para privilegiar el orden) 
        As already announced, the concerns of the lessors include these issues and others, such as the existence of some 400 "pirate" golf carts that have complicated the traffic problems on the island, which becomes chaotic at certain times of the day, especially during this high season of tourism. SINTRA offered to sanction those who practice 'piracy' because they are not intended for public use (rentals), and only for private use.  
      The concessionaires offered to provide information so that those people discontinue this practice and the creation of a hologram was considered to use on their units, to help distinguish them at a distance from those not intended for public use. 
     Due to the geographical situation of Isla Mujeres, for some years the Hacienda of Quintana Roo authorized plates for private use, but it seems that many began to use those for rentals to tourists. Now with this complaint, things should be corrected.  
     Regarding sanctions on tourists who carry a bottle of beer in their hand on a golf cart, there will be some tolerance, but they will not be allowed to be drunk. Above all, care must be take of the image of the destination. Also the rental agencies must warn their clients that they should not violate the Traffic Regulations.
Vehicle saturation 

         Issis Morales said there are no new golf cart concessions, however, she spoke of the existence of 30 on the island, to which the rental agencies assumed that some families must have two concessions, "but for us there are 25 concessions," said Contreras. . 
         There were at least four new concessions issued at the last moment by the administration of the now ex-governor Roberto Borge Angulo (prisoner) for his relatives, but  their deadline of 60 days has since expired, so they are automatically canceled. 
          The problem of mobility (traffic) is complicated, on the island of six kilometers where there are more than two thousand compact cars; five thousand motorcycles, about 830 golf carts for tourism; more than 400 of the same type of vehicle for private use; an undetermined number of cargo vehicles, bicycles and tricycles, in addition to  250 taxis.

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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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