Friday, July 20, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 20

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In Isla Mujeres, Pueblo Magico, we are committed to protecting and preserving Sea Turtles. Last year, the staff and volunteers collected 116,558 eggs.

With the realization of the XI Whale Shark Festival we involve islanders and visitors in the care and protection of this species.  VIDEO   which says, "Every year Isla Mujeres receives the largest fish in the world. Government and society work together for the preservation of whale sharks.


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Ferry service is normalized in Isla Mujeres LINK 
(This article is about the vehicle ferries to Punta Sam operated by Isla Mujeres Maritima
        After complying with the new guidelines established by the Deputy General Directorate of Maritime Protection and Certification in charge of the Ports and Maritime Affairs Captaincies Unit (Unicapam), this Thursday, the Marítima Isla Mujeres company confirmed the operation of its ferry.
         This ferry was removed from service for more than five months after some inconsistencies were detected in an inspection carried out by the maritime authorities.Since then, the ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" was the only vehicle ferry in operation, although its passenger service was restricted. 
     Now that each of the observations by the authorities have been corrected, service has been resumed, including passenger service, It is noted that operations were interrupted for a few hours on Thursday during the changing of boats, and now the ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" may be subject to improvements, always with the intention of ensuring the safety of customers.

From Maritima Isla Mujeres: Thanks for your understanding! Today after correcting the observations made by the authorities, our service was restored both for the use of cargo and for PASSENGERS.
Thank you.

Ferry "Isla Blanca" provided general operations on Thursday, including passenger and vehicle service. VIDEO   

VIDEO with caption that says tourists were in an accident in a rented golf cart with private plates. There were only minor injuries

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Maritima Isla Mujeres posted: Take note! UPDATED SCHEDULE
PS: Remember to arrive at least 35 minutes before departure time.
The top schedule is Monday thru Saturday, and the bottom is Sunday  
VIDEO of the Maritima ferry  Photo of ferry with caption: The Isla Blanca ferry entered operations. Covering the route between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam.
North Beach of Isla Mujeres is among the 10 best beaches in the world: Forbes México

Complaint by Isla Mujeres hoteliers:
Hoteliers say that Cancun sells the island as a place 'of passage', and for that reason travelers do not decide to spend at least one night in the place. "There are posters in the promotions that say Cancun and have the photo of beaches of Isla Mujeres," they said.

Poster for the Whale Shark Fest (see events section below)

The City of Isla Mujeres extends an invitation to the Whale Shark Festival July 20-22
        The festival will begin Friday, July 20 at 6:00 pm with a caravan to celebrate the arrival, this season, of the largest fish in the world. (See events section below). 
         Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, director of Tourism Promotion of Isla Mujeres,
that during the festival there will be various activities designed for the whole family, so he offered an invitation to the general public to attend the events that will be held in the Town Square and surroundings. 
         "We dedicate this festival completely to the whale shark and it is a great opportunity to become aware of the importance of getting involved in its care, as we are fortunate that it arrives in the waters of Isla Mujeres year after year and it is our duty to protect it," he said.
         Likewise, awareness of the preservation of the Mesoamerican Reef System is created, the second longest barrier reef in the world.
       Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of Tourism Promotion of the island, comments: VIDEO    

After a month of being mislaid, a suitcase was delivered to a foreigner in the Tourism Office of lsla Mujeres. (photos)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Maritima ferry schedule is posted.

Everything is ready for the Whale Shark Festival: VIDEO of Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of Tourism Promotion

 Residents of colonia Guadalupana held a peaceful demonstration at the offices of the lic. Aarom Rojas for 'trying to remove them from their property with legal tricks'. "The colonia is ready and together to reach the final stages and we are together for all those involved. We are neighbors with everything and together until the end." (photos) VIDEO  

At two o'clock in the afternoon the (vehicle) ferry service in IM will be restored (Thursday) VIDEO of Harbor Master 

There is a VIDEO of the golf cart that was damaged in an accident. 

IM Noticias   

There is a VIDEO about the Isla Blanca ferry of Maritima Isla Mujeres resuming operations.

VIDEO of golf cart that was in an accident that says: Pirate golf cart suffers accident and SINTRA is absent! The cart does not have a logo and the drivers do not have a contract!    


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Isla Blanca" ferry resumes operations     
“Isla Blanca” de vuelta al servicioVer masFull article at this link
  The :Isla Blanca" ferry of Maritima Isla Mujeres was suspended from service for four months by SEMAR (Department of the Navy), and that it resumed operations at ~2pm on Thursday, taking cargo from the island to Punta Sam. It removed from operation by the authorities during the last part of the Easter season, and the "Sergio Gracia" was prohibited from providing passenger service. This caused a great deal of annoyance among those who were inconvenienced and had to go from Punta Sam to Puerto Juarez after learning about this restriction.
         The Maritima Isla Mujeres company has now met all the requirements of the Deputy General Directorate of Maritime Certification and Protection, of SEMAR, in accordance with the Law of  Maritime Navigation and Commerce.
     On Thursday, the "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" ferry had a problem at 11am at Punta Sam, and was out of service due to a mechanical failure.

Peaceful protest  demonstration 
Piden les devuelvan sus tierras [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   July 19  A group of residents of the irregular colonia Guadalupana conducted a peaceful protest outside the office of a public notary in Cancun against lawyer Aarón Rojas, demanding he 'return their lots of the 208 people in the neighborhood. These families  occupied the property in April 2005, and have been working toward regularization since that time.
     The colonia has been recognized by the National Electoral Institute (INE) for their voter registration cards, and they have water contracts, as well as the CFE providing partial service. The families have been in possession of the lots, whose owner never appeared. (They went thru the legal procedures, and it is suspected that the original owner was a 'prestanombre', which doesn't have an exact translation into English but is like a proxy or alias or 'straw man'.)

Lancheros offering boat tours hoping for more customers  
Lancheros con regular actividad] Ver masFull article at this link
    At the height of summer season, the lancherso are only operating at about 50 percent of their fleet, according to Jose Marquez, one of the managers. The cooperative Adolfo Lopez Mateos is offering a 25% discount for their four hour tour of the Bay, with food.
    They have 27 boats offering tours and they hope that this will attract more customers. It is a discount of 150 pesos, reducing the cost from 600 pesos to 450 pesos for a boat ride to the attractions, including snorkeling at the Underwater Museum, and food. Each boat has a capacity for 12 passengers, and his phone number is given, which is available 9a to 5p.
   The tour boats face serious competition from boats in Puerto Juarez and from Cancun, including the catamarans and other recreational boats who offer all inclusive packages. The ferry companies also link their passengers up with some other companies. Some families find it most economical to hire a boat in Puerto Juarez to come and get to know the isle. The tours take their clients to eat in Sac Bajo or at Playa Tiburon, with grilled fish as the main feature of the menus.

Ultramar will pay the same as the others  
Que Ultramar pagará como todas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    In 2011, an agreement was signed between the Ultramar ferry company and the then Director of the state Port Authority, APIQRoo, allowing a monthly payment of 307,000 pesos in January to August and 153,000 from September to December, which is equivalent to 25 centavos per tourist in high season and 55 centavos in low season. Marinsa and Naveganto are paying 5 pesos per tourist. The Director of the Port Authority said she has already proceeded to cancel this contract with favors Ultramar.
      On July 4th, Apiqroo's operating manager, Guillermo Rentería Zúñiga, had said that the controversial contract for use of the facilities of the Isla Mujeres maritime terminal "will not be canceled", and was expected to continue at this payment rate until it expired in 2021. 
    Based on the information published in Por Esto about the lack of maintenance to the ferry terminal due to a lack of money, the Director of APIQRoo, Alicia Ricalde Magana contacted the reporter to say,  "I have already managed to cancel that contract and Ultramaria is already paying (...), but I also have juicio mercantil (?lit. mercantile judgment) to collect what was not paid.(over seven years)." Por Esto estimates this amount could be around 100 million pesos, since 5 million passengers were mobilized in 2017. (The Port Authority counts an arrival and a departure of one passenger as two mobilizations, and presumably the ferry companies pay a fee to APIQRoo for each ticket sold.)

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
July  1  10:14
July  2  10:53
July  3  11:31

July 27   7:32
July 28   8:14
July 29   8:54
July 30   9:32
July 31  10:09
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05

July Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Sunday, July 1 Election Day Polls open 7a-6p Alcohol will only be sold to foreigners with food purchase at businesses with a food license, until the 48 "Dry Law" expires at midnight. Mexico will electsa president for a single six-year term, and 628 members of the national congress, who for the first time in nearly a century can be reelected. Voters are also choosing nine governors, ~1600 mayors, and thousands of state and local lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2 Mexico vs Brazil 9a  World Cup  Islanders can watch at the large screen on Playa Centro provided by the Posada, or at a variety of bars.

Wednesday, July 4  US Independence Day, may be celebrated in some bars

Friday, July 6th at 8pm at the Convention Center. Renatta Dance Studio would like to invite you to our 6th annual end of school year show!
The theme is ‘Mexico Without Borders’ and the show includes more than 50 dancers and special performers. Join us for this wonderful dance and musical tribute to Mexico! Local island children from 4 years up to their teens will be performing, as well as professional dancers and special performers from the island and Cancun.
Tickets are $50 pesos for adults and $30 for children in advance. And $70 pesos and $50 pesos at the door.

 July 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday  Barracuda Fishing Tournament

July 20-22  Fri, Sat, Sun. 11th Annual Whale Shark Festival 
Friday, July 20
6:30p Inauguration of the Festival on the Town Square
7p  Presentation by Biologist Pamela Vasquez of Saving Our Sharks on the Town Square
8p  Performance by the Municipal  Folklorico Troupe of Palenque Chiapas Latin Dancers Dance Studio

Saturday, July 21
6p Artisans Exposition and tasting of regional dishes
7p Presentation by Biologist Karen Fuentes of results of monitoring Manta Rays in the Mexican Caribbean
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupes Al Son del Corozon de Isla Mujeres and Mestizas de Agua Salada de Isla Mujeres

Sunday, July 22
4p Children's Basketball Lightning Tournament at the court on the Town Square
7p Conference by Biologist Rafael de la Parra about Whale Sharks
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupe of Silao Guanajuato and comedian Miramelindo
  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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