Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 17

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Last night around 11:30p...The Harbor Master has confirmed that the two fishermen with the Social Justicia cooperative who went missing this afternoon while diving have been found and are reported to be safe and sound and on their way back to the island, according to TV Isla Mujeres. They are expected to arrive on the island in the next hour or so. Their friends, families, coworkers, and the Red Cross ambulance are awaiting their return on the Social Justicia dock after a worrisome afternoon and evening.  VIDEO  
Noti Isla Mujeres reports they were found over 40 miles away and are Álvaro Trejo Velázquez and Angel Torres Trujillo, which was confirmed by the cooperative president Baltazar Gómez Catzín.

VIDEO   with caption which says ."The lumber has arrived to construct the bungalows!" showing truck full of posts near the Mia hotel bridge, and several are laying at the edge of the beach in front of the former Fenix bar-restaurant.

VIDEO response of Isla Mujeres entrepreneurs to media coverage saying the beaches of Isla Mujeres are among the most contaminated in the country, explaining that the analysis of COFEPRIS found the island's beaches to be within the acceptable level of e coli, which is less than 200. They explain that the Playa Centro was 89 and North Beach was 94. They also talk about the certifications of these beaches (Blue Flag and White Flag) which includes passing the repeated water analyses  and having clean beaches. They note that our beaches are clean and white and without sargasso, and that the water consistently passes the official analyses.

 See yesterday's edition/translations for the data from 2013-2019, 3 times/year with an summary of the COFEPRIS press release information. Link to data source:…/desti…/isla-mujeres.html

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The two fishermen-divers who were missing were found nearly 40 miles north of Isla Mujeres and are home safe and sound after 13 hours, to the dock of Social Justicia cooperative, and are being checked out by Cruz Roja.VIDEO  

In response to a rumor that construction is about to begin on the “Búngalos Reef Club” / Reef Club Bungalows project in federal waters near the El Yunque islet, in front of Playa Norte, the municipal Director of Urban Development, Environment & Ecology, José Nivardo Fernández Martínez, said they have given the Mia hotel 48 hours to present their permissions from SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, a federal agency).

Map showing location where lost fishermen were found

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Notice saying there is false news being spread about Isla Mujeres beaches in the media, with a screenshot of a headline, photo and caption.

VIDEO of beach with reporter talking about the tourists enjoying the clean beaches and clear blue water on the Easter holidays, and notes the yachts anchored offshore. 

VIDEO similar similar to TVIM's above, and the reporter says no one is available to inquire whether the posts are for piers or bungalows.

VIDEO of entrepreneurs (same as above)

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Increased demand for seafood during Easter holidays  

Esperan abasto de producto de escama

     There has been a shortage of seafood products since the beginning of Lent, which caused the fishermen to increase prices by ten percent since the first of April, which in turn caused some restaurants to adjust their prices. The cooperatives have some inventory and were able to go out on Tuesday.
  The prices per kilogram at Social Justicia cooperative are:  Abadejo is 200 pesos, Grouper is 180 pesos, Hogfish (Boquinete) and Snapper (pargo) are 150 pesos. For fillets of  xcochín, aka peje pluma, the cost is 140 pesos/kilo.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 There have been complaints from residents about a three peso increase in a cost of refilling a 20 kilo propane, and the 30 kilo tanks, which are commonly used by loncherias and cocina economica diners cost nearly 4 pesos more to fill.On the first of April, refilling the 20 kilo tanks increased from 432 pesos to 435.2 and from 648 to 652.8 for 30 kilo tanks. It is noted that Zeta Gas is the only option for this service on the island.
  It is noted that more trash cans are needed along Rueda Medina and the beaches during this holiday period, and that tourists don't like to walk a long ways carrying trash.

Future of Maritima is uncertain  

Naviera local en la incertidumbre

  One of the two Maritima cargo-vehicle ferries was suspended due to a lack of resources to pay for its fuel, and the company is heavily in debt. This includes debts of more than 30 million pesos to the Marinsa  company, for rehabilitation of the two Maritima ferries, and over 7 million to APIQROO (state port authority) for dock fees, in addition to about 3 million in interest on that debt. Marinsa owns 43% of Maritima's shares, and decided not to invest more money, and to leave it up to the partners to decide if the company will continue or not. Nothing was decided at Saturday's meeting.

Many tourists visiting the island

La presencia de turistas se dejó sentir

  The demand for taxis and golf carts was good and the beaches were busy by noon. Nautical services were in demand, and the port was open for all navigation. Tourists could be seen around town browsing and shopping and the restaurants did a good business, especially in the evening. Some souvenir sellers said that although sales were improved, their expectations weren't met, and they note that there is a great deal of competition and the problem of agreements between some stores and the ferries and boats that bring over the tourists.


From Acción Isla4th Annual Earth Day Cleanup Isla Mujeres

There's still time to secure a spot on a Dive crew! If you're joining us to dive or snorkel, please sign up with your favourite participating local dive shop! See you Sunday!

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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 

April 19   7:36
April 20    8:36
April 21   9:36
 April 22   10:33
April 23   11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p-7:10
Sunrise ~6:40a-6:15
April Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

On Saturday's at 8a-11a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. More info: LINK Last lunch of the season was April 10

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting.

In April,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster and Octopus in April. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected. 
Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.

Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.

Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.

Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is  a reenactment  Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church,  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, April 18 There is  a reenactment on the Town Square of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. 

Friday, April 19 The Viacrusis/Passion of Christ reenactment begins at the Sacred Heart church on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria at 10:30a, goes to the Guadalupe Chapel overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica, then downtown to the Town Square in front of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church.

 Sunday, April 21 Annual Earth Day Cleanup of the seabed and coast. Volunteers & sponsors needed. .LINK

Sunday, April 21 Easter

Monday, April 22 Earth Day 

Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays

Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day

Thursday, May 1 Labor Day

Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.

   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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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