Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Mayor Agapito presents uniforms & ID's to comisionista hawkers

Working together for a positive image of this Pueblo Magico  

Agapito les entrega uniformes y credenciales para cuidar imagen de Pueblo Mágico

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de diciembre.-
See translation in the City section below....

 Z Gas tank exchange for customers    

Realiza cambio de tanques

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de diciembre.-
See translation in the City section below...

Good news and bad news for the fishermen who are beneficiaries of a federal program   

Para que pescadores puedan recibir beneficios de programa federal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de diciembre.-
    The President of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo (FCPEQRoo), Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said the bad news is that fishermen will be left out who have not submitted all the required documentation for the federal program which provides financial assistance for buying equipment such as boats and motors. Those who met the documentation requirements will need to cover 30 percent of the costs of the equipment . He said the good news is that the price of the motors will not fluctuate with the exchange rate with the dollar, but will be set at the rate of 16 pesos to a dollar.
          He said about 30 percent of the fishermen around the state either did not complete the paperwork or did not have their portion of the payment, which could cause reduced benefits to be available the following year. This program offers assistance from the state and federal governments for the replacement of outboard motors, boats,  and navigational equipment, among other items, with the two branches of government covering 70 percent of the costs, at a cost of seven million pesos, he said.


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

When the night ends, we await the sight of another magical sunrise
Cae la noche y ya esperamos ver el mágico amanecer.

On Tuesday, the 7th edition of the Propane Tank Exchange was held,  trading tanks in poor condition for ones in optimal condition.
Este martes se llevó a cabo la séptima edición del Cambio de Tanques de Gas en mal estado por tanques en condiciones óptimas.
   These campaigns are done thanks to the efforts of Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez through the Department of Civil Protection and the company Z-Gas, in order to reduce the risk of leaks in the homes of island families and therefore to have a safer island. The Director of Civil Protection, Mauro Rodriguez Velazquez, said that in 2015 there have been some non-alarming leaks reported, with no life threatening incidents. He said, "These preventative campaigns are done to ensure public safety, and to avoid exposing the lives of islanders to risks."
      This event was held at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloia, and approximately 220 tanks were exchanged for free. The old ones will be taken by the company for inspection to determine if they have any remaining life or need to be permanently retired. These campaigns will continue, in an effort to remove the deteriorated cylinders from the island and to support the economy of the residents and protect their lives.

Presenting uniforms & credentials to the Comisionistas   
      Tuesday morning the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, presented uniforms and credentials to the comisionista hawkers of the island. It has been a few months since Isla Mujeres earned the distinction of being a Pueblo Magico, and the Mayor and the Council have been working toward promoting this new image of the island.  The new shirts have the logo of Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico, and the credentials identify them as tourism workers who earn commissions.
        The Mayor said that achieving the Pueblo Magico distinction was the result of a combined effort by everyone, and it is proof that when the community and the government work together, the results are always positive. Regarding the thousands of tourists who arrive to the island, he encouraged the comisionistas to guide them and to care for them, and above all, to give them the best service and treatment available. 
    He said Isla Mujeres has large numbers of tourists arriving year after year, and in 2015 the total is expected to be about 2.2 million visitors. He offered his best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2016 to all the participants.

Come and greet the New Year with us, in front of the Caribbean Sea  
Ven y recibe con nosotros frente al Mar Caribe el nuevo año.

Big New Year's Eve party!   Enjoy the first rays of the sun! 
Gran fiesta de año nuevo. ¡Disfruta el primer rayo del sol!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

The Car Ferry Hours for Christmas Day and New Years Day
On both days the first crossings will depart Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. 
The earlier crossings are cancelled on these two days (only).
Estimado Usuario:
Grupo Isla Mujeres les desea felices fiestas y les informa que debido a las próximas festividades, los días 25 y 1 de Enero del 2016, ÚNICAMENTE nuestros primeros cruces serán cancelados, quedando de la siguiente manera:
Terminal Punta Sam
Viernes 25 de Diciembre primer cruce 9:00 am
Viernes 01 de Enero primer cruce 9:00 am

Terminal Isla Mujeres
Viernes 25 de Diciembre primer cruce 8:00 am
Viernes 01 de Enero primer cruce 8:00 am



From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Fishermen could lose assistance   
Pescadores podrían perder apoyosr.. [+] Ver mas

Hotels report 70% occupancy  
Hoteles registran 70% de ocupación.. [+] Ver mas

    The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said hotel occupancy is currently at nearly 70% and is expected to reach nearly 100 percent between December 24 and January 3rd. At this time the island is not "packed" with visitors, as often happens during peak seasons. However, an increased number of tourists are present in the streets, and there are many visitors arriving with luggage, which indicates they are spending the night. He said,"This year will close very well, and we cannot complain, because we hardly had an off season throughout 2015."
       The golf cart rental agencies report that demand is nearly 100%, and boating activity has increased since the port reopened for navigation by small boats. Consequently the tourist cooperatives report that demand is at about 80 percent for their snorkeling tours. 
     The Director of Tourism said it is important to have controls for the comisionistas so they provide good service, and he said the tourists will have more confidence in a broker who approaches them wearing a uniform and ID badge. He said they plan to impose the same controls on the jewelry comisionistas, requiring them to wear proper uniforms and ID badges. He said in respect to the tourism service industry, we want visitors to return and the best way to have that happen is to treat them with respect, kindness, and warmth, while not disappointing them in any way.
    He said that in 2016, as a Pueblo Magico, there will be different projects aimed at taxi drivers, the lanchero boat crews, restaurateurs, comisionistas, and the commercial sector in general, that will focus on preparing those who provide services to tourists so they are better equipped to provide an excellent level of service to those who visit Isla Mujeres, Pueblo Magico.

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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 
Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 17 Naval Band performance 8pm Town Square
Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

December 25-30 (not the 28th) 10a-2p & 6p-9p  Casa de Cultura Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square.  Tables can be reserved at the entrance to the Town Hall 10am-3pm.
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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