Monday, February 29, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, February 29

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Hyperbaric chamber to remain available all year  

De servicios de la cámara hiperbárica

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de febrero.-
   Unlike other years when the hyperbaric chamber was only operational during the lobster season from June 1 (sic..July 1) until the end of February, this year it will be available for all twelve months of 2016.  This was confirmed by the chairman of the Hyperbaric Chamber Board who said this measure is being adopted to serve others who may require the service, in addition to the fishermen and divers who suffer decompression illness from diving to great depths.
       He said there are an increasing number of people who require this service, including those who suffer from 'diabetic foot', as well as other conditions. He said before they being this change, they will have a meeting, in about two weeks, regarding the proposal and costs. He said to operate twelve months a year will require more of a budget for payment of supplies, medical expenses, and employees. 
       He said there have been 58 people treated for decompression illness during this lobster season, which is now at an end.

Strengthening ties of friendship with St Petersburg    

En mayo se firma hermanamiento con San Petersburgo: Agapito

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de febrero.-

See City section below.... 


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

Good morning, we wish you a great start to the week from our beautiful island.
Buenos días, les deseamos un excelente inicio de semana desde nuestra bella isla.

The municipality of Bacalar celebrated their 9th anniversary of being named as a Pueblo Magico with a performance of the dance "Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres" and of the municipal DIF chorus, who played a key role in the celebration, by invitation.  (Añoranzas are feelings of longing or a sense of nostalgia)
Atendiendo una cordial invitación del municipio de Bacalar en su IX aniversario de su nombramiento como Pueblo Mágico, el Ballet "Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres" y el Coro del DIF municipal, tuvieron una destacada participación en tan especial celebración.

Sister city agreement will be signed in May with St Petersburg Florida
  Last weekend, in the city of St Petersburg Florida, the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and the Mayor of St Petersburg, Rick Kriseman, held a working meeting concerning the upcoming Regata de Sol al Sol and agreed to sign a sister city agreement during that event in May. (It is scheduled April 21-29th). 
       The Regattas began a little over 45 years ago. 
       St Petersburg is known as "The City Where the Sun Shines", and is the fourth largest city in Florida, as well as a popular holiday and retirement destination, especially for people from colder climates such as New York, Detroit, and Chicago.

The municipal Director of Social Development, in his capacity as municipal liaison for SEDESOL, announced that benefits will be paid on the island on March 8 and in the Continental Zone on March 9 & 10.
En su calidad de enlace municipal de la SEDESOL, la Dirección de Desarrollo Social acude permanentemente a recibir información sobre el pago a familias beneficiadas; el próximo día 8 de marzo en la ínsula y el 9 y 10 en la Zona Continental, se llevará a cabo el pago de los apoyos contemplados.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Lobster season ends 
Inicia veda de langosta .. [+] Ver mas
  The season for capturing lobster ends February 29, and the ban will last four months, until July. During the eight months of activity, it is estimated that production was decreased by 30 percent. Members of the five fishing cooperatives attribute this to poor weather in February, and say they were more successful in January.
    The president of the Isla Blanca cooperative, David Dzib, said that as of this weekend their members have captured about 16 tonnes, which is 30 percent less than February last year. The fishermen also complained about problems with poaching and a lack of monitoring by PROFEPA inspectors.

15 sports fishing boats arriving monthly  
Arriban 15 naves al mes para pesca deportiva. [+] Ver mas
   There have been no incidents since sports fishing season began in December, despite the high winds that have affected the region. The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that about 15 foreign boats have been arriving monthly for the sports fishing of marlin, dorado, and sailfish with experienced guides. He said some visitors  stay at the island with their boats for two or three months to catch and release these species, generating strong economic benefit for the island.
      The season ends in April and there are about 35 permit holders who take fishermen out to the locations, which are several nautical miles north of Isla Contoy Park The strong winds that have prevailed this month have caused the cancellation of some trips for the sake of safety.
    Preparations are being made for the whale shark watching season, and the Harbor Master said there are 180 licensees from Isla Mujeres who will be renewing their permits. The season is scheduled to begin on May 16 and continue until September 15, when the 293 permit holders from Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez, and Cancun will transport hundreds of tourists to the area daily. (There are two whale shark areas which are overseen by two agencies, with some coordination. The agencies will probably assign the permit holders even and odd designations for alternating days of activity, as they did last year, to limit the number of boats affecting the whale sharks per day.)

Preparing for the Sol al Sol Regatta  
Alistan la regata del Sol al Sol. [+] Ver mas
    The XLVII (47th) edition of the Sol al Sol Regatta from St Petersburg Florida to Isla Mujeres will take place April 21-29 and is expected to include over 20 sailboats. The boats will set sail on Thursday, April 21 to travel more than 500 nautical miles. There will be a series of cultural and recreational events, including the traditional basketball game against local players, as well as a golf cart procession, giving gifts to children of the island, and tours around the island in sailboats.
    The sister city agreement between the two cities will be renewed in May.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6:40 beginning March 1st: Magic Classes
 (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

  Saturday, March 5:

Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)   
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday
March 20-27  Holy Week
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school  


March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   

March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez

April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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