Thursday, April 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

For second consecutive year, Playa Norte named second most beautiful beach in Mexico

 Por segundo año consecutivo, Playa Norte obtiene galardón nacional

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de abril.-

 See City section below....


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

Recently, the inspectors of PRONATURA MEXICO AC conducted an evaluation of Playa Centro (the Posada Beach) to determine if it met the 33 criteria for the Blue Flag designation, and the results were positive.These results will be turned over to the international jury for the final determination, which is expected to be favorable, in accordance with the pre assessment and documentation done by professor Anaid Urban and biologist Anai Bustos.
En días pasados auditoras de PRONATURA MÉXICO A.C. realizaron una visita de control a Playa Centro (Posadas) para evaluar el cumplimiento de los 33 criterios BLUE FLAG, los resultados obtenidos fueron satisfactorios.
En breve, estos resultados serán turnados al jurado internacional para el fallo final que se anticipa favorable de acuerdo a la evaluación previa en campo y documental realizada por la maestra Anaid Urban y la bióloga Anaí Bustos.

For second consecutive year, Playa Norte named second most beautiful beach in Mexico
At the tourism convention Tianguis Turistico de Mexico 2016, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches received the award from Trip Advisor, the largest travel site in the world, recognizing Playa Norte as the second most beautiful beach in Mexico. This is the second consecutive year that Isla Mujeres has been recognized as a tourist destination with beaches that are clean and certified in both environmental areas and services provided. Last year, for the first time, North Beach received this award placing it on the list of ten most beautiful beaches in the country,
      Names are given of the presenter and officials in attendance.

Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" on Sunday, May 1 at 8pm on the Town Square.
Noches de Pueblo Mágico presenta a INNOVA DANCE.
Domingo 1ro de mayo a las 20 hrs en la Explanada Municipal

You are invited to the public Solemn Session to name the participants of the XLVIII Regatta del Sol a Sol as Distinguished Guests on April 29 at 6:30 on the Town Square, and the signing of the Sister City agreement.
Tenemos el honor de invitarlos a la Sesión Pública Solemne para declarar a los participantes de la XLVIII Regata del Sol a Sol.
Este 29 de abril a las 18:30 en la explanada municipal.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Midnight Sun": Last sailboat to cross the finish line  
“Midnight Sun”, el último en llegar a la meta [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
April 27 The "Midnight Sun" was last sailboat of the 48th edition of the Sol al Sol Regatta to reach the finish line when it arrived at 10:00am on Wednesday after five days of crossing the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Yucatan channel, from St. Petersburg, Florida to Isla Mujeres. That ended the competition at sea, and tonight a meeting was scheduled to evaluate the six categories of the tournament, and name the overall winner, once the "fixed times" are established. 
    At 1pm, the traditional Captains Cup will be held at the Casa de las Rocas, in honor of the participating captains and attended by officials from all three levels of government. The basketball game between the crews and islander players is scheduled for 7pm. The solemn session of the City Council declaring the Regatta participants to be Distinguished Guests is scheduled for Thursday night, when the Sister City agreement will also be signed.  On Friday, the 47th Amigos Regatta will take place around the island, with the top primary school students of the island. The captains and crews, and their guests, will depart the following day.
   On May 10th the 29th al Sol Regatta will start from New Orleans-Pensacola and finish on May 20th.  (They depart from Florida May 11& 12).

Half a year to reinvent themselves 
Tiene medio año para reinventarse[+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link

 Amid rumors that the Magana Ferry company may have discontinued passenger transport service, the Habor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that legally, the company has the option of taking six months to reactivate service. If they don't take that option, after six months, their permission to provide service will be cancelled. He said that nothing officially has been declared regarding the possible closure of the company.
     It has been noted in this newspaper that there have been regular interruptions of service due to mechanical failures, and there are passengers who appreciate the discounted fares. No announcement has been made by the Magana Galue family, who operate the service, and it is noted that since former manager Jorge Aragon left, no one gives out news. However, the employees have been talking about liquidation and closure. There has been other speculation, including talk about the imminent arrival of another ferry company, which could be Transporte Caribe de Cozumel.
   The Magana family offered this service of transporting tourists and locals in the 1950's with small boats.  Their wooden boats, which operated in the 80's and 90's,  were named  Dama Elegante, Novia del Mar, Carmita, Blanca Beatriz and Sultana del Mar, They were followed by aluminum boats including Caribbean Island, Caribbean Lady, Caribbean Miss, Salvage and Princes.
   During the Christmas season of 2013, the main force behind the company, Raul Magana Carrillo, passed away, and that year his three older brothers had also passed, Romero,  Ariel (ex mayor) and Álvaro, who all had helped the company.
    Some local families and workers preferred this company which provided a better price for crossing than Ultramar, and some welcomed the new company for providing healthy competition. The Magana company experienced a fall in income in the following years, and there was talk of renewing the engines to provide better service and recapture lost customers, but this was not achieved. They were affected by the increasing cost of fuel and the rising cost of parts in dollars, which rose about 30 percent over a year's time. With competition from Ultramar in 2003, offering better boats which are larger and more comfortable, almost 90 percent of the business was taken away.

Wooden fence hasn't been removed 
Aún no retiran el cercado de madera[+] Ver mas

    The wooden fence which was place by a company in the area of North Beach near Rueda Medina has not been removed, to allow free passage by tourists, at a time when operations have been resumed by the responsible business, after there were legal problems and it closed its doors in March.
     The fence prevents passage when crossing from "Playa Soy" (sic, Playa Sol) to Playa Norte, and individuals want PROFEPA to intervene and clear the walkway. Due to the northern fronts causing beach erosion, and an old small wall, in the winter people had difficulty thru this area.
      There was a controversy between two businessmen in early March, which led to the arrest of former mayor Jorge Cardenas Bazan, who regained his freedom after a few hours and making a statement. He has had a legal dispute, which continues in the court system, with his neighbor Carlos Cervera,  over beach space in the area where the fence has been placed,
       It is noted that the beach club "Beach Boys & Babes" reopened a week ago with a new management, and rehired workers.

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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.

April events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 21   6:54pm
April 22   7:44pm  Full Moon
April 23    8:33pm
April 24    9:24pm
April 25   10:14pm
April 26   11:04pm
April 27    11:54pm

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

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

April 7, Thursday at 6:30pm on the Town Square, in a "Sesion Ordinaria" (That usually means a regular session of the City Council) the Music Trova (repertoire) of Isla Mujeres will officially be declared a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the state of Quintana Roo.
It doesn't mention if there will be a performance, but since it is happening on the Town Square rather than inside the Town Hall, that seems like a possibility.

April 10, Sunday night at 8pm on the Town Square

April 15 7pm Benefit at El Patio for the families of the Anastacia

April 17 Dance performance Sunday evening 8pm on the Town Square as part of the "Noches de Pueblo Magico"

Friday, April 22 Earth Day Clean Up

Sunday, April 24
Dance performance Sunday evening 8pm on the Town Square as part of the "Noches de Pueblo Magico"

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" on Sunday, May 1 at 8pm on the Town Square.

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