Thursday, May 26, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 26

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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More gastrointestinal complaints with high temperatures  

 Por las altas temperaturas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de mayo.-.
   With these higher temperatures, there has been an increase in gastrointestinal complaints, particularly in young children and senior citizens. Health workers advise parents and the general public to avoid eating street food and to consume increased amounts of water to stay well hydrated. The warm temperatures of 30-35 degrees (Celsius) are expected to continue until the end of June, when the rainy season begins. 
     It is noted that recently the temperatures have ranged between 26 and 32, but the adjusted temperature  feels like 35 to 40, due to the high levels of humidity. This can cause heat stress, with symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and depending on the severity, vomiting and fainting. 
       The effects of the high temperatures and low pressure systems are expected to continue until the end of June, when the rainy season begins. During this time, the community is advised to stay out of the sun, to ingest large amounts of water, and to follow the recommendations of the health authorities and Civil Protection, to avoid the effects of heat stress.

Visitors continue to arrive in large numbers by ferry  

 Gracias a excelente afluencia turística

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de mayo.-
  Many visitors continue to arrive on the Ultramar ferry to spend the afternoon on the island, generating economic activity for those providing services on the beaches, at restaurants, shops, golf cart rental agencies, and tour boats for sightseeing.
     Hundreds of tourists begin arriving to this Pueblo Magico at 10am, which is considered a peak hour. No accidents have been reported.
       It is estimated that hotel occupancy is about 65 percent, as a result of increased demand associated with the Cosme Alberto Martinez Fishing Tournament. That competitions included 114 boats, plus the families and friends of the fishermen, which generated a good economic benefit, according to the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. 


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

Playa Centro in Isla Mujeres receives renewal of Blue Flag distinction 
This week the National Jury of officials approved and ratified the Blue Flag designation for Playa Centro for the season 2016-2017, beginning July 1st. During their meeting, the jury announced six more Blue Flag beaches, in addition to the 20 already designated, which include Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach).
     The guidelines and criteria are issued by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), which is an NGO (nongovernmental organization) in Denmark, whose programs are conducted in Mexico by PRONATURA Mexico. There are 33 criteria divided into four areas: water quality; environmental information & education; environmental management; safety & services & facilities. 
        There are the most Blue Flag beaches in Quintana Roo among the states in Mexico, which include the  Balneario Municipal in Bacalar, and in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) are Playa Ballenas, Playa Chaac Mool, Playa Delfines, Playa Marlín, Playa del Niño, and Playa Las Perlas.  Recognition is given to the efforts and work by the City of Isla Mujeres via ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone department) on a daily basis to provide a space with high quality of environment and services.

The City of Isla Mujeres extends an invitation to all hoteliers, restaurateurs, and tourist service providers to participate in the Articulación de Cadenas Productivas Turísticas: Tourism Management Model of Pueblos Magicos
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres hace una atenta invitación a todos los hoteleros, restauranteros y prestadores de servicio turístico a participar en la Articulación de Cadenas Productivas Turísticas: Modelo de gestión de Pueblos Mágicos.

Children between the ages of 10 and 12 are invited to participate in a Drawing contest for Dia de la Marina, Navy Day.
Invitamos a todos los niños y niñas de entre 10 a 12 años a participar en el concurso de Dibujo con motivo del Día de la Marina.

The City of Isla Mujeres via the Deparment of Tourism invites all children between the ages of 6 and 11 to participate in the Isla Mujeres Kite Festival 2016. Sunday 9am on the Posada Beach
El H. Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Dirección de Turismo convoca a todos los niños de 6 a 11 años de edad a participar en el "Festival de Papalotes Isla Mujeres 2016"


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Release of whale shark permits  
Libera permisos de tiburón ballena.. [+] Ver mas
May 25   The Wildlife Department (DGVS), an agency of SEMARNAT, on this day began releasing the ~300 permits for whale shark tours in the waters offshore from the municipalities of Isla Mujeres and Lazaro Cardenas, according to several of the licensees. The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Isamael Gonzalez Gil said that as of 2pm, no permit holders had processed their papers with his office. This is expected to happen at any time, but he was still unaware that the permits had been released.
   According to the Management Plan, in 2016 the season was scheduled to begin on May 22, but the permits were not yet released at that date. There is a daily limit of 160 boats allowed in the whale shark viewing area.
   Corpus Christi
  On another topic, Corpus Christi will be held on Thursday, and will be commemorated at Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church (downtown) at 6pm and a procession at 7pm in the Town Square. The festival will take place at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (in colonia La Gloria), where there will be a mass at 8pm and a procession thru the main streets of La Gloria at 9mo. The family oriented festivities will include a ribbon cutting event, fireworks, and the musical group Los Marlins. The activities will be led by the priest Raul Sanchez Alonso. 

No information about bus service: Contract expired 
Hermetismo sobre transporte urbanol.. [+] Ver mas
  It has been more than a week since the expiration of the contract with Isla Turicun to provide bus service, with no news from the City Council about whether the concession will be renewed. It is reported that the company has violated the terms of the contract during nearly all of the fifteen years of its term. Currently there is no bus service.
    The contract came into force, under protest from the taxi drivers, on May 16, 2001, for a fifteen year period, terminating May 16, 2016. In principle, it would then be considered whether or not to attempt to renew the concession with Isla Turicun.
    Laborers have difficulty getting to work when there is not bus service, as is currently the situation. There has been no information regarding whether the contract will be renewed with Isla Turicun from the committee who answer to the City Council on this issue. A reporter was unable to speak with Jose Magana Galue, who said he had other commitments at that time.
     The opposition Councilman (el regidor opositor; who is with the opposing political party) Victor Osorio had no explanation, and was asked about the problem of workers lacking public transportation. He said, "The Council has shown similar behavior with other issues, which is worrisome. Actually, Isla Turican has not met the terms of the contract, and that problem has never been addressed by the City Council."
    It is noted that the Isla Turicun company repeatedly failed to fulfill the terms of clause 15, and only operated one vehicle, during the day, which was about 15 yeas old. The contract said there should be three buses to cover two routes, providing public transportation between the hours of 6am to midnight, daily. Other terms include providing service until the conclusion of the contract period, respecting the set schedule, investing funds as needed to continue operations, maintaining their property, not assigning the contract to third parties, to accept and serve senior citizens, and to maintain the required number of vehicles in service, among other requirements.

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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.

May events

Sunset ~7:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 21   7:20
May 22   8:11
May 23   9:01
May 24   9:52
May 25  10:41
May 26  11:28

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
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

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" at 8pm on the Town Square.
May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla

May 7, Saturday   "Ballet Son del Caribe" a troupe of five senior citizen women,  will dance at 7pm  at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AA group "Una Esperanza en mi Vida", who are presenting an artistic and cultural festival featuring representations from the Mayan culture, regional traditions, and in collaboration with the children's ballet of the Casa de Cultura.

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 10 Mother's Day
May 12-20 Group exhibition at the Casa de Cultura 

May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights  (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Sunday, Pueblo Magico nights present the Isadora Duncan Academy of Jazz at 8p in the Town Square

May 25 Festival of Corpus Christi with ribbon cutting, fireworks, and music by Los Marlins following Mass at 8pm at the Sacred Heart church and a procession thru La Gloria at 9pm. At the downtown church there will be a mass at 7pm and a procession at 8pm.

May 29, Sunday 9am Posada Beach  Children's Kite Contest at part of Dia de la Armada (Navy Day) celebrations  
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights 

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