Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 18

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The Mardi Gras parade by the friends, families, and crews of the Al Sol Regatta will assemble today at Ciro's Restaurant at 5pm, and the basketball game against the Islanders is scheduled to start at 7pm on the court by the Town Square.

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Demand plummets at restaurants  

En los restaurantes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de mayo.-

 A representative of CANIRAC in Isla Mujeres (Chamber of Commerce for the Restaurant Industry), Baltazar Maldonado Tun, said in the past two weeks there has been a severe decline in tourism on the island, particularly among foreign tourists, which is severely affecting the restaurant industry.
     He said with the drastic reduction in arrivals by foreign tourists, restaurants must now rely on daytrippers and residents of Isla Mujeres. However, they are awaiting the start of summer season, with the start of the school holidays, when more domestic tourists are expected to visit and to increase the demand at restaurants. Many visitors are expected in July and August, while September and October are considered the low season.
   He said the restaurants have been working at nearly full capacity for more than six months, since mid December, but these days the demand for their services has dropped to about 20 percent, with only one or two occupied tables at each establishment, or at most, five tables of diners.


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

Tuesday evening the participants of the XXIX Regata al Sol were declared as Distinguished Guests, as part of our tradition of international friendship.
Fieles a nuestra tradición de amistad con el mundo, la noche de este martes declaramos huéspedes distinguidos a los participantes de la XXIX Regata al Sol.

On Sunday, Pueblo Magico nights will present the Isladora Duncan Academy of Jazz at 8p in the Town Square.
Noches de ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬ presenta este domingo a la Academia de Jazz Isadora Duncan.
A las 20:00 hrs en la Explanada Municipal.

Rest in Peace, Rene Figueroa Paz.
     He was a former member of the City Council and important in the fishing community. He served the island in many ways throughout his life, including as a diver to help restore water to the island after Hurricane Gilbert. He was retired from the post office and passed away at age 72. He was married to Mrs Beatrice Magaña Carrillo and fathered two children: Jorge Enrique and Blanca Beatriz Figueroa Magaña. Isla Mujeres will miss him. May he rest in peace.
Descanse en paz René Figueroa Paz.

May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Navigation by small boats restricted 
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May 17  Due to the possible development of squalls, which could increase the winds and waves, the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres restricted navigation by small boats (under 40 feet in length) to the area near el Farito and the lagoon areas. This affected more than 200 boats involved in tourism and commercial or private fishing.
       The 24 hour forecasts from CONAGUA and the SCT are given, predicting partly cloudy skies, with a front in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico moving southeast, which could cause rain over the Yucatan Peninsula later in the day, and increasing swells. There is humid air entering over the coastal and maritime areas of Quintana Roo with a potential for rain, especially in the North, which could be associated with electrical activity, warm temperatures, and reduced visibility, as well as possible development of squalls, with increasing winds and waves.
    Fishermen were restricted after several days of normal activity. Travel agencies reported some cancellations due to these restrictions, as well as because permits have not been issued for whale shark tours yet. Although the tourism cooperatives were allowed to go to el Farito and the lagoon areas, they said there was not much business, and that waves could be seen from the coast which were beginning to increase.

CROC: Profit sharing for workers  
CROC, atenta al reparto de utilidades.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
  May 17   The CROC union is completing its work for the fiscal year 2015 regarding agreements by companies for profit sharing among their employees according to the time worked. Yearly, the deadline to pay these benefits is May 30th, and CROC oversees that the 20 unionized companies comply.

Death of Rene Figueroa Paz 
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  May 17    Well known and beloved islander Rene Figueroa Paz passed away Monday at age 72. He was admitted to a hospital on Monday after suffering a heart attack, but passed away while in the hospital. His remains were cremated and taken to the Patio de los Figueroa, where friends and relatives gathered today, and a Mass is scheduled for 7pm.
  He was born Feb. 25, 1944 to  José Figueroa and Socorro Paz, and this native islander served the community in many manners and jobs. He was married to Beatriz Magaña Carrillo, with whom he had two children: Jorge Enrique and Blanca Beatriz Figueroa Magaña.
    A man of many talents, he was best known for his skills with people, his enthusiasm for the different jobs he worked during his life, and, most of all, for his willingness to assist the community.
 He was a member of the City Council, and president of the Fishing Commission during the 2002-2005 administration. For many years he represented the fishermen at Isla Contoy National Park, and will always be remembered for his willingness to lend a hand or his knowledge or experience, for any reason, to help the island or its people.
     Those who are old enough to remember the ravages caused by Hurricane Gilberto cannot forget his work as a CAPA diver (Commission for Water and Sewage), as part of a team which helped restore water service to the island. His friends remember him as a great sailor and fisherman, who served for years as president of the Caribe fishing cooperative.
     Together with Fidel Villanueva and Wilberth Ancona, they brought the icon of Our Lady of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre) from Santiago, Cuba, to Isla Mujeres, which now has a chapel on Isla Contoy, where it is taken every September as protection for the fishermen.
    May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

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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   Sunday  Pueblo Magico Nights  (and Teacher's Day)

May 18 Wednesday Regata Al Sol events:
Private party at Lima family's Rock House 12-1:30
5pm Mardi Gras Parade. Meet up at Ciro's Restaurant (in costumes w throws for the kids). Numerous stops for libations and relief for Krews.
7pm  Basketball game on court by Town Square against Islander team

May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22   Sunday, Pueblo Magico nights present the Isladora Duncan Academy of Jazz at 8p in the Town Square
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights 

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