Monday, July 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Predicting hotel occupancy rates of 90 percent during summer vacation

Durante vacaciones de Verano

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-
       The Municipal Department of Tourism said that hotel occupancy rates on the island are now at 65 percent and in the Continental Zone they are 75 percent. On the island there are 1500 hotel rooms, ranging from top of the line to inexpensive hostels, and in the Continental Zone there are 1800 rooms. Occupancy rates on island hotels have been increasing since 2015, and now there are visitors who don't just come for a night or a weekend, but rather who stay on the island from a week to six months at a time.
     During the first part of this year, during Easter vacation (Semana Santa) the number of arrivals increased to 28,000 people a day, while the average is 10,000-12,000 daily. A week ago there were about 13,000 arriving daily, and that number is expected to exceed 15,000 per day during this vacation period.
    Until a few years ago, the summer vacation season lasted two months, but since the school year has changed it was reduced to one month, so that there will be an increase in national and foreign tourists occupying hotel rooms during those ~30 days.


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

An excellent start of the week to everyone!
Excelente inicio de semana para todos!

July 18th is the anniversary of the death of Benito Juarez
Hoy 18 de Julio. Aniversario Luctuoso de Benito Juárez.

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura

My vacation in the library 2016. Culture for everyone. Workshops during July & August. Free, limited enrollment. At the Casa de Cultura
Mis vacaciones 2016
La cultura es para todos.
Taller durante Julio y Agosto.
Gratuito, cupo limitado.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Large numbers of tourists arriving
Arribo masivo de turismo. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
July 17    From an early hour, large numbers of tourists were arriving to the island, with most visiting for the day, however there were sufficient rooms available for the Mexican families who want to stay overnight in small hotels. On the second day of vacation, there had been no incidents reported, and you could observe people on the beaches, in the tour boats, and around the island.
     The Tourist Police were doing their job and lifeguards were trying to keep all the swimmers inside the buoy lines. Stores reported good sales, particularly the franchise grocery stores, and golf carts were touring around the isle. Visitors took tours to swim with the whale sharks and to visit Isla Contoy, which is reaching its maximum capacity daily of 200 visitors.

Alleged invasion of public space 
Invasión a la vía públicaVer masPhoto & full article at this link
    Recently the fishing cooperative, "Patria y Progreso" built a fence that is two meters tall around their property of ~400 square meters (in addition to the Federal Zone), near the middle school "Benito Juarez".  There has been no official verification concerning invasion into the public way, but there are complaints about this, with concerns that it will put pedestrians at risk of being run over, particularly the students.
      The current Board of Directors of the fishing cooperative authorized the building of the fence. It is noted that this cooperative has had three Boards of Directors in little over a year, with legal disputes among them.
          The property could be going into private hands, as happened with the Social Justicia property in early 2016, when the ~20 fishermen were paid in exchange for giving up their rights to the federal zone, which is allowed under this federal government.
          There is controversy over this practice, and it is noted that in 2015 a federal judge returned ~400 square meters to the Isla Blanca cooperative. That fishing cooperative was evicted in 2011, due to a "alignment" between officials in the state and municipal Cadastre (Titles) Department and the APIQRoo Port Authority which occurred in 2007.  The judge recognized the cooperative's right to the Federal Zone concession that was granted by SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources). An aquaculture fish farming project was lost during this time, unfortunately.

Caution advised for small boats Sunday afternoon 
Precaución a navegar [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

  Due to the forecast, the SCT (Secretary of Communication and Transport) advised that small boats be cautious. The Ministry of Health continues to monitor and take actions to prevent mosquito borne diseases. They are also monitoring the handling of seafood, especially fish to prevent illnesses, including ciguata (ciguatera). 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
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.

July events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
July 19    7:21p
July 20    8:10
July 21    8:56
July 22    9:42 
July 23   10:44
July 24   11:10   

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

The Maya Riviera Film Festival concluded in Playa de Carmen on June 30, and is supposed to be coming to Isla Mujeres this month. Last year it was two or three evenings on the Posada beach, shown on a big inflatable screen, shortly after sunset.  Schedule TBA. Link to Website.  Link to FB page.

July 4, Monday  Independence Day in the US

July 7 Thursday Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

July 10-23  Whale Shark Festival.    Schedule TBA.
  Some of the Sea Walls artists will be touching up the murals from two years ago and adding new ones. 

July 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free
 Thursday is a fictional film about a women, her 8yo son, & boyfriend staying in a room together on holiday in Acapulco, "Semana Santa". That trailer & info is here:
 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA.

July 15 Friday Classes End & Vacation begins

July 21 Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura

The Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is excited to announce a new matching event to add sponsors and funding for our scholarship students for the 2016/2017 school year!!! I like to call it July Matchapalooza. :-) because, let’s be honest, everything is more fun when you add 'palooza' to it or when your donation gets doubled.
Our very generous anonymous donor has agreed to another round of matched funds for any new sponsors or donations. That’s right – your donations will be doubled!
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July
*Any one time donations
Need more information or have questions? Check out our website or Margaret Washa. We would LOVE to tell you about the wonderful students who are supported by our program because we are terribly proud of them. This is an ideal time to join the program and make the most out of your contribution or to make a one time contribution (we understand if you have commitment issues)
Our facebook page is Isla Mujeres Scholarship Group, please join us there for photos and personal stories from our group. And check out our wonderful new website (thanks, Jackie Conlon!)

Starting in July, the Artist's Fairs are being scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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