Saturday, July 30, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 30

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Ecology Department planting mangroves: Reforestation project 

Siembran plantas de mangle en área lagunar

Proyecto de reforestación de Ecología Municipal

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de julio.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link. 
    A project was begun several weeks ago by the municipal Department of Ecology to rescue the lagoon facing the community hospital by reforesting it with transplanted mangrove plants. They cleaned the trash out of this neglected area, and have planted 150 botoncillo (Buttonwood) mangrove plants, out of a total of 200 which will be planted. They are not filling in the lagoon area, but rather simply rehabilitating it, since it is a habitat for many species of birds, including some in danger of extinction.
   The head of the Ecology Department, Carlos Barranco, said that it is likely that the plants will survive, since this is a native species which grows abundantly in the area, especially in and around the Makax lagoon. He explained that there are four species of mangrove in Isla Mujeres, which include botoncillo, mangle rojo, and mangle blanco (buttonwood, red, and white). 
    He said he hopes the new administration will continue with this project, whose final phase includes the installation of a walkway to prevent children from reaching the lagoon area, where crocodiles have been seen.
Estimate of 540,000 tourists arriving in July is more than twice as many as last year   

Estiman arribo de 540 mil turistas durante julio

Más del doble que el año pasado

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article & photo at this link.
The Director of the Port Authority,  Jazmín Pérez Gaytán, estimated that as many as 540,000 tourists will have arrived during the month of July, tho she said it could be less. This would be more than twice as many as the same month last year.
     In July, 2015, there were 201,469 arrivals, including boats from the Cancun Hotel Zone and the Punta Sam ferries. This was an increase of 31.7% over July, 2014.
   Ms. Perez said as of Thursday, July 28, there was a total of 479,374 arrivals, and she estimates there will be an average of 20,000 tourists daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; July 29, 30, and 31st, which would bring the total to 538,000 for the month.
   The largest number of passengers arriving daily was 20,916, on Sunday, July 24th, which could be exceeded this weekend.


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

There is a notice about the 8th edition of the contest: "Premio Nacional de Contraloría Social 2016".

There is a notice about the Children's Drawing Contest: "Concurso de Lectura y Dibujo Infantil".

There is a notice about Economic Scholarships.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


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Pleasant atmosphere on North Beach  
Buen ambiente en Playa Norte[+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link

    North Beach is one of the main recreational areas of Isla Mujeres, where luxury yachts began arriving before noon, as well as the boats that provide whale shark tours. The lifeguards reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents), and it is noted that the lifeguard tower located near the end of Hidalgo is closed because its ladder needs maintenance.
    Playa Centro was also full after midday, which recently received renewal of its Blue Flag designation. Both beaches have modules for first aid, manned by the Red Cross and Mexican navy, and the tourist police are present. All reported "saldo blanco". Tourists also toured the island in golf carts, and it was observed that many were parked at Punta Sur, at the Mundaca Hacienda, at the Tortugranja aquarium, and traveling along the Caribbean coastal road.

Fence still blocks access at North Beach 
Acceso a Playa Norte cercado. [+] Ver masPhoto and full article at this link

   A wooden wall was constructed in the Federal Zone on part of North Beach more than a year ago, which affects the passage of visitors. The problem is compounded because of erosion of the beach, causing the exposure of rocks and underwater electric cables, which come from Punta Sam.
        The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) has verified that there is no risk, although some employees at neighboring businesses said that current was felt in the sand upon occasion, several months ago. Although it may not be dangerous, there is a risk of tourists falling over the cable or over the nearby rocks. They may also be disappointed, because there are pictures on the internet of this area when there was a large amount of sandy beach, which has eroded in the past two years, after being previously protected by eight 'geotubes'.
    Tourism service providers want the fence removed, and the pipes and cables removed, as well as a renovation project to renew the geotubes and to recover the sandbar that has been popular with tens of thousands of tourists who visit each season.
   It is remembered that the fence was constructed during a conflict in spring of 2015, which involved Carlos Cervera Peraza who explained he is not responsible for the fence. He said, "On the contrary, I am a victim, because it was built by the same people who destroyed my palapa, which is a lawsuit we are winning in court." He is referring to news which was recently reported in Por Esto about resolutions in this case with arrests and sanctions against those responsible for that incident.
     The fence blocks this area, affecting as much as 20 meters of federal zone, and hindering the passage of visitors between North Beach and Playa Centro, making passage hazardous for elderly people and children.

Mural artists inspired by whale sharks 
Tiburón ballena inspira a artistas plásticos+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
      Several Mexican and foreign artists are completing murals in public spaces which were painted to raise awareness about the care and protection of whale sharks and manta rays, as part of the IV Whale Shark Festival 2016. This is part of the project "Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans", which features large scale murals painted by renowned contemporary artists with themes about caring for the oceans, which highlight themes aimed at raising public awareness about conservation of local marine ecosystems and natural resources. These exhibitions began two years ago.
       The topics for these works of art include the benefits of ecotourism in this area for the protection of the whale sharks and rays, and the dangers of pollution of the oceans, among other issues. The project is organized by PangeaSeed, an international non profit organization, and it features artists including Tysa of México, Danaé Brissonnet of Canadá, and Tre’ Packard of the United States.
    There are a dozen murals downtown and some in the colonias. Their locations include the Town Hall, in the municipal mercado "Javier Rojo Gomez", and along Morelos street. Last week a series of activities were initiated at the beach as part of the celebrations of "Whale Shark Festival 2016". In the upcoming week there should be more public events and then at the end of the first half of August, the founding of Isla Mujeres will be celebrated, commemorating the 166th anniversary of this event.
   There are photos of many of the new murals in recent editions of this blog and on our Facebook page.

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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.

August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
It's time for the Delta Aquarid meteor showers...into early August. The Perseid meteors are supposed to be better than usual this year...on August 11th.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Saturday July 30 
 Danzarte   Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura  Participants in the Artist's fairs are invited to vend. 
 Fashion show & benefit at Fenix

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

Mid-August (~17th): Celebration of the Founding of the Town (Dolores) in 1850

Thur. Aug 18 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

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!!!
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.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!)

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

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