Sunday, July 17, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 17

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities  are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Increased security at the beaches and public areas 

Y en áreas de mayor afluencia

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de julio.-

Recording scenes for TV program:  "Mujeres de Negro"

Producción de Televisa

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ISLA MUJERES,  15 de julio.-

   After shooting scenes around Punta Sam, on Friday the technicians and cast of the Televisa TV series "Mujeres de Negro" (Women in Black) came to Isla Mujeres to work. They were filming at the cargo ferry terminal in the morning, and then there were recording at the eastern malecon (sea walkway), near Isla 33 at midday. In the afternoon, they were filming at the Guadalupana chapel in colonia Salinas.
     On Wednesday, they had begun filming at Punta Sam on the mainland, were they blew up a boat for a scene in the television series, which will begin airing August 22 of this year. The telenovela revolves around the night three wives became widows when their spouses suffered an "apparent" accident, and they try to rebuild their lives in the midst of unique and surprising situations. The producer is Carlos Moreno, who produced "Amor Bravio" and "Cuando Me Enamoro".
       The Televisa staff said filming is going according to plans, since they began filming last Thursday at various locations in Isla Mujeres, arousing the curiosity of residents and visitors. 


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

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

The City of Isla Mujeres, via the Department of Sports, invites children aged 7 to 12 to attend the summer day camp “Baaxlo'ob Paalalo'ob” during vacation from July 18 to August 12 and to register for the program at their offices in colonia Salinas.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Dirección de Deportes convoca a los niños del municipio de 7 a 12 años de edad a participar en el curso de verano “Baaxlo'ob Paalalo'ob”.
El programa vacacional será del 18 de julio al 12 de agosto. Los interesados podrán inscribirse en la Dirección de Deportes ubicado en la colonia Salinas.

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.

The training of the staff of Civil Protection is vital for saving lives. They each participated in a mock rescue or a surface water rescue.
La capacitación de los cuerpos de Proteccion Civil, es vital para salvar vidas.
Con la participación de todos realizamos un simulacro de rescate o salvamento acuático.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Summer holidays have begun  
Arrancó la temporada de verano [+] Ver masPhotos & full article at link
   Safety and security measures are in place including surveillance and patrols by the Mexican Navy, Civil Protection, and the Tourist Police, as well as monitoring by the lifeguards that swimmers to stay within the buoys, with no incidents reported. The ferries and other boats are working at full capacity transferring tourists across the bay between the island and Punta Sam, Puerto Juarez, and the Cancun Hotel Zone, bringing people to enjoy the beaches, restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. Police checkpoints have been established on the island and the mainland areas of the municipality.

Small Hotel Association wants tourism promotion returned to Fideicomiso agency
Quieren de vuelta fideicomiso de promoción.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at link
     The Small Hotel Association plans to meet with the Governor-elect to say they support the use of the word "Maya" in the promotion of Mexican Caribbean destinations, and they would prefer that the job of tourism promotion be returned to the municipal Fideicomisoa office. (Which was closed a couple years ago and the responsibilities given to the Cancun Bureau of Visitors and Conventions). The association wants the millions of pesos gained by the 3 percent lodging tax to be administrated by the Fideicomiso. They want to unite members of the island's small hotel sector to strengthen the business association, to rescue the identity and authenticity of Isla Mujeres, and to enable institutional websites for this vacation destination, among other goals.
          At the  meeting they also want to address the issue of more than 150 summer homes who are competing in an irregular (illegal) manner with the hotel industry, without paying taxes or meeting the requirements for safety and quality. The president of the Asociación de Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes de Isla Mujeres (Apphfim), Leonel Povedano Castillo, said, "We want to have them regularized and enter into a healthy competition within the industry." Many of the owners and managers of those properties are foreigners and it seems strange to the members of the hotel association that officials of the federal, state, and local treasuries allow their clandestine operations.
          The vice president of the Small Hotel Association Fascinantes, Gerardo Magana, said it has been a slow process to bring together the small hotels into an association, and to show the owners and managers the advantages of working together. It has taken over a year, and now about 30 percent of the industry has joined the association. He said, "We have no alternative but to join together, or be pushed out by outsiders."
        Among the plans that are nearly eighty percent complete is the creation and launch of a website: "" which is already online promoting two hotels (Francis Arlene & Chac Chi). It should include about a half dozen hotels in August. 


Keeping promises made to the community 
Cumple su compromiso con la sociedad [+] Ver masPhotos & full article at link
  The Director of the Red Cross of Isla Mujeres, Fanny Morcillo Campos, gave assurances that the two ambulances will be providing service during the summer vacation season and the older unit just received maintenance. It is noted they recently gave support to the film crew from Televisa who were working on the island, and received financial support in return to help meet their needs.

Eastern malecon needs more lights
Una vergüenza el Malecón Oriente.. [+] Ver mas
     There is good public lighting for about 300 meters of the Eastern Malecon walkway by the sea, where they system was renovated, however the other ~700 meters have been unlit for nearly two years, with only the bases remaining of the light poles.  Many houses along the malecon have improved their private lighting, in an effort to reduce risks of burglary or other crimes. Residents want more police patrols, as well as improved lighting, to prevent any potential problems along the southern part of the malecon.
       It has also been published that maintenance needs to be done to the 'rock cages' at the base of the hurricane wall along the malecon, which were installed after Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.


Last evening, we enjoyed the final night of the Maya Riviera Film Festival in Isla Mujeres, watching a documentary by a musician from Veracruz exploring the roots of son jarocha music, and he answered questions afterwards. Beautiful sunset & skyline, nearly full moon, perfect weather...and a very interesting film! He said they'll be working on commercial markets next, like Neflix. Here's the trailer.
  This is the fifth year for the RMFF and the second year it has come to Isla Mujeres, on the Posada beach. Hope they return for many more! 

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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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