Sunday, July 24, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 24

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
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

12 Cuban balseros rescued trying to reach the US 

Rescatan a 12 balseros cubanos

Intentaban llegar a EU en embarcación hechiza

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de julio.- .
Leer más..Photo and full article at this link. 
    The Naval command received a call from the Central Naval Command Center that the ship "Northern Explorer" had spotted a balsero type boat adrift with a considerable number of people aboard, and was attempting to assist them. The Cubans were taken aboard the boat "Tampico Star 9" and then onto a Naval patrol boat, based in Isla Mujeres. 
       There were 12 Cuban nationals, eight men and four women, who were taken aboard the Naval boat 142 nautical miles (263 km) north of Puerto Progreso. They were given medical exams and found to be in stable health, with mild dehydration. They were taken to the Port of Progreso, where they were turned over to the Immigration officials for processing according to the law. This information was provided in a statement by the Secretary of the Navy which notes that these actions are done as part of the Naval responsibility to safeguard lives at sea.
Thousands of tourists arriving at the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal   

Incesante arribo de visitantes

 En terminal marítima de Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de julio.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
      According to the manager of the Port Authority in Isla Mujeres, Jazmin Perez Gaytan, the largest number of tourists daily, so far in this summer vacation season, has been a little over 17,000, but it is expected that this number will be exceeded this weekend, and may reach up to 20,000 in a single day. Security has been increased to prevent any boating accidents, and it is noted that nearly all the golf carts are rented out before noon.
    While this large influx of visitors brings benefits to the community, there are also problems such as the increased amount of trash and difficulties collecting it and transporting it to the mainland. Another service that is affected is the tap water supply, which is in high demand at the hotels.


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

There is an announcement for the Danzearte event Saturday, which is below in the Events section, and there is an announcement about scholarships explaining which documents to submit, where, when, and contact information.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hundreds of whale sharks congregate 
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 July 23  An official has estimated that there are over 400 whale sharks in various parts of the 633,398 hectares of water north of Quintana Roo where they congregate, especially within the section known as Aguas Azules. They migrate here annually to feed in this transition zone between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They appear regularly in July and August, and this year they were lacking in June.
     Theoretically, 160 boats visit the area daily, according to the capacity that is authorized, but it is reported that there have been more than 300 permits issued by the DGVS, allowing six tourists per boat, according the the Management Plan adopted in 2016, who may depart daily, which isn't in compliance with that rule.
       There is also the problem of unauthorized boats without permits. In 2004 the boat "Annet" was detained by PROFEPA for bringing tourists to the whale shark area without a permit. There are no known statistics  available from the local SEMARNAT office about the number or amount of sanctions.
     It was said yesterday that on Saturday, PROFEPA personnel would be departing from Punta Sam for the whale shark area to inspect and sanction any unlicensed boats, many of which depart from Cancun. It has been said that the agency lacks sufficient budget to carry out their daily work.

More erosion 
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       Due to erosion of the cliffs along the coastal area overlooking the Caribbean Sea, a few days ago a small section by the Caribbean malecon walkway fell. This is no erosion prevention plan in place, and there are concerns about possible effects of the next hurricane.
    During the powerful hurricane Gilberto in 1988, a section of the perimeter road was changed, and later with Wilma in 2005 those cliffs were weakened, which rise as high as 12 meters above the sea. There is erosion occurring in two areas, along the 4 kilometers of the eastern side of the island; at the southern part and and the central part of the island. There are concerns that another strong hurricane could cause parts of Punta Sur and of that area to disappear.

Large numbers of visitors at maritime recreational areas 
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   Large numbers of tourists are visiting the maritime recreational sites like MUSA, Manchones, and the Cross in the Bay, causing concerns that maximum capacity limits should be imposed to prevent accidents. Boats of all types, including catamarans, trimarans,and mono-hulls, arrive in the area between 10am and 4pm, full of tourists.

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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!!!
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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