Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 13

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

Nautical tour operators encouraged to be cautious during vacation period 

Piden en servicios náuticos

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de julio.-

  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, says they are encouraging appropriate precautions during the upcoming holidays, July 16-August 21, when there will be increased numbers of tourists, and they will monitor that proper safety and security measures are maintained. Nautical tour providers are advised to respect the capacity limits, and to maintain appropriate security measures and staffing. These safety requirements include life jacket, buoy, radio, sea log, registration certificate, permits from the Port Authority, current insurance documents, and national maritime safety certification. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in fines from 50 to 1000 times the daily minimum wage, which is the equivalent of  3500 pesos to nearly 70,000 pesos.

Patients sent to new rehabilitation facility but it wasn't open  

Pero no hubo quien los atendiera

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de julio.- .
      Patients who have been receiving rehabilitation treatments at the UBR were advised to go to the new CRIM facility yesterday morning, but there was no one available and the facility was closed. Although the CRIM facility was officially opened, it is not working regularly, and the UBR has already closed its doors, leaving dozens of patients without care.


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

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.

 1st Summer Vacation Camp for Tourism in Isla Mujeres 2016
1er Campamento de Verano Vacacional de Turismo 2016 Isla Mujeres.

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Abandoned construction generates negative image
Negative image for Pueblo Magico 

Negativa imagen del Pueblo Mágico [+] Ver mas
    The abandoned, unfinished buildings on Playa Media Luna (Half Moon Beach) represent a bad image for the island and are seen by every tourist who walks down the nearby eastern malecon. In November, 2005 (just a month after Hurricane Wilma), the developer "Isla Development" submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) to construct 69 apartments and villas, with reception areas, distributed in five buildings. The developer planned to invest 14.67 million dollars in two stages, with the first stage involving the purchase of the property and payments for the required permits and studies, and the second stage was the construction, which was discontinued when the buildings were nearly finished, less than two years after the work was started.
   Sources at the Town Hall say that the world economic crisis in 2009 affected the construction company, which was unable to finish the development, and it has been paralyzed since that date. During that period, the construction was abandoned and the buildings have been gradually deteriorating, producing a somewhat ghostly and unpleasant image for our many visitors.
     According to the MIA, the 69 apartments would be in the buildings Iguana, Jaguar, Dolphin, and Turtle, plus another building would be constructed to house a service area, laundry area, and parking. "Isla Development" also had to consider that this is a turtle nesting beach and commited to respecting the coastal sands in order to avoid disturbing the arrival of the turtles, and to not shine lights toward the sea, which could affect them.
     However, it was a failed project, and it is the opinion of small business owners and tourism service providers that it negatively affects the image of Isla Mujeres. Tourists  come to the beach or to walk down the eastern malecon to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Caribbean, and opposite this stunning view is that white elephant, in stark contrast to the environment. They say it is ugly and should be demolished or finished, but not left sitting there half done.
     An owner of a golf cart rental agency who requested anonymity said, "We are now a Pueblo Magico and must take care of our image. We have several buildings in this condition. The one in Canotal comes to mind, which is along the main road, and was supposed to be a hotel, but the owner ran out of money, and could not finish it. There is another that is half finished along the road to Garrafon. All of these are in the view of tourists, like monuments of disrepair. And there are streets in need of repair, but no one seems to care."

Neighbors say the municipal slaughterhouse is unbearable
Insoportable Rastro Municipal .. [+] Ver mas

   Residents who live near the municipal slaughterhouse are complaining about the stench, pollution, and noise from the squealing pigs in the mornings, mostly on weekends, when the butchers are slaughtering the pigs. They say the facility was closed a few years ago due to unsanitary conditions, but was reopened when the late teacher Gilberto was municipal Secretary General. They do not understand why this occurred because they say there is a lack of a drainage system to receive the blood and other debris, which goes into a septic tank located outside the slaughterhouse.
    One neighbor said, "The problems occur when the tank is filled and they throw the uncut waste into the weeds, which are left untrimmed so the waste isn't visible. When the blood dries in the sun, the stench is terrible, and the authorities do nothing. COFEPRIS should come and do an inspection because they had allegedly said that there would be no more killing, and that the butchers should buy the facility, but that was just words and we've seen no result."
      Sra Ana Martin, who lives a block and a half away from the slaughterhouse, said it is difficult to sleep when the pigs are being slaughtered, and the hours seem endless from when they start the killing until the last pig "passes thru the guillotine". She said, "Another problem is that the door is always open, whether they are slaughtering or not, and people hang out on the premises who don't belong there. Drunks can go inside to drink with no one bothering them, but at any time they can bother us, the neighbors. It's a mess, and the authorities need to take action on the problem. Ultimately, it's a municipal building and the municipality should respond; rather than washing their hands of it, as they are doing."

Regional meeting between fishermen and authorities  
Reunión entre pescadores y autoridades. [+] Ver mas
   On Wednesday, a meeting will be held in Chetumal concerning the high incidence of illegal fishing in the coastal areas of Quinatana Roo, which is more of a problem in the southern part of the state. Poaching also occurs in the northern parts, especially near Chiquila and Holbox, and to a lesser degree near the rest of the coastal towns. In the southern parts of the state, they are focusing on the higher incidences of poaching near Punta Allen, María Elena, Punta Herrero and Majahual.


New murals by the PangaSeed artists:  The first is at the Sewage Treatment Plant and the second is at the Trash Transfer Facility. (photos by Bruce)  This is part of the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans projects.

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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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