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featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
Defining refuge for whale sharks in Isla Mujeres before the end of the year
Antes de que concluya el año
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de agosto.-
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de agosto.-
The refuge area would consist of a portion of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve, part of the Protected Area of the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna, and a section currently outside the protected areas, which would total approximately 650,000 hectares of sea.
This was announced at the last meeting with the whale shark licensees, who have expressed an interest and say there is a need for this protected zone for the world's largest fish. It is hoped that this will occur by the end of the year
It is intended that this area would have criteria and rules that are similar to those in existence, to regulate the activity of swimming and observing the whale sharks, in a sustainable manner. .
The Biosphere Reserve of the Whale Shark is approximately 146.000 hectares of sea, located north of the islands of Holbox and Contoy. The season for swimming and observing the animals is May 15 thru September 16.
The maximum number which have been observed to date is 480 whale sharks, but the number of animals would differ from that statistic since the area is very large and only those near the surface can be counted, yet they swim in the deep water also.
Two hotel projects beginning construction in Continental Zone on mainland
Iniciarán construcción en próximos meses en la Zona Continental
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de agosto.-
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de agosto.-
(That is over half a square mile, on the mainland. In comparison, the total area of the island is a little over two square miles, approximately. The entire municipality is about 425 square miles, mostly on the mainland, but also including Isla Contoy and Isla Blanca.)
This complex includes 1150 rooms of which 450 will be in the Royal Suites hotel and the rest will be in the Grand Palladium. The two lots for residential hotel use will have a mixed commercial plaza and both developments will have pools, jacuzzis, restaurants, bars, spas, a gym, a private beach club, and sports areas, including a miniature golf course and a climbing wall.
(An article in DQR in November (LINK) said there were 1560 hotel rooms on the island and 1857 in the Continental Zone on the mainland.)
The project includes a system of artificial channels for recreational and aesthetic purposes which will allow guests to be transported thru the development in boats. Unlike Cancun, this area will conserve 100 percent of the Federal Zone and the first line of the dunes, as well as the mangrove ecosystems and the low coastal jungle. The trails will be built on stilts, which do not damage or change the natural movement of the dunes, to protect them from possible destruction that could be caused by pedestrian traffic in the ecosystem.
It is noted that half of the wildlife recorded on the site were birds, followed by terrestrial vertebrates, and includes the arrival of sea turtles during their nesting season.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Isla Mujeres has lost one of her favorite sons: Senor Buenaventura Delgado Diaz has passed away, who was known to everyone as Coleguita. Rest in peace, our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Isla Mujeres acaba de perder uno de sus hijos favoritos: el señor Buenaventura Delgado Diaz que todos conocimos como Coleguita.
Descanse en paz, nos unimos a la pena que embarga a familiares y amigos.
August 28, Grandparents Day
Hoy 28 de agosto. Día de los abuelos.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Isla Mujeres: Double victory
IM con doble triunfo [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
On weekend, in the Intermediate League "Jose Maria Morelos", Isla Mujeres won two victories, with a score of 5-2 against Radio Turquesa on Saturday, and a score of 3-1 against "Pequeno Cesar" on Sunday. Both games were played in the hot sun with high temperatures, on the artificial turf of the Sports Unit soccer field in colonia Salina. The players who scored the goals on Saturday were Julián Figueroa, Jesús Burgos, and José Cupul. The players who scored on Sunday were Luis Jiménez, José López, and Edwin Alcocer. The game was over shortly after noon and was sparsely attended.
Nearly three decades sweeping the streets
Casi tres décadas barriendo las calles+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
Florencio Tun Tec, 80, migrated to Isla Mujeres over three decades ago, after the sisal industry collapsed in Yucatan. He is happy to have his daily work sweeping the streets, although it is hot work in the summer sun, and he has five more years before completing the 30 years to qualify for a retirement pension.
He was interviewed on the sidewalk near his home in colonia La Gloria, and agree to discuss his life, and his difficult childhood. He has more than 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He said his mother was murdered by his stepfather with a kitchen knife following an argument, in the family home in Sinache, when he was eight years old. He was taken to the town hall and questioned, where he said he saw nothing because he was taking a bath. His step father was jailed for three years, and he and his two brothers were left unprotected, to wander the streets, and they found refuge in alcohol. When he was twelve he started stealing from women while they carried baskets on their heads, in order to eat. His uncle came to his rescue when he was 16 and took him into his home, and bought him three sets of clothing. Previously, he had had only one set, and when they were washed he would have to put them on when they were still wet.
At age 20
But his drinking didn't decrease, nor did the lectures from his uncles when he would run out of money from cutting sisal and firewood for bakeries. He had no money when he proposed to Eclarispa Dzul May, who became his wife, and passed away 13 years ago. He said, "My uncle sold three pigs for the wedding. I never could hold onto money even after our marriage, and they kept giving us food. The money I earned was spent on alcohol." Amid this environment of economic insecurity, his daughter, Martha, was born.
Then he decided to avoid his drinking buddies, and his conscience troubled him. He made the healthiest decision of his twenty years when he came home with his pay and told his wife to get ready to travel to Ticul to spend it on food. His uncle was touched by this purchase, and the nephew said farewell to alcohol.
He worked cutting henequen for more than thirty years, until the industry collapsed in Yucatan, and he had to migrate to Isla Mujeres, with their children Martha, Sarah, Isaías, Mirsaruth, Manuel, Ruth and Mirtha. He worked at the social center "Calypso" and at the store "Mertita" during the first five years, and he worked at the Posada hotel for 14 months. In September, he will have worked twenty-five years in the cleaning department of the City. He said he was working at the Posada when he was given his land and a palapa to live in, and then he finished that job.
Sr. Juan Cahich recommended him to work in the City cleaning department, but when he went to see the head of the department and the mayor, he was told they only employed 30 year old people, not people who are over 50 years of age. But then Jacinto Rejon appeared and recommended that they hire him.
He is hoping that he can retire early, with assistance from the union and the City government, in recognition of his hard work sweeping along the main street of Rueda Medina, from the Fishermen's Monument to the Taxi stand, along both sides of the street. This takes three hours, from five to eight o'clock. Then he sweeps in the colonias, including La Gloria, Canotol, and Miraflores, completing the work at noon.
He was having symptoms in the high temperatures ("Me agito mucho con el calor."Teme desplomarse en estos teimpos de altas temperaturas). He went to a doctor at the ISSSTE who said there was nothing wrong with him physically and he has good blood pressure.
During his career with the cleaning department, he worked for ten years in the trucks, picking up trash in barrels. Then the union secretary, Martha Rejon, moved him from working on the truck to sweeping the streets. He was head of cleaning from 2002 to 2013.
His salary is 2400 pesos every 15 days, but with other benefits such as food benefits and bonuses (la canasta básica y quinquenios) it is the equivalent of 5200 pesos.
(2400 pesos is ~$140 twice a month or $70/wk, which is less than $12/day for a six day week, or about 1.50/hr. $280/mo is ~$3400/yr.
5200 pesos is about $300 twice a month, or about $150/wk, which is ~$25/day, or ~3.60/hr. $600/mo is $7200/yr)
He lives in a humble home, made of plywood. His wife died twelve years ago when she fell in the bathroom and was taken to the hospital with no vital signs, shortly after his daughter Mirta had been married. Within a year of the death of his wife, his son in law died, and it became his responsibility to support his grandchildren Elias and Mirta who were 3 and 4 years old.
Those were hard times and he is grateful for the people who have helped him, including former mayor Fidel Villanueva. Now his grandchildren are good, independent members of the community.
Tropical wave 25 expected to cause rain
Onda tropical 25 causará lluvias [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
The article reports that rain was expected Sunday night, and that tourism was good on Sunday, with nearly 300 small and medium sized boats, and no problems reported on land or sea. Thousands of tourists enjoyed the isle and nearby seas, and tours to see the whale sharks were popular. Now that summer vacation has ended, there were fewer tourists compared to last Sunday. I don't think it rained last night. There were a few sprinkles around 1pm.
Illegal sale of beers from boat
Ilegal venta de cervezas desde embarcación.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
The boat "Marbella" from Cancun is anchoring off North Beach and selling beer and other alcohol to crews of other boats and yachts. The leader of CANIRAC, Baltazar Maldonado wants intervention from the government to prevent this practice. Restaurateurs allege the boat is contaminating the water by throwing out wastewater and that this is an illegal trade. They are concerned that more boats will imitate this practice. Restaurants in the area say that business from the boats are a main source of customers at certain times of the day. They do not want more competition, especially now that low season has begun.
|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. 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.
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.
The Delta Aquarid meteor showers continue into early August. http://earthsky.org/astronom…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…
Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9
Monday Aug 8: It's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower (eastward-over the Caribbean) & there may be twice as many this year. LINK
It peaks Thurs night/Fri morn & is best viewed after moon-set at 1:20am.
Moon-set tonight (Monday) is 11:20, and it's 40 mins later nightly. Hoping for clear skies!
Aug. 10-21 Five food trucks from Merida will visit Isla Mujeres as part of Isla Fest
August 17-21 Taste of Isla Mujeres Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4pm
Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20 Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town
Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)
Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura
Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)
Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza
Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura
Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
Sources for Storm Information:
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.