Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 10

LINK to video "Isla Mujeres Vintage" of old photos of Isla Mujeres by Temo Zurita

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

Mayor-elect promotes environmental conservation  

Promueve cuidado del medio ambiente

Juan Carrillo se reúne con isleños

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 9 de agosto.-
Leer más..Full article & photo at this link.

   The Mayor-elect, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, participated in a beach clean-up effort, collecting garbage from the beaches. He said one of his priorities will be the care, maintenance, and conservation of the environment, including public spaces, beaches, and protected areas. He said we will have a renewed municipality, which will be clean, safe, with more jobs and more tourism, without compromising the environment or the natural beauty. He asked all residents to promote an awareness of proactive, holistic care of the environment, to provide a better place for future generations.


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

See events section below for more information on this dance performance.

Grand celebration of the 166th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres Aug. 15-21

  Preparations continue for the celebration of the 166th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres from Monday Aug. 15 to Sunday Aug. 21. A variety of free events and activities include photo exhibitions, sports events, conferences, offering a wreath on the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, dance troupe performances, culinary samples, and presentations of literary works.
     The festival will feature performances by the impressive performer from Chetumal, Astrid Hadad, and by singers Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza. The closing event will feature 13 dance troupes from five municipalities, and is titled:  Del Caribe a mi Tierra  (See events section below)

Taste of Isla Mujeres Artist Fair August 17-21 at the Casa de Cultura 4pm 
Del 17 al 21 de agosto, disfruta del Sabor de ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ en la Feria del Arte 2016.
4pm en Casa de la Cultura.

Sharing this beautiful photo of our island
Compartimos una hermosa postal de nuestra isla.

There is a promo for the Isla Fest Founders celebration race on Aug. 20, See events section below.

There is an announcement for the state oratory competition.

We are ready to receive you on our most beautiful beaches on Isla Mujeres, where sun, sand, and clear blue water is waiting to make your holiday unforgettable.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Increasing problem of thievery
Robo a turistas, problema que crece[+] Ver masphoto & full article at this link
    In the past three months, there have been six complaints from visitors with the Department of Tourism concerning theft of their belongings. They confidently left items in golf cars while stopping to observe the landscape and take pictures. It is possible the number is greater, since perhaps some visitors cannot spare the time to report the theft to authorities, much less to file a complaint with the Public Minsitry.
    The most recent robbery occurred this weekend when visitors from Merida caught a couple, accompanied by their three children, on a motorcycle, in the act of stealing their belongings. The couple realized what was happening in time to retrieve their belongings, and with intervention from Public Security (municipal Police). The couple went to the Public Ministry to file a complaint.
    Residents commented that those who commit these crimes, including the couple caught red handed, with their three children, not only impact the victims negatively, but they also harm the reputation of this island, which is known for its tranquility and security.

Activities finally resumed  
Por fin regresan a la actividad.. [+] Ver masFull article & photo at this link
August 9
     After a week of inactivity while the port was closed for the fishermen and tour operators, they resumed work at nearly one hundred percent, with few boats left moored at the dock after midday. The whale shark tours resumed operations after losing thousands of pesos for each day of inactivity.
          Some of the fishermen were cleaning seafood they had caught earlier, saying they were excited to return to work, but disappointed with the small catches.
       The navigational restrictions were lifted by the Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, at 3pm on Sunday. He said there are three tropical waves being monitored, of which two are in the Atlantic, which are too remote to have effect, and the other is in the western Caribbean sea, near the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, which could shift westward and influence the weather here, but it is changeable.

Hotel occupancy decreases  
Cae la ocupación hotelera+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
      On Tuesday, hotel occupancy had decreased to 57%, while it had been 70% before the hurrricane/ tropical storm "Earl", which "spooked" many visitors. Meanwhile, many of the domestic tourists are concluding their summer vacations as the time approaches to make preparation to return to school. The high school classes have already begun, which affects domestic tourism.
      In two weeks when the new school year begins, there will be an overall decline in hotel occupancy. However, thanks to the foreign visitors who stay overnight, occupancy will remain good. Although the summer season is ending soon, there are still thousands of visitors arriving daily, who can be observed shopping, sunning, swimming, and enjoying the island.
      It is unknown how many private homes are renting rooms via the internet, mostly by foreigners, without paying the 3% hotel tax. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said that despite having taken a census of the number of private homes offering accommodations, with the growing pace of construction, this has become outdated, and the number of units is unknown.
        He said, "A new census would need to be made to know the real amount, which should be done in conjunction with the municipal Fiscalization department; because businesses are required to have permits to operate as businesses, regardless of paying the 3% hotel tax, which is a different fee."

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.
The Delta Aquarid meteor showers continue into early August.…/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

Isla Fest
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
Aug. 21: The Festival of the Caribbean in My Land, with troupes of Mexican folk dancers performing dances with Caribbean rhythms. This event promotes art and culture through dances with Caribbean influences, focusing on unity and brotherhood via performing, and offering a venue for social and cultural exchange.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

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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