Sunday, March 5, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 5

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Mayor Juan Carlos inaugurated the park in Meteorologica 

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 Inaugura Juan Carrillo parque en la Meteorológica

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de marzo.-
Leer más...Full article at this link 
See translation in City section below    

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

The "Hormiguitas Obreras" park was inaugurated in colonia "Meteorological" of Isla Mujeres

    The Mayor cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the "Worker Ants" park, which fulfills one of his commitments for the benefit of Island families. He said. "From the beginning of my administration, I have undertaken to improve the quality of life of the islanders, and it is what I work at day after day. It is an honor for me to say that with these actions, we help the community. It is important that the families of Isla Mujeres have recreational spaces and quality parks in good condition."
   He explained that the work included the construction of bathrooms with hydro-sanitary facilities, which are suitable for people with disabilities. In addition, the fence was replaced, and 7 lights were installed, as well as a cistern with a 2800 liter capacity, a water pump, and 4 modules of playground equipment for the children.  He said, "This is just one of the public works with which I express my commitment to island families, especially the children, so that they have improved, renovated places where they enjoy safe, healthy fun."
    This work was done with an investment of 1,982,638 pesos, of which half came from municipal resources and half from the federal program, Infraestructura Vertiente de Espacios Públicos y Participación Ciudadana (Federal Infrastructure Program for Public Spaces and Citizen Participation).  The Mayor concluded by inviting the islanders to participate in  vigilance at the park, to keep it in good condition and safe so the children can make proper use of its facilities.
      Those in attendance at the ceremony included: the president of the municipal DIF, Paola Orrico de Carrillo, the state delegate of the SEDATU, Raúl Omar González,  federal legistator, Jose Luis '' Chanito '' Toledo Medina, municipal trustee, Suemy Beatriz González Sánchez, Alderman, Sebastián Escobedo Jiménez, and the director general of the Public Works Department, César Poot Pérez. The municipal president thanked the various governmental agencies for their assistance, both state and federal, in coordination with his administration, who worked on  rehabilitation of the park.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Reopening of the park "Hormiguitas Obreras" (Worker Ants) in Isla Mujeres
Recobra vida el parque de las "Hormiguitas Obreras" en Isla Mujeres -…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Argentinean couple incident ("scandal") 
Escándalo de par de argentinas [+] Ver masFull article at this link

    An Argentinean couple in a golf cart, who 'recklessly' did not maintain enough distance, hit a taxi from behind, when the cab stopped unexpectedly for a pedestrian crossing in the pedestrian walkway in front of the Posada del Mar hotel. The tourists were traveling on Rueda Medina from south to north, when they ran into Taxi #90, when the driver stopped to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The taxicab was fresh from the dealer, and therefore had no plates. It suffered a scratch (un rayón) to the lower part of the vehicle. They both stopped and traffic was clogged for some minutes until they moved to another location. A traffic police officer was nearby, directing traffic near the Monument to the Fishermen, where traffic was reduced to one direction on Avenue Lopez Mateos due to the installation of the new electrical lines, which is showing considerable progress.
    The taxi driver immediately explained to woman and to one of the officers that he could give an estimate of the repair, which did not dent the vehicle. In the end, both parties agreed to a payment of 900 pesos (~$45usd), but the tourists were not satisfied and argued that the taxi had only suffered a scratch and that it had stopped 'intempestivamente' (precipitously/abruptly ).
   The Traffic Police officers advised the young people that it would be better to retire and to 'remember' that since they are tourists, they were not given a ticket for failure to maintain the required distance between one vehicle and another. One of the Argentinians said she is a television producer in her country and none of her shows would ever mention Isla Mujeres because of the bad treatment that is given to tourists.

Port remains closed for small boats due to winds 
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  The port remains closed for small boats, except for activities at El Farito and the lagoon area, which could continue to the middle of the month, according to the Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil. This affects about 150 small boats that are engaged in commercial fishing, who will remain moored at their respective docs until the weather improves to permit their activities.
  The Harbor Master explained that the closure is due to the north easterly winds of 30-40 km/hr with gusts up to 45-50 km/hr, which caused the suspension of activities such as trips to Contoy, sports fishing, and commercial riberena fishing. He said the intense winds are expected to continue until Tuesday, and then to change direction and have similar intensity, from the east-northeast and east-southeast. If there are no changes, activities out in the open sea (by small boats) could be prohibited until March 14 or 15.
   There is also information about a clean up in the Continental Zone of the municipality, on the mainland.

Seafood shortage at the cooperatives   
Desabasto de productos del mar en cooperativas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   With the port closed for small boats, there continues to be a shortage of seafood for sale at the cooperatives. When the port was open for small boats for a couple days, the few kilos that were caught were quickly sold. If the forecasts are correct, it is possible that the port could be closed for another ten days, or until about March 14th. In addition, there are prohibitions from catching lobster or grouper and its derivatives. With these closures, the fishermen change the way they fish, and now the main method is hook and line (cordel y anzuelo) and they are prohibited from carrying spearguns on board during the lobster ban.
      Due to the lack of seafood, and recent increases in gasoline costs, the price of fish was increased 10 pesos. When weather and time permit, the boats have each been bringing in 30 to 40 kilos of fish, but not all the boats were going out. Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Social Justice cooperative, said "They mainly bring in sierra, coronado, snapper and boquinete, but zero grouper and abadejo until March 31. We must be very selective when fishing not  to catch any species that are in a ban. It is in our own interest not to deplete the resources. There is very little product, and when fish comes in, the customers fight, especially the restaurants. Everyone wants to have fresh fish for their customers. There have been many cases of tourists and islanders who come to buy fish and we cannot provide it to them, because it is all gone."

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 March Events
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Wednesday March 1  Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent

Thursday, March 2  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Be proud to be an islander. Don't miss it!
500 years since discovery 1517-2017
Start of the Commemoration

Friday March 3
Official Ceremony to commemorate 500 years since the discovery of Isla Mujeres
9am at the eastern Malecon by the Paso de la Triguena (east of the Town Square by the bathrooms)

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Saturday March 4
Cultural Artistic Festival with the Ballet Folklorico of the State of Quintana Roo
"The Setting is Quintana Roo"
"Trova Islena"
Accompanied by the musical group "Mar y Arena" (Sea & Sand)
8pm Town Square

Monday, March 6  Town Square 5:30 The City of Isla Mujeres invites the island community to participate in a Zumba demonstration class as part of the International Day of Women.

Wednesday, March 8  International Women's Day

Thursday, March 9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:50p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
March 12  7:12 Full Moon
March 13  8:05
March 14  8:56
March 15  9:47
 March 16  10:37
   March 17  11:26  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, March 16  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Friday, March 17  St. Patrick's Day

Saturday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday March 20  Equinox & Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 21 Benito Juarez's birthday

Thursday, March 23   Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Thursday, March 30   Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.

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