Sunday, July 23, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Protection of whale sharks

Protege a tiburón ballena

 Juan Carrillo llama a participar en festival

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See events section for Whale Shark Festival activities  


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

Whale Shark Festival activities continue
  The 10th Whale Shark Festival continued to be a success, with participation and attendance by both tourists and islanders. On Saturday afternoon there was an informative presentation in the City Council room of the Town Hall, and later there was a  projection of a series of short films at the Town Square. The City Government, headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, supports the care and preservation of whale sharks and this festival is a way to raise awareness in an entertaining and educational manner, with support from activists and entrepreneurs locally and internationally.

See translation in the Events section below


This isn't local news but if/when it goes into effect, it will affect Isla visitors...

Add $20pp to your vacation budget: New tax proposed
     State officials announced a proposed $20 dollar tax on each foreign tourist arriving by air, with plans for a pilot program in Quintana Roo to assess its feasibility. This information was confirmed during the opening ceremonies of the 2017 summer holiday season by the State Secretaries of Tourism, Marisol Vanegas, and of the Environment, Alfredo Arellano, as well as the Coordinator of the Cabinet of the Government of Quintana Roo, Rocío Moreno Mendoza.
     The tax was originally proposed as an initiative to finance security in the main Mexican tourist destinations, but Quintana Roo requested the inclusion of coastal management. The state says recovery and maintenance of its beaches will cost 2 billion pesos.
     Mr. Moreno Mendoza said that the proposal to collect the new tax to be used for tourism infrastructure was conceived by the National Tourism Business Council (CNET) and was taken over by the Federal Secretary of Tourism, who has proposed that Quintana Roo be the first state where the tax is imposed, as a pilot program, to measure its feasibility for application at a national level.
For almost four years, the hotel industry in Quintana Roo has repeatedly requested a new beach recovery plan for the coastal areas of Cancun and Riviera Maya, since beaches rescued with public and private resources in 2009 have begun to erode from not receiving the maintenance that was foreseen in the original plans.
     Mr. Arellano Guillermo explained that the proposed new tax is only one of the sources of financing that are being considered for the rescue of beaches at the state level, since they also intend to use funds from ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Coastal Zone), as well as resources from public-private partnerships.
     The Trust for Security, Social Development, and General Management of the Coastal Zone will include the three levels of government, the academic sector, civil society and private individuals, and will be presided over by the state government


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

City of Isla Mujeres is committed to the protection of whale sharks 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Many tourists visiting  
Masivo arribo de turistas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Ultramar started using its biggest boat with a capacity for 800 passengers, which arrived from Cozumel before noon for its first trip. The company has a fleet of 8 boats to transfer passengers to and from Isla Mujeres. There are two boats from Punta Sam, which bring passengers and cargo, who will increase their number of crossings with the demand requires it.
       There were no problems reported at the beaches, and it is requested that boats do not tie onto the buoy line. Workers at the golf cart rental agencies are asking renters to drive carefully and not put the safety of others at risk. It is noted that during each holiday period there are a dozen or so accidents involving golf carts, usually with minor injuries, but also some with serious fractures.

Committed to protection of the whale sharks 
Compromiso de protección del pez dominót.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Information about the activities and events of the Whale Shark Festival (from Thursday through today) have been translated and can be found in the events section below.

Cultural encounter in Isla Mujeres 
IM, sede de encuentro cultural] Ver masFull article at this link
This information has been translated about the dance workshops at the Casa de la Cultura in Mayan and Caribbean dances attended by children and dance instructors from the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Solidaridad and Isla Mujeres. The children were taught traditional Mayan dances and the instructors were trained in Caribbean dances, and included a total of about 60 participants.

Fifth swarm of bees destroyed 
Destruyen quinto enjambre de abejas+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This is the fifth swarm of bees destroyed this month and one of more than twenty so far this year, according to one of the workers with the municipal Civil Protection Department, who were called to the Posada del Mar hotel downtown. A swarm that was estimated to be about three kilos of bees landed on a branch near the pool, and the agency was immediately called. Armin Tuz, with Civil Protection, said this has been happening frequently this summer, and they are asked for assistance by individuals and businesses to avoid stings.  
     Africanized bee can be dangerous, especially for children, because of the level of aggressiveness they present when they are disturbed by noises and odors. It is said that a small dog was killed by a swarm in the door of a home in colonia La Gloria last year. 
     There are concerns that a tourist could be stung when they are touring the areas of Sac Bajo, Punta Sur, or the beaches near the forested, jungle areas. It is not known why there are more bees on the island or why they would be arriving from the Continental Zone, but there are concerns about the possible effect on tourism, and it is advised not to disturb them and to call Civil Protection.

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July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square 

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

 July 9, Sunday 5:30 procession from Maritime Terminal to Town Square church carrying the  Divino Niño Jesús icon

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 10 Monday 8p procession thru the streets with the Divino Niño Jesús icon, followed by entertainment on the Square. Their festival will take place July 10-20 and will include shows for children, dances, performances by local artists & academies, and fireworks, as well as prayers, praises, nightly Masses, laying on of hands, and other religious activities.

July 15, Saturday  The "Reto Isla to Isla" open water swimming competition will take place departing from the restaurant "Flamingos" located along the road to Punta Sam at 7:30am. They are expected to reach Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres around 11am. There are 7km and 3.5 kilometer categories, and the minimum age is 18, with divisions every ten years. 

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.
The Whale Shark Festival schedule
Thursday, July 20
6p Town Square
Art Fair and Procession of vehicles on Rueda Medina
6:30 Fishermen's monument.
8pm Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Inauguration of the 10th Whale Shark Festival
A projection presentation of research done at Baja California
Exhibition of motorcycles and Ford cars. Music by DJ Dany

Friday, July 21
the Whale Shark Festival events tonight on the Town Square
6p Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Exhibition of Ford vehicles
8pm Performance by Renata Dance Studio featuring the show "Rewind--Decades"

Saturday, July 22
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
6p City Council room
8p Town Square
 Voices of the Sea 8pm tonight at the Town Square..Stories of the Seas of Mexico

Sunday July 23
12p Playa Centro (Posada Beach)
        Volleyball competition, men's & women's and Live Music
6p Town Square
Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Exhibition of Ford vehicles
 8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square Artistic Program
Ballet Urban Dance-Ballet Entorno
Ballet Customs & Traditions of Mexico
Performance from the Workshop of Dances & Rhythms of the Caribbean
Performance from the Children's Workshop of Dances of the Zona Maya
Singer Jahir Jasso  

July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
 Prizes for the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe". It says surprise prizes for 4th thru 10th. Registration in 2000 pesos. August 4th & 5th
August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament (New date)

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