Monday, September 4, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 4

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Rain affects tourism industry 

Lluvias paralizan actividades

 Empeora situación para los turisteros

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.-
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   The rain which fell off and on all day affected the tourism industry, which is experiencing low season. The usual flooding occurred on Hidalgo street and the rain caused suspension of most nautical activities, as well as affecting golf cart rentals. Small boats were restricted to port, tours were suspended to El Farito and the lagoon areas, and the beaches were empty. There is rain in the forecast for the first part of the week.


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

Staff with Civil Protection continue the work of cleaning up to prevent flooding in the streets. Do your part by not littering
         Following instructions of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, personnel with Civil Protection, whose director is Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, have been working at cleaning the storm drains and the rain catchment basins to avoid the flooding of the streets due to the heavy rains.The work began at 7:00 am on Sunday.  The Director of Civil Protection urged residents not to leave garbage or trash in the streets of the municipality.         He said, "We urge you not to leave your garbage out in the streets as this affects the drainage of water and causes flooding, hurting all the residents and businesses. It is necessary that we work together to avoid that. "


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Juan Carrillo: Improving the quality of life of the families of Isla Mujeres LINK  
 This is about the mainland part of the municipality.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Isla Mujeres will participate in the Annual Pueblos Magico Fair
Isla Mujeres a la Feria Anual de Pueblos Mágicos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

    Representatives of Isla Mujeres will participate in the Annual Fair of 111 Pueblos Magicos, which will be held in Monterrey September 20-24, according to the Isla Mujeres municipal Director Tourism Promotion, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. The group will consist of about 12 participants, who are members of the local tourism industry or municipal officials. They will provide examples of Isla Mujeres handicrafts and cuisine, which should be appreciated by representatives of the other 110 Pueblos Magicos of the country. They will also provide information about the beauty, safety, and various attractions and activities of Isla Mujeres. The promotional packages and samples of food and handicrafts which will be presented at this national convention are yet to be determined.  
      This is the first time that the municipality of Isla Mujeres will attend this annual fair,  and it is expected that the municipalities of  Bacalar and Tulum will also participate. It is recalled that Isla Mujeres is one of the most recent 25 destinations that were added to the list of Pueblos Magicos.
       Being a Pueblo Magico requires compliance with the "General Guidelines for Incorporation and Remaining in the Pueblos Magicos Program", which was officially published on September 26, 2014, which designates the complete procedures which must be maintained, which are important to follow because there are plans to reduce the number of destinations. 
      These regulations require that the localities that wish to remain in the program must meet the requirements which include: Documentation of innovation, improvements, and increases in tourist products (excursions, tours and guided tours, packages, etc.); assessments of the impact of tourism development; maintenance of commercial relations with at least one tourist services intermediary; and maintaining a statistical information system (with statistics concerning the influx of visitors and their origin, expenditures and average stay, etc.).       Pueblos Magicos should also provide a detailed annual activity report. Although not specified in the points mentioned above, it is understood that Pueblos Magicos must have tourism certifications, must attend and monitor the local sustainability, should create alliances and collaboration between all levels of government, society and private companies, should provide information for tourists and motivate visits to the location, seek the modernization of commercial tools, and make use of technology.
       In addition to these requirements, there are also those that the Federal Ministry of Tourism considers relevant for the operation of the Pueblos Magicos program.
           It has been suggested that  the two beaches of the island  need lockers, a security camera system at the main points, lifeguard service from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m (?)., also more lifeguard towers. surveillance on the beaches and renovation of equipment such as benches, curbs, and sidewalks.

Rescue plan for North Beach 
Plan de rescate de playa Norte [+] Ver masFull article at this link

      Por Esto reports that municipal authorities are preparing a plan to improve measures to "rescue" North Beach, which includes implementing a plan for a sand recovery system, so that strong erosion does not happen again as occurred in the 2005, during the passage of the powerful hurricane "Wilma". The proposal is that the beach would regain all its splendor that it had at that time. Therefore plans are being drawn up, together with a private initiative to provide permanent maintenance of  structures whose purpose is  the recovery and retention of sand. It is noted that deterioration and lack of maintenance of the six geotubes after they were installed in 2007 affected erosion of the beach. It is noted that there has recently been a significant degree of recovery of the sand in the last months, after a Federal Zone concessionaire intervened.
       What is needed is a whole sand conservation plan, to promote the formation of dunes and shrubs, but for this it is necessary to hold a field study to regulate the criterion, on the decision making to fulfill the common objective, according to an official talking about the topic. 
         Possibly in the last quarter of the year, progress will be made on the plan involving the three levels of government in environmental matters, and other related agencies. Private companies will play an important role in all this, since it is they who have worked toward the recovery of sand in recent decades, such as the Lima family, who invest a considerable sum of money annually to conserve and reinforce areas of the beach, including the use of plants.
        It is desired that Playa Norte recover a third of the sand that it had in previous decades, for this reason a system of recovery and conservation of sand is need, incorporating studies of the water currents and of the wind currents, because the northern winds are a main enemy of the beach. 
       The municipal Department of Urban Development and the municipal Department Environment of the municipal government should announce the plans in upcoming weeks,  according to data collected;  which will involve the entrepreneurs who hold concessions in the Federal Zone.
     North Beach and Playa Centro, with their kilometers of sand, have become important attractions for thousands of tourists daily in the high season; both have their water and sand quality monitored and regulated, as part of the national and international requirements.

Dozens of stores closed  
Decenas de comercios cerrados[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Due to the rain, about 30% of the tourism related businesses didn't open, and traffic was affected by rain and flooding in some of the streets, such as near the fishermen's monument on Rueda Medina and on Hidalgo at Abasolo, due to chronic problems which exist in the storm drainage system in those areas. There are problems in some of the lower areas of the colonias, but those were less severe. The port was closed for navigation by small boats, and tours to the whale shark area were prohibited. Based on the weather forecast, these restrictions could continue on Monday.
   The intermittent rain caused fewer tourists to arrive from the mainland, including the Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam. There was no problem with the salina lakes which collect runoff in the colonias and their bilge pumps did not need to be turned on, which pump water into the sea, as was necessary about a week ago.

Outages of power and internet 
Apagones y fallas en Internet. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) activated its personnel to address problems in the distribution network, following the blackouts that arose on Saturday, by replacing a pole along the Caribbean coastal road. It is said they replaced a low voltage line that failed, located near the control tower of the runway, which caused an interruption in service at noon. However, residents in the area say there have been frequent brief interruptions throughout the period of bad weather of recent weeks
  There was an interruption of power downtown for about 15 minutes around noon. It is also noted that there are wooden electrical poles that have had a longer life than the concrete poles.
    There were many complaints on social media about problems with internet WIFI service, as well as with cable TV service.

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September Events
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Festival of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre 
Daily at 6p throughout the festival, a novena will be offered. Each group will celebrate a different night. The Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is the patroness and protector of fishermen.

Friday, Sept. 1, the group of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción church,will gather on the Town Square, with the company Espartacos Tour, which includes entertainment by the group Añoranzas.

Saturday, Sept. 2, the group of the church Sacred Heart of Jesus will gather, in colonia la Gloria, with the family Iuit Tun, which will feature entertainment by Zak Najera and his keyboards.

 Sunday, Sept. 3, the group of the fishermen's cooperative "Caribe" will gather, with the comedy show of Julio Martínez 

..........SUNDAY SEPT 3 Town Square 8p Noches Magicas........(not part of the Festival)

 Monday, Sept. 4 the groups of the company Sol Tours and of the Fishing Cooperative "Isla Blanca", will gather, with an animation musical for entertainment.

Tuesday, Sept. 5 the group of the tourist cooperative  "Adolfo López Mateos", will celebrate

Wednesday, Sept. 6 the groups of the Guadalupe Chapel, of tourist cooperative Isla Bonita, and of the "Por Justicia  Social" Fishing Cooperative will celebrate.

Thursday, Sept. 7  the groups of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso",
of Ceviche Tours,  and of Mandi Coral (+) will celebrate and the mañanitas will be sung at 10p, in honor of the Virgin of the Charity de Cobre.

Friday, Sept. 8th, at 10:00 a.m. the "First Communions" will be held and the group of the tourist cooperative "Perfect Day" will celebrate with the Silva Balam family.

Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8a, after Mass, the traditional maritime procession to Isla Contoy will depart from the concrete pier with Ultramar providing a large boat for parishioners and tourists (Bring your own food & beverages).

Full moon Wednesday, Sept 6
                                                                    Sunset ~7:00
Sept. 6   7:30
 Sept. 7   8:12
Sept. 8   8:54
Sept. 9  9:38
Sept. 10  10:24
Sept. 11  11:13

Sunday, Sept. 10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

(Wednesday, Sept. 13  Commemoration of  Los Niños Héroes) 

Thursday, Sept. 14 Mayor's First Annual Informe Report 

(Thursday, Sept. 14 Commemoration of the Annexation of Chiapas to Mexico)

Friday, Sept. 15. Grito of Dolores  Celebration on the Town Square in the evening and the Mayor will read the Grito from the balcony of the Palacio Town Hall. The festivities usually include a performance by folklorico dancers, coronation of the queen, live music & dancing, and fireworks. The Grito of Dolores is a Cry of Independence, from 1810 when Hidalgo called for the people to revolt from Spain. Every Sept. 15 around 11pm, the Mayors (and Governors and President),  ring a bell from the balcony of the Palacio on the Town Square, and give a traditional speech which includes the names of heroes of the war for independence. This is followed by three shouts of ¡Viva México!, more bell ringing, waving of the Mexican flag, and the National Anthem may be played.

Saturday, Sept. 16  Independence Day there will be a parade in the morning, usually on Rueda Medina

Saturday, Sept. 16 International Coastal Clean-up Day 

Saturday & Sunday Sept. 16 & 17 Oasis Fest 2017 
    Special featured guests are three young people from the urban movement & from the professional world of extreme sports: Wid Eriksen (Parkour, UrbanRunners); Freddy Carrera (Skate, Converse); and Jesus Gonzalez (Skate, Converse)

 There is usually a Mass and festivities by the Whale Shark tour crews and their families to celebrate the completion of a successful season. TBA

Sunday, Sept. 17  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Sept. 19 Commemoration of the National Week of Civil Protection, remembering the devastation of the earthquake that occurred on September 19 in 1985 in the capital of Mexico.

Friday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox 

Sunday, Sept.24  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Tropical Tidbits
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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