Friday, October 20, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Oct. 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Keeping the beaches clean and of high quality  

Playas de calidad

 Juan Carrillo mantiene limpieza de balnearios

Cecilia SOLIS

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
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Federal agents inspect port area for damage caused by fishermen

Federales vigilan recinto portuario

Verifican daños provocados por pescadores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
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       Following a complaint filed by APIQRoo, the Integral Port Authority of Quintana Roo, against Isla Mujeres boat owners, for unauthorized use of a port area, the officials with the Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) made a visit in the area in question in recent days. 
       This area of the port is located between the concrete pier and the restaurant "El Comején", which has been occupied for several years by seafarers engaged in fishing and whale shark tours. 
       Alicia Ricalde Magaña, general director of the Apiqroo, explained that this usage and encampment is against the law, since not only are people living in this space which has no drainage, water or electricity services, but they are also using it as a workshop for  fiberglass work and engine repairs. 
         In response to this situation, judicial and environmental authorities, such as the PGR and Profepa, were appealed to, since last August 24, and two complaints were filed. As a result, in recent days, physical inspections of the area, were carried out by the PGR, PROFEPA, and the Navy of Mexico to verify the damages that exist in the area. 
       After this visit, it will be up to the relevant authorities to follow up on the investigation and to determine what will happen next.  "Obviously there is contamination in that area,and it is obvious that it is being used commercially without authorization from the API," said Alicia Ricalde. She said that it would be up to the competent authority to carry that out.


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

Two swimmers rescued from nearly drowning at Media Luna beach LINK 
        Timely intervention by the Civil Protection lifeguards allowed the rescue of two tourists, after they entered the water at Media Luna beach and were dragged offshore by the current. 
       Once again, an appeal is made to the general population to respect the warning signs on the beaches where swimming is prohibited, as is the case at Media Luna beach. Recreational activites are prohibited due to the surf and because the sea currents converge in this area.  
     A couple of tourists, a man and a woman, arrived at this beach at 5:30pm with the intention of going swimming, but were warned by the lifeguards who were doing a surveillance tour at that time, and they were told that it was forbidden and not to do it. 
         The lifeguards continued their routine, until minutes later they received a distress call from the Municipal Police, to return to the Media Luna, because those swimmers had gone into the water and were being dragged out to sea by the current. 
        Both tourists were rescued, and one of them, Daniel Suárez, 28, from Miami, Florida, was transferred by the Red Cross, because he had tachycardia.

Celebrating the first anniversary of the Noches Magicas performances on Sunday night at 8pm on the Town Square VIDEO   


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

A Civil Protection lifeguard's timely intervention rescued two tourists from drowning at Media Luna beach LINK   

Through the Federal Maritime Zone agency, ZOFEMAT, ongoing works are carried out throughout the island for the maintenance and cleaning of beaches, mangroves and coasts. LINK  
  Most of this information has already been translated and it is noted that the ZOFEMAT workers clean the beaches from 6am to 10am, removing seaweed, which must undergo natural degradation, and their other work is carried out from 6am to 4pm. The beaches are cleaned 365 days a year, maintaining their White Flag and Blue Flag designations, thanks to these coordinated efforts which involve private initiative and governmental agencies including the Departments of Tourism, Pueblos Magicos, and Ecology and the Environment. Their contributions to keeping the beaches clean include the recent installation of containers for cigarette butts. Recognition was also given to local entrepreneurs who participate in clean up measures, and residents are invited to participate in the maintenance of beaches so that Isla Mujeres continues to be one of the favorite destinations in Quintana Roo.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Accident prevention program  
Programa de prevención contra accidentes+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This took place in the Continental Zone to prevent fires in homes that are made with thatch.

Yellow flags on the beaches  
Banderas amarillas en balnearios [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This information has already been translated.

Neglected green area at Bicentario park  
Abandonada área verde de Bicentenario [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Five years ago, the federal government invested several million pesos in the area of the Macroplaza Bicentenario in colonia La Gloria, installing benches,  tableados of  200 square meters, a botanical area, and a pier connecting it with the Salina Grande walking path. However this family area isn't used by families because there are many insects there, as well as young people who engage in drinking and taking drugs. The entire perimeter is kept closed but "vandals" jump thru the fence by the Salina Grande walking path and by the municipal market "Audomaro Magana", and the pier has been weakened.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link
 The information about the Cahuameros has already been translated and there is a notice that the PAN political party has a new youth leader, from the Continental Zone.

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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


October Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square First Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die)
Sunday Oct. 29 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used. The schools usually have altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and last year there was a display of altars representing different of Mexico at the Casa de la Cultura.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico. 

   There is usually a silent procession with residents dressed in white, black, and traditional clothing, and many wear Catrina makeup. In addition to keeping these traditions alive, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically on Hidalgo. Bring lots of little items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute kids and to enjoy the various impressive, clever homemade costumes.

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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