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Thanks to the work done of cleaning and caring for our environment, we hope that this weekend our visitors will get the best image of Isla Mujeres and thus help improve the economy of all island families. Help us keep up the good work! VIDEO
The video says the Isla Mujeres has become a vacation destination preferred by thousands of tourists because of its incomparable clean beaches.
Isla Mujeres has consolidated and positioned itself as a favorite tourist destination in the Mexican Caribbean, for both national and international tourists, thanks to the work carried out by the City, headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, in terms of cleaning and caring for the municipality's natural attractions.
For this reason, it is expected that during this weekend, when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the United States, the tourist influx increases approximately 15%, generating an important economic benefit for the island community.
José Castillo Magaña, general director of Tourism in Isla Mujeres, said that the municipality is at its best, because although the holidays have not yet begun, tourists continue to arrive and he expects that this weekend hotel occupancy will reach 90 percent.
In addition to being one of the 111 Pueblo Magicos of Mexico, Isla Mujeres has other important designations, such as the "Blue Flag", awarded again to Playa Centro with a score of 96.84 points, which indicates it has achieved a level of excellence that few locations with the same award have attained.
Also, North Beach has the "White Flag" certification, which indicates compliance with the criteria to protect the environment on the beaches, taking care of water quality and solid waste management, among others, guaranteeing tourists will visit a clean and well-maintained space.
The Mayor said, "Maintaining the global positioning of Isla Mujeres as one of the best beach destinations is a great task, not only of promotion, but of coordinated work by different agencies that ensure safety, cleanliness and care of the tourist areas, among them are the Departments of Public Safety and Traffic, the Department of Public Services and ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone)."
These last two agencies carry out tours and ongoing clean ups on the beaches and avenues of the municipality, with the purpose of optimizing resources and improving the image of this tourist destination, the Department of Public Services announced that from next December 15 it will implement a program with established schedules for the garbage collection.
Isla Mujeres City Council is committed to taking care of the natural environment, cleaning and promoting the destination, thus ensuring that tourists get an excellent image of this Pueblo Magico, clean and safe, and that the islanders obtain greater economic benefits through the generation of increased and improved jobs.
Have you visited Playa Norte? We are working to take care of the plants and animals that live in this ecosystem, please do not mistreat them
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Increasing numbers of jobs available: CROC union LINK
The Department of the Navy through the Fifth Naval Region reports that a ceremony commemorating the 192nd Anniversary of the Consolidation of National Independence and "Day of the Mexican Navy" was held on Thursday morning. LINK
At the event, awards were given to those with 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, and 45 years of service.
The "Day of the Navy of Mexico" was instituted by presidential decree on November 22, 1991, as a way of honoring this institution while remembering Frigate Captain Pedro Sainz de Baranda, with the squadron naval and men he commanded, who achieved the capitulation of the Spanish troops, of the last colonialist bastion, that were stationed in the Fort of San Juan de Ulúa, in front of the Port of Veracruz, consolidating our national independence on November 23, 1825, so on this date we also celebrate the CXCII Anniversary of the Consolidation of National Independence.
As one of the most important activities for the patron saint festivities in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, there will be a mega horse procession with ~120 riders next Saturday, Dec. 2. LINK
The horses and riders are coming from Quintana Roo and from different municipalities in the state of Yucatan. This procession will have a greater participation than the previous cabalgatas in Isla Mujeres, and it was announced that these festivities will be carried out with improved organization.
Javier Ayala Rejón, president of the Caballeros Association of Isla Mujeres, announced that this parade of riders will begin at 1 pm, departing from the Convention Center. He said, "The riders will go down the malecon (Rueda Medina) and from there we will go to all the colonias passing by the Church of the Sacred Heart to culminate in the arena that will be installed in front of the ferry port (at the end of the runway).
He said that this event will have approximately one hundred horses, a greater number than last year, and he noted that the organization has had the support of the municipal government, who will provide facilities for ferry transfer of the riders. Mr. Ayala Rejón invites horse lovers and all families to accompany riders on this tour, which are part of the patron saint festivities of Isla Mujeres that will be held from November 28 to December 8th.
Study indicates coral reefs in danger from Isla Contoy to Xcalak. LINK
The Coral Reef Conservation Study of the Yucatan Peninsula, which included the area from Isla Contoy to Xcalak, of ~400 kilometers of the 1000 kilometers of the Mesoamerican Reef System (SAM), to the coast of Honduras, revealed that more than 60 percent of the coral reef system of Quintana Roo "is in a delicate state and with a tendency for this to increase".
According to the study, global warming, coastal development, over fishing, the proliferation of macroalgae and poor treatment of wastewater are the main threats. Lorenzo Álvarez Filip, researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology (ICML) of the UNAM in Puerto Morelos said that greater governmental efforts are required, who are responsible for establishing protected natural areas and allocating resources, but these are less than what is truly needed for conservation.
The researcher said that this study was done on 15 reefs, of which three are in critical condition, two bad; four regular, five fine and only one is in very good condition.
He explained that the expedition was carried out in conjunction with the Greenpeace association, aboard the Rainbow Warrior, which allowed assessing the health status of the reefs Alacranes, Cayo Arenas y Triángulos, which are part of the Banco de Campeche, among the most isolated and least studied in the Gulf of Mexico; in addition to Cozumel and Isla Contoy, in the Mexican Caribbean.
He said the impacts from the land in the Mexican Caribbean are the most worrying points. He exhibited images of the septic tank of a hotel that is overflowing and spilling all the wastewater directly, without treatment, into the mangrove, and he said "From there it filters to the subsoil, to the underground rivers of the peninsula and later empties into the sea, on the reefs."
He warned that there are very serious problems with the health of corals, which are a product of climate change and causing whitening and mortality, which can sometimes be massive, causing alarming ecological imbalances.
During the presentation at the Kayok Planetarium, he pointed out that although protected areas have increased in Quintana Roo, the resources destined for their conservation have drastically decreased in the last decade. He said, "Today only 81 pesos are allocated for each square kilometer, which is 27 times less than in 2007, when it was two thousand pesos for the same area." He said
that 10 years ago the budget for the Reefs/Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park was 7.72 million pesos, and for 2017 only 900,000 pesos.
He said the alarming reduction in financial and human resources for Protected Natural Areas evidences the lack of commitment of the Mexican government for the proper management of these ecosystems. In view of this, he said that the most extensive in the country is the Reserve of the Biosphere of the Mexican Caribbean / Reserva de la Biósfera del Caribe Mexicano, whose Management Program is being prepared, which must be a solid, consensual document with technical support and budget in order to guarantee its conservation.
New schedule for trash collection LINK
This information has already been translated.
Raising awareness among children about violence against women LINK
The Municipal Women's Institute, with the support of the child Emiliano Córdova García, who is a deputy of the Tenth Children's Parliament, held a total of nine talks on gender violence, its causes, and ways to prevent it, in order to have a society free of violence against women and girls.
The talks were held at the primary schools "César Mendoza", "Andrés Quintana Roo", "Julio Saury" (morning and evening shift), where the children's deputy presented the theme "Enough with violence against women and girls" , which is the topic that won him the honor of representing the island municipality in the Children's Parliament.
Miriam Trejo Leon, director of the Municipal Women's Institute, said that this activity was well received among girls and boys in the sixth grade in the primary schools, to whom this series of talks was directed, which helps them to become aware from an early age of those behaviors that affect the healthy social coexistence and the full integration of men and women under equal conditions.
New season begins for the Isla Mujeres Art and Food Fair, starting at 3p in the parking lot of the Casa de la Cultura VIDEO La Feria del Arte y el Sabor, also known as Isla Mujeres Artist Fair, began its new season on Thursday afternoon, with around 20 stands, mostly local artisans and foreigners residents of Isla Mujeres. LINK
Located in the parking lot of the House of Culture, the art fair began taking place in 2011, and reopened this space for the sale of works of art, as well as craft products and food. La Feria del Arte y el Sabor had a large number of visitors who gathered to enjoy and, where appropriate, acquire handicrafts, paintings, artwork and clothing, all made by the artisans selling them.
It should be noted that in this new season and prior to the start of the winter holiday season, the fair will be held two Thursdays per month, that is, every 14 days, with the option of special fairs during high season.
This season will run from late November to May, being an open space for artists to share their talent with the community and the tourists who visit this destination, hoping that every fortnight more will be added to the fair.
The City of Bonita Springs, Florida presented a letter of intention to become a sister city with Isla Mujeres LINK
November 24, 2017. - With the intention of working in joint areas such as the tourism industry, responsible use of the environment, health and culture, this morning authorities from Bonita Springs, Florida, and Isla Mujeres held a meeting to discuss becoming sister cities in the future.
José Castillo Magaña, municipal director of Tourism said that with this twinning - if it occurs- Isla Mujeres would have its fifth sister city, strengthening the good leadership and good image that the municipality has at a national and international level.
Names of officials attending the meeting are given.
Decreased temperatures expected until Wednesday in the Yucatan peninsula due to cold front #11. LINK
Nov. 24 The usual recommendations are given regarding late night and early morning cooler temperatures, especially for small children and the elderly. Ulises Berman Graniel, director of Civil Protection in the municipality said that, based on the meteorological bulletin of the State Department of Civil Protection, this cold front with stationary characteristics has caused overcast skies, with light to moderate rains throughout Quintana Roo.
The Jean Piaget School presents the art exhibition "Leviatán" the man and the sea. (There are two photos).
ZOFEMAT maintains the beaches of Isla Mujeres LINK
The ZOFEMAT agency raked, cleaned, and buried seaweed on the Media Luna beach with help from the Isla Bonita cooperative and municipal department of Ecology and Environment. It is noted that this beach permanently has red flags and swimming isn't permitted there.
It is expected that hotel occupancy will reach 90 percentage points this weekend, marking a good start to the end of the year season, said Jesus Castillo Magaña, Director of Tourism. VIDEO
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Excellent citizen response
Excelente respuesta ciudadana. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
There was a good response to the campaign to raise awareness by downtown business leaders, which included a clean up on Friday. They announced there will be a cleanup every Friday and encouraged volunteers to participate. They had planned to remove the debris left by the CFE, and were pleased when the agency removed it two days before the cleanup.
Merchants on Hidalgo avenue are assigned up to 120 centimeters of street from the edge of their property; and restaurants can use up to 2.4 meters, according to regulations. But in reality, many spaces are being invaded. Also, once they close their businesses, some entrepreneurs leave their furniture in the street, and they don't clean the planters.
Juan Carrillo Figueroa, leader of the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), praised the participation of entrepreneurs and the presence of the directors of the municipal agencies of Urban Development; of Public Services; and of Enforcement. Monthly evaluations are planned of this joint effort between the participating entrepreneurs and public servants.
He thanked each attendee for the start of this joint effort to improve downtown. Those attending included CANIRAC leader, Baltazar Maldonado, and of course Víctor Román Arriaga, who has been making a personal effort for this campaign in recent weeks. It was announced that next Friday the beach will be cleaned on the east side, and more volunteers are encouraged to participate in this Friday and every Friday.
Noncompliance with pedestrian area regulations
Violentan reglamento para la zona peatonal.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The regulations for the pedestrian zone of Hidalgo avenue were put in place 12 years ago, but now they are being violated by many of the merchants. This has caused business leaders to organize to raise awareness and to encourage municipal authorities to enforce the rules.
Merchants and restaurateurs are not respecting the 120 centimeters and 2.4 meter limitations allocated to display their products and place their tables, respectively. This was verified during the joint inspection tour which included leaders of the business organizations and directors of the municipal agencies of Urban Development, Enforcement, and Public Services.
Hidalgo is a pedestrian street from Morales to the mouth of the street near North Beach, with the only vehicles allowed being those required by necessity. Access for large vehicles such as propane truck and delivery vehicles for beer, soft drinks, fruit or construction material, etc., is from 07:00 to 11:00 hours. The City reserves the right to modify the schedule as it deems appropriate.The transit of bicycles, motorcycles and golf carts in the pedestrian zone is prohibited.
The maximum area of use for tables and chairs by restaurants is 2.40 meters, outward from the limit of the property, along the length of the property, bearing in mind that only one row of tables should be placed with their respective chairs. This is only in the case of restaurants selling alcoholic beverages, exclusively with food.
The maximum area for craft shops, clothing & shoe stores, soda fountains, ice cream & snack bars is 1.20 linear meters, counting from the limit of the property,along the length of the property. The concession area for these shops will be charged according to that Finance Law.
Sanctions for failure to comply with the limitations can result in a fine of up to 50 minimum daily wages (the MDW is 80 pesos or ~$4.50usd/day) and reoccurance can result in a fine of 20 MDW for each meter or fraction of a meter invaded. A third violation can result in violation of the concession.
The use of public roads is not allowed for commercial sellers such as: jewelry stores, pharmacies, bookstores, hairdressers, currency exchange agencies, grocery stores, commercial offices, travel agencies, laundries, appliance stores, video stores, optical stores, etc., as well as fishmongers and butchers.
Movable and semi-moveable vendors are prohibited in the streets, as well as those dedicated to handicrafts and other artistic activities.
Outside the concession area, no information, menus or display should be placed. According to the Urban Image Regulations, the posting and placement of ads that are visible from the public road are permitted, as long as they comply with the provisions in this regulation and other applicable provisions.
Clean-up on Media Luna beach
Jornada de limpieza en la Media Luna+] Ver masFull article at this link
Tourist service cooperatives joined in the cleaning of the Media Luna beach, removing in a large volume of sargassum by burying it, on the eve of the start of the high season, said the Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone).
The agency frequently issues invitations to sectors of the community to participate in these types of events, and this time it was the turn of the "Isla Bonita" tourism services cooperative, whose members willingly participated in the cleanup.
Vladimir Vallejo Molina, Director of the ZOFEMAT, said that this is part of the actions that are carried out to maintain a clean destination for the islanders and visitors. Staff from the Ecology Department also participated.
He explained that since the presence of sargassum was detected in this area they went to work for, although it should be noted that this area permanently has red flags, which prohibit swimming because it is unsafe .
He explained that the seaweed was buried on the beach, since with the passage of time and natural processes it becomes part of the sand. .
In good condition The other beaches are in good condition, two weeks before the start of the high season; which was just confirmed by specialists who corroborated their level of protection a care, meeting world standears, to guarantee their use by swimmers.
Playa Norte and Playa Centro will receive several thousand swimmers every day at the height of the season, and they are duly protected in terms of safety and health. Officials with the Harbor Master's office said the lines of buoys are marking the area of swimming and the area for passage of small and medium-sized boats.
Celebrating 192 years of the Navy of Mexico
Celebran 192 años de la Armada de México [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See TVIM section above.
Conditional educational services
Condicionan servicios educativos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Parents of students of Benito Juarez middle school are angry about a 50 peso entry fee that is required for students visiting the Cancun Planetarium. They are concerned that students who are unable to attend will have their grades affected in three subjects. They say that other schools sometimes request fees for outings such as this, of 5 or 10 pesos.
Neglected area by Casa de la Cultura
Edificios públicos, en descuido [+] Ver masFull article at this link
There is a neglected area with weeds and trash by the Casa de la Cultura, which also occurs at other public buildings and green areas, presenting a poor image to visitors. It is also noted that businessmen and volunteers are planning ongoing clean ups and improvements downtown, beginning with the northern part of Hidalgo Avenue.
The leaders of the business organization CANACO (Chamber of Commerce) and the restaurateurs organization CANIRAC, Juan Carrillo Figueroa and Baltazar Maldonado, respectively, said the several members of these organizations and volunteers will participate in the cleaning of the northern Hidalgo Avenue, in front of North Beach.
The effort will begin at 8:00 am, moving several tons of debris from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE); and as the days go by, they will move forward in the cleaning of more areas. This effort is being combined with talks and motivations to encourage more entrepreneurs and business managers to join the campaign.
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
|View from the rooms.|
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|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)
Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.
Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).
Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...
Full moon Sat, Nov. 4
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Nov. 9 11:49
Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon Free
Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Casa de la Cultura there will be an homage to Emiliano Martinez Perez who was a founder of the musical group Trova Islena. Free.
Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free Anniversary special with a comedian.
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails 7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd PayPal address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening. LINK to auction.
Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20 Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)
Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free
Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.
Thur. Nov. 23 Art & Food Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3p-8p. Information available for participants at the Cultura office between noon and 3p.
Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017
Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
2p convivencia (meet & greet)
3:30 Official opening ceremonies
4p Tour around the island and official photo
5p Quarter mile competition
6:30 Stunt show performance by PDC
7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
11:30 evening concludes
Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment
Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free
Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Which are expected to include a small carnival with rides and games, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square, and a boat procession and wreath placement over the Cruz de la Bahia, as well as private celebrations by the ~20 groups involved in the festivities.
Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico. The night before there will be a gathering at the coastal chapel dedicated to her in Salina Chica, with Mariachis, to sing Las Mananitas and honor her. The horse procession is predicted to include up to 100 riders, and begin at the Convention Center, to the colonias and back to the 'ring'...presumably there will be a bull ring at the north end of the airfield.
Sources for Weather Information:
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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres