Thursday, November 16, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Nov. 16

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Re-certification of Blue Flag designation for Playa Centro LINK   VIDEO    
     The distinctive  Blue Flag is a recognition given by the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to beaches and marinas that meet established criteria of quality, safety, education and environmental information.
        There are 33 criteria to meet based on four areas: information and environmental education, water quality, administration & environmental management, and security & services. Playa Centro received an excellent evaluation with an overall score of 96.84.
       FEE is based in Denmark, since 1981, and operates in the rest of the world through a network of non-profit organizations. Its mission is to conserve ecosystems, flora and fauna; and promote the development of society in harmony with nature.
         Municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, is working to maintain and improve the facilities on the beaches of the island for locals and visitors and achieving recertification of Playa Centro is one of his priorities.
         Vladimir Vallejo Molina, director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), said that having a beach with distinctive Blue Flag puts this Pueblo Magico, Isla Mujeres, in the international spotlight and what is more important, is that it reflects the efforts of the community and the government to offer visitors a unique experience while enjoying our beaches. 

We presented the Public Revenue Law for 2018 document to the State Congress LINK 
     The Ley de Ingresos del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres /  Revenue Law of the City of Isla Mujere was presented in a timely maneer to the XV State Legislature. It was approved by the City Council on Nov. 10, and thanks to this it will be possible to continue investing in the development of Isla Mujeres through various social programs, public services, infrastructure and in the improvement of public spaces. Names of officials delivering and receiving the document are given.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Planning a protest against poor service from Cablemas LINK    VIDEO    

Tourist files complaint after suffering burns in an Isla Mujeres bar LINK   
   Nov. 15    Isaías Pérez Estrada, 22, from Mexico City, was enjoying his birthday on Tuesday, until he received second degree burns on his left arm, allegedly due to carelessness by a waiter at the Kokonuts bar. On Wednesday, he filed a complaint with the General Prosecutors office. 
   He said on Tuesday evening he ordered a drink called "La Cucaracha" (the cockroach), but he says the waiter was careless and spilled some of the alcohol on him. This drink involves using a brandy snifter, into which coffee liqueur is poured, and then tequila is poured slowly in such a manner that the two liquors do not mix. When it is served, the mixture is lit with a lighter and while the fire is consuming the alcohol, the customer drinks it. 
      Mr. Perez claims the owner of the bar, Miguel Herrera and the waiters did not act immediately to help put out the fire,and that the business lacks security measures. He said that after he was injured, the owner of the business wanted to settle the conflict by inviting him another drink, but this displeased him.
       Mr. Perez said, "If he wants to reach a legal settlement, that's fine, but I just want him to respond and cover my expenses since it is normal and then I can return to my hometown, because although he actually assisted us with the transfer to the hospital, then he left without saying anything more."
     He said that after he received treatment for second degree burns that go from his neck to his wrist, the owner was gone and when he went back to the bar, it had already closed. He said he regrets being in the tourist destination, now that no one is responding to this incident. He said. "What a pity that the bar does not have precautionary measures against this type of accident, especially since it is in a palapa. The waiters were more concerned with taking care of the business than with putting out the fire that was affecting me."
      He concluded by saying, he expects a good arrangement to be reached with this complaint, "especially to encourage bar owners to ensure the safety of tourists and especially regarding the risk of playing with fire and alcohol; you have to know what to do and have the right security measures " 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Repairing the piers now for high season  
Ya reparan los muelles para la temporada alta [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   In anticipation of high season, officials are preparing to replace a lifeguard tower on North Beach and review the network of buoys, while a private business is renovating a pier located between Playa Norte & Playa Centro (at "Playa Sol"). In a tour of the beaches, the reporter also noted erosion on the western part of Playa Norte, despite the installation of three barriers to help retain the sand. In order to walk from one beach to another, walkers must invade the concessioned area of the beach of "Chichis" to walk around the rocks.
   North Beach and Playa Centro are monitored for the quality of their sand and water, and continue to meet the criteria to fly the White Flag and Blue Flag and remain on the list of beaches which meat international quality standards.
    According to the Port Authority, about 20,000 tourists will visit the island daily in the days before Christmas, which should continue throughout the winter and part of the spring.

Swimming area of Playa Centro is reduced 
Se reduce el área de nado en Playa Centro. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The problem of sand invading the navigation channel in front of Playa Centro which occurred early this summer, has reoccurred in recent weeks, with the north winds. This could increase since the nortes intensify during the winters.
     The 30 meters of buoys that marked the swimming are now on the sand, and the sand has moved out about 50 meters into the area where the cargo-vehicle ferry passes, and other boats such as yachts, sailboats, and small fishing boats. Lifeguards and employees of beach businesses have been advising tourists not to enter the area where the boats pass.
     Previously, the Harbor Master and Director of Civil Protection explained that this is a cyclical phenomenon, and they do not expect to relocate the buoy line, for fear of more problems. If the issue persists and needs attention, other agencies would be involved, such as SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources) because the area is a national park. They said, "It would be necessary to move the set passage channel and signage for large ships such as ferries, and that authorization is not given from one moment to another. It would require a whole process for its evaluation and conclusion."

Planning a protest against cable company  
Anuncian plantón contra empresa de cable [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Residents are planning a protest against the cable company "Izzi" (previously called Cablemas), because of slow internet and poor service. The event is scheduled for 11am on Saturday at the company's office. "We pay for 10 megabytes (MB) of Internet, but we only receive 2 MB or less than one, when the situation is worse", said Miguel Figueroa, spokesman for the protesters at a press conference.  
          According to those affected, the cable company has an infrastructure problem, it has not renewed its network, there is no optical fiber; and no plans to introduce a fiber optic network in the next five years, according to collected information.

Flooded street   
Calles anegadas es de casi todos los días[+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 15.  Yesterday in the early afternoon, a tourism rental property in front of the Eastern Malegon was discharging pool water onto the sidewalk, because apparently its float was damaged and it could not contain what the pump was pumping, according to some witnesses. This caused flooding on south Hidalgo, as several cubic meters of water poured out for over half an hour.
    This building was built on a lot of less than 100 square meters that was in dispute between former Mayor Paulino Adame Torees and former Councilman Edgardo Marfil. It is located 100 meters from the municipal Palace.
      Neighbors claim that water spills from this building regularly, generating annoyance in the neighborhood, and they think the municipal authorities should intervene. The puddle of water reaches Nocolas Bravo street, leading toward the Rueda Medina malecon. It is said that this hapens once or twice a month, in smaller or larger volumes of water into the public street.
    Por Esto wants the government to attend the problem of invasion of the public walkways by obstacles, as well as by vehicles and construction debris.


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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November Events
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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...

7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.

Full moon Sat, Nov. 4
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Nov. 4  6:58
Nov. 5  7:51
Nov. 6   8:48
Nov. 7  9:47
Nov. 8  10:48
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. 13-17 Mon-Fri Recycling Week 10a-2p at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa Exchange recyclables for plants. (See IMN&E on Nov. 10 for translation)

Mural Festival at the Cañotal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.

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: 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

Sources 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   

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