Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, Nov. 1

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Palms replaced that were cut down

A private individual recently cut down two palms that were located in a green area, making him subject to sanction since that is a common area and property of the island community, and he did it without any authorization. As compensation for this, the municipality required that new palms be planted.
    Carlos Barranco García, Director of Environment and Ecology, reported that the plants are young, with a trunk from 1.50 to 2 meters high, and their transplanting was done by a company hired by the individual. They used heavy machinery to dig holes about half a meter deep in which soil was mixed with fertilizer to ensure their survival. .      The Director said, "We have proceeded in strict adherence to the Environment and Ecology Regulation that establishes sanctions to people who cut trees without municipal authorization, as happened in this case."


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a weather forecast that was posted this morning (we're having blue skies and sunshine so far today) and the story that is in the City section about the palms being replaced.  LINK  

400 families will benefit from the program "Firmes Haciendo Futuro" in the Continental Zone of the municipality   LINK    This program provides for construction of concrete floors in homes.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Councilman proposes creation of a Commission to oversee public transport
Presentan iniciativa de reglamento de transporte. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Councilman Roberto Martinez Aragon (who is the minority member, from the MORENO party) presented a proposal to the City Council on Friday for an urban transport regulation project, establishing a commission to oversee this service, because the island currently lacks this service, which affects the student population considerably. He presented the initiative for analysis, discussion, and subsequent approval, so that the other Council members can enrich it with their proposals.
      He said the proposal includes a section that it must be an obligation of the municipalities, present and future, to provide for this need when there is no one interested in operating the concession. He notes that efficient urban transportation is provided for residents of the Continental Zone of the municipality, while the only option for residents of the island who lack their own vehicle is to use taxis.
   He said, "We are trying to implement a first class transport on the island, as Pueblo Magico we deserve a first class transport, and of equal importance as a tourism destination.". 
       In the opinion of  Mr. Martínez Aragón, the island area of ​​the municipality deserves air-conditioned urban transport and even air-conditioned stops, like those in some hot cities in various countries; and as a first-class destination, the vehicles should also be able to serve people with any type of disability, from visual to motor. 
        In addition, he also proposes a system of disbursement for the cost of riding without using cash for public transport, through rechargable cards that could be purchased in the Town Hall or authorized stores.  
        "In Isla Mujeres, due to its nature and layout, the ideal transport vehicles are van type vehicles, which are more compatible with the narrow streets. Then the service would not be limited to the main avenues, as it has been when we had a bus, but the routes could be diversified a little more for the benefit of all, especially the elderly, who would not have to walk as far to wait for transportation. " 
          In conclusion, the councilmansaid that a commission on roads, transportation and mobility needs to be created in order to carry out the pertinent studies, in such a way that the objectives set forth in the regulations can be achieved.

Slow recovery of tourism
Lenta recuperación turística.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 With improving weather, business improved for the nautical sector, although the tours reported a medium amount of demand and the fishermen couldn't travel far from the coast. Hotel occupancy on the island is at just under 44% while on the weekend it was at nearly 55%, of which 63% was the rate on the mainland part of the municipality and ~44% was the rate on the island. In October the occupancy rate on the island was a little over 38% and nearly 68% on the mainland. Occupancy is expected to reach 90% during the winter holiday period and may be at 100% during Christmas and New Years Eve.
   On Monday morning at 7am the port was opened for small boats, with caution, and there were no restrictions on nautical activities. It is noted that more tourists are arriving with luggage and backpacks, indicating an increase in overnight visitors. 

Family evicted from property   
Familia desalojada de su propiedadr.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 On Tuesday afternoon a family was evicted from the home they had occupied for 30 years, with movers from Cancun and an official from the Mixed Court of Isla Mujeres. The movers did not put their belongings in the street because the family had removed them on Monday, claiming they had not received any official notice but had learned from third parties.
      Mrs. María Lorena Pat is the owner of the house, where she has lived for 30 years with her children and their respective spouses, nephews, grandchildren and other relatives, making a total of three families who lived in the place. The dispute concerns a loan of 90,000 pesos from Mr. Wilevaldo Baeza.  Mrs Lorena's nephew, Gibran Mex Pinzon alleges that Mr. Wilevaldo is a tax evader, that he charges high interest rates, and that took advantage of Ms. Lorena's lack of education and tricked her into signing a mortgage on her house. He says his aunt thought she was signing a new loan contract and did not know it was a mortgage against the house. Mr. Mex said, "We offered him a piece of land that we have on Matamoros Street, with a much higher value than the 90,000 pesos he lent us, but he refused to accept it. We asked him for a chance to sell it and pay the debt and he refused that also. This does not seem right to us because my aunt's house has a value of almost two million pesos and now he takes it by bad means.(a la mala)".

Commercial recovery begins   
Inicia recuperación comercial+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Members of the commercial sector report a slight increase in demand for their products and services, but don't expect a real upturn until the holiday season begins. However, in recent weeks, merchants, restaurateurs, and stores began reporting a higher level of activity compared to previous weeks.
   Annoyance continues among merchants who claim it is unfair competition that some businesses have agreements with boat companies to direct their passengers to these shops, where they are entertained for a long as possible so they don't have time to shop elsewhere. A restaurant manager commented that more tourists who stay overnight are arriving from Canada and the United States to escape the cold there, but it won't be until November when they will begin to fill all the tables, and then more staff will need to be hired for the season.


 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 r
                                                                    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

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free 

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.

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.

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

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).

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