Saturday, February 3, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Feb. 3

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With 108 participants, we celebrated World Wetlands day by cleaning the mangroves of Macax lagoon.  Let's take care of our natural resources together! LINK  
In commemoration of World Wetlands Day, the municipal government cleaned the mangroves of the "Macax" lagoon in coordination with island students, public officials, and local businesses. There were 108 participants and more than 850 kilograms of garbage were collected. (That's nearly a ton of trash: 1870 pounds).  
      Carlos Barranco García, Director of Environment and Ecology, explained that the current administration is committed to the conservation and care of the environment, especially this important ecosystem, which functions as a purifier and generator of fresh water, generating sources of work in fishing and tourism, and it provides a protective barrier against hurricanes.
    He said,  "This year we are carrying out this activity under the slogan 'Wetlands for sustainable urban development', and we want to raise awareness among entrepreneurs that development is not in conflict with the environment, but by integrating our resources into the plans, we can have more benefits and protect our flora."


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Managers with the Ultramar company, confirmed that two new ferries will be arriving next week, after the final details are completed on their interiors. LINK  
       Germán Orozco Sarro, General Director of Ultramar, said  "I call them the Ferrari's of the sea, because they combine not only speed but also elegance." They should arrive in a few days and will complement the current flotilla to ensure quick service between Isla Mujeres and Gran Puerto.
     The two new ferries have a capacity of 270 passengers each, or 20 more than those currently in use.They were built in New Orleans, and will have seats on two decks taking advantage of that space, as well as more luxurious seating inside.
        The Ultramar company currently moves 95 percent of the passengers and although Marinsa has entered as a competitor, it is still Ultramar that continues to be preferred. 
      Mr. Orozco Sarro said the company has always been concerned about providing the best boats, but acknowledged that the issue of customer service has been neglected, which is now being addressed. He said, "I think we have focused on providing the best boats in the world, but I think we have to work to offer more warmth and attention, which we are working on now."


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Clean Up" needed among Traffic police   
Demandan “limpia” en Tránsito [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Feb. 2.  Today, representatives of the business community  requested that the municipal government put a stop  to the alleged cases of extortion that have been aired on the Internet, in recent days, by bad officers in the Traffic department;  to conduct a thorough investigation;  to "Clean up" the police force; and to implement a training program for officers to improve their performance in dealing with visitors.
    The entrepreneurs who expressed their concerns include Juan Carlos Peña, vice president of the CANACO; Armando García and Baltazar Maldonado, representatives of the restaurateurs; and Gerardo Magaña, from the small hotels association. They said there are allegations of extortion on social networks about officers demanding money from visitors without issuing any documents, written by those who say they were directly affected. This generates a bad image, and could affect the repetitive visitors, who might stop coming if this bad practice continues. It damages the hoteliers, restaurateurs, and souvenir shops. 
   Mr. Maldonado said, "We ask that each reported case be investigated, and that a program be instituted to train all the officers to stop these irregularities, because tolerating it causes irreversible damage to the image of this destination."

Tourists take advantage of good weather  
Turistas aprovecharon el buen clima.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 Feb. 2 Tourists and providers of tourism services enjoyed the nice weather, on land and at sea. Although Cold Front #26 has entered the Gulf of Mexico, it is expected to arrive on Sunday with diminished strength, and shouldn't interrupt tourism. Good weather for tourism is expected to continue at the beginning of next week.
   Tours were able to go to Contoy Island for the second day, where the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of being a reserve of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) is being noted by permit holders, fishermen, and environmentalists. 
    Boat tours were being offered and going a good business, and the fishermen were able to go out for the second day in a row, returning with lobster and fish. The forecast by the National Meteorological Service for the Yucatan Channel indicates they should be able to work for the next several days.

Owners of small hotels concerned about occupancy rates  
Preocupación entre hoteleros en pequeño  [+] Ver masFull article at this link   
      The owners of small hotels say they have an occupancy rate of  40 to 60 percent, when last year it was at 90 percent."The only good thing is that we had 100 percent occupancy on December 30 and 31, but from that moment on, it has descended, into early February, which generally has good levels, but it is still slow now, said Gerardo Magaña Barragán, vice president of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres.
     Mr. Magaña Barragán expressed his concern about the frequent reports from the municipal tourism office saying that Isla Mujeres is experiencing high rates of hotel occupancy, while that isn't happening in the small hotel sector,  and generating that information, he warned, could be counterproductive because the Federal Treasury could suspect alleged tax evasion. He said, "There is a low rate of hotel occupancy but the authorities insist that we are full."

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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.


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

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  (Schedule TBA)

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  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   

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