Friday, November 9, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, November 9

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Municipal government working toward having a second Blue Flag beach  LINK   
  The City government is working to attain the Blue Flag designation for North Beach, which means meeting 33 strict qualifications set by the Foundation for Evironmental Education, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis said, "We understand the importance of having such prestigious recognitions as the Blue Flag, because it not only helps to increase the influx of visitors, but also guarantees to all those who come to our beaches will know that they are clean and safe places." 
  Requirements include providing environmental education and information, meeting water quality standards, having security and services, and environmental management. The Director of ZOFEMAT in Isla Mujeres spoke about the commitment of the municipal government to working to maintain Playa Centro in the Blue Flag program and to attain this certification for North Beach. She said the cleaning of the beaches begins at an early hour every morning, and they will continue working to keep the beaches in optimal condition and to achieve the certification for Playa Norte for the first time. 
   Playa Norte has had the White Flag recognition for the second consecutive year and is in fifth place in the Traveler's Choice Awards 2018 list of 25 best beaches in the world. 

Ongoing junk removal program Tuesdays and Thursdays 11a-4p


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Older taxis will be taken out of circulation: SINTRA
SINTRA representative in Isla Mujeres, Isis Morales Melendez, said that with the new Mobility Law going into effect, taxis will be required to have airbags. This could cause difficulties for some cabbies, not only in Isla Mujeres but also in other municipalities. Vehicles older that five years won't be allowed to operate as taxis either.  LINK   VIDEO  
    Ms. Morales said that many of the compact vehicles were purchased in the most economical version, and as a consequence, some of the brands lack airbags, which are required under the Mobility Law. She explained that this requirement is for the safety of the passengers, and not done to affect the budgets of the cabbies.
     Vehicles that are five years of age or more won't be accepted, and for those who enter vehicles into service this year, they must be from 2014 or newer. Some of the models, in their economic versions, that may be affected are the Atos, March, Tsuro, and Matiz. 
    She said that although a head of the Mobility Institute has been appointed, they have not started operations and are waiting for the offices to be created, s well as the basic structure of the Institute. The local SINTRA staff continue to monitor the procedures and verification of vehicles, and conduct operations, which include resuming the "altas y bajas" that had previously been discontinued.

Lester Joel Contreras Palma was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in relation to his detaining two Cuban refugees in Isla Mujeres in February 2017 with the intention of extorting money from their relatives in the United States. His sentence could be up to 90 years in prison. The state Attorney General's office worked in coordination with the FBI of the US, the Mexican Navy, and the Agency for Criminal Investigation.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Merchants of Isla Mujeres ignore traffic regulations (photo & caption). A couple weeks ago the head of the Traffic Police, Carlos Pech Pat, announced that as of November 5th, they couldn't park vehicles along the main street Rueda Medina. It is noted that chaos in the streets continues because various businesses block off parking spaces with cones or other objects, although this is prohibited by municipal traffic regulations.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

CFE workers detected a half dozen "diablitos" / irregular connections at businesses and residences during their inspections downtown. One of these was at the offices of the downtown taxi stand, and members of the union said that this situation was inherited from the previous administration, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez (aka "Wato") and the current union administrators have been unaware of it. No official announcement was made, but it is expected that those with illegal connections will be required to go to the CFE offices and will be subject to an economic sanction before being reconnected. The inspections were done on Wednesday, and workers were also seen on Thursday doing reviews.


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Taxis with airbags
Taxis con bolsas de aire   

As of March of next year, taxis may not be older than five years, from 2014 to 2018, and they will be required to have airbags. When the Institute for Mobility of Quintana Roo (Imoveqroo) was created, one of the measures to be implemented is improvement of public transport service and because of this it was determined that the taxis operating in the state must have certain characteristics that ensure the safety of users.
   The SINTRA representative in Isla Mujeres, Isis Morales Meléndez, said there are about 900 taxis in the municipality, of which 250-300 operate on the island and the others work in the Continental Zone.  The Mobility Institute is still in the process of being established and therefore operations can't be implemented at this time, but the agency has the power to perform some actions, such as renewals and endorsements of vehicles.  

The "Sergio Gracia" ferry has resumed operations   

El “Sergio Gracia” navega de nuevo

Most of information has already been translated. It's noted that the Isla Blanca & Sergio Gracia ferries are making a total of 12 crossings daily from Punta Sam and the same number from Isla Mujeres. The Sergio Gracia left for Ciudad del Carmen in the state of Campeche on July 30th and returned three months and a week later, after being in dry dock for preventative and corrective maintenance.

Lack of interest in "Buen Fin" sales weekend

No hay el menor interés por el Buen Fin

"Buen Fin" is eight days away, on the weekend of Nov. 16-19, but so far no businesses have approached the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) with intentions to join the federal program, although some establishments,  mainly restaurants, are expected to offer discounts to local residents, in order to have more clients.
  Business leader Juan Carrillo Figueroa, said it isn't customary for island businesses to participate in Buen Fin, except stores that are part of national franchises or regional chains who participate in the program. He said that Isla Mujeres is a tourist destination, while Buen Fin is aimed at the Mexican consumers with offers and opportunities such as months without interest. However, on the island most of the businesses don't take credit cards, which is the main attraction of the program. 
   He said, "In the downtown area practically 90% of the businesses are directed toward tourism. I'm not saying that islanders don't buy those products or services, and restaurants can have more demand with local residents when they offer discounts on consumption, so it is likely that some of them will participate in "Buen Fin".

Putting a stop to violence against women and girls  

“Alto a la Violencia contra las Mujeres y Niñas”

 This information has already been translated.

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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Nov. 23   6:49
Nov. 24   7:43
Nov. 25   8:42
Nov. 26   9:44
 Nov.27   10:47
  Nov. 28    11:49 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:10 to ~6:05p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:50 to 7:10
November Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.
Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.


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

Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a
Saturday, Nov. 10 Plogging event 8a-10a

Friday, Nov. 16-Monday, Nov.19  Buen Fin weekend (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 17 Plogging event 8a-10a

Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day

 Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a

Wednesday Nov. 28 thru Saturday Dec. 8- Patron Saint festivities for Our Lady of Immaculate Conception  

Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day 

  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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF 
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to NHC in US (in English)

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