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Interview VIDEO with owner of the electric carts impounded by IMOVEQRoo, who says the documents will be reviewed and he believes he has all the appropriate documents for importation, registration, etc
VIDEO interview with Father Raul Sánchez Alonzo, who says the University project will continue
VIDEO interview with "Julio" about conflicts at colonia Guadalupana VIDEO
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
Trip Advisor list of top beaches in the world with North Beach at #9.
VIDEO of Miguel Ángel playing music on the ferry
VIDEO from reporter's moto
Noti Isla Mujeres
Videos of police at colonia Guadalupana
VIDEO of IMOVEQRoo inspectors and electric carts (April 25)
Awaiting removal of 4000 tons of accumulated trash
Increased amounts of trash have accumulated at the Trash Transfer Facility, and it is expected that removal will begin on Monday, April 29. The director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano, explained that the accumulation occurred, because the two ferry companies that provide the service of transport of cargo units, only allowed one truck daily, rather than the usual three trucks that crossed during the regular season, because of the thousands of passengers using the ferries during the holidays. He said the normal amount of 38 to 42 tons a day increased during the holidays to 65 and 70 ton daily.
There were about 1400 accumulated tons of trash before the holidays, plus 2400 tons that accumulated during the Easter holidays, makes a total of 4000 tons of accumulated trash at the Transfer Facility. Mr. Moreno Povedano expects that it will take about six weeks to remove this accumulation and clean up the facility.
During the third vehicle verification operation by inspectors with the state Mobility Institute (IMOVEQRoo), three electric golf carts were impounded after the foreigners driving them explained that the vehicles were included in their reservation at a rental house where they were staying.
The person responsible for the vehicles, Ricardo Gaytan, was unable to show that he has a concession for leasing them, as required by the Mobility Law. Also, eight units have been registered and plated in the municipality of Solidaridad, which is not where they are in service, in addition to lacking adequate insurance coverage.
The Mobility Institute delegate, Bibian Melbilui Castillo Dzul, said that in accordance with the Mobility Law, all transport and leasing services must have a concession to operate, and these units aren't in compliance with the current established law.
Like the nine golf carts impounded in recent operations on the island, these three units were taken to the impound yard in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) for the related procedures.(photos)
April 25: New rental vehicles?
A citizen worried about the excess of vehicles on the island sent us this image (photo of one of the electric golf carts) of a cart allegedly for rent. The citizen mentioned that he asked those who drove this cart (apparently tourists) who responded that they are on vacation and that the vehicle was included with the rent of the room where they are sleeping.
Note that the vehicle has private vehicle plates, so it is presumed to be used as a private vehicle but it is being used as an added value at a rental house. The team of #latertulia will continue to investigate because they have been seen more carts like this circulating on the island.
Father Raúl Sánchez Alfonso said that the construction of the University will continue, although there have been delays. He denied that he is changing parishes. He said these rotations are normal, but are preceded by notification and adequate time for the changeover. He said he hasn't heard anything about this and doesn't know where the misinformation came from.
He said the University project is continuing with the support from the City, a foreign association and island residents.
He said that the deadline for the toy collection is (was) Friday, and they will be distributed to children of families with limited means in the village of Francisco May (in the Continental Zone on the mainland part of the municipality) on Saturday, April 27. (photos) VIDEO interview
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Isla Mujeres news briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres
There is a dispute over a lot in colonia Guadalupana which was sold but the resident doesn't want to vacate, although partial payment has been made. There are 200 lots on this property of two hectares which has been occupied for about 15 years.
Three electric carts being driven by tourists were impounded because the owner of the vehicles apparently lacks a concession to rent them. The Delegate for the Mobility Institute has directed her staff to stop this type of irregularity.
There are more than 1000 rental golf carts affecting traffic congestion, with many of the ~two dozen concessions associated with political associations. There are also about 400 private carts which cannot be legally rented to tourists, yet some are.
The Congressional campaigns for District 1 continue.
Preventing outside vendors
Each itinerant pays a fee of 650 pesos per month, which would total to 183,300 pesos monthly, and a yearly total of more than 2 million pesos.
A woman "palanquera" was detained who had been warned a few days earlier not to vend, after there was a confrontation between outside vendors and local vendors about spaces. She had just gotten off the boat, and was stopped on Rueda Medina, where her merchandise in a bucket was confiscated as part of the procedures, and she will be subject to a 3000 peso fine, apparently.
Easter vacation ending with good weather
Upcoming celebration of Labor Day
University to be inaugurated in 2020
Raúl Sánchez Alonso said the Catholic University on the island will be inaugurated in 2020, that the student residences and administration offices have been constructed, and it lacks 15 classrooms. He said although there have been some delays, the project continues to be supported by the local entrepreneurs and by the organization in the USA that has invested in the project, who are holding a fundraiser on May 1st in Seattle.
The priest has been a promoter of the project since shortly after his arrival seven years ago, to provide an opportunity for the dozens of young people who don't obtain a higher education. Therefore, this university project was implemented to offer specialties in the hotel industry, languages, gastronomy and computer systems. He said the project is supported by the Catholic Church and the three levels of government.
He denied that he is leaving the parish, and said this is false information, noting, "There is no such thing, I will continue here in Isla Mujeres." He said those changes are always announced in advance and in an open manner. He spoke about the toy collection deadline on Friday, explaining that the distribution is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 to children of families with limited means, in Francisco May, in the mainland part of the municipality.
Trash Transfer Facility is full again
Accusations about Ultramar
César Peniche, who is a frequent user of the ferries but doesn't use Ultramar, believes that the officials of APIQRoo, the state Port Authority, are biased toward Ultramar and more strict with the other companies. A state employee agreed with this, anonymously.
It is noted that the Maritima ferry, Sergio Gracia Aguilar, remains anchored and isn't being used, presumably due to the costs of fuel, while their other boat, "Isla Blanca" continues operating between the island and Punta Sam.
The company Marinsa became associated with Maritima a year ago, but they aren't providing information to the media currently about the status of the company.
Hyperbaric chamber functioning
There were 70 cases during the previous season which was over at the end of February, which is an increase from previous years when there were 50 to 60 cases. This is attributed to divers going deeper to harvest this overly-exploited resource, at times going beyond 50 to 60 meters.
|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, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, 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 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
April 19 7:36
April 20 8:36
April 21 9:36
April 22 10:33
April 23 11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
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On Saturday's at 8a-11a, Plogging events to clean up the island are held, meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags, Here's the Accion Isla LINK
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting.
In April, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster and Octopus in April. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails. LINK
At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.
Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.
Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.
Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.
Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is a reenactment Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, April 18 There is a reenactment on the Town Square of the Last Supper and the washing of feet.
Friday, April 19 More than three dozen actors will participate in the 27th annual Via Crusis reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, which begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria at 10:30a and goes to the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica. It continues to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square, where the representations of the crucifixion will be staged at 3p. At 3:30 is the reflection on the seven words.
At 7pm, at both downtown and at Sacred Heart in La Gloria will be a celebration of the Word, adoration of the Sacred Cross, and a silent procession with rosary thinking of Mary.
Saturday, April 20 At 7:30 downtown will the Eucharist and vigil, with a representation of the resurrection at 9p. At the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, the Eucharist and vigil start at 9:30p.
Sunday, April 21 Annual Earth Day Cleanup of the seabed and coast. Divers and snorkelers will be cleaning the seabed near the docks, and others will be picking up trash along the Caribbean coast, meeting by the Isla Mujeres photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura (intersection of Abasolo and Guerrero) at 8:30am on Sunday. This will be the fifth annual clean up for Earth Day. At 11am, the event moves to an area near Playa Centro on Rueda Medina to inventory the trash, and that information will be shared with international organizations. Volunteers needed. .LINK
Sunday, April 21 Easter Masses at usual times.
Monday, April 22 Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23 You're invited to participate in a Zumba Master Class at the tennis courts in Salina Chica to benefit three kids with cancer. Registration at 6:30, donation 25p, class starts at 7p
Sunday, April 28 Last day of Easter holidays (Students return to school Monday)
Tuesday, April 30 Children's Day
Wednesday, May 1 Labor Day. Banks, government offices, and similar businesses will be closed. Tourism businesses will be open, as will Chedraui.
Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.
The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.
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 (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres