Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 24

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TONIGHT:  Sixth Wednesday Night Bike Ride starts from Juarez & Abasolo, 9p-10:30p, lights required, helmet encouraged.


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Photos below are from Accion Isla of their cleanup of the seabed and coastal areas on Sunday for Earth Day  This year they collected 612 kilos, and last year it was 1200 kilos.

 In addition to the 612 kilos collected in the area of docks and beach by Accion Isla, the team of Mexico Divers and Contoy adventours isla mujeres collected 300 kilos of garbage from the mangrove area inside the bay with their boats, making a total of 912 kilos collected for Earth Day, a huge thank you to this team and all involved.

Photos of downtown streets and sidewalks with many tourists

Noti Isla Mujeres   

The Director of Urban Development and Ecology, Nivardo Fernández, said the City is looking for a way to prevent the construction of the Bungalows project at North Beach.  VIDEO

VIDEO of busy beach

Planting campaign by Ecology Department personnel and volunteers in honor of Earth Day VIDEO 

Mayor JCS says it is an excellent Easter holiday season in Isla Mujeres VIDEO  

IM Noticias   

Potential change in administration at the Community Hospital, but this information is unconfirmed.

Federal permits for Mia Bungalows project
    IM Noticias reports that everything indicates that sooner or later the Bungalows project by North Beach will be completed, since Mia has the necessary federal permits. The Director of the municipal Department of Urban Development and Ecology, Nivardo Fernandez Martinez, said construction remains suspended while the documents are being reviewed, which include the Environmental Impact Statement.
     Although it has been the intention of the municipal authorities to prevent this project, this appears to be difficult. It is noted that a truck full of large lumber arrived to the el Riito beach last week, and a similar attempt was made one year ago.

University of Isla Mujeres could be left unfinished  
     Father Raul Sanchez Alonso has been the main promoter behind the project of creating the Catholic University "Sacro Cuore" near the Mundaca Hacienda, but he could leave the island soon. The project is only 60% complete, having completed the first stage of construction which consists of the foundation offices and the student residence building.
   The next stage will consist of laboratories and 12 classrooms, for a total of 15 classrooms altogether, but this work hasn't begun. Construction also hasn't begun on the laboratories which would be used for the subjects of gastronomy, the hospitality industry, and computer systems, which are planned to be housed in a single building.
   The necessary preparations have been made for the second stage but this has not taken place, since they are apparently awaiting assistance from private donations. It is noted that this work began about two years ago in mid-January, with legal certainty provided for the project by the Mayor.

La Tertulia

Government of Juan Carrillo committed to the environment.
    For Earth Day, seventy plants of native species were planted on the center median of Rueda Medina near the Posada Hotel. Afterwards a workshop and lecture about organic gardening were offered at the Senior Citizens facility. (photos)

A pot hole patching campaign is taking place around the perimeter roads of the island, and drivers are asked to be cautious.  (photos)


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

International Earth Day celebration 

Celebran el Día Internacional de la Tierra

 On Tuesday,in honor of International Earth Day, seventy plants were planted by authorities and volunteers at Playa Centro and along Rueda Medina avenue, which included chit palms and coconut palms.
   The first section to be replanted is from the Monument to the Fishermen to Matamoros, and then planting will continue for the rest of the median. Authorities spoke about the importance of maintaining the earth 365 days a year, and said there is no point in planting trees if we don't also raise awareness among the children.

Punta Sur Sculpture Park deteriorating without maintenance  

Parque Escultórico de Punta Sur, abandonado

  The sculpture park at Punta Sur, which was inaugurated in December 2001, has only received maintenance once in 2006, and some of the metal sculptures have become crumbling piles of scrap. It is noted that there is a fee of 30 pesos or $3 usd to walk the trails in this area.
  The Sculpture Park was created as a result of donations of modern art by artists from all over the world, whose names and nationalities are given. It was thought that part of the entrance fee would be used to maintain the 23 sculptures, but that hasn't been the case.

Assistance for the fishermen: Mayor Juan Carrillo 

Se alistan apoyos a pescadores: Juan Carrillo

  The Mayor didn't supply specific details, but said that the municipal government will provide assistance to the fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres during the more than two months that remain until lobster fishing resumes,in addition to any federal support or programs.
     In regard to the federal programs,, Baltazar Maldonado, president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, said there are several federal programs available, but it is necessary to regularize all the members of the cooperatives before the National Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) in order to qualify for them.
   He said of the more than 20 cooperatives in the state, only a few are "regular" and in Isla Mujeres, this is only the coop "Justicia Social". The other four cooperatives haven't been regularized yet and they are: “Caribe”, “Patria y Progreso”, “Isla Blanca” and “Makax”. He encouraged them to accelerate these procedures in order to be considered for the programs available in 2019.

Visitors continue to arrive  

Los visitantes siguen arribando

April 23.  Many tourists arrived during Holy Week, and there is still a large amount of tourism activity in this second week of the holiday season, although decreased occupancy is reported by the downtown hoteliers, as well as those offering vacation homes and rentals. In the morning, the ferries were busy, but not at 100% capacity, and many tourists, both foreign and domestic, arrived with suitcases, although there were fewer compared to last week.
   Taxi drivers continue to express concern about the traffic congestion caused by the increased number of golf cart concessions in recent years. It is noted that shoppers are encouraged to visit the stores in both English and Spanish, and offered a free shot of tequila or use of the bathrooms.

Trying to stop erosion  

Buscan frenar erosión

  This weekend, two wooden breakwater nearly 20 meters long were constructed near the pier-bridge that connects El Yunque islet, where Mia hotel is located, to the island, in an attempt to recover a stretch of 60 meters of sandy beach that has eroded into the sea in recent years.

Fighting crime: State Attorney General  

Se combate el delito: Fiscal

The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo, Oscar Montes de Oca, spoke about coordinating strategies between the three levels of government to fight crime in all the municipalities, and said work is being done to decrease the incidence of crime. As he took a working tour of the town, he said statistics are down, and there will soon be more results, but he didn't have specific details available during the interview.
   Regarding the recent case of the police officer who was killed by organized crime in Puerto Juarez, he said that case is in the hands of the judge overseeing the detention of those accused, and it is expected that the Public Prosecutor's office (Ministerio Público) will continue the process. 
  In response to questions about the lack of personnel and equipment for the Isla Mujeres Ministerio Publico/Public Prosecutor's office, he said a request has been granted by Congress to consider this and others that are pending for this year, to improve service for the community.
   This weekend another warning banner appeared in a public space, at the Salina Chica sports area, and was turned over by the Ministerio Publico to the Fiscalia General de la Republica (Attorney General's office). It was signed by the 'Old School Zetas" and threatened eight people.

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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
Sunset  ~7p-7:10
Sunrise ~6:40a-6:15
April Events 
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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

On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. More info: LINK Last lunch of the season was April 10

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
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

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 27 Last day of Easter holidays (Students return to school Monday)

Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day

Thursday, May 1 Labor Day

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  

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