Monday, April 16, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, April 16






This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE APRIL EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election.

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



An accident occurred on Rueda Medina around midnight between a Mitsubishi Lancer car driven by Jimy U.T.R. and a motorcycle driven by Javier Rodriguez, 50, with his son as a passenger. Fault for the accident was attributed to the car driver, due to excessive speed. He hit the motorcycle, whose driver took the brunt of the collision, and Mr. Rodriguez and his son were both injured and offered care by the paramedics who arrived on the scene. Those who witnessed the incident, posted it on social media, after documenting it with their phones. See LINK   


Special price of 100 pesos at the new water slides at El Pescador park (just inside the entrance of Sac Bajo) which includes snacks, drinks, use of 4 interactive slides and 4 beach slides. Children 3 to 12 (70 cm to 120cm) until the end of April.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Port closed for small boats  
Puerto cerrado para la navegación menor. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  See below...I combined these two articles.

Port closed for small boats for the second day  
Puerto cerrado por segundo día [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 April 15 Effects of cold front #44 caused small boats to be restricted to port again, and reduced tourism on the beaches and other areas of the island. It drizzled at 11:30 for the second time. It was overcast with thunder, and the strength of the southern winds reduced, and the calm indicated the winds were changing to come from the opposite direction.
    North Beach and Playa Centro were deserted from an early hour, and the rain that began at 1:20 caused the visitors to seek shelter because it was stronger compared to the morning. There was minimal activity by the boats that offer nautical recreation in the bay, and many cancellations due to the weather. The rental agencies for the 830 golf carts reported less than 40 percent of their carts were rented by noon. There was no diving or snorkeling for the second day in a row.
  This front was stronger than expected, which surprised many tourism service providers, who expect things to improve on Monday. (The first article says that the port closure could continue on Monday, with this cold front that is affecting the entire Gulf of Mexico, and the states of Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.)

Third annual underwater clean-up campaign
Tercera campaña anual de limpieza submarina [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This article is information from the Action for Isla fb page, which is already available in English, so I'm just going to copy and paste their entire post about this event here...it is written & posted by Kai Creamer.
Isla Mujeres is a paradise on Earth, known for it’s white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful fish (both on our plates, and on ours reefs). But in this day and age, and with the ever increasing threat of plastic pollution looming, keeping it this that way is no easy task.
From poisoning and destroying marine life to disrupting human health and hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the plastic pollution is now threatening the survival of our planet and everything on it.
So for the third year in a row, Action for Isla is happy to announce that we will be hosting our big Earth Day Clean-up, to bring awareness of this problem to our residents, and unite our community to work towards Ending Plastic Pollution. We will be tackling the waste build up on both land and sea with an in-water Dive Against Debris and simultaneous beach clean up!
In 2016, 62 volunteers got together to remove 650kgs of waste from our beaches and seas, last year both numbers grew with 148 people collecting and sorting a whopping 1,090kgs of trash!! This year we hope to go even bigger! And we need your help!
BEACH CLEAN-UP:
*All are welcome!*
8:30am-11:00am
Sing in on the Caribbean Boardwalk by the “Isla Mujeres” sign behind the Casa de Cultura.
Bring gloves if you have them and your reusable water bottle to refill from the Garrafones at our sign in tent!
DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS:
*Snorkellers and Certified Divers!*
SIGN-UP Through Participating Dive Shops before April 21st to receive your safety briefing.
Meet next to Velazquez at 8am to enter the water at 8:30am. Sing in and out of dive at H.Q. registration desk.
H.Q. and trash sorting station will be located next to Velazquez Restaurant, on Playa Centro along Av. Rueda Medina (Ferry-road).
All of the trash collected will be sorted, classified and weighed and this Data reported to Project AWARE Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy and used to help inform and support research and legislation to End Plastic Pollution on a local and global scale. So it is all hands on deck!
After all the trash has been collected, sorted and weighed a raffle will be held with stellar prizes donated by our local sponsors and all clean-up volunteers have a chance to win!
If you have a local business and would like to sponsor a raffle prize please contact Kai Creamer or Action for Isla on Facebook or by e-mail actionforisla@gmail.com
If you would like to help but can’t participate in the clean-up contact Action for Isla to join our registration and refreshments crew.
Thank you to all who do their part to help Isla Mujeres and our whole Earth! And thank you to our primary sponsors Oasis Skate Shop, Sunset Isla Mujeres, Mayan Beach Club, Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, Isla Fiesta and Mundaca Real Estate Immobilaria for making this event possible!


Special ballot box at the Maritime Terminal  
Casilla especial en la terminal marítima[+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This will be for the election on July 1st for use by vacationing Mexican citizens.

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MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, 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 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.

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

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
April 1   8:21
April 2   9:16
April 3  10:09
April 4   11:02
April 5   11:53
April 29   7:05
April 30   7:59
Painting by Pamela Haase

 Sunday, April 1 Easter

Thursday, April 5  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 8  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

Thursday, April 12  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 14  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 15  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 19  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

April 20-22, Fri, Sat, Sun. Isla Got Soul music event at The Joint.  There's more information about the organization that is benefiting from this event here: https://www.facebook.com/IslaGotSoul/posts/572699899755186
 
Saturday, April 21  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day  Action for Isla usually has clean up events. The past two years divers and snorkelers cleaned under thedowntown piers, and groups picked up trash along the Caribbean beaches.

Sunday, April 22  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 26  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla.

Sunday, April 29  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

 
  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   

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, April 15






This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE APRIL EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election.

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)






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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Surada" caused the closure of the port for small boats  
“Surada” provoca cierre de puerto .. [+] Ver mas
   April 14 The port was closed to small boats after 8pm last night, due to strong winds up to 55km/hr that arrived with the "Surada". The restriction is expected to continue on Sunday, and it is anticipated that this front will diminish the effects of Cold Frong #44. Recreational activities in the Bay were also restricted on Saturday.

Complaints concerning Avalon timeshares not being honored by Mia  
Recurre a instancias nacionales y extranjeras] Ver mas
  Most of this information has already been translated. This article also notes some of the complainants, who are foreigners from the United States, showed some documents to the media indication payments since 2002 & 2003.
   It is noted that the hotel was inaugurated in 1964 as the Zazil Ha by President Adolfo Lopez Mateo, as a luxurious property with nearly 100 rooms. It was the first of its kind in the area of the Yucatan peninsula, and was owned by the Lima Zuno family, but it was handed over to the federal government after a problem with debt.
   Then it operated under several different names, including Presidente, Del Prado, Avalon, and now Mia. It was inactive after the hurricane Gilberto, and reopened and expanded after the arrival of the new millennium.

Lack of attention to the Caribbean Malecon walkway 
Malecón Caribe en completo abandono +] Ver mas
   This malecon was inaugurated five years ago, in the spring of 2013, after an investment of several millions of pesos. Now it appears to be in a state of neglect due to the passage of time and vandalism.  Residents also want more police patrols.

New agreements in state baseball league "Frontera Sur" 
Nuevos acuerdos en la liga estatal de béisbol[+] Ver mas

    A meeting took place at the Isla Mujeres baseball field "El Pescador" for the representatives of the teams participating in the III Championship of the state baseball league "Frontera Sur". The purpose of the meeting was to make important decisions to improve the league.
    The teams are now heading into postseason and the contenders for the pennant are the "Mayas" of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the "Marlins" from Cozumel, the "Piratas" from Bacalar,  the "Pescadores" from Isla Mujeres, and the "Diablos" from Limones.

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MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, 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 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.

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

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
April 1   8:21
April 2   9:16
April 3  10:09
April 4   11:02
April 5   11:53
April 29   7:05
April 30   7:59
Painting by Pamela Haase

 Sunday, April 1 Easter

Thursday, April 5  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 8  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

Thursday, April 12  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 14  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 15  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 19  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

April 20-22, Fri, Sat, Sun. Isla Got Soul music event at The Joint.  There's more information about the organization that is benefiting from this event here: https://www.facebook.com/IslaGotSoul/posts/572699899755186
 
Saturday, April 21  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day  Action for Isla usually has clean up events. The past two years divers and snorkelers cleaned under thedowntown piers, and groups picked up trash along the Caribbean beaches.

Sunday, April 22  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 26  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla.

Sunday, April 29  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

 
  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   

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 14






This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE APRIL EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election (which is July 1st).

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



Complaints about rental golf carts parked outside Privilege Aluxes LINK     

Complaints from foreign tourist regarding timeshares they bought when Mia was Avalon Reef LINK  



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Draft of new car ferry preventing its operation
Insuficiente calado impide operar carguero [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  (Draft/draught is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the boat's hull, and determines the depth to which the boat sinks, according to its load.)
April 13   Allegedly, the problem that is preventing Ultramar from beginning car ferry service between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam is that access to the docking area in Isla Mujeres presents a risk to the hull of the Ultracarga III boat.
   When this boat arrived from abroad with two other ferries,  Ultramar General Manager German Orozco Sarro had said that they planned to put it into operation at the end of January, but problems have prevented that. It has a larger capacity than either of the two ferries of the Maritima Isla Mujeres company, who have been providing this service for three decades.
   An official with APIQROO (state Port Authority) said there was nothing preventing the Ultracarga III from operating since February, because they had already prepared the two terminals for this, but in recent days, information has been leaked indicating that the company alleges that it is not safe to operate the boat in and out of the docking area.
   There may be rocks or remains of solid structures on the seabed, that could present a risk of breakage of the boat's hull, which appears to be why they want the access to be made safer, and cleaning work would need to be carried out in order for that to occur. It is presumed that these final safety measures would be the responsibility of Ultramar, since APIQROO has completed its job of creating a space in which to operate. As Por Esto reported, at the end of last summer, the state agency began the work of preparing the docking facility of Isla Mujeres, by hiring the services of a specialized company.


Serious problem of vehicular saturation 
Grave problema de saturación vehicular [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Residents are complaining that nearly the entire area near the downtown primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" is occupied by golf carts, preventing the parents from having space to park their scooters when they pick up their children.
   Presumably, in recent days the rental agency "Islanders" have parked their vehicles in this area, and a dozen carts of that company could be seen there recently.  It has been alleged that the company, according to authorities, had rented those carts to guests of the hotel "Privilege Aluxes", which is located in front of the school. Mothers who were interviewed by the press explained "It is difficult for us to park in order to take our children back home."
   The head of SINTRA (Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport), Isis Morales Melendez, said that it is her agency's responsibility to confirm that everyone is using the physical business address that is officially registered, but that the responsibility (in regard to where they park) lies with the Traffic police.
  The problems with vehicular saturation on the island are alarming, and it appears that the application of the traffic regulations have been relaxed, making way for many of the 24 golf rental agencies to occupy the streets, particularly in long rows on the main street Rueda Medina, as well as Madero and Guerrero. There are 830 rental carts in circulation for operation by tourists, and another 400 carts in private hands, many of which lack complete documentation, according to allegations by rental agencies who have been sanctioned by SINTRA.


Demanding that their contracts be respected  
Exigen respeto a sus contratos [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Some thirty tourists are demanding intervention by the Mexican government in respect to their timeshare contracts at a hotel which has changed ownership, and the case has already been answered by PROFECO, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency. 
   This is in regard to the hotel "Mia" located on the islet "El Yunque" at the northern end of Isla Mujeres. According to the plaintiffs, they each made contracts for timeshares of over 13,000 dollars, when the hotel was the "Avalon", which are not being honored.
   It is recalled that five years ago, Michael Eugene Kelly, former owner of the Avalon chain, was accused of defrauding retired US citizens, and prosecuted. There were ramifications of fraud in other countries such as Panama as well.  He deceived many Mexican politicians when he arrived in Cancun, including the former mayor of the City and the Governor at that time.
  It is not clear if the fraud alleged by these 30 foreigners is related, and the local PROFECO representative didn't have more information, at this time. PROFECO is expected to pursue the complaint. 


I apologize that this is unfinished, I will get back to it when I have time...Thanks for your patience...
UPDATE: I've done several of them  

Registering for the regatta "Al sol"
Se registran para la regata “Al sol”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   One regatta visits annually, and this one, "Al Sol" visits every other year, and this will be the 30th edition. Competitors are registering online for the event which departs from Pensacola Florida on May 10th at 11am.  In the past, winners of the race have been from yacht clubs in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.
   The finish line is at El Yunque islet at the north end of Isla Mujeres, and the winners will be announced, according to category after the 'running times' are analyzed by the judges on Wednesday. The award ceremony will be the following day at North Beach.
  The other regatta, Sol al Sol, will have its 50th edition two weeks earlier, and they depart from St. Petersberg Florida. 


Traffic accidents increase  
Aumentan los accidentes viales[+] Ver masFull article at this link
 April 12  Due to the large numbers of golf carts for public and private use, the incidence of traffic accidents involving these vehicles has increased, with the most recent occurring at noon yesterday, when a rental from "Gomar II"  collided with a motorcycle. 
  According to official information, Carlos Hernandez, 38, from colonia Salina Chica, was hit by golf cart on Rueda Medina avenue near the Naval Hospital. He was traveling from north to south on his scooter when a golf cart stopped suddenly, so Mr. Hernandez also stopped, but a tourist in another golf cart did not stop and hit the scooter. The tourist responsible for the accident, who is from Chicago, agreed to pay for the damages, which were minor. The traffic police verified this, and a paramedic from the Red Cross examined the motorcyclist, but there were no injuries, just a scare.
   It is noted that the number of golf carts on the isle now exceeds 1200, with 830 carts for public use as rentals, and the rest are privately owned, according to SINTRA (Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport) and the rental agencies. 

   In other news, it is noted that the Isla Mujeres firefighters assisted at a fire by the Continental Zone of the municipality, on the mainland, at a tire shop in Cancun, adjacent to Ciudad Mujeres. The fire was under control by 10am.
  It is noted that there is a good cooperation between the firefighters of Isla Mujeres and of Cancun. The dry season has already begun, when forest fires occur on the mainland part of the municipality, and this relationship is important at this time of year.


Preparatory soccer game today (Saturday)  
Mañana tendrá un partido de preparaciónVer masFull article at this link
  The municipal Soccer League is selecting the best players to participate in the state league of Quintana Roo, with league competition scheduled to begin on April 21st, which may involve all the other municipalities in the state. There are more than 20 players competing for a position on the Isla Mujeres team. The second match, which is part of the selection process, will be held Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 pm at the soccer field in colonia Salina Chica.



Dolphin facility accredited  
Acreditan delfinario[+] Ver masFull article at this link
An Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) of the United States has confirmed the accreditation of the dolphin facility oin Isla Mujeres for meeting the "gold standards", according to the Independent Commission of Accreditation of that organization."Only the best zoos and aquariums can meet the 'gold standards' imposed for AZA accreditation," said Dan Ashe, director of the association, said that the Dolphin Discovery accreditation demonstrates that,  "They are committed to exemplary care and the to welfare of animals", in their twenty dolphinarium facilities in Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States. 
       To be accredited Dolphin Discovery Isla Mujeres underwent a meticulous review to ensure that it has and will continue to meet the highest standards in the categories that include: animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety. The AZA requires that zoos and aquariums complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years to be members of the association.


Preventing construction next to Garrafon 
Cambiarán uso a vecinos de Garrafón+] Ver masFull article at this link
 April 10   Mayor Juan Carrillo announced that the Urban Development Department of Isla Mujeres will change the land use (zoning) for two private lots adjoining Garrafon Park, in order to restrict any construction and to preserve the scenic overlook that is claimed by/belongs to the community.  The Mayor confirmed that there hasn't been a request for a construction permit on this area of about 500 square meters.
   This area was established for low density use by the Urban Development Plan (PDU ) of the island of Isla Mujeres. To prevent any construction, the Mayor instructed the Director of the Urban Development Department to change the land usage (zoning) from low density housing to usage for Tourism purposes (equipamiento turístico) which will prevent any projects, and allow the space to only be used for ornamental purposes, to ensure the permanence of this famious overlook which is 15 meters above sea level and offers a view of the Bay and the Cancun Hotel Zone.
    Mayor Carrillo Soberanis said that the requests of the community will be respected, and that there will be no construction on  lots #5 and #6, which are owned by an individual.
    It was revealed that in 2012 the pair of lots were changed, for a sale between individuals, according to the file #183854 of the Public Registry, Then when the property was cleared recently, it was believed that the company "Pace Pros, S.A. C.V." was preparing to build, according to rumors on social media. 
   The Mayor explained that there has also not been an Environmental Impact Statement issued by SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources).
    The PDU was updated in 2010, including classifying these two properties as suitable for low density housing , which the Mayor considers to be an error, which is why the process is being taken to change the land usage to "Ornamental Space".


Concern about tourism damaging coral reef 
Demasiado turismo en los corales [+] Ver masFull article at this link



Asking that Mayan temple be reconstructed  
Piden se reconstruya adoratorio maya. [+] Ver masFull article at this link


Candidates are registered  
Se registran candidatos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link



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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, 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 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.

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

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
April 1   8:21
April 2   9:16
April 3  10:09
April 4   11:02
April 5   11:53
April 29   7:05
April 30   7:59
Painting by Pamela Haase

 Sunday, April 1 Easter

Thursday, April 5  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 8  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

Thursday, April 12  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 14  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 15  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 19  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

April 20-22, Fri, Sat, Sun. Isla Got Soul music event at The Joint.  There's more information about the organization that is benefiting from this event here: https://www.facebook.com/IslaGotSoul/posts/572699899755186
 
Saturday, April 21  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day  Action for Isla usually has clean up events. The past two years divers and snorkelers cleaned under thedowntown piers, and groups picked up trash along the Caribbean beaches.

Sunday, April 22  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 26  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla.

Sunday, April 29  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

 
  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