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News for the Week of May 18, 2015



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Cozumel Arrivals: 15 Ships this Week
5/17- Numbers remain low this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 15 ships registered to dock for the third week of May 2015. This is 3 more than the number of ships last week and 5 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season." With low season underway, an estimated 45,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 3.6 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be the big economic winner as 11 ships dock there, only 2 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 2 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 3 ships docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 2 ships Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 3 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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Indigenous Coati's on the Endangered List
A group of coatis (indigenous animals) are being fed snacks, biscuits, cakes and all kinds of junk food by inhabitants of the southern part of the island stated Biologist Christopher González Baca. This puts the survival of this species at risk. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN, for its acronym in English), have listed the Coati (Nasua nelsoni) on the so-called “red list of threatened species".

Large groups of these animals also known as Badgers by some, lived for some time in a patch of jungle, between Avenues Rafael E. Melgar and 30, just outside of town. The land adjoins the Administration Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) facilities and their presence was noticeable from the beginning of the construction of this road and a bridge that connects both arteries. A common practice of the population is to reach this point with all kinds of food to make them come out of their burrows. This practice can also affect the Dwarf Raccoon. “Feeding them this way can cause gastrointestinal problems or illnesses linked to the consumption of sugars and fats in excess, as it is the case with humans” stated the official.

In mid-2014, Eliot Reyes Novelo, former director of environmental protection and ecology, said that the economic resources for the installation of signs that indicate the consequence of feeding wildlife population were being sought after but were never installed and the inhabitants of the city continue to maintain this practice. Rafael Chacon Diaz, another biologist from the island, coincided with the Director of Conanp and added that it is also the same with raccoons. This can endanger their lives, so we urge the citizens to avoid feeding them.
Horse and Carriage Permits Revoked
The direction of ecology and environment applied a fine and withdrew the permits to work from half a dozen horse and carriages operators on the island once inspectors detected traces of animal abuse at sites where equines didn't have a place where they were protected from the sun and without water and in subhuman conditions.

According to the head of ecology and environment, David Alfonso Martínez Viana, in an operation carried out in the stables where the horses are kept while they are not working, detected 4 people responsible who were not following the law. He said that inspectors found subhuman conditions and lack of water and in addition, the canvases that provided shade for horses were broken which causes the horses to be exposed to the unbearable intense rays of the sun so he immediately applied the appropriate sanctions including that the carriages may not provide service to tourists. He also said that owners of carriages that were sanctioned must sign an agreement that commit themselves to fulfill their responsibility, which is to provide all the attention to horses to prevent injury or health risks.

Finally, the interviewee mentioned that revisions will be permanent so that the horses that pull the carriages are not subjected to grueling hours of work, are ill-treated or exposed to the weather, mainly to the rays of the Sun, since their health is put at risk and is contravenes the law of welfare Animal of Quintana Roo.
Cozumel Prepares for the Ninth Sacred Mayan Crossing
Cozumel prepares for the ninth edition of the Mayan sacred crossing "Heart's Guide", which seeks to promote cultural tourism in Cozumel, Xcaret and the Riviera Maya. The ancient ceremony, which honors the goddess Ixchel, will take place with 35 canoes and 360 canoeists.

This was unveiled at a press conference carried out in the municipalities of Quintana Roo , where Mayor Fredy Marrufo Martín expressed its appreciation to Xcaret Park since it gives an added value to the island to be seen not only by its natural beauties, beaches, reefs, quality and warmth of the people, but also because it boasts a rich historical and cultural legacy , a sacred place for the goddess Ixchel.

Meanwhile, Eduardo García Escamilla, Manager of production and operation of the sacred Mayan crossing, noted that this year there will be 360 canoeists from Cozumel, Xcaret, Xel Ha and Cancun, of which 188 are men and 172 women, from 14 different countries including Mexico, coupled with 199 volunteers who join the dance ceremony. He explained that Friday, May 22 will feature performers of the ritual of farewell of the canoes in the port of Xcaret, who will travel the 31 kilometers of sea to touch ground about 1 in the afternoon on the island of Cuzamil (Cozumel), where the reception will be at Chankanaab Park. At 7 in the evening there will be a meditation ceremony at the Park San Gervasio, which will be behind closed doors exclusive for the canoeists.

The same day, Friday the 22nd, in the Park of Quintana Roo, at 8 in the evening, a presentation will take place of dances for the Lady of the Moon. This event is completely free. The only requirement is to go dressed completely in white. While Saturday the 23rd at 9 in the morning, Chankanaab Park will bid farewell to the the canoeists who will take the message of the Ixchel goddess to the port of Xcaret which also will host the welcoming ceremony.

For the safety of the canoeists there will be a support team of the Captains of port and shipbuilding, both of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. A certified lifeguard has been assigned to each canoe to improve security and reduce reaction time in case of a mishap.

This Mayan sacred crossing was an old ritual of the eastern coast of Yucatan, consisting of the pilgrimage to the island of Cozumel in search of the message of the Oracle of Ixchel consisting of old sailors and Mayan traders; the recreation began 2007 with 16 canoes and today features 35 canoes.
Pier Expansion an Ecological Risk
There are several consequences and ecological risks involved regarding the extension of the Puerta Maya Pier, but apparently no one gives importance nor are measures taken to conserve the diving area.

An experienced diver and member of the ANOOAT, Cesar Escamilla Cepeda talked about the environmental impact that would be consistent with the expansion of this pier since its construction could destroy part of the coral reef that sits near it’s coast. He mentioned that while this seems to be a beneficial project economically for the island, one cannot rule out environmental damage since when this dock was originally built, 5% of the reef was damaged and with this expansion that percentage would increase considerably. He also said there is a great risk for divers of the island, since sometimes currents drag them close this area, and with this new expansion, quite possibly some divers could be drawn up under the boat putting their lives at risk.

Finally, Cesar Cepeda Escamilla, spoke about the portions of reefs that were transplanted artificially a few years ago in Cozumel and that it was an experiment which turned out very positive since those reefs are now healthy and in development of the marine life of the coast of Cozumel. “Reefs are a very fragile ecological system that once destroyed they do not grow back and that with extending the pier, diving safety measures would have to double to avoid accidents” stated the official.
Cozumel Will Host the "Salsa & Timba" Festival
Cozumel will host the "Salsa & Timba Festival", an event that brings important promotion to the island since the majority of people who participate in the various activities come from other parts of the country, mainly in Guadalajara.

This festival which will feature workshops, bikini contests, displays of dancing and the participation of six Disc Jockeys (DJs). The event involves 22 stars, between dancers and DJs. Erick Ramírez ' Latin Soul DJ' and Maria Guadalupe Valdez Rivera, organizers of this event, gave details of the festival. “There will be 14 hours of workshops and a 10 hour seminar. Headquarters for the event is the Hotel Cozumel & Resort and Margaritaville restaurant".

On Friday, June 5, at 11:00 AM, the designated hotel will begin with reception and registration of attendees. The workshops and seminar of dance will begin at 2 pm and the evening’s event will feature a social dance with a show and exhibition of amateur and semi-professional dance activities as well as a dance accompanied by the DJs who were invited.

Saturday, June 6 will start with a pool party, contests and raffles while the evening’s activities will begin at 8:00 pm with workshops, a seminar of dance and an exhibition of dance with semi-professional and professionals.

The cost of each workshop is 150 pesos, but participants can pay 800 and attend all events.
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