Saturday, February 17, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 17






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(Posted last evening) Today 11 islander couples said "I do" at the "Bodas Colectivas" (Collective Weddings) that were held at Punta Sur celebrating Valentine's Day. LINK   Slide show video 
  The event was organized by the DIF social service agency, in coordination with the Civil Registry, and financed by the City.

During the City Council session today, the Council members approved the signing of the agreement for the City of Isla Mujeres to subscribe with FORTASEG, (Program of Strengthening for Security). This action ensures more resources to strengthen security in the municipality. LINK 
This subsidy, which is granted to the municipalities and, where appropriate, to the states, is intended to provide federal budgetary resources in order to strengthen the performance of functions in matters of public safety, and thereby safeguard the rights and integrity of inhabitants and preserve public liberties, order and peace.
  "During 2017, we received the support of the federal and state governments, which was reflected in the great work in security that took place throughout the municipality, both in the island and in the Continental Zone, keeping Isla Mujeres as the safest municipality in Quintana Roo," said Antonio Coronado Rojas, general secretary of the City Council.
    As a result of this great work, for the year 2018, the municipality of Isla Mujeres has been chosen as a beneficiary of this subsidy, allocating federal resources in the amount of 10 million pesos, so, according to the rules of operation of the program , the City Council must provide a minimum amount of 2 million pesos, and adhere to the requirements in the agreement.

Photos from the Artisan's Pavilion which is on the Town Square Feb. 15-19, opening daily at 9am, with artisans, both local and from other regions, offering their products, including at least ten from Isla Mujeres.

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


The fleet of the Ultramar company will be reinforced as of this Friday with the arrival of two new ferries,  which (company representative) Germán Orozco has called the "Ferrari's of the sea".
  The boats have a capacity of 270 passengers each, and are similar in design to the other Ultramar ferries, but with a touch of elegance and luxury. They have state of the are technology and are lower in height than the previous ferries, which gives them greater speed. Company manager Arturo Baez Vega said these two boats have come to reinforce the fleet that covers the route between Isla Mujeres and Gran Puerto in Puerto Juarez.
  Both ferries were built in New Orleans, and are 28 foot long catamarans. He said they did not skimp on the details, elegance, and comfort for the passengers, noting, "It is about first class seats, as Isla Mujeres deserves."  He added, "We have striven to raise the level of quality in each of our boats and that is why our boats are now better than the previous ones." He said these ferries have been designed to be more efficient in the consumption of fuel and the emission of pollutants, and that they could begin operations on Friday, if cleanup work is completed.
     The manager explained that these new boats will replace the boats with which they started in 2004, when the passenger traffic was 1.5 million, and now, 14 years later, that number has increased significantly to 4.5 million passengers (Those statistics are 'passenger movements', meaning a round trip counts as two movements.)


A group of residents of the irregular Colonia La Guadalupana, clarified that they have never attacked Mrs. Darjee Monroy Villanueva, but they have simply  asked for respect of the road accesses that exist in the colonia. LINK    
     They explained that for months, they have been working with a committee which is recognized by the municipal authorities, and with whom they have worked closely, on several problems that the colonia is goingthrough. 
   The neighbors explained that the version offered by Mrs. Monroy Villanueva is completely false, since when the wall was demolished, the minors were never disrespected.In addition, they explained that the Director of Public Security, Agustín Blanco, was present at all times, who can corroborate the facts.The group of neighbors insisted that there is no leader as such, there is a committee that is represented by seven people and that together decisions are made for the group.They recognize that there is a legal process that they are taking to be able to get their land legally, but it is a process that each of them is already seeing.In the meeting was also Manuel Chulín who rejected categorically that the accusations made by Mrs. Villanueva, but said it is the majority of the neighbors has made a decision.They assure that the land that she argues has always been street and that now she only seeks to seize it when her partner already has an adjoining one.


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Isla Mujeres al Dia reports: Starting at an early hour, a brigade of public service workers took on the task of touring the colonias and removing all kinds of junk that was lying on sidewalks and in the green areas beside the streets. (Photos at link)



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Preparations for Easter 
Preparación a la Pascua [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Catholic priest Raul Sanchez Alonso encouraged his parishioners to use the 40 days of Lent to become closer to Jesus Christ thru prayer, conversion, fasting, and the practice of charity. Preparations are underway for the Viacrucis event (Reenactment of the Stations of the Cross). He said the actors will make a five kilometer journey from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church to the Immaculate Conception Church, with a stop at the La Guadalupe chapel. In regard to conversion, there will be a spiritual retreat for husbands in a building is Sac Bajo. The scripture discussed on Friday was on the subject of fasting.

Property dispute in Guadalupana  
En asamblea de colonos, disputa de lote+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The community has a meeting planned at 6pm to discuss this dispute over access and lot #18, and other issues, as well as the progress that has been made toward regularization of their lots. In two months, it will be 13 years since the residents first occupied the more than 2 hectares of land in front of the Caribbean Sea.
     The previous owner, Julio Prieto Posada, died in the second half of the 1970's and did not give the land to anyone to inherit, which cancelled the property title in his name with the Public Registry. It is recalled that more than 100 settlers occupied the property in early April of 2005, on the eve of a change of municipal government. They now have partial electricity, water, and trash collection services.
    The National Electoral Institute has granted valid addresses to all of those living there, and a few days ago the municipal government ceded more than 300 square meters of land from the municipal cemetery adjoining the northern edge of the community, to provide a corridor for access, moving the cemetery fence into the cemetery about three meters. This gives access to the three streets of the colonia, but now a dispute has arisen concerning lot #18, of section three.


Walkway along the Caribbean: Abandoned 
Malecón mar caribe, abandonado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The door to the bathroom is damaged, and there is often litter in the neglected garden/landscape areas, as well as palm trees that haven't been replaced. Business owners want the municipal authorities to pay more attention and provide better maintenance to this area. There is also a section of the walkway that lacks lighting, at the southern end.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.
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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 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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February Events
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On Mondays & Thursdays there are poker tournaments at 6p at El Patio.

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  

February. 9 Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all the categories and guests.
Presentation of dance troupes (performances)
Dance to the music of the band "MegaBoom"
Town Square 8p

February 10
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

February 11
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval  Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Children's Afternoon of Fantasy
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval, Show of costumed characters, bouncy houses, Carnaval dance troupes, Children's costume contest.
Town Square 5p

Diversity Fantasy Night
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Carnaval Dance Troupes (performances)
Show of Transformismo
Town Square 8p

February 12
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Carnaval Monday
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Costume Contest for Adults
Comedy Show by international imitator Pierre David
Musical performance by "Michael Stuart & Jemanuel & los Panas de Venezuela"
Town Square 8p

 February 13
 Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Tuesday
Presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Burning of Juan Carnaval & the reading of his last Will & Testament
Dance to the music of the band "Super Lamas"
Town Square 8p


Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".


Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb 15- 19 The Artisan's Pavilion is on the Town Square, opening daily at 9am, with artisans, both local and from other regions, offering their products, including at least ten from Isla Mujeres. This is their third year, and they offer interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
 
  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   

Friday, February 16, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Feb. 16






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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


The Government of Quintana Roo invites you to attend the Pavilón Isla Mujeres, which takes place from February 15 to 19, on the Town Square. Don't miss it!  This exposition features art, handicrafts, jewelry, etc being sold by the families who make them. This is the third year they have visited & previously featured work from this state and other regions of Mexico.



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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


Empty truck found after anonymous report of armed persons  LINK  
    An anonymous call was received Thursday evening, reporting the presence of armed persons in a red pickup truck, and a search for the vehicle was immediately initiated. Police and Navy personnel responded, and located the empty vehicle, with no driver or passengers in the vicinity.
    The operation took place shortly after 7pm on prolongacion Jesus Martinez Ross, in front of the old "Oasis" in the colonia Salinas. The vehicle was poorly parked, and is a Lincoln Mark Double Cab red pick up truck, with plates from the state of Yucatan, YP81-641. The authorities had no stolen vehicle report on it, and will investigate to learn more about the plates and the owner. 
     The traffic police removed the plates for the offense of blocking the sidewalk. No other suspicions could be corroborated, and they didn't locate the owner or the person responsible for the vehicle. 


Property dispute in the irregular colonia La Guadalupana LINK   
       Darjee Monroy Villanueva, who has been living in the irregular Colonia La Guadalupana for more than eight years, denounced the harassment of several of her neighbors who are now trying to remove her from her property. She said that she occupies the plot of land identified with the number 18, and with the donation of one more space by the City Council, there is now a small access, as well. 
    She said that recently, the 'supposed pseudo leader' Manuel Chulín orchestrated a revolt in the colonia, trying to put the residents against her. She said that she was not in her house when it occurred, and when her children saw the revolt, they called her cell phone. 
   She acknowledged that she, and everyone who lives in that colonia, do so irregularly, and no one has documents like deed titles, however Aguakan has entered into agreements to provide tap water. 
She said, "They have made my life impossible by preventing my having a water contract, by arguing that I am occupying an access road (right of way), which is completely false." She asked for intervention by the Mayor to provide a solution to the conflict before it gets out of hand. 
   She acknowledged that the City agreed to the request to donate part of the Cemetery's land to provide an access to the colonia. She said, "However, now it is my property that is at stake, because they want to take it away, while there are other residents who have had possibilities and have built, where there is no intention of this same thing happening."
     She said that after the new cemetery wall was erected, some of the residents, led by Manuel Chulín, began to demolish the old walls, including the one that adjoined her property, arguing that they had express authorization from Juan Carrillo Soberanis himself, which she says is completely false. 
   She said that the fisherman Geovany occupies lot 17 and the one she has is #18, which is recognized in the plans of the colonia and she is not invading any access, like the group is claiming.



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Property dispute in colonia La Guadalupana 
Litigio entrampado en La Guadalupana [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  See TVIM article today & Por Esto yesterdayDarjee Arlette Monroy Villanueva, said she has lived on the property for eight years and has filed a complaint for assault and damages with the Public Ministry, against those who led the movement on Monday night to try and evict her. She offered to transfer part of lot 18 of San Martín de Porres street, block 3, of colonia La Guadalupana so that the trash trucks & the trucks supplying other services can carry out maneuvers. However, she does not want to abandon her property, because she says she has a right to it and will defend it. 
   At an interview that took place in Lol-be colonia, Ms Monroy Villanueva showed documents supporting her claims, as well as her voter credential showing her as the occupant of the property, although it is recognized that the colonia isn't 'regularized' yet. She blamed Manuel Chulin as the main instigator, and explained that the person who gave her the lot, Mr Amaya, granted his endorsement for her to live there. 
  "I am an occupant of lot 18, in Colonia La Guadalupana, I have lived there for 8 years, and I have documents that support it. The mobilization they did was promoted by 'Manolo' Chulín. There were threats and insults against my youngest son who was alone. They knocked down my wall. I have filed charges against  them for assault and damage to property," said Ms Monroy Villanueva, who said she is a single mother of four children.
   A few days ago, the City moved the Cemetery fence three meters inward, donating hundreds of square meters from the Municipal Cemetery to provide access at the colonias northern end, to allow entry of the fire trucks in the event of another fire.


Municipal Soccer League semifinals  
Liga Municipal de Futbol, a semifinal [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Municipal Soccer League semifinals will begin this Friday, starting at 9pm, according to the schedule. The clash between the Novatos and Barcelona is expected to be a good game. The results will be determined by 11pm, if there is no tie. The second match will be between Real City and Real Villanueva on Saturday at 9pm. The games take place on the sports field in colonia Salinas. 

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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, 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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February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

On Mondays & Thursdays there are poker tournaments at 6p at El Patio.

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  

February. 9 Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all the categories and guests.
Presentation of dance troupes (performances)
Dance to the music of the band "MegaBoom"
Town Square 8p

February 10
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

February 11
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval  Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Children's Afternoon of Fantasy
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval, Show of costumed characters, bouncy houses, Carnaval dance troupes, Children's costume contest.
Town Square 5p

Diversity Fantasy Night
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Carnaval Dance Troupes (performances)
Show of Transformismo
Town Square 8p

February 12
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Carnaval Monday
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Costume Contest for Adults
Comedy Show by international imitator Pierre David
Musical performance by "Michael Stuart & Jemanuel & los Panas de Venezuela"
Town Square 8p

 February 13
 Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Tuesday
Presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Burning of Juan Carnaval & the reading of his last Will & Testament
Dance to the music of the band "Super Lamas"
Town Square 8p




Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".


Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
 
  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   

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Feb. 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 FEBRUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

No new articles in the City section, except one with a video about a school dining area on the mainland providing healthy, tasty food for students.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


There is an article about buying presents for Valentines Day, which includes some prices such as: roses for 25 pesos each with arrangements of various prices up to 1350 pesos, stuffed animals for 350 pesos to more than 2000 pesos. Other available items included other types of flowers & arrangements, as well as cards and balloons. It is noted that some restaurants on Hidalgo offered live music to provide a romantic evening.



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Foreign tourist died 
Fallece turista extranjero. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   See yesterday's translations. It is assumed the American, Thomas William Wallis, 54, from Kansas, had a heart problem, which caused his death. He felt badly shortly after entering the water to go snorkeling near "El Farito", and was immediately brought back onto the catamaran. The captain immediately took the boat to shore, to the dock of the "Isla Mujeres" cooperative. They were unable to revive him, and he passed away around 11:45am. The cause of death will be determined by the Quintana Roo prosecutor's office, and the deceased's relative, Connie Wallis, was taking the first steps toward completing the procedures with Mexican authorities, so that the body can be transferred back to his place of origin for burial. 


Conflict intensifies 
Se recrudece conflictos.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     A resident of the 'irregular' colonia of La Guadalupana has generated conflict in the community because he wants to be awarded a lot that was intended to be a right of way, which was donated to facilitate access of the fire fighting vehicles after a fire affected several of the homes ('casas de cartón'), at that time.
    The issue intensified when a section of what was the Municipal Cemetery wall was removed, because the municipal authorities gave an access to the neighborhood of more than 100 meters long by 2.5 meter.
         Events took place on Monday night when men and women proceeded to tear down 10 meters of a wall, in order to connect the street "San Martin de Porres" with the new access. They want to recover lot #19 as a public access so that garbage trucks, gas trucks, and pumping trucks can maneuver through this narrowed access.
   The fisherman "Geovanny owns lot #18, but he wants to own #19, and the other residents will not allow it. They have asked for support from the police, to connect the new access thru the cemetery with the street "San Martin de Porres". Manuel Chulin and Edelmira Uh Escalante have said they have already told Geovanny to vacate the lot, and this is what the police are aware of, and if he does not act voluntarily, they will proceed to sue him collectively before the Public Ministry.
      They want peace
   Eventually he could be evicted if he doesn't correct his behavior, since lately he lacks respect for the children and adults of the community, threatening them, which is not suitable for a healthy coexistence in the community.  Other families say he has been looking for 12 years, but the property was donated by Don Amaya and he decided to occupy another one. This is recorded on video, and shown to authorities as proof. Now there is also a question about the 98 square meters that will be donated to the police to install their guardhouse.
    It is recalled that in 2005, the two hectare estate was occupied by more than 200 families, and it was later named La Guadalupana, and is a colonia that is in the process of regularization. (acquiring deeds). It currently has public lighting, potable water, and electricity. 
  
Businesses take out the trash at the wrong time
Negocios sacan la basura a destiempo. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Most of the information in this article has been translated already. The trash trucks were making five collections downtown between dawn and midnight to try and keep up with the increased amount of trash downtown. They experienced some delays, due to the traffic jams and detours associated with the dance troupes and parades. The head of Public Services acknowledged that there is a need for more vehicles and said they are attending to the colonias also, as quickly as possible. The street sweeping brigade has been attending to the tourism areas, but are not neglecting the colonias.

St. Valentine's Day: Beneficial for island merchants 
Benéfico Día de San Valentín para los comerciantes isleños[+] 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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February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

On Mondays & Thursdays there are poker tournaments at 6p at El Patio.

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  

February. 9 Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all the categories and guests.
Presentation of dance troupes (performances)
Dance to the music of the band "MegaBoom"
Town Square 8p

February 10
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

February 11
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval  Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Children's Afternoon of Fantasy
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval, Show of costumed characters, bouncy houses, Carnaval dance troupes, Children's costume contest.
Town Square 5p

Diversity Fantasy Night
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Carnaval Dance Troupes (performances)
Show of Transformismo
Town Square 8p

February 12
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Carnaval Monday
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Costume Contest for Adults
Comedy Show by international imitator Pierre David
Musical performance by "Michael Stuart & Jemanuel & los Panas de Venezuela"
Town Square 8p

 February 13
 Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Tuesday
Presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Burning of Juan Carnaval & the reading of his last Will & Testament
Dance to the music of the band "Super Lamas"
Town Square 8p




Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".


Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
 
  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