Monday, January 4, 2016

Isla Mujeres News & Events Monday, January 4

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
  Both issues of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Collection center for Christmas trees 

 De arbolitos de Navidad

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.-
See translation below in the City section 

Preparing new regulations for trash collection     

 De recolección de basura

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.-
      As part of the new measures being adopted since Isla Mujeres was designated as a Pueblo Magico, there will be new regulations for trash collection and mangement, prohibiting leaving garbage cans on the streets of Isla Mujeres, except those for public use.The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, explained that these regulations will also apply in the colonia neighborhoods, to avoid trash being spread around by stray animals, but will be stricter downtown where trash cans make a poor impression on tourists.
    The garbage trucks will pass by in the early mornings (la madrugada-the wee hours) on an established schedule. Those who don't comply with the collection schedules must keep their trash until the next pick up, and if their trash is left on the street, a fine may be imposed.

Worldwide promotional campaign by OVC: "Cancun & The Treasures of the Caribbean"

Confirma OVC que formará parte de la renovada campaña “Cancún y los Tesoros del Caribe”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de enero.- .
    Isla Mujeres will be part of an intense worldwide promotional campaign by the Cancun Convention and Visitors Center (OVC) in 2016, which will be featured at 28 international tourism conventions in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
      The five factors of the winter promotional campaign, called "Cancun and The Treasures of the Caribbean"  will target luxury tourism, gastronomy, groups and conventions, experiences, and sustainability. It was presented in November by the Office of the OVC, and features Puerto Morales, Isla Mujeres, and Holbox. Isla Mujeres has been designated as a "Pueblo Magico" and Holbox has been named as a "Pueblo con Encanto", which will attract tourists who want to learn about culture.
       The first convention will be the "New York Times Travel Show" on January 8-10, and then the European FITUR (International Tourism Fair) will be held Jan. 20-24 in Madrid, with a focus on beaches, sun, culture, and adventure. On the same dates, the Matka Expo Nordic Travel Fair will be held in Helsinki, Finland, and there will be a convention on Jan. 23 & 24 for pleasure travelers in Rosemont, Illinois.


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

Collection center & pick up for Christmas trees   

    Throughout the month of January, until February 10th, there will be a Collection Center and Curb Collection for Christmas Trees, which is an annual project of the municipal Department of Ecology, to prevent the natural Christmas trees from being thrown away and/or accumulating in empty lots. 
       The municipal Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, said people should set their trees out on the sidewalk on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for the collection 9am-11am. The Collection Center at the nursery of the Ecology Department at the Mundaca Hacienda will be open 9am-3pm. 
         He said the trees will be shredded to create mulch, which degrades into compost, and is used for reforestation of schools and municipal areas. He said the image of the island must be preserved by those who inhabit it, especially now that it is designated as a Pueblo Magico, and residents should take advantage of this service provided by the City thru the Department of Ecology. 

Take advantage of the property tax discount during January. 
Aprovecha el descuento del mes de enero en el pago del impuesto predial.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Ferries that exist in memories & in photos on the internet
Existen en la memoria e Internet . [+] Ver mas (Photo at link)
   Who doesn't remember crossing to Isla Mujeres on wooden boats such as  “Sultana del Mar”, “Blanca Beatriz”, “Carmita”, “Novia del Mar” y “Dama Elegante”? These boats exist only in memory and online, and only the first boat remains in the boatyard of the Magana-Carrillo family, and the others no longer exist. They stopped working two decades ago when they were replaced by the modern aluminum boats: Caribbean Island, Caribbean Lady, Caribbean Miss, Salvage and Princes. The popular boats Sultana del Mar and Blanca Beariz crossed the bay until their final moments, and were built by hand by Isla Mujeres artisans, such as the Burgos family.
    The first to serve that route, as told by the late Ariel "Picho" Magana, was the Elegant Lady, as well as the Novia del Mar and Carmita, which were not even 40 feet long. They brought food and supplies for the young, growing tourism industry. In the late 70's, a vehicular ferry was brought into service by the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) to handle the transfer of the increasing tonnes of cargo from Punta Sam. This was the first competition to the Magana ferries.


   The Magana-Carrillo brother, Arminda, Romeo, and Raul, (the last two died two years ago) invested large sums of money in the early 90s to renew their fleet in response to the growing tourism industry, although the wooden boats were in good condition, they could not move as many people as quickly, and their fate was sealed.
     With the change of government in Mexico in early 2000, where were changes in the laws concerning transportation and permits were released. In 2003, the Magana wooden boats Sultana del Mar and Blance Beatriz were sidelined, and the better boats of Ultramar arrived and began to dominate the business. The stories of the artisanal boats, which were once vital for the economic ans social growth or Isla Mujeres are shared on the Facebook group  Recuerdos de Isla Mujeres. Before there was a cargo ferry, a compact vehicle crossed on the boat Sultana del Mar.

    Elders in the community, and descendants of the founders, would like to have museum space dedicated to the eventual rescue and reconstruction of boats for permanent display, to enrich the cultural heritage of this destination. At the Magana family boatyard, the remains of the Sultana del Mar, can be seen, as well as others, that have collapsed from lack of maintenance. Foreigners who visit regularly recall these boats and write about the need to have a museum for boats that are a part of the identity and history of this place, and would be of interest to visitors. There is specific data on file with the historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid regarding the construction of the Sultana del Mar, which could supply the information for reconstruction, and one of those responsible for building it is still alive. This issue has gained attention since Isla Mujeres became a Pueblo Magico.

Shortages at the groceries 
Desabasto en el comercio [+] Ver mas
   There are four franchise chains established on the island, and many businesses turn to them for cuts of meat and other products, while others get their products from direct suppliers. The large numbers of tourist arriving to the island, has caused some shortages, and some products must be replenished from Cancun. Products that have been in short supply at times include ice, tomatoes, avocados, and lettuce, however this afternoon Chedruai had enough products to supply the general public.
       Juan Carabias Toledo, an employee at a small restaurant, said there have been times recently when he has had to visit more than one business to find what was needed for their customers. Residents in  La Gloria, Cañotal and Salina say the "tendejones" (smaller stores & vendors, I think) have also been unable to restock in a timely manner, and that in some cases, prices have risen, which is considered abusive to the consumer. The cargo ferry from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres has increased their crossings in response to the high demand.

  This blog is brought to you by....
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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 or hop on the bus. We also have room for 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. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

January events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
"Wolf Moon" or "Old Moon"

Jan. 23   6:46
Jan. 24   7:21
Jan. 25   8:13
Jan. 26   9:05
Jan. 27   9:55
Jan. 28  10:44
Jan  29  11:32
  During the month of January, folkloric dance costumes of Quintana Roo are on exhibition at the Casa de Cultura
Jan. 1   Sunrise event Punta Sur  Greeting New Year
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Jan. 6 Dia de los Reyes / King's Day    Commemorating the Magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Gifts are exchanged & this ends the Christmas holidays. DIF usually has a party & toy give-away. 

Jan. 7 Artist's Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
           Taste of Isla 5-7

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.