|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 are here,
featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
Treasurer encourages residents to take advantage of property tax discounts
Tesorería municipal hace llamado a contribuyentes para cumplir en tiempo y forma con pago de predial
ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 18 de diciembre.-
ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 18 de diciembre.-
The discount of 25 percent will remain in force throughout the current month for payment of 2017 property tax. From January 1 to 31 it will be 15%, and from February 1 to 28 it will be 10%. The 50% discount will be available exclusively to disabled people, retirees and pensioners with an INAPAM credential, and members of the following unions: High School, SNTE, Mexican Postal Service, FSTSE and Telecom-Telegraph.
The Municipal Treasurer invites taxpayers, who have not yet done so, to take advantage of December discount of 25% for the prepayment of 2017 property taxes, and to catch up on any back taxes. Payment of taxes helps the municipal government provide quality public services, to abate old lags in the collection, transportation and management of trash, to improve public spaces and keep them clean, to improve public lighting, and for the public works of high social impact which are planned. In order to provide better services to taxpayers a module has been set up in front of the Town Hall.
Increased monitoring of boats during holidays
Confirma capitán de Puerto con motivo de las vacaciones
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
Ten agents from the Training Trust for the staff of the National Merchant Navy (FIDENA) are assisting with monitoring that the boat crews have proper documents, that the boats have the required safety equipment and that passengers are wearing life vests, and that capacity limits are respected..
They began helping the Harbor Master with these responsibilities on Saturday, for the holiday season, at Isla Mujeres, at Puerto Juarez, and in the Bay. There area about 1000 boats registered in Isla Mujeres of which 350 are in the tourist recreational industry, about 250 are fishing boats, and the rest are privately owned. It is noted that the Harbor Master's office is closed for processing administrative procedures from December 23 to January 12.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
We remember a politician and businessman who now lives in our hearts. We celebrate the birth of Ausencio Magaña Rodriguez.
Recordamos a un político y comerciante que ahora vive en nuestros corazones. Celebramos el natalicio de Ausencio Magaña Rodríguez.
We appreciate the effort that every immigrant makes to improve their quality of life. Today we celebrate the International Day of the Immigrant #díainternacionaldelinmigrante.
Reconocemos el esfuerzo que cada inmigrante hace con tal de mejorar su calidad de vida. Hoy celebramos el #DíaInternacionalDelInmigrante.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Benefit for fishermen
Beneficio para pescadoresd.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The newly created Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean will not affect the 21 fishing cooperatives along the coast. On the contrary, it will benefit them, because there will be an opportunity to regularize all the members & to rid the area of the hundreds of poachers operating in northern Quintana Roo, according to the president of the Federation of Cooperatives, Baltazar Gómez Catzín.
The vast majority of seafarers associated with the cooperatives accepted this proposal, with the knowledge that there will be no restriction to their areas of work. There will be nothing new for the measures that already exist regarding the current boundaries of the 14 Protected Natural Areas (ANP's) that are currently in operation, and with the large reserve that the President has just declared involving all these sites.
On December 5, at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a decree to declare four regions as Protected Natural Areas: The Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean, the Sierra de Tamaulipas, the Deep Mexican Pacific, and the Pacific Islands.
According to the Mexican government, the objective of this declaration of Protected Areas, is the conservation and restoration of our natural heritage. "Protected areas are terrestrial or aquatic parts of the national territory representative of the various ecosystems, where the original environment has not been essentially altered and they produce ecological benefits that are increasingly recognized and valued."
The Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean represents 50% of the Mesoamerican Reef System. The Biosphere Reserve area is located offshore of the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar, and Othón P. Blanco.
It involves 14 reserves located along the coast of Quintana Roo (6 national parks, 4 biospheres, and one area of protection for flora and fauna). The total surface area of these marine and terrestrial environments is 5,662,859.1 hectares, which is nearly the same size as Quintana Roo, according to a CONANP study.
The main production by the fishing industry includes the following species in the following amounts during the period 2004-2010: Octopus with 4,200 tons in 10 years; Grouper with 1300 tons; Sea Cucumber with 150 tons; Lobster with 150 tons; Rubia and Villajalba with 80 tons; Rubio with 65 tons; Snapper with 29 tons; and Bib with 92 tons. This generated more than 120 million pesos, according to the figure presented by Conanp, in its justification of this project.
However, annual production has been reduced, due to over-exploitation of the resources, poaching, and natural effects due to the damage of their shelters and habitat by hurricanes, as well as the human influence of destroying its habitat. such as has occurred in the northern part of Quintana Roo .
Baltazar Gómez Catzín estimates that there are 40 percent of fishermen are poachers in comparison to the others who are members of cooperatives throughout the state. He says these poachers are located mostly in the areas near (cays) of Isla Mujeres and along the coast of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas. That is why he believes that with the establishment of that large reserve. those men will soon be expelled.
Fourth reelection contested
Impugnación de la cuarta reelección. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The seven candidates who opposed Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez "El Wato" in the Isla Mujeres taxi union election have confirmed that there will be an appeal regarding the fourth re-election of "Wato" in his bid to extend his term as General Secretary to 15 years.
An interview was conducted with Miguel Chan, Julio Osorio, Manuel Valdés and Darwin García who agreed that they have become united against Wato to reverse the process by appealing to the JLCA (Local Conciliation and Arbitration Board) on the basis that he cannot continue in his position by violating the union statutes.
In agreement, Jose Magana reported that he has all that is necessary to follow the legal processes in order to hold another election
. Amada Hernandez was contacted by phone, expressed the same position as the others, saying that what her ex-husband did last night was not democratic, that he bought loyalty, he threatened to take away plates (taxi concessions), and he repressed others. In response to a direct question, she said that three years ago, when they were still married, she advised him to step aside, that his third reelection would be illegal, but he stubbornly ignored her. She said, "This is why we are fighting to bring democracy to the office of Secretary General, which no longer exists." Regarding Wato's alleged mismanagement, she replied "He is not transparent. He thinks he owns the union and does not roles of others in the organization." She was appointed as Secretary of the Interior, but she never exercised that responsibility, especially after they separated as spouses.
During the statements by Wato, he would not give the microphone to Amanda Hernandez, when she wanted to respond. A written statement was presented by Miguel Chan, questioning the process. He was there only as an observer, as well as the members of his group, as they had previously announced.
In the voting, former Mayor Jorge Martinez Pena was about to win, over the supporters of Peniche, lacking less than 30 votes, of the ~260 voters who expressed their choice, but the vast majority of those present, both inside and outside of the facility (who did not enter) remained silent.
The opponents of Wato said they interpret this as an indication that Sr. Peniche Rodriguez, "No longer has the support of the people, he has lost mathematically and we estimate that two thirds are against him, which is why he resorts to trickery to continue for three more years, but we doubt the JCLA will allow this."
The 'egos' of some of the candidates prevented them from having a frank dialogue before the election and coming to agreements then, but now with this scenario, it seems they may align themselves to make a legal challenge and appeal the election, which they confirmed in response to a direct question. They do not believe JCLA will allow Sr. Peniche to take office on January 5th, due to violations of the union statutes.
According to the videos, it appears that a minority of the people raised their hands in support of Wato, in violation of the statutes, since the announcement said there would be a secret ballot with a list of candidates. No voting boxes were installed and no list was presented, and this is how he won his previous terms.
Double defeat in basketball for Cahuameros
Doble derrota para Cahuameros en baloncestor.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The basketball team Cahuameros Nueva Generación, who are coached by Larry Parra, lost to the team "Modelo" with scores of 92-95 in the first game and 74-84 in the second game. They played on the court of Merida Tecnologico, which was the scene of a tough confrontation, and these losses will complicate the aspirations of the islanders to reach the top of the Major Basketball League of Quintana Roo.
The previous week, they won two games against Cozumel at the Isla Mujeres. Convention Center. The team will be more dangerous in upcoming competitions because they do not want to move farther away from first place.
Soccer champions: Trilanda
In the municipal soccer league tournament, the powerful team "Trilanda" won on Saturday night against Izamar with a score of 4-0, at the field in colonia Salina. Third place was won by the Novatos in a penalty situation with Real City, after they had tied during the regular game with each team scoring three goals.
Now there will be a recess and the league will be ready for the beginning of 2017, when there will be a new announcement for increased and improved competitions between players, including the many young people who will join the participating teams, according to Oswaldo Pinzon, league director.
|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. 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.
The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.
Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
On the Town Square
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Dec. 1 Thursday
12p Horse procession
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.
Dec. 2 Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square
Dec. 3 Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square
Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square
Dec. 5 Monday
7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
Entorno dance troupe at Town Square
Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint
Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
“Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square
Dec. 8 Thursday Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura
Dec. 10 Saturday 8p
Dec. 11 Sunday Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.
Dec 12 Monday Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint.
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses. Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.
Moon rise over the Caribbean
|Dec. 13 6:12 Full Moon|
Dec. 14 7:13
Dec. 15 8:15
Dec. 16 9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10
Painting by Pam Haase
Dec. 15, Thursday
4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, music, food, craft beer
Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.
Dec. 17 Saturday 5:30p Resident parade of decorated golf carts thru the colonias, tossing candy & toys
Dec. 18 Sunday 8p Noches Magicas on the Town Square
Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice
This is a holiday play with black humor, in Spanish.
You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6. Currently the DIF is collecting blankets, coats, and other warm items for residents in need in the Continental Zone on the mainland.
Dec. 22 Thursday Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura. Art, music, food, craft beer
Dec. 24 Saturday Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.
Dec. 25 Sunday Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day The first ferries may be suspended. No Noches Magicas performances.
Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available
Dec. 28 Wednesday Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Dec. 29 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de Cultura. Art, food, craft beer, music.
Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled