Monday, January 23, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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No increase in cargo ferry rates  

Descartan incremento a las tarifas en el ferry

Pese a gasolinazos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de enero.-
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Promoting Isla Mujeres

Predilecto en el Caribe

Se foralece Isla Mujeres como destino turìstico

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de enero.-
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

There are no new posts since Jan 21.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Cold Front #25 has arrived & the port is closed for small boats & trips to Isla Contoy. (This doesn't mean we've had 25 'nortes'...they are counted as they cross the Mx border & only some of them visit here.)
Ingreso del Frente Frío número 25 obliga al cierre de puerto a la navegación menor y viajes hacia Contoy

Although the deadline has passed for Islanders to submit their letters of assignment to the City, the SEDUVI agency (Secretary of Urban Development and Housing) will continue to accept the documents at their office in Cancun. The required documents are listed.  (This concerns a court case over property lots that will be assigned to holders of these documents on the mainland part of the municipality & involves documents originally issued during the administration of former Mayor Paulino, who was in office 2002-2005.).…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Preparing for an important festival on the island  
Preparan importante festejo en la isla.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
It is a little more than a month until the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Isla Mujeres by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, which took place in the first days of March, 1517. The program for the celebration of this event will be announced early next month. Parish priest Raul Sánchez Alonso is already preparing for the grand nautical procession from Isla Mujeres to the first convent in America, Boca Iglesia. The historians of the region have concluded that the city of Ekab, which that expedition referred to as "Great Cairo ", was located exactly at that place, near Cape Catoche, where the convent, Bocal Iglesia was built. It is currently being studied by the INAH.
The maritime procession will be held on March 4, which is the date they would have 'discovered' (avistado) Isla Mujeres, before these Spaniards fought with the Mayas at this port, which later led to occupation and domination, which led to depopulation and abandonment by the natives.
Spokesmen for the priest confirmed a few days ago that the preparations are being made and the municipal authorities are fully aware of these plans to carry out an event of this magnitude which could involve transporting at least 500 Catholics in small boats about 70 kilometers to Boca Iglesia. The trip would take about 100 minutes, and the last section is in the middle of mangroves.
On January 8, the Parish Council of the Catholic Church of Isla Mujeres began preparations to celebrate the arrival of the Catholic faith to this region, with a nautical procession that is larger than the traditional parochial processions in the Bay and to Isla Contoy National Park. Gilbran Mex, one of the Council members, said that the first planning meeting was held in December, and another this month, which were led by the priest Sr. Sanchez Alonso, who has been promoting this plan since November when he first announced it to the media.
Manifestation of Faith
This mobilization of Catholics aims to promote faith among young people and adults, as well as involvement in the history and with the process of rescuing the former convent by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), who first conducted studies in the mid 90s and investigations since then. This would occur within the framework of having the site officially declared as a National Cultural Heritage site, which would bring about the rescue of the whole property where it is located, whose land is in private hands.
It has been a year since barbed wire was installed to prevent access to the ruins, however the municipal authorities are already preparing all the permits and authorizations for the procession to be able to enter without a problem on the specified date.
Historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid said it is very important for everyone to know about these historical facts, for the future generations. He said he is not aware of how the planning for the celebrations is progressing. He has given several talks on this subject to the students and the general public in Isla Mujeres, as well as elsewhere. He has provided information to the Catholics to help carry out the planned procession.
According to historical data, islander fishermen brought the image of the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception from that Hispanic convent (Boca Iglesia) to Isla Mujeres a century ago, which is currently venerated every November-December. This image will, of course, lead the procession in March, which could give rise to a new tradition of the annual manifestation of faith in the future.
The municipal aspect of this event will include a public exhibition of photographs of the economic, social, sporting, and cultural activities of Isla Mujeres from the past century until today. As is known, this was a fishing village that exported turtle, fish, and lobster for many decades, and these photographs include images of these activities, as well as showing the natural landscape that existed in the 1950's and 1960's.
The exhibition could take place from March to May, because the celebrations will last three months. Photos and information about the upcoming event are already circulating on social networks.

Promoting Isla Mujeres as a favorite tourism destination 
IM, consolidada como destino turístico predilecto. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that Isla Mujeres is being promoted as a favorite tourism destination of the Mexican Caribbean. He said that the national and international tourists who arrive daily are the result of national and international promotional campaigns, but the effect of the presence of many tourists means the quality of the beaches and the natural environment must be preserved. He said that this administration is totally committed to tourism. As a result, at the beginning of this administration, at the Third National Pueblo Magicos Fair, the municipality was awarded the prize for "Development of the First Chain of Production" for being the first, among the 111 municipalities who are Pueblos Magicos, to meet this requirement for the program.
The Mayor said, "We are committed as a government to working to strengthen the main source of income for workers and the engine of our economy: tourism. For this reason, we maintain close working ties between the municipal, state and federal governments, generating strategies to increase the number of visitors that Isla Mujeres receives throughout the year. " He said that his government is working to improve competitiveness through quality services and by offering a wide range of options for entertainment, relaxation, and contact with nature.
Thanks to these measures at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, he explained, there was a significant increase in the percentage of visitors and hotel occupancy, as a result of the intense promotional campaigns for the island and its attractions.
It is expected that the promotion of the destination will increase this year, with a strong presence at tourist fairs both domestic and abroad, which are the main showcases to publicize the amenities and options offered by a holiday destination such as Isla Mujeres, which enjoys being a Pueblo Magico, with beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag and White Flag certification,and with first class tourist infrastructure and sites of interest without equal.

Cool weather arriving    
Por la tarde se empezó a sentir el frío . [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  At 5pm the first effects of Cold Front #24 began in the Yucatan Channel, which will affect the whole coast of Quintana Roo, according to the forecast of the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) and CONAGUA (National Water Commission. It brought winds of over  60 km/hr over the Gulf of Mexico, while in Isla Mujeres the winds was blowing from the south at 27 km/hr.
    Navigation by small boats was restricted to the Bay, and trips to Isla Contoy National Park were suspended. During the day, there were winds from the south-southeast at 30-35 km/hr with partly cloudy skies, but it didn't rain. There was no decrease in tourism arrivals, according to ferry personnel.  It is expected that the port will be closed for small boats on Monday, if the forecast is correct.

Women's March
   On Saturday afternoon, a "Women's March" was held in Isla Mujeres by several Americans and those of other nationalities who visit for the winter, accompanied by some local people, in protest over Donald Trump taking over the Presidency of the United States.
     Several dozen women and men took Carlos Lazo Street,  across Playa Norte, down Adolfo Lopez Mateos and Guerrero Avenue to the Town Square. People from Canada, Britain, Germany, and Great Britain gave their support for equal rights for women in the United States. Obviously they are against the politics of Trump.
    Cuban Vivian Reinaldo explained that they are opposed to the President for what he represents.  She said, "From here we are supporting all the women who are marching around the world." They carried signs that said "Equal Rights for Everyone", among other statements about the policies the tycoon who is in power in that country to the north.
 (Editor's note: This small protest in Isla Mujeres on Saturday resulted in an article in the Huffington Post (LINK), while photos of it have received 23,000 likes and a video received over 51,000 likes on the FB site Pantsuit Nation (and they received ~900 and ~1100 comments, respectively). This may have exceeded the Skate Park Fiasco for receiving the most attention in the English language press for a small protest in Isla Mujeres. )

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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