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Nautical activity resumes with improving weather conditions
Al mejorar condiciones del clima
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-
The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that despite low temperatures, activity was resumed at 8am today in the lagoon area, by El Farito area, and in the Bay, at 8am today, with restrictions on smaller vessels going into the open sea or Isla Contoy, as well as restricting the small diving and sport fishing boats. Cold Front #20 caused strong winds from the Northeast, of 25 to 30 km/hr, causing waves of three meters in height in coastal waters. He expects the low temperatures will continue, as well as the large waves, restricting trips to Isla Contoy and for commercial or sport fishing, but he didn't specify for how many days.
Students return to classes without incidents
Mayor works to provide security for island children
"The safety of our children is very important for us, the City of Isla Mujeres, and through the Municipal Department of Public Security and Traffic, we work to maintain constant vigilance outside the schools, so parents are assured that their children will return home safely, "said the Mayor.
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that they will continue working to protect not only the children, but also all the citizens, both on the Island and in the Continental Zone, so that families can count on a safe municipality.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Advisory for the student community (Regarding scholarship programs based on economic need and on academic excellence.)
Atento aviso a la comunidad estudiantil.
You are cordially invited to the swearing in of Paola Orrico de Carrillo as honorary, volunteer president of the DIF of Isla Mujeres, at the Convention Center on Wednesday at 4:30pm
Están cordialmente invitados este miércoles 11 de enero a la toma de protesta del voluntariado de la familia #DIFIslaMujeres encabezado por la Sra. Paola Orrico de Carrillo como presidenta honoraria.
Working together for a cleaner Isla Mujeres
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Cold Front #20 paralyzed nautical activity in Isla Mujeres for boats under 40 feet
The port remained closed for boats under 40 feet after it was closed on Saturday at 2pm by the Harbor Master, due to effects of Cold Front #20, which caused people to wear coats with temperatures dropping to 22 degrees (~71F). He said navigation was restricted because there were gusting winds over 60km/hr in the afternoon and night.
Student absenteeism due to cold front
Due to low temperatures recorded on Monday as a result the cold front number 20, half of the students were not able to attend school, registering as absenteeism rate of up to 50 percent. Elizabeth Tum Balam, principal of the school "Andres Quintana Roo" explained for this return to classes, the cold caused serious problems, with many children not coming.
She said this occurred as a consequence of the cold, as well as some children having not returned from their vacations. Sra. Tum Balam said that of 400 students that attend the primary school, only 200 attended, but tomorrow every one is expected to be present with normal classes.
On Monday, January 9th classes resumed all around Mexico, but the low temperatures caused many to not return on the first day of school 2017.
Passenger traffic decreased
The Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) confirmed that the passenger traffic to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam decreased by 50 percent compared to the last day of the year. At the end of the there, there was significant passenger traffic, with statistics surpassing 24,000 passengers per day, but during this cold weather, the number dropped to little over 11,000.
APIQRoo acknowledged that the statistics fluctuate depending on the vacation season, and although they have now decreased by 50 percent, these numbers are expected to increase in February with the arrival of foreign tourists.
The "migration" of tourists from the United States and Canada began in November and December, but it will be increased in the next three weeks with recurring cold weather in those areas of North America. Ultramar company representatives say that fortunately they are able to provide extra crossing to resolve the long lines that regularly occur at this time of year.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Port partially reopened for small boats
Reapertura parcial del puerto+] Ver masFull article at this link
Jan. 9 The port was partially reopened on Monday for small boats, when the intensity of the northeastern winds from Cold Front 21 decreased, according to the Harbor Master. After 10am, boats under 40 feet were allowed to transport tourists to the recreational areas of El Farito, Sac-bajo, Cruz de la Bahía, Los Manchones, Musa and Garrafón. The small boats had been restricted to port since Saturday afternoon, when the 'norte' front arrived, that also lowered temperatures, which will continue tonight (it did), but on Tuesday the smaller boats may be able to go into the open seas (I doubt that, there are a lot of whitecaps & large waves off the east coast at noon, with sunshine & clear skies..), such as the fish and lobster fishermen, the sports fishermen, and the scuba diving boats.
Meanwhile, the presence of tourism around the isle, both on land and at sea, has become more normalized, with hotels reporting high levels of occupancy and their guests are out enjoying the beaches. A weather report is given for, saying weather was expected to improve on Tuesday.
Marked absenteeism when resuming classes
Marcado ausentismo al reanudar clasesVer masFull article at this link
There was marked absenteeism among the 4000 students resuming classes at the basic level (kinder through middle school) on Monday in Isla Mujeres, with cold temperatures caused by cold front #21. Educational authorities estimated that absenteeism was ab about 20 percent and attendance is expected to be back to normal on Tuesday. The next school holiday period is from April 10 to 21, but in reality the students will be free from Saturday April 8 until Sunday the 23rd.
In the case of the high schools students at Bachilleres, they began their vacations earlier on Saturday December 17 and it ended on January 1st, according to their school calendar. The total number of students at all levels in Isla Mujeres already exceeds 5000 (this includes the mainland schools, which the last part of the article notes are in need of expansion.)
Increased security at the schools
Estrecha vigilancia en las escuelas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See DQR section above.
|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, Bahama Mama, 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.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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
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
Jan. 12 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music
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.