Thursday, February 23, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 23

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **

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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Good earnings expected during Carnaval: Mayor Juan Carrillo  

Buenas ganancias

Durante el Carnaval, garantiza Juan Carrillo

Cecilia SOLIS

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de febrero.-    
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See translation in the City section below...

Strong north winds caused interruption of car ferry service 

Cunde riesgo en ferry

A causa de fuerte viento del Norte

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de febrero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link

   For the second time this year, car ferry service was suspended to Punta Sam which is uncommon. The strong North winds were more intense at the Punta Sam terminal since it does not have the same kind of natural protection as in Isla Mujeres, where the terminal is protected by the Bay. At 12:30pm on Wednesday, the ferry Sergio Aguilar Gracia was having difficulty maneuvering at the dock of the Punta Sam terminal, which was done successfully with the help of a winch located there. There were no incidents with the vehicles or cargo, and the management decided to suspend service, to avoid risking any mishaps.


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

Thanks to the good promotion of this destination a high level of hotel occupancy is expected this weekend on the island 
During Carnaval weekend, 95% hotel occupancy is expected in Isla Mujeres, with the arrival of regional tourists taking advantage of the long weekend to relax and enjoy this holiday. Traditionally, residents of Valladolid, Cancún, Chetumal, Mérida and other neighboring cities visit for a mini vacation, contributing to a 10% increase in the visitors vacationing on the island. The current hotel occupancy rate is at 85 percent thanks to the visitors from the US and Canada who spend long periods on the isle to escape the cold winter weather in their countries, often visiting year after year. These repeat tourists are attracted by the climate, the easy access to beaches & points of interest, and the atmosphere of tranquility that is a way of life here, which makes this a Pueblo Magico and a unique place in the Mexican Caribbean.
     The Mayor said that it is important to emphasize that it is important to the municipal government to continue with the traditions and festivities that identify Isla Mujeres, as is the case with Carnival, encouraging the participation and enjoyment of the island families, as it is also an attraction for this destination to increase the number of visiting tourists.
   The Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2017 will take place Feb 24-28 with various free activities for the whole family, with performances by the dance troupes, coronation of the kings and queens, live music on the Town Square, and parades on Rueda Medina.

City Council approves important agreements in favor of islanders
  The City Council of Isla Mujeres unanimously approved several agreements on issues of transparency, municipal development, ecology, and seeking better benefits for islander families. A collaboration agreement was signed with the Ministry of Public Management for collaboration with transparency and the fight against corruption. An agreement was signed for participation in the Program for Municipal Development. A unanimous vote was made in favor of the creation of the Animal Care and Welfare Regulation (Reglamento del Cuidado y Bienestar Animal) which is an important step for the municipality in the management of pets. A report was given about water and sanitation services on the island and in the Continental Zone by an Aguakan representative.

The City of #islamujeres invites you to participate in the tournament of volleyball and football women that will take place on Saturday March 11th at 9:00 am on the rapid soccer field in Colonia La Gloria.
El H. Ayuntamiento de #IslaMujeres te invita a participar en el Torneo de Volibol y Fútbol Femenil que se llevará a cabo el sábado 11 de marzo a las 9:00 am en la cancha de fútbol rápido de la colonia La Gloria.

There is a video of the Artist Fair that says.... In Isla Mujeres art & local culture are promoted & encouraged. One of the featured events for tourists is the Fair of Art & Flavor / Feria del Arte & Sabor. Every Thursday at 4pm outside the Casa de la Cultura where hundreds of tourists and local residents enjoy examples of handicrafts, paintings, and food that is regional, national, and international, as well as live music and products that are made islander entrepreneurs, and much more.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Hotel occupancy of 95% expected for Carnaval weekend…/

The Harbor Master closed the port for navigation by small boats due to strong winds from cold front #29…/

Car ferry crossings to Punta Sam were suspended…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Many golf cart 'pirates'
Infinidad de carros de golf piratas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Owners of some golf cart rental agencies are complaining that "piracy" has increased with more and more carts being rented without plates, with private plates, or with only one plates, when they come in pairs. They also anonymously allege that there has been unfairness regarding SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) not treating all companies equally, and regarding some agencies having an increased number of carts.
       They also complain about the opening of at least five new rental agencies in recent years. It was said the number of units wouldn't be increased but the official number has gone from 600 golf carts to 800, and there are estimates that there are actually more than 1000 carts being rented, in addition to all the private carts. It has also been said that recent administrations wouldn't allow plating of more private carts, but that was not enforced by that government, nor the ones that followed, probably because of many complaints. It is noted that many islanders and foreign residents have made golf carts their usual means of transport and use them for transportation in their daily routines and chores.
   Those who are complaining  say that SINTRA and the municipal Transit department (traffic police) should make a census of each and every cart on the island and corroborate the numbers with the concessions granted to the agencies, and immobilize any cart that lacks plates, that only has one plate, or is being as a rental with private plates. The plates come in pairs, with one to be put on the front and one on the back, but some agencies divide one set between two different carts. There have been promises since the days of former mayor Paulino Adame Torres that no more golf cart permits would be granted.

Everything is ready for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2017  
Todo listo para el arranque del Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2017 [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This article has the Carnaval schedule, which is below in the events section. It also notes that Isla Mujeres will participate in the 4th edition of the Expo Adventure in Merida on Feb 25 & 26. They will be promoting nautical services such as diving, sports fishing, snorkeling, swimming with the whale sharks, and the Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana" which will be held May 19-21. It was also announced that the Whale Shark Festival X will be held July 20-23 with various activities, including environmental education workshops and lectures on marine biology.

Cold front shuts down activities  
Frente frío cierra actividades] Ver masFull article at this link
  As expected, the Isla Mujeres port was closed for small boats on Tuesday at 8pm due to strong winds from Cold Front #29, which gusted up to 50 kilometers per hour. In the early morning hours on Wednesday, snorkeling tours were allowed to El Farito and the lagoon area, and then these activities were suspended at midday. It is noted that the car ferry crossings were suspended after the ferry arrived at 12:25p and had difficulty docking due to the increased winds.

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

Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom

Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: )
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Photos by Bruce from Carnaval 2015

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

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

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