Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 22

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

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

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

City offers 10% discount on property taxes in February  

Comuna ofrece descuento

Del 10% en predial, durante el presente mes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See City section below.


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

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the 10% discount for payment of 2017 property taxes in February, before this discount program is over at the end of the month. Property taxes can be paid at the Town Hall (Palacio Municipal) Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm (and locations are given for the mainland residents).

T ' aan maya antal jun uts!
Language is one of the pillars on which a culture is supported, particularly being the vehicle of the acquisition and transmission of the indigenous world view, their knowledge and cultural values, therefore, to speak Mayan is a virtue!
¡T’aan maaya antal jun uts!
El idioma es uno de los pilares, sobre los cuales se sostiene la cultura, siendo en particular el vehículo de la adquisición y transmisión de la cosmovisión indígena, de sus conocimientos y valores culturales, por ello, ¡hablar maya es una virtud!
T ' aan maya antal jun uts!

The Institute of Sports and Recreation, in coordination with the COJUDEQ, invite island residents to participate in these courses of handball and soccer.

On this day in 1910, the Mexican Red Cross was founded, an institution dedicated to working for the citizens of our nation.
Un día como hoy, pero de 1910, fue fundada la Cruz Roja Mexicana, una institución dedicada a trabajar en favor de la ciudadanía de la nación.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Last chance to take advantage of economic stimulis for renewal of licenses for Alcoholic Beverages before March, when there will be fines and surcharges
Último exhorto para aprovechar estímulos en renovación de la Licencia de #BebidasAlcohólicas Apartir de marzo habrá multas y recargos


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Cooperatives will receive their lobster permits  
Por fin recibirán sus concesiones d.. [+] Ver mas

 After a year of working with provisional permits for catching lobster, on Wednesday permits will be delivered to four to eight cooperatives of the 18 in Quintana Roo who capture lobster. At the port of Mazatlan, permits will be given to the cooperatives: “Cozumel”, “Langosteros del Caribe”, “José María Azcorra” and “Vigía Chico”, while Justicia Social, of Isla Mujeres, will receive theirs on March 15.
  It is noted that all the lobster traps must be out of the ocean no later than February 28th.  The president of the Social Justicia cooperative said they are going to invest about 400,000 pesos in building 180 new traps. The frames cost about 120,000 pesos, the mesh costs about 200,000 pesos, and the cables and buoys cost another 80,000, for a total of at least 400,000 pesos. 

Port reopened for small boats   
Abren de nuevo el puerto a la navegación menor.. [+] Ver mas
 On Sunday at 9pm, the port was closed for boats under 40 feet in length, which continued all day Monday. It was reopened for general navigation on Tuesday at 8:30, but it could be closed again for small boats if the winds increase.  Many of the fishermen have been in port for about six days, since they travel out to waters where the swell is greater.  (A norte blew in and the wind increased, as did the whitecaps on the Mar Caribe.)
   Good weather has prevailed for those visiting the beaches, with temperatures of 27 degrees which feel like 29 degrees Celsius. (81F & 84 F), and there were many domestic and foreign tourists.

Excellent times in Isla Mujeres 
Se vive uno de los mejores momentos [+] Ver mas
   Overall hotel occupancy is at 85 percent and is expected to rise to at least 95% during Carnaval, which is one of the best times in Isla Mujeres. It is expected that this percentage may be maintained or even increase, until the Easter holidays when it is expected to reach nearly 100 percent. On Tuesday the HIM (Hotels Isla Mujeres) group reported 78% occupancy while the group Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes reported 92 percent for an overall occupancy rate of 85 percent. During the first half of February, the overall occupancy was 84 percent, which broke down at 78% for HIM and 90% for the small hotel group.
    Isla Mujeres has managed to position itself as a tourist destination of national and international preference and little by little it has stopped being the backyard of Cancun. Various people in the tourist industry say occupancy on the weekends would be higher, as would the number of day visitors, if ferry prices were more affordable. For a family of four, who are from Quintana Roo and remember their voter credential, the total is 584 pesos. While it is true that there is another ferry option for 50 pesos per person, its crossings are much less often. One small hotelier said, "In reality, what we need is another ferry company. Years ago, families and couples from Cancun came and spent the weekend on the island, staying in hotels, renting golf carts, and eating in restaurants, but now they have to chose whether to rent a cart or to eat out."
    A good presence of tourists was seen downtown browsing the souvenir stores, shopping in the convenience stores, and walking the beaches, as well as touring the island in golf carts and visiting the places of interest.
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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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