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Renovation of 1.5 kilometers of streetlights along the Caribbean coastal road LINK
In order to provide the citizens of the municipality with public services in optimal condition and greater security, the City of Isla Mujeres, headed by mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, carried out the repair of 1.5 kilometers of street lights on the road that runs from Garrafón Park along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, from the vicinity of Punta Sur to the municipal cemetery, near the colonia "La Gloria".
This was achieved thanks to the efforts of the municipal president, with support from the federal government via the Fund for Municipal Social Infrastructure (FISM), with a total investment of 442 thousand pesos.
The director of Public Works, Cesar Poot Perez, said that the work consisted of the placement of 38 LED lights with clamps and galvanized screws, and 165 meters of 8 mm copper cable, as well as a 45 KVA transformer near the Trash Transfer Station, which also provides service to the facility.
The Mayor said, "One of the fundamental commitments of this administration is to have increased and improved public services, and public lighting is essential to ensure the safety of those who pass through these streets. Thanks to the work of various municipal agencies today we can deliver this great work that directly benefits those who live in this area of Punta Sur."
"All members of this administration are very grateful to the citizens for the trust placed in our work. It has been important to carry out public works and actions with high social impact throughout the municipality, both in the island and the Continental Zone," said the Mayor.
With better illuminated streets, the island families and visitors will feel more confident about traveling through them, therefore the City is committed to continuing to work at fulfilling all the commitments made for the benefit of the citizens of Isla Mujeres
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
VIDEO from the Nani Namu performance
VIDEO from the caravan for Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in La Gloria VIDEO from the caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Caribe fishing cooperative reopens commercial property LINK
The fishermen of the cooperative "Caribe" are still seeking to resolve soon the legal problem they face with their former tenant, and meanwhile they decided to reopen the premises yesterday, as a souvenir shop. Although there is no official information about the progress of the legal process, it is known that this remains in the hands of lawyers. There is a disagreement concerning the federal zone concession between fishermen and their tenant, Martin Trejo Manzano, who ran the Minino's restaurant on the site for many years. This led to the fishermen taking possession nearly six months ago and cancelling the contract, causing the closure of the restaurant.
Renovation of 1.5 kilometers of streetlights along the Caribbean coastal road LINK
Today (Thursday) the Caravan in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, starts at the (downtown) church and will tour the main colonias of Isla Mujeres.
Mass of the mañanitas at 9:30. The dance starts at 10:30p.
Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez made public the call for the election of the president of the Union of Taxi Drivers, "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz", which as anticipated will be secret and open to all who wish to participate.
The call is open: Wato
The Taxi union election will be held Dec. 16 at 4pm, and the forms should be ready for registration on Monday. Those interested in succeeding Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez as leader of the taxi union are Miguel Ángel Chan, José Magaña Galué, and Juan Carlos Farías, among others. The current leader, "Wato" said all candidates are welcome and in response to a question he said he is supporting Jose Magana. He said that there will be a democratic process and that the decision of the union members in the next assembly will be respected.
Mr. Peniche Rodríguez said that he will remain in office until the beginning of January, but will remain as leader of the Single Front of Drivers / Frente Único de Trabajadores del Volante (FUTV),(FUTV), until that position expires in 2020, although he has also advanced his aspirations to seek the municipal presidency of Isla Mujeres. LINK
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Two candidates for taxi union president
Dos candidatos por la dirigencia de taxistas .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Construction begins on new hotel
Inicia construcción de nuevo hotelVer masFull article at this link
After several months of delay, work began a few days ago on a condominium complex on the property that was formerly the legendary hotel Perla del Caribe, along the eastern malecon, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Laborers are currently working at the northern part of Madero Street, which meets the malecon, where there will be several floors of construction, occupying an area of about 1000 square meters.
At one time, Mr. Álvaro Gutiérrez, former owner of the property, had expressed an interest in renovating the hotel, with a business association, but eventually sold the property for construction of fewer condominium units than the number of hotel rooms that the Perla del Caribe had. Guests who had stayed at the hotel enjoyed its majestic views of cruise ships and cargo ships passing by in the Yucatan channel of the Caribbean Sea, with its unparalleled beauty.
The Perla de Caribe is the third old hotel to be renovated this year. The first was the Hotel Berny, which fully reactivated its service in 2017, after two decades of paralysis reportedly caused by internal problems in the Yucatecan family that manages it. The second former hotel property overlooks the sea (the Bay), which was sold by the Galué family, and two months ago demolition of the hotel was completed. All indications are that a luxurious property is about to be constructed, by the summer of 2018.
According to the opinions of members of several island families who hosted the first wave of domestic and foreign tourists in the 1960s and 70s, the process of modernization of the previous hotel infrastructure has started with foreign investment; and although some family hotels strive to be updated, they lack enough capital to compete economically with much more powerful entrepreneurs.
March against violence toward women
Marcha contra la violencia de género[+] Ver masFull article at this link
See yesterday's translations
Adjusting buoy line for the protection of swimmers
Boyado para protección de los bañistas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See yesterday's translations
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
|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, 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.
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Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Which include a small carnival, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square (which start at 8p), and a boat procession on Dec. 8th, as well as private celebrations by the 20+ groups involved in the festivities. The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, starting at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway, where there will be cowboy-horse performances. Events at the ring begin at 6:30 except Nani Namu.
The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.
Fri & Sat. Dec 1 & 2 M.C. Mala Noche will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 11 am on Saturday and at Playa Centro on Sunday with live music, competitions, and other fun activities.
Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila
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
Full moon Sun. Dec. 3
|Dec. 3 6:30|
Dec. 4 7:30
Dec. 5 8:33
Dec. 6 9:37
Dec. 7 10:39
Dec. 8 11:39
Thurs. Dec. 7 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Fri. Dec. 8 at 4:30pm Christmas Youth Lightning Tournament on the Comex soccer court for Futbol Rapido soccer, in colonia Salina Chica.
Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Mon. Dec.11 There will be a gathering in the evening at the coastal chapel dedicated to Guadalupe in Salina Chica, probably with Mariachis, to sing Las Mañanitas and honor her.
Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,
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).
Thurs. Dec.14 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
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'.
Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Thurs. Dec. 21 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 21 Winter Solstice
Sat. Dec. 23 5:30p - 8:30p Golf Cart Parade with residents tossing toys & treats to children
Sun. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Usually the last ferry is cancelled and some businesses may be closed, especially in the evening, while families celebrate together.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.
Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Usually the first ferry is cancelled.
Thurs. Dec.28 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 28 Wednesday Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Sun. Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.Noches Magicas will probably be 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 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.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres