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Due to the natural currents of the sea relocation of the buoy at Playa Centro and Playa Norte was done, in order to maintain the well-being of the swimmers. LINK VIDEO
The Buoy line at Playa Centro had to be relocated, because the currents added so much beach (by "Playa Sol", near the former Sergios Restaurant) that the buoys ended up on the beach. They can't be placed farther out, because that's where the Navigation Channel is, for the car ferry & other boats. The beach gained 6 meters (20ft), and it is noted that this is a natural occurrence, posing no danger to the swimmers.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Marinsa ferry offered free crossings on Monday LINK
The crossings took about 50 minutes, between the island and Puerto Juarez.. Personnel with the company said they expect to be in operation before Dec. 15. Marinsa has two boats of 120 feet by 21 feet with a capacity for 150 people, with a climate-controlled VIP area with bathrooms for 50 passengers, and in its larger area is a space for cargo and suitcases. Their ticket office is at the far right of API, but the company hasn't released information about its rates.
Successful performance at the bullring by the comedy troupe "Moloch de Wiros" LINK
Events continue thru Dec 12.
New trash collection schedule to be announced LINK
Leaflets will be distributed to all the downtown businesses advising them to avoid putting trash out after 10am. The new collection schedule will begin Dec. 15th. Businesses are advised not to have trash out at the curb between 11am and 7pm. There will be an awareness campaign to help people become accustomed to the new system, which will also take place in the colonias.
During the service tests, Marinsa boat company offered free trips on Monday. See the inside of the boat VIDEO
Fishermen continue to suffer from poor weather LINK
The port has been closed for small boats since Thursday, and remnants of Cold Front #14 continue to cause problems for the fishermen who have not been at sea for at least four days. The President of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gomez Catzin said this season has not been as bad as many expected, and they hope it will improve as a result of these cold fronts. (They cause the lobster to migrate along the seabed, making them easier to catch.)
VIDEO inviting the public to the Talk with the Governor event
According to the National Water Commission (Conagua), cool temperatures are expected to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a slight increase in minimum temperatures is expected on Thursday. On Wednesday the minimum values would vary between 12.0 and 16.0 degrees Celsius in Yucatan, between 13.0 and 17.0 degrees in Campeche and from 14.0 to 18.0 degrees in Quintana Roo.LINK
Repairs continue to the underwater electrical line LINK
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) continues to repair one of the four old underwater lines that supply electricity to the entire island. Although it has not been confirmed officially, it was possible to find out that the repairs that began today, are being done as a result of damage suffered last Friday in one of the lines, which caused a general blackout.
These cables were installed more than 30 years ago and according to some specialists, the service life has ended, however, no change is expected in the main lines. It is noted that there was a general blackout in January that lasted ~15 hours, and entrepreneurs want the state electrical agency to attend to maintaining the underwater and underground network, to avoid any new blackouts.
Naveganto ferry company will also enter into competition with Ultramar LINK
The Port Authority of Quintana Roo (PIQRoo) confirmed the assignment of ticket offices not only for the company Marinsa, but also for Naveganto, another ferry company who also intend to enter into competition with Ultramar, with at least two boats.
It was confirmed that the company has already received the space for its ticket offices, for which remodeling was taking place on Monday, both in Puerto Juarez and in Isla Mujeres.
APIQRoo previously announced that Naveganto S.A de C.V, would enter with at least two boats of 50 feet in length with a capacity of up to 220 people, mono-hulls, and not catamaranss.
As far as could be ascertained, the company has also started with the recruitment of staff, using some print media, all with a low profile, although much of the information is already available at their ticket offices both Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez .
Breathalyzer campaign throughout the Guadalupe Reyes holiday period LINK
In order to continue reducing traffic accidents, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, director of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, said the application of the breathalyzer will has begun in different points of the island, due to the the December holidays (which continue thru King's Day on Jan 6). He said this measure prevents the use of motorized vehicles under the influence of alcohol, and he urged the public to use alternatives, such as a designated driver or the use of public transport.
He said this prevention measure has produced good results. He said, "Our breathalyzer is certified by the Ministry of Health, the officers are trained and are up to date, and there has been a reduction in traffic accidents by approximately 80 percent."
Therefore, this preventative measure will be implemented, which doesn't seek to inhibit the consumption of spirits in Isla Mujeres, but rather to encourage people not to drive under the influence of alcohol.
He said that the operation has already begun, which has had good response from citizens. He concluded, "People have become aware, and they don't drink alcohol and drive, which is important. What we do, is when a person has had a minimum amount of alcohol, we encourage then to discontinue driving."
It is noted that the police force will double its efforts during these celebrations, with ongoing vigilance at one hundred percent capacity by the officers, both on the island and in the Continental Zone, in addition to the application of the breathalyzer.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Hazard warnings installed to prevent accidents with parked truck
Camión de carga a nada de provocar tragediat.. [+] Ver mas
A large truck was parked near the soccer field of the Plaza Habitat, loaded with steel for the rehabilitation of the dome there, however it was not very visible at night. Therefore neighbors complained last Saturday, and the municipal police intervened to place cones and hazard signs to avoid any collisions. It is noted that the increased police operations for the Guadalupe Reyes holiday period have begun. It is also noted that congestion has increased in the colonias and downtown, generating complaints, due to the increased use of golf carts, compact cars, and motorcycles, and it has become difficult for the larger trucks to make deliveries.
Nine candidates seeking leadership of Taxi Union
Nueve buscan dirigencia del Sindicato de Taxistas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Candidates Juan Carlos Farías, José Magaña Galué, Porfirio Martínez and Miguel Chan Mena, have been joined by Amada Hernández Peniche, Miguel García Trujillo, Adolfo Argüelles, Julio Osorio y Darwin García Magaña. There are more than 500 voting members in the union and the election will be held Saturday at 2pm. Campaigning has begun on social networks.
Isla Mujeres news briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres+] Ver masFull article at this link
This information has already been translated, about the success of the Sunday night Noches Magicas performances, despite the cool weather, and the enjoyment by the audience of the comedy troupe who performed at the bullring, Moloch de Wiros, as part of the patron saint festivities. The festivities will continue thru Tuesday, Dec 12.
Wooden "Magana" pier won't be rehabilitated by Christmas
No estará listo antes de Navidad+] Ver mas
The state Port Authority, APIQRoo, had announced that the wooden pier which served as the front door to the island for more than half a century would be rehabilitated before this high season, but tourism service providers estimate that it will not be ready before Christmas.
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
|View from the rooms.|
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|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.|
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|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
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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.
Thurs. Dec. 14 at 9am Public Audience with the Governor at the El Pescador baseball field
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.
Mon. Dec. 11 Town Square 6p. Lighting of the Christmas Lights and performance by the Academy of Jazz, Passion, & Dance
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