Friday, February 9, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Feb. 9

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

Come and enjoy the musical show of MegaBoom, Friday, February 9! Experience our Caribbean tradition! Tables are for sale at the office of Public Relations in the Town Hall. Reservations are limited to one table per person. For more information call the number on the graphic.

During the celebration of Carnaval in Isla Mujeres we are working to guarantee the safety of the islanders and each of the visitors  LINK    VIDEO   
        During the celebrations of Carnival Isla Mujeres 2018, which will take place from 9 to 13 February, the authorities in matters of security and civil protection ensure that there will be a "saldo blanco" (no incidents), for which a strong security presence will be deployed in the tourist area, the Town Square and along the avenue Rueda Medina, where the floats and dance troupes will be.  
      Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, municipal Director of Civil Protection and Firefighters, said that for the current administration it is very important to keep alive the traditions among the island society, therefore the municipal agencies in charge of security and civil protection will work in a coordinated manner during all the events that will take place during Carnival Isla Mujeres 2018. 
      He said, "For all our traditional events, we expect the arrival of not only national visitors, but also foreigners, who come to enjoy this great party with us, that is why we have already begun with the security work for the carnival to take place in a calm way, avoiding any type of contingency." 
         Preparing for the arrival of tourists during these dates, the personnel of the Coordination of Civil Protection and Firemen have made tours of the beaches, as well as the repair and installation of buoys to delimit the swimming area. 
         Also, in coordination with the Mexican Red Cross, Isla Mujeres delegation, the use of an ambulance was commissioned for the beach area, which will be located by the Fishermen's monument. 
       He said, "In preparation for Carnival 2018 we are doing many jobs, but not only in the area of ​​beaches, but also in the shops that will open their doors to tourism during these days, so that their service is the best and accidents are avoided." 
        In addition, the official explained that all the staff of his agency will join the work that the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Transit will carry out during the massive events with the presence of the fire truck and a van to respond in a manner timely in the event of any eventuality. 
      The official concluded, "We ask for the support of the entire community so that, during these carnival festivities, in which we expect a considerable increase in the influx of tourists and the crowds of people in the main points of the island, to not throw garbage in the streets; to not obstruct the storm drains; and to avoid driving while intoxicated to prevent road accidents." 
           The City of Isla Mujeres, from the first day of the current administration, is working to ensure that this Pueblo Magico remains one of the safest destinations in Mexico, where visitors can learn about the culture and traditions of the community, as well as enjoying the natural beauty of the island, and in which the islanders can rejoice in their traditions with their families.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The Attorney General's Office said that thanks to the timely intervention of  police investigators and public prosecutors ,in coordination with municipal police, they rescued a victim of extortion. See translation in Por Esto section LINK  

Historian and former mayor of Isla Mujeres, Fidel Villanueva, attributed the death of fish in the Salina lakes to a lack of oxygen, for which he urged the authorities to resume the project of interconnection the salinas with the sea. LINK  

A man tried to commit a burglary at a small hotel downtown Isla Mujeres, which "ignited" alerts on social networks, where videos were posted of the the man, taken by security cameras. LINK   
   Several videos were posted on Feb. 5, showing a robust, bald man who is wearing Bermuda shorts and carrying a red helmet in one hand. The post of Ricardo Molina Pena said that he had come into their hotel, and tried to force the safe/moneybox (caja), but luckily someone came in and he left, so they installed cameras for prevention. This post was shared about 79 times and had over 47 comments. Among the comments were several people who'd alerted the authorities because the alleged thief had been seen in various parts of town.


The two Naveganto ferries have arrived & were undergoing their docking tests yesterday in Puerto Juarez. They may begin operations by the middle of this month. From Noti Isla Mujeres/photos on their FB page.

 The smaller ship on the right is the Thor Hyerdahl (a "High Seas High School") that visits annually. Photo by Bruce

  This is at the northern end of Rueda Medina by the Fishermen's monument. Photo by Lynn Warner who posted: "Big crash as the porta potty carrier turns over!"


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Clean up program at Salina Grande  
Programa de limpieza de la Salina Grande [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 This information about the plans to have clean ups at Salina Grande twice monthly has already been translated.

Preparations to receive tourism  
Preparativos para recibir al turismo. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Following the rains in recent weeks, some potholes have appeared in the colonias, and authorities launched a patching program to avoid accidents, during this high season for tourism. The other information in this article has already been translated.

Warning about phone fraud 
Alerta contra estafas telefónicas +] Ver masFull article at this link  
       After a case occurred with a woman in Isla Mujeres, the Attorney General's office of Quintana Roo recommends that citizens do not fall for scams by phone, because members of organized crime try to dupe the unwary. On Wednesday night, Arely N was given protection after receiving threats over the phone, which is a method for attempting to obtain money. Two telephone numbers are being investigated which were given, and are from the interior part of Mexico. 
   The municipal police and judicial police of the General Prosecutor's Office of Quintana Roo participated in the assistance, and a case file has been opened, and no further information is being provided at this time. 
    The recommendation to all citizens, from the prosecutor's office, is not to fall for this deception, to take all necessary precautions and report each case, to curb this widespread phenomenon in recent times. 
     Regarding the case of Arely, the Municipal Police intervened "quickly and effectively" in support and coordination with the Attorney General of the State (FGJE) found the whereabouts of the citizen residing in this town, who was of the status "disappeared". She was with her family "inside a room in a lodging center in the tourist area of ​​the island, and  was presented to the investigative agency for information about what probably constitutes a crime."     Jaime Ongay Ortiz, Director of Public Security and Municipal Traffic, said that the location of this person occurred thanks to the coordinated work with agents of the Office of the Prosecutor, who were now carrying out investigations to clarify the facts.

  TVIM reports that A.H.O received anonymous calls from numbers in Guadalajara and Monterrey saying he should pay 200,000 pesos in cash because his wife ANOQ had been deprived of her freedom. 
   The victim reported this to authorities, who conducted a joint operation and located the woman in the company of her aunt, inside a hotel on Juarez Avenue, without having made any payments. The two women were assisted medically and ordered to file a formal complaint. 
   The Attorney General's office advises the community not to provide personal data or hold telephone calls with strangers, to avoid being crime victims.#JusticiaParaTi. LINK     

Nautical sector recovers from poor weather
Fishing coop plans tourism project
Cold Front #27 expected Friday evening   
Náuticos se reponen del mal tiempoVer masFull article at this link
 Feb. 8   The nautical sector is taking advantage of the good weather, although caution is advised for the fishermen, since strong gusts of easterly winds could be dangerous. The Harbor Master said the port is open for all boats and there have been no incidents.
    Some of the fishermen are limited because their outboard motors are old, and there is a danger of mechanical failures. The fishermen face dangers and can only conduct their activities when the weather permits, and many have died as a consequence of decompression, which is one of the main health problems suffered by divers who search for lobster in deep water, where they don't always observe the international diving protocols.
    One of the members of the Isla Blanca cooperative posted this on a social network:  "We have big projects to forget about fishing a bit, because many of our companions have died while working, and we do not want to lose any more, many of our colleagues are already tired, and every day we have to watch them go out diving, and we do not know if they will return okay." 
    "We can't dive anymore," he added, "but we have to keep looking for ways to move forward and this year's goal is to construct a large palapa, which would have mini bar and a grill for cooking fish, and we want to convert several boats for sport fishing. "We have the ability to work in tourism, we just need, this time, for no authorities to put obstacles in our way and block our projects; we have a great location to take advantage of, and this way we can rest a bit from fishing, which has given us a lot, but it has also taken away too much and we do not want to lose any more..." (The Isla Blanca coop is south of the whale shark statue, next to Soggy Peso, on prolongacion Rueda Medina, .)
 Tourist activity
  Thousands of vacationers enjoyed the island throughout the day, before returning to Cancun and Punta Sam in the afternoon. Visitors enjoyed recreational activities in the Bay at the National Marine Park, and at the Isla Contoy National Park. There are more than a dozen dive shops on the island, and they reported a "medium" level of activity, while the boat cooperatives offering tours said they were only operating at about 30 percent. This is partially attributed to their failure to market their services on the internet, and several companies are in the process of modernization. 
    Friday evening the effects of Cold Front #27 may be felt, with a Naval forecast of winds of 10-15 knots in the Yucatan Channel, with gusts up to 25 knots, which could cause a port closure for small boats.  

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February Events
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Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  

February. 9 Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all the categories and guests.
Presentation of dance troupes (performances)
Dance to the music of the band "MegaBoom"
Town Square 8p

February 10
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

February 11
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval  Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Children's Afternoon of Fantasy
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval, Show of costumed characters, bouncy houses, Carnaval dance troupes, Children's costume contest.
Town Square 5p

Diversity Fantasy Night
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Carnaval Dance Troupes (performances)
Show of Transformismo
Town Square 8p

February 12
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Carnaval Monday
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Costume Contest for Adults
Comedy Show by international imitator Pierre David
Musical performance by "Michael Stuart & Jemanuel & los Panas de Venezuela"
Town Square 8p

 February 13
 Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Tuesday
Presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Burning of Juan Carnaval & the reading of his last Will & Testament
Dance to the music of the band "Super Lamas"
Town Square 8p

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  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   

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