Monday, February 5, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Feb. 5

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Today the monthly civil ceremony commemorated the 101st Anniversary of our Mexican Constitution LINK  
This ceremony, which takes place on the first Monday of each month, was headed by the General Secretary of the City Council, Antonio Coronado Rojas, and was held at the Town Hall, where the national anthem and Quintana Roo anthem were played, and the Mexican flag was raised. Names of officials in attendance are given.

Today marks the 101 Anniversary of the Mexican Constitution

The residents of Isla Mujeres are grateful for the resources that have been invested in the past two years, which have improved the quality of live for their families and themselves. VIDEO   LINK 
   Families of the island appreciate the work that has been done under this administration to improve the parks, sports facilities, and other public spaces for the benefit of the islanders. The works are listed, and include "Las Hormiguitas Obreras" park (including bathrooms) and the Macroplaza,  the remodeling of the fast soccer (Futbol Rapido) field in colonia Salina Chica and the downtown basketball court" José del Carmen Pastrana ", as well as progress (el avance) on the dome "Bicentenario" in colona La Gloria.

Congratulations to the Marlins of IslaMujeres who became the LIEBA state basketball league champions after beating the Cozumel Tritons in a spectacular game here on the island with a score of 39 to 36LINK    


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

TVIM has two articles that are also in the City section (about the Marlins and the and one about the rescued Cuban balseros (see yesterday's translations).


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

More business for boat tour operators 
Mejoró la actividad para los lancheros.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The pleasant weather facilitated more tourism and good business for all the tourism related businesses, including the small boat crews who operate tours, as well as the fishermen. Vendor of souvenirs and handicrafts said sales were slow. The Tourism Police reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents) on the beach so far this year. The lifeguards and security agents from private businesses said there is good coordination between all personnel who are ready to assist anyone who needs help.
   The Harbor Master and Civil Protection agency reported stable weather for Sunday and the forecast predicts this to continue for the upcoming week. Tourist activity on land and sea took place with no problems, while security remains vigilant.

Hotel occupancy at 50%  
Ocupación hotelera al 50%l.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Representatives and partners of the National Chamber of Commerce, Service and Tourism (Canaco-Servytur), as well as the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes, are complaining about low levels of occupancy at 50% and they want the ferries to offer lower rates. A meeting is scheduled for this weekend. They say hotel occupancy was better last year during February when they were nearly full.
   Meanwhile, Marinsa is planning to replace its monohull boats with catamarans. It is noted that a third ferry company, Maveganto, is planning to compete with Marinsa and Ultramar on the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route, and should announce the starting date of their operations at any time. 
   Competition is expected to being this month on the cargo-passenger route to Punta Sam when Ultramar's ferry "Ultracarga III" is expected to begin operations, after Maritima has served this route for more than two decades.

Poor reviews for Mundaca Hacienda on Trip Advisor: In abandoned state  
“Lamentable estado de abandono”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link   

Isla Mujeres Marlins: Champions  
Marlins de Isla Mujeres, campeones+] Ver masFull article at this link

   See City section. The game was played on the outdoor court downtown, "Jose del Carmen Pastana", which was overflowing with spectators and followed by a celebration, where the team exhibited their trophy to the fans.
   The Cahuameros basketball team will play the Dorados of Playa del Carmen next weekend who are the current champions and current leader in the Major League Basketball Tournament. Most likely, the games will be held here at the Convention Center on Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at noon. The other competition in the tournament will be between Universidad Modelo of Yucatan and Ingeniera of Cancun.

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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.
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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.

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.


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  (Schedule TBA)

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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