Saturday, February 10, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Feb. 10

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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)
In order to maintain the welfare and safety of citizens, today we delivered equipment and tools to the personnel of  the municipal Civil Protection Department LINK   VIDEO  
  The Director of Civil Protection,Helman Ulises Berman Graniel reported that the municipal government delivered 27 complete uniforms to the personnel of Civil Protection and Fire Coordination:- short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, pants, gloves and boots. For the lifeguards, they  provided  snorkeling equipment and complete uniforms. wet shirts and shorts. 
   After many years, thanks to efforts and the work of the municipal government, the personnel of Civil Protection are provided with new equipment and better technology, which will help to safeguard the life and integrity of the islanders. 
   The City of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to continue guaranteeing the protection of islanders and visitors through actions that allow the Departments of Security and Civil Protection to perform a better job for the benefit of society.
   The delivery ceremony was held at the facilities of Civil Protection and Fire Department. Mr Berman Graniel said that from the first day of this municipal administration, the government has been committed to not only improving, but also modernizing the agencies in charge of the security of the islander. 

Announcement for last night's Carnaval activities:
Come and experience the beginning of our Caribbean tradition with us, with the coronation of the Carnaval Kings & Queens! Don't Miss it!


It's Carnaval!! Which means dance troupes are likely to be performing in restaurants, hotels, & around the isle & passing the tip jar afterward. The scheduled events for today are:
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Playa Centro beach)
Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

It's Noche Cubana...Cuban NIght! The fabulous Renatta Dance Studio troupe will perform at 8:30, plus other guest troupes. The band Fresa will perform. Tables are on sale at the Town Hall in the Public Relations office, and limited to one per person. At Playa Centro, there's a DJ starting at 3p.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a VIDEO showing a man being loaded into the ambulance and reporter & the Director of Civil Protection explain: A construction worker received a strong shock while working on a roof in Salina Grande, from a high tension line, apparently due to human error. He was conscious and responding appropriately, and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Naveganto: Committed to Isla Mujeres  
Comprometidos con Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       "We are committed to Isla Mujeres, to providing good services, and reaching the hearts of the islanders," said Guillermo Rosas, one of the representatives of the Naveganto ferry company that will start operations on the Puerto Juarez-Isla Mujeres route in upcoming days. He did not give details about fares and said this information will be available after approvals are completed with the federal authorities. 
   Docking tests are expected to be completed in the upcoming days. It is noted that the new company will be in competition with Ultramar, as well as with Marinsa, who began operations in mid December, who are having a good number of passengers. Marinsa recently announced that they will replace their current boats with catamarans, to compete with Ultramar. 
    There is another company from the US, that is seeking to enter the market during this year, and it is not clear if Barcos Caribe will arrive in a partnership with Marinsa, or if they will continue with their plan to operate two modern ferries, which has been put on hold for the time being. 
   Currently there are more than three million tourists a year that are transported by the ferry companies (For 2017, APIQRoo reported 'movements' of just over 5 million passengers, which would mean about 2.5 million arrivals, in comparison to 2.2 in 2016.) Ultramar transported a majority of these passengers. 
   It is noted that the Hotel Zone in the area of Isla Blanca and Punta Sam is growing at a high annual rate, and will have nearly 7000 rooms by the end of 2018, doubling the number in 2017, according to the Department of Tourism. The Cargo-Tourism route to Punta Sam will soon have competition, because Ultramar plans to enter that market in upcoming weeks with a modern ship with capacity for more than 50 compact and cargo vehicles, as well as 300 seats for passengers. It with compete with Maritima Isla Mujeres, which has recently become associated with Marinsa.

Arrival of Cold Front #27
Entró el frente frío número 27.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     There was a brief  drizzle of rain at 10am due to the effects of the arrival of weakened cold front #27, which didn't change the orientation of the easterly winds, with strong gusts at times, according to sources with Civil Protection and the Harbor Master's office. The clouds cleared away two hours later and activities in the Bay weren't interrupted, and tour boats from Puerto Juarez continued to arrive. The entire recreational and passenger fleets were active to meet the demands for their services. 
   The winds in the Yucatan Channel weren't favorable for the lobster fishermen, with gusts up to 40km/hr and waves up to two meters high, according to the Navy report. Similar weather is expected at sea on Saturday, and caution is advised.  
  The brief rain lasted several minutes and caused people already at the beach to seek shelter, and then they immediately returned to the beach and the water. The rays of the sun returned, allowing visitors to enjoy the various points of interest of the island. 
  Dive shop managers said they didn't have cancellations due to the cloudy weather at dawn, and they hope that the report of the National Weather Service is correct and there won't be any greater effect from this fron, that they should be able to accommodate their customers without interruption.  
   Visitors were enjoying nautical tours to the National Marine Park, and 200 tourists departed to enjoy the National Park of Isla Contoy. Fishermen went out to work, with caution.  

Tortilla prices expected to rise  
Imposible sostener el precio de la tortilla.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Due to increasing rates for the cost of freight for corn flour, as well as for the costs of raw materials and supplies, it has become impossible to maintain the current prices for tortillas, and an increase is expected at the end of the month. Details of these costs and of the expected increases are given.
   The price of masa is expected to remain the same, while the cost of a kilo of tortillas will rise form 18 to 19 pesos without wrapping and from 19 to 20 pesos with a wrapper. Since June 2017, there has been increases of at least 20 percent in the cost of freight, propane, electricity, and fuel. 

Construction begins on the University  
Inician construcción de universidadVer masFull article at this link
  There are construction workers on the site, which is located in front of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in colonia La Gloria. There are plans for the University to assist families who have limited resources, beginning in 2019, so that their children will have the opportunity to study for careers without crossing over to Cancun or going to distant cities. The classes are expected to specialize in careers associated with tourism,  including hotels, languages, gastronomy, maintenance of air conditioners, and maintenance of boats and yachts.
  This project has been in the works for three years, and the main manager has been parish priest Raul Sanchez Alonso. There was a formal ground breaking ceremony on January 15 by Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas, Bishop of the Prelature Cancún-Chetumal, and Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, municipal president was a special guest. During this event it was announced that the time frame for putting the university into operation would be accelerated for the benefit of the dozens of young people who leave the Colegio de Bachilleres each year, without being able to continue with their academic preparation.
   Father Sanchez Alonso said,  "Many who leave Colegio de Bachilleres (high school) do not continue their higher education, then when they are employed in the tourism industry, they do not have the credentials to occupy executive positions in the growing hotel industry in the Continental Zone of Punta Sam and Isla Blanca." He said, "The objective of this project of the University of Isla Mujeres is to ensure that all students entering the College of Bachilleres can continue their higher education; to reduce the dropout rate, to give everyone the opportunity to study something here on the island, so that they can work right here, where the growth of the hotel industry is a reality."

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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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On Mondays & Thursdays there are poker tournaments at 6p at El Patio.

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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