Sunday, February 25, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Feb. 25

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In Isla Mujeres we work every day to keep our beaches clean for islanders and visitors to enjoy
      Since the beginning of the current municipal administration, the beaches of Isla Mujeres are a priority, so we work with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) to maintain them as one of the main tourist attractions of Isla Mujeres and the Mexican Caribbean.
     One of the main commitments of the government of Isla Mujeres is to maintain good economic development of the municipality, and because tourism is the most important activity for the economy of island families, the care and maintenance of tourist areas and beaches has been increased since the beginning of the current administration. 
   Every Day the staff of ZOFEMAT carry out the cleaning of the beaches in an effort to maintain them in optimal conditions, preventing pollution. The City of Isla Mujeres has delivered equipment to this agency on three occasions since the beginning of the current administration, which has consisted of rakes, pitchforks, gloves, boots and reflective vests, as well as uniforms. 
      Vladimir Vallejo Molina, director of ZOFEMAT , said that having clean and suitable spaces for the use of island families, as well as for national and foreign tourists, is a priority which the Isla Mujeres government constantly works at. He said that for this purpose the agency has an active and willing staff, who give all their efforts to achieve it.
          "From the first day of the current administration we have performed constant cleaning tasks on beaches in this municipality, especially those that are attended by island families and visitors during the weekend and holidays; We also ask citizens to continue to keep them clean for the use and enjoyment of all, and also out of respect for nature," said the municipal official.
     Also, Vallejo Molina said that, although his staff is in charge of taking care of the beaches every day, he encouraged those who visit them to use garbage cans, to not leave solid waste or food debris on the sand, and remove feces from pets, to avoid sanitary problems.
      Due to their work, awards such as the "Blue Flag" - at Playa Centro - and the "White Flag" - at Playa Norte - have been achieved and maintained, which have resulted in great benefits for the island community, with a greater national and international standing.Thanks to the work of the ZOFEMAT, the City guarantees visitors and islanders a clean environment for their enjoyment.

The video caption says: For her blue waters and beaches that are always clean, Isla Mujeres continues attracting national and international tourists.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) is carrying out a clean-up, beginning  with removal of  garbage occupying the port area. LINK  
      With participation by personnel with the Fifth Naval Region-Armada of Mexico, staff with the Integral Port Administration (API) of Isla Mujeres, carried out an intense cleaning campaign in the coastal port area,  between the concrete pier by the cargo ferry dock and the restaurant "Comejen". 
      The director of the API in Isla Mujeres, Rosa Elene Ríos Fernández, explained that in this first campaign all kinds of garbage, trash and even useless boats will be removed, as much as possible, but in upcoming days, they will go to this same area with trailers and other equipment to proceed with the removal of larger vessels, which were not removed by their owners. 
      She said that the boats that are still left there, which are not removed by their owners, will be presumed to be abandoned, and they represent a bad image and will be withdrawn from the Federal Zone, with the intention of clearing the area.
    She said the intention is to present a pleasant image so that tourists and locals can enjoy the view. She said they are seeking assistance from the Harbor Master's Office, so that the owners of all the boats in the water can be located. Otherwise they will be moved to another location, which could the the Trash Transfer Facility or another site. 
     In recent days, staff with API placed notices on the boats at the location, so it is assumed that the boat owners are aware that they should remove their equipment and other items, otherwise, if they don't, API will take them.

The blackout that lasted about 25 minutes Friday afternoon triggered fears about further cuts in the supply of electricity as a result of aging of the undersea electrical lines. LINK    
       For more than six years, there have been warnings about the expiration of the useful life of the lines that are in charge of supplying electricity to Isla Mujeres, and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has recognized this. Last year a failure in these lines caused a cut in the general supply of electricity which lasted for more than 15 hours. Business owners expressed their concerns, and last year the CFE said that changing of the four lines was outside of its annual budget. Since then maintenance has been done on the lines, but fears continue that the problem will get worse.     
      There are four cables that are responsible for the supply, three of them have to be working and the extra works only in emergencies, as was the case on Friday. A work crew is expected to repair the damaged cable on Saturday, so that it will be ready for another emergency.
      Entrepreneurs want the CFE to ensure continuous service, especially now during one of the high seasons for tourism. One of the worried businessmen said, "Although the blackout only lasted 25 minutes, this should be taken seriously and they should think about changing the submarine network, changing all of the undersea lines." 
     Since last year, the business organizations have expressed concern about the situation, and this event triggered alerts. Juan Carrillo Figueroa, leader of CANACO, said it is important to resume the project of the renewal of the submarine lines since otherwise, there is a risk that Isla Mujeres will suffer again due to another blackout, which could cause serious losses to the business sector. He said, "Not only is there the consideration that tourists cancel reservations, but also the losses in frozen foods, and in the hotels the discomfort of sleeping without air conditioning, would be a serious problem."


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Increase in tortilla prices announced 
Anunciada alza a la tortilla [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        As was anticipated two weeks ago, the millers of the tortilla factories can no longer withstand the pressure of rising costs for supplies and services, therefore on Wednesday they raised the price of tortillas to 19 pesos per kilo without packaging and 20 with it; and the masa dough is 15 pesos per kilo.   
      The cost of the flour increased more than twenty percent in less than a year. There have also been increases in the cost of propane, machinery parts, utilities, gasoline and diesel, and other expenses, leaving the millers with no profit margin. They also face competition from the franchise stores.

Electrical outage affects neighborhoods
Nuevo corte de luz afecta varias colonias. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Flag Day commemoration 
Conmemoraron a la Bandera. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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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 15- 19 The Artisan's Pavilion is on the Town Square, opening daily at 9am, with artisans, both local and from other regions, offering their products, including at least ten from Isla Mujeres. This is their third year, and they offer interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

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 & 25 Sat & Sun  Isla Blanca Kite Festival from 11 am to 4 pm each day. Free. Isla Blanca is at the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres & the event is held at the end of the road on Isla Blanca, about 25km from the Crusero. Go north on Av Bonampak, to the end of the road.
Jim Martin is returning with his giant kites and Penny Lingenfelter "Peter Pan" is coming. There will be games for children. The DIF social service agency and Cancun Pro Kids will sell kites to the public. Come and enjoy the beach and the kites!
This year, parking is only allowed on one side of the road to maintain an open road. You can pay 30 pesos to park at a nearby location. If possible, use the "colectivo" to come.
The Paraisio del Mar restaurant will sell food or bring your own food.  VIDEO  

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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