Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, Feb. 7

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The two articles are about the Continental Zone.

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Naveganto: Ready to begin operations  
Naveganto, lista para operar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Most of this information has already been translated. PE notes that if the docking tests go well, they tentatively plan to begin  operations on February 15 or 16, to become the third company offering service to Puerto Juarez, in addition to Ultramar and Marinsa.
   Each of the two ferries is 300 tons, 46 meters long and 8.5 meters wide with space for 200 passengers; They have an air conditioned room for 82 people with an ocean view, and an area on deck for 120 more passengers.
     They arrived in Quintana Roo from Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, with federal passenger transport permits to cover the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route, and they obtained their authorizations from the Naval Merchant Marine Coordinator on September 12, 2017.  They may conduct their docking tests in Puerto Juarez on Thursday and in Isla Mujeres on Friday.

Nautical tourism providers are pleased 
Operadores náuticos, de plácemes [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Nautical tourism providers are pleased that the weather has been good, and the forecast is favorable thru Feb. 15, and no port restrictions are anticipated this week.
     Overall hotel occupancy in the municipality is at 67%, with occupancy in the Continental Zone at 65.67% and on the island it is 69.11%.
     The fishermen are busy during these final days before the four month lobster fishing ban begins March 1st. Their situation is especially difficult in March, because both lobster and grouper are banned then. (The two month ban on Grouper fishing began Feb. 1st). Good catches of lobster and fish are being reported.

The island continues to be without public transport  
 La isla continúa sin transporte público Ver masFull article at this link 

  The problem of a lack of public transportation on the island cannot be resolved until the previous concession is officially revoked. The contract with the company Isla Turicun expired in April 2015, and there has been alack of bus service for nearly three years. Alderman Roberto Martinez Aragon has requested that the revocation procedure be initiated at the upcoming City Council session, since the company did not comply with the terms of the contract.
   In an interview the Councilman for the (minority) party MORENA spoke about the urgent need for the islanders to have another form of public transport, besides taxis, who do not always provide good service, because they clearly prefer tourists, especially foreign tourists, and many cabbies won't stop for schoolchildren. (Residents pay a discounted rate, and for students it is only 7 pesos).
   He said, "I have an amparo (official document) ready to file with the Federal Judiciary against the City Council, asking them to respond with the reasons why the Council is not assuming its responsibility to provide the citizens of Isla Mujeres with a social service as elementary as urban transportation, allowing the taxi drivers union to continue with a acquired monopoly, which gives them carte blanche to do or not do whatever they want, to the detriment of the users."
    He said, "Depending on the response I am given, I will act accordingly and if it is resolved in my favor, then I will proceed against the entire City Council, of which I am a member, for ignoring this citizen petition." He said he presented the Council and the Mayor with a petition to activate urban transport on January 30, 2016, which he has repeatedly tried to address at the Council meetings, but the other members have not responded. 
   Mr. Martínez Aragón said that he believes he has done everything and somehow must apply pressure for the Council to assume their responsibility and to ask the Mayor to implement urban transport. He said it is now the responsibility of the municipality to enable public transportation, if it is going to request feasibility studies and what is required. He said he has already made the request that revocation procedures for the concession be initiated in the upcoming Council session, since the company did not comply.

Massive die-off of fish in Salina Grande lake  
Muerte masiva de peces en la Salina Grande.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Most of this information was translated yesterday, and it is noted that there are concerns that this incident could be caused by pollution, because it is not normal in February. It is also noted that the lake's area is 15 hectares, and that the previous die-offs took place in May 2014 and May 2015. At that time, specialists said the cause was not contamination, but that it was due to the increase in water temperatures at that time of year, which caused a chain reaction due to the shallowness of the lake.
       The lake no longer connects with the sea, so there is no possibility of fresh water. The stagnation of the water could cause a lack of oxygen, and there are concerns about possible pollution by leaky septic tanks, as well as all types of trash.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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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