Thursday, March 29, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 29

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Curb Painting Program has begun  LINK  

        With the purpose of maintaining a good image and adequate street maintenance in the municipality, the City of Isla Mujeres launched the Curb Painting Program, with personnel from various municipal agencies participating.  The municipal government began working on the main streets in colonia "La Gloria", where residents joined in the work for the common good. 

      The painting of more than a kilometer of curbs and the central street dividers of Isla Contoy Avenue was carried out, which completely renewed them. 
      With this activity, which will take place periodically in the main streets and avenues of Isla Mujeres, the municipal government reaffirms its commitment to continue working to maintain the good image of the municipality, for the benefit of the island community.

Now the islanders can make use of the renovated Bicentennial Dome and practice sports or have fun with the family. We continue working to improve the future of  Isla Mujeres.  LINK  
    Children and young athletes, as well as island families, appreciate the work done by the City of Isla Mujeres to renovate the "Bicentennial" dome, in colonia La Gloria, which inaugurated in its renovated state on March 23.
 With the support of the federal government, through the Contribution Fund for the Strengthening of Municipalities (FORTAMUN) of Rama 33, plus municipal resources, this renovation was done for a total investment of 8,036,843 pesos.
   Island athlete Rodolfo Rojas and student Omar Magana expressed their appreciation to the municipal government.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Eight slides: New attraction at El Pescador Beach Club  LINK  

    A few days ago, the "El Pescador" Beach Club opened a new attraction for all the islanders who are looking for new alternatives in this Easter season without having to leave the island. About eight slides were installed within the club, which now offers day passes. Manager Daniel Lizarraga, said that for many years the Club has been dedicated to entertaining private groups, however this has changed. They are offering this new attraction and invited the islanders to come and enjoy these slides, including one that is installed in the sea.  
      With this new alternative, both tourists and residents can enjoy and enjoy a day full of fun.The manager explained that there are different types of packages, and the one that is most popular with the islanders has a price of 290 pesos, which includes drinks, snacks, and use of all the facilities, with two slides, including one that is interactive and the beach slide. He said there is also a preferential rate for foreigners living in Isla Mujeres. For tourists who are not residents, the price can reach up to  450 pesos, including a buffet. The park is open daily, 11am-5pm. (Photos at link). 

Tourist driving golf cart causes accident LINK 
 A woman on a scooter suffered a serious injury to one of her knees while trying to dodge a golf cart that made an unexpected, illegal U-Turn. Red Cross paramedics arrived to treat the woman, who is M.A.A., 41, originally from Madrid, Spain, The golf cart, which is #3 from Gomar's rental, was occupied by two foreign tourists, who were traveling from north to south on the Caribbean coastal road, when the driver tried to make a U-Turn, without noticing that a motorcycle was about to pass them. 
    According to the police report, the woman was attempting to pass the golf cart when it turned recklessly, without noticing she was coming, aboard a red scooter, with plate #RCP1U. Due to the injuries to her right knee, she was transferred to Cancun.

 Car Ferry adds more crossings  
      The (vehicle ferry) company Marítima Isla Mujeres announced a new schedule to meet passenger demand during this Easter holiday season. A spokesman for the company said that as of March 28, the schedule would be adjusted, for the purpose of  offering better service. 
       The crossing increased for Monday to Friday although it is not ruled out that there could also be extra crossings added on Saturdays and Sundays. (Commenters note that only the small car ferry is running, which was also mentioned in an article about trash.)
The schedule departing from Isla Mujeres:  3:00 a.m., 5:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.Departure from Punta Sam:  4:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.For Saturday, the schedule is:From Isla Mujeres: 7:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.From Punta Sam: 6:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.On Sunday there are only three crossings.  LINK 

Apiqroo will reinforce security in each of its maritime terminals
The metal detectors will have additional specialized personnel
March 28, 2018, Cancún   The director APIQRoo (Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, said that as part of the preventative actions that were launched in the maritime terminals of the state, the private security company RS Corporativo has been given the job of reinforcing the surveillance that is provided by the metal detector equipment that was recently installed. 
     She said that surveillance personnel have been reinforced with 18 private security officers, who were distributed at the docks operated by APIQRoo: San Miguel Cozumel, Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam, and Isla Mujeres, in two shifts of 12 hours each, with the exception of Punta Sam and the Isla Mujeres car ferry terminal, which have less activity. 
      She explained that the responsibilities of the security personnel include directing passengers to pass through the metal detector equipment and when there is something suspicious, they will proceed to review the passenger with hand-held metal detectors, while officers with the Federal Police will be responsible for carrying out reviews of the passengers' suitcases. 
      Also, the hired personnel will carry out patrol tours in the areas of docks, passage and boarding and disembarking of passengers, as well as in the parking lots. "In the event that something unusual is detected among the passengers or suitcases, it will be reported immediately to the shift supervisor, to assess the situation and determine if it is necessary to request the support of the municipal police, who are located within the the terminal."
      Alicia Ricalde said that Governor Carlos Joaquín González was emphatic in stating that the safety of passengers and residents is not up for discussion in his administration.  LINK  

Last night's electrical outage caused concern among business owners   LINK
      Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, confirmed shortly after eleven o'clock that an electrical failure had caused a general blackout (throughout the island). The blackout began at 10:50 and electricity was restored throughout the island shortly after 11:30p. It is recalled that in January of 2017, there was a blackout that lasted more than 12 hours.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Nautical services with restrictions  
Servicio acuático con restriccionesVer masFull article at this link

 On Tuesday and Wednesday, small boats were allowed to depart at 10am for tourist to El Farito, Sac Bajo, and the interior of the lagoon, but not beyond that, for safety reasons. This was due to the strong winds from the southeast. The larger boats were not restricted, and they brought many people to enjoy the two main beaches of the island, which have a joint capacity for more than 10,000 people.
       Others visited points of interest in the center and south of the island, using the 830 rental golf carts, and another small number on scooter and bicycles, or in taxis. The forecast is unchanged for Thursday, so the same restrictions are expected, and the effects could be diminished on Friday, with the arrival of the Cold Front to the Yucatan channel from the Gulf of Mexico.

Frigate birds: Tourist attraction 
Fragatas, atracción turística . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   A visiting flock of frigates have been living on Isla Mujeres for more than a month, and searching for food in the bodies of water, including the Salina Grande lake, where thousands were seen on Tuesday. This is not an everyday occurrence, and when these migratory birds visited the lake, many foreigners and locals took videos, including islander Tony Garcia, who shares photos and information with his Mexican and international contacts.
   During this visit by thousands of frigates, they also took shelter in the Makax lagoon,  where they rest on the mangrove branches. This is in the vicinity of the Naval housing, and members of the traditional fishing families of the island say this represents a 'warning' that this site should be protected.
   Por Esto wrote about a similar event at Salina Grande on March 9th, and it does not seem that they will be leaving soon, according to experts in the area, especially native islanders, who remember more than a half century ago when there were no people in the central and southern parts of the isle, and there was only one Salina lake-lagoon system, and the presence of frigates, herons, pelicans, and other birds was common, almost like Isla Contoy National Park.
  But as the population began to increase, in the 1970's a considerable part of the Salina was filled in, and then the colonias began to appear that today surround the three salina-lakes. They respected the mangroves that are a means of protection and food, for being a refuge for underwater life, which completes the natural cycle of life, at that time.
    "These birds are reminding us that the areas we live in today were once their homes, which we invaded and we continue to do so carelessly. The environmental laws are not being respected, and mangroves are being destroyed in the Makax lagoon," said some people in private, while endorsing complaints that have been published in Por Esto for some time. In that area, solid constructions continue to be erected within 20 meters of the Federal Zone, and it is unclear if authorizations are being made by SEMARNAT (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and there are allegations of complacency by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection).
     Frigates abound in the Isla Contoy National Park, along with pelecans, cormorants, pink herons, and other birds.

Breathalyzer: With positive results  
Alcoholímetro, con resultados positivos[+] Ver masFull article at this link

March 28.- Less than a week after starting the breathalyzer program, the results have been very positive, according to the general director of Public Safety and Traffic, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, who said they removed 10 vehicles from the streets on the first four nights of the operation.
       From Friday to Monday, ten vehicles were impounded at checkpoints that were installed at night on the island, under the presence of citizen observers to verify that everything is done in accordance with the regulations and protocols. He explained that there has been a good response to this program, whose aim is to prevent more accidents. Any person who is under the influence of alcohol, outside the allowable level, will have their vehicle impounded and be charged a fine, without putting them in jail, unless they commit "una conducta antisocial".
    He said he expects a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents) for the remainder of the holiday period, in which the breathalyzer operation will be continued. 
     The agencies who rent the more than 800 golf carts say they are advising their clients to respect the traffic regulations, and several of them have employees watching the perimeter road to offer assistance if for some reason they break down with a flat tire or mechanical failure.
    Traffic congestion ("knots") occur in the 200 meter stretch of the coastal road thru colonia Meteorological, where the street, is narrow and residents park their vehicles on both sides, so it becomes hard for vehicles coming from opposite direction at many times of the day. The rental agencies want some or all of the vehicles removed from this area, and for the Traffic police to monitor it. It is noted that there is a similar problem in colonia Salina Chica, and that these problems have are becoming similar to the traffic congestion downtown, during peak hours.
    It is noted that since last Monday, there has been a joint municipal operation with all governmental agencies to ensure security during the Easter Holidays, with more than 200 active officers.

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March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square will feature a dance troupe performing Polynesian dances and three singers. Free.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the reenactment of the living Viacrusis (Passion of Christ-Stations of the Cross) in Isla Mujeres, which will begin in at the Catholic Church in La Gloria, stop at the Chapel in Salina Chica, and end at the Town Square.
"IC" means Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square.
"SH" means Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria.
The schedule for Masses is listed under "Hora de Misa".

March 25 Palm Sunday
IC-9:30a Representation of Jesus entering Jerusalem, & Procession with Branches to the Posada del Mar.
SH-11:30a & 7:30p Procession with Branches from Mundaca

March 29 Holy Thursday/Maudy Thursday
IC-8:30p Representation of Last Supper & Washing of Feet
SC-9p Washing of Feet

March 30 Holy Friday
SC-10:30a The Live Representation of the Viacrusis/Passion of Christ
Guadalupana-11:30a Viacrusis Continued (Pilate & Herod)
IC-3p Representation of the Crucifixion
3:30p Celebration of the Seven Words
7p Silent Procession, Rosary of Reflection/grief, and adoration of the Cross.

March 31 Holy Saturday
IC-9p Representation of the Resurrection

April 1 Easter Sunday
Normal Mass schedule

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  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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