Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 21

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Celebrating the CVII anniversary of the Mexican Revolution 
There were about 2500 participants, in 19 contingents, for the Revolutionary Day parade yesterday morning.


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PROFECO (Consumer Protection Agency) has completed their monitoring for Buen Fin weekend and they will continue monitoring businesses in Isla Mujeres on an ongoing basis. LINK  

New municipal Tax Law will give economic strength to the municipality: Mayor Carrillo
   The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, explained that the new municipal Tax Law will only apply to tourists, and in the case of overnight stays, it only includes hotels with more than 100 rooms. There are only four hotels on the island which will be affected, and this limit protects the small family-owned hotels.
   The law establishes a payment for those who arrive to Isla Mujeres and also for those who stay overnight, and a mechanism is still being designed to avoid double taxation.  The Mayor explained that this fee will only be used for tourism infrastructure, public lighting, trash collection and handling, and waste management, but not for expenditures for payroll, civil servant vehicles, or current expenditures.
    The fees will be applied in January, 2019 and this is expected to increase annual collection by 10 percent.

The "Tourist Tax" is expected to increase annual revenue by 10%, which is about 1.6 million dollars!! Isla Mujeres welcomes over 2 million tourists annually & these funds will be used for infrastructure services like trash collection & public lighting, and will be overseen by a Citizen Committee. 

Tourists visiting Isla Mujeres currently pay $16 for a round trip ferry ticket (300p). The new 16p tax should add ~80 cents to that expense.
The overnight fee of $1.25/nt (per room) only applies at a few hotels on the isle with >100 rooms, so will mostly be collected from those visiting the large resorts in the mainland part of the municipality. 

The math? Estimated 2018 revenue was 299.4 million pesos, 10% is ~30 million pesos. Here's the 2018 estimated revenue report: LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos with caption saying there are residents in some of the colonias who are complaining that they put out their junk to be picked up during the designated hours, but it hasn't been removed.

Forty-nine Naval marinos were promoted to the next level up, of whome one was promoted to Admiral and one to ship's captain. There was a ceremony on Revolutionary Day. Photos

Photo & caption about citizens participating in the "I decide my future" giving feedback to the municipal administration.

Photos with caption about a property and small building next to the taxi lodge in colonia La Gloria which is causing concern among nearby residents who say it is becoming a trash dump and a place that people use as a bathroom.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO at Naval base of promotion ceremony

Photos & VIDEO from Revolutionary Day parade 


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Promotions celebrated at the Naval base 

Otorgan ascensos

PROFECO will continue verifications to protect consumers  

Profeco continúa visitas de verificación

  Monitoring by PROFECO, the Consumer Protection agency, includes calibrations of scales and ensuring that prices are displayed, in all three zones: the downtown area, the beach area, and the colonias.

Rescue of sunken boat  

Rescatan embarcación que se fue a pique

The boat "Whale II", sank while it was moored at the corner of the dock known as "de la T", for unknown reasons. It provides assistance with docking and sailing maneuvers for the vehicle ferries "Ultracarga II" and "Ultracarga III", so employees of the Ultramar company were mobilized to rescue the vessel. Personnel with the Harbor Master's office and the Navy also arrived at the scene to verify the facts and assess the situation.

The workers tried some unsuccessful maneuvers at first which included tying a rope to the hull and standing on the dock while manually pulling on it, but the boat was too heavy from the weight of the water inside of it. Then they brought in one of the Ultramar "City Jet" boats, which was positioned on the other side of the dock with ropes tied to the sunken boat, and the engines were engaged in reverse at full power, but only part of the boat emerged and then it sunk again. Another Ultramar boat arrived and tried a similar maneuver from the same side of the dock as the "Whale II", without success.

Finally, workers decided to use air tanks and after great efforts were employed, the boat emerged little by little, until it was afloat again.

Parade caused traffic problems  

Desfile provoca enorme caos vial

    For the Revolutionary Day parade, both sides of Rueda Medina were closed in the early morning, and traffic was diverted down Juarez. Usually residents are advised in advance not to park on Juarez, however that measure was not carried out, which increased the traffic chaos. By 11 o'clock roads were reopening and traffic was back to normal by noon.

New tax will increase annual revenue  

Incrementará la recaudación anual

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Nov. 23   6:49
Nov. 24   7:43
Nov. 25   8:42
Nov. 26   9:44
 Nov.27   10:47
  Nov. 28    11:49 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:10 to ~6:05p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:50 to 7:10
November Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.
Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.

Friday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a
Saturday, Nov. 10 Plogging event 8a-10a

Friday, Nov. 16-Monday, Nov.19  Buen Fin weekend (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 17 Plogging event 8a-10a

Saturday, Nov. 17 The second annual Biker Fest begins at noon on the runway & events include a tour around the island, contests, demonstrations, and other activities. They will have activities on Playa Centro on Sunday. It is sponsored by"Club Evolution FZ Isla Mujeres" in celebration of the club's sixth anniversary, and they expect motorcyclists from all over Mexico to attend. 
Saturday on the runway
Noon: Registration
1p: Get Together
2p: Inauguration of the Event
3p: Quarter Mile
4p: Procession around the isle & official photo
5p: Final Quarter Mile
6p: Stunt Biker, PDC.
7p: Contests & Surprises
7:30: Comedy Show
9p: Rock band
10:30: Rap w. Lil Chanek & Royal
11:30: Fire Show El Dragon H
12a DJ music

Sunday at Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach)
10a Meet at the beach
10:30: Stunt Biker PDC Show
11a: Rap
12p: Contests & Surprises
1p DJ music
Food & drinks for sale
Kit Sales: $170 in advance $190 day of event
Celebrating the sixth anniversary of "Club EVOLUCIÓN FZ ISLA MUJERES"

Sunday, Nov. 18 Town Square 8p Noches Magicas The Senior Citizen's choir will be accompanied by Jose Concepcion Najera, and singer Ernesto Rodriguez will also perform, as well as a dance troupe from the Academy Baile TuTu.
 Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day. Parade on Rueda Medina, starting in front of the Naval base at 8a.

 Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a

Wednesday Nov. 28 The Patron Saint festivities will begin when Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is taken down from her niche, followed by a dance on the Town Square. There will also be a dance at the closing festivities on Sat. Dec. 8, after the procession returning her to the church. The night before, Las Mañanitas will be sung in her honor. In between, there will be religious ceremonies and celebrations at the ~two dozen guilds & groups that honor her, with the schedule TBA. The Confirmations will be performed on Dec. 5 by Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.

Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day 

  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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF 
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to NHC in US (in English)

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