Friday, February 15, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 15

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Announcement inviting students to apply for scholarships LINK  
   Information is provided for application.

Today is an important date to share and show the love we feel to all our loved ones.

Your pet is your responsibility. Why do you have to pick up the feces of your pet? They produce bad odors. They are focuses of infection. They give a bad appearance to the streets of our island. It's your responsibility.

VIDEO about recent City press releases including the new trash schedule, City officials meeting with the tenants of the Canotal mercado market, and the pet sterilization program on Thursdays in coordination with Isla Animals.

Campaign to raise awareness among motorcyclists and their passengers: "Wear Your HelmetLINK  
 The City continues to conduct awareness campaigns about the importance of wearing helmets on motorcycles, which are the main method of transportation on the island, and sanctions will be imposed by traffic police for those who aren't wearing them. The police chief explained that the helmets must meet Mexican legal requirements, be fastened and worn by both the driver and passenger. Drivers must also respect speed limits.
Wear your helmet. Arrive safely.
Training course for sports coaches LINK  
     The main objective of the courses is to train the young people who act as coaches in the different branches of sports in the municipality. Fifteen trainers enrolled in the three days of courses to receive accreditation. This is an example of the Mayor's commitment to promoting and supporting sports for the benefit of young islanders.

Free pet sterilization campaign on Thursdays


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Naval Plan ("Plan Marina) instituted as a measure of prevention for Cold Front #36 LINK  
  In addition to this Fifth region, it was also activated in other Naval regions including the Ninth Naval Zone with headquarters in Yukalpetén, Yucatán; in the Tenth First (Decima Primera) Naval Zone with headquarters in Chetumal, in Quintana Roo and in the Naval Sector of Cozumel. This was
due to the effects of  Cold Front Number 36 as well as a trough line over the Yucatan Channel and northwest of the Caribbean Sea, which has caused cloudy skies with showers, thunderstorms, as well as reduced visibility in the channel from Yucatan and north coast of Quintana Roo; therefore, necessary precautions were taken.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Meetings concerning cargo limitations on passenger ferries  (article w photo of Ultramar ferry)

Photo of malecon, photos of tourists downtown, VIDEO of beach with tourists

Residents want officials to repair potholes caused by rain (photo)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of the president of CANACO, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, who expects a 25% increase in business at the restaurants on Valentine's Day. 

Agreement reached concerning transport of cargo on passenger ferries  Article and VIDEO of restaurateurs  

VIDEO from Wednesday of rain, flooding and Harbor Master, noting the port was closed for small boats due to the weather which suspended tourism activities.

March 30
IM Noticias   

Agreement reached concerning cargo on passenger ferry (article & photos)

Seeking agreement concerning cargo on passenger ferry (article & photos)

La Tertulia

Significant progress in negotiation concerning cargo on passenger ferries (article & photos of documents)


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

Consumer Protection Agency monitors florists on Valentine's Day  

Profeco verifica florerías en San Valentín

   Personnel with PROFECO were visiting florists, "perfumerias", and other shops to insure they are displaying prices. They had visited more than half of the 50 businesses downtown and in the colonias by noon. On Wednesday, they carried out calibration testings at the gas stations. Next week they plan to monitor the jewelry shops, in a joint operation with inspectors who have more power to respond to irregularities, and it is noted that there were two cases of tourists complaining last week, which have been resolved. 5hese items must have their price and weight (granaje) displayed.

Tourism activities in full swing: Everything is back to normal  

Todo se normalizó, actividad turística plena

 Many tourists had arrived by noon, renting nearly all the 830 golf carts, taking nautical tours, visiting the beaches, and walking and shopping downtown. The port was opened for general navigation, after the recreational and fishing boats had been inactive for two days due to the effects of Cold Front #36.

Business owners & Ultramar reach agreement  

Empresarios y Ultramar logran acuerdo

       The points of the agreement are as follows: One, the cost of passage includes 25 kilos of cargo on all routes and schedules. The objects must not exceed the following measures: 40 cm x 60 x 80 and / or that the sum of its three sides must not exceed 180 centimeters.
     Point two, the schedule for "miscellaneous transportation" will be from 5a to 8:30a, from 2p to 4p and from 8:30p to 11:30p, on Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, from 5a to 8:30a and from 8:30p to 11:30p. Point three, all miscellaneous items and baggage must be accompanied by at least one passenger. Four, all miscellanies must be transported and properly stored in stacked boxes or containers of 73 cm x 42 x 35 cm.
    The other points state that suitcases have priority, that household goods or office furniture won't be transpported; no dangerous substances; the emergency exits and evacuation routes of the ships must be free; and the stability of the boat should be ensured.

Canadian team will play Real Cancun on Sunday in Isla Mujeres  

Este domingo un equipo de Canadá enfrenta a Real Cancún

  The female soccer team of the University of Saskatchewan, the "Huskies", will play an exhibition game against the Real Cancun team on Sunday at 3:30 at the Salina Chica field in Isla Mujeres, which will soon be officially reopened. The renovation of the field has suffered delays and taken eight months, and the new synthetic turf needs more "gaucho dust" to comply with the regulations for league play, which should arrive at any time

Port opened for small boats for several hours  

Navegación menor, abierta unas horas

Feb. 13  The port was opened for small boats from 8a to 2p, when they were restricted to port due to the arrival of Cold Front #36. Restrictions included trips to Isla Contoy, small fishing boats, and recreational diving. The rain caused reduced tourism, especially at the beaches, and weather is expected to improve on Thursday.

Water levels controlled at lakes  

Controlado el nivel de agua de las lagunas

  Feb. 13  The pumps were turned off at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, after 27 continuous hours of work to discharge 10.8 thousand cubic meters of rainwater. At noon, in Salina Chica the water was 20 centimeters above its normal level, and 15 cm at the Salina Grande, according to the measuring poles installed by Civil Protection to carry out its control. At half a meter above normal, there is danger of overflowing and affecting homes.  
   The pumps at the Casa de la Cultura were quickly activated to control flooding at the intersection of Abasolo and Hidalgo. The head of Civil Protection noted that the worst was over and there had been 70mm of rain.   
     This has been the second strongest rain of the season, due to the cold front number 36, and the previous one was the 31st front, which struck on January 27 and 28, with more rain than this one.

Rain "tanks" sales  

Lluvias “aguan” las ventas

Meeting concerning cargo limits on passenger ferry  

Cámaras empresariales se unen

Business organizations of Isla Mujeres are united in their concern over the new 15 kilo cargo limit imposed on the Ultramar passenger ferry for commercial goods. They say transfer from Punta Sam isn't feasible. The Harbor Master denied having ordered the suspension of this activity.
     Juan Carrillo Figueroa, CANACO president said, "We have investigated and they tell us that the Harbor Master's Office of Isla Mujeres has not issued or received any notice to not allow the transport of cargo on the ferries; yes a notice was issued, but it was by the Cozumel Harbor Master, which is another jurisdiction, so we are surprised that they also want to apply this measure here."

Empty streets & beaches due to weather  

Isla fantasma

Port closed for small boats  

Se cerró el puerto a la navegación menor

Feb. 12  During the past week when fishermen were unable to go out, they have been repairing their nets and other equipment, but are concerned about the economic losses, as well as about damage to their nets by the weather, which is costly, as is the loss of the lobsters that were caught in the nets.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Feb 19   7:05
Feb 20   8:10
Feb 21   9:13
Feb 22  10:14
 Feb 23   11:12 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  6:35-6:50 
Sunrise ~7:20-7:05
February Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings LINK . Volunteers welcome! Here's the Accion Isla LINK 

  Friday, Feb. 1  Municipal clean up of mangroves to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Join them at 9a to clean part of the Makax lagoon. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent.They will also be presenting educational talks in the schools.

Saturday, Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day Plogging Clean-up  8a meet up at Zama beach club to clean along the Sac Bajo road. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 

Saturday, Feb. 2 Candlemas Day  Tamales provided by those who had the baby Jesus in their Kings cake on Jan. 6th.


Sunday, Feb. 3 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Monday, Feb. 4  A Civic ceremony is held the first Monday of each month, often on the Town Square, in the morning, probably around 8a or 9a. 

Thursday, Feb. 7  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 9 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.

Sunday, Feb. 10 Performances by Carnaval dance troupes with judging to determine the Kings & Queens of Carnaval.  Two couples are competing for the overall King & Queen, other categories include Children, Youth, and Diversity.

Thursday, Feb. 14  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

 Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents.

 In mid-February, there has been Artisan's Pavilion on the Town Square, for the past few years with artisans from other regions of Mexico, as well as a number from Isla Mujeres offering interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

Saturday, Feb. 16 Plogging Clean-up  Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 


Sunday, Feb. 17 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Feb 18-24 Island Time Music Festival & Fishing Tournament

 This will be the 10th anniversary of this Festival which benefits the Little Yellow School House who provide education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.  LINK to schedule of events, ticket information, etc Features popular Country music artist


Thursday, Feb. 21  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 23 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.  

Sunday, Feb. 24 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

 Sunday, Feb. 24 Online auction begins for the benefit of  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program

Thursday, Feb. 28  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Isla Blanca Kite Festival (on the mainland) says they've discontinued after ten years due to parking problems, but here's their page in case that changes.  LINK    

In February, generally the temperatures are very pleasant, but weather for this month includes "nortes", fronts from the north whose winds often cause small boats to be restricted to port, and they may bring clouds, rain, and cooler temps.  They cause the lobster to come out of their hiding places and move south across the seabed, increasing the catches of the fishermen

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Grouper and Octopus in February (and March). Lobster season ends after Feb. 28th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available).  LINK 

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 (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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