Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 12

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Mayor renews support for the fishing industry  LINK   

The State Health Department, in coordination with the municipal government, invites the community to participate in a junk removal campaign today at 10:30 am in the La Gloria park.


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New cargo policies will impact prices: Restaurateurs LINK  
   Most of the information in this article has already been translated. Ultramar clarified that passengers can transport their luggage without any problem, but in the case of merchants who have been crossing with  their merchandise, that is no longer possible. See Por Esto section.

No tolerance of bad practices by seamen LINK   
    The Secretary General of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, Mirian Trejo León, said that bad practices will not be tolerated by anyone in the nautical community, because this could affect the image of this tourist destination. Following complaints by seamen from Isla Mujeres about their counterparts in Puerto Juarez, the City will be more vigilant about those operators in Puerto Juarez-Cancun. (This refers to those with small boats "lancheros" who offer snorkeling tours.)
      She said that in order to be able to work in the public streets, a specific accreditation is needed and she said that surely those who come from another municipality do not have it.
  In the company of Tourism Director Jesus Castillo Magaña, she explained that it is as easy as enforcing the existing regulations and whoever incurs an irregularity will have to face the consequences. Sra/ Trejo Leon said that it is not a witch hunt, but is simply being done to promote a safe municipality for the workers and the tourists.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Beach photos   Beach VIDEO  

Sunday at the El Pescador baseball field, the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros lost to the Tulum Langosteros by a score of 5 to 2.

Photo of artisan Dona Norma and her wares with a caption inviting visitors to support islanders by asking for more spaces to offer their products.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

There is a citizen complaint about an excessive water bill, who filed a complaint with PROFECO, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency and a video promo for the Icebar fight.

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

Veterinarian Delfino Guevara wants officials to apply Animal Control laws, saying that a study by volunteers indicates that 98% of the cats in Isla Mujeres are feral. He offered his help.


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

Alex & Maria del Mar: Carnaval King & Queen  

María del Mar y Alex, reyes del carnaval


Business organization supports entrepreneurs concerns about cargo rules  

Canaco respalda inconformidad

 The dissatisfaction of restaurateurs concerning new limits on commercial cargo on passenger ferries is supported by the business organization, CANACO (Chamber of Commerce). However, Ultramar has explained that this restriction of 15 kilos originates with the Secretary of the Navy, via the Harbor Master, who said the rule is for the greater safety for passengers on the Puerto Juarez ferries, because there is cargo service at Punta Sam.
    Baltazar Maldonado, of the gastronomy sector of CANACO, said they will hold a press conference at 11:30 am in his business to discuss the issue. He said that many don't have vehicles to take the cargo ship in Punta Sam and a proposal to solve this problem for the future would be to reconsider the project of a supply center, enabling part of the municipal mercado-market "Javier Rojo Gómez".
    Many restaurateurs have been going to Cancun and returning with 30 to 50 kilos of fresh produce that aren't available on the isle. These items need to be fresh, so they must be replaced frequently, requiring trips two or three times a week, to meet the demands of customers for good gourmet food.

Legislators could provide assistance for fishing industry  

Diputados refrendan apoyo al sector pesquero

  At the meeting with federal legislators, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said, "Fishing is one of the main economic activities in Isla Mujeres, which represents the daily livelihood for hundreds of families and a strong impetus for the development of our municipality, which is why today I confirm my commitment to work in coordination with the federation for their benefit."
    It is noted that the docks for the cooperatives "Makax" and "Isla Blanca" have deteriorated and need repair, and it is hoped there will be more financing for the fishing industry under the new federal administration. The federal zone concession of the cooperative "Social Justicia" was vacated a few weeks ago, because it is in private hands, and the same is happening with "Makax". Some say others could be heading in the same direction, which are  “Patria y Progreso”, “Isla Blanca”, and “Caribe”.
   The Mayor said the fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres not only provide livelihood for many families, but also attracts thousands of national and foreign visitors through sport fishing, which contributes significantly to the local economy as an important source for generating income and jobs, and boosts regional development through a multiplier effect on the tourism, fishing and services sectors.
       Among the topics that were discussed with the legislators was the support of the federal government for the acquisition of boats and engines, as well as economic benefits for the fishing cooperatives by the City of Isla Mujeres. The legislators and the Mayor met with the fishermen.

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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 
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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  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. 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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