Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News and Events Tuesday, February 5

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From the City....
   The Crime Prevention division of the municipal Police Department conducted educational-recreational activities at the kindergarten-preschool "Gabriela Mistral" as part of their "Image of the Police" program. They were also taught about road signs.
     The Crime Prevention Director, Tania Galera Gomez said, "We have been working with residents to regain their confidence in the police, because as an organization and as public servants, we are here to help them, to take care of everyone, with the only end being to preserve the peace and tranquility that characterizes Isla Mujeres".

Preparing for the Census 
  The municipal government is working in coordination with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) for the upcoming Population and Housing Census 2020, which will take place in March. One of the issues that was discussed was the availability of walls to point promotional information, such as on municipal offices and municipal buildings. They also discussed providing assistance with informational talks in the schools and communicating in print media in the municipality, as well as providing space for the training of census takers. The Census will take place March 2-27, with assistance from various municipal agencies including the Police Department, Civil Protection, and the DIF, social service agency.

TVisla Mujeres    

VIDEO of Eduardo "Wato" Peniche saying the taxistas continue to be unhappy about the buses and plan to have more meetings with governmental officials about the issue.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO--Changes in administration at the Benito Juarez middle school

VIDEO--Registration for the "Talk with the Governor Event"

VIDEO  of former taxi union leader Eduardo "Wato" Peniche at the module for citizens to register for the upcoming "Talk with the Governor Event" saying the taxistas continue to be unhappy about the buses and more meetings are planned with governmental officials about the issue. (A majority of the comments are supportive of the bus service, with many noting that the residents need the buses for public transportation because they aren't being served by the taxis because the cabbies prefer the tourists who pay more.)

1600 tons of garbage at the Trash Transfer Facility (photos)
   The municipal Director of Public Services,  Pablo Moreno Povedano Director said there are 1600 tons of accumulated trash at the Transfer Facility. He said that during December, 65 to 70 tons of trash were generated daily, however only about 35 tons are transported daily to the mainland. Currently about 45 tons of trash are collected daily from the six routes on the island.

Photo of tourists sitting on the photo op letters with caption asking whether there should be more surveillance or signs saying this is prohibited.

From  Por Esto :

Increased tortilla prices take effect  

Entra en vigor aumento de la tortilla

   The 10.6 percent increase in tortilla prices went into effect on February 1st, after two years of prices remaining the same. A kilo of tortillas without wrapping increased from 19 to 21 pesos and with wrapping from 20 to 22 pesos. A kilo of masa increased from 15 pesos to 16 pesos. The increase was attributed to increases in the costs of cornmeal, freight, fuel, utilities, and machine parts, according to producers.
   It is noted that the cost of flour increased by 600 pesos a ton to 11,295 pesos, and there had been another increase by that amount at the middle of the year.

Week begins with good weather  

Empieza la semana con buen tiempo

  There was good weather on Monday, with winds from the east which didn't cause any problems, and tourism activities continued. In the afternoon, the wind was from the southeast, which was expected to continue on Tuesday, and the "surada" winds are expected to gust up to 50 kph on Wednesday, with stronger gusts in the open seas. The winds are expected to reach 60kph and to decrease on Thursday night with the arrival of the next cold front.
   The pleasant weather conditions on Monday allowed the fishermen to catch lobster and fish, and the dive shops and sport fishing operations were active. Thousands of tourists also enjoyed activities on land which included renting golf carts and touring the island. The beaches were busy and the restaurateurs said they did a good business, and some vendors complained of low sales.

Encouraging children to learn table tennis     

Fomentan el ping pong entre los niƱos

See yesterday's edition.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  On Monday around noon, about 50 meters from the Maritime Terminal, near the Picus and Miramar restaurants, there was a sewage overflow that was causing odors and complaints from the restaurateurs. The problem began on Friday, and Aguakan was notified.
  It is noted that the final score of the Isla Mujeres Pescadors against the Bonfil Pericos was 12-9, not 9 to 1 as was reported in a previous edition of Por Esto.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 February 9  7:21 (sets 7:45a)
February 10  8:26
February 11  9:30
  February 12  10:32
 February 13  11:31
This is the first of four supermoons for 2020. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

 Sunset  ~6:38-6:51p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:24-7:08am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
February Events 
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Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Sunday's at 1p there may be baseball games at the stadium in front of Chedraui. There are two teams, the Pescadores & the Cockteleros.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching grouper and octopus during February.   LINK 

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

Sunday, Feb. 2 Baseball at the el Pescador field at 1p. The playoffs begin and the Cockteleros will play the Astros of Tulum.

Monday, Feb. 3 is the day off for Constitution Day and an official holiday. 

Monday, Feb. 3 On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Feb. 4-8  The Island Time Music Festival benefits the Little Yellow School House and has two free events for the general public--on Tuesday and Friday at 7:30.  LINK  LYSH provides education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Constitution Day

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. 

CARNAVAL Feb. 21-25 
All events are free, and it's a good idea to have change & small bills to tip the dance troupes when they dance in the streets and at businesses. They spend a couple months preparing their costumes and choreography & show incredible stamina dancing for hours day after day.

FRIDAY--8p Town Square--Coronation of the Kings & Queens, Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of Master Kumbia

SATURDAY CUBAN NIGHT--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of MegaBoom

**1st PARADE--3p--Rueda Medina
AFTERNOON OF FANTASY--5p Town Square--Children's show & Inflatables, Dance Troupes, Kid's Costume Contest
NIGHT OF FANTASY & DIVERSITY--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Comedy w Silvanna Show

**2nd PARADE--3p Rueda Medina
REGIONAL & COMEDY NIGHT--9p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Costume Contest, Tila Maria Sesto Comedy Show

NIGHT OF JUAN CARNAVAL--9p Town Square--Burning & Will of Juan Carnaval, Dance to the music of Alberto Barros & su Orquesta

Lobster season ends Feb. 29th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available). 

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

The ten 31-passenger buses travel on four routes, from 6a to 10p, turning around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado, and going south thru El Centro on Rueda Medina. #1 & 2 are the "Colonia" routes and #3 & 4 are the "Tourism" routes. The overhead digital display & cardboard sign in the windshield provide the route information. The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they are numbered consecutively, 1 thru 10.
At the edge of town....

Route 1 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Rueda Medina and returns northward on Jesus Martinez Ross to town. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.
Route 2 goes southward down the eastern side of the isle on Jesus Martinez Ross** and returns northward on Medina to town. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.
Route 3 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Medina, then in & out of the Sac Bajo peninsula. If there are passengers for Punta Sur, it goes there & returns northward to town on the Caribbean Coastal road. If not, it returns east on Peces and returns northward on the Caribbean Coastal road to town.
Route 4 goes southward down the Caribbean Coastal road directly to Punta Sur & Garrafon, then northward in & out of Sac Bajo, then returns northward on Medina to town.
**Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites--#2 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces thru Salina Chica, but #1 going southward turns left/east off JM Ross before entering Salinas, taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologica, and I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art. All four routes go thru Bachilleres, past Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach and all four routes go past Chedraui.
The map isn't a bus route map, it's a street map, showing how Jesus Martinez Ross follows the Caribbean coast until becoming the main street of Salina Chica and going on to La Gloria, while the Caribe Coastal road (aka Payo Obispo) follows the coast. The east-west transit, Paseo de los Peces, is shown, but not labeled, at the edge between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. Its east end intersects the Caribbean Coastal Road by the Cemetery & its west end intersects Rueda Medina by the Mundaca Hacienda.
Downtown the main bus stop is at the parking lot just south of the passenger ferry terminal, and across the street. You can flag them down anywhere you see them outside of town. Chedraui is on the west side/Medina. Tortugranja & DD are in Sac Bajo. Garrafon is at Punta Sur. Bachilleres is on the eastern Caribbean coast, north of the colonias.
The 10p rate is for state residents & the senior citizen rate is for INAPAM card holders.Tourists pay 38p/$2usd per person per ride and can purchase an all-day pass for $9usd/175p. You pay as you board and exit thru the back door. The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The buses are air conditioned.

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