Friday, December 25, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 25

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

No new Isla Mujeres articles in DQR today....


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

The people of the City of Isla Mujeres wish you a Merry Christmas and a night of peace and harmony
El equipo del H. Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres les desea una Feliz Navidad y una noche de paz y armonía.

The Governor says the predictions were true: Quintana Roo is having the best December holiday season in its history.
  Gov Roberto Borge says occupancy is reaching 100 percent in most of the hotels in Cancun and the Maya Riviera, with a similar percentage in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Holbox, Chetumal, and Bacalar, which he attributes to successful promotion strategies and expansion of connectivity by air, developed jointly with the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto. 
     While national and North American tourists are the main market of Quintana Roo this season, there is a noticeable influx of visitors from Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Netherlands, Brazil, Chile , Belgium and Switzerland. He spoke about the success of the winter Security Operation, and said according to the State Ministry of Public Security, no serious accidents have been reported.
        He said in recent days occupancy in the Riviera Maya was 83 percent, but tourism arrivals have accelerated this week, bringing overall occupancy to 100 percent which is expected to continue thru the New Year's celebrations. He said, "During this period, the highest occupancy rates are recorded, annually."  He said six cruises are arriving in Mahahual during this period.
       The Cancun International Airport broke its record for mobilized passengers with 18 million people being served.  By the third day of the holiday period, December 19, there had been 1962 domestic and international flights, with an average of 490 flights daily. On December 11, for the fourth consecutive year, a record was set for the number of passengers, which indicates that destinations of the Mexican Caribbean will report record breaking statistics for occupancy and arrivals.
       The President of the Vehicle Renters Association of Quintana Roo ( Asociación de Arrendadores de Vehículos de Quintana Roo), Tomás Polanco Valencia, said that for Christmas and New Year's, 100 percent of their fleet of 20,000 units will be rented.  The ADO company reported that they are moving 700 to 800 passengers daily, with an average of 25 runs daily, that go to Chetumal, as well as the center and southeast of the country, as well as regional destinations such as Campeche, Yucatan, and Belize.

On Saturday, December 26, the municipal Treasury office will be open until 2pm, which will be the deadline to take advantage of the 25% discount for property taxes.
Este sábado 26 de diciembre la Tesorería del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres estará laborando hasta las 2 de la tarde, y será fecha límite para obtener el descuento del 25 por cierto en el pago del impuesto predial.

Thursday morning hundreds of families benefited from one more edition of the successful social program "Recycling Trash for Food", at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia la Gloria 
Esta mañana cientos de familias se beneficiaron con una edición más del exitoso programa social "Reciclando Basura por Alimentos".
La cita fue en el Domo Bicentenario de la colonia La Gloria.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Clarification of the legal situation of the fishing cooperative  
Por esclarecer situación legal de cooperativa.. [+] Ver mas
    In a meeting with the President of the fishing cooperative Patria & Progreso, Jaime Osorio Sánchez, a lawyer spoke regarding their complaint before the Public Ministry, and they discussed strategies and ways to correct past errors, and to find a way to achieve resolution to this issue in 2016. He did not specify, but said the process will continue to clarify the alleged mismanagement by the previous administration, and they are using legal recourse to obtain the files of the organization, after the former coop president, Luis Fernando G. Canton, 'cleaned out' the entire office.
   During 2015, the "Makax" cooperative sold its property to local politicians, at 200 meters from its original location, moving into an area of mangroves. The cooperative "Isla Blanca" recovered more than 400 meters, which had been attempted to be taken from them, associated with alleged corruption in government during 2005-2008.
      At the end of June, a majority group regained administration of the cooperative "Patria & Progreso", after it had been managed by people associated with the politician-businessman Alvaro Burgos Rios for many years. There have allegedly been questionable maneuvers since the group has refused to sell their property for 7 million pesos to him, and now there is news of a better deal with an offer of 15 million pesos from someone else, which will be worked out in January.  Sr. Burgos Rios, former municipal Secretary General, has been accused of fraudulent activities, as well as failure to provide the official documents of the cooperative, whose members engaged in verbal confrontations on Wednesday, and posters were exhibited against the businessman-politician.

Christmas Masses  
Misas de navidad [+] Ver mas
      The Christmas Eve Masses were scheduled for midnight in the four chapels of the island to give thanks and commemorate the birth of Jesus, with the La Misa de Galló scheduled a little before midnight. Many families have dinners following Mass or enjoy special television programs. The Christian churches were also celebrating, including the pastor Isaias Aguilar, with a dinner at a house in colonia Salina Chica. Many people celebrate in their home with parents and grandparents, together, encouraging family closeness, celebrating with local traditions, which are different from the various customs of foreigners, but they often merge because there are invitations for friendship and relationships. Nearly all businesses shortened their hours so that families could celebrate Christmas together, including the ferries, convenience stores, and tourism businesses, while many restaurants continued to serve customers until the last moments of the night. 

Christmas brings tourists   
Navidad trae turistas.. [+] Ver mas

   A large number of tourists were seen arriving on Thursday to spend Christmas in Isla Mujeres, and the security operations of the municipal police were in place, amid long lines that also included local people who had crossed for last minute shopping. The tourists included Mexicans, as well as visitors from the USA and Canada, who came to enjoy the beaches and water in this safe destination, with discreet surveillance by the Mexican Navy, lifeguards of Civil Protection, and security personal of local businesses. At times, traffic was affected by this busiest season when there are 550 rented golf carts and more than 150 taxis on the streets, in additions to hundreds of motorcycles in public and private use.
   Before noon, there was a report of a 'derrape' (skid) of a local youth, Damian Vergara Evan, 15, at the middle school "Benito Juarez" who may have had a pelvic fracture, since he had a great deal of pain in that area. He was attended to by the Red Cross.
      Amid this intense level of tourism activity, the Department of Tourism reports there have been no major incidents, and advises that the golf cart rental agencies provide information to their clients about accident prevention, including not allowing minors to drive. They ask that all businesses do what they can to see that visitors receive good service and are provided with a positive image of this destination. It is also noted that property taxes can be paid at the Town Hall on Saturday from 9a -2p, with a discount of 25 percent.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 
Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 17 Naval Band performance 8pm Town Square
Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve 
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p

  Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day   
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
  Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled.

December 25-30 Casa de Cultura 10a-2p & 6p-9p for State, and 8p nightly for National except the 28th.    Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square.  Tables can be reserved at the entrance to the Town Hall 10am-3pm.
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p 
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

Jan. 1  
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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