Sunday, December 20, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, December 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Hotels are nearly full   

En pleno arranque de la temporada vacacional decembrina, los hoteles están a tope

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.- 
    On Saturday, December 19th, about 90 percent of the hotels in Isla Mujeres had no vacancies, and it is nearly impossible to find a room on the island these days.  The demand for overnight space on the island is so high that a City employee who was looking for an apartment for a week for her family to come visit for the New Year holiday gave up after a week of trying without success. The island resident said, "It is virtually impossible to find a room or apartment for Christmas and New Year in Isla Mujeres now." 
       The office of municipal Tourism said the overall projection for the winter season is 85 percent occupancy, and for January and February occupancy is expected to be at 95 percent.  The small hotels that use the internet and travel agencies for reservations reported a sell out for Christmas and New Years, according to the executives who were consulted. Hoteliers say this season is much better than last year, to the degree that hotels such as "Kinich" are sending people to other properties to ensure the visitors spend their holidays at this destination.

Agapito shows appreciation for City employees at annual Christmas party    

Celebra con tradicional posada a empleados de Comuna

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.-
   This weekend the traditional party for the City employees was held at the convention center, and included exquisite dishes, soft drinks, music, a live show, and a raffle. It was a pleasant evening, enjoyed by coworkers and colleagues, which went on until after 2am. The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, expressed his gratitude, and sincere wishes for harmony, peace, prosperity, love, and health within every home of the 840 employees of the City and the DIF, social service agency. 
    There was a raffle of many useful household items such as refrigerators, stoves, televisions, ovens, and other articles.  
     On Saturday morning the 130 employees of the DGSP&T (Public Safety and Traffic) enjoyed a breakfast and gifts of household items. They were congratulated on behalf of the Mayor by Joaquin Poot Acosta (the police chief), who gave them gifts and good wishes.

Security operations by Police and Harbor Master    

De Seguridad Pública y Capitanía de Puertos

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.-
    For the safety of residents and tourists on land and sea, there are operations and patrols by the municipal Department of Public Safety and by the office of the Harbor Master. The police force of Isla Mujeres consists of 70 officers of whom 50 are on the island and 20 are in the Continental Zone on the mainland part of the municipality. On the Island the officers have five cars and trucks, and seven motorcycles.
     The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said their security operations will continue until January 10, 2016, with increased vigilance at areas where the largest numbers of tourists arrive, with the intention of preventing accidents. They will be supported by cadets with FIDENA (Training of Merchant Marine Staff) aboard two boats and one land vehicle.
     The docks of APIQRoo, the Port Authority of Quintana Roo, are being closely monitored on the island including the ferry docks, the yacht clubs, the tourism cooperatives (Isla Mujeres & Adolfo Lopez Mateos), the tourism centers of Playa Lancheros and Playa Tiburon, the area around el Farito lighthouse, and the beaches on the northern part of the island.

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

Our municipal President is known for listening to the residents.
Nuestro Presidente Municipal se caracteriza por escuchar siempre a la ciudadanía.

The deadline for submitting invoices is Monday, December 21, because the fiscal year is nearly over.
Con motivo del cierre del ejercicio fiscal 2015, la fecha límite para recibir facturas, será hasta el lunes 21 de diciembre.

Agapito Magana Sanchez organized the traditional Christmas party and dined with the employees and shared a pleasant time with them, showing appreciation for the work they do every day for the benefit of the community. 
Con amistad y camaradería se compartió el pan y la sal durante la tradicional posada navideña que Agapito Magaña Sánchez organizó para convivir y agradecer a los empleados el trabajo diario que realizan para el bien de la comunidad..

The City Treasurer, Alvaro Magana announced that providers of services need to submit their invoices to the Administrative office.
El titular de las Finanzas Públicas del Municipio, Álvaro Magaña informó que proveedores y prestadores de servicios, deberán entregar sus facturas en la oficina de la Oficialía Mayor..


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Fishing cooperative plans meeting regarding sale of their property    
Inicia desintegracion de la patria. [+] Ver mas
    A majority of the members of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso" signed the request for a special general meeting, to be held on Wednesday, December 23 to discuss "issues related to the administration", and it is expected that this will open the way for the sale of their property.
     There are 88 persons on the membership list, of whom 46 signed the application, 27 did not, and 8 are dead. (Those numbers add up to 81).  In July there were many who requested a change of the board and at that time it was found that most of the original members are elderly and can no longer work, who would like to be paid an amount over 100,000 pesos per person as "liquidation". The coop has no capital to meet this requirement.
        There has been an offer to purchase the property from Alvaro Burgos Rios, who has been involved with the organization for years, and there are various accusations against him and the previous board, and discontent over their failure to turn over financial records to the new board. There are allegations of political maneuvering in favor of Burgos from public officials. 

Weather affects tourism    
Turistas se encierran en los hoteles[+] Ver mas
The strong winds and cloudy skies from cold front #21 caused many tourists to stay in their hotel rooms, while others braved the weather on foot, in golf carts, and on bicycles, and some went out to eat or shop. The beaches were empty, and the skies threatened rain, but no great quantity fell, and there were no accumulations or puddles in the areas that are prone to flooding.
       The weather is expected to improve for Sunday, and the economy is expected to be good for the rest of the month with high hotel occupancy, according to hoteliers and the municipal Office of Tourism. So far during this holiday season, there have been no emergencies or incidents.      According to CONAGUA (National Water Commission) the wind and rain are expected to subside on Sunday, and Monday should have good weather for enjoying the beaches and sea, including at popular sites like Isla Contoy National Park.

Turtles missing from monument  
Desaparece monumento a la tortuga.. [+] Ver mas
    Photo at link, there is no text. The second turtle disappeared last month.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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 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  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

Coming December 25-30! 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.
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

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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