Friday, December 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres News & Events Friday, December 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Closing of fiscal year    

The municipal Treasurer, Alvaro Magana Galue, announced that the fiscal year is ending and all invoices for purchases or services acquired for the municipality must be submitted by Monday, December 21st at the Administrative office, which is open Mon-Fri from 10am to 4pm.

Delivery of lots and concessions to taxi drivers     

A trabajadores del volante

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de diciembre.-
   The 280 lots have been assigned and turned over as of noon on Thursday at an informational meeting in the offices in the Continental Zone in Rancho Viejo. There are a total of 400 partners and operators in the union, and drivers may also purchase a lot in this residential area.  
        There are also 30 operators who will receive a concession and become socios in the union, after completing 11 to 12 years. There will be a meeting on Saturday in colonia La Gloria at 4pm, which will include these activities as part of the annual report.

 Meeting & report about "Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico" promotion and publicity      

 En materia de promoción y publicidad de la nueva marca “Isla Mujeres Pueblo Mágico”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de diciembre.-
  See the translation in the City section below.....

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

Online registration is available for the 2016-2017 school year.
Inscripción en línea para el curso escolar 2016-2017.

Meeting of the Pueblo Magico Committee  
    On Thursday, the Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico Committee held their year-end meeting at the Casa de Cultura, to discuss and review various issues related to one of the most significant achievements in tourism for Isla Mujeres: inclusion in the list of Pueblos Magicos of Mexico.
     During the meeting, the agenda included the Informe del Seminario de Inducción a Nuevos Pueblos Mágicos report, as well as reports from each member on progress in promoting and advertising the new brand "Isla Mujeres: Pueblo Magico". The criteria for remaining in the program was presented.
       The Committee considered a proposal to recreate the Induction Seminar on the island, which was held last month in Mexico City.  The Chairman of the Committee, Gerardo Magana Barragan, explained why it is vital for each of the members to share the information and multiply the effect.
       They discussed issues of everyday life on the island that need solutions, such as the illegal presence of vendors on the beaches, which have caused innumerable complaints from tourists who feel harassed by these people, and in some cases the vendors have committed thievery, which results in a poor impression and bad press for this vacation destination.
       They discussed the problem of stray cats and dogs, who swarm the downtown streets, causing a serious image problem, but most of all this affects Public Health; and it was agreed that this is an issue that needs immediate attention. It was proposed and recommended that training courses be given to taxi drivers, comisionista-hawkers, employees, and others to inform them about being a Pueblo Magico, and to develop their activities within the framework of responsibility and ethics that are associated with this destination and with this distinction.
         It was agreed that in the upcoming year, Committee meetings will be held quarterly. The meeting was attended by Adriana Martínez Galué; Guadalupe Martínez Márquez; Gerardo Magaña Barragán; José de Jesús Castillo Magaña; José Magaña Galué; Baltazar Maldonado Tun; Juan Carrillo Figueroa; Marcelo Cupul Cu and Marcelino Velázquez. (Por Esto notes it was also attended by members of the business community).

Important notice for service providers (regarding the end of the fiscal year and need to submit invoices by Dec. 21 for products or services acquired for the municipality.)  
Aviso importante para nuestros proveedores y prestadores de servicios.

These are the last days to take advantage of the 25% discounts in the payments of property taxes  
Últimos días para aprovechar el 25% de descuento en el pago de tus contribuciones.

December 20  International Day of Human Solidarity   
Hoy 20 de Diciembre, Día Internacional de la Solidaridad Humana

December 18: International Day of the Immigrant   
Hoy 18 de diciembre, Día Internacional del Migrante.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

"Isla Mujeres: Pueblo Magico" Committee meeting held
Sesionó el comité “Isla Mujeres, Pueblo Mágico”.. [+] Ver mas
 See translation in the City section....

Expecting 100% occupancy for Christmas & New Year
Navidad y Año Nuevo, al 100%.. [+] Ver mas

  The small hotels that take reservations online and from travel agencies report that they are selling out all of their space for Christmas and New Year. It appears that this will be a better season than last year, with some hotels, such as "Kinich" referring people to other properties to ensure they will be able to spend their holiday on the island.
      Those who do not work with agents or online report that they still have space available. Occupancy is expected to be good throughout the winter season, and managers are forecasting occupancy rates of 85 percent throughout January and 95 percent in February. The municipal Tourism Department reports that most hotels are beginning the season with occupancy over 70 percent.
      Property managers recommend that tourists be provided with more information, in particular they are complaining about the failure to install a notice at the Maritime Terminal about the time difference between Quintana Roo and the rest of the country, which is a main attraction. They also recommend that the Traffic police do not allow long lines of vehicles to form during peak traffic times along Rueda Medina, and that they should not stop traffic for every pedestrian that wants to cross, because this causes traffic jams from the Maritime Terminal to the gas station. Some business owners say the carts and scooters should be directed to park in the parking lot at the Casa de Cultura. The areas of conflict occur where there are large numbers of tourists, on Rueda Medina, Juarez, Madero, Matamoros, and Abasolo.

Trash collection changes to improve urban image 
Aprueba la IP proyecto de imagen urbana.. [+] Ver mas
  Most of this information has already been translated, regarding changes to implemented in January, 2016, to prevent trash cans from remaining on the street (excepting those for public use) and to reduce exposure of tourists to trash collection vehicles, by implementing a new schedule and regulations. This article notes that the five daily routes will be reduced to two routes.

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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  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

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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