Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 24

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Small boats restricted to port again by strong winds   

Vuelven a cerrar el puerto ante los fuertes vientos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-
  On Wednesday morning at 7:15am, the port was closed for boats under 32 feet, due to strong winds from the southeast, which caused sand to blow onto part of the malecon seaside walkway. The port closure is only partial, allowing activities in the area of the lagoon and el Farito. Small boats were unable to offer diving and fishing trips out to sea, or take tours to Isla Contoy, as well as restricting the fishermen. 
       The port has remained open for the past 15 days, but during that time there were days when large waves kept the fishermen and other boaters, from going to work, in addition to the low temperatures. 
        The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said these restrictions are expected to continue on Wednesday, but the port may be opened for general navigation on Thursday, weather permitting.

Photographic exhibition for environmental education 

Con exposición fotográfica itinerante

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-
 See City section below....

Deadline approaching to pick up voter's cards before election    

Para recoger credencial de elector

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-
       Voters who registered or updated their information must pick up their voter's cards by Thursday, February 25th in order to be able to participate in the election on June 5, when citizens will vote for Governor and Mayors.
         As a last alternative for those who fail to pick it up on the island on Wednesday or Thursday, the INE module will move to Rancho Viejo of the Isla Mujeres Continental Zone, and then they will be in  Puerto Morelos, with the final deadline on February 29th. There are approximately 100 cards which have not been picked up for registrations made in 2014, 2015, and 2016. For the year 2014, there are about 14 cards remaining.

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

Traveling photographic exhibition of the biological wealth of Isla Mujeres 

  This photographic exhibition of species native to Isla Mujeres was previously on display at the Casa de Cultura on the island. It has been on display since this weekend at the Community Center of Rancho Viejo in the multipurpose room, and has been shown to the students of the high school (Colegio Bachilleres) there, to increase their knowledge of the different species of native flora and fauna. It has also been on exhibition at another school in Rancho Viejo, and was organized by the municipal Department of Ecology, whose director is Carlos Barranco to help the students and community understand the importance of contributing to conservation of our various species of flora and fauna. (Rancho Viejo is on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.).

Together we can prevent diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika (I've translated this poster previously. It has general advice for prevention of mosquito borne diseases including eliminating areas around the home where water can collect and allow larvae to breed, wearing repellent as directed and long sleeves and pants, and it lists symptoms with advice to seek medical treatment for them.)
Entre todos podemos prevenir enfermedades como el Dengue, Chinkungunya y Zika.

In all corners of the municipality, our goal is to stop mosquitoes from breeding to prevent diseases such as dengue fever,  chikungunya and zika. WORKING TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY.
En todos los rincones del municipio nuestro objetivo es acabar con los criaderos de moscos parar evitar enfermedades como el Dengue, el Chinkungunya y Zika. TRABAJAMOS POR TU SALUD.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Great time for Isla Mujeres  
Excelente momento para IM.. [+] Ver mas

   With hotel occupancy at 81 percent, Isla Mujeres is experiencing one of its best times and this percentage is expected to continue or increase until the beginning of Easter vacation, when occupancy is expected to reach nearly 100 percent. The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodrigue Orozco, said on Tuesday HIM reported an occupancy rate of 74%, while the association of small hotels downtown, Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes del Centro, reported occupancy at 88 percent.
   He said, "This month is one of the best, with occupancy rates that may reach 90 percent or more. We can't complain, because this is a very good occupancy rate, especially when compared to previous years when it was at 30-35 percent after the holidays, which continued until the start of Easter vacations." 
        He said that Isla Mujeres has worked, little by little, to become a preferred tourist destination for national and international tourists, and to not just be the backyard of Cancun. However, he acknowledged that the island remains a popular destination for hundreds of daytripping tourists who arrive on the ferries as well as the catamarans from the Cancun Hotel Zone, who rent golf cars and eat and drink at the beach side restaurants, as well as making small purchases at local businesses, which generates a significant economic benefit.
        Despite the sunny weather on Tuesday, the main beaches were uncrowded, while many tourists were seen shopping downtown and walking around, and others chose to explore the sights of the island aboard golf carts.

Port closed again 
Cierran nuevamente el puerto.. [+] Ver mas
  This has the same information as the article in DQR, but noting that the port was closed for boats under 40 feet, due to southeastern winds of 30-40 kph, gusting to 50kph.
          The lobster fishermen have less than a week until the close of the season, and are concerned because of low production, due to frequent port closures and poor weather which has prevented them from working. The president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said the fishermen have only been able to work three or four times since the beginning of February. He said that even when the port was open, they must travel far out to dive for lobster and collect from their traps. When there are strong swells, they can go out for a while and then must return by 11am or noon, without having enough time to check all their traps.
         He said that as a representative of the Federation, he will ask the authorities for an extension to the season, if weather continues to prevent them from working between now and February 29th, since they have barely been able to work in February. He said even when the yellow flag is flying, they cannot go out to sea because the waves are too strong.
    The Harbor Master said that according to forecasts, Cold Front #40 is expected  to reach the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula in the next few hours, bringing increasing winds to the coasts and maritime regions from Campeche to Quintana Roo of 40-50 kph and waves of 1.2 to 1.8 meters. In general, boaters should not go out to sea along the coastal and sea areas of the Yucatan peninsula if this Cold Front arrives as expected, and the boating community should stay informed and take the appropriate precautions.

Eastern Malecon continues to lack light 
Malecón Oriente permanece a oscuras. [+] Ver mas
     The eastern malecon seaside walkway, which is located near Isla 33 condos and colonia Amplification La Gloria, has been dark for about a month, according to residents who like to exercise there after work. They also complain about vandalism, noting the signs have disappeared which warned tourists of the risks of getting too close to the edge of the cliffs.
         Resident Ramiro Garcia Estevez said the while brigades clean and remove brush from the walkways, there is a general lack of maintenance, and some of the railings are broken. He said there has been acts of vandalism to the benches and trash cans, and the area needs attention from the City government.

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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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

February events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
Feb. 22, Monday:       6:57  (Full Moon, sunset 6:50)
Feb. 23, Tuesday:       7:47
Feb. 24, Wednesday:  8:37
Feb. 25, Thursday:     9:25
Feb. 26, Friday:        10:14
Feb. 27, Saturday:     11:03
Feb. 28, Sunday:       11:52

Sunday, Jan. 31 
Pescadores vs Cockteleros  at 1pm at the El Pescador baseball field for the Winter Technical League

Feb. 1, Monday  Day off for Constitution Day

Feb. 2 Candlemas  If there was a plastic baby in your piece of Rosca (King's cake) on Dia de los Reyes (Kings Day Jan. 6), you're expected to provide tamales today for the friends who shared the cake with you. Link to info about Candlemas.  

Announcement of the activities to commemorate World Wetlands Day. 
Feb. 2, Tuesday 6pm Casa de Cultura "The Importance of Wetlands" Conference
Feb. 3, Wednesday 9am-11:30 am Clean Up  Adult volunteers needed to assist & supervise the students. Wear closed shoes, hats, comfy clothing
            Meeting place is the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

February 4, Thursday   Artist Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
Feb. 5 Friday  Constitution Day

Carnaval is February 5-9  

Feb. 5, FRIDAY: GALA NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Coronations of the Carnaval King & Queen, the Senior Citizen King & Queen, and the King & Queen with Disabilities. Dance Troupe Performances. Special performance by the young singer Jomal.

Feb. 6, SATURDAY: CUBAN NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Dance Troupe Performances (Including RDS)
Dancing by Residents & Tourists to Music of the Band "Rebelde"

Rueda Medina & Posada Beach aka Playa Centro Live Music
      FANTASY NIGHT Town Square  8pm  
Costume Contests for Children & for Pets
Performance by Eduardo Togi

Link to video of performer  
MONDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square  8pm 
Dance Troupe (Regional Night) Performances, Adult Costume Contest
Comedy with Nani Namu & Stars

TUESDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square   8pm  
Dance Troupe Performances (including RDS), Burning of Juan Carnaval & Reading of His Will

 The theme for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016 isEl Escenario del Mundo(The World Stage or Scenes of the World). Ten dance troupes are registered. The theme song is “Calor, Pasión, Mucha Diversión.This article says Monday is Regional Night/Noche Regional LINK.   
    For more information, visit the social network sites of the Ayuntamiento (City government) LINK  or go to the Casa  de la Cultura, Av. Guerrero at the intersection with Abasolo, tel.: 8 770767   

Feb. 8 & 9  No School (for Carnaval)  

Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday

Feb. 11 Thursday, Naval Wives Monthly Breakfast Benefit (For Naval Hospital) 9am Naval Club 

Feb. 13 & 14, Sat & Sun, Salina Chica Futbol Rapido Lightning Tournament  

Feb 13-21  National Artisan's Exposition 9a-9p Town Square Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day 

Feb. 15 The dance troupe from Renatta Dance Studio will perform "Carnaval Brasil" at 8pm on the Town Square at the official inauguration of the National Artisan's Exposition which began  Feb. 13 and continues until next Sunday, Feb. 21

Feb. 15-20  Island Time Music & Fishing Fest   LINK     LINK    

Feb 16, 18, & 23 at 10 am
    Feb. 25 at 4pm
  Batik classes by Sergio at Casa de Cultura 350 pesos +50p for materials (Islanders 100p,includes materials)

Feb. 17  Wednesday   Cultural Center  Artist Fair 4-9

Feb. 19 Friday  8pm Town Square  a performance by the Children's Folklorico troupe of the Cultural Institute and by the troupe "Carnavalissismo" and the Artisan's expo continues daily 9a-9p thru Sunday.

Feb. 23 Magic show demonstration (free) Casa de Cultura 5pm;
Magic Classes on Tues & Thurs starting March 1st for two months 5p-6:40  (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

Feb. 24 Flag Day
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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p

  Saturday, March 5:

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages, which probably means Isla Cerveza are expected.

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