Monday, November 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Accelerated growth in Continental Zone

Raising excellent expectations for tourism  

Crecimiento acelerado en Zona Continental

Evaluación levanta excelentes expectativas turísticas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.
Leer más.Full article at this link..
      - The municipality of Isla Mujeres is expected to represent stronger competition for destinations such as the Riviera Maya and Cancun in upcoming years, according to personnel at the Municipal Tourism Department, following an evaluation of growth in the Continental Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality). They explained that  there are currently about four thousand rooms "under"  construction, of various hotel developments, which will be added to the nearly two thousand already in operation.
    They said the attraction of this development for investors is the orderliness which adds to the natural beauty, since sustainable development at this location is a priority. They explained that these projects are different from those of Cancun, because they will have a lower density.
         They said currently there are 1,857 rooms. Those "under" construction will add  more than twice as many rooms as are now available..
  •       The Majestic Group intends to build 2000 rooms, with construction of the first 500 rooms to begin in five months at Playa Mujeres.
  •      The Villar del Palmar hotel, located in Sector Two, plans to expand and build 400 more rooms for 2017.  
  •        In Sector Three, Dreams was recently inaugurated, with 450 rooms, in addition to Secrets, Beloved, Excellence and Finest.
  •        Atelier already has a construction license in Playa Mujeres, where it will build 700 rooms, with an investment of over two billion pesos, which will open in early 2018.
  •       In Costa Mujeres, there is the Palladium, which is (will be) a set of six hotels, totaling more than 3200 rooms; In the first stage they are already licensed for two hotels, the Royal Suites (450 rooms) and Gran Palladium (700 rooms). The first stage will be inaugurated in June 2018 and it is projected that the three stages will be completed in five years.

Better lit and safer

Juan Carrillo fulfills commitment to improve public services in the municipality

Más iluminado y seguro

Juan Carrillo cumple compromiso de mejorar servicios públicos en el municipio

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.-.
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  One of  commitments of  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis to the citizens of Isla Mujeres was to improve public lighting, with maintenance and renovations, to have a better lit and safer municipality.     José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, general director of Public Services, said that since public lighting is a strategic issue, at the Mayor's instructions, efforts have been redoubled to give the issue prompt attention, with the incorporation of a unit to assist the night shift workers providing maintenance and replacements of the lights. 
  Ríos Chalé reported that currently 90% of the island has public lighting coverage and the Continental Zone has nearly 50%.  The goal of the municipal administration in upcoming months of the municipal administration is for the island to have 100% coverage and the Continental Zone to have 70%, which represents important progress in this area, to the benefit of the island community.     
      He said, "The present administration has made important progress in giving attention to this issue and now has repaired or replaced ~35 percent of the lights in the municipality which had lacked maintenance, which had caused several areas of the Continental Zone and the Island to be in the shadows, previously."        "One of the most important actions consisted of work on a circuit which goes from the Naval base to the College of Bachilleres, where 28 lights were repaired. And in the next few days, another circuit will be rehabilitated along  the stretch between the park "Los Chiapanecos" up to Isla 33, with new lamps, Also, a new Public Services vehicle will take over the work, "said the official.     The municipal official invited the community in general to collaborate with the authorities by reporting any street lighting problems they see, so that these lights can be given attention by the City, to ensure prompt and timely service.


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

 Island families enjoyed performances by dance groups, musicians and singers at Magic Nights/#nochesmágicas #islamujeres. (on Sunday evening).
In this edition of Noches Magicas, there were performances by the  Renata Dance Studio, the folkloric dance troupe of the City of  Benito Juarez, and the DIF senior citizen dance troupe.
After their performances, the guests received a certificate of participation from  authorities of the City of Isla Mujeres, which reiterated the efforts of the president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, for the dissemination of activities in the municipality that promote art and culture.

Amena velada disfrutaron las familias isleñas con la presentación de grupos de danza, músicos y cantantes en las #NochesMágicas de #IslaMujeres.
En esta edición se presentaron las agrupaciones de danza Renata Dance Studio, el ballet folclórico del Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez, y el grupo de los adultos mayores del DIF local.
Tras su actuación, los invitados recibieron una constancia de participación en manos de las autoridades del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, que reiteraron el impulso del presidente, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, a la difusión de actividades que promuevan el arte y la cultura en el municipio.

Today we commemorate the creation of the town of Francisco May. (On the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres)
Hoy conmemoramos la creación del poblado Francisco May..

Be part of this change by participating in the citizen's forum discussing the future #platiquemosdelfuturo. Join us and enter the following link to participate.

Sé parte de este cambio participando en el foro ciudadano #PlatiquemosDelFuturo. Únete y entra al siguiente link para participar.

There are photos from the Noches Magicas Sabados / Magic Saturday Nights on the mainland part of the municipality.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Giving care and attention to the coconut palm trees in Isla Mujeres-
El cuidado y la atención a las palmeras de coco en Isla Mujeres -…/

Luis Lara Valdez, 53, and his coworker prune the palm trees of the Isla Mujeres beaches to avoid accidents, removing dry branches. The dry branches are ground up and mixed with other organic waste, to be used as fertilize for young plants and transplants around the island and at the nursery.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Planning celebrations of the arrival of the Spanish  
Celebrarán la llegada de los españoles .. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
  The first half of this article is has the same information that Por Esto published on Saturday and here is that translation (Paste) The parish priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso announced there will be a commemorative event in May at the now abandoned Boca Iglsia church, for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish to the region, and the foundation of the church. This will include a procession from Isla Mujeres of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception to that site. He said preparations have already begun to secure permits and plan safety measures with the small boats which enter this inhospitable site through the mangroves.
  Por Esto notes they have previously published information about the property being in the hands of an individual who is selling it for dollars, but presumably a federal rescue project is under way to make it an archaeological site, with proposals submitted by archeologists, historians, and local authorities.
    No specific date in May has been set to carry out this 70 km. procession. It will be the longest procession of this kind, since the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre has been taken annually, since 1999, across the 30 kilometers to the fishermen's camp at  Isla Contoy National Park
   Historians agree that it is likely that the first battle between Maya and Spanish took place in March 1517. Because of this, during the first days of March, Isla Mujeres annually celebrates the arrival of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba during his journey to the Yucatan peninsula, from Cuba.
   It is presumed that this Franciscan structure is located at (or literally atop) the Mayan building, which indicates that this site was the location of the ancient city of Ecab.
     Ecab was one of 16 Mayan señoríos (lit. kingdoms or areas ruled by lords/chiefs) , which were  located across the Yucatan peninsula, during the Post Classic period. Ecab encompassed what is now the northern part of Quintana Roo, from Felipe Carrillo Puerto
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   It notes that historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid is among the members of the organizing committee, who has documented information about this probable occurrence of the first combat in March 1517 between the Maya and the Spanish, who came from Cuba.
The Rescue
     In 1996, the rescue of the church in ruins began when municipal authorities asked for assistance from the INAH (Natioan Institute of Anthropology and History), and there were explorations and cleaning work done that generated transfers of groups of visitors, but there was no follow up by local governments.
   However, two years ago the INAH announced it was interested in promoting an initiative for the rescue of the property of Boca Inglesia, which is located near the international beacon (lighthouse) of Cabo Catoche, at the northern part of Quintana Roo.
   At the beginning of 2016, public access was restricted with lines of barbed wire, since 30 hectares of the property are privately owned. This issue has been moderated by the three levels of government responsible for cultural issues, and the INAH has mapped out wells, the military site, a stone arch, a rehollada, a calera, and other structures to the western part of the building.
    It will be of enormous importance for Isla Mujeres and Quintana Roo to rescue the site, because this will represent an option to develop tours in the coastal sea and to enter the system of mangroves before reaching the lagoon, where the bell tower is visible. This area was the site of the first Catholic Mass in America. 
   The old settlement of Boca Church or Ekab is then divided into two parts: the indigenous (pre-Columbian) and the colonial. By the end of the 15th century, the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula was divided into 16 Mayan groups. To this population, the historians also attribute other names which inclued: Belma, Boxchen (black land) or Pachi-Hom-Hom (because the island that separates them from the sea was called Hom-Hom, therefore in Maya this means, "Behind the island of Hom-Hom).        
   On about a hectare of land, you can see the  building which located in the middle of weeds and scrub. Later, at the perimeter,  more buildings have been found, which are on a platform of about 300 meters at the solid points, in the form of half horseshoe. This could include a total area of ​​25 to 30 hectares, starting from the body of water on the east side, where the area of landing (disembarking) is located..

  "About fifty meters from the main structure is a conventional house bardeada (lit walled). The area is uninhabited and is surrounded by mangroves and low flood areas, which makes it inaccessible by land. To arrive by  sea requires sailing about 40 kilometers from Isla Mujeres, "said one of the researchers. 
     Por Esto has previously published that there is a website offering for sale a property in breña  (lit. nonproductive land) of around 2,500 hectares in Boca Iglesia, where the church is located, at a price of 4 to 5 dollars per square meter. It is presumed that the Franciscan structure is located near or atop the Mayan ruin, which is evidence of the Mayan City of Ecab.


Improving the lighting 
Mejoras en la iluminación del destino] Ver mas Full article at this link

See translation above.

Days of festivities to celebrate the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
Días de fiesta para celebrar a la Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The festivities to celebrate the Virgin of Immaculate Conception will include dance troupes, live music and dancing, fireworks, spiritual activities,  processions, mananitas, activities by the guilds and groups, and the boat procession on the bay. The Catholic Church is investing over 100,000 pesos in addition to the activities of each of the 20 guilds, who are in the daily schedule.
   The events will begin on Monday with the taking down of the icon with a Mass at 7pm, then there will be a procession through the downtown streets, and then live music and dancing in the Town Square with the group Los Marlins, as well as performances by the Mestizas of Agua Salada.

These are the Patron Saint festivities which are taking place on the Town Square.
Cabalgata is a horse procession, Grupo de Baile or Danza is a dance troupe, Caravana is a procession of vehicles, and Dec. 8 is the boat procession in the Bay.

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November events

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Nov. 13      5:44p

Nov. 14      6:37p  Full Moon
Nov. 15      7:34p
Nov. 16      8:33p
Nov. 17      9:34p
Nov. 18     10:33p
Nov. 19     11:31p

Sunday evenings on the Town Square 8p Noches Magicas  Music & Dance Performances

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos  No School & Offices Closed
On Nov. 2, hundreds of residents have been invited to participate the silent parade, who will dress in traditional clothing or white, with Catrina makeup  as Catrinas Catrinas for the "Festival of the Living for the Dead". It starts at 6p from the Cemetery (Hidalgo and Lopez Mateos) to the Casa Cultura where there will be a display of altars in the style of different regions of Mexico. There's a nice video of last year's here on FB.

Thursday, Nov 3  Artist Fair at Casa de la Cultura 4p-9p
  Batik artist Sergio is a usual participant, along with Isla Brewery. Amar Peruvian restaurant set up tables at the last two fairs.

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies, as well as free reading glasses We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of Americans who live and visit your beautiful island.

Sat. Nov. 5 Town Square 8pm  performance by the graduates of the Polynesian dancing classes of the Casa de la Cultura.

Sunday, Nov. 5 Magic Nights of the Souls at 8pm on the Town Square. Festival of the Living for the Dead.

Friday, Nov. 11   You are invited to enjoy a performance by the Federal Police Mariachi band at 8pm in the Town Square. They are 14 professional officers who are also professional musicians.

Thursday, Nov. 17 Artist's Fair 4-9 Casa de la Cultura
Art by Liwlig Larsen
Nov. 18-21 Buen Fin (Sales)

Friday, Nov. 18 8:30  Parade commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Revolutionary War
Sunday, Nov. 20  Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)
Monday, Nov. 21 Day off for Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)

Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception 

Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Picante Plus, on the Town Square in front of the church. .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas;
Dec. 3, Musical groups Entorno and Mar & Arena
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña;
Dec. 5, Repeat of The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Dec. 5, Repeat performance by the band Entorno;
Dec. 6 Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus will perform and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Closing with performance by the musical group Los Marlin's at 8pm on the Town Square

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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