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featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
Mayor is working to increase security
Trabajo diario de Juan Carrillo
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de enero.-
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de enero.-
"On the Island we are committed to the tranquility of our citizens. Every day we put forth our best efforts by investing in a better prepared Police force, with top quality equipment and infrastructure, so that island families feel safe and live in peace, "said the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis,while providing economic support for the officers via the FORTASEG program (Fortalecimiento de la Seguridad ).
There were 51 officers who benefited, who met the requirements for the federal program, which includes passing exams of control and confianza. These resources are intended to improve the working and living conditions of police officers and their families, especially in the area of improvement, expansion or construction of their homes. The Mayor spoke about his pride in the force, and the important work they do. He said he is committed to working hand in hand with the three levels of government to provide the necessary resources for their preparation and for ongoing training, and for the welfare of islander families, without pause.
The Chief of Police, Jaime Alberto ONgay Ortiz, gave recognition to the officers for their participation in the Human Rights course, given by the Regional Academy of Public Security. The objective of the training is to provide a better service and attention to the citizenry and to preserve the rights of individuals during police interventions. He said, "The municipal police of Isla Mujeres are evaluated and constantly trained to be at the forefront and have the necessary preparation to perform their jobs better."
Mayor gives recognition to firefighters
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
- Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said, "As the mayor and as a citizen I am very proud to know that on the island we have trained and heroic firefighters, demonstrating the love they have for their municipality by taking care of each of its inhabitants, through their noble labor." He recognized the 14 firefighters for their participation in the courses, "Certification of Lifeguards" and "Basic Firefighting", as well as for the work they perform every day taking care of the property and lives of the islanders.
These courses were taught by the General Fire Department of the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun) to increase their knowledge about land and sea emergency rescues and interventions. The Mayor spoke about his commitment and willingness to work so that the residents live in a safe environment, with emergency agencies that are well equiped and well trained to respond in a timely manner to any emergency, protecting the lives and property of the islanders. He said he is aware of the risks involved with this profession, and his government has implemented several measures so that the firefighters can count on having everything necessary to do an excellent job.
The Mayor said, "We are giving a 30% salary increase to the firefighters, because they risk their lives every day on the beaches and putting out fires. They deserve a better income and legal benefits so that their families are covered in any circumstance. They are receiving not only this certificate, but also appreciation and acknowledgement for caring for the people of the island."
The Isla Mujeres Director of Civil Protection and the Firefighters, helman Berman Graniel, thanked the Director of Firefighters of Benito Juarez for their support in conducting these training courses, and other appreciations were expressed by officials.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Today we recognize and remember a great musician and singer-songwriter who left us his musical legacy to always remember. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Islander singer Virgilio "Chino" Fernandez.
Hoy recordamos a un gran músico y cantautor que nos dejó su legado musical para recordar siempre, celebramos el natalicio del 100 aniversario del cantante isleño Virgilio "El Chino" Fernández.
There are photos of a "Dia Naranja" event in the Continental Zone (against violence against women).
On Wednesday, the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Municipal Institute of Women held a campaign to prevent violence against women, which included putting up posters in taxis and handing out brochures, to raise awareness about the issue. This was done as part of Orange Day, which is commemorated on the 25th of each month to eradicate violence against women.
Violence towards women occurs in different ways, in addition to the physical and psychological, violence can include financial abuse or neglect. Please help us put an end to these acts.
No to violence towards women!
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
The Trash Transfer Facility is nearly cleaned out, which should be completed in two weeks.
There is a video saying there will be a fiesta Saturday night at the competition & selection of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval. 8pm Town Square.
There is a video of the municipal Director of Public Works, who says they are repairing and replacing the storm drain registers, using stronger materials, one section at a time, starting downtown and then moving to the colonias. This will cause some temporary disruption of traffic, but will be for the benefit of the islanders and traffic.
The mayor acknowledged the firefighters and gave them a raise
Meeting canceled between President Enrique Pena Nieto and US President Donald Trump
The President of the Nautical Association of Quintana Roo announced there will be no further effect on tourists from the fire that occurred on one of the Ultramar boats near Playa Tortuga (in the Cancun Hotel Zone). It is reported that there was a short circuit, and no one was harmed. There were no passengers on board and the crew was fine.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Cable renovation affects tourism
Renovación de cableado afecta al turismo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
January 25 The CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, is replacing the subterranean cable from the junction with the submarine line which supplies the island with electricity from Punta Sam, along a 600 meter stretch underground, to the substation on Hidalgo, which is affecting some of the tourists visiting North Beach. The CFE is replacing this cable following a prolonged outage (of 15 hours) more than a week ago, after a failure occurred in one of the four lines of this cable, which caused a second suspension of nearly three hours.
As of Wednesday, the CFE reported that they are 50 percent done with the trench for the cable, and will be digging the second trench in the middle of next week, and then they will place the wiring, and cover it after that, with a deadline of completion no later than Feb. 17th. The business owners want the work to move faster, because it is high season for tourism. The Urban Development department authorized a period of 21 days to work in this area, but they also granted a maximum of 30 days.
People cannot access North Beach from the walkway by the Monument to the Fishermen, on Rueda Medina, because the trench is being dug in that area, and there is no access along the last 30 meters. They can access via Hidalgo. The new cable will have two lines so that if one fails, the other will operate, to prevent suspensions of service for the Isla Mujeres community.
Additional costs for the bread delivery trucks
Cobro adicional a camiones de pan m.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The drivers of the trucks that deliver bread and soft drinks and arrive by ferry are facing additional charges from the City, via the Traffic Department. These charges began the first week in January, which temporarily interfered with the supply, because the drivers were not authorized to make extra payments, beyond the ferry fees and their fuel costs.
This charge of several thousand pesos per month is new. It seems that the drivers arrived at an arrangement with the officials, but when visiting Chedraui, the bread section has a lack of products from the regional brand "Bonybon", which stopped delivering a week ago, with the informal presumption that the driver doesn't want to pay those costs. A Bimbo employee said their brand has good sales & is a good competitor, but this inconvenience could interrupt their restocking of products, which have a high demand in tourism restaurants. The reporter contacted the bakery executives in Merida, but they weren't aware of the issue and said they would look into it.
The drivers of soft drink trucks also complained, but the issue was directed to the marketing departments, and it is assumed an agreement was reached with officials, but no details are known. Some managers are asking for an explanation from the municipal authorities, because the charge causes increases in the costs of foods that are staples for islander families.
Police receive economic assistance
Policías reciben apoyos económicosl.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See translation above in DQR section.
Port open again
Abren el puerto nuevamente[+] Ver masFull article at this link
Jan 24 The port opened for all boats at 7:30am and is expected to remain open for the next few days, but the weather could deteriorate on Saturday or Sunday, affecting the nautical community. The article recounts recent restrictions on navigation by small boats, and discusses the challenges the fishermen have faced recently due to winds causing waves and currents, wind direction benefiting or impairing the lobster harvest, seaweed interference, and difficulties when the water is cloudy.
When the port is closed for small boats, but they are allowed to take tours to El Farito and the lagoon area, this offers an advantage to those based in Isla Mujeres, vs the cooperatives from Puerto Juarez, who send their clients over on the Ultramar, according to an agreement between the cooperatives.
Small boat capsized at Isla Contoy
Zozobra lancha pesquera en Isla Contoy. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The two people who were aboard a small boat that capsized at Isla Contoy are safe and sound on that island, but the other details are not clear, and there are two versions of what happened. One version says the incident occurred while they were sailing and the other said it occurred at anchor. Indications are they are two fishermen who were staying at the Isla Contoy fishing camps, and while in search of lobster their boat was capsized near the shore, due to a large swell, which allowed them to reach shore on their own.
|View from the rooms.
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Jan. 1 Sunday New Year's Day
Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music
Jan. 6 Friday Three King's Day Children receive presents & the holiday season ends
Moon rise over the Caribbean
|Jan. 12 6:55 Full Moon
Jan. 13 7:56
Jan. 14 8:55
Jan. 15 9:51
Jan. 16 10:44
Jan. 17 11:36
Painting by Pam Haase Link to website
Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.
Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance
Jan. 19 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music
Jan. 22 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance
Jan. 26 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music
Jan. 29 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.