Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, Oct. 25

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Taxi drive election awaited 

En veremos, asamblea electiva

 Dirigente taxista espera recomendación

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 24 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.


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

The beauty of Isla Mujeres and its landscapes attract Mexican and international artists, like Playa Limbo who were recording their first beach video in our Pueblo Magico VIDEO 
See yesterday's translations....

The children of Continental Zone deserve quality facilities, so today we delivered a new breakfast room at Enrique Estrella Oxte school, thanks to the work coordinated with the DIF system. 

CENDI celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations organization LINK  


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Personnel with Civil Protection responded to flooding on Hidalgo Avenue by turning on the pumps because there was too much water. They cleaned up trash from the trees and expected the water to be decreased in about half an hour.  Photos at link.  

There was flooding on Hidalgo Avenue that lasted about an hour VIDEO  

SINTRA digitizing its files LINK  (This information has already been translated).

VIDEO of the parade for United Nations Day  LINK to photos   

After a complaint by members of the nautical community regarding the serious deterioration of the "Floating House" anchored in the Bay of Isla Mujeres, it is now the City Council members who propose its retirement.  LINK   

 October 24, 2017
        Following a complaint by a group of seamen who say the floating house
which is anchored in the Bay of Isla Mujeres has become seriously deteriorated, now it is the City Council members who propose its retirement.  
        Councilor Sebastián Escobedo Jiménez,  president of the Committee on Tourism and Ecology of the Isla Mujeres City Council, said that during the next Council session on Thursday, he will ask the members to take action on this matter, since this floating island presents a serious risk.
    He said, "I will propose that procedures be done on this issue. This place went from being a tourist attraction to being a social problem, in addition to the complaints that exist from the residents."  He said there has been a lack of maintenance for this project which began as as an innovation and now presents a latent risk. 
     He said, "Fortunately, we have not had a hurricane, because if one had come, all that PET plastic would have ended up on the seabed or in the 'plastas' of the island." He said the Council meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday and a request will also be made to seek a report on the status of this structure from the Harbor Master.       A few days ago, via this media (TVIM), information was made public about the detachment of some of the PET plastic bottles, which are part of the structure that keeps the Floating House afloat,  according to members of the nautical community          There are those who say that this structure has already begun to be destroyed by a lack of maintenance and changes in the PET bottles, which are now causing pollution. What initially was a novelty, capturing national and international media coverage, has now become a headache for authorities. 
        A few days ago, nautical companies located in a Federal Zone near this Floating Island said that hundreds of plastics  have already began to leave this "Private Island", as it is known, that was built as an ecological project, which later made it an attraction. 
        However, the lack of maintenance and the clear neglect by its owner are now causing concern, as well as it being in poor condition due to rain and strong winds, and it is now causing contamination with plastic bottles that end up in the sea.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Marinsa ferry : A hope
Naviera Marinsa, una esperanza .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

This is an article complaining about Ultramar and saying it is hoped that the Marinsa ferry, which is expected to begin service in the first week in November, will offer lower rates

Some hoteliers & restaurateurs report increasing overnight tourism 
Incrementa turismo de pernocta [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  A real upturn is not expected until mid-November and a stronger increase at the Christmas holidays. The reporter walked around and recorded his observations which included a medium amount of people at the beach who were enjoying the water, especially the children, and national and international tourists were enjoying the loungers and umbrellas. Vendors were offering them handicrafts and merchandise, and boats were anchored offshore, mostly catamarans who brought curious tourists. At the ferry terminal, comisionistas were waiting to offer services, including boat tours and golf cart rentals, and the workers at the tourism booths tried to attract their attention and offer them activities and services.

Destruction of mangrove plants in Sac Bajo
Nueva tala de mangle en Sac Bajo .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  It is presumed the mangroves are being removed to construct two new piers in the Makax lagoon. The logging occurred in Sac Bajo close to the Puerta del Mar, and residents want the Department of Urban Development and the Department of Ecology to intercede.

Isla Mujeres News Briefs  
Breves Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Pruning of trees that have grown into the roadway and could cause accidents is taking place, and began on Tuesday. The Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, said they are working along prolongacion Rueda Medina, from the Aguakan station to the Community Hospital which is expected to take about three days.
   Fishermen were taking advantage of the opportunity to work in advance of an anticipated port closure for small boats when the norte arrives. Boat tour operators were complaining about a lack of business, saying demand is only at about 30 percent and that competition for their counterparts in Puerto Juarez, who have the first opportunities to sell to the tourists, make their situation difficult.


A system to watch for potential development at the end of the week:
At 2pm EDT today (Wed Oct 25) the NWS-NHC in Miami reported:

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low
pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea and Central America
have become a little better organized over the past few hours. Close
proximity to land is likely to limit development of this system for
the next day or so.  However, environmental conditions are expected
to be conducive for the system to become more organized later this
week as it moves slowly northward over the northwestern Caribbean
Sea. Strong upper-level winds associated with an approaching cold
front will likely prevent further development by Sunday.  Regardless
of development, locally heavy rains are likely over portions of
Central America and Cuba during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.
Forecaster Zelinsky

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October Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square First Anniversary Celebration
It was suspended due to weather.

Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die)
Sunday Oct. 29 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween 

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used. The schools usually have altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and last year there was a display of altars representing different of Mexico at the Casa de la Cultura.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico. 

   There is usually a silent procession with residents dressed in white, black, and traditional clothing, and many wear Catrina makeup. In addition to keeping these traditions alive, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically on Hidalgo. Bring lots of little items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute kids and to enjoy the various impressive, clever homemade costumes.

Nov. 2-4 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) outside the Casa del la Cultura & at the Town Square with performances, conferences, and expositions by dancers from all over Mexico for the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Institute for the Diffusion and Research of Mexican Dance

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Tropical Tidbits
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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