Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Event Tuesday, Jan. 23

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Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the 15% property tax discount in January, and their payments are appreciated which are used to improve public services in Isla MujeresLINK (Other information about discounts is given, as well and where and when payments can be made, which have been translated previously).


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a weather forecast & information about the 15% discount on property taxes in January.

The weather report for Tuesday says:  The entry of Tropical Maritime Air with variable moisture content from the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula continues; causing warm to hot temperatures during the day and cooler at night and in the wee hours, cloudiness and scattered showers in some areas of the State of Quintana Roo.
Cancun and Isla Mujeres
Partly to Mostly Cloudy
28C maximum temp
29 ° thermal sensation
21 ° minimum temp
UV 8, 77% Humidity, 60% Chance of Precipitation, Cloud Cover 72% Approximately
The Winds will be of the ENE from 10 to 15 km / h
Chance of afternoon rain.

 The Isla Mujeres Cahuameros Nueva Generacion basketball team are working toward qualifying for the semifinals, after winning both games against the Manatees of Chetumal this weekend at the Convention Center, with scores of 103-66 on Saturday and 78 to 63 on Sunday.
      Their game next weekend will be here on the island against Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen, which will be the closing game of the regular round, then the semifinals will begin. The Universidad Modelo of Merida Yucatan are their other potential rivals for the championship matches.
    Currently, Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen, are in first place with 20 wins and two defeats, La Universidad Modelo, of Mérida, Yucatán, are  in second place with 20 wins and four defeats, Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres New Generation, are in third place with 20 wins and eight defeats and the Ingenierias of Cancun, in fourth place with 14 wins and eight defeats.
     They are followed by Los Manatíes of Chetumal, Los Aluxes of Cancun, Los Isleños of Cozumel and, at the bottom, Los Tucanes of Playa del Carmen. LINK  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Civil Protection agency issues an ultimatum 
Protección Civil da ultimátum .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
    The Director of the Civil Protection agency, Ulises Berman, said a certificate of uninhabitability was issued to an old building on Monday, and the tenants have been given until Friday to vacate. If that deadline is exceeded, the Rios Fernandez family will be subject to sanctions. They are the owners of the two-story building, which is half a century old.
    At 8:00pm on Friday evening, part of the ceiling detached in the apartment of Manuel Medina Ojeda, but fortunately he was not in the bed where the rubble fell. The Civil Protection agency inspected the building and spoke with the owners. Mr. Berman has offered his personal vehicle to help the tenants move their belongings, but said he did not know of another building that is available and safe for them to live in, but they have been given a week's notice to act.
   The tenants say they have not found housing in the downtown area or the colonias, because the few rooms that are available are too expensive. Jordan Morales, who works at Rooster and lives in room number 7, confirmed that they had been given a week's notification to find new housing, and said that they hope to get lucky and find somewhere to live.

One of the founders of COBACH is retiring   
Se retira uno de los fundadores del Cobach[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Gustavo Velázquez Garrido, 59, was one of the founders of what is now the Colegio de Bachilleres of Isla Mujeres, and he will retire in two weeks as Director of School Services, after 30 years of service. He said his job has meant a lot to him, that he was a good influence on the 1700 students who graduated during that time. He said he was happy to have contributed to the formation of many professionals who not participate in the development of companies and governmental activities. He named several active politicians and successful executives, both on the island and elsewhere.
   His professional career and accomplishments are given, and anecdotes about his influence as an advisor and provider of vocational guidance. He saw a dozen directors come and go at the high school. He said he has already made arrangements to devote himself to personal matters during the first week of February. He plans to become involved in political activities, and could run for a position on the City Council in the upcoming election. 
   It is noted that he has three children, all professionals, and four grandchildren. They are descendants of founding families who moved to Isla Mujeres in 1950 (sic 1850) when the government of Yucatan decreed the town as the Pueblo of Dolores. Both the Velazquez and Garrido families were founders and their members have been tireless workers in the fishing industry, as well as the tourism industry for decades, who are known and respected in the community. 
North Beach distinguishes Isla Mujeres  
Playa Norte distingue a IM[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This information has already been translated about Forbes magazine, on Jan. 7th, announcing that many travelers prefer North Beach of Isla Mujeres after thousands of TripAdvisor users voted for it in the Travelers Choice Awards 2017.  Por Esto reports that for over a decade, North Beach has remained on the lists of beaches that are preferred by travelers, but in the last five years it has been among the top 10 preferred by users, according to several sites that monitor the preferences of their customers. It has held the "White Flag" distinction for three years, which includes monitoring for cleanliness and water quality. It is noted that the staff of ZOFEMAT are out cleaning the beach every day, beginning at an early hour. 
   The General Director of Tourism, Jose Castillo Magana, said, "One of the main commitments of the municipal government is that all visitors are given an image of Isla Mujeres as a clean municipality, as this benefits the economy of island families who in one way or another have their main sustenance from tourism." 
       The White Flag is a hallmark that demonstrates compliance with Regulation 120, with the inclusion of measures to protect the environment on Mexican beaches, taking care of water quality, solid waste management, coastal infrastructure, biodiversity , safety and services, environmental education and noise pollution, guaranteeing tourists that visit a clean and well-maintained space.This beach, he added, has various services that visitors and islanders can access, such as the use of palapas, umbrellas and beds, lounges, emergency services, toilets, showers and parking, among others. 
       When talking about North Beach, he included Playa Centro, located opposite the lighthouse. This is also monitored to meet international quality standards, in order to maintain its Blue Flag designation.

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 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.
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, 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.


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

Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 

 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
  Sources for Weather Information:
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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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