Friday, February 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Feb. 2

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     In Isla Mujeres we continue working so that all the island families feel safe.With the repair and placement of lights in the streets of our municipality, we have more peace of mind. LINK   VIDEO 
     José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, general director of Public Services, explained that since the beginning of the year 2018 the lighting of the Continental Zone began to be maintained, and during recent weeks lights have been repaired in  the colonias of the island, benefiting all the families of the municipality. 
    An estimated 231 streetlights have been repaired in the island, but the work continues, according to Mr.Ríos Chalé, who explained that of what is planned, only the first phase has been completed in these first weeks of the year.


This is a "puente" / a long weekend. Monday is a national holiday: Día de la Constitución. Today is World Wetlands Day.
Did you know that the Chacmuchuch lagoon system makes up 11 percent of the total surface area of ​​the municipality of Isla Mujeres, and represents the main "nursery" of underwater life in northern Quintana Roo? It consists of more than 12,000 hectares, (46 sq mi) in the Continental Zone. This info is from an old Por Esto article about the need to make it a Federal Protected Area, and how it suffers from illegal cutting of mangroves, contamination by leachates from the regional landfill that was closed 7 years ago, illegal dredging by tourist developments, and poaching of lobster and sea cucumber. It says the Partial Plan of Urban Development for the Intercontinental Zone, which is the area bordering Cancun and Isla Mujeres, authorized a density of 27,000 hotel rooms in an area of ​​1125 hectares (4 sq mi).


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Julián Daniel Ávila Pérez, Director of Technical Middle School Number 1 "Benito Juárez" confirmed that starting today and until next February 19 the registration process has begun for all three grades. LINK  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourism on the island was fully reactivated on Thursday  
Reactivación turística en la isla [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Fishermen went out to sea 
Pescadores a la mar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Feb. 1  The effects of Cold Front #25 dissipated yesterday which allowed the fishermen to go out to sea to catch lobster and fish, and it is expected that the weather will be good this weekend. They were out before 7am, into the waters of the Yucatan Channel to search for lobster, with only 27 days remaining for the season. On March 1, the four month ban will begin. Until 9am, the small boats could be seen crossing the waters northwest of the island.
   One of the fishermen confirmed his plans to move his equipment to Contoy Island to take advantage of the next few available days, before the next from is expected in the middle of next week.
   More than 100 divers from the five cooperatives on the island went sailing several miles east of Isla Mujeres to descend 10, 20, and 30 meters or more under the seabed in search of lobster. They also are take advantage of the good weather to catch fish.

Lack of interest in the Mundaca Hacienda  
Sin interés por la Hacienda MundacaVer masFull article at this link
        The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has no work scheduled for this year, as it did during the previous triennium to carry out investigations in the northwest part of the site, where Mayan objects and construction was found. There are no plans by the municipality to restore the entire hacienda. The site was fenced three years ago. Clearing of brush was reported on by PE yesterday, which was done by the Parks and Museums staff, because the Hacienda doesn't have its own budget. 
   In past decades the hacienda of Fermin Mundaca de Marecheaga suffered vandalism, which isn't recent, and deterioration over the past century and a half. There were once arcs, columns, wells, and gardens of exotic plants, as well as an orchard and breeding areas for birds and cattle. The buildings from a century and a half ago, where there were once Mayan structures, according to INAH researchers who participated in recent investigations. 
   Mundaca took refuge in Isla Mujeres around 1860, after he had made his fortune with the sale and trafficking of slaves from Africa to Cuba. He fell in love with a young island woman "La Trigueña", which served him to build wells, arches and extensive gardens, which he called Vista Alegre and which is now known as Hacienda Mundaca. 
     He did not win the heart of the woman, he always lived alone, with no contact except with his servants and food providers. He went to die in Mérida, Yucatán. In the cemetery of the island there is a crypt that bears his name, but it was never occupied and is empty. 
        This tourist attraction also has an old house where there is a collection of historical photographs. A Mayan hut was built several years ago, so that visitors can see an example how our ancestors lived.It is open to the public from Monday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with an entrance fee of 30 pesos.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.


February Events
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Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  (Schedule TBA)

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  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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