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Performance commemorating the life of Frida Kahlo was presented as part of the events for International Day of Women LINK
As part of the activities carried out in the municipality in commemoration of the "International Women's Day", which was celebrated on March 8, the City of Isla Mujeres, in coordination with the DIF social service agency, a storytelling workshop was held entitled: "The Tales of Frida Kahlo".
The stage director of the work, Octavio Amec Álvarez Guerrero, explained that this work arose from a collaboration with artist Wendy Mojica Gopar, and is offered in order to present the life and history of one of the main icons of female empowerment.
The event, which was chaired by the Honorary President of the municipal DIF System, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, was addressed to the community in general and was held in the auditorium of the Fifth Naval Region, and attended by the director of the municipal DIF, Hilda Christina Gómez Ávila and special guests.
The City Council of Isla Mujeres continues to strengthen the fight for equal opportunities and a culture of respect, promoting programs and activities that broaden the landscape of the island society by presenting important issues such as: equality and empowerment of women.
City provides legal certainty to the families of "La Lavanderia" LINK
- With the purpose of providing legal certainty to the families that inhabit the property known as "La Lavandería", during the 35th Regular City Council session, approval was given for the dis-incorporation of this municipally owned property (patrimonio municipal)
With the approval of the divestment, it will be possible to begin the necessary procedures to carry out the regularization procedure for the possession of this property, located downtown at the intersection of López Mateos and Hidalgo avenues, which will benefit the 16 families who have lived there for more than 30 years.
With these actions, the municipal government confirms its commitment to work in favor of citizenship, addressing the needs of families and providing them with a better quality of life with access to something as basic as the right to decent housing.
Improved lighting in the street of Isla Mujeres VIDEO LINK
One the island, more than 230 lights have been repaired and the rehabilitation of 1.5 kilometers of public lighting on the Garrafón Park road with Caribbean Sea perimeter road, in the vicinity of Punta Sur, until reaching the municipal cemetery, near from the La Gloria neighborhood.The general director of Public Services said that these tasks are part of the first stage of the work planned for this year, so that in this way they can provide citizens a municipality with services in optimal conditions and greater security.
The captions with the video say: In Isla Mujeres there are fewer and fewer dark streets. We work every day to have a safe municipality and timely public services. The captions on the video say: The security of islander families is fundamental. For this reason we keep lighting up the street of the colonias (neighborhoods) of the island.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
There will be no delay in the delivery of permits for the next whale shark sighting season: CONANP VIDEO
The IMSS advances in matters of Health and infrastructure! VIDEO
Notifications of upcoming interruptions in electrical service while poles are being changed LINK
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has notified the residents of Colonia La Gloria about some upcoming cuts in electricity service that will occur as part of the maintenance work being carried out to change several poles in the colonia. These will occur on Thursday, March 15 between 8am and 3pm in one area, and after 3pm in another area. This type of work has been going on during the past two week, to improve the quality of service.
Closure seals removed by PROFEPA from former fishing cooperative "Por la Justicia Social". LINK
Today inspectors of the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) removed the closure seals from what was the former "For Social Justice" fishing cooperative, that passed into the hands of the Ameyaltzin Real Estate Company more than a year ago. It is recalled that since in September 2016, PROFEPA placed closure seals on this property, which the family of former governor Roberto Borge had tried to operate.
Since then, PROFEPA has secured the property, allegedly for not having the corresponding permits for the construction of a wooden pier. In this space there is a concession of just over 900 square meters on Rueda Medina Avenue, which is now owned by the Ameyaltzin Real Estate Company, the latter having attended to all the requirements.
As it was possible to find out, there are investment plans for this place, which could begin soon. The leader of the cooperative Baltazar Gómez Catzín denied that there are any problems with the concessionaire, since they are aware that the space is no longer theirs.
He said that the company had an agreement with the cooperative and allowed them to work during the lobster season.
Improved lighting in the street of Isla Mujeres LINK
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Tortugranja, a must to visit
Tortugranja, un punto obligado para visitarVer masFull article at this link
Around 300 tourists visit the Tortugranja municipal aquarium every day, but for Easter it will rise to 500, since it represents a "must-visit" site for people visiting the island, according to the facility's staff.
The biggest attraction are the young turtles of the green, loggerhead and hawksbill species, as well as the dozens of land turtles. They are all on temporary display, as well as the varieties of fish in the region.
It was possible to see that turtle egg nesting corals are ready for incubation and subsequent hatching as it happens every season, from May to November, since the 60s when the father of turtle conservation, Don Gonzalo Chalé, started it on his own initiative.
The beach surveillance team is ready to start the next month to begin to rescue the hawksbill eggs as the first species to reproduce, as it is known, since 2003, the municipal government was authorized by the federal government to participate in this conservation and environmental education program for locals and foreigners.
During each reproductive season, Tortugranja staff and many volunteers recover and rescue about 200,000 eggs on the beaches. (That number is much higher than all previous reports) Of which 90 percent hatch, and then more than 100,000 turtle hatchlings are released.
A minimum number are kept in the pools so that children and adults, locals and foreigners, can see the specimens up close, without being able to touch them.
There has been a very successful program that mainly involves students from Isla Mujeres and Cancun, who are given tours to learn about and enjoy this unique experience.
A small fee is paid to enter and that money is used to pay the personnel, maintenance of the entire federal fishing infrastructure, and equipping the research areas in the property. The rest is held in reserve in the event of a hurricne, when they will have to evacuate everything, because part of the property will flood.
Simulation of a tsunami alert
Simulacro de alerta de tsunami+] Ver masFull article at this link
See yesterday's translations.
Mexican tourist died at Playa Norte
Muere turista nacional en playa Norte [+] Ver masFull article at this link
March 14.- A Mexican tourist died at Playa Norte, shortly after entering the water to swim, shortly after having eaten. Roberto Rojas Azcorra, 75, originally from Mexico City, drowned in Playa Norte, according to officials with Civil Protection and the Red Cross. According to his wife, they both enjoyed their stay on the island, but it turned into tragedy when her husband entered the sea, moments after having eaten. Early versions indicate he may have had a "congestión" caused by eating food and entering the sea.
The emergency and rescue services arrived at the scene and tried to revive Mr. Rojas but nothing could be done. This is the first case that has occurred on Playa Norte in several years. There was no strong wind, and no waves at that time in the afternoon.The body was protected on the beach while waiting for the forensic medical service personnel to arrive.
Planning healthy events for youths
Proyectan actividades y eventos de entrenamientos sano [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Interactive Youth Center has extended its schedule on Monday thru Friday adding a night shift from 5p to 9p, in addition to the usual 9a to 4p hours. It will also open on Saturday from 4p to 8p and Sunday from 12p to 5p, for the benefit of young people from 12 to 30 years of age. The center offers computer facilities and promotes sports and cultural activities.
Hotels report 80% occupancy
Hoteles registran 80% de ocupación.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
March 13 The hotel occupancy rate in the Continental Zone was 80.35 percent where there are 2,371 rooms and 80.74 percent on the island were there are 1726 hotel rooms. In addition, there are apartments and homes for rent, that are registered to pay the Hospitality Tax. During Easter holiday season, the ferries are expected to transport about 25,000 passengers daily and will be adding extra crossings.
Concerns about walking path at Salina Grande lake
Andador de la Salina Grande, en el abandono .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Neighbors in the area want improved surveillance for the walkway, to provide better security and reduce vandalism and graffiti. They complain that the clean up campaigns are ineffective because people just litter the area again. There are also complaints about dead fish, as well as trash a debris in the mangroves.
Weather working against fishermen
El sector pesquero, en apuros. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The port was closed on Tuesday for boats under 40 feet due to the winds from the east and northeast from cold front #36 gusting up to 35 km/hr and causing waves of two meters in the open seas. The Harbor Master reported waves of 0.6 to 1.2 meters in the Bay, and therefore the smaller boats weren't allowed to make crossing between the island and the mainland, and snorkeling tours in the Bay were suspended. The fishermen were able to go out and work on Monday.
Considering an application for control of golf carts
Control de carros de golf por aplicación LINK
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation (SINTRA) in Isla Mujeres is expected to generate an application that collects the data base of the authorized golf carts for each rental agency, in such a way that the inspectors have real control of the regular vehicles that circulate around the island, according to the person in charge of the SINTRA in Isla Mujeres, Isis Morales Meléndez, who added that said database will be obtained after reviewing each and every one of the island's rental agencies and verifying that they do not have any irregularities.
Ms. Morales Melendez, who took office on a Friday, and conducted an operation on Sunday that resulted in ten infractions among taxis and golf carts, conducted an interview saying that the reviews of the rental agencies will be compared with the number of vehicles they are authorized to have. The taxis will be reviewed to ensure they have insurance, their correct number on the vehicle, valid plates and a company logo, as well as their registration card.
She said, "In the operation there were ten violations, two to taxis and eight to golf carts, for different reasons, some did not have an insurance policy, we detected some pirates, who operate without a concession (permit) to offer the service, others did not have the number or logo of the company, it was determined that they did not have a registration card either, and they lacked the documentation that is required at the moment of the inspection."
Isis Morales said that the operations will continue for vehicles used for public transport in Isla Mujeres, because it is the task of SINTRA to ensure that the public transport service is provided with safety, hygiene and quality.
"Prior notice will be provided to the lessors, at the latest during the upcoming week, of the design of the chromatic so that all the golf carts are homogenized, the number is in one place, the name of the lessor in another and the plates in the correct place ".
She added that once the review is done with the leasing companies to obtain the database, the application will be used so that the inspectors have control over the regular vehicles and can detect the pirates or irregular vehicles more easily, which obviously would not be included in the database.
This means that the owners of the lessors would not be able to use the old trick of hiding their carts that are not included on their permit/concession, so that at the time of the inspection only those that are legally permitted are apparent, and then once the work of SINTRA is completed, they re-rent the others as tho they were legal.
She also spoke about the private golf carts that were detected operating irregularly and acknowledged that it is difficult to identify if the owner is renting it or simply lending it, which is why she held a meeting with municipal authorities, in which it was agreed to work in a coordinated manner, so that SINTRA addresses the problem of public transport concession and the municipal Traffic police deal with carts owned by private individuals.
"When we detect a private cart, the only way we can verify that it was rented to third parties is for them to agree that they made a payment, but that is usually the first thing they have been advised about if they encounter an operation. However, in the application will be a control and if we detect a private cart of someone and and the driver claims that it is borrowed, that may be true once, but if we observe that the same private cart was borrowed several times by different people, we will turn over a report to the Municipal Traffic police to carry out the appropriate investigations.
|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, 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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|March 1 6:46
March 2 7:46
March 3 8:44
March 4 9:40
March 5 10:35
March 6 11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5 11:54
Painting by Pamela Haase
Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)
Thursday, March 8 Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day
Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free
Thursday, March 15 Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose
Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free
Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day
Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday
Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox
Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez
Thursday, March 22 Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday.
Thursday, March 29 Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way.
Sunday, April 1 Easter
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