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Development of Isla Mujeres in coordination with COPLADEMUN 2018-2021
Isla Mujeres is the first municipality in Quintana Roo to join, and the three levels of government will work together for its development.
In order to promote the participation of different sectors of society in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and control of municipal development plans, the City of Isla Mujeres carried out the installation of the Planning Committee for Municipal Development (Coplademun) 2018-2021. Citizen forums will be held Nov. 14-22 focusing on the five issues which will be the basis for development.
Successful efforts to save blue crabs
Director of the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment, Carlos Barranco García, said the campaign to protect the blue crabs was a success (during their spawning sessions in September and October, during the full moon, moving from the Makax lagoon areas of Sac Bajo to the sea, with the street posing a risk to them), assisting more than 200 crabs, males and females. He also asked residents, particularly drivers, to allow them to cross the streets safely on their way to the coast. Participants included personnel from various municipal agencies including the DIF, police, ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone), as well as from Dolphin Discovery and the general public.
FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres
COPLADEMUN article LINK
City held Festival of the Living for the Dead with a night of Catrinas LINK
Strong winds impede docking of Ultracarga II LINK
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
The police will staff their booth/casita at the "Audomaro Magaña" mercado in colonia El Cañotal from 7a to 7p when it is closed, in response to complaints from merchants about burglaries. (photo).
Photo of whale shark monument
COPLADEMUN article and photo
Promo for tomorrow's Talk with the Governor event at the Bicentennial Dome.
Noti Isla Mujeres
VIDEO about the Canotol police casita
Rehabilitation of the Police booth at the mercado in colonia Canotal is nearly completed, and police surveillance will also include the entire colonia of Canotal, nearby colonias Miraflores and and La Gloria, and the walking path. (article and photos)
The Isla Mujeres Cahuameros basketball team won both of their games this weekend against the Cozumel Islenos. (article & photos)
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Port closed for small boats on Monday
Navegación cerrada el lunesThe winds from Cold Front #7 increased, with gusts to 40 km/hr causing restrictions for small boats, including from providing recreational services within the National Marine Park in the Bay. The winds were expected to decrease on Tuesday. Despite this, large numbers of tourists could be seen arriving on the ferries and enjoying the beaches, and many businesses reported good sales. Hotel occupancy is at about 50%, on the eve of Day of the Dead and a long weekend ("puente") coming up when many Mexican families will have time off.
"Ultracarga II" had difficulty docking
“Ultracarga II”, mal maniobradoThe car ferry from Punta Sam, Ultracarga II, had difficulty docking at the island due to the winds of Cold Front #7, and delayed its arrival, anchoring offshore in the vicinity of El Farito, outside the navigational channel of the Bay. This caused some concern about the corals from the force of the propellors, but the Harbor Master said there was no risk. After five attempts to dock, the task was accomplished at a side dock, with assistance from the "Ultrajet II", which provides passenger ferry service to Puerto Juarez. The vehicles were able to unload at 10:19am (According to other reports, the scheduled unloading time was 7:50).
The other vehicle ferry of the same company, Ultracarga III, continue to provide service at 9am, without difficulties. The "Isla Blanca" ferry of the other company (Maritima) maintained its normal schedule with no interruption in service.
Municipal Planning Committee (POPLADEMUN) 2018-2021 sworn in
Buscan desarrollo integral con Coplademun
Celebran a la Catrina
Catrina: Mexico's Grand Dame of Death Who Inspired Rebellion & Revolution
(On Thursday, Nov. 1st, following the candlelight procession from the cemetery, there will be a Catrina costume competition at the Casa de la Cultura.)
Who's Catrina? She's Mexico's Grand Dame of Death, popularized by Diego Rivera after he placed her in the center of this 50-foot mural, dubbing her that from the Spanish slang "Catrin" for a well-dressed rich person. She has come to represent the comfortable and intimate relationship that Mexicans have with death, as well as being an iconic figure associated with Dia de los Muertos. But she spent her early days inspiring a revolution.
Below is the first drawing of "La Calavera Catrina" by her creator, Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose original name for her was "La Calavera Garbancera". She first appeared in a 1910 leaflet about native Mexicans who scorned their traditional culture, dressing in European clothing and wearing makeup to whiten their skin. It's said that Posada took his inspiration from the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecachihuatl, who reigned over the month of rituals and celebrations that eventually evolved into today's Dia de los Muertos.
Posada's illustrations brought the stories of the day to the illiterate majority of impoverished Mexicans, encouraging the prevailing disdain for the regime of Porfirio Diaz, whose accomplishments in bringing financial stability and modernization to Mexico pale against his government's repression, corruption, extravagance, and obsession with all things European. Concentration of incredible wealth in the hands of a privileged few brewed discontent in the hearts of the suffering many, which led to the 1910 rebellion that toppled Diaz in 1911, and became the Mexican Revolution.
Posada's caricature of a high-society lady as a skeleton wearing only a fancy French-style hat became a sort of satirical obituary for the privileged class, and a reminder that everyone is equal in the end.
|The headline says: Those Garbanceras (Mexicans who mimic Europeans) who today are coated with makeup will end up as deformed calaveras/skulls.|
Excerpts from the NHC "Tropical Weather Discussion" this morning....
A dissipating stationary front extends from Cuba to the Yucatan Channel. Scattered moderate convection is south of 20N in the Gulf of Honduras....The stationary front will dissipate later today. Moderate to locally fresh NE trades will persist over the western Caribbean today.
|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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, 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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
Oct. 24 6:39
Oct. 25 7:21
Oct. 26 8:07
Oct. 27 8:58
Oct. 28 9:52
Oct. 29 10:51
Oct. 30 11:52
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~6:30 to ~6:10p (beginning vs end of month)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK and here's the Accion Isla LINK who are having events associated with project RESCATE.
Monday, Oct. 1 Lighting of the pink lights at the Town Square for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 8:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 7 All Star Baseball game 11a at El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui).
Monday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo
Tuesday, Oct. 9 Day of Fishermen
Wednesday, Oct. 10 Tournament Finale for the municipal inter-company Futbol Rapido/Fast Soccer competition and the stadium in Salina Chica. The game for 3rd place is at 8 between the "Taxistas" and the "Dolphin Discover" teams, and the contest for 1st & 2nd starts at 9p between "Bepensa" and "Garrafon".
Thursday, Oct. 11 Performances on the Town Square 6p-9p by students as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"
Friday, Oct. 12 Student race from 7a-8a from the middle school "Benito Juarez" to Playa Centro beach, where there will be activities and music until 1:30 as the finale for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"
Friday, Oct. 12 Dia de la Raza
Saturday, Oct. 13 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA
Friday, Oct. 19 Guitarists performing at the Casa de la Cultura at 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at 7am at Playa Centro, the Pink Race. 1km, 5km, and 10km.
Funds will be used to help women obtain testing for timely detection of breast cancer.
Sunday, Oct. 21 Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo
Friday, Oct. 26
Saturday, Oct. 27 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA
Saturday, Oct. 27 Altars contest for the governmental agencies on the Town Square at 8p with a singer & a dance troupe performing. (Altar construction begins earlier.)
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8pm and Sunday Oct 28 at noon: The Cauhaumeros Basketball team will play the Cozumel Islanders for the first game of the Major League season.
Sunday, Oct. 28 "Festival of the Living for the Dead" with dance troupes performing, as well as a Costume contest and a Catrina contest, with cash prizes and two categories: Open and Children's. On the Town Square. Costume & Catrina contests begin at 7p and event at 8p. You can register at the Casa de la Cultura from Monday thru Friday 9a to 4p.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7pm there will be a tribute to Islander musician Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez at the Casa de la Cultura in honor of the anniversary of his death, which will include a performance by the dance troupe Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres.
Wednesday, Oct. 31 Halloween on Hidalgo after dark. Bring lil toys & such and expect to be mobbed by cute kiddos & enjoy the clever costumes. There's also a golf cart/scooter procession planned with Chedraui as the meeting point at 6pm to toss treats & participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and to wear costumes.
Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day Dia de los Muertos
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.
Friday, 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.
All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los Muertos...one 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. Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry.
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")
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)
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