Friday, November 16, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, November 16

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte. 
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos 

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website 



News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

The Senior Citizen's choir will be accompanied by Jose Concepcion Najera, and singer Ernesto Rodriguez will also perform, as well as a dance troupe from the Academy Baile TuTu. Sunday night's Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p

Property tax discounts

There's another citizen forum promo


 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

No sign of missing tourist LINK  

 The Prosecutor's office (Fiscalía General de Justicia) reports that there has been no progress in the search for the tourist who was reported missing on Tuesday night. Cristian Montenegro Aragón, Coordinator of the Office of the Prosecutor in Isla Mujeres explained that investigations were done at the Hotel Mia, where they met with managers of the hotel, but there was no new information beyond what is already known. 
   He said that the missing woman's boyfriend said that this isn't the first time she has done this, that she has previously disappeared for days, however the authorities are continuing the investigation. 
    Since her passport was left inside the hotel, she could not have taken a plane to return to the United States. It is noted that the DIF has issued an "Alba" alert requesting help finding the foreigner, whose name is Caley Roberta Elizabeth Manning, and she is 38 years of age. 
    There have been various rumors, including that a body was seen floating in the area of El Cabezo, near Isla Contoy, by some fishermen, but nothing was done to recover the body. However this rumor hasn't been confirmed and the case is considered to be a mystery.

Cold Front preventing fishermen from working   LINK  

New tax law for Isla Mujeres will take effect Jan. 1st LINK   

Property tax discounts LINK (See yesterday's news)

VIDEO of interview with Police Chief,talking about enforcing parking laws on Rueda Medina  

VIDEO of interview with the Harbor Master about the windy weather and forecast, noting the ferries are operating.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photo & caption about traffic police enforcing parking laws on Rueda Medina 

Navy will intervene concerning noise in Puerto Juarez from one of the ferries (photo & article)

The US State Department updated its Travel Advisories concerning Mexico, which says that Quintana Roo has no travel restrictions and is safe to visit. These world class destinations include Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Bacalar, Tulum, Mahahual and Chetumal. In addition, throughout 2018, none of the tourist destinations in  Quintana Roo had travel restrictions, and they are safe to visit.

Photo & caption saying the ferries are operating and will continue, as long as weather permits, and boats under 40 feet are restricted from navigation, and the fishermen & tourist service providers are also restricted, due to the effects of Cold Front #10.

Photo of Isla Contoy

Participation in "I Decide My Future" continues  (photo & article).

The Institute of Public Administration in Quintana Roo (IAPQRoo) gave recognition to 30 workers in Cancun & Isla Mujeres (photo & article)

Photo of a couch on a beach asking if it belongs there or in the trash?

Photo of one of the Ultramar "Ferrari" ferries and one of the Marinsa ferries that is a renovated Magana boat, (near one another, crossing the Bay)with caption asking "Who is better"? (All the responses say 'Marinsa', except one who doesn't give an opinion, but gives credit to the photographer.)

New municipal tax law goes into effect Jan. 1 (photo & article)

Municipal government offers property tax discounts (see yesterday's news)

The Sergio Gracia vehicle ferry temporarily suspended operations and anchored in the Bay, with the company noting that there was no mechanical malfunction and there were no passengers or vehicles on board, just staff,  but the boats engines are not strong enough to operate in these conditions safely. Photo & caption,  VIDEO 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video from the President-elect about the benefits of the Tren Maya, noting that most of the access already exists & there are reforestation plans for jungle that must be cut, and explaining that in addition to governmental funding, there will be private investment, both domestic and international.

More than 500 motorcycles are expected to arrive for this weekend's second annual Biker Fest
Saturday on the runway

Noon: Registration
1p: Get Together
2p: Inauguration of the Event
3p: Quarter Mile
4p: Procession around the isle & official photo
5p: Final Quarter Mile
6p: Stunt Biker, PDC.
7p: Contests & Surprises
7:30: Comedy Show
9p: Rock band
10:30: Rap w. Lil Chanek & Royal
11:30: Fire Show El Dragon H
12a DJ music

Sunday at Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach)
10a Meet at the beach
10:30: Stunt Biker PDC Show
11a: Rap
12p: Contests & Surprises
1p DJ music
Food & drinks for sale
Kit Sales: $170 in advance $190 day of event
Celebrating the sixth anniversary of "Club EVOLUCIÓN FZ ISLA MUJERES"

VIDEO of interview with the police chief, and the caption saying they continue removing cars & motorcycles from the main avenues of Isla Mujeres to prevent traffic jams & improve the flow of traffic

IM Noticias   


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Bringing order to Rueda Medina /  Main Street    

Ponen orden en la avenida Rueda Medina

  This week, traffic officers have been telling owners of motorcycles and cars that they cannot park anywhere they want to, including in the "bay" areas that are, in theory, for the exclusive use by taxis to pick up and unload passengers. The officers have removed plates from some vehicles, although the Chief of Police has said they were beginning by seeking collaboration.
       He said they are clearing out the 'bays' so that the taxis can use them for loading and unloading passengers, so that the cabs aren't blocking traffic and causing jams. He said they are also starting with the restaurateurs, advising them not to block parking spaces, which they cannot set aside, and if they need a specialized space, they have to have it processed by Urban Development,and make their respective payment. He said, "Obviously there is a cost if you want to have your own parking area, which is regulated by the law."
   Regarding the golf cart rental agencies who have a habit of occupying the bays, the Police Chief said those agencies had agreements with previous administrations allowing them to display two, or at the most, three carts. He said, "They made agreements with Urban Development, so we are going to follow up on these agreements and request the responsible agencies to help us, so that in the end we will all win, with a better flow of traffic, we can attend to our visitors better."
    The police chief explained that the deadline is Dec. 5, when they will begin issuing fines, explaining, "However, we are being tolerant and patient, we will hope that with use of reasoning and in full collaboration, we can have a favorable response, which we hope will be so; however, in the case of tourism we can not fine a visitor who does not know; Although ignorance of the law does not exempt you from your responsibilities, there must be criteria. "

Isla Mujeres owners of small hotels are upset  

Molestia entre pequeños hoteleros de la isla

 The new Municipal Tax Law (which will take effect Jan. 1st) will collect 30% of the UMA per occupied room, per night. (The UMA is a unit of measurement that is equivalent to the Daily Minimum Wage which is ~80 pesos, so 30% is 24 pesos, or ~$1.25usd. There will be a 20% payment for tourists who visit for the day, which will be charged thru their transport operator. (16 pesos or ~80cents). The fees only apply to those who visit to have fun, exempting those who reside in the state, are working in the municipality, or are doing business with the cooperatives.
     Businessman Gerardo Magana Barragan said that visitors who stay in the small hotels don't have high levels of purchasing power, and this charge could cause them not to stay, and the owners may end up absorbing this fee. He said the three levels of government already charge too many taxes, explaining, ""We pay 16% VAT (IVA) tax on practically everything, 3% for the lodging tax, 3%  to the banks when the guest pays with a credit card, in addition to the municipal taxes and fees, which are a considerable expense, and the electric bills have gotten too high....what I'm trying to say is that operating expenses are getting higher but we can't raise the rates significantly, and they they want to charge the guest an additional 30% of the UMA, which would need to be reflected in the price of the room."

Navigational restrictions for small boats  

Restringen la navegación menor

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The Patron Saint activities will be held Nov. 28-Dec.8.
Islanders are participating in the citizen forums being held by the municipal government.

  This blog is brought to you by....
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 

Nov. 23   6:49
Nov. 24   7:43
Nov. 25   8:42
Nov. 26   9:44
 Nov.27   10:47
  Nov. 28    11:49 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:10 to ~6:05p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:50 to 7:10
November Events
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.
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

Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a
Saturday, Nov. 10 Plogging event 8a-10a

Friday, Nov. 16-Monday, Nov.19  Buen Fin weekend (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 17 Plogging event 8a-10a

Saturday, Nov. 17 The second annual Biker Fest begins at noon on the runway & events include a tour around the island, contests, demonstrations, and other activities. They will have activities on Playa Centro on Sunday. It is sponsored by"Club Evolution FZ Isla Mujeres" in celebration of the club's sixth anniversary, and they expect motorcyclists from all over Mexico to attend.  See schedule above. 

Sunday, Nov. 18 Town Square 8p Noches Magicas The Senior Citizen's choir will be accompanied by Jose Concepcion Najera, and singer Ernesto Rodriguez will also perform, as well as a dance troupe from the Academy Baile TuTu.

Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day  (Parade date & info TBA)

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day

 Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a

Wednesday Nov. 28 thru Saturday Dec. 8- Patron Saint festivities for Our Lady of Immaculate Conception  

Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day 

  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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF 
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to NHC in US (in English)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.