Thursday, November 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 22

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Junk removal program every Tuesday & Thursday 11am-4pm

Take your dog or cat to the Isla Animals veterinary clinic (beside Marina Paraiso) to be sterilized. It's totally free. Thursdays 10a-2p

Simulation drill for oil or gasoline spill at sea
   This exercise is carried out annually, in coordination between the three levels of government and led by the Navy. It was directed by Wilma Díaz González, Naval ship's Lieutenant. Participating agencies included: The Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters, SEDENA (Department of National Defense), APIQROO (state Port Authority), the military garrison of the Fifth Naval Region based in Isla Mujeres, CONANP (National Commission Natural Protected Areas), members of the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park, and SAGARPA (Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing, and Food.

Accepting a first abuse is the beginning of a long humiliation, Don't tolerate it! Don't hide it!  Complain, together we can end gender violence

There are graphics about the property tax discounts and the forums & website seeking citizen feedback.

Second Anniversary of Noches Magicas Sunday Nov. 25 on the Town Square at 8p, with comedian Chiquilin Hooch and the dance troupe Dance Studio Latin Dancers 


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Low season affects merchants & hoteliers, and business is expected to improve in mid-December LINK   Year after year, the low season months are September, October, November, and the first half of December. For the members of the business organization CANIRAC, high season is expected to begin Dec. 26, when many tourists go on vacation. Some hotels have a minimum number of occupied rooms. On weekends, the number of visitors increases, but many are just visiting for the day and not staying overnight. 

Preparations for the Mayan Train project will begin in December LINK  

Soccer field will soon be inaugurated LINK 
  Rehabilitation of the soccer field is 70% complete, and it is expected to be completed in December. The work that remains includes placement of lights and removal of the mesh fence that is in poor shape. The director of Public Works said that the City is committed to providing quality sports facilities for the benefit of the community, and offering young people alternatives to keep them out of trouble.The renovation to the field in colonia Salina Chica includes replacing the artificial turf, painting the lines, and renovating the interior and exterior walls. The cooperation of the residents is appreciated in regard to respecting the temporary restriction of access.

Tourist was evacuated from 15 nautical miles at sea  LINK 
   A call was received by the Naval command requesting assistance to transfer a passenger who had an acute myocardial infarction aboard the cruise ship "Carnival Fantasy", which was 15 nautical miles north of Isla Mujeres, and fling a Panamanian flag. Two boats were dispatched, an MLB and a "Defender" class boat of the Naval Search and Rescue station, who carried out a medical evacuation of the 54 year old American, who was placed in a private ambulance in Puerto Juarez, to be transported to a hospital for specialized medical attention. With these actions, the Secretary of the Navy and Armada,  as the National Maritime Authority, and acting as the Coast Guard, confirms its commitment to the citizenry to safeguard human life in situations that endanger their lives.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos & article about Naval evacuation of tourist from a cruise ship 

Photos & caption about Aguakan  manholes needing maintenance which cause a poor image and potential hazard for tourists. Before and after photos of a manhole downtown that has been covered.

Photo from the overlook by Garrafon park

Noti Isla Mujeres   

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Investigation about the boat "Whale" that sank while moored at the concrete dock.
  This article notes that the "Whale" was used for whale shark tours but recently it has been used by the Ultramar company to assist with docking and maneuvers for their "Ultracarga" vehicle ferries.  Harbor Master, Ana Laura López Bautista, is conducting an investigation, according to protocols, about what happened when the boat sank on Monday afternoon, November 19. The cause of the sinking is unknown and she is waiting for a report from the company.
      She will review the history of that ship, its registration and its permits, to corroborate that all its documents are in order. She said the boat had obviously been used for jobs that did not suit it however, it has not been determined that this was the cause of it sinking. It is 33 feet long and blue in color with whale shark signs on its sides, and it came to Isla Mujeres a few weeks ago to help with docking the Ultramar car ferries. It sunk while moored at the concrete dock, and several brought boats came and tried to rescue it. photos. (See yesterday's translations)


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

Vandalism at colonia La Gloria park  

Vandalismo ataca parque de colonia La Gloria

  Vandals have damaged the lights at the kiosk in the colonia La Gloria park and there is limited illumination along the walking paths, and therefore families are using the area less at night and requesting an increased presence of officers at the police module in the park.

Navy evacuates sick tourist from cruise ship at sea  

Armada evacua de un crucero en alta mar a un turista enfermo

 See translation above.

Storm drain covers in colonias Meteorologica and Salina Chica need maintenance 

En las colonias Meteorológica y Salina Chica

  It is noted that the storm drain covers in colonias Meteorologica and Salina Chica are in need of maintenance after nearly a decade of intense use, because they have openings and bent areas that can cause injuries to pedestrians. Recently a girl received an injury to her right foot that required stitches  foot injury from a piece of metal on a grid located on Jesus Martinez Ross street near Circuito Colonias street. A witness said it took several minutes to remove her foot, and the child suffered bleeding and pain.
      The grids are located along the streets  “Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez”, “Javier Rojo Gómez”, “Jesús Martínez Ross” and “Circuito Colonias”. There are about 800 meters of drain covers, and most of the damage has been caused by heavy vehicles. The grids have bars, which are periodically readjusted by municipal personnel, which doesn't coincide with the original design and leaves openings of 10 centimeters or more. The residents want them replaced. 

Concerns about hazards at Punta Sur 

Punta Sur, peligrosa para el turismo

    There is concern about the deterioration of the railings along the walkways at Punta Sur, which could put tourists visiting the areas at risk. There have been no falls, but areas of the cliffs are over 10 meters high. A taxi driver who gives tours to the site said they were last replaced five years ago. It is noted that 23 sculptures were placed at Punta Sur in 2001, to commemorate the new millennium, which were donated by Mexican and foreign artists, some of whom are disappointed that the sculptures have deteriorated and haven't been maintained.
   The Mexican artists are Eduardo Stein, Eloy Tarcicio, Helen Escobedo, Jorge Yázpik, José Luis Cuevas, Manuel Felguérez, Mario Rendón, Sebastián, Pedro Cervantes, Silvia Arana, Vicente Rojo and Vladimir Coria. The foreign artists are Ahmed Nawar, Bárbara Tieahro, Devin Ingo Ronkholz, Joop Beljön, José Villa Soberón, Mancho Amigo, Omar Rayo and Sverrir Olfsson.

Predicting 90% occupancy during winter  

Pronostican 90% de ocupación

  The Isla Mujeres Director of Promotion of the Tourism Department, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said that high season begins in three weeks, and they are expecting 90% occupancy during the winter. He said that reservations indicate the hotels in the Continental Zone of the municipality will be full, while occupancy is generally lower on the island, especially in the smaller hotels.
     Currently overall occupancy for the municipality is at 67%, which is about what it has been throughout this slow season. With the growth of hotel infrastructure near Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, there should be about 8000 hotel rooms at the start of 2019, of which ~70% are located on the mainland, and the rest are on the island.
    It is noted that tourism began on the island in the early 1960's with the construction of the first luxury hotel, Zazil Ha, in 1964, according to historical data. Mr. Rodriquez said everything is ready for high season and there will be the same security measures as previously, with coordination by the three levels of government.

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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 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
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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. 
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"

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

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day. Parade on Rueda Medina, starting in front of the Naval base at 8a.

 Saturday, Nov. 24  Plogging event 8a-10a

Sunday, Nov. 25 Second Anniversary of Noches Magicas on the Town Square  at 8p, with comedian Chiquilin Hooch and the dance troupe Dance Studio Latin Dancers 

Wednesday Nov. 28 The Patron Saint festivities will begin when Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is taken down from her niche, followed by a dance on the Town Square. There will also be a dance at the closing festivities on Sat. Dec. 8, after the procession returning her to the church. The night before, Las Mañanitas will be sung in her honor. In between, there will be religious ceremonies and celebrations at the ~two dozen guilds & groups that honor her, with the schedule TBA. The Confirmations will be performed on Dec. 5 by Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.

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)

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