Friday, December 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 21

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Pavement repairs by City on the island and mainland. A total of 80,000 square meters have been paved/repaved using municipal funds.

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The municipal Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno said that with the new garbage collection trucks going into operation, the service of trash collection in the municipality is ensured. LINK 
    He said the new trucks were formally put into service when the Governor visited a few days ago, adding to the fleet of nine vehicles which will provide garbage collection services for the six established routes. There will be different schedules for collection which will include a route at night, when many of the restaurateurs put out their trash when they close, which can be late, so that the trash won't be left on the streets nearly all night. 
   He said that during the holidays there will be a new route called "De Rechequeo", which will remove the trash left by the visitors who spend the day on the island. 
   Regarding the Trash Transfer Facility, he said that in the last 60 days they have removed about 7200 tons and there are still about 500 tons remaining, but it will be difficult to remove that since the increased amount of trash during the holidays has already begun.

The Harbor Master said the port would continue to be closed for small boats, as well as underwater activities, due to strong winds associated a "Surada".  LINK 

Isla Mujeres fishermen hope for assistance from the state LINK 
     The federal subsidy program to assist fishermen with replacing their engines only covers 30 percent, and they are seeking assistance from the City and state toward paying the other 70 percent. Previously they only had to pay 30, but these supports have been withdrawn in recent years, leaving only the federal assistance. They are also unsure what will happen in January, when applications for support are usually submitted, since there is a new federal administration, but they are expecting improvements that will benefit them.

City delivers 465 scholarships LINK  
     Scholarships were distributed to 267 students from the island, as well as 43 students from Francisco May and 146 from Rancho Viejo on the mainland. The scholarships are for academic excellence, maritime transport, sports, and special education. Thanks to this program, many children and young people from families with limited resources are able to continue studying. 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Isla Contoy is located north of Isla Mujeres. It is covered in lagoons and mangroves and the most important bird sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean. This Paradise was declared as a Protected Natural Area protected in 1961. (photo)

Closure of the Sea Turtle Protection Committee and season, when approximately 365 nests were protected and about 42,000 turtles were released. The Director of the Tortugranja, Deline García Canto, said, "At the Tortugranja we teach various topics such as environmental education, and we carry out guided tours with children, young people and adults with whom we work to preserve and protect the species of sea turtles that arrive to the island".

Christmas party with residents of colonia Canotal to promote crime prevention and unity between the community and police. Activities included a talent show, singing, dancing, contests, and breaking of a pinata. 

Video of moored boats and wind blowing the palms and the waves    

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Hotel occupancy is expected to reach 100% after Christmas, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.  VIDEO 

Video from the DIF social service agency of senior citizens singing Christmas carols.

To encourage children and senior citizens to get vaccinated against influenza, the former are being given a toy, and the latter receive a hamper of basic goods. Over 100 doses were administered and the campaign continues on Friday.

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 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
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Piers are ready for high season  

Se alistan muelles para la temporada alta

  The wooden piers along Rueda Medina (main street downtown) that receive thousands of tourists daily have been repaired, renovated, and there has been new construction.
   The pier of the tourism cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos", which is located 15 meters from the wooden pier of the ferry terminal, has been repaired and the "T" at its end was eliminated so now the last ten meters are a straight pier.
    Further north, the pier of the Figueroa family, which is about 40 meters long and used to receive tourists, has new construction and will be operational at the end of the month or in early 2019.
   The pier of the "Caribe" fishing cooperative was rebuilt and will serve for mixed use, for both fishermen and tourism recreation, in support of another major facility that is being built in the Federal Zone whose concession is held by the Velazquez family, who are in a partnership with a private individual who is building a commercial complex in that area.
    Regarding the pier farther north at the confluence of Playa Centro and Playa Norte (which is the area formerly called Playa Sol), the pier has been renovated and there are rumors that it will become a dock for the Ultramar company, to avoid paying fees for using the APIQRoo (state Port Authority) terminal. It is rumored & alleged that there is an agreement with former mayor Jorge Cardenas.

Winners for the second time 

Ganadores por segunda ocasión

  The drill team of the Isla Mujeres middle school "Benito Juarez" took first place for the second consecutive year when they participated in a regional contest on Dec. 19th & 20th, which took place in Bacalar and included teams from Campeche, Chetumal, and Cancun. The next competition will be held in Isla Mujeres on February 8, and will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the school.

Cold front #18 will arrive with force  

Llegará con fuerza frente frío 18

   This is about the expected arrival of Cold Front #18, which has arrived. At midday on Thursday, the winds from the south decreased and changed to the east and later from the north. The effects of the cold front are stronger in the Yucatan channel vs along the coastline, which continues to afect nautical activity in the northern part of the state. During the effects of the weather from the south and then from the north, the vehicle ferry Ultracarga II had a problem docking at the island pier, while the "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" vehicle ferry had problems at the Punta Sam dock. Often when the gusting winds reach 50 km/hr, the vehicle ferries may suspend some of their crossings. The smaller boats of the fishermen and others have been moored since midday on Wednesday, but may be active again on Saturday, if the forecasts are correct.

Isla Mujeres news briefs


This information has already been translated about influenza vaccines and payment of 456 municipal scholarships, for the last two month period (Some of these are scholarships to provide transportation for students attending school on the mainland.). The news brief about repaving on the isle and mainland says this is being done by personnel with SINTRA.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Dec. 22   6:25
Dec. 23   7:28
Dec. 24   8:33
Dec. 25   9:38
 Dec. 26   10:42
  Dec. 27   11:42 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:04 to ~6:16p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~7:08 to 7:24
December Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 
Patron saint festivities on the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception (except the horse processions on Sat, Dec. 1st).

Saturday, Dec. 1...HORSES!
Noon: Cabalgata (probably on the runway)
1p: Horse caravan (procession around the isle)
Sunday, Dec. 2
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Monday, Dec. 3
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 Juanita Mendez & local singers perform
Thursday, Dec. 6
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Dec. 7
7p Large caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
10p Las Mañanitas Mass
11p Mariachi
11:30 Local artists singing Las Mañanitas
Saturday, Dec. 8
3p Boat procession with the icon in the Bay
5:30p Mass for the returning of the icon to her niche
7p Juanita Mendez & dance troupes perform
8p Closing dance with band Picante Plus
The other schedule shows events by the private groups in her honor at their facilities. The confirmations are at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.

"Toro Goal" events at the "Plaza de Toros y Feria" in Amplification La Gloria are where two teams of audience members get a small bull to chase them between chairs for goals. Regarding event tonight (Saturday) at 7p,  Isla Mujeres al Dia says: Organizers have told us that they do not kill or mistreat the bulls, it will be good to go and see in what manner the event takes place. The stadium is in Amplificacion La Gloria (along the coastal road, just north of Isla 33).


Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day
Plogging clean up 8a-10a meeting at the Mundaca palapa to clean the mangroves

Saturday, Dec. 8 Plogging clean up 8a-10a  Join the Plogging crew  behind the Casa de la Cultura, (backstreet Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo) by the Isla Mujeres photo op sign & spend a couple hours with some great folks making the isle a lil cleaner & enjoying the breezes & beauty of the Caribbean sea!

Saturday, Dec. 8  Friend's of Isla Mujeres 2nd Annual Festival of Culture & Family at the Open Air Theater in colonia La Gloria at 5:30pm featuring shows, clowns, prizes & more. Family Fun, Surprises, Free. Don't Miss it!

Sunday, Dec. 9 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Singing of Las Mananitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Salina Chica)

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church.

 Thursday, Dec. 13 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. The captions says it starts at 4p.

 Thursday, Dec. 13 Tonight is the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, which is considered one of the best & "most reliable", because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious. With the quarter moon setting at midnight this year, more than 100 per hour may be visible, depending on the level of light pollution. advises giving your eyes 20 minutes to adjust & to lean back and take in the whole sky, since they can appear anywhere, traveling away from that point. Some meteors may be visible as early as 9-10p, but the most can be seen around 2a.

Saturday, Dec. 15 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8p and Sunday, Dec. 16 at noon at the Convention Center the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will play the Chetumal Manatees (basketball). 

Sunday, Dec. 16 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square starting at 8pm will feature two dance troupes. 

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

 Monday, Dec. 17 at 7p on the Town Square, you are invited to attend & see a performance by local dance troupes and entertainment "This isn't another dum & boring nativity play"

Thursday, Dec. 20  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.4p-8p

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice  

Friday, Dec. 21 "Elmo's" Golf Cart caravan meeting in front of the Bachilleres dome at 5:30 with decorated carts, led by Santa, Minnie & Mickey, and Elmo, tossing treats & toys to the kids. 

Saturday, Dec. 22 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec.23 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Thursday, Dec. 27  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.4p-8p

Friday, Dec. 28   Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.


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