Monday, December 24, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 24

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     Final days to take advantage of the 20% discount for property taxes
    The discount will be 15% from the start of January to the end of February. They can be paid at the City Hall on Monday thru Friday, 9a-4p and at the police station on Saturdays from 9a-1p. The municipal Director of Income explained that this money provides the opportunity to perform actions that benefit the community, improve public works and services and create social programs that contribute to the development of Isla Mujeres. There are discounts of up to 50% for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and members of some unions. LINK  


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There are two videos (Link, Link) of the ambulance at the Community Hospital, with several police cars nearby, and the reporter saying the patient, who had been injured by gunshots and given medical aid, was about to be transferred to Cancun. There is a video from the pier where the patient is about to be transported in the boat ambulance. The reporter said the victim was in a delicate state of health and may have been shot at least three times, but there was no official confirmation. He notes that the area at the hospital was cordoned off for security reasons, with five or six municipal police vehicles there and the Code Red had been activated.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

On Christmas Day and New Years Day,  Public Services (trash collection) will work normally. On the 24th and 31st of December, the downtown residents and businesses are asked to take out their trash before 8 pm, because the night route will be suspended from 6 pm to 11 PM. (photo)

There was a report of gunshots in a home in colonia Salinas, and the male victim was taken in the Red Cross ambulance to the Community Hospital of the island, and then transported to Cancun, due to the seriousness of his injuries. Personnel with the Navy and the municipal police cordoned off the area. Witnesses said they heard four shots.  (photos)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video of the ambulance at the Community Hospital, transporting the injured man, who the reporter says was shot in colonia Salina Chica. It was escorted by police vehicles and the reporter noted that at this time, he didn't know the name of the victim, who was being taken to Cancun and in a delicate state of health.

IM Noticias   


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

"El Riíto" is popular with islander families   

“El Riíto” atrajo a familias isleñas

  Island families enjoyed the area known as El Riito, located near the Casa del las Rocas (by Hotel Mia), which was less saturated with people, as the safe waters of North Beach received thousands of tourists, who occupied the areas with concessions who provide loungers, beds, and massage areas. The good weather allowed foreign and national visitors to enjoy the water with their whole families, including children who don't know how to swim and could take their first strokes, under the surveillance of life guards posted at the towers and patrolling on foot.
   Civil Protection provides this close surveillance, including at Playa Centro, in coordination with the Tourist Police, Navy, Harbor Master's office and other state forces who provide security for the thousands of tourists who arrived in hundreds of recreational boats and on the ferries.
   The municipal police provide surveillance on land, including at tourist attractions such as Punta Sur, which is visited by more than a thousand golf carts, scooters, and taxis which are hired by visitors. The downtown main street along the bay becomes chaotic at times because of the vehicular traffic, especially at midday and late afternoon.
    Surveillance is also maintained for the boats that are operated by islanders or that come from Puerto Juarez, and the areas that are most popular such as  El Farito, Sac-bajo, Musa, Cruz de la Bahía, Manchones and others 
     As of Sunday afternoon, there was a "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents) reported by those who are part of the "Operation Guadalupe-Reyes" security campaign. 

Annual taxi union meeting did not include coup by former leader  

Fallido “golpe” contra líder taxista

  The leader of the taxi union, Jose Magana Galue, gave his annual report at a meeting attended by about 800 members of the union. He mentioned that official documents are still missing, which were not been turned over by "Wato" Peniche Rodriguez in late 2017. This includes the book of minutes and agreements, as well as documents associated with the Taxi Driver's colonia on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, where many union members have invested. At the meeting there was a proposal for a change of leadership, but this attempt did not succeed. The former leader was in power for 13 years and there are controversies about his management that many members want clarified.

Deteriorated lighthouse keeper's quarters  

Casa del farero cae a pedazos

  There is need for maintenance at the lighthouse keeper's house and the lighthouse on Isla Contoy. It was previously under the authority of the SCT (Secretary of Communication and Transport) and is now under the administration of the Navy.
       The lighthouse in downtown Isla Mujeres is receiving maintenance, provided by the state Port Authority (APIQRoo) and it is noted that this structure is not in use. The house by it is badly deteriorated.  The lighthouse at Cabo Catoche was demolished a few years ago, to be replaced by another, which was provided by the SCT.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The first brief is about Naval rescues of swimmers at a Cancun beach. The second is about the property tax discount which is 20% until the end of December and then 15% until the end of February & can be paid at the Town Hall Mon-Fri 9-4 and at the police station on Saturdays from 9 to 1p


Downtown lighthouse being painted & getting maintenance, photo by Bruce.

Friday's cart parade lining up before driving around the isle tossing treats & toys

The first photo is the ferry terminal, the second is the Town Hall & Square, and the third is the palms of Rueda Medina, main street downtown. Photos by Bruce.

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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

Monday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve/Noche Buena  Some businesses may close early to allow employees to spend the evening with their families. 

Tuesday, Dec. 25 Christmas  Most tourist-related businesses will be open

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. It lasts all night.

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


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