Sunday, December 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, December 23

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Public Services are using the new trash collection trucks
    The new trash collection trucks were formally delivered during the Governor's visit and the three vehicles have been put into operation on the island. The head of the Public Services Department of Isla Mujeres thanked the mayor for his commitment to being a city in the vanguard with new technologies, noting this will contribute to more efficient collection work to keep this vacation destination in good shape. He noted there will be new routes and schedules, especially for the Christmas and New Year's festivities, when the amount of trash increases by about 20 to 25 percent. He said they have already established six routes and one for immediate attention.


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Video & video of taxi union meeting   

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Three new trash collection trucks  

Llegan tres nuevos camiones recolectores

Aguakan sewer work not yet finished    

Incumple nuevamente Aguankan con obra

   Aguakan did not meet its deadline for completing work on a section between colonia Guadalupana and the sewage treatment plant. The section was reopened on Saturday, but the construction debris wasn't cleaned from the road and sidewalk, and hydraulic concrete still needs to be installed on about 10 meters of the southern part. Indications are that they should resume work on Monday, but there are concerns it may be delayed until Wednesday, after Christmas. Meanwhile, there are concerns that the gravel could cause accidents, especially at night since some of the golf carts don't have very good headlights.

Large numbers of visitors on Saturday  

Arribo masivo de visitantes

    Large numbers of tourists visited the beaches of Isla Mujeres on Saturday, and the small boats were authorized to operate in the Bay. At dawn, the strength of Cold Front #18 decreased, but the temperatures remains cool during the day, while the bright sun encouraged visitors to leave their hotels rooms to sunbathe on the hundreds of loungers installed on the beaches. The Rueda Medina malecon (sidewalk) was filled with people before 11am and this continued until nightfall. From 9am, the ferries were nearly filled to capacity, coming from the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  The staff of ZOFEMAT (the Federal Zone) have been increased, who clean the beaches daily, for the thousands of tourists who visit during this season. This also ensures compliance with the guidelines of the awards earned by the two beaches of Isla Mujeres, with Playa Centro having the Blue Flag designation and North Beach having the White Flag award.

The Pescador baseball team of Isla Mujeres will play their last game of the season on Sunday, with the possibility of qualifying for the semifinals. They will be playing in Cancun against the Taxista team, and then they have an unfinished match against the Mayas of Filipe Carrillo Puerto.


Occupancy expected to reach 100% at Christmas   

Ocupación al 100% en Navidad

Winds impede docking of vehicle ferry  

Los vientos impiden atracar a ferry

 Dec 21 The winds affected the vehicle ferry Sergio Gracia Aguilar around noon, which was unable to lower its ramp so it moved to moor at the concrete pier until the strength of the winds decreased. However, this caused a delay of about three hours, when a ramp was brought to disembark the vehicles. The intensity of the wind didn't begin to decrease until after 4pm, and travel normalized at 5pm for both of the vehicle ferry companies providing service between the island and Punta Sam. The passenger ferries to the Hotel Zone had fewer people, and the smaller ferries that travel to Puerto Juarez had some "wobbling" according to the passengers.

Winds & cool air impede activities  

Vientos y fresco impiden actividad

Dec 21   On Friday, for the third consecutive day, nautical activity by small boats was restricted, so tourists would have to wait for Saturday, when the weather was expected to change, according to the Harbor Master's office. Hundreds of small boats used for tourism or fishing have remained at the anchorages, due to the effects of Cold Front #18.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The Sea Turtle Protection season ended with 42,000 turtle hatchlings being released and 365 nests were protected.

Paving work is being done on the mainland part of the municipality, were there are nearly 4000 hotel rooms.

The Governor toured the Community Hospital during his visit, and acknowledged the need for more doctors, nurses, and specialists, noting there has been a lack of federal resources, which is expected to improve under the new federal government. He said there is also equipment that needs to be repaired, making some services unavailable. He noted the inventory of medicines is at about 80 percent.

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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 

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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