Thursday, December 27, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, December 27

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NOTE:  New Year's Eve tables went on sale just now, Friday, at 10am at the entrance to the Town Hall according to a City Promo for the event on FB.

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Keeping the beaches clean for islanders and visitors is a priority for this municipal administration

Discover Isla Mujeres  

Increased security in Isla Mujeres
     During this administration, more equipment has been provided for police department and more personnel have been hired, to ensure the safety and security of the islanders and visitors, which is a priority of the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.


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VIDEO of firefighters extinguishing a fire at the side of a building which the reporter says was caused by a short circuit (apparently between a tall palm tree and the electric lines).

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Seizure of a half kilo of fireworks (see yesterday's translations)

The general community is asked to take out your trash before 8pm on December 31st because the night route from 6 PM until 11:00 PM will be suspended. Important Notice from Public Services. (photo)

Civil Protection advises people not to buy or sell fireworks and anonymous reports can be made to 877 0106. 
 The Director of the agency, Merced Ortiz Maya, said that these explosives are totally prohibited in order not to risk the physical well being and even the lives of the citzenry, especially during this Christmas season, when it is more common.He said, "We have a commitment to ensure the well-being of island families, but we also need your commitment to continue to be a municipality with tranquility, so we urge you to report the sale of these products because marketing of them is totally forbidden."

"Saldo Blanco" (no incidents) in Isla Mujeres    

Photos of arriving tourists with caption saying they are appreciated, and more and more are staying overnight 

Notice: There is a post on foreign digital media about Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy being connected by a sand path, which isn't true.

Awaiting official information about whether or not there will be federal funding for promotion of Pueblos Magicos   

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   


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

These are the Por Esto articles from yesterday. There are no new ones in the Isla Mujeres section today.

Isla Mujeres: Among the safest destinations in the country  

IM: entre los destinos más seguros del país

  Two days after the latest violent act, an attempt to execute a waiter which occurred 200 meters from the police station, the government of Isla Mujeres has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen security for tourists and locals. The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberains, said that during the two years of his administration, the number of officers doubled, in addition to the fact that they recently received 12 million pesos in federal funds for equipment.
  The federal program FORTASEG (Funds for Strengthening Security) provided about 12 million pesos for equipping of patrols and uniforms, as well as for an increase in salaries. The Mayor said the government's priorities are to keep this destination as one of the safest in Quintana Roo and Mexico, guaranteeing the physical safety of visitors and residents and their property at all times. For this reason, the officers have been trained and taught and have been evaluated by the State Center for Control & Confidence. 
    Police chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz thanked the municipal government for its institutional support, saying "We have seen a great advance in terms of security in the municipality, since not only have the officers been equipped, but they have been trained in various topics that help them carry out their work in a better manner."
     He said that at this time Isla Mujeres 100 percent of the officers are trained in various fields of action, focused on the protection of citizens and visitors. During a recent visit by Governor Carlos Joaquín González, the Mayor formally delivered six new patrol vehicles to the department, which reaffirms the commitment of the municipal government to keep Isla Mujeres as one of the safest destinations in the country.   

Seizure of fireworks  
Decomisan pirotecnia

   The information has already been translated about a seizure of a half kilo of fireworks from a commercial establishment in La Gloria, following an anonymous call, and this article notes they were "bombitas" and that the use of fireworks among children is lower than previous years, according to personnel with Civil Protection.

Celebrating 10 years of ministry   

Festejó sus 10 años de ministerio

   On Christmas Ever, Isla Mujeres parish priest Raul Sanchez Alonso celebrated 10 years of ministry and was given recognition for his contributions at an event in which various church groups and the general public participated.

Nothing to regret at Christmas  

Nada que lamentar en Navidad

    Personnel with the Police Department, Public Security, and the Harbor Master's office reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents) during the celebrations of Christmas and Christmas Eve. On Tuesday, Christmas parties in hotels and tourist clubs lasted until dawn, and during the early morning the roads and beaches were quiet. Traffic picked up around 8am but there was less activity on the sidewalks and in the roads. There were more people at the beach later in the afternoon than there were at noon, but not as many as the previous day. It is presumed that hangovers delayed some people, and more people were out as the day progressed.
   The Municipal police reported a "Saldo Blanco", with only two detainees for misdemeanor offenses, and the lifeguards reported that things were quiet with only two tourists who tried to cross the buoy line of Playa Centro to enter the Navigation Channel, which is dangerous. 

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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. 

The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

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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