Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 5

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Civil Protection cleaning storm drains 

Islanders take advantage of property tax discounts  LINK 

  Payments can be made 9a-4p. There's a special module in front of the City Hall to generate the bill, which can be paid inside.

National Day of Disabilities  Dec. 3

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis is working to improve transportation services in Isla Mujeres LINK 
This information was translated yesterday.

Junk pick-up on Tuesdays & Thursdays 11a-4p


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Yesterday: There were temporary road closures while traffic signs were being installed downtown (photos)

The municipal Department of Urban Development & Environment placed closure seals on a construction site in Sac Bajo, but work continued. LINK 
  The head of the Urban Development Department said the closure seals were placed because the word doesn't correspond to the plans that were approved, and the number of square meters is different. The company promised to present the new plans, but the work the closure seals were placed yesterday, However, reporters and their cameras witnessed that the work was continuing, although the workers stopped working and hid when they noticed the media was present.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

VIDEO whose captions say: Isla Mujeres.  This fine little isle is a paradise surrounded by the waters of the Caribbean Sea.  Although it is less than 8km long, it has a national park and two archeological sites and more than 78 hotels. There's no better way to enjoy a perfect balance between the tropical jungle of the Caribbean and the legacy of the Mayan civilization. Isla Mujeres allows us to enjoy the beauty that is hidden under the beautiful blue Caribbean. Two very noteworthy sites are the "Cave of the Sleeping Sharks" and wrecks of two Mexican ships. Isla Mujeres is a representation of beauty in just one spot.

You're invited to the Friend's of Isla Mujeres 2nd Annual Festival of Culture & Family on Saturday, Dec.8 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!

Photo of cabbies taking an English class  

In honor of Dec. 3, World Disabilities Day, the first inclusive relay race was held, sponsored by the DIF social service agency. The purpose of the Day is to raise awareness about inclusion. (photo)

The CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, is receiving 10 to 15 complaints daily from customers about high bills LINK   VIDEO 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Photos of murals (see yesterday's edition)

VIDEO work has begun to decorate the Town Square and the streets of Isa Mujeres for the December holidays.

IM Noticias   


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

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres

The first brief is about "ichthyotherapy", which is being offered on Rueda Medina Avenue, and consists of removal of dead skin from feet by small fish called "garra rufa". There are also claims that this stimulates acupuncture points on the soles of the feet and improves blood circulation. The cost is 250 pesos and the demand has fluctuated with the time of year, with less than ten per day in low season and up to 15 on the weekends, but on a good day in high season they may have 50 people per day.
  The second brief says personnel with the municipal Department of Civil Protection are cleaning out the storm drains, particularly in the area of the colonia La Gloria park. The head of the department, Merced Ortiz Maya, said they will also attend to reports of grids that are in need of repair or replacement, as soon as possible, and reminded the residents to avoid littering since this is the main cause of obstruction of the drains.

Changing weather conditions

Condiciones inestables del clima

Dec. 4  After nearly five days of the port being closed for boats under 40 feet, it reopened for general navigation at 7am, but it was anticipated that restrictions could be imposed again on Thursday, when Cold Front #14 is expected to arrive. Due to the weather, the fishermen were unable to go out for nearly a week.
   On Thursday, Nov. 29, the port authorities restricted tourist and fishing activities for boats under 40 feet, as well as trips to Isla Contoy and the tour boats from Puerto Juarez. The tours to El Farito and the lagoon area were permitted.
   Currently (Tuesday) the port is open for all activities including trips to Isla Contoy, diving tours, tours from Puerto Juarez, and the catamarans. Many fishermen wait for another day after the port is reopened for small boats, because the swells last longer farther out from the coast. But some took advantage of this reopening because they are aware that they are likely to be restricted again soon, but said their catches were not impressive. 
   One of the lobster fishermen said, "These are the months of best production and we hope to get ahead, for now there is not much lobster near the island and what is found is further away, where with this climate you can only go for the traps, but not to dive nor use nets "

Hotel construction closure in Sac Bajo

Burlan clausura en hotel de Sac-Bajo

See above.

CFE: cobrar sabe, pero arreglar los postes, no

This is a complaint about the electrical company and their charges, saying they need better maintenance to their posts.

Entregan certificado de sanidad a cooperativa


City Council approved regulations relating to garbage and transport

Aprueban reglamentos de limpia y transporte

This has already been translated

Promueven evitar el control del turismo


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

There will be events at the bull ring set up by Amplificacion La Gloria, but I haven't seen a schedule yet. This usually includes a mock bullfight by little people and small cattle, which was presented for two nights the past couple years.

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

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,

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

Sunday, Dec. 16 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

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'.

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

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.

  Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

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