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Repairing potholes LINK
Pet sterilization program in coordination between NGO and municipal government LINK
Free sterilizations on Thursdays, 10a to 2p, in coordination with Isla Animals, who have performed more than 1170 sterilizations in the continental zone of the municipality and the island. A massive campaign was carried out in the Continental Zone sterilizing 1124 cats and dogs in December.
Agreement signed between Z-Gas and City over propane prices LINK
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Naveganto increased its crossings LINK
See schedule posted yesterday. On the company's social media page, they confirmed that the boats will now depart every 45 minutes, with longer hours on the weekends, which began on Wednesday. It is expected that the company will introduce new ferries in March, and noted that Ultramar runs every half hour.
Grounded yacht was rescued LINK
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
Nine tips for living with less plastic
Carry your own shopping bag, reusable bottle and cup, use reusable food storage containers, avoid using single use plates and cutlery, use glasses made of glass, and share these tips with others.
Some residents suggest that the former hospital property should be turned into a parking lot. (photos)
Banjercito bank being built at edge of Naval base will be the third bank on the island. (photo)
Noti Isla Mujeres
VIDEO municipal police officers found a bag by the side of the coastal road and turned it in at the tourism office to be returned to its owners.
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Rescue of tourism yacht
Rescatan yate turísticoThe tourism boat "Hasta la Vista" that had been grounded on North Beach since Sunday, was freed on Wednesday, after three attempts. The crew said there was no damage to the hull,propeller, or shaft. Refueling was done outside the buoy line, and it went to the marina in the Cancun Hotel Zone to have a thorough inspection before going back into operation for tourism.
The Harbor Master had authorized the rescue operation, with the first attempt on Monday, another on Tuesday, and it was successfully concluded on Wednesday at 11am. The boat grounded on North Beach near the end of Guerrero street on Sunday evening when the effects of Cold Front #31 caused gusts up to 70 km/hr.
During the three days it was on the beach, many tourists took photos. Its registration is from Florida. The rescue was done with care to avoid damage to the boat, and support was provided by a boat at a distance, with a rope. On Wednesday, the work began at 8am using "polines" motorized pumps, pulleys and half a dozen workers. Previously, a large amount of sand was moved to carry out the final work of refloating the boat.
Lifeguards with Civil Protection will repair the 200 meter buoy line that was broken.
Promotions anticipated to improve occupancy
Anticipan promoción para la ocupaciónAverage occupancy was 60% for 2018, and at the last days of the year, it was at 100%, according to Jose Castillo, Director of Municipal Tourism, who said it was a great year in terms of visitors arriving and hotel occupancy. He said, "We can not say that we are at a very high percentage, but we have maintained a constant level that benefits the island families with a profitable economic benefit, and during the Easter holidays, a large number of tourists are expected from Mexico, as well as other parts of the world."
Isla Mujeres is the only island in the Pueblo Magico program, and has the Blue and White Flag designations for Playa Centro and Playa Norte, respectively. Mr Castillo Magana expects that 2019 will be a very good year for Isla Mujeres, with continued high rates of arrival for Mexican and foreign visitors.
No excuse for not sterilizing your pet
No hay pretextos para no esterilizar~~~~
In an article dated Jan 28 about the grounded yacht, Por Esto said Civil Protection personnel noted that the boat broke the buoy line along a 200 meter stretch that would need to be repaired after the boat was removed. It was also noted that about a half dozen small boats used for fishing and tourism tours sank in their mooring areas because they weren't attended to in time, which happens when a great deal of rain falls and they aren't taken care of in a timely manner. They didn't have major problems because when seawater enters the engine, it is sent to the mechanic for cleaning.
Yesterday, the "Hasta la Vista " yacht was finally set free! It had become a sort of tourist attraction since grounding on North beach on Sunday. Its captain, Apolinar Magaña, told TVIM that the storm surprised them just as they were pulling up the anchor and about depart. They had ten tourists on board (PE says 12), who had rented the boat, and no one was injured.
A crew member told Por Esto they were trying to return to the marina in the Cancun Hotel Zone when a sudden mechanical failure occurred, in the strong winds and waves. Although they threw out two 'grampine' anchors, they were unable to stop the progress of the boat toward shallow water.
The boat is registered in Florida and has "Coral Gables" painted on the stern. Thanks to Cindy Martinez for the video! VIDEO
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
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
Feb 19 7:05
Feb 20 8:10
Feb 21 9:13
Feb 22 10:14
Feb 23 11:12
Painting by Pamela Haase
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings LINK . Volunteers welcome! Here's the Accion Isla LINK
Left in January:
Wed. Jan 30 11:30-1 Little Yellow School House will be serving up their popular Cuban sandwiches. In La Gloria, Paseo de Peces (same street as Bead Coop & Church). Last week they made grilled cheese & ham sliders & chili (photo) Get 'em while you can!
Thursday, Jan. 31 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day Plogging Clean-up Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.
Saturday, Feb. 2 Candlemas Day Tamales provided by those who had the baby Jesus in their Kings cake on Jan. 6th.
Sunday, Feb. 3 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.
Monday, Feb. 4 A Civic ceremony is held the first Monday of each month, often on the Town Square, in the morning, probably around 8a or 9a.
Thursday, Feb. 7 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Feb. 9 Plogging Clean-up Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.
Sunday, Feb. 10 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p, featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.
Thursday, Feb. 14 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents.
In mid-February, there has been Artisan's Pavilion on the Town Square, for the past few years with artisans from other regions of Mexico, as well as a number from Isla Mujeres offering interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.
Saturday, Feb. 16 Plogging Clean-up Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.
Sunday, Feb. 17 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.
Feb 18-24 Island Time Music Festival & Fishing Tournament
This will be the 10th anniversary of this Festival which benefits the Little Yellow School House who provide education and therapy for special needs kids on the island. LINK to schedule of events, ticket information, etc Features popular Country music artists
Thursday, Feb. 21 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Feb. 23 Plogging Clean-up Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.
Sunday, Feb. 24 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.
Thursday, Feb. 28 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Isla Blanca Kite Festival (on the mainland) says they've discontinued after ten years due to parking problems, but here's their page in case that changes. LINK
In February, generally the temperatures are very pleasant, but weather for this month includes "nortes", fronts from the north whose winds often cause small boats to be restricted to port, and they may bring clouds, rain, and cooler temps. They cause the lobster to come out of their hiding places and move south across the seabed, increasing the catches of the fishermen.
Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Grouper and Octopus in February (and March). Lobster season ends after Feb. 28th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available). LINK
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres