Saturday, January 26, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 26

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Cleaning out the catchment basins and storm drains LINK  

The municipal government invites islander couples to the collective wedding event LINK 

CRIM begins offering sign language courses LINK   

The 15% property tax discount continues until the end of February LINK 


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In order to change a pole along Rueda Medina, the CFE suspended electricity there for six hours yesterday, and although the affected businesses were given written notice in advance, they said the inconvenience was significant. LINK 

Boats under forty feet long are restricted to port except for activities in the Bay and crossing between the isle and Puerto Juarez. (Yesterday/Friday)

 Residents of the FOVISSSTE apartments in Isla Mujeres were alarmed at the presence of many Federal and Naval Police, with no information at this time. (photo)

VIDEO of fellow paddling a SUP board around at the traffic circle by the Monument to the Fishermen on Rueda Medina

Yesterday, the Attorney-General of the state of Quintana Roo issued an ALBA alert seeking the whereabouts of Eliza Alejandra Rodríguez Pérez, who has been missing since January 20 in the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun).  LINK 

Commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Chino Fernandez (Islander musician and composer) LINK  

The heavy rains on Friday morning caused serious flooding in several parts of Isla Mujeres, especially the commercial area downtown.

Photo w caption from yesterday morning about the scheduled suspension of electricity that would leave some businesses without electricity for half a day, noting that the Maritime Terminal couldn't get its generator running.

Serious flooding as a result of the heavy rains this Friday! Urge The Civil Protection Department to attend to the storm drains (Photos).

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos of Civil Protection staff cleaning the storm drains and catchment basins and article.

Video of Mayor with caption: At the 10th Regular City Council meeting items were passed relating to traffic regulations, Civil Protection and civic justice.

Despite the rain, tourists still visited and enjoyed Isla Mujeres (photos)

From yesterday morning, photo of Maritima car ferry in the bay with caption that boats under 40 feet were restricted to port, and the ferries were continuing to operate.

Yesterday...Photos of Civil Protection personnel during the flooding using machinery to get the drains operating, and showing flooding downtown. 

Yesterday..Photo with caption : CFE continues to work (changing a pole) despite the rain.

Photos & article about commemoration of birth of Isleno composer and musician Virgilio “El Chino” Fernández.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video of fellow wrapping a trash bag around his dog before they run off together thru the rain with caption "Protecting man's best friend from the rain"

IM Noticias   


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

Intense rain caused flooding downtown and in the colonias 

Fuerte lluvia inunda colonias y ciudad

      The effects of cold front #30 caused more than three hours of rain, resulting in flooding in the lower areas of the colonias. However, due to the good condition and cleanliness of the storm drain network, the situation was not too bad and in a matter of an hour everything had begun to clear the streets.
   Civil Protection activated the two pumps for the two Salina lakes that receive water from most of the colonias. There were no overflow problems, and none are anticipated.
   The torrential rain began at 7:30 and stopped just after 11am, causing work absenteeism. It began drizzling again for 20 minutes at 12:40p, and remained cloudy with more rain expected in the evening or night.
   Some houses had water entering, despite the storm drains working well, but because the north wind was strong and driving the rain under doors and windows, as well as water from the street and sidewalks. The pumps were running by the Casa de la Cultura that remove water from Hidalgo, Abasolo and Guerrero.
    The three pumps (at the two Salinas and at Casa Cultura) were sending hundreds of cubic meters of water per hour into the sea.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The staff from ZOFEMAT keep the beaches clean and in compliance with the Blue Flag and White Flag certifications by removing trash and raking the sand on weekdays from 5a to 10a and on weekends 7a to 10a. 

The 102nd anniversary of the birth of Chino Fernandez, Islander musician and composer, was commemorated, and musician Gregorio Sanchez Celis played. 

Saturday and Sunday the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will play the basketball team of Modelo University in Merida, Yucatan. Isla is leading the league with 12 wins and four loses. Modelo is in third place with nine wins and three losses and two games pending. The Dorados (of Playa del Carmen) are in second place.
Weather stops tourism activities  

Temporal paralizó la actividad turística


Boats went out on Thursday 

Navegantes se echaron al mar

    The recreational boats were able to operate on Thursday because the intensity of the southern winds decreased, but in the afternoon the first effects were felt of cold front #30. 

Marinsa plans to resume providing ferry service with better boats  

Volverán, con mejores buques

       The Harbor Master said the Marinsa company only temporarily suspended service to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez and plans to resume operations in the future, according to Por Esto, who said this was confirmed in a phone call to the company. They were told the company plans to return to service with more modern boats, to compete with Ultramar more effectively, but a date wasn't given

Pet Shelter needed  

Urge refugio de mascotas

       At a press conference, Veterinarian Delfino Guevara Collazo said the City needs to establish an Animal Shelter and residents should take abandoned animals to the municipal office of Ecology. He
told Por Esto: "We are asking people not to bring these animals to the hospital (it no longer has space there) but to do so at the Ecology office,  who have the authority act accordingly." 
       He is asking the Ecology Department to take responsibility for enforcing the municipal regulations regarding care and abuse of animals, with sanctions when appropriate. He said the NGO's who work with stray animals want the City to establish a temporary shelter. His hospital provides space for 50 cats, working to promote their adoption, but they have no more room and people keep leaving animals at their door.  
       He said a meeting is needed to determine responsibilities, with the City providing refuge space and they would provide medical care.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
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.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

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.

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