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News from the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
15% property tax discount continues until the end of February
Successful long weekend LINK
Monday was a holiday (Constitution Day), with many state residents visiting on this long weekend. Also, many foreigners from Canada and the United States are visiting to escape the cold weather there. Hotel occupancy is over 60 percent. It is noted that Isla Mujeres is the only island with Pueblo Magico status, that its two main beaches, Playa Norte and Playa Centro have white flag and blue flag certifications and that North Beach is included on the list of 25 most beautiful beaches worldwide.
Increased tourism is anticipated during Carnaval and during the Easter holidays.
Inspection of schools that serve as hurricane shelters LINK
FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres
Nautical tour operators complain of slow business
José Manuel Ancona Galué, president of the cooperative Adolfo López Mateos, said that while February is one of the best months for them, they are currently operating at only 60 percent, which is less than other years. (They are a cooperative whose members have small boats and provide tours, principally snorkeling tours with lunch on a beach). He blamed the tour provides in Puerto Juarez for his coops reduced business, accusing them of unfair competition. LINK
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
An interdisciplinary committee was formed to review the municipal archives and remove obsolete documents that have no official purpose or value. (photos)
Noti Isla Mujeres
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Playa Centro grows wider daily
Good weather expected this week
Ban on catching grouper began Feb. 1st
The ban is from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean Sea, for the coastlines of Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, according to the Official Gazette of March 31, 2017.
After Baja California, Quintana Roo is second in the amount of grouper caught, with an average of 500 tons annually, according to records kept by INAPESCA since 1992. The year before was the highest level with 1065 tons, but it hasn't returned to that level due to the continuous decrease in this resource
Softball players will represent Isla Mujeres
Most residents are complying with the new trash collection schedule
This program should be implemented before the end of the year, according to specialists. This is being done by raising awareness in the schools, since children are more sensitive to adopting these types of programs in favor of the environment.
Currently there are still about 500 tons of trash at the facility, and concerns about contaminates leaching into the subsoil, and consequently affecting the beach that is 30 meters away.
Collection times for Sac Bajor are 2p to 8p, and the other colonias and downtown have pickup from 8p to 10p, which began Jan. 16. Approximately 42 tons of garbage are collected daily.
Buoy line to be reinstated, which was broken by the grounded boat
Concern about dredging near Punta Sam
The Naveganto ferry company, who provides service to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez have extended their hours. On weekdays,there will be eight round trips, with the last departure from the island at 8:45pm. On Saturday and Sunday there will be 11 round trips as follows:
Departure from Isla Mujeres: 06:05, 07:35, 09:05, 10:35, 12:05, 13:35, 15:05, 16:35, 18:05, 19:35 and 21:05.
From Puerto Juarez, 06:50, 08:20, 9:50, 11:20, 12:50, 14:20, 15:50, 17:20, 18:50, 20:20 and 21:50.
LIST OF ISLA MUJERES NONPROFITS (who have FB pages &/or websites)
Isla Nonprofits & Links
Acción Isla Isla: https://www.facebook.com/AccionIsla/ plogging day isla mujeres ��������� �https://www.facebook.com/groups/2023592277901903/
Clinica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres A.C. HALO: http://helpinganimalslivingoverseas.org/ https://www.facebook.com/clinicavetim/
Isla Diabetes Clinic: Website www.isladiabetesclinic.com https://www.facebook.com/isladiabetesclinic/
Isla Mujeres Helmets for Children: Website https://helmetsforisla.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/helmetsforisla/
Isla Mujeres Scholarship ProgramWebsite https://www.islascholarships.com/ https://www.facebook.com/islascholarshipprogram/
little yellow school houseWebsite http://littleyellowschoolhouse.org/ https://www.facebook.com/lyshmexico/
Ron Brown Scholarship Fund: Website http://ronbrownscholarshipfund.org/ https://www.facebook.com/ronbrownscholarshipfund/
Ruben’s Three Kings Day: Website http://rubensthreekingsday.org/ https://m.facebook.com/RubenThreeKingsDay/
|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
Saturday, Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day Plogging Clean-up 8a meet up at Zama beach club to clean along the Sac Bajo road. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent. 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 Performances by Carnaval dance troupes with judging to determine the Kings & Queens of Carnaval. Two couples are competing for the overall King & Queen, other categories include Children, Youth, and Diversity.
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.
Sunday, Feb. 24 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program
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