Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Isla Mujer6 es Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 6

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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

  Tvisla 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   

IM Noticias   
La Tertulia


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

Playa Centro grows wider daily  

Playa Centro, cada día más ancha

Good weather expected this week  

Bonito clima en la semana

  Good weather is predicted for this week with mild winds from the east-southeast, with some gusting winds on Thursday.  At this time, no significant effects are expected from the cold front arriving next weekend. This is good news for the lobster fishermen who are hoping for a good catch during the remainder of the month, before the season closes at the first of March.

Ban on catching grouper began Feb. 1st

Inicia veda del mero

     The two month ban on catching grouper has begun, affecting the entire coastline of Quintana Roo, and the whole peninsular zone. 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  

Softbolistas representarán a IM

   Female softball players will represent Isla Mujeres in state and regional competitions in two categories of age 15 and 16 and age 17-19. Tryouts have been taking place at the baseball field "Ariel Magana Carrillo".  Final selection will take place March 29-31. Players are being selected in other municipalities also.

Most residents are complying with the new trash collection schedule

Población se aplica para la recolección de basura

    About 70% of residents are complying with the new trash collection schedule of picking up between the hours of 8p and 10p daily. There has been no mention of sanctions against those who aren't compliant. Once this is all consolidated, the next step is to promote separation of trash in homes, and a comprehensive adaptation of the Trash Transfer Facility for recycling of plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and iron.
      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 

Líneas de boyas destruidas, serán reinstaladas

   This information has been translated. The Navigation Channel is just outside the buoy line at Playa Centro, where the large ferries pass by, in addition to other boats, making it dangerous for swimmers.

Concern about dredging near Punta Sam 

Dragado en la terminal marítima genera preocupación

There is dredging taking place near Punta Sam which is causing concern that it could affect marine life. It is part of a tourism megaproject at Playa Mujeres, and a resident contacted Por Esto with their concerns. It is located 100 meters north of the maritime terminal of 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

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 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.

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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
Sunset  6:35-6:50 
Sunrise ~7:20-7:05
February Events 
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 

  Friday, Feb. 1  Municipal clean up of mangroves to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Join them at 9a to clean part of the Makax lagoon. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent.They will also be presenting educational talks in the schools.

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 artist


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  

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