Friday, February 8, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, February 8

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Encouraging a government of inclusion and equality LINK  

Municipal Traffic Police inspecting registration and window tints LINK  
  The Chief of Police said, "We are carrying out an operation specifically about  polarized tint on taxis and private cars, taxis should not have polarized glass of any kind and individuals should have permission from the Municipal Traffic Office to have it." He added that the review of the documentation applies to all motor vehicles, so he urged the public to have their vehicular documents in order to avoid sanctions.

The DIF social service agency invites children and youths to attend the "Essence of Friendship" event LINK  
  Children and teens up to 15 years of age are invited by the DIF social service agency to participate in a rally "La Esencia de la Amistad" (The Essence of Friendship) on February 15th in honor of the Day of Love and Friendship (Valentine's Day).  It will take place at the Bicentennial Dome 3p-5p with various games and activities, in teams of six people.
    This event aims to promote integration, development, coexistence and group leadership. The honorary President of the DIF,  Paola Orrico de Carrillo, said,"The Day of Love and Friendship is a very beautiful celebration when we have the opportunity to show our partner, friends and family how much we love them. That's why we chose to do the rally within the framework of this date, so that children and young people can enjoy healthy fun together." 
   She said,  "These actions represent the concern of our mayor that the children grow up happy and safe in a municipality that guarantees a promising future, because their physical, psychological and emotional development is just as important as their education."
   Information about registration is given. 

Notice about free pet sterilization on Thursdays 10a-2p at Isla Animals, in coordination with the City.


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Notice about Sunday's performance-competition on the Town Square (see events section) of the Carnaval dance troupes as part of the competition for Kings and Queens of Carnaval, starts at 8p.

A case of poisoning of a cat in colonia Caribena LINK
      Veterinarian Delfino Guevara said the poisoned cat is in a delicate state of health, and was found in colonia Caribeña, noting this substance is also dangerous for humans. He blamed authorities for this continuing, becasue they haven't taken a firm position. He said he and his team continue to set traps at night to catch and sterilize wild cats, to curb the feline population, and the five cats they caught two days ago in colonia Caribeña have already been sterilized.

The Navy rescued four people south of Isla Mujeres LINK 
   The rescue was carried out after a telephone call was received from the Regional Harbor Master of Puerto Juarez concerning the captain of the small boat "Sol", who is a provider of tourism services, who had requested assistance locating two tourists and two tour guides in the vicinity of Punta Cancun after contact had been lost, coupled with the low visibility at night, had made it difficult to locate them.
  The Navy Search and Rescue unit of Isla Mujeres dispatched a Defender-type boat and the Puerto Juarez Harbor Master sent out a patrol. They located the four people, who were in good health, about seven nautical miles (13 kilometers) south of Isla Mujeres. They are a woman and two men of Mexican nationality, aged 53, 44 and 25 respectively, and a 44 year old woman of Spanish nationality. They were taken to the pier at Playa Tortugas in Cancun.

VIDEO of police checkpoint on Rueda Medina at the edge of town

Cargo restrictions on passenger ferries from Harbor Master LINK  
   The Harbor Master issued an announcement that the passenger ferries, both Ultramar and Naveganto, will no longer be allowed to transport cargo, because these ferries have permits to carry passengers and luggage, but not cargo. This will not affect islanders who can bring their small purchases or luggage, but it pertains to hoteliers and restaurateurs who use these boats to bring over their products.
    This is also being applied in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. An Ultramar supervisor said people who buy a ticket to cross to Isla Mujeres can transport up to 15 kilos, and families who arrive with their perishables will not have any problems, as long as it isn't for commercial use.
   The Harbor Master explained, "The permit granted by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, through the Directorate of Merchant Marine, is only for"Passenger Transportation" service a nd therefore, the corresponding baggage, for which you are urged not to transport cargo, since this compromises the safety of the vessels."

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

No straw, please. I brought my thermos. In my container, please. No bag, thanks, I brought my own. "Remember to put these 4 actions in practice"

Noti Isla Mujeres   
Video of yesterday's sunrise  

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

VIDEO of interview with Director of Public Services


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Naval rescue of four people 

Cuatro personas fueron rescatadas por Semar

Celebrating a year of cleanups 

Festejarán un año de limpiezas

Accion Isla celebrates their one year anniversary of weekly cleanings, and they have also promoted protection of the mangroves and the sea, as well as two cleanings of the seabed, with items inventoried to share the data globally. Kai Creamer said they have removed more than 11 tons and 874 kilos, and she invited the public to join them on Saturday when they will meet in front of the Isla Vida Restaurant in front of the Canotal mercado, to work on the southeast corner of Salina Grande. Afterward the restaurant will provide lemonade for the volunteers.
   Last weekend on World Wetlands Day, they participated in the City clean up on Friday of the mangroves of the Makax lagoon, and on Saturday, they cleaned in Sac Bajo, which has heavy plastic pollution along the road, from 8a to 11a.

Navigation by small boats was allowed with caution 

Hubo navegación con precaución

Feb. 7 The intensity of the east-southeast winds reduced in the afternoon.

Island mourns the loss of Hugo Ravell Magana

Enérgico y generoso personaje feneció a los 75

February 7.- Hugo Ravell Magaña, a prominent national sportsman and politician, died yesterday morning at the age of 75, in a hospital in Merida, Yucatan. His body will be brought back to the island where his friends and family will say their final good-byes. He was born July 4, 1943 on Isla Mujeres.
      At one time, he was exceptional at freestyle swimming, in pools and in the sea, but now he had been suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure, which caused his death. His teachers of diving and swimming were the specialists Ramon Bravo, Filipe "Tibio" Munos, and his cousins Emilio and Rogelio Magana Castro. He earned national recognition for his talents.
   In recent times, he could always be seen at sunrise sitting with friends at the metal bench of the taxi drivers stand, along Rueda Medina, waiting for the daily paper, which he would take home to read, on South Juarez. 
    Some of his political accomplishments are given, and itisnoted that he was a physical education teacher. He will be buried on Friday, may he rest in peace, condolences to his family, and especially to his wife, Teresa Gomez Officer.

Checkpoints to review documents & tinting  

Montan retén para regularizar vehículos

Feb 6  Frequent roadblocks will take place to ensure that vehicles have their documentation up to date and to prevent the use of illegal polarization, according to the Director of Municipal Traffic Police, Jose Pech.
   An operation was set up on Rueda Medina in front of the southern part of the Naval base, where it was observed that several mopeds were detained, since it is estimated that about 10% of the scooters are irregular. He said they are also reviewing polarized tints as well as documentation. Taxis aren't allowed to have polarized glass of any kind and individual must have permission from the municipal Traffic office.
    The operation lasted for several hours, until it was discontinued at noon, and will continue in an ongoing manner on different dates, at different times. This applies to all motorized vehicles so residents are advised to have their documents in order to avoid being penalized.
    The elimination of polarized tint for taxis was previously announced, and several units have already been required to eliminate it, for the safety of passengers. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs 


There was a meeting between the Mayor of Isla Mujeres and Bibian Castillo, the official for state Mobility Institute who represents the northern zone, to analyze Mobility (transportation) projects in Isla Mujeres. They are "seeking to lay the foundations of what will be a coordinated work with tangible results for the community , when addressing the promotion of road culture, as well as reordering public transport ".
  Mr. Castillo said that it is important that the state and municipalities work hand in hand, "only in this way can we see a complete result, in Isla Mujeres....we are interested in implementing and promoting a culture of mobility, from pedestrians to transporters, which will make it easier to reach concrete results".

The information about the Friendship Rally on Feb. 15 has already been translated. 

Propeller protectors on whale shark tour boats

Protectores de hélices, obligatorios

  The 230 holders of permits to offer whale shark tours have been notified that propeller protectors will be required during the upcoming season from May 15 to Sept. 17. The boats are each less than 40 feet long, with two outboard motors of 150 horsepower each, and it is estimated that an investment of about 15,000 pesos will be required.
  There is some controversy since there are different types of protectors, and some boaters are concerned that the devices themselves could cause more severe damage than the propellers. It is noted that the animals have suffered cuts to many areas, but they haven't been fatal since they skin is very thick. The devices also increase fuel consumption by about ten percent, depending on the type.


News summary on FB...(posted yesterday)

Sunday night on the Town Square at 8p there will be a preview of Carnaval when the dance troupes compete to determine which of two couples will be the King and Queen, as well as competition for the Queen of Diversity. Only one couple registered for the Youth category who should also be performing with their troupe. Coronations are scheduled for March 1st, when Carnaval begins.
The Little Yellow School House is serving lunch again on Wednesdays 11:30-1p with all proceeds going to the school, which provides education & therapy for kids with special needs. Tasty food, a fun experience & a good cause. In La Gloria on the wide east-west street, Paseo de Peces, with Mundaca, Sacred Heart Church & University, and the Bead Coop.

Thursday is El Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love & Friendship, aka Valentine's Day) and on Friday from 3-5 the DIF social service agency will hold a rally with teams of six kids competing in various games & activities at the Bicentennial Dome.

The Artist Fairs continue on Thursday's 3-8 at the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting. Also on Thursdays, free pet sterilization is available at Isla Animals 10-2, who have a table at the fair if you want to donate or purchase merchandise. Or adopt sweet Rasta:…/

Once again, the winds with the 'norte' cold fronts are causing Playa Centro to grow, which is decreasing the swimming area. This means more work for the lifeguards, who need to keep swimmers out of the dangerous Navigation Channel just beyond the buoys, where the large ferries pass by, as well as various smaller boats. And...replacement of the buoy line at North Beach was scheduled for Tuesday, after it was broken by a sailboat that accidentally grounded there Sunday before last.

You can join the ploggers Saturday morning, who will supply gloves & bags. Last Saturday was World Wetlands Day & they removed 400 lbs of trash & recyclables from the mangroves. Join them in front of Isla Vida Restaurante across from the La Gloria mercado to clean up the SE corner of Salina Grande. This will be the ploggers one year anniversary, and they've removed over 10,000 kilos of trash from the mangroves & beaches (Ten thousand kilos is 22 thousand pounds or 11 tons!!...ELEVEN TONS! One handful at a time.)

"Granito de Arena" celebrates its one week anniversary today with 100+ members! It's an open group (you don't have to join to read, just to comment) highlighting Isla's nonprofits, businesses & individuals who are contributing to them & those implementing environmentally friendly practices. It's about good deeds, upcoming benefits, eco-friendly stuff....check it out here:

The Isla Time Fishing Tournament & Music Fest is Feb 18-23, to benefit the Little Yellow School House.

The last couple years in mid-February, a tent set up on the Town Square for a week or so featuring artisans from different regions of Mexico selling their beautiful and interesting wares, as well as local artisans. It was part of a federal program, and the federal administration has changed, but here's hoping they return!! The kite festival on Isla Blanca celebrated their 10th anniversary last year and announced they don't plan to resume due to problems with parking & such.

Fishermen are currently banned from catching Grouper (next month too) and Octopus (5 more months), to allow them to reproduce, and the four month Lobster ban begins March 1st.…/PDFCon…/14619/presentaioc.pdf

If you noticed increased crowds at the beach last weekend, that's because Monday was a holiday for Constitution Day. Increased visitors & occupancy are anticipated for Carnaval March 1-5 and the Easter holidays, which begin when the kids get out of school on Friday, April 12 and ends when they return Mon. April 29th. The next long weekend is in honor of Benito Juarez, when Monday, March 18 is a day off.

Ultramar supervisors have started telling Isla restaurateurs that they can only bring over 20 kilos (44 pounds), which hasn't gotten a good response from those who are accustomed to bringing in fresh produce and other goods a couple times a week. Naveganto recently expanded their hours and  have departures every 45 minutes.

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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 
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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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