Thursday, February 28, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 28

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Families are invited to participate in the hearing screening campaign Feb. 27 & 28.

Graphic-It's your responsibility to pick up your dog's feces.


 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

Offering an internet alternative for hotels LINK  

Aguakan says high consumption is caused by leaks LINK 

At the Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, the Cahuameros will compete in the playoffs against Universidad Modelo (of Merida) on Saturday, March 2 at 8p and Sunday, March 3 at noon.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

A manhole on Hidalgo which belongs to the cable TV company needs repair (photos)

There is a CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) manhole on Hidalgo that needs repair (photo)

A manhole without cover presents a risk and bad image to tourists walking thru area and the only warning is a branch and a plastic bag. (photo, just south of the car ferry parking lot)

North Beach is #9 on TripAdvisor's list of "Traveller's Choice Beaches 2019".

The City is conducting a campaign on Facebook with the slogan "Your Pet, Your Responsibility", encouraging residents to clean up after their pets and be responsible for their well being. The first part of the campaign reminds residents that it is their responsibility to collect the feces of their pets and clean the remains of urine in public spaces, which is necessary for the health of the community and cleanliness of the island. The next aspect of the campaign will be about putting an ID tag and collar on your dog and using a leash when walking it, for the safety of others.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia


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

Aguakan investing 9 million pesos on the mainland   

Aguakan invertirá $9 millones en el continente

     The Aguakan water and wastewater service provider in Isla Mujeres will invest more than 9 million pesos to introduce a pipeline of more than two kilometers to supply tap water for 5000 lots in the mainland part of the municipality. This is the second stage of the project to bring water from the neighboring municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun). The third stage will take place in the second third of the year with the investment of public resources for the distribution network and home connections.
      This is a joint plan with the three levels government, following meetings with federal legislators to assess the situation in the Continental Zone concerning the lack of water. However, it is dependent on the federal investment project to introduce a 15 kilometer pipeline from the wells, which is part of the development plan for Ciudad Mujeres. This information was provided by  César Espinosa Rodríguez, Aguakan's planning manager, who said that the investment of 9.39 million pesos of Aguakan's own resources is already available, now the bidding process will take place to compete for the work and then it will start immediately. 

     On another topic, he explained that there have been delays in the completion of the final stage of the expansion of the wastewater network at the southern part of the island. It has been two thirds completed, and the completion date has been rescheduled for September, when the island should have 100% coverage. The previous stages of these improvements included doubling the capacity of the treatment plant from 30 to 60 liters per second. Also included is the introduction of the distribution network for colonia La Guadalupana, and he said they will attend to resurfacing the road where the 450 meters of pipeline were installed. 

   Another Aguakan representative spoke at a press conference concerning complaints against the company to PROFECO, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency, noting the complaints involved only 0.01% of its customers. She explained that these problems involved leaks inside the houses, which is why they recommend frequent monitoring of installations and the water meter, in comparison to previous consumption. The cost for service of tap water, wastewater, and VAT tax is 180 pesos for 10 cubic meters.

   The TVIM article notes the company provides service to more than 370,000 customers in the four municipalities and that the prices are regulated by the state government.

Offering improved internet for hotels 

Mejorara conectividad en hoteles

      The Director of the Quintana Roo Institute of Innovation and Technology, Marco Bravo Fabián, made a presentation to the owners of small hotels in Isla Mujeres concerning improved internet service, with participation by Mark Carney. He is the General Manager of Business Development of the company Gignet, who provides service to the hotel industry with its fiber optic network installed from Tulum to Punta Sam. He said they are able to meet the needs of the hotels on the island with broadband.
    It is noted that Telmex doesn't plan to install fiber optic service on the island. The meeting was held at the Posada del Mar hotel and those in attendance included hoteliers, members of the media, and the Director of Tourism José Castillo Magaña.

Operational Committee Against Forest Fires 2019 installed   

Instalan Comité Operativo contra Incendios

      In the Continental Zone of the municipality, the Operational Committee Against Forest Fires for the 2019 season was installed on Wednesday. In Quintana Roo, there were 40 forest fires in 2018, and none were in the municipality of Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

    This is about the campaign for testing hearing and the City's campaign about being responsible for your pet and cleaning up after it.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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  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


Tuesday, Feb. 19  Exhibition basketball game at the Convention Center on Tuesday at 8:30

Tuesday, Feb 19  Online auction begins for the benefit of  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program
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  Meet-up at Chedraui 8a. 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 at 1p, the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros will play the team from Leona Vicario at the El Pescador field (in front of Chedraui).

Monday, Feb 25 at 9a on the Town Square there will be a commemoration of Flag Day and of 502 years of the Encounter Between Two Cultures.

  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.

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 
Carnaval Schedule
Friday, March 1st Noche de Gala/Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens in all categories
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music byYerbabuena
Town Square 8:30p

Saturday, March 2 Noche Cubana/Cuban Night
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music by Grupo Junior Klan
Town Square 8:30p

Sunday, March 3 Carnaval Parade-Fantasy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Fishermen's Monument at the Traffic Circle
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Afternoon of Fantasy
Bouncy houses, Children's Costume contest, dance troupe performances and show for kids
Town Square 5p

Night of Fantasy
Presentation of the Queen of Diversity, Performances by dance troupes, Performance by Silvanna Show
Town Square 8:30p

Monday, March 4-Carnaval Parade-Regional & Comedy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's Monument at the traffic circle.
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Comedy & Regional Night
Costume Contest for Adults
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Comedy by Macta
Town Square 8:30p

Tuesday, March 5-Fat Tuesday
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Tuesday Night of Carnaval (Fat Tuesday)
Presentation of Dance Troupes, The Will & Burning of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Caribbean Kings
Town Square 8:30p
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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