Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 26

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Video from recent press releases including the junk removal campaign to prevent mosquito borne diseases (in coordination with the state), good results from the trash collection campaign & new schedule, about an campaign to advise downtown merchants about leaving sidewalks/walkways clear for pedestrians, and completion of the final details for Carnaval

When you ride your moto, wear your helmet, and arrive safely

15% property tax discount ends Feb 28.

Installation of the Forest Fire Prevention Committee of the Department of Civil Protection (for the mainland part of the municipality) photos & article


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Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Conclusion of the successful campaign to collect Christmas trees. Forty six trees were collected and ground into compost.

Firefighters of Civil Protection Monday morning putting out a fire near Devil's Curve in an empty, deteriorated palapa, which was apparently caused by a couple of indigent fellows attempting to remove honey from a hive there. (Beekeepers use smoke when harvesting honey, to tranquilize the bees, but not actual fire.) They weren't injured. VIDEO 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

The Mayor said the Mobility Studies are expected to be completed next month and then a call will be made for companies who want to bid on offering public transportation services on the island and in the Continental Zone. Parents of students are among those with complaints about taxi drivers, who say urban transportation is needed because the taxis often pass by the students without stopping for them.

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This morning (Monday) the firefighters with Civil Protection put out a fire at an unoccupied, deteriorated palapa near Devil's Curve, which was apparently caused by two indigent people trying to extract honey from a beehive there. Fortunately, they weren't injured. VIDEO  


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

First municipal drill team competition  

Realizan Primer Concurso Municipal de Escoltas

The first municipal Drill Team Competition for primary and middle school students was held at the Colegio Bachilleres dome on Monday.

Palapa burned at Devil's Curve 

Se quema palapa en la “Curva del Diablo”

Many tourists enjoyed Monday's good weather  

Llegó el turismo a la isla

 The fishermen were able to work, and tourism service providers were busy, including those offering nautical services. Sunday was also a busy day for tourism, with good weather.

Lack of sargasso here   

Menor el impacto del sargazo en IM

  Isla Mujeres has been spared the impact felt by other tourism destinations where sargasso has arrived, a problem that prompted a meeting between the three levels of government, including the mayors of the 11 municipalities in Q. Roo. This was done upon instructions from the president of Mexico, to promote coordinated efforts between governmental agencies, private businesses, and citizens to address this problem.
   Isla Mujeres remains virtually free of sargasso, and work continues to keep the beaches clean, primarily by the personnel of ZOFEMAT

Opposition to Alcohol Law may cause modifications: Hours unchanged awaiting announcement   

No a la reducción de horario de venta de alcohol

  Jesus Contreras, the director in Isla Mujeres for the state department of Revenue Collection, said there has been opposition to the new Alcohol Law, reducing the hours of sales, and he thinks it is likely that there will be modifications. There have been demonstrations by business owners around the state, particularly in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. In Isla Mujeres, they haven't been outspoken against the issue, but they have been asking about it (and expressing negative opinions).
  Mr Contreras said they are waiting for announcements from the Governor and the state Alcohol Director.

Port reopened for small boats 

Reabren el puerto a la navegación menor

   The approach of Cold Front #40 caused the "Surada" winds to decrease, allowing the Harbor Master to reopen the port for small boats on Sunday morning, after they were restricted for a week. This will allow the lobster fishermen to work before the four month ban begins on March 1st. Recreational nautical activities resumed, including snorkeling tours, diving, and trips to Isla Contoy.

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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 
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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  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.

Wed. Feb 27  Flakis Fest at Luxury Beach (Playa Sol), 100p donation requested, live music, food, raffle, online auction.

  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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