Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 19

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte. 
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News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

VIDEO about recent press releases and the municipal government including the sister-city agreement with Bonita Springs Florida and the services offered by the CRIM facility for physical rehabilitation, as well as the conference held in honor of International Day of Women.


From Yesterday...... (He has been missing since Saturday at 4p)

Searching near Cozumel for missing Canadian diver & seeking help & donations to search a large area. This morning's update said his mom is lining up a couple private planes and a helicopter.
Last night's update..: The air search has been suspended for the evening with no signs of Cameron. I’m told the search will begin again at sunrise.
We have had divers in the water to 80-100 feet for a fair portion of the wall and found nothing, but we can use some CCR divers willing to make a 50 meter extended dive. It’s very unlikely Cameron is down there, but we should rule it out. If anyone has these skills, please contact us.
At this point the search is obviously well outside the Cozumel area, too. We need all the eyes in the sky we can get. If anyone knows any private pilots / planes in Cuba, Cancun, Houston, and Tampa / Miami please let them know we need their assistance.
There's more info here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/158064054226056/permalink/2316718655027241/
 And here at the Go Fund Me link.

 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

"Mega Plant": For emergency use    LINK  

  The Superintendent of the  CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) in the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo, Gonzalo Paredes Plancarte, said that the replacement of the underwater electrical line for Isla Mujeres will be a reality with the authorization of the budget, and this installation of a mega generator plant is the first step. At this time, it will only operate in the event of a prolonged blackout, and is for emergency use. 
      The installation of the plant could be completed in a few days. It has the capacity for 25,000 kilowatts, while the island's current usage is around 12,000 kW. 
    He explained that the replacement of the underwater line could begin next year, since it will take about 12 months for the cable to be supplied by the company that makes it, because of its length. It will be made according to the specifications that are needed. 
       Mr. Paredes Plancarte said, "It will be installed beside the old cables because the ones that are in operation are currently full of shells and it would be impossible to remove them."
Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Visitors and residents enjoy the clean beaches of Isla Mujeres (photos and article)

A golf cart driver lost control of the vehicle they rented from Gomar II at the intersection at the south side of the Naval base, and it went over onto the pavement. The traffic police and Red Cross paramedics came to the scene and the injured tourists were taken to the Community Hospital for treatment after being evaluated. (photos)

VIDEO of Rueda Medina avenue and sidewalks yesterday.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

VIDEO Trip Advisor included the beaches of Isla Mujeres among the top ten in the world, and this is the only location in Mexico awarded this honor. Isla Mujeres is a Pueblo Magico with White Flag and Blue Flag designations for its beaches.

VIDEO Preparations are being made for replacement of submarine cable next year 


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

Mild effects anticipated on Tuesday as Front #44 arrives  

Sin riesgo con primeros efectos del frente 44

This article is dated March 18 and apparently published yesterday after I had finished. The sky has gotten very overcast and the temperatures are cooler. At 9am, there are bigger breakers, but no whitecaps.
       Por Esto reports that  Cold Front #44 is expected to be stronger on Wednesday and to continue affecting the Yucatan channel until Friday. The Conagua forecast said that the stationary characteristics of this front over eastern and southeastern Mexico, and its interaction with a trough over the Yucatan peninsula, has the potential to generate heavy rain in that region.

Changing underwater cable  

Cambiar√°n cableado submarino

See translation above. Por Esto notes that Jesus Martinez Ross, between colonia Salina Chica and downtown, was expected to reopen on Saturday, because the CFE had said the work would be completed then, but it remained closed on Sunday and Monday. The installation is at the airfield, beside the helicopter landing area, the road closure has been on the east side, along the Caribbean coastal road known as prolongacion Aeropuerto.

Showing solidarity  

Se muestra solidaridad

    Jose Virgilio Canul Canul said his family is very grateful for the financial contributions they've received to assist his spouse who is facing a diagnosis of foot amputation, but has the possibility of avoiding it. The family has a precarious financial situation, and donations can be deposited in his Banamax account #5204-1654-8771-9092. There is a need for about 150,000 pesos and donations began on Friday.

Visitors & residents enjoy long weekend  

Disfrutan visitantes y locales del “puente”

  Over the long weekend, hoteliers reported occupancy of 90 percent, and this is attributed to the beaches being free of sargasso. The sargasso-free beaches also attract tourists staying in hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The municipal director of Civil Protection reported that there was a "saldo blanco" (no serious incidents) during the long weekend, and their focus was on the downtown area and the beaches, since they were the most crowded areas of the island.
    To maintain the Blue Flag designation at Playa Centro and the White Flag designation at North Beach, cleaning is done every weekday from 5a to 10a, and on Saturday on Sunday from 7a to 10a. This work includes raking the sand to remove any trash, as well as collecting garbage and checking the waste deposits.
   This is done by the ZOFEMAT agency, who also offer amphibious chairs at Playa Centro for use by people with disabilities.

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View from the rooms.

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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 

March 20   6:51
March 21   7:54
March 22    8:55
March 23   9:55
 March 24   10:53
March 25   11:50
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:50-7
Sunrise ~7:05-6:40
March Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings 8-11,  meetup locations at this LINK . Volunteers welcome!  Here's the Accion Isla LINK

The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly on Wednesdays 11:30-1p, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. Memorable, fun experience, tasty affordable food & a good cause. More info: LINK 

Saturday, March 2 at 8p and Sunday, March 3 at noon at the Convention Center: Basketball Playoffs  (They lost and are out of the playoffs)

  On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square. 

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Grouper and Octopus in March. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  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

 The parades are Sunday & Monday at 3p from the Naval Base to the Monument to the Fishermen, so Rueda Medina will be closed. Although the map doesn't show it, traffic is usually detoured down Juarez & the section of Hidalgo that is south of the Square (which usually affects where parking is allowed on Juarez, temporarily.)
It says...Due to celebrations for Carnaval 2019 in Isla Mujeres, March 1-5, there will partial, temporary road closures for the performances of the dance troupes.
On March 3 & 4, Rueda Medina will be closed during the parade. Please plan ahead, and thank you for your understanding

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

On or around March 4th, there is usually a ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres. The expedition of 110 men and 3 boats sailed from Cuba and and sailed around the coast, battling with the Maya, until all but one were injured, and over 50 had died.

Thursday, March 7 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Friday, March 8 International Women's Day. These are the women of LYSH, providing education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids.

Saturday, March 9 Downtown at 8p on the court by the Town Square

Saturday, March 9 Casa de la Cultura at 8p, jazz-funk-rock fusion band Sr. Mandril. Free. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sunday, March 10 Pescador baseball field 1p Cocteleros vs Cancun Rockies 20p 

Thursday, March 14 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day   

Monday, March 18  is a day off for the birthday of Benito Juarez, which is on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 19 is Dia de San Jose which may be celebrated with a dance on the Town Square

 Wednesday, March 20 is Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo   

Saturday, March 23 The Quintana Roo Tigres will play the Campeche Piratas at the El Pescador baseball field oat 1p. This is a preseason game & the field is in front of Chedraui.

Thursday, March 28 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo    

 Saturday, March 30 Sonora Dinamita 9p Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui. Tickets on sale. 

  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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