Saturday, March 16, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 16

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A reminder that this is a 'puente'...long weekend in honor of Benito Juarez's birthday (which is actually Thursday), so offices will be closed on Monday & many people will be enjoying a day off. Sunday is St Patrick's Day.


News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

To ensure the island has electrical service, the City, in coordination with the state government, the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) and the group VIP Saesa, has installed two emergency electrical generators on the airfield of the island.  In the event of electrical interruptions, the generators will be activated immediately.

CFE continues doing maintenance work from the south end of Juarez street at the monument to Benito Juarez, down Jesus Martinez Ross avenue (aka prolongacion Aeropuerto)...this is announcement about that section of street being closed yesterday.

 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

Video of the installation of a 25,000 kilowatt generator to provide power on the isle (which uses ~12,000 kW) during any outages occurring when a new electrical line is installed from the mainland. It's located on the airfield by the helicopter landing area and new high voltage lines have been installed along the nearby Caribbean coastal road.

This morning's general outage for about an hour & a half is presumably associated with this good news. Testing was scheduled to begin today on the generator that arrived yesterday, located on the airfield, by the helicopter landing area.
This 'mega plant' will ensure that the island has electricity while work begins on a new submarine line. It is capable of generating 25,000 kilowatts & the island requires ~12,000 kilowatts
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) has recently been changing high voltage lines along that section of the Caribbean coastal road, which will serve as an interconnection for this new electrical generator.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

. IM al Dia posted a video of North Beach, yesterday.

Photos & article about two electrical generators being installed at the airfield to ensure a supply of electricity at all times, until the CFE provides a definitive solution. 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

The state government has given the green light to resume plans to move the overhead lines under the main street of Rueda Medina. The project has been on hold for about a decade, allegedly due to deficiencies in the underground work that was done years ago. The first stage of work will be between Adolfo Lopez Mateos and Abasolo avenues, and the second stage will be the section from Abasolo to the Naval base. (photos)


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

Overhead cables on Medina to be moved underground 

Red eléctrica subterránea viene

See translation above. This article notes that the first stage from Adolfo Lopez Mateos to Abasolo is 400 meter and the entire stretch to the Naval base is a total of 1100 meters.

Punta Sam terminal is complete  

Terminal marítima por fin al 100 %

 The state government and the coastal municipalities invested nearly 3.7 million pesos in this facility which is managed by APIQRoo, the state port authority, who say it will provide service for thousand of vehicles and tourists crossing from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres. It is noted that fares are cheaper than Puerto Juarez, and that whale shark tours depart from this facility from mid-May until mid-September.. Improvements included the docks, fences, lights, windows, hurricane curtains, walls, electrical network, air conditioning, painting, furniture, and renovation of the concrete floors.

Wastewater flowing into rainwater catchment for three days 

Tres días derramando aguas residuales

A problem with a pump located at the "Luxury" beach clubhas caused bad odors and wastewater drainage into a rainwater absorption well. This has been a problem since Wednesday, according to a manager of Nautibeach condos, and has affected their parking lot. He said he was told the drainage lines are not sufficient, and is frustrated that Aguakan did not offer a solution.

International tsunami simulation  

Simulacro internacional de tsunami

Naval personnel participated in a simulation of a tsunami in the Caribbean sea, with 37 countries in the region, in an exercise titled "Caribbean Wave 19 Panama". During the exercise there was coordination between various authorities including military, naval and civil. The municipal Civil Protection staff participated, implementing procedures and determining evacuation routes, as well as having awareness of high risk areas and safe areas.


A power plant has been installed at the airfield with a capacity to generate 25,000 kW. (The island uses about 12,000 kW. ) This will supply electricity during any outages, while the Federal Electrical Commission makes plans to install a new underwater cable from the mainland. The CFE has been installing new high-voltage lines, and at least one new transformer, along prolongacion Aeropuerto, after advising neighborhood residents to expect outages during the day on Thursday, Friday, & today. This section of the Caribbean coastal road from Salina Chica to downtown was closed for about 10 hours on Friday. There was an island-wide electrical outage for an hour and a hallf today (Saturday) at ~6:20 am.
The state government has given the green light to resume plans to move the overhead lines under the main street of Rueda Medina. This project has been on hold for about a decade, allegedly due to deficiencies in the underground work that was done years ago. The first stage of work will be between Adolfo Lopez Mateos and Abasolo avenues, and the second stage will be the section from Abasolo to the Naval base.
A buoy line was installed along North Beach in the area known as "El Riíto". Isla Mujeres beaches remain free of sargasso.
Free eye exams and 200 peso glasses were available for residents at a Vision Fair held at CAVI (Victims Assistance Center) this week, Monday-Thursday.
There will be no Regatta this year since the Regata Sol al Sol announced their next one will be in 2020, and they switched from annual races to every other year. The Regata al Sol is scheduled for 2020, since it is held on even years.
Residents are complaining about a second story being added to the section of a residence that infringes upon the walking area of the downtown Caribbean malecon. There are also complaints about some new potholes and deteriorating manholes. Islanders living near swampy areas and lakes have requested increased fogging against mosquitoes. Nautical service providers were disappointed when strong "Surada" winds restricted small boats to the Bay for two days, but the beaches and other tourism services remained busy. These "lancheros" offering snorkeling packages say they are only operating at 60% even when the weather is good, and they are looking forward to increased demand during the Easter holidays.
With grouper on ban, the fishermen can't use their longlines, which hinders their ability to meet the increased demand during Lent, but so far the supply has been sufficient. Lobster fishing is banned until July 1st, and the grouper ban ends on April first. The octopus ban continues until August. Last year, local fishermen were unable to meet the demand during Easter vacation, which will begin when students leave classes on Friday, April 12, and concludes when they return on Monday, April 29.
On Wednesdays, the little yellow school house serves up a different special each week from 11:30-1:00, tasty food for a good cause! Getting great reviews, there's more info here: On Thursdays, the Artist Fair takes place in front of the Casa de la Cultura 3p-8p on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting. On Saturdays, from 8a-11a, you're invited to join the Plogging crew cleaning different locations weekly, announced here:
Spring equinox is Wednesday, March 20th and the full moon rises over the Caribbean at 6:51, at sunset. Moonrise times are: Thursday, March 21 at 7:54, Friday, March 22 at 8:55, Saturday, March 23 at 9:55, Sunday, March 24 at 10:53, and Monday, March 25 at 11:50.
The Quintana Roo Tigres will play the Campeche Piratas in preseason game at the El Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui) on Saturday, March 23 at 1p. Sonora Dinamita will perform on the field on Saturday, March 30 at 9pm. (Tickets are 370-750 pesos.)
A Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held in Cancun, on April 20 & 21, hosted by the Pok Ta Pok golf course, which will include 20 balloons with certified pilots offering rides. They are considering tethered/anchored flights that rise 15-20 meters, without traveling, depending on weather conditions and would cost 300-350 pesos.Flights around the Nichupte lagoon would last an estimated 30 minutes. (No price given.) Entrance for Q Roo residents with identification (INE or Student ID) is 300 pesos and it is 500 pesos for domestic and foreign visitors. That doesn't include a ride.
Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach is trying to reduce single use plastics by providing our guests with reusable cloth shopping bags, mesh produce bags, metal straws, and a glass pitcher for cold water. The insulated metal water bottles arrive next month. Our housekeepers have given a "thumbs up" to the natural cleaners we bought at BIO GREEN BLUE & we're looking forward to trying some of the natural soaps and hair care products they sell that are made by a Mayan Coop. Bio Green Blue is located in Salina Chica, on the south side of Comex (near the Brewery). You're invited check out this new FB group about businesses who are making efforts to be eco-friendly and about local charitable activities.
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You can always find an updated schedule of events on the Isla Mujeres News & Events blog
#1 "Rest Stop" at Chedraui by Bruce Roberts, #2 El Riíto buoy line photo and  #3 generator photos are from City press releases & #4 Malecon is from Isla Mujeres al Dia,

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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 
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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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