Thursday, April 25, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 25

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I don't know if there is an Artist Fair today at the Casa de la Cultura. The FB page is HERE and still has last week's promo at 6am. The Fairs are usually discontinued around this time of year when high season ends and warmer weather begins. They have been held from 3p-8p, at the intersection of Guerrero (the back street) and Abasolo.


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The municipal government Facebook page is temporarily suspended from issuing press releases about their governmental work in compliance with the law during this election period.


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Wednesday afternoon the Mobility Institute impounded four golf carts that were being rented without a permit    VIDEO   INMOVEQROO impounded five golf carts LINK 

New Community Hospital Director expected next month LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

VIDEO of the Photographic Museum at the Catholic church on the Town Square 

The University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Laboratory has issued an advisory that large amounts of sargassum are expected to arrive to the southern coasts of Quintana Roo between Thursday (today) and Saturday, and expected to particularly affect the beaches south of Cancun. LINK  LINK    (Photos below posted April 23 by Red de Monitoreo del Sargazo Cancún & shared by Isla Mujeres al Dia)

The lab's page of updated images for our region is HERE

VIDEO of impounded carts being loaded on a truck by INMOVEQROO office, with reporter noting they are 'pirate' carts that lack permits.  

Soccer game Sunday at 5p in colonia Salina Chica

Video of the Director of Public Services talking about the increased number of visitors and how many tons of trash have been generated daily, how they're meeting the demand, that the Trash Transfer facility should be emptied in the months following the end of these vacations, and how most people are cooperating with the new trash collection schedule. 

Punta Sur VIDEO and photo of Playa Centro 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO and VIDEO    of municipal police at colonia Guadalupana, with reporter saying they've cordoned off an area, but there is a lot of wind noise making it difficult to hear and the darkness makes it difficult to see, but it appears to be concerning a property dispute (this neighborhood lacks deeds because it was established about a decade ago when the residents occupied property that lacked an owner.)

IM Noticias   

Nine golf carts that lacked rental permits were impounded by IMOVEQROO and transported to Cancun 
     This was confirmed by Bibian Castillo Dzul, the Delegate for the state Mobility Institute in Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun), who said they were impounded on the island because they had no permits to be rented. She said her office has detected at least five more establishments that are renting illegally, as well as about 20 vacation rental homes, apparently owned by foreigners, who are offering carts to their guests in an illegal manner.  
   While visiting the island to officially inaugurate their new headquarters, she explained that of the nine carts that were impounded, three were from a company that is legally established, but lacks a concession to rent this type of vehicle, another was from a vacation rental, and the others had private plates but were being used as tourist rentals. 
   The impounded carts were transferred to Cancun and procedures have been initiated against their owners. She said the vehicle checks will continue, which will be conducted randomly, without prior notice, both on the island and in the Continental Zone. She said there will also be inspections and reviews in regard to the issue of subletting.

The International Health Office, which reviews foreign boats to prevent the spread of diseases, has been relocated from the Community Hospital to the Maritime Terminal.

La Tertulia

INMOVEQROO impounded nine golf carts without permits  

Parents want increased security and lighting at park in colonia La Gloria


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

High rates of occupancy during Holy Week 

Alta ocupación en Semana Mayor

Collecting toys for Dia del Ninos  

Colecta de juguetes por el Día del Niño

The Dia del Ninos is Tuesday, and the "Catholic United American" Foundation started its Toy Collection on April 1, which ends on Saturday the 27th, and new or good toys are requested. They can be taken to the organizations offices on Paseo de los Peces or call 998 274 9240 for pickup. 
 The toys will be given to children of families with limited means at a party, and the DIF will also organize its annual event. Due to this being an election period, release of information is limited. The CROC labor union will also have an event with presents for children of its members.

Excessive number of vehicles 

Excesivo número de vehículos

 Just before former governor Robert Borge (now in jail) left office in 2016, he gave away permits for taxis (placa) and golf carts (concessions) in Isla Mujeres to politicians and friends. When the new Governor was campaigning three years ago, he said he would void those, but during a press conference with the delegate for the new Mobility Institute, she said those permits weren't cancelled.
   Therefore, the number of golf carts grew by about 30 percent, from 830 units among 24 agencies to over a thousand units, with six new agencies. The number of authorized taxis, on the mainland and island, went from about 900 to 1099 vehicles. Spokesperson Julio Osorio said there are about 500 taxis operating in the Continental Zone and more than 300 on the island, but the rest are 'stranded'. (varados).

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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 

April 19   7:36
April 20    8:36
April 21   9:36
 April 22   10:33
April 23   11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p-7:10
Sunrise ~6:40a-6:15
April Events 
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On Saturday's at 8a-11a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, 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. More info: LINK Last lunch of the season was April 10

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting. UPDATE 6am, 4/25...No promo on their website this morning, so they may be ending for the season?

In April,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster and Octopus in April. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected. 
Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.

Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.

Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.

Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is  a reenactment  Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church,  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, April 18 There is  a reenactment on the Town Square of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. 

Friday, April 19 More than three dozen actors will participate in the 27th annual Via Crusis reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, which begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria at 10:30a and goes to the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica. It continues to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square, where the representations of the crucifixion will be staged at 3p. At 3:30 is the reflection on the seven words.
At 7pm, at both downtown and at Sacred Heart in La Gloria will be a celebration of the Word, adoration of the Sacred Cross, and a silent procession with rosary thinking of Mary.

Saturday, April 20 At 7:30 downtown will the Eucharist and vigil, with a representation of the resurrection at 9p. At the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, the Eucharist and vigil start at 9:30p.

 Sunday, April 21 Annual Earth Day Cleanup of the seabed and coast. Divers and snorkelers will be cleaning the seabed near the docks, and others will be picking up trash along the Caribbean coast, meeting by the Isla Mujeres photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura (intersection of Abasolo and Guerrero) at 8:30am on Sunday. This will be the fifth annual clean up for Earth Day. At 11am, the event moves to an area near Playa Centro on Rueda Medina to inventory the trash, and that information will be shared with international organizations. Volunteers needed. .LINK  

Sunday, April 21 Easter Masses at usual times.

Monday, April 22 Earth Day

Tuesday, April 23  You're invited to participate in a Zumba Master Class at the tennis courts in Salina Chica to benefit three kids with cancer. Registration at 6:30, donation 25p, class starts at 7p

Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays (Students return to school Monday)

Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day

Thursday, May 1 Labor Day

Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.

   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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