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The City continues its ongoing program "Your Pet Your Responsibility" raising awareness about importance of cleaning up feces. Campaigns have also been taking place for sterilization, vaccinations, and against animal abuse, that are also ongoing. Penalties and / or economic reprimands for failure to clean up feces range from 200 days of daily minimum wages (103p/day) or 36 hours of arrest.Free sterilizations are available on Thursdays.
Warriors against Sargasso. Isla Mujeres clean & free of sargasso
Increase in taxi rates on hold LINK
Although a taxi rate increase was approved, the union is not in agreement with the and has not put it in force. It is the second lowest rate in the state, and they object because fuel and other costs are higher on the island. There is discontent throughout the state, with complaints that the geographical and social-economic studies weren't respected.
There have already been 32 cases of decompression since lobster season began on July 1st.VIDEO
VIDEO from the taxi union with caption saying: Don Yoyo and doña Paula, pioneers who arrived to Isla Mujeres as children, who are part of the history and identity of our union.
The two new Ultramar ferries, each with a capacity for 400 passengers, carried out docking maneuvers at the API state port authority dock for the agency. The names of the ferries are "Lady A" and "Lady D". (photo)
There is a brief biography of Hugo Ravell Magana by town historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid who passed away at the age of 75, on February 7th of this year. He was a champion diver and swimmer who received recognition on a national level. He was an important politician in the PAN party who served as a City Councilman and a legislator. He is remembered for his coaching and training of generations of islanders.
There is a biography of Doña Aurelia Nájera Povedano by town historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid.
>> I wrote this synopsis a couple years ago:
This is excerpted from an interview published by our town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, with islander Doña Aurelia Nájera, who tells some of the local tales from pre-tourism times, when the isle had a fairly stable population of ~600 people. It is titled Del cocal a la salina/ From the Coco farm to the Salina Lake Part II of II
The first story is about her maternal grandfather & is collaborated by another islander. They say a bad spirit was involved with his death. ("Huaypach", who the older people describe as having an enormous body similar to that of an iguana). He liked to party and leave the house without warning, which greatly angered his wife. Once he came back drunk and took an eye out of the wooden image of Saint Prudencio, owned by Doña Candelaria. The people say he paid for his wickedness because he was found dead at el riíto of Playa Norte (that's near Na Balam), covered in sand & seaweed, missing the same eye he had destroyed from the saint.
The names are omitted from the next story to avoid upsetting anyone. One day, back when the church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception only had a tile roof, the son of the lady who took care of the church stole the jewels from the icon. With no idea who the thief was, the woman asked at Mass that the worst punishments be given to whoever had committed the robbery. There was a fire in the home of the thief and he confessed his crime, and was so embarrassed that he moved to Cozumel. But while he lived there and was working on a ship, an alijo fell on him and killed him. This story has been around for decades.
She talks about how scary the moonless nights were, with the rustling palm branches, falling coconuts,and moaning winds, which conjured up fantasies of ghostly dancers and pirate spirits. She said the best years were working on the coco plantation of her great aunt in what is now Puerto Juarez, which became populated with the arrival of a road from Yucatan in the 50's. But the copra industry ended after Hurricane Janet and the lethal yellowing of the coco palms, and the workers concentrated on fishing and agriculture until tourism arrived, which was just regional at first, and then became massive, causing the consequences we see today.
"After Janet in 1955 it was impossible to recover the good times of the copra," said Sra. Aurelia. So we got involved with fishing, particularly turtles, which were exported to Belize and Florida. Then, with the arrival of tourism, came the rise of the lobster and conch fishing, so the islanders lived some years without trouble, until the excess population made us strangers in our own land."
On this subject, it is important to remember that the population of Isla Mujeres was stable for a hundred years at very low level of density, because the sea was the only means of moving from one place to another, so very few people were encouraged to come to live on the island.
"Who would imagine it?" exclaims Dona Aurelia. "When so many people arrived, we were displaced to the south, having to establish a colonia in the area where salt was once mined. The Colonia Salina was called "Bondojito". As more people moved there, they used a tractor to fill in the former salt mining area, creating property, where I lived for years before the colonia had services. Eventually a water line was put in, then I bought an electric pole and was connected, and little by little other colonias appeared on the map, until we had no more room for housing."
These days, Doña Aurelia Nájera Povedano lives a contented life, knowing that she has built her home on the basis of personal effort. She is visited by her large family and doesn't know loneliness.
She says, "Gone are the years when I had to kill - at least - one turtle every day, to remove and sell the meat, for which I was paid up to 75 pesos." Gone are the times when she had to make charcoal or chop wood to support her children.
She talked about the island in the 1950's when Chino Fernandez played serenades under the palm trees, or when there would be a dance on the isle and they would present a carton of beer to the girls to make them more lively, and she recalled the songs they enjoyed.
She remembers the treasures left under the sand by the pirates, and Miguel Magana arriving with a boat full of fish. She has many memories, so it will be necessary to return to talk to this wonderful woman, survivor of hurricanes, an islander of pure blood, one of those who will never be again.
From Por Esto :
Isla Mujeres news briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres
The first brief is about the ongoing City campaign to raise public awareness about picking up pet feces, as well as the campaigns for sterilization, vaccination, pet care and avoiding abuse. Residents are also advised not to leave their dogs loose in the streets, which has potential penalties of up to 200 daily minimum wages of 36 hours under arrest.
The second brief is about the ongoing property dispute at the location known as "La Curva" between members of the Adame family, which also involves people who have resided there, and have documents.
Attending to patients as though they were family
She said direct contact has been established with hospitals in Cancun and Playa del Carmen to refer people who need attention is certain specialties, since the local hospital has its limitations.
She said, "“We are asking the medical staff to attend people with great empathy. They are asked to treat them as tho they were their own family, to see the mothers and grandmothers as their own, in order to provide the best possible service."
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|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.|
Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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
August 15 7:42
August 16 8:20
August 17 8:55
August 18 9:29
August 19 10:03
August 20 10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower thru August 23, peaked in late July Perseids peaks Aug. 12, but nearly full moon will interfere.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
In August, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Shrimp & Conch LINK
The baseball games at the El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.
The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.
|Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.|
Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres; Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.
|Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.|
Thursday-Sunday August 8-11: At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected.
Monday, August 12: Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.
Events celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of the island as the town of Dolores:
Thursday, August 15
11am Photographic Exhibition at the lower level of the Town Hall "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear"
1p Conference at the Naval Auditorium (in Spanish) "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today"
7p Night of the Assumption at the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
9p Special "Isla Fest 2019" Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas & the Coronation of the Foundation Ambassador with performances by the dance troupes Mestizas de Agua Salada & Ballet Tuumeen Kiin
Friday, August 16
6p Special City Council Session on the Town Square honoring the 169th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, recognizing the founding families and awarding the medals of Citizen Merit and Tourism Merit and the winners of the XXII Artisans Competition 2019, "Let my hands speak to you", will be announced
9p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas "Bohemian Night with Nicho Hinojosa"
Saturday, August 17
8a Wreath ceremony for the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay departing from the wooden pier
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas featuring the Latin Dance, Dance Studio
Sunday August 18
7a Islanders 8K Run
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas with performances by the dance troupes Al Son del Corazon, Senior Citizens Group, & El Corazon de Conchi
The City will hold an Art Fair ("Primera Feria del Arte") on the Town Square at 7:30p on Friday, Saturday & Sunday featuring more than a thousand pieces. There will be 29 local artists and 20 from other parts of the state. An invitation is extended to visitors & locals to attend & to become familiar with, appreciate, and acquire artisan products that preserve techniques learned from previous generations, which strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability of the island.
Friday, Aug. 30 The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invites residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes must by provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote your business or yourself & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discover, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three.
They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.
The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
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
LINK to NHC