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Today is Firefighter's Day & the City recognizes and admires their heroic work & says Thank You!
Trash Collection Awareness campaign reminding residents to put out their trash for the 8p collection.
Preventative work by the City avoids consequences from the rain LINK
Free pet sterilization every Thursday
Isla Verde Program is part of the Municipal Development Plan 2018-2021 LINK
Warriors against Sargasso -- Working to keep our beaches clean We're proud of your work!
DIF social service agency invites you to the Breakfast of Flowers on August 29 at ZAMA beach club, tickets on sale at the DIF offices
City campaign to raise awareness about being responsible pet owners & cleaning up your pet's feces
Successful “8KM Isleños” Race held as part of the 169th Anniversary celebrations
The Navy rescued two minors near the Mahautal fishing pier after their kayak sank about a 100 meters from the dock. The Naval personnel were in a boat when they saw the young men asking for help. The young Mexicans were returned to their families after they were given a medical exam and found to be in good health. LINK
Update on Public Bus Service by Mayor Juan Carrillo VIDEO
At today's commemoration for Firefighter's Day, the Mayor told the media that the new public transportation service should be operational within two months. He said Islanders deserve a first class service featuring new, air conditioned vehicles that are suitable to the narrow streets of the island, with special prices for the islanders and for the students, who need transportation at accessible prices.
In response to the reporter's questions, he says he doesn't think it will take long to become operational, and when the reporter asks "In two or three months?", he replies, "Not that long, a MAXIMUM of two months".
In regard to size, he says not microbuses nor autobuses. He explains that while we need something compact, microbuses have only about 20 seats, which is too few & something slightly larger is needed, but still compact & suited to the characteristics streets of the island.
He also explained the involved legal process that began in December of getting approval from the Legislature, with transparency throughout & in compliance with the law, that is now in the bidding stage.
The opening ceremony for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at Adrea Quintana Roo elementary school. The grade schools on the island have recevied about 9000 textbooks, for free, whose delivery was concluded on Wednesday. The textbooks are for the subjects of Spanish, mathematics, history, natural sciences, and reading, among others.
Taxi union distributes school supplies, as it does each year LINK
The packages of school supplies will be delivered on Saturday for both the island and Continental Zone, which are estimated to be about 500 packages at an investment of about 150,000 pesos, to help with the family budgets of union members.
The Port Authority, APIQRoo said not many changes are expected in security at the Isla Mujeres terminal, but they held a meeting to discuss where walk-thru metal detectors would be placed. They are still working on this and have no dates when they will be installed LINK
The Port Authority, APIQRoo said they expect the number of passengers transported during this holiday season to exceed last year's statistics. LINK
From Por Esto :
Cleaning out the Trash Transfer Facility in the next three weeks
During this first week, close to 50% of the overall volume was removed. An estimated 2000 tons will be transferred to the regional landfill on the mainland. It is estimated that 80% will be removed by the end of August, and that it will be completely cleaned out by September 13 & 14th. They are removing all the organic and inorganic trash to present a better image of the island, to address concerns of the residents & businesses, and to avoid the risk of contamination of the water table and the sea.
In a agreement between various state agencies and Ultramar, it was decided to hire 12 trucks for the transfer plan, to avoid the setbacks that occurred with the two previous plans to empty the facility. The first attempt was announced in October 2018 with a December 8th deadline, but while the goal to empty it wasn't met, the volume was reduced. Then the amount of trash grew again, and a similar plan was launched in May to clean it out before the summer vacation season, but that goal wasn't met.
Minimal effects from rain
Work could begin in 2020 to adapt soccer field for Third Division professional competition
Oswaldo González Barredo.
Isla Mujeres news briefs
On Sunday, there will be two games at the El Pescador baseball park. At 9:30 am the Pescadores of Isla Mujeres will play the team from Balacar in a state tournament. At 1p the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play Los Chuchos of Playa del Carment for the grand final in their league.
Nautical tour operators say they are working at 60%
Fewer tourists as summer vacation season is coming to an end
Working together to collect school supplies
Isla Mujeres news briefs
The Isla Verde program is part of the Green Future element of the Municipal Development Plan to ensure the protection and sustainable use of the municipality's natural resources. The Isla Verde program includes organized efforts by City Directors and employees to conduct clean ups around the neighborhoods and other areas of the municipality twice weekly.
Sign claims Ramon Bravo property is for sale
Laura Patricia Rodríguez Macías has a legal claim in a court in Guadalajara, Jalisco, saying she bought the real estate in 2010 for 10 million pesos. There is also a claim in Quintana Roo by the Mr. Bravo's widow, María de los Angeles Vallejo Bernal.
Recently Ramon's daughter Deborah announced that she has plans to turn the property into a museum, and she says the only current owner is Ms. Laura Patricia Rodríguez Macías. Deborah says the property was sold in 2010 to Ms. Rodriguez by joint agreement of all involved, including Ms. Maria de los Angeles. Details are given about division of the property in 2008 and documents filed in 2009. It consists of 7737 square meters.
The lawyer for Ms. Rodriguez says the phone number on the fence isn't valid and no one answers, and he says it is a ruse and part of an attempt to take over the land.
Concerns about quality of manholes
Aguakan hasn't yet finished renovating the half-kilometer of tap water line they are replacing near the airport, where they are replacing the old lines that were becoming clogged with minerals with new six-inch lines.
Successful "8Km Islenos" Run
Ready for the new school year
Two companies will bid on transport concession
This information has already been translated...the companies are Scandar Tour and Consorcio Empresarial del Sur TPE, S.A. de C. V. It is noted that the previous concession ended three years ago and was held by the company Isla Turicun, who only invested in three 35-seat vehicles for the island and never fulfilled the requirements of their contract. Toward the end of their operations, there were junky buses circulating sporadically.
|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