Monday, November 4, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 4

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Ensuring that the municipal boundaries are correct
   Since 1899, one of the municipal boundaries has historically been from the tip of Punta Sur to the Cabo Catoche lighthouse.  The state reconstructed the building in 2015, because it had been damaged by weather over time. This changed its position by 200 meters, which decreased the island's territory. The Mayor is ensuring that this area of the municipality remains intact with an initiative that was passed by the City Council and presented to the XVI Legislature. 

From  Por Esto :

Islanders visit cemeteries  

Isleños visitaron los camposantos

   Dozens of islander families visited the cemeteries on Saturday to spend time with their deceased relatives and pray, decorating the tombs with flowers and bringing offerings of food and drink. They also did maintenance including masonry work, painting, and removing weeds. Although the cemeteries remained open throughout the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2, there were few mourners who arrived during the night to light a candle and accompany their deceased relatives in the dark of the night. Police provided security at both of the municipal cemeteries, and City employees were recently painting and removing brush.
    About 200 people attended the Mass in the downtown cemetery at 3pm.

Good demand for boat tours   

La demanda de paseos en lancha fue buena

   It is noted that there aren't a significant number of overnight visitors,with occupancy at 49 percent, but this is augmented by a good number of day-visitors. Tourism is expected to increase with cold weather in the United States and Canada, and many visitors have made their reservations well in advance. Between the good weather and the long holiday weekend for Day of the Dead, there has been good demand for boat tours and other nautical activities.

Stable prices for beef, pork and chicken 

Estable precio de res, puerco y pollo

   Prices remain stable for beef at 150 pesos per kilo, pork at 110 a kilo and butter at 60 pesos per kilo. Butchers at the downtown mercado complain that demand is low for beef because many homemakers prefer to shop at the supermarket. For the past four years, chicken prices have remained stable at 40 pesos per kilo, except the cost of a kilogram of boneless breasts increased from 85 to 90 pesos.
   A produce vendor said the price of lemons has increased from 15 pesos to 20 pesos per kilo, while most fruit and vegetable prices have been stable. The cost of habanero chiles has decreased to 80 pesos from 100 pesos per kilo. The xcatic chiles and sweet peppers which have been expensive at 120 pesos are now selling for 95 pesos. Avocados were selling for 100 pesos per kilo a month and a half ago, and are now available for 65 pesos a kilo.

"White elephant" on the coast 

“Elefante blanco” en la costa

     It is noted that despite palms concealing the partial structure over the years, the abandoned construction on Playa Media Luna presents a bad image in our Pueblo Magico. The partially built structure apparently has private surveillance, with a family in residence. Business owners and other residents are concerned about it negatively affecting the image of the island, especially among tourists enjoying the eastern malecon and taking photographs.
       In November 2005, a month after Hurricane Wilma, the real estate company presented an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of "La Isla Condominiums" project with 69 apartments or villas and a reception area, distributed among five buildings. An investment of 14.7 million dollars was planned and payment was made for the preparation of required studies and permits, with "a second" construction taking place, until the structures neared completion when it ceased,  less than two years after their construction began.
    The EIS said they planned 60 apartments in buildings called Iguana, Jaguar, Delfin, and Tortuga, with another building to house the service and laundry areas, and a parking area. They had also agreed to respect the nesting turtles and not install lights facing the beach that could affect them. It is also noted that there is an abandoned unfinished building along the road to Garrafon that was once expected to be a 'spectacular hotel' that also presents a bad image and is in a state of deterioration.

Slight increase in overnight visitors   

Ligera mejora en la afluencia de visitantes de pernocta

  Compared to recent weeks there has been a slight increase in overnight visitors, and more tourists are visiting for day.

Graves given maintenance  

Tumbas reciben mantenimiento

  Families of the deceased and workers they hired were cleaning, painting and decorating graves at the cemetery. Family members placed flowers on the graves. There were concerns about some bees that had been in the cemetery for two weeks, and some complaints about too many spaces having been sold during previous municipal administrations, making the cemetery overcrowded.

Florist hopes business increases on Nov. 2nd 

Florerías no repuntan

   Noah Santos, who owns the only flower shop on the island, reported that sales were slow on the morning of Nov. 1st this year, and busier last year.  He noted that this may be attributed to decreased tourism and to vendors coming to the island to sell flowers. He said that the most popular items is a bouquet of cempasúchil mums for 50 pesos and the margarita daisies are 15 pesos each.
     He said, “Some prefer artificial flowers, which cost between 45 and 65 pesos; we also offer arrangements of natural flowers of 200 to 600 pesos and we have candles, from 16 to 20 pesos depending on the size.”

Wastewater network installation should be finished in a month

En un mes debe terminar obra sanitaria

   At a meeting with City officials, Aguakan executive, Fausto Ramos, said the wastewater network installation should be completed by November 30th, including paving of the road. He explained that the delay of the installations of six kilometers of pipeline was caused by the resignation of the first company that was hired, who have been replaced with another company who will begin working on November 4th. They will have another meeting on Tuesday. 
   Mr. Ramos said the completion of the trenches is at 78 percent and the installation of the pipeline is 68 percent complete. They started installing the household connections two months ago and the installation of the pipeline began in early October, which was expected to be completed in mid October. 

New Harbor Master will enforce maritime regulations  

Aplicar reglamento de navegación: nuevo capitán

The new Harbor Master, Roberto Edmundo Ramos Mendoza, said he will do his job to apply the
Maritime Navigation and Commerce Regulations and that communication to the media will come from the Communication division of the Navy in Isla Mujeres. Two years ago the offices of the Harbor Masters came under the administration of the Navy, which had previously been administrated by the SCT, the Secretary of Transportation and Communication.  The former Harbor Master,Ana Laura López Bautista, has taken over that position in Puerto Escondido.

Children commemorate Day of the Dead  

Niños conmemoran el Día de Muertos

Oct 30   There were plans for Day of the Dead to be celebrated on Thursday at the CENDI nursery school with costumes and altars, and Hanal Pixan altars were also constructed at the Benito Juarez middle school, to ensure these traditions continue among the children. The Festival of the Living for the Dead was scheduled to begin at 6:30p with a procession of islanders dressed as Catrines and Catrinas walking thru the downtown streets to the Town Square, which was coordinated by the Jean Piaget school.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
November 12   6:30
November 13  7:13
November 14   8:01
November 15   8:53
November 16   9:50
November 17  10:50
November 18  11:51

Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
November Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 12  Postal Workers Day  El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

 Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day

Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower  but the moon will interfere

Monday, Nov. 18 Día de la Revolución Mexicana  There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours. Banks & governmental offices close. 

The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin sometime around the weekend of Friday, Nov. 28 and continue thru her day on Dec. 8th. There is usually a Cabalgata parade of horses and a "bullring" set up (bullfights have been banned in Mexico), where there are rodeos and comedic bullfights, as well as folklorico dance performances and a night or two of live music & dancing on the Town Square. More info TBA.

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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