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Aguakan appears before the City Council for irregularities
The Director General of Aguakan, Roberto Enrique Robles, appeared before the Mayor and the City Council after they had approved of issuing a formal notice of non-compliance against the company for tap water and wastewater services. The Mayor said that notice represented the first step toward repealing the companies concession. The Aguakan Director was accompanied by the company's Coordinator of Communications, Lourdes Salgado.
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said, "At first we had good communication, but little by little it was deteriorating until we reached the point where on several occasions company personnel have been contacted but didn't respond. Noncompliance with the deadline for the work done at Punta Sur, and with the quality of the work damaging our patrimony, has left a bad taste."
The Director of Urban Development and the Environment, Nivardo Fernandez Martinez, presented the details of irregularities and deficiencies that have affected the citizenry of Isla Mujeres, particularly that the deadline of November 30th wasn't met as well as the opening of the road in unauthorized sections or in a manner that wasn't agreed upon, affecting traffic.
He said, "On several occasions, acting in good faith, Aguakan has been notified with our reports that they lacked corresponding signage and didn't respect the agreement that a lane would be left free for traffic; instead they affected the entire roadway."
During this meeting, the Aguakan General Director said on Tuesday, Dec 10th he will present the Council with a written proposal of commitments to compensate for the inconveniences caused by the work and the situation.
Security Cameras by mid-January
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis visited each of the 20 strategic points where surveillance cameras will be installed by mid-January and connected to the Monitoring Center of the municipal police (DGSPYTM) and interconnected to the C5 State Police system.
This is the Island Program of Intelligent Monitoring (PIMI-“Programa Insular de Monitoreo Inteligente”). The Mayor said the 2020 budget will include the implementation of video camera outside all the the schools in the municipality. As part of a second stage, the will work together with a private initiative, and in this manner more cameras will be implemented for the direct benefit of the island community, with businesses and government working together to increase the security and immediate response to emergency calls.
The Mayor spoke about his strong commitment to continue with this important work to preserve this Pueblo Magico as a safe destination for tourists who visit and for island families, for the benefit of all, preserving the peace and tranquility that the island for which the isle is known.
It is noted that each surveillance point will have a post with up to four cameras, one of the PTZ type, with a greater ability to rotate 360 degrees, allowing for more scope in monitoring, increased surveillance, and immediate response in situations of risk, providing more safety for residents and visitors in all areas of the municipality.
Does your house have tap water? Ask me! The census is coming in March 2020
Property tax discounts
VIDEO of Red Cross paramedics assessing a man lying on the sidewalk, with a caption saying a golf cart had turned over when the driver lost control while entering main street (Rueda Medina, by the north end of the Naval base). which had been rented by three tourists from the Joaquin agency.
The group Jaranero "Mestizas de Agua Salada" celebrated the 46th birthday of priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso. (photo)
From Por Esto :
Lack of warning signs
Sin señalamientos del peligroWhen the malecon walking path was installed along the eastern Caribbean coast across from Ampliacion La Gloria, there were signs warning walkers to stay away from the edges of the cliffs, which have disappeared due to vandalism, and haven't been replaced. Residents are also complaining about the outdoor gym equipment which has become very rusty, and the rowing machine has lost its seat.
Ugly white elephants
Feos varios elefantes blancosBuildings that have deteriorated and are in an abandoned state deter from the image of the Pueblo Magico and include the La Islena shopping plaza on Juarez Avenue whose windows are boarded up, as well as the unfinished construction on Media Luna beach and unfinished construction on the Cañotal road.
Aguakan breached agreement
Aguakan incumplió convenio~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
separate. Quiet & Private.
|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.|
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
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui & local craft brewery. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|December 12 6:46|
December 13 7:42
December 14 8:42
December 15 9:44
December 16 10:46
December 17 11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Sunset ~6:04-6:16p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~7:08-7:24a (start-end/mo)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.
Thursday, Nov. 28 The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception began
when the icon was removed from her niche.
The Cabalgata horse procession is Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon & Por Esto says it will travel from downtown to the colonias. That evening at 7pm is the vehicular caravan around the isle, and at 9pm is the Mass of the Mañanitas with Mariachi.
On her Day, Sunday, Dec. 8th are the Communions (10a) and the procession by the boats in the Bay (3p), with the closing Mass and return to her niche at 6p.
The first four photos are by Bruce, including the cabalgata as they passed by MVC Bed & Beach....offering him tequila. The last two are by Tony Garcia.
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7pm on the Town Square--Lighting of the Christmas lights & dance troupe performances!
Dec. 11 Singing of Las Mañanitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica ~10p-midnight.
Friday, Dec. 13-Geminid Meteor shower peaks and is considered one of the best & "most reliable", because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious. More than 100 per hour may be visible, although this year the fainter ones will be invisible because of the full moon.
The Posadas Navidenas take place Dec. 16-24 and usually include at least one event on the Town Square, featuring regional dances and probably costumes from different parts of Mexico. Schools, businesses, City departments, and individuals celebrate the season and comraderie at posada parties. "Posada" means "Inn" and the term commemorates Joseph and Mary seeking shelter for the birth of Jesus, but it's a general term for these seasonal parties. During this period, you'll see groups of children caroling and carrying a branch, singing "La Rama", which is a regional tradition & it's appropriate to reward them with coins.
Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter solstice is December 21
The Annual "Elmo Christmas Golf Cart Caravan" is Saturday, Dec 21st, meeting in front of MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach (in Bachilleres, in front of the dome, just north of Salina Chica on prolongacion Aeropuerto aka Jesus Martinez Ross) and Casa Ixchel at 5:30, facing south. The procession of decorated carts is led by characters in costume, Elmo, Mickey & Minnie & Santa, and the participants toss candy & toys as they wind south thru the colonias, and then head downtown. Both foreign & Mexican residents participate & everyone's invited...BYOCart & Candy/Toys
Saturday, Dec. 21 Ursid meteor shower
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena, many businesses may close early so employees can celebrate with their families.
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Most tourist-oriented businesses will be open
Saturday, Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
|NYE on Town Square by Eduard Joao|
In December, Ruben's charity (link) is very active collecting toy donations & putting together hampers for low income families, to be distributed on Three King's Day, January 6th.
The icon of the Virgin that is honored during the Patron Saint festivities is one of three "sister" statues removed from the church of Boca Iglesia in 1890 by several fishermen. (Boca Iglesia was one of the first churches established in Mexico, and is in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.). It is thought that the statues were brought to the church by the Spanish in the mid to late 1700's. They were carved from wood, with hands and faces of porcelain. The other two are in Izamal, Yucatan and Kantunilkin, Quintana Roo. The ruins of the church are difficult to access thru the mangroves, by boat, and in recent years, access has been blocked by private property owners.
Día de Guadalupe...honoring the Patron Saint of Mexico
|Dia de Guadalupe by Tony Garcia|
|Artwork by Pam Haase|
When he arrived on December 12 and opened his tilmátli in front of the archbishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe had been imprinted on the cloak. It is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited shrines in the world. Written by Ronda Winn Roberts
Pinatas & Catholics: Changing Customs
Pinatas are an essential part of the Christmas posada celebrations, which take place Dec.16-24. "Posada" means inn, and these celebrations commemorate Mary & Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. The parties include refreshments, songs and prayers, (or may be less religious) and the breaking of a pinata, which traditionally has seven points, representing the seven deadly sins. Although much of the religious significance has been lost over the years, traditionally, breaking it symbolized the triumph of good over sin, and receiving rewards from God. Although blindfolds aren't usually used in Isla, they're said to symbolize blind faith, and the person providing guidance represents the guidance of the Church. Here, the pinata is usually suspended on a pulley so it can be hoisted up and down, while attendees sing the 'pinata song' and children take turns swinging at it.
The custom of breaking pinatas among Europeans is said to have come from the Chinese, via Marco Polo. In our region, the Maya had a game in which each player, blindfolded, hit a clay pot suspended by a rope, which contained valuable cacoa seeds.
When the Spanish arrived in the "New World", they found the Aztecs celebrated the origins of their God of war for 20 days in the month of panquetzaliztili, aka December. During these festivities, the Mexica priests hung banners and placed a clay pot, richly adorned with colored feathers, on a pole of the temple. When it was broken, small treasures fell as an offering at the feet of Hitzilopochtli. The Spanish Conquistadors made use of these Aztec traditions when converting them to Christianity, covering the clay pot with colored paper, and imposing new meanings and traditions.
The Spanish exchanged these December celebrations for events called "Misas (Masses) de Aguinaldo" in which passages & representations allusive to Christmas were read, and small gifts, called "aguinaldos", were given to attendees. Nowadays, this is the name of the end of year payments that are mandatory for workers in Mexico, (and the equivalent of two week's pay). Written by Ronda Winn Roberts
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. .
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb.2.
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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