Saturday, February 1, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 1

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From the City....

Car Rally Maya Mexico 2020
    The seventh edition of this classic car rally will conclude in Isla Mujeres on May 22-24, after starting in Campeche on May 16th, with 110 vehicles from various parts of Mexico and the world. After touring this Pueblo Magico, the cars will be located at the "Tourist Parador", where residents & tourists can take pictures. (Behind the Casa de la Cultura where the photo op sign is located.)

Collective weddings
   Every year, the City provides a free wedding event, including free registration, which will occur on February 13 & 14 on the Island and in the Continental Zone, respectively. Islanders must submit their documents by Feb. 7th, and the laboratory analysis will be available for a nominal fee of 250 pesos (rather than the usual 1000 pesos).  Information is given about the required documents, which should be submitted at the Civil Registry Offices in the Town Hall, Monday-Friday 9a-4p.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO inviting public to Sunday's baseball game at El Pescador stadium (at 1pm) when the Cockteleros will face the Tulum Astros, in the playoffs for the championship.

Personnel with the Municipal Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters provided maintenance for a storm drain pipe that serves Hidalgo Avenue, which malfunctioned on Wednesday, when there was rain associated with the entrance of Cold Front #35. The malfunction was due to an accumulation of trash. (Photos).

From  Por Esto :

Number of cases of decompression has reached 203 

Llegan a 203 los casos de descompresión

  Jan. 30   Two more lobster divers are being treated in the Hyperbaric chamber, bringing the total to 203 for the season, which began on July 1st and concludes on February 29th. Fermín Ihuit, 59, of the "Isla Blanca" cooperative required four sessions, and was diagnosed with moderate decompression and ear damage, "vestibular barotrauma". He made two dives on Monday to 120 feet lasting an average of 50 minutes each, with a 50 minute break in between. On Tuesday, he spent three hours in the chamber and 90 minutes on Wednesday and Thursday, with another 90 minutes scheduled for Friday. He is recovering well and has potential for a 100 percent recovery for his ear. He already had a problem with his right ear, and with the temporary loss of use of his left ear, he was nearly deaf

 Alfredo Hernández Malpica, 28, of the“Puerto Juárez” cooperative required two sessions after suffering an injury on Tuesday, with symptoms of hip pain with a little inflammation. On Wednesday her spent 50 minutes in the chamber, with another 50 scheduled for Friday.  He dove to 110 feet, for 50 minutes, and was injured due to the strong current requiring an enormous effort while dragging his bag of lobster on the seabed.

Diesel storage tanks still nonoperational 

Por mala instalación no operan depósitos de la CFE

  The two diesel storage tanks that were installed by the airfield to supply the electric generator there are not currently functional because the tubes and pumps that discharge the fuel don't meet safety specifications. The tanks have a joint capacity of 100 cubic meters, which is sufficient to operate the generator for 24 hours, in meet the needs of the thousands of users on the island, in the event of an emergency.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 February 9  7:21 (sets 7:45a)
February 10  8:26
February 11  9:30
  February 12  10:32
 February 13  11:31
This is the first of four supermoons for 2020. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

 Sunset  ~6:38-6:51p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:24-7:08am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
February Events 
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Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Sunday's at 1p there may be baseball games at the stadium in front of Chedraui. There are two teams, the Pescadores & the Cockteleros.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching grouper and octopus during February.   LINK 

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

Sunday, Feb. 2 Baseball at the el Pescador field at 1p. The playoffs begin and the Cockteleros will play the Rockies of Puerto Morelos or the Astros of Tulum.

Monday, Feb. 3 is the day off for Constitution Day and an official holiday. 

Monday, Feb. 3 On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Feb. 4-8  The Island Time Music Festival benefits the Little Yellow School House and has two free events for the general public--on Tuesday and Friday at 7:30.  LINK  LYSH provides education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Constitution Day

Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents. 

CARNAVAL Feb. 21-25 
All events are free, and it's a good idea to have change & small bills to tip the dance troupes when they dance in the streets and at businesses. They spend a couple months preparing their costumes and choreography & show incredible stamina dancing for hours day after day.

FRIDAY--8p Town Square--Coronation of the Kings & Queens, Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of Master Kumbia

SATURDAY CUBAN NIGHT--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of MegaBoom

**1st PARADE--3p--Rueda Medina
AFTERNOON OF FANTASY--5p Town Square--Children's show & Inflatables, Dance Troupes, Kid's Costume Contest
NIGHT OF FANTASY & DIVERSITY--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Comedy w Silvanna Show

**2nd PARADE--3p Rueda Medina
REGIONAL & COMEDY NIGHT--9p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Costume Contest, Tila Maria Sesto Comedy Show

NIGHT OF JUAN CARNAVAL--9p Town Square--Burning & Will of Juan Carnaval, Dance to the music of Alberto Barros & su Orquesta

Lobster season ends Feb. 29th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available). 

The ten 31-passenger buses travel on four routes, from 6a to 10p, turning around downtown near the Convention Center, behind the Mercado, and going south thru Centro on Rueda Medina. #1 &2 are the "Colonia" routes and #3 & 4 are the "Tourism" routes
At the edge of town....
Route 1 southward down the western side of the isle on Rueda Medina and returns northward on Jesus Martine Ross to town. It's west-east transit is also Peces in colonia La Gloria.
Route 2 goes
goes southward down the eastern side of the isle on Jesus Martinez Ross and returns northward on Medina to town. It's east-west transit is on Paseo de los Peces.
  Route 3 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Medina, then in & out of the Sac Bajo peninsula. It there are passengers for Punta Sur, it goes there & returns northward to town on the Caribbean Coastal road. If not, it goes east on Peces and northward on the Caribbean Coastal road to town.
Route 4 goes southward down the Caribbean Coastal road directly to Punta Sur & Garrafon, then northward in & out of Sac Bajo then northward on Medina to town.

**Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites--#2 takes J.M. Ross northward thru Salina Chica, but #1 going southward turns left/east off JM Ross before entering Salinas, taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologica, and I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art. All four routes go thru Bachilleres, past Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach (who sponsor IM News & Events) and all four routes go past Chedraui.
  The map isn't a bus route map, it's a street map, showing how Jesus Martinez Ross follows the Caribbean coast until becoming the main street of Salina Chica and going on to La Gloria, while the Caribe Coastal road (Payo Obispo) follows the coast, aka Payo Obispo. Paseo de los Peces is shown, but not labeled, at the edge between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. It's the east-west boulevard that intersects the Caribbean Coastal Road by the Cemetery & intersects Rueda Medina by the Mundaca Hacienda.

The 10p rate is for state residents & the senior citizen rate is for INAPAM card holders. Downtown the main bus stop is at the parking lot just south of the passenger ferry terminal, and across the street. You can flag them down anywhere you see them outside of town. Tourists pay 38p/$2usd per person per ride. Chedraui is on the west side/Medina. Tortugranja & DD are in Sac Bajo. Garrafon is at Punta Sur. Bachilleres is on the eastern Caribbean coast, north of the colonias.


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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