Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 4

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TONIGHT--The general public are invited to a street party tonight on Hidalgo SOUTH of the Town Square, outside Tiny Gecko, with no cover. The Island Time Music Festival continues thru the 8th & benefits the Little Yellow School House (LYSH) who provide education & therapy for special needs kids.

TOMORROW--LYSH is having extended hours for their Wednesday Lunch event--11:30a-5:30p featuring a choice of Mexican Hot Dogs & Chili Dogs & Chili Cheese Fries.

THURSDAY--Artist fair on the malecon-Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square ~5p-8p by the food trucks.

FRIDAY-The general public is invited to an ITMF event with no cover at Big Daddy's on Medina at 7:30

SUNDAY-- Full moon rises over the Caribbean at 7:21p after sunset. It will be the first of four "supermoons" in 2020.

Also Today...It's 17 days until Carnaval & First Ethiopian Night of 2020 at Soul Sisters Bar Isla Mujeres (with vegetarian & GF options available)...and a lovely sunny day!!

little yellow school house 
TOMORROW--Lunch with the Children Nashville Edition. In honor of the Music Festival this week we will be serving up Mexican Hot Dogs or Chili Dogs or Cheese Chili Fries. These are 100 percent beef hot dogs yummy. Join us Wednesday at 11:30 we will be serving food until 5:30 this Wednesday only, to accommodate the musicians and fishermen.  (Little Yellow School House is in colonia La Gloria on Paseo de los Peces, south of the Cemetery & near Mundaca & the Community Hospital.

From the City....

  Children between the ages of six and nine can register for free to join the Municipal Table Tennis (Ping Pong) School to learn the sport and enjoy this healthy recreational activity. The lessons will take place at the Community Center in La Gloria Monday thru Friday between noon and 2:30pm by the municipal Department of Sports and Physical Culture. Registration requires a birth certificate, CURP, proof of residence, and parental permission with their INE.. For more information call. the coaches at 6391893186 or 9983024182, who are Luis Felipe and Gibran Espadas, respectively.

During this first long weekend of February, thanks to coordinated work by various municipal departments, thousands of visitors enjoyed the world-famous clean beaches of Isla Mujeres. The Director of ZOFEMAT, the Federal Zone agency, spoke about the importance of the ZOFEMAT crews who are on the beaches at an early hour to clean, rake and sift the sand and remove any litter or trash. so that visitors and islanders can enjoy high quality beaches. North Beach has been recognized as one of the best 25 beaches world-wide, and has earned the Blue Flag designation, along with two other island beaches.

Winning masks from the Children's Carnaval Mask Contest will be on display at the Casa de la Cultura February 17th thru March 2nd. Students in first, second & third grades will compete in two categories--Open and Recycled Materials. The deadline is Feb. 13th and the prizes will be awarded on the Monday, Feb. 17.

The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros beat the Tulum Astros with a score of 7 to 2 at the El Pescador baseball field in Isla Mujeres on Sunday. The Isla Mujeres Pescadores beat the Bonfil Pericos at their baseball field with a score of 8 to 1.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Contoy National Park completes 22 years  

El Parque Nacional de Isla Contoy cumple 22 años

 On Sunday, the Isla Contoy National Park celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Staff with the Reserve confirmed that in 2020 there will be zero tolerance for use of sunscreens and disposable.plastic. The conservation area of 5126 hectares receives about 73,000 tourists annually, at a rate of 200 per day, which is the maximum allowed. Each group of visitors is informed about the fragile ecosystem,  and the ban on disposable plastics. Now glasses and reusable water containers are used and products such as sunblockers are not allowed. Most visitors are foreigners, who approve of this plan.
   Electricity is provided by solar panels and rainwater is collected from the roof of the Visitor's Center. Interaction with any species isn't allowed and visitors must respect a prudent distance when taking photographs.
   During turtle nesting season (for Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills), a little over a thousand nests were counted. It is the second largest nesting site in Quintana Roo for Hawksblill turtles, with more than 300 nests on its ten nesting beaches. The most popular is Holbox, with 1500 nests.
    The Mesoamerican Reef Chain begins at Isla Contoy and ends in Honduras. There is a containment plan for the coral bleaching disease that is damaging the reef. In 2020 this may include the use of sound recorded from colonies of healthy corals, based on a study in Australia, where this has been a problem for a long time, since the summer of 2018. (They have also been 'seeding' and transplanting healthy corals.)

Islanders move ahead in baseball  

Isleños salen avante en beisbol

  See above. If the Cockteleros win next Sunday, they will qualify for the Group A final competition, and if the Pescadors win again, they will qualify for the Group B final competition.

Certified beaches in optimum condition   

En óptimas condiciones las playas cerificadas

   On the eve of the recertification of the Blue Flag Beaches for 2020-2021 the Director of the ZOFEMAT Federal Zone agency spoke about the work that is done on the three certified beaches to keep them in optimal condition. This will be the second year for North Beach and Playa Albatros, while it will be the fifth year for Playa Centro. It is noted that there are 15 trash cans provided on North Beach, and two lifeguard towers, as well as a module for the amphibious chairs.

Authorities provide maintenance to the network of storm drains  

Autoridades dan mantenimiento red pluvial

Small boats restricted to port 

Restringida la navegación menor

 On Saturday afternoon, small boats were restricted to port because the arrival of Cold Front #36 brought gusts of wind exceeding 40kph around 3pm. It was cloudy throughout the day but rain didn't fall except a light drizzle around noon.

Celebrating Colegio Bachilleres 30th anniversary 

Festejan 30 aniversario del Cobach de IM

  On February 1st, 1990 the Isla Mujeres campus of Colegio Bachilleres became the sixth high school campus in the state.  
   In September 1988, under the government of Dr. Miguel Borge Martín,  the Centro de Bachillerato Politécnico  opened its doors within the facilities of the middle school No. 1 "Benito Juárez". It provided afternoon courses in two specialties: Sport Fishing and Tourism Companies ", with a total of 23 and 22 students in each specialty, respectively.


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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 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). 

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

The ten 31-passenger buses travel on four routes, from 6a to 10p, turning around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado, and going south thru El Centro on Rueda Medina. #1 & 2 are the "Colonia" routes and #3 & 4 are the "Tourism" routes. The overhead digital display & cardboard sign in the windshield provide the route information. The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they are numbered consecutively, 1 thru 10.
At the edge of town....

Route 1 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Rueda Medina and returns northward on Jesus Martinez Ross to town. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.
Route 2 goes southward down the eastern side of the isle on Jesus Martinez Ross** and returns northward on Medina to town. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.
Route 3 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Medina, then in & out of the Sac Bajo peninsula. If there are passengers for Punta Sur, it goes there & returns northward to town on the Caribbean Coastal road. If not, it returns east on Peces and returns 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 returns northward on Medina to town.
**Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites--#2 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces 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 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 (aka Payo Obispo) follows the coast. The east-west transit, Paseo de los Peces, is shown, but not labeled, at the edge between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. Its east end intersects the Caribbean Coastal Road by the Cemetery & its west end intersects Rueda Medina by the Mundaca Hacienda.
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. 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.
The 10p rate is for state residents & the senior citizen rate is for INAPAM card holders.Tourists pay 38p/$2usd per person per ride and can purchase an all-day pass for $9usd/175p. You pay as you board and exit thru the back door. The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The buses are air conditioned.

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