Friday, March 6, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, March 6

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The first graphic is today's forecast of the arrival of Cold Front #42. The circles indicate rain and the purple icons are strong winds.The cold front is slowly moving east-southeast, causing decreasing temperatures, variable cloudiness, and scattered showers with some electrical activity and winds from the north.

Official anthem of Isla Mujeres, with lyrics, written by Ramón Iván Suárez Caamal & Marcos Ramírez Canul, who also wrote the state anthem. VIDEO  

Patriotic ceremony for March will be held on the Town Square Tuesday the 10th.
From the City....

   Local artists and artistic groups are invited to register today, March 6 from 9:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Casa de la Cultura for the state "Directory of Artists of Quintana Roo 2020". All types of artists are encouraged to participate including, but not limited to, the categories of painting, sculpture, graphic, photography, drawing, scenery, art-action, video-art, electronic art and various other artistic disciplines. They can register individually or collectively as groups. For more information--email or call 9841279506.

TVisla Mujeres    

The state Attorney General's office is preparing charges to be filed shortly against seven people which allegedly include an official in the municipal government, who were allegedly involved in a fight, resulting in a formal complaint being filed with the prosecutor's office. The complaint was filed Feb. 16th concerning an event that occurred outside a disco-bar which involved aggression against a woman. A video was circulated on social media that showed part of the incident. LINK  

TVIM says~~The Atayde Circus is on Isla Mujeres!
Photo by TV Isla Mujeres
In June, the company Maritima Isla Mujeres permanently suspended its operations, and now the two ferries have serious signs of corrosion, due to lack of maintenance. The ferry Isla Blanca is also missing a propeller, which fell into the sea and hasn't been reinstalled. Experts say due to its age, it is practically impossible for it to meet the requirements and obtain the certifications that are required by the authorities. They say the Sergio Gracia Aguilar could be returned to sailing again. Both boats remain moored at the dock.  LINK 

     The Governor attended the commemoration of the 503rd Anniversary of the Meeting Between Two Cultures, which was led by the Mayor. During the event the City Council voted approval for the Isla Mujeres anthem, which was sung for the first time, and written by Ramón Iván Suárez Caamal and Marco A. Ramírez Canul, who also wrote the state anthem. 
      The arrival of an expedition of Spaniards in 1517 was commemorated, who gave the island its name of Isla de Mujeres, due to a large number of small statues they found in a shrine to the Mayan goddess Ixchel. 
   The Mayor said, "More than 500 years ago on this small space of land, an event happened that would change our history forever. Right here there was the great meeting between Spaniards and Maya, and our mixed race came from this important meeting, which has forged in five centuries a very special culture, which has known how to take the best of both continents and today that legacy can be seen in our customs, legends and traditions, some of which are now the Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” LINK   

A business near Punta Sur was closed after residents in the area filed a complaint with the municipal Department of Urban Development. They complained that a neighbor of foreign nationality opened a business in an area that is only residential. They also complained that that nearby properties were being used for parking for this business. LINK   

Watch out for this Telmex manhole....(That's the roundabout at the entrance to Sac Bajo with the memorial to Ramon Bravo)
Photo by TV Isla Mujeres
From  Por Esto :

Inauguration of the C2 Command & Control Center which will monitor security cameras

Ponen en marcha cámaras de vigilancia

  The security cameras will be located at strategic points and will also be connected with the C5 state police control center. The Governor inaugurated the installation of this project on during his visit on Wednesday. There will be 34 strategically placed post with up to four cameras each including a PTZ camera which can rotate 360 degrees.

Plans to build semi-olympic pool in Isla Mujeres  

Alistan proyecto de alberca semiolímpica en Isla Mujeres

  Plans to build a semi-Olympic pool in Isla Mujeres are part of a joint project between the state and municipal government to promote swimming among young people. The pools would also serve adults training for competitions.
     The site hasn't been determined, and studies will be done. The plan was announced during the press conference for the "National Open Water Championship 2020" which will be held in Isla Mujeres on March 27 & 28th. The cost wasn't discussed and specialists on the topic say a semi-Olympic pool should be 21 meters wide and 50 meters long, which they estimate would coast about 4 million pesos, with roof.

National Open Water Championship is a springboard to the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Campeonato Nacional de Aguas Abiertas, trampolín para la Olimpiada de Tokio 2020

      The "National Open Water Championship 2020" to be held in Isla Mujeres on March 27 and 28 will be attended by 300 athletes from around the country who are hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. There will also be 300 guest swimmers participating, including delegations from Brazil and Ecuador.  The event will take place in front of the El Pescador tourist center near the Palace Hotel and Playa Lancheros, inside a designated area of 1250 meters.  The first competition will begin at 8am for a distance of 10 kilometers by males 18 & 19 years old, followed by males 16-17 for 7.5km,  and  then14-15 years old for 5 km. This will be followed by a presentation of the females at 11am. At 2pm award presentations will take place.
   There will be cameras to determine any controversial results, and a group of talented judges. The organizational staff consists of 120 people.  The competition will include the international swimming champion from Brazil, Ana Marcela Cunha, who will be representing her country at the Tokyo Olympics.

Inauguration of Isla Mujeres anthem at the 503rd Anniversary commemoration 

Isla Mujeres estrena propio himno en las celebraciones de sus 503 años de avistamiento


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 At Sunset--March  9  7:09p (sets 7:07a)
March 10   8:13
March 11   9:17
 March 12  10:20
 March 13   11:22
This is the second of four supermoons for 2020. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth while full, causing it to appear slightly larger and brighter than usual.

 Sunset  6:52-7:02pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:07-6:40am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
March 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, who are in Category A & Category B of the same league, which is currently having the playoffs for the season championship.

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

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching grouper, lobster and octopus during March  LINK

Sunday, March 1--At 1p at the Pescaodores baseball field the Isla Mujeres Pescadores will play the Rockies of Cancun, after losing the first game in their three game series in the semifinals. If the Pescadores beat the Rockies twice, they will win in Group B category of their league. The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros won the Group A category & are waiting to see who they'll  play from Group B for the league championship. LINK   

Thursday, March 5--There is usually a ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres. The expedition of 110 men in 3 boats sailed from Cuba and around the coast, battling with the Maya, until all but one were injured, and over 50 had died. Cordoba died after returning to Cuba.

Sunday, March 8--International Women's Day

Monday, March 9--Full Moon, which is the second of four Super Moons in 2020, meaning it is at its closest approach to the Earth while full, making it appear slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Tuesday, March 10-Civic Ceremony at 9am on the Town Square 

Monday, March 16--Day off in honor of the birthday of Benito Juarez on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 17--St Patrick's Day

Wednesday March 18--Observation of Oil Expropriation Day (not an official day off--businesses & schools will be operating normally). Commemorates the nationalization of Mexico's oil fields on this date in 1938.

Thursday, March 19--Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 19--Dia de San Jose, which MAY be celebrated with a dance on the Town Square.

Tuesday, March 24-- Venus reaches its greatest eastern elongation of 46.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset. Mercury reaches its greatest western elongation of 27.8 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. New moon--lack of moonlight is the best time to observe galaxies & star clusters.

Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28-- About 600 swimmers are expected to participate in the National Open Water Championship 2020 which will be held in Isla Mujeres on March 27 & 28. The winners of the 10 kilometer competition will represent Mexico in Tokyo during the pre-Olympic match for the Olympic games. The top 20 swimmers in the categories of 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19 divisions, in the categories of 5k, 7.5k and 10k will qualify for the National Conade Games 2020.

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 buses operate from 6a to 10p. The overhead digital display indicates whether they're going to the Tourism areas or the Colonias.The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they're numbered 1 thru 10.

The main downtown stops are just south of the Maritime (Ultramar) Terminal & across the street from it. In Centro, the buses stay on Medina, except they turn around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado. Outside of town, there are no designated stops & you flag them. Exit thru the back door, first pushing the red button nearby so the driver knows to stop.

Pay the driver 38 pesos/$2usd (or $9/175p for an all day pass). The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The 32 passenger buses have air conditioning & security cameras. (State residents pay 10p, INAPAM card holders & local students pay 5p.)  LINK to bus company page on FB.


Route 1 goes down the western side on Rueda Medina and returns northward on the east side via Jesus Martinez Ross. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.

Route 2 goes down the eastern side on Jesus Martinez Ross and returns northward on the west side via Medina. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.

Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites.
#1 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces to downtown, traveling thru Salina Chica,
 #2 going southward turns left/east just before Salina Chica, leaving JM Ross & taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologico. I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art.


Now the company advises riding #3 to Sac Bajo and #4 to Punta Sur. 

Route 3 goes to Sac Bajo, down the western side of the isle on Medina.
(It was originally advertised as also going to Punta Sur. Then they said it only went to P.S. when that was the destination of passengers aboard, and otherwise after routing thru Sac Bajo it turned east on Paseo Peces & returned via the Caribbean Coastal road, Payo Obispo.)

Route 4 goes to Punta Sur & Garrafon down east side on the Caribbean Coastal road and returning northward on Medina to town.

This 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, between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. 

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