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Due to the large number of archeological sites near Coba and problems with the subsoil, officials have decided to return to the original route for the Tren Maya, going directly from Valladolid to Cancun, eliminating the plan to go from Valladolid to Coba to Tulum.
From the City....
A brigade of police and municipal and state officials carried out the “Marcha Exploratoria Colonia Segura”, evaluating the needs of the population in terms of security and other public services. Participants included municipal chief of police, Jamie Ongay Ortiz, City Secretary General Miriam Trejo Leon, and officers with the Quintana Roo Police and the State Center for Social Crime Prevention. They interacted with families in colonia La Gloria, asking their opinions, a few days after the new video surveillance system was launched. The also visited the kindergarten "Isla Mujeres".
They are learning about needs for various services such as street lighting, surveillance and pot holes and forming bonds between citizens and authorities. They plan to pay attention to the suggestions and concerns of the community and implement strategies for solutions and improvements.They intend to visit more colonias on the island and the mainland.
Notice that the the port is closed, except for the ferries & boats over 40 feet in the Bay unless weather conditions don't allow it. No trips to Contoy, no coastal commercial or sport fishing, no nautical activities to Farito or Makax. due to effects of Cold Front #42.
Appeal for assistance for 13 year-old Lliana Montserrat who needs financial assistance for expenses associated with a kidney transplant, from her mother, which will take place in Mexico City. Her kidneys never developed fully, and her diagnosis is congenital renal dysplasia, which limits her ability to participate in physical activities. She receives peritoneal dialysis every four hours from 6am to 10pm, and follows a strict regime of medications and diet. LINK LINK to donate (GoFundMe)
The Isla Mujeres Cahuameros are officially in the Semifinals LINK
Last weekend the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres defeated the Los Lobos of Jose Maria Morelos on their court with a score of 81 to 61. However the Los Lobos team filed a protest, alleging that the Isla Mujere team had improperly included an underage player who hadn't fulfilled the requirement for a certain percentage of games during the regular season. The Penalties and Sanctions Committee of the State Basketball League (LIEBA) of Quintana Roo dismissed the complaint saying that it is not required that the minor player participate in a certain number of matches, only that a minor plays at least one period of each match.
Therefore, the Cahuameros are now officially in the semi-finals, but they are waiting to see who their opponents will be between the Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen who will play against the Marlins of isla Mujeres.
From Por Esto :
International Women's Day commemorated
See yesterday's edition. This article also includes information about the origins of Women's Day in the early 1900's noting that the commemoration of International Women's Day on March 8th was made official by the UN in 1975.
Concluding the wastewater network installation
Evaluating the needs of the population
Isla Mujeres news briefs
March 7 Starting on Monday, the Red Cross will have specialist available for a week for consultation to diagnose eye conditions. They will be available Monday thru Friday, 10a-3p and 4p-7p for a consultation fee of 50 pesos to diagnose conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, keratoconus, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy.
The port was closed to general navigation, except the ferries, from 8am, including trips to Isla Contoy, coastal & sport fishing. When the strength of Cold Front #42 diminished somewhat, it was partially reopened at 12:30pm to allow nautical activities near El Farito and in the Makax lagoon. The wind is expected to increase in strength again on Sunday, which is likely to close the port to general Navigation (except the ferries) according to the forecast. (It IS windy today with many white caps & large breakers & the port is closed, except for the ferries & boats over 40 feet in the Bay unless weather conditions don't allow it. )
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Four rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white
sand beach and
the beautiful Caribbean sea, with
kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the upscale
neighborhood of Bachilleres,
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 out of the pic at left. |
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, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the 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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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)
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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.
COLONIA ROUTES-1 & 2
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.
TOURISM ROUTES-3 & 4
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.