Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Isla Mujeres News & Events Tuesday, December 21

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The Christmas Caravan will start at 5pm on Wednesday, Dec. 22, near the "La Hach" restaurant on Prolongacion Garrafon Avenue (aka prolongacion Rueda Medina). It will travel down the main streets to the Posada del Mar (downtown by Playa Centro/Jax) and end at the Christmas Esplanade behind the Casa de la Cutura. There will be a Christmas show and popular characters. Wear your mask correctly, maintain social distance and use antibacterial gel frequently. Attend & Enjoy with your family!

 Cold Front / Norte #14 is expected to bring some clouds and squalls / intermittent rain this week, being encircled on Tuesday means rain is expected.

Over the past week, audiences continued to gather at the Christmas Esplanade behind the Casa de la Cultura for performances, and the municipal government gave away toys to preschool and grade-school children.

Tuesday (Dec. 14) night's festivities included a pet-costume contest, as well as singers, dancers, and prizes.  These screenshots are from this FB VIDEO


Tues, Dec. 14  The City thanked the volunteers with the DIF (social service agency) who donated meals for the truck drivers who spend the night on the island, then transport trash to the mainland, removing thousands of tons of accumulated garbage from the Trash Transfer Facility since this administration took office on Sept. 30th.

Wed, Dec 15 Students from the Cesar Mendoza primary school visited the police C5 facility, with students from a grade school in the mainland area of the municipality, and learned about operations associated with 911 and making reports/complaints.  The police department continues working to promote and strengthen ties with the community.

On Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, (Dec 13, 14 & 15) senior citizens received their booster dose of Astra Zeneca C-19 vaccine in a third shot at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria. Seniors from the mainland part of the municipality were transported over on Wednesday for their shots. 

Wed. Dec. 15   The municipal Department of Public Services has been patching potholes.

And painting the fence around the airfield.....

Wednesday, Dec. 15  Christmas with the Community...Navidad con la Gente... continued at the Explanada Navideña when the island's preschoolers were invited to attend and receive a gift.  Dancers performed, including a couple youngsters on skates...

The City thanked members of the Ávalos Solís and Prianti Solí families who donated meals for the truck drivers who spend their nights on the island then transport trash to the mainland. 

 At Thursday's (Dec. 16) press conference, Mayor Atenea Gomez Ricalde said more than 16,000 ton of trash have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility since she took office.  As of December 16th, the tally is 16,471 tons, in 940 trips to the Continental Zone landfill, which cleared 105 (square) meters of land.

      She said that although the winter holiday season hadn't official begun, a significant number of visitors have arrived, increasing the amount of trash being generated. She reminded the residents to respect the trash collection schedules and to put out their trash at the appropriate times and places. She said trash generation increased up to 25% with high season and now they were collecting 55 tons daily, when the normal amount is 35-40 tons. She asked the community to be good hosts to the tourists and to inform them of places where they can put their trash. 

     She said the Parks and Gardens Department has completed 70% of the work of painting the fence around the airfield. She said they have been cleaning and pruning along the airport perimeter and along Rueda Medina avenue and in various parks including La Jaula and Electricistas, as well as in the colonias Caridad del Cobre, Cañotal and Meteorológica. 

    She said the recent installations of public lighting have included 14 LED lights on Rueda Medina at "Devil's Curve" / "Curva del Diablo" and 11 lights along the eastern malecon. In seventy-seven days a total of 104 LED lights have been installed and there have been 268 repairs and responses to citizen reports.

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the island's grade school students were invited to attend the Christmas Festival at 5p and receive a gift. There was a contest for singing La Rama (a traditional Christmas carol) and a photograph with Santa booth, as well as performances by dance troupes.

On Thursday evening at 7p, the popular state Police Band, la 𝗢𝗿𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶́𝗮 𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗥𝗼𝗼 performed.  HERE is a FB video of that performance.

Here is a YouTube video of them performing (elsewhere)  La Chica de Humo

Thursday...Workers with the municipal Department of Park and Gardens....

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the City thanked members of the Ravell Gómez, Martínez Ravell and Delgado González families for providing meals for the truck drivers who spend their nights on the island before transporting trash to the mainland landfill. 

On Thursday, Dec. 17, municipal officials met with representatives of Aguakan, to discuss the company's investment of approximately 37.7 million pesos in 2022 which includes construction of three wastewater collection cárcamos, with two in the Southern Zone (Zona Sur) and the installation of a sewage network at the northern tip of the island. Renewal of the tap water network is scheduled to increase its transport capacity.

   This work is scheduled to begin in the second half of January, 2022, and will be suspended during the Easter holidays to avoid traffic congestion during that period when a large number of tourists visit are expected. The article in Spanish is here.

Friday, Dec. 17  Workers with the Parks & Gardens Department at the El Pescador baseball field cleaning and pruning.

FB VIDEO from Saturday, Dec 18 Navidad con la Gente at the Christmas Esplanade behind the Casa de la Cultura.

Brief FB Video posted on Sunday of gift giving and shots of performances.  FB video of Sunday evening's performances by singers and dancers.

Monday, Dec 20 photos posted with caption saying that in addition to the Festival bringing our community together, it also helped the island's economic recovery. The City thanked the families who buy local products and support the islanders

The discount on impounded vehicle fees continues thru the end of December. It is 50% for vehicles impounded in 2019-2021, 70% for 2016-2018, and 90% for those impounded in 2015 or before.

On Sunday night (Dec. 19) seven Cuban refugees (six men and one pregnant woman) landed on the Caribbean side of the island in this small boat. They were taken into custody by the municipal police and given medical exams before being turned over to the immigration authorities, according to Isla Mujeres al Momento...photo credits.

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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

LINK to US National Hurricane Center 




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