Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Event Tuesday, Jan. 23






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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the 15% property tax discount in January, and their payments are appreciated which are used to improve public services in Isla MujeresLINK (Other information about discounts is given, as well and where and when payments can be made, which have been translated previously).


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



There is a weather forecast & information about the 15% discount on property taxes in January.

The weather report for Tuesday says:  The entry of Tropical Maritime Air with variable moisture content from the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula continues; causing warm to hot temperatures during the day and cooler at night and in the wee hours, cloudiness and scattered showers in some areas of the State of Quintana Roo.
Cancun and Isla Mujeres
Partly to Mostly Cloudy
28C maximum temp
29 ° thermal sensation
21 ° minimum temp
UV 8, 77% Humidity, 60% Chance of Precipitation, Cloud Cover 72% Approximately
The Winds will be of the ENE from 10 to 15 km / h
Chance of afternoon rain.



 The Isla Mujeres Cahuameros Nueva Generacion basketball team are working toward qualifying for the semifinals, after winning both games against the Manatees of Chetumal this weekend at the Convention Center, with scores of 103-66 on Saturday and 78 to 63 on Sunday.
      Their game next weekend will be here on the island against Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen, which will be the closing game of the regular round, then the semifinals will begin. The Universidad Modelo of Merida Yucatan are their other potential rivals for the championship matches.
    Currently, Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen, are in first place with 20 wins and two defeats, La Universidad Modelo, of Mérida, Yucatán, are  in second place with 20 wins and four defeats, Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres New Generation, are in third place with 20 wins and eight defeats and the Ingenierias of Cancun, in fourth place with 14 wins and eight defeats.
     They are followed by Los Manatíes of Chetumal, Los Aluxes of Cancun, Los Isleños of Cozumel and, at the bottom, Los Tucanes of Playa del Carmen. LINK  



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Civil Protection agency issues an ultimatum 
Protección Civil da ultimátum .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
    The Director of the Civil Protection agency, Ulises Berman, said a certificate of uninhabitability was issued to an old building on Monday, and the tenants have been given until Friday to vacate. If that deadline is exceeded, the Rios Fernandez family will be subject to sanctions. They are the owners of the two-story building, which is half a century old.
    At 8:00pm on Friday evening, part of the ceiling detached in the apartment of Manuel Medina Ojeda, but fortunately he was not in the bed where the rubble fell. The Civil Protection agency inspected the building and spoke with the owners. Mr. Berman has offered his personal vehicle to help the tenants move their belongings, but said he did not know of another building that is available and safe for them to live in, but they have been given a week's notice to act.
   The tenants say they have not found housing in the downtown area or the colonias, because the few rooms that are available are too expensive. Jordan Morales, who works at Rooster and lives in room number 7, confirmed that they had been given a week's notification to find new housing, and said that they hope to get lucky and find somewhere to live.


One of the founders of COBACH is retiring   
Se retira uno de los fundadores del Cobach[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Gustavo Velázquez Garrido, 59, was one of the founders of what is now the Colegio de Bachilleres of Isla Mujeres, and he will retire in two weeks as Director of School Services, after 30 years of service. He said his job has meant a lot to him, that he was a good influence on the 1700 students who graduated during that time. He said he was happy to have contributed to the formation of many professionals who not participate in the development of companies and governmental activities. He named several active politicians and successful executives, both on the island and elsewhere.
   His professional career and accomplishments are given, and anecdotes about his influence as an advisor and provider of vocational guidance. He saw a dozen directors come and go at the high school. He said he has already made arrangements to devote himself to personal matters during the first week of February. He plans to become involved in political activities, and could run for a position on the City Council in the upcoming election. 
   It is noted that he has three children, all professionals, and four grandchildren. They are descendants of founding families who moved to Isla Mujeres in 1950 (sic 1850) when the government of Yucatan decreed the town as the Pueblo of Dolores. Both the Velazquez and Garrido families were founders and their members have been tireless workers in the fishing industry, as well as the tourism industry for decades, who are known and respected in the community. 
    
   
North Beach distinguishes Isla Mujeres  
Playa Norte distingue a IM[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This information has already been translated about Forbes magazine, on Jan. 7th, announcing that many travelers prefer North Beach of Isla Mujeres after thousands of TripAdvisor users voted for it in the Travelers Choice Awards 2017.  Por Esto reports that for over a decade, North Beach has remained on the lists of beaches that are preferred by travelers, but in the last five years it has been among the top 10 preferred by users, according to several sites that monitor the preferences of their customers. It has held the "White Flag" distinction for three years, which includes monitoring for cleanliness and water quality. It is noted that the staff of ZOFEMAT are out cleaning the beach every day, beginning at an early hour. 
   The General Director of Tourism, Jose Castillo Magana, said, "One of the main commitments of the municipal government is that all visitors are given an image of Isla Mujeres as a clean municipality, as this benefits the economy of island families who in one way or another have their main sustenance from tourism." 
       The White Flag is a hallmark that demonstrates compliance with Regulation 120, with the inclusion of measures to protect the environment on Mexican beaches, taking care of water quality, solid waste management, coastal infrastructure, biodiversity , safety and services, environmental education and noise pollution, guaranteeing tourists that visit a clean and well-maintained space.This beach, he added, has various services that visitors and islanders can access, such as the use of palapas, umbrellas and beds, lounges, emergency services, toilets, showers and parking, among others. 
       When talking about North Beach, he included Playa Centro, located opposite the lighthouse. This is also monitored to meet international quality standards, in order to maintain its Blue Flag designation.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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 outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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January Events
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Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 


 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
 
  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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

Monday, January 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Jan 22






This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

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Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


Our commitment is that beaches and streets of Isla Mujeres are free of garbage. We will actively continue with the maintenance and cleaning programs throughout the municipality.


       Isla Mujeres has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Mexican Caribbean by domestic and foreign tourists, so the municipal government reaffirms its commitment to maintain and take care of this Pueblo Magico, for the benefit of those who visit it and live here.  
           Since the beginning of the current administration, the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Public Services, has increased the cleaning work in its streets, avenues and public areas. 
       José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, head of that department, said that one of the most important commitments for the current government is that all the inhabitants, both on the island and in the Continental Zone, have better living conditions, so having a clean and healthy environment is of vital importance. 
        He said, "The City has not stopped working to guarantee a clean island, we have redoubled efforts, and with the support of the citizens we are maintaining the best image of our municipality." 
         For this, more personnel were hired to reinforce the Sweeping Department, which now has a total of 34 street sweepers, who clean streets and avenues. 
         Likewise, the garbage collection service has been made more efficient, with the acquisition of new collection vehicles, covering a total of 14 routes in the Continental Zone and 6 on the island, seven days a week, in the morning, afternoon and evening. 
          In addition, there are ongoing campaigns for pruning and cleaning in the parks and gardens and the placement of street lighting has been carried out throughout the municipality. It should be noted that recently the Department of Public Services finished the clean-up of the Cancún-Isla Mujeres intermunicipal highway, guaranteeing those who have businesses in this area a good image for their clients.  
   Mr. Rios Chale said, "It is a commitment of all of us who are part of the municipal government to maintain the streets, parks and gardens of the island and Continental Zone in optimal condition for the benefit of all island families and our visitors, especially because maintaining a good urban image, is vital in a municipality that depends on tourism. 
        Therefore, the official requested the support of the community to not to throw garbage on the public roads and to clean the front of their houses, because that way they help to keep the municipality clean.


With a score of 73 to 57 the Marlins of Isla Mujeres won against the Tritones of Cozumel in the competition for the championship title of the State Basketball League. This game, which took place on the basketball court "José del Carmen Pastrana", was the first of the series-two of three games-between these two teams. The next one will take place in Cozumel, where it will be determined if there will be a third game between the Marlins and Tritones or if one of them will be crowned as winner of the State Basketball League.


Our home team continues to add victories towards the semifinals. We congratulate the Cahuameros for their victory 103 to 66 against the Manatees of Chetumal. If they have another victory against the Manatees on Sunday, they will be closer to winning the title. Currently in first place is the Universidad Modelo from Merida, Yucatan.
Here are the league standings published by TVIM a week ago:

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



There is a weather forecast saying  (LINK) there is air with variable moisture content moving from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula, causing mild temperatures during the day and cooler in the night and wee hours, with scattered showers and cloudiness and isolated squalls in the peninsular region and some areas of Quintana Roo.
Cancun and Isla Mujeres *
Partly to Mostly Cloudy
28C maximum
29 ° thermal sensation
20 ° minimum
UV 8, 77% Humidity, 50% Chance of Precipitation, Cloud Cover 62% Approximately
The Winds will be from the SE at 10 to 15 km / h
Chance of morning rain.


There is information about the INE (Voter Registration & Documentation) Module that is set up at the Community Center in La Gloria on Monday and Tuesday . LINK  



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Clean-up of the roadway in the Continental Zone LINK  
 This is in the mainland part of the municipality.

Improved tourism activity   LINK 
Mejoró la actividad turística
 Jan. 21  With the nice weather on Sunday, tourism activities resumed and it is estimated about 10,000 tourists arrived to the island. Boats were active in the Bay, taking tourists to visit El Farito, Sac-Bajo, Cruz de la Bahia, Los Manchones and Musa. They were also taking visitors to Isla Contoy. The fishermen were able to resume working.
   On land, all of the golf carts were rented and tourists were visiting popular sites including Punta Sur, Garrafón, Sac-Bajo and Mundaca. The beaches were busy with both foreign and national tourists. Downtown businesses were experiencing good sales. 
   Cold front #24 is expected in two days.

Certification of coaches   LINK  
Certifican a entrenadores deportivos   

This information was translated on Saturday.


Student House in Valladolid, Yucatan   LINK 
Casa del Estudiante en Valladolid, Yucatán

  This information was translated on Saturday.This article also notes that in the past, under previous administrations, the municipality established Student Houses in Merida and Chetumal for islander students. 

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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 outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events



Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 


 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
 
  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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Jan. 21






This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

We actively continue the cleaning and maintenance services of our public spaces



We are privileged to be able to enjoy the beauty of our Isla Mujeres, taking care of it and protecting it is everyone's job. Help us keep it clean and beautiful!  VIDEO   


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



Today, Sunday,  the El Pescador baseball field will open at 12:30 for the game between the Cockteleros of Isla Mujeres and Los Jarochos of Cancun.



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos



Mexican Navy evacuated an injured fisherman  
Armada de México evacua a pescador lesionado] Ver masFull article at this link

 See yesterday's translations in the TVIM section.


Predicting high turnout of voters   
 Pronostican alta participación de votantes   [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Electoral officials were sworn in and the president of the Electoral Council, Manuel Garcia Garcia, predicted a high level of voter turnout for the election July 1st. The official said that there is no problem in meeting the schedule of the local electoral process of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo (Ieqroo) to carry out  election day to renew the City Council (which includes the Mayor),  the federal executive and the legislative branch.
     Visits to determine the locations of the polling places on the island and in the Continental Zone will begin on Feb. 14. Registration for the candidates will take place April 1-10. The Candidacy forms will be approved on April 20th and campaigning can begin on May 14th. Citizens who are interested in being electoral observers can submit applications May 1-31st. Limitations on Governmental promotions begin on May 14 to encourage equal competition in campaigning. 
     In 2016, Isla Mujeres had a total of 10,537 votes cast, that represented 62.3 percent of the registered list of 16,921. That was a rate of 37.7% abstention. It is believed that there will be a list of  ~20,000 registered voters in the municipality for the July 1st election, on the island and in the Continental Zone, and that turnout could reach  70%, according to the electoral authority.


Building deemed unsafe after ceiling falls: Families seeking housing 
Desalojan cuartería que cae a pedazos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Jan. 20.  Last night, at a building on Guerrero Avenue, a section of ceiling fell, which caused the Civil Protection Department to inspect the building and to order the eviction of nearly a dozen residents.
    Mr Manuel Medina Ojeda, a maletero (porter), explained that the incident occurred at 8pm, and fortunately he wasn't injured since he was not in bed when the concrete detached. He said that the building has ten living spaces and is owned by the Rios Fernandez family, who paid for the cost of a hotel for the night. This morning he began to remove his belongings, but he has nowhere to go, since he needs to find another apartment at a time when everything is in short supply.
    He has lived there for 15 years and is asking that the owners grant him two months in a hotel or another location, to give him time to find a new home. As of 10am today, Civil Protection has ruled that the whole building is unsafe, and requested that the occupants move out. However, they are declining to do so because they have nowhere to go.
    The two-story building is about 50 years old and seems to have completed its useful life, and therefore no one is being allowed to remain since there is a risk of partial or total collapse. The average life of constructions is three to four decades in this area with a high concentration of pollutants such as salt.
      There is conjecture that when its imminent demolition is carried out, this could lead to a new project. Meanwhile there is uncertainty for the residents who are being evicted and whether they would be able to occupy it again. It is unknown whether the Rios Fernandez family will participate with more responsibility during this emergency situation.

July was the busiest month in 2017 
Julio fue el mejor mes del 2017+] Ver masFull article at this link 

   NOTE: Formerly, the statistics about the annual number of passengers were given as "arrivals" and in 2016 the number of arrivals was 2.2 million. However the current Director of APIQRoo reports them as "movements", which includes both arrivals and departures, so each passenger is counted twice. She is reporting a 7 percent increase in 2017, with more than 5 million passenger 'movements' (arriving plus departing) at the island's two maritime terminals. (The other island 'terminal' refers to the car ferry pier for the Punta Sam route.)
   In 2017, July was the busiest month with the movement of 510,029 passengers, followed by April with 483,414. December was in third place with 463,490, then August with 460,721, then January with 452,861. The slowest month was October with 328,829 passenger movements.
   In 2017, the total number of passenger movements was 5,090,891. In the first half of last year there were 2,372,299 passenger movements.
   Higher statistics are anticipated for 2018 since the new ferry company Marinsa has begun servicing the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route from the APIQRoo terminal in Puerto Juarez, and Ultramar is expected to being operating a passenger-car ferry from Punta Sam. It is also anticipated that Navegantu will enter competition on the Puerto Juarez route during the first quarter, and that a US company could become another competitor during the 2018 fiscal year.
    APIQROO reports that in 2017, on the Puerto Juarez-Isla Mujeres route there was a movement of 4,648,069 passengers, which is an increase of 7 percent. On the Punta Sam-Isla Mujeres route, there was a movement of 339,104 passengers, which is an increase of 27 percent.  The amount of cargo rose by 20 percent, which is well above Cozumel, where a 3.5 percent increase was recorded.
    The main passenger terminal in Isla Mujeres receives Ultramar ferries from the Hotel Cancun Zone, and on this route,  247,522 passenger movements were recorded in 2017. It is estimated that on the Puerto Juarez route, about 80 percent of the passengers are tourists. Of the more than 5 million passenger movements, about 90 percent are attributed to the Ultramar company.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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 outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events



Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 


 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
 
  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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres