|2015 concrete docks, bigger boats, new signs|
Our little paradise here on Isla Mujeres is rapidly changing. We think it’s great. The focus has been gradually shifting from a sleepy fishing village to a tourist-based economy with more amenities available for everyone.
|2015 Street side entrance to the new terminal|
On our street, in the last seven years, there have been twelve new houses built plus several other existing home have undergone major renovations. Chris Shannon, Managing Director of Mundaca Real Estate, (Isla’s biggest real estate company) told us that it is hard to keep up with the requests to show property. Their sales team is busy, and it’s a good busy!
It is always amusing if not a bit unnerving to wait, and wait, and wait until mere minutes before sailing time to see if you are actually going to be able to get your vehicle on the ferry. It’s all part of the adventure of living here.
|Feb 2015 – starting to remove tower (right)|
At the south end of the island, Punta Sur, the large observation tower that was built shortly before, and severely damaged by, Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was finally demolished and removed in February of this year. The newspaper report said that there were 100 tons (metric tons probably) of metal to be removed. The demolition company cut the tower into several slightly more manageable chunks and lowered them to the ground.
At the present time there are four modern homes/townhouses being built in the same area. The removal of that towering menace is certainly a relief to everyone living within its considerable reach had it broken off and crashed to the ground.
|Oct 2015 Four new homes being built at Punta Sur|
Another new project this year was the completion of a new fire hall, next door to the renovated police station and across the street from the soccer fields. Now the new fire truck has a home out of the weather, and hopefully will last longer than the last vehicle. The previous vehicle disintegrated into a heap of rust. As we have often mentioned living on an island surrounded by warm salty water, creates a huge corrosion and rust problem for anything electronic or mechanical, although for humans, it’s a perfect environment.