Pleased With Return Of Larger Vehicular Ferry
Users were pleased to see the return of the larger vehicle ferry "Isla Blanca" after it was gone for 56 days receiving maintenance, although it's absence had been predicted to last 30-35 days. Maintenance included general work, calibration of the motors and all the equipment, tuning of the power train, painting, and other work. Service by the smaller ferry "Sergio Aguilar Grace" was repeatedly affected by weather, which did not allow the vessel to dock safely, causing disappointment and economic losses. It also had engine problems, and a smaller capacity. The "Isla Blanca" returned Friday morning at 7:40 am. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez
Forming Crime Prevention Committee
The Municipal Committee for Prevention of Human Trafficking Crimes announced the members, who will be led by the Mayor Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, and include the general secretary, Faustino Uicab Alcocer, and the president of the municipal DIF, Eunice Sanchez Montalvo. They will coordinate with the chief of police Joaquin Poot Acosta and the Director of Social and Economic Development, Irma Moguel Larriva, as well as the director of tourism, Jahil Hoth Perez, the director of the Woman's Institute, Teresa Gomez Officer, and City Council member, Rayito de Luz Rendon Chargoy, who will also serve on the board. Source: Diairo Q Roo/ Manuel Valdez This committee was formed as part of a national requirement. While human trafficking crimes have not been reported on the island, it is a problem within the state, and this committee anticipates they will be focused on the Continental area of Isla Mujeres.
Winds Restricted Navigation By Small Boats
April 5...Less than 24 hours after the port had been partially reopened to boats under 40 feet, navigation was again restricted due to winds from the north with swells. On Thursday morning, tour operators had been allowed to work within the lagoon area and the reef near the Farito. Yesterday winds tacked to the north at 40 kph with gusts up to 55 kph, and all those activities were restricted as well. Thursday there were strong winds from the south-southeast (a Surada), while Friday the winds were from the north (a Norte). Weather is expected to be calm and sunny on Saturday. (It is.) Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez
List Of Potential Mayoral Candidates Lengthens
Agapito Sanchez Magaña abdicated its responsibility of governmental undersecretary of Quintana Roo to seek the nomination of his party, the PRI, for the municipal presidency of Isla Mujeres (mayor), during a press conference at a popular waterfront restaurant. He mentioned his priority will focus on the housing development project on the mainland. His cousin, Alicia Ricalde Magana is seeking the mayoral office for the PAN-PRD party again. She is a former Mayor, and he has sought the position eight times. The town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, has resigned his position as historian to seek candidacy for mayor. He is a former mayor of Isla Mujeres. Edwin Magana Castro has said on his Facebook page that there is a break withing the PRD party. There is an unconfirmed mention about possible inclusion of a member of the business community as a potential mayoral candidate. Source: Quintanarooense/Ovidio Lopez
Uneventful Holiday Period
On the eve of the conclusion of the two weeks of the Easter holiday season, there has been a "Saldo Blanco" or lack of significant problems. The chief of police, Joaquin Poot Acosta said there have been about 50 arrests, mostly for administrative offenses, with just over 25 of these turned over to the Public Ministry (prosecutor). This includes arrest on the mainland and on the island. During this security operation the patrols were well received and responded promptly to any need of the tourists and locals who visited the beaches. Efforts were also made to educate the populace about the need to correctly use helmets on motorcycles and to transport only one person in addition to the driver. Quintanarroense/Olvidio Lopez
Brisk Golf Cart Rental Until Holiday Ends
Some businesses who rent scooters and golf carts reported they reached 100%, while other reported they were operating at 80 to 90 percent. During a tour of the major rental agencies at noon, the reporter noted some of these businesses had no carts available to rent. All agreed this was a good holiday season. Demand increases during this holiday period, and is expected to drop off again next week. Source: Diario Respuesta/ Jesus Molina
Por Esto is conjecturing about the Ricalde-Magana family and PRD party politics, particularly as they relate to the PAN-PRD alliance; while the PRD party leader in Isla Mujeres Carlos Pech Casillas, declined to comment, saying, "Over the coming weeks the Municipal Executive Committee will make a joint statement, but until this is specified, the leaders prefer not to say anything."
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On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Marla & Javier got engaged...an underwater proposal.
Droppin Some NYC Deli is closing, according to their Facebook page.
Tony Garcia Good morning,, nice day,,very calm not windy,,good day weekend..
Isla Mujeres Artist Fair Womans Bead Co-op
Fenix Lounge Dj Mandrak is back! Saturday night 10pm-2am with Music for Party Animals! Live Fire Performances throughout the evening. Come and Dance till it Hurts!
Kathy Ennis If you are here for a few days, weeks, or months and want a great way to start your Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, come to Tranquila Gentle Yoga at Marina Paraiso taught by Katie Cain. There is no stress to do poses or exert yourself beyond your capabilities. Katie gives suggestions for each of our individual levels of competence. For those more advanced, she shows how to "get more" out of each exercise while making those of us not so advanced feel quite comfortable. It gives us time to clear our minds while improving our bodies. The setting is lovely with a view of the marina and the restaurant serves a nice breakfast. It's calming, quieting, relaxing, and rejuvenating for both body and soul. Join us from 9am - 10:10. You will be glad you did!!!!
Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres They inaugurated the domes yesterday at 6p and 7:30 p at PARQUE DE LA METEOROLÓGICA and LA CANCHA DE LA COL. LA GLORIA.
HERE (SIPSE/Ana Hernadez) is a link to an article in Spanish about a proposal before the national Congress for a constitutional amendment that would remove the requirement for trusts and intermediaries for the purchase of property near borders and within 50 km of coasts by foreigners. Congressman Raul Paz Alonzo quoted "Living" magazine's report that Mexico is the third best destination for retirees. The US Census Bureau reports there are 43 million people over 65, and by 2030 this segment of the population is expected to rise to 76 million. The National Association of Real Estate says these people are more active in the second home market, and are owners of 57% of vacation homes or time shares, and 58% of properties for rent, with Mexico considered as a premier destination for purchasing a second vacation property. This Constitutional initiative was put forth yesterday in response to Mexican entrepreneurs and real estate developers, as well as the many foreign residents who have come to make the Yucatan, and other states, their second home. Their stays in Mexico generate about 9% of the Gross National Product, and more than 9.5 million jobs. It is the political consensus that this legislation would benefit investment and real estate development. (The article I read in print said the properties must be residential, and not for commercial use. But then I believe most foreigners who have properties for commercial use have formed a Mexican corporation for ownership, rather than a fideo comiso bank trust.)
"Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
Usually if an article is "missing", it may have been published in another paper recently, and translated.in a previous post.