Saturday, October 26, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, October 26 The Afternoon Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.


Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Listening: A priority of Agapito

"Dialogues with the Community" began in Colonia Cañotal

Escuchar, prioridad de Agapito

Viernes, 25 de Octubre de 2013 20:53

Arrancan “Diálogos  con la Comunidad”, en El Cañotal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de octubre.-
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During his campaign Agapito Magana Sanchez signed commitments before a notary, one of which was to listen to the citizens firsthand, and hear their concerns and complaints, which he began in the colonia Canotal, in the parking lot of the mercado Audomaro Magana. He is involving the Islanders in the formation of the Municipal Development Plan 2013-2016. The citizens asked that the mercado be completed, for better lighting on the walking path around Salina Grande, and for more police officers in the colonias.  They asked for better control of stray animals in the street, for improved health services, for employment, and public works that are functional.
    The meeting was attended by agency directors and department heads who were given instructions for a prompt response to pressing issues such as public services and lighting. The mayor said they will hold a Job Fair in November, and the City is working with established companies to offer jobs to islanders, as well as managing resources to help the small businesses. Regarding security, he said they will soon initiate the program "Police In Your Colonia", and the addition of a 'caseta de securidad' in the area. He said regarding public health, the municipal Department of Health is conducting negotiations with various medical institutions, and there is now progress taking place with an animal protection association to sign an agreement that will help create awareness among pet owners to be responsible.
  The "Dialogue with the Community" program will travel through all the colonias of the island and mainland in the upcoming days, and the mayor invites islanders to participate and voice their complaints, proposals, and concerns to guide the present administration. The mayor said this program will be ongoing and determine the public policy of his government.

Marthy sworn in by Mariana: As head of the municipal DIF 

Marthy rinde protesta ante Mariana

Viernes, 25 de Octubre de 2013 20:39

Como titular del DIF municipal

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The President of the Municipal DIF (social service agency)  Marthy Vargas de Magaña (who is the wife of the Mayor) was sworn in by the President of the State DIF Mariana Zorrilla de Borge (who is the wife of the Governor). The Mayor and their children were present at the ceremony, as was the Mayor's mother, and women who volunteer with the DIF. Speeches were made and are covered in this article. The State is delivering 22 vehicles adapted to transport people with disabilities to the various municipalities, and two were given to Isla Mujeres.  They will facilitate the transport on the island and to the Rehabilitation Center of Isla Mujeres.
  It was announced that one of the actions planned by the DIF of Quintana Roo is to include disabled access at one of the beaches of Isla Mujeres, like there is in Playa Del Carmen.

 Tvisla Mujeres

President of the State DIF delivers two vehicles for transporting people with special needs
Presidenta Estatal del DIF entrega 2 vehículos para el traslado de las personas con capacidades diferentes

Small boats restricted to port due to strong winds

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Fishermen go from bad to worse

  • Pescadores van de mal en peor


    Pescadores van de mal en peor

    0 25 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi The winds and closure of the port to small vessels has the fishermen waiting to return to sea and try their luck. They have high hopes for this week because this weather often enhances the capture of lobster. The lobster season continues until the end of February. They are hoping these winds prompt the lobsters to go out and march, which enhances their catches. They are preparing their boats and equipment while they are unable to go to sea. 

  •   Energy saving taught to business owners


    Instruyen a empresarios sobre ahorro de energíaInstruyen a empresarios sobre ahorro de energía

    0 25 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- More than 20 entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres attended the first Energy Saving Forum. The Forum was aimed at hoteliers of the island and those other clients who have a special substation with lower rates call OM and HM (Ordinaria Media Tensión y Horaria Media Tensión). There were techniques and actions explained that will allow the businesses to control consumption by the use of certain schedules. They also talked about maintenance to reduce energy consumption.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Promising to safeguard island families

Prometen velar por familias isleñas

Prometen velar por familias isleñas
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Port closed to navigation of boats under forty feet

Cierran el puerto a la navegación

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 Knowing the problems of the citizens

Conocen problemas de los ciudadanos

Conocen problemas de los ciudadanos
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Tourism development denied to protect ecosystem from damage
Photo from internet.

A decision by the Supreme Court of Mexico .- La Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) denied an injunction to an individual who wanted to build a tourist development at an area called Punta Gaviota of Isla Mujeres.  The Court upheld the constitutionality of the General Wildlife Law and the Norma Oficial Mexicana. The Plaintiff had challenged these laws which protect the mangroves, whose integrity is closely linked to the dynamics of the coastal wetlands and associated ecosystems.These wetlands function to control climate, stabilize shorelines, and the integrity of the mangroves is essential for the primary production of marine life and the terrestrial biodiversity of the area.  The Court ruled that the laws have no retroactive effect and the regulations contained therein must be respected by individuals and authorities when it could  jeopardize a coastal wetland.

Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad 
Swearing in at Isla Mujeres DIF by Mariana Zorrilla de Borge

  • Liberan embarcación de Holbox en Isla Mujeres


  • Ruling by Supreme Court regarding Punta Gaviota in Isla Mujeres
  • Reves-isla-mujeres

    Revés de la SCJN a Punta Gaviota en Isla Mujeres

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Flooding: Ongoing problem

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There were momentary floods noted in the downtown area and in some of the sports fields with the torrential rains that fell from Cold Front #8. Most sports facilities did not remain flooded for long, but the baseball field "El Pescador" had a significant accumulation of water. The weather is affecting touristic activity, and therefore the economy of the island.

Weather restricts navigation
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Remaining October Events....
November Calendar of Events... coming soon  .
 The American holiday of Halloween is observed by the expats & a few candy loving kids, while the whole community observes Day of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd. Special foods are available in the weeks before, and Hanal Pixan altars appear in mid or late October.

Summer Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday in Mexico
 Set your clocks back an hour Saturday Night

October 27 Time Change
Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Halloween

Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.

Next Thursday...

Next Friday.....
Come out and join us for our annual Day of the dead party on November 1st.  We will have live music, beer and drink specials, an all you can eat Mexican buffet for $150 pesos, costume contests and games.  Make your reservations today to ensure the best seats! -

Next Saturday......
Fenix Lounge updated their cover photo. — at Fenix Lounge.

Next Sunday....


Rain Cancellations May Occur Today
John Cain's schedule 
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday with The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle. 

Chuuk Kay just posted at cancellations there....

Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! — at Fenix Lounge.
Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
·Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings.
At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band

Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Dia de los Muertos is fast approaching so thought this picture was timely. The local families always thoughtfully decorate their family member's gravesite during this time. Wish we were going to be there to see it.

This is a video at the link...
The other turtle from our dive on October 20 with Norm and Mary Katherine. This was one of those great hawkbills who really didn't care that we were fascinated by him. At one point, he turns to look at Mary Katherine, she backs away not sure what his intentions were! — at Aqua Adventures Eco Divers Isla Mujeres.
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Love Mapchick Maps? Here's a taste of what goes into making them....
Update from soggy #mapguy

Rainy day here in paradise. I can handle the raindrops, but having the mud splash up my back was driving me crazy. Made myself an awesome rear fender for the bike. Here's the recipe. One chunk of scrap pipe insulation foam, a plastic bottle cut in half, a found piece of wire, and several zip-ties (i always carry a few zip-ties--the new age duct tape). Worked fairly well, but I got out into the jungle where the trails were horrible and mud still somehow reached my neck. Luckily the jungle provides plenty of material to improvise with.
Some of the flooding stopped cars, the bike plowed on through (although it's hard to peddle with your feet underwater).

Got a lot done today in spite of the rain, but no pretty photos. Ate at two restaurants in the morning; six restaurants this afternoon; and am shooting for two more before I return to the room to be sick.

Fun, fun, fun!
 Go to the link to see this as a video.....LINK
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More from soggy #mapguy in #puertomorelos!

Hope the video uploads.
When the storm hit, I was in front of the dumpiest little restaurant in Puerto Morelos. An old wooden shack for a kitchen and a hodge-podge of thatched-roof huts covering plastic tables that sit on a dirt floor. Not everyones idea of a great place to spend a rainstorm, but hey, What ya gona do! Besides, sometimes life throws you a surprise.
Might as well enjoy a beer and fish fillet while I'm here. The beer comes, and it's so cold I still can't feel my teeth--love it!
The rain starts harder and I have to move my table closer to the center of the palapa.
Appetizers come on six plates ranging from jalapeno salsa to some strange shark concoction. Tried them all, dipping with crisp chips, but none of them are among my favorites.
The rain comes down harder and I have to abandon my table for another downwind.
My fish arrives and I find heaven among the torrent of rain. Absolutely the best fish fillet I've ever had. A large slice of grouper prepared "A Mojo de Ajo" (In garlic butter), and cooked to perfection.
The rain now slams into the mud surrounding the palapas, and it's rising by the minute. The roof of the palapa is now showing its age, and there are few places for myself and the staff to seek shelter.
An order of guacamole arrives with my next beer, but the chips are no longer crisp. The spray of the rain has taken it's toll.
And the rain continues. My table is now covered by the spray, my bag full of cameras seeks refuge in a garbage bag, my book is soggy, and I'm nearly as wet as if I'd stood outside. As I watch the rain fall and practice my Spanish with my fellow castaways, I can't help to feel this is a perfect day1

Donna made a special delivery to a friend of ours yesterday. She's one of the first Islaholics we met on the island and we've become good friends! I think she liked the calendar!

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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