Friday, September 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 18

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Cubans taken into custody after arriving in plain sight

Recalan cubanos en pleno festejo

Logran asegurarlos

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 16 de septiembre.-
      This information was translated yesterday and additionally notes that the small, old boat "Yari" was flying a Cuban flag.  The vessel was reported and rescued when it was ~200 meters from shore, between the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) facility and the Juzgado Mixto Court building, in the general vicinity of Naval base. 
        Naval personnel assisted the Cubans and took them into custody. Their boat, "Yari", registered IJ5090F Flo, was towed to the Isla Mujeres bay by businessman Martin Trejo Manzano, where it was anchored near the concrete pier in the area of the vehicle ferry. The Harbor Master's office will wait to see if someone claims the vessel, and the Cubans were turned over to Immigration (INM).


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

At Playa Mujeres (on the mainland) the Governor worked the 'clapper' to initiate the filming of the movie "The Dove and the Raven"

It is clear from the upcoming filming which will take place on our island, that the film industry is interested in the natural attractions of Quintana Roo. (The article indicates that the filming is taking place on the mainland area of the municipality, at the Secrets resort, which was translated yesterday.)
El interés de la industria cinematográfica en los atractivos naturales de Quintana Roo, queda de manifiesto con las próximas grabaciones en nuestra isla .#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

Public works continue in Isla Mujeres
Continúa la obra pública.
    In Isla Mujeres, public works continue on the urban infrastructure  for the benefit of island residents and to provide an image of quality for thousands of tourists. Public Works director, Miguel Caballero Garcia, reported that more than 12,000 square meters of prolongation Rueda Medina are being paved. First, the old used, worn out pavement was removed, and the work was done in coordination with Aguakan, who installed an improved network of lines in preparation for future growth. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month, and will provide improved safety and comfort for tourists and for locals in their daily travels.
       The Director also spoke about the remodeling of the walking path around Salina Grande lake, which began earlier this month and is 38 percent finished. It is expected to be completed by the end of October. This construction includes the installation of 2000 meters of stamped concrete on the west side of the lake, as well as the placement of trash cans and benches made from recycled PET plastic. There will 46 solar lights installed, in addition to the 9 that are already in place, which will solve the old problem of lack of lighting at the Salina. The official concluded by saying that this work will not only benefit the residents of the neighborhood, but the population in general, as well.

During National Civil Protection Week, personnel of the agency are conducting simulated rescues and simulated water rescues.
Durante esta Semana Nacional de Protección Civil estamos realizando simulacros de salvamento y rescate acuáticos. #‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

We continue with the paving of streets and avenues of our city for the benefit of all. 
Continuamos con la pavimentación de calles y avenidas de nuestra ciudad para beneficio de todos.#‎IslaMujeres‬

Quality testing being done on construction the walking path around Salina Grande and of the paving of streets. 
Realizamos pruebas de calidad en las obras del andador de la Salina Grande y en la pavimentación de calles. #‎ComunidadEnAcción‬


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Hotel occupancy remains at 50%
  • Se mantiene un 50% la ocupación hotelera


    Se mantiene un 50% la ocupación hotelera

    0 18 de septiembre de 2015   By Carlos Gasca
        The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, said that although the low season has begun, hotel occupancy has remained at 50% overall, which is a good situation during hurricane season. He said Quintana Roo has been lucky and excellent weather has prevailed. He noted that the most difficult months in the hotel industry are September, October, and part of November.

  • Detienen a un indocumentado


    Detienen a un indocumentado

    0 18 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

         Police received a call alerting them to the presence of two suspicious people, and went to investigate in colonia La Gloria, near the tortilleria "Solidaridad" at around 8am.  The Director of Public Safety (Police Chief), Joaquin Poot Acosta, said, "There were two people who ran when they saw the officers, and one managed to escape, while the other was arrested. 
         The Cuban taken into custody, Lizando Ramos Cervantes, 30, admitted to having no document and explained that he had arrived on the island more than a month ago, aboard a boat. He said he has survived thanks to help from some islanders, but sometimes he has lived in the rocky area along the Caribbean sea to avoid being seen by the Mexican authorities and deported.
       It is presumed that he is part of a group of undocumented immigrants who arrived by boat last July 28, to a rocky area of the Caribbean coast. At that time, neither the police or Navy detained anyone, because the Cubans were able to escape before being captured.
         The Chief of Police said that Sr Ramos was turned over to the INM, National Migration Institute, who ordered the transfer of the Cuban.
         It is noted that on April 4th, a pair of Cubans found themselves in similar circumstances, and decided to voluntarily surrender themselves to the police, because they were tired of hiding and had no money to buy food. In that instance, the Cuban couple presented themselves to the police casita module in La Gloria. The police chief said they explained they had no documentation, and that their names are José Álvarez Maderos, 48, and Odalmis Reyes Pineda, 39.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Cablemas company detects hundreds of clandestine connections in Isla Mujeres      


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Civic parades in the rural zones of the municipality on the mainland
Desfiles cívicos en zonas rurales[+] Ver mas

Whale shark season ends
Concluyó la temporada del tiburón ballena. [+] Ver mas
      The whale shark tour season ended on Thursday, with reports of very small numbers of the animals, while large groups were observed in July and August, which is usual every year. In recent days, there were cases where one specimen was 'shared' by a dozen boats, which also occurs at the beginning of the season, which started in the Aguas Azules on May 16th, at the southern part of the Whale Shark Biosphere.
       Therefore, officials have proposed that the season be reduced to just the two months of July and August. The response from most of the licensees to this proposal has been anger and complaints to the media, when this issue was brought up earlier this season, with representatives  Marcelo Cupul and Martín Trejo Manzano.
     This season, the Wildlife Department's Management Plan of the Aguas Azules area required boats to take a day off every other day. Meanwhile, the Whale Shark Biosphere, managed by Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, has had its regulations in place since 2009. According to unofficial information, there were no accidents this season, and the tour fleet of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juarez, and Lazaro Cardenas have completed their season until next May.
       As an expression of appreciation, on Saturday, September 19, the licensees and their families will attend a special Mass at the Monument to the Whale Sharks on Rueda Medina avenue, near the car ferry, which will be officiated by the priest Raul Sanchez Alonso.

PROFEPA levies fine for unauthorized construction
Infracciona Profepa a una constructora [+] Ver mas
     The construction of an irregular pool was recently an issue with the municipal government, and now PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) has levied a fine of just over 1 million pesos against the owners,  “Los Sueños Holding S. A de C. V”.  The fine is the equivalent to 14,266 minimum daily wages (68.28 pesos is the Daily Minimum Wage in Q Roo or ~$4.50usd/day. One million pesos is ~$65k usd). The fine was levied by PROFEPA for "building a spa which has environmental impact  within a coastal ecosystem, without authorization, in a residential subdivision of Isla Mujeres." 
       The company must refrain from performing additional or different construction on the premises. They will be required to obtain an Environmental Impact authorization from SEMARNAT. During the administrative proceedings, the company's lawyer did not present a document from SEMARNAT, showing authorization or exemption for the Environmental Impact of the construction.
    PROFEPA took this action in response to citizen complaints in July which led to visit by their inspectors, where it was found that there was an improper execution of works within an area of 2,642 square meters. The construction includes water slides and a pier built within the Federal Zone, where they are in the coastal dunes ecosystem.
      It is noted that the coastal dunes ecosystem provides habitat for species of wildlife and plants, which generally includes two plant groups known as halófila and matorral costero, with the presence of species that include Sikimay (Argusia gnaphalodes), Margarita de playa (Ambrosia hispida), Pantzil (Suriana marítima), Lirio de playa (Hymenocallis littoralis), and Verdolaga de playa (Sesuvium portulacastrum).
    The low jungle vegetation generally includes the following species:  Chaca rojo (Bursera simaruba), Tzalam (Lysiloma latisiliquum), Jabín (Piscidia piscipula) and wildlife such as the Tolok (Basiliscus vittatus) (a lizard) and the striped iguana (Ctenosaura similis), which is an endangered species.
    The municipality could levy an additional fine that is the equivalent of 10 percent of the cost of the construction, according to a statement given by the head of the municipal agency for Urban Development and the Environment, Josue Fancisco Villanueva Vargas, when that agency closed the water park.

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September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Patriotic ceremony is usually held the first Monday of the month (Town Square, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 Outdoor movie at 7:30p at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free
The schedule of activities for the patron saint of the fishermen, Our Lady of Charity:
 On Sept. 4th, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" will participate at the church Sagrado Corozon (Sacred Heart, in la Gloria) with a regional dance presentation "“Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception).
   On Sept. 5 the cooperative "Isla Blanca" will participate with host Enrique Najera Morales.
   On Sept. 6, it is the cooperative "Patria & Progreso" with the choir of the Niñas del DIF; and religious songs by singer Ana Laura .
  On Sept. 7, the cooperative "Ceviche Tours" will have the singing of the Las Mañanitas at 11pm (This is the 'birthday song' and is sung to patron saints before midnight when their day starts.)
  On Sept. 8, the cooperative Un Dia Perfecto will host, and all the cooperatives will have traditional dances and festivities.
Saturday, Sept. 12 Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Spectacular presentation of  Video Mapping at the Town Square 
 September 11 & 12 at 8p & 9p 
& Sept. 13th at 8pm
"The awakening of Mexico"

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes 

Monday, Sept. 14 
 Commemoration of the Annexation of Chiapas to Mexico
  Town Square 7pm  Mayor's Second Annual Governmental Report

Tuesday, Sept 15 Town Square  Grito event 11p
 In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell
  Town Square  205th Anniversary of the Grito
9:30 Folklorico Dance presentation "The Colors of My Mexico"
10:45 Coronation of the Queens of the Independence Day Festivities
11p Official Grito Ceremony
11:30  Band & Dancing
Martes 15 de Septiembre, vive la Noche Mexicana.
¡No te lo puedes perder!

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day  Parade on Rueda Medina in the monring

Saturday, September 19, 5pm, by the Whale Shark Monument, there will be a Mass and the festivities by the Whale Shark tour crews and their families, including free tacos and beverages.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Town Square, there will be a ceremony commemorating the National Week of Civil Protection, remembering the devastation of the earthquake that occurred on September 19 in 1985 in the capital of Mexico.

On Sept. 19,  International Beach Clean Up Day,  different groups and non-governmental organizations will participate,  removing trash as well as raising awareness, including advising the fishermen about disposing of oil and other residual liquids in a correct manner to avoid creating risks for the environment.

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Wednesdays in September  5p-8p  Nico's Restaurant,  $30usd Painting Class with profits donated to Isla Animals & Little Yellow Schoolhouse  HH drinks & appetizers available
Hi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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