Monday, September 7, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 7

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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!

It is National Manatee Day! And in Quintana Roo, it's the State Week of the Manatee

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

City workers cleaned property

Improving the urban image

Trabajadores de la Comuna limpian predio

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.- 
       In two separate events, City workers, including managers and department heads, conducted two clean up campaigns near the new Community Hospital. The staff of the Public Services department moved many kilos of trash to the Trash Transfer facility. 
       It is noted that clean ups are needed in other areas of the isle where trash is accumulating daily, and that the body of water near the hospital is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. 
      The activities at both clean up sites began early in the morning and concluded around noon, with the workers having the satisfaction of having performed this activity for the benefit of the community and for the tourists who visit this vacation destination. 

Transparency & honesty

Everything is ready for the second annual report of Agapito's government 

Todo está listo para el segundo informe de gobierno de Agapito

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.-
      Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez will present his second annual governmental report to the people of Isa Mujeres on Monday, September 14 at 7pm on the Town Square, with the theme "Sembrando futuro" (Planting seeds for the future). He said, "At this event, information will be given with clarity, transparency and honesty, reporting on where and how money has been invested."
    Among the topics covered in this second report is the 'regularization' (deeding) of 30 parcels of property, which created 420 manzanas (blocks) and 5040 lots. This allowed more than five thousand families to obtain the benefit of having a deed, and having the legal certainty of property ownership.
    A key item on the agenda is his government's support of education, and for this purpose, giving assistance to family budgets and offering incentives for students to continue their studies. This includes putting into practice academic scholarship programs and municipal grants for ferry transportation. 
     This report focusing on activities during the past year includes the increased assistance and participation of the Volunquest Association, with 1200 students from grades 1 thru 4 receiving free classes in English.
      Regarding electrification on the mainland area of the Isla Mujeres municipality, this work has been taking place in Rancho Viejo, where more than 20 neighborhood committees have been formed to represent their colonias before the Federal Electrical Commission.
     Regarding tourism activities, the White Flag designation has been given to Playa Norte, and the Blue Flag designation was awarded to Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach).
    On the topic of public works, this year more than 30,000 square meters of streets and avenues of the island have been renovated. On Juarez Avenue, the adocreto was changed, which had been damaged by daily use and by rain. More than 490 street lights have been changed, for the benefit of some 8000 residents of the Island and of the Continental Zone.
     The community is invited to attend this event on Monday the 14th at the Town Square to learn more about these issues of concern to the municipality.


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

This year the number of visitors between January and August increased by 20%
     From January to August, the number of passengers arriving by boat to Isla Mujeres increased by just over 20% compared to the same period last year, said Ricardo Ancona Argaez, representative of the Port Authority Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo). During the first eight months of last year, there was a record breaking number of arrivals at 1,220,294 passengers, which was exceeded this year, when there were 1,536,041 passengers transported to the island during that same period.
      For the month of August, there was a 27% increase over last year, when there were 170,238 passengers compared to 232,670 passenger during that month.
     He said that these positive statistics indicate that Isla Mujeres is becoming one of the main tourist destinations in the state. This is the result of the tireless work of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, whose priorities include the promotion of tourism and of more domestic and international airline flights. The official said that during this administration major works have been carried out in port infrastructure to strengthen tourism and the economy of Isla Mujeres for the benefit of its inhabitants.

Espectacular presentación Video Mapping en la explanada municipal del 5 al 13 de septiembre.
Spectacular presentation of  Video Mapping at the Town Square from September 5th to the 13th at 8pm and 9pm.  "The awakening of Mexico"


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Destroying flora and fauna on the island
  • Destruyen flora y fauna en la ínsula


    Destruyen flora y fauna en la ínsula

    0 07 de septiembre de 2015  By María Cristina de la Cruz 

    The president of MORENA ( National Regeneration Movement),  Roberto Martinez Aragon, is concerned about a piece of property that is being cleared.  He said they have made a complaint to the Federal Environmental Protection agency. He said although it seems like a very small piece of the environment is being impacted, the rationale for their concern is that the island has few natural resources and cannot permit an "ecocide" to occur, nor the breaking of federal laws. 
            He said the island has low biodiversity and this property is being devastated, whose title is in the name of the brother in law of former mayor Paulino Adame. The deed to the property located in colonia Rancho Alegre is #701100211601300000. (It is located north of the gas station on the eastern Aeropuerto  road)
       The leader of MORENA showed pictures of a fence under construction which was started in July, around an area of about a half hectare, and he insists that PROFEPA should intervene. Islanders have complained about the destruction of protected plants such as mangrove and chit palms.

  • Piden solución para la aguada
    Seeking a solution regarding the swamp 


    Piden solución para la aguada

    0 07 de septiembre de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

         Yesterday City officials participated in a clean up campaign around the hospital and part of the swampy area, where a baby crocodile was found, which migrate from the lagoon at Mundaca hacienda. Neighbors said the swamp only functions as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and are asking officials to intervene and rescue this space. They said that a park could be built there, for family recreation, or a parking lot.  They said it cannot continue as it is with the new hospital facing it. 
         Juan Silveiro, who lives nearby, said this has been proposed several times, but there are concerns that the environmentalists will try to prevent having this area filled in. He recalled that there are many areas on the island that were once swamps and salinas that were filled in over the years and now are those areas are colonias (neighborhoods).


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

The work near the runway is in the hands of PROFEPA
En manos de la Profepa la obra ubicada por la aeropistai.. [+] Ver mas
     Regarding the work near the runway along the perimeter road which is affecting protected plants such as mangrove and palm chit, a complaint has been filed by four residents with PROFEPA, (Federal Attorney for the Environmental Protection.) This action is spearheaded by the leader of MORENA (Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional), Roberto Martinez, and the complaint was filed by Ciro López Castillo, Domingo Gómez Penagos, Luis Isidro Venegas Rodríguez and Roberto Martínez Aragón. They are requesting action on the issue from the PROFEPA delegate, Carolina García Cañón.
    The complaint gives a legal description of the property (lote 13, sublote 1, manzana 116, colonia Rancho Alegre, por la aeropista, con 141 m2, número de cédula catastral 701100211601300000) and it alleges that on August 1 clumps of mangrove were devastated. It states they organized a 'convocatoria' for the community on August 4. (I think this refers to the protest they had.)
     They have photos of this 'ecocide', and are seeking old photos of the property to substantiate their complaint. They are requesting that officials inspect the site and impose the applicable laws against this alleged environmental crime.

"Cabria": A living example of the tenacity of men of the sea
“Cabria”, vivo ejemplo de tenacidad como hombre de mar. [+] Ver mas
      Thirteen years after suffering decompression in a lobster diving accident, which left him in a wheelchair, Samuel Escalante Escobedo, aka “Cabría” has started a successful small business. With help from his brother Daniel, he began bottling water for local consumption a year and a half ago.
    After his accident, when he learned he would not be able to walk, he became depressed and realized that only about 1% of his friends from the cantinas were real friends, and the others abandoned him. He matured.
    He was a partner in the cooperative "Justicia Social" when the accident occurred in 2002. He made an application to FONAES (National Support Fund for Businesses in Solidarity) to start a business for the buying and selling of lumber. He was given 200,000 pesos at a preferential interest rate, and when the debt was less than 100,000 pesos, it was forgiven.
    Soon after, SAGARPA (Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food) gave him credit for 40,000 pesos to expand the business, and he began selling building materials.
    Two years ago he made plans to open a water purification business and prepared the documentation & was advised by a company in Guadalajara. He used the Puritronic brand to establish a subsidiary on the island, but Aguavera (another of the same type of business)  was able to open first. He began operation on April 11, 2014, with the help of his brother who is in charge of the company. They began by packaging 40 bottles daily to sell, and soon doubled their sales, which are now at about 200 bottles per day. They plan to increase their fleet to give more coverage to the local people.
     He said, "I have confidence in the quality of water we sell. We use technology that is competitive  in quality with any of the companies in the market. It is tested regularly with studies and samples taken by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) ".
     He said the equipment required a significant investment of 800,000 pesos, most of which was credit, but they are already through with that investment, and are now renovating part of the equipment, as part of the security protocols and for quality control. They plan to acquire two delivery vehicles shortly. 
      Their bottles of 500 milliliters (~17oz) are sold to the people dedicated to tourism at a good price. The 20 liter bottles (~5 gal) of water are delivered throughout the island and sold for 15 pesos. This price will continue until Dec 31, 2015, and then it will increase two pesos to 17 pesos. The same product costs almost double from the national company, while Aguavera sells for 17 pesos in the colonias and 16 pesos downtown.
    "Cabria" was born April 1, 1964, and has three children, of whom two are married and the other daughter is 8 years old. He helps with his two grandchildren. He was a fisherman for a long time, until his diving accident left him in a wheelchair. He can now walk a few steps with the help of crutches, but he prefers his wheelchair to move about in the small space within his business.
     When asked to tell a brief account about his accident, he said he didn't mean to be evasive, but he overcame it and prefers to face his current circumstances. He said has moved forward with the help of God. He says he doesn't drink beer like he did before and is now dedicated to his family and to business.
      He said he has more business plans that he prefers not to reveal, and acknowledges that the accident has placed him in a position of growth. He was passionate when he talked about the water business. He explained the process of purification with the advanced equipment which removes particles at a scale of 35 parts per million; it checks the hardness of the water, and there is dechlorination. Inside the interior of the filtration equipment is a deep filtration unit of activated carbon, which softens the water, and it passes thru four osmosis membranes, and finally it is treated by ultraviolet light to guarantee its pureness for use by island families. 

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September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

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 from September 5th to the 13th at 8pm and 9pm.


Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes

Tuesday, Sept 15 Midnight Town Square  Grito event
 (In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell)

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day

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
 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 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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