Sunday, March 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 6

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 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Annual Red Cross collection begins Monday: Goal of 170 million pesos

En la Colecta Anual de la Cruz Roja

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de marzo.-

  The annual National Red Cross collection drive will begin Monday, preceded by a procession along Rueda Medina Avenue, and going to the Town Square. This was confirmed by the head of the Red Cross in Isla Mujeres, Carlos Gamboa Ortiz, who said their goal is to raise 170 million peso, with help from business owners, merchants and the general community in both parts of the municipality. This goal is an increase of about 20 percent over the amount raised last year during this drive, which was about 135 million pesos.  
   The procession is expected to include students from different preschool-kindergartens dressed in costumes (trajes alusivos..they're usually dressed as little doctors, nurses, paramedics, or in white.). It will begin on Rueda Medina at 4pm near the Naval Base, traveling down main street and going to the Town Square, where the first donation will be made by Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, who will be accompanied by his wife,  Marthy Vargas de Magaña.

City employees & officials working intensely to improve the appearance of the island 

 Trabajadores de la Comuna intensifican labores de cara a la próxima temporada vacacional

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de marzo.-
  During this past week, workers from various City departments intensified labors aimed at improving the urban image of this vacation destination. This work included cleaning and maintaining public areas and facilities, painting, and trash removal.
      Early in the week, staff from the Tortugranja repainted the main gate of the Park of Las Iguanas in Amplificacion La Gloria. In recent days, a palapa was removed that was badly deteriorated, in order to avoid any potential accidents at that recreational area.  
        With the motto,  “Continuamos dignificando nuestra Isla”  (Continually improving our island) paint was applied to the pedestrian crossing on Rueda Medina, at midday on Thursday by workers with the General Services department. 
           Recently there was a clean up held in the residential area of Sac Bajo, with participation by the Directors and leaders of municipal departments. According to the municipal comptroller, Jose Lopez Garcia, these works will continue this weekend and next week. 


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

International Women's Day will be celebrated on March 8 at Rancho Viejo on the mainland by offering the following services
Este 8 de marzo en el día internacional de la Mujer el centro comunitario de Rancho Viejo ofrece los siguientes servicios.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more. Free event  

From Isla Mujeres, we wish everyone a great weekend.
Desde Isla Mujeres deseamos un excelente fin de semana a todos.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Opposition to relocation of the library  
Oposición a la clausura de la biblioteca. [+] Ver mas
   The municipal library in Salina Chica, “Biblioteca Pública Municipal 17 de Agosto” is being closed and its books are being moved to the Casa de Cultura, downtown. There are residents who do not agree with this because the current location of the library served low income students, and dozens of students visited the facility weekly.
         The library has been at that location for over a decade, serving hundreds of students monthly who live in the colonia neighborhoods, as well as offering other cultural programs.Zoila Euan Chan said that although it does not have enough books, it should be maintained, and she described this decision as "descabellada" (farfetched, misbegotten, senseless).
   On Friday afternoon, the shelves were already empty and the staff had been given instructions to make final preparations for closure this weekend.

Maintaining Pueblo Magico status 
En riesgo distinción de Pueblo Mágicou.. [+] Ver mas
   The Chairman of the Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico Committee, Gerardo Magana, said that City officials must support proposals for improving the image of the island, in order to retain the distinction of "Pueblo Magico".
      In 2016, the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) will invest 25 million pesos to rehabilitate the Convention Center, rather than the 17 million originally projected, which will include waterproofing the roof and a general renovation. Other improvements include providing maintenance to a dozen wooden houses which reflect the heritage of the island, and improving signage.
        Work should begin in these months, before the start of the summer season, when many of these plans should be concluded, according to estimates from members of the business community who recently attended a joint meeting.
   The City official had recently attended the 9th anniversary of Bacalar becoming a Pueblo Magico, which was the first in Quintana Roo. He exchanged information with other communities in the region which have gained this distinction, whose experiences are valuable for Isla Mujeres to learn from. He said, "If the instructions of the Mayor are not followed, we could risk losing the privilege of being a Pueblo Magico in the first year." He said there must be collaboration between municipal officials  to protect the image of this destination.

Former mayor appeared behind closed doors  
Ex alcalde compareció a puerta cerrada. [+] Ver mas
   Former mayor Jorge Cardenas Bazan was testifying behind closed doors at the Juzgado Mixto de Primera Instancia de Isla Mujeres in regard to Criminal Case  08/2016 for the charges against him of robbery and malicious damage. Clara Alicia Loeza Garnaillo was in charge of the process, and said she is not authorized to release any information about the case, due to new legal regulations.
        The chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta only said that Sr. Cardenas was "Made available to the Public Ministry" (Prosecutor's office). It is noted that the former mayor spent Friday night in a municipal jail cell in Cancun, following his arrest by Federal Police at the Cancun airport.   
         There is no information available about who filed the charges against Cardenas, but it is presumed it is related to a problems associated with business associates operating a beach club on Playa Norte, "Beach Boys & Babes", which was evacuated on Thursday afternoon by a group of 15 security guards (guardias blancas). There is said to be a disagreement with the associates who are operating the property. The business remained closed on Saturday.
      Cardenas was mayor of Isla Mujeres in 1993-1996, and obtained a property along Playa Norte during his tenure, and then appeared to have a problem with his associates who operated a club on the site, according to some versions. He is listed as the owner of an area of almost one hectare of land, which was reclaimed from the sea, which was confirmed last year by a neighbor, Carlos Cervera, who has a lawsuit against Cardenas, regarding a dispute over that property.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6:40 beginning March 1st: Magic Classes
 (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba
 Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

 March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women 

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation  
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday
March 20-27  Holy Week
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school  


March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez

April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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