Saturday, June 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, June 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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PROFEPA suspends activities at two properties in Continental Zone for removing mangroves

Clausura total temporal a dos predios ubicados en la Zona Continental por remoción de manglar

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de junio.-
   The office of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) placed temporary closure notices on two properties in the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres (on the mainland) for removal of mangrove plants.
     One one property, where the mangroves were in a semi-dry state and there was removal of other forest cover, stumps were remaining of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) and black mangrove (Aviconnia germinans) plants, which exhibited cuts made with machetes and a chainsaw.
    The second property, of 473 square meters, was located in an area that included four species of mangrove plants which are listed as threatened;  red (Rhizophora mangle), botoncillo (Conocarpus erectus), white (Laguncularia) and black (Avicenia germinans).
     Violations can potentially be punished under provisions of the General Law of Sustainable Forestry Development, with a fine equivalent to 40 to 30,000 times the Daily Minimum Wage (72 pesos or ~$4) These types of activities can also be punished, if applicable, under Article 418 of the Federal Penal Code, which imposes a penalty of six months to nine years in prison and 100 to 3000 times the DMW. They can also potentially be punished under article 420 BIS of the same Code which imposes a penalty of two to ten years in prison to those who damage, dry out, or fill in wetlands, mangroves, lagoons, marshes, or swamps. 
      No one who was responsible for these activities was present on the properties when the inspections were carried out, and PROFEPA imposed a Temporary Closure while the plaintiffs have the opportunity to prove they have legal documentation for the issue. It is noted that removal of habitat affects wildlife, and causes the soil to become vulnerable to wind and water erosion, which negatively impacts the environment.

Catholics prepare two major events for Year of Mercy    

Con motivo del Año de la Misericordia

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de junio.-
      Isla Mujeres priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso, announced the Catholic Churches of Isla Mujeres are preparing two major events for the Year of Mercy, which will take place in July and August.
      The first is on Friday, July 22 at the Town Square, “El Quinto Estallido de Alabanza y Oracion”, and features father Alvaro Carrillo Lugo and his ministry of the Divino Niño Jesús, from Mérida, Yucatán. It is noted that there is a large following for this religious organization in Isla Mujeres who support these events. This event is free, and the general community is encouraged to attend, from Isla Mujeres and around the state.
     The second event will occur on August 12, when Isla Mujeres will host the Congreso Eucarístico Decanatal, with more than 20 parishes participating, which is expected to draw more than two thousand people.  Jesús Eucaristía will depart from Puerto Juárez to make a tour of downtown and there will be a Mass at 6pm in Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. (This probably means that "Jesus Eucaristia" is  a religious icon from a Catholic Church in Puerto Juarez which will be honored in a procession during this event).

End of conflict at cooperative?  

Leadership of "Patria & Progreso" is in the hands of Raziel Rivero Coba  

Dirigencia de “Patria y Progreso” queda en manos de Raziel Rivero Cobá

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de junio.-
   The current leadership of the Patria & Progreso fishing cooperative is in the hands of  Raziel Rivero Cobá, who is the current president of the cooperative. The transition was peaceful and took place over two days. They intend to clean up the facilities, address any outstanding debts, and prepare for the next season of shark and lobster fishing.


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

Police receive training on new justice system 

   Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez addressed the municipal police officers on Friday morning at the inauguration of the course "Police Techniques and Tactics". This is the second stage of training for police forces all around the country in the new Criminal Justice System that was recently implemented in Mexico. The course takes place on the premises of the Police Department (Dept. of Public Security), and is divided into four stages, for a total of 440 hours.
     The first part of the course concerns the the laws and regulations of the new Criminal Justice System, and was taken by 34 officers, who are now taking the second part. The federal program is called FORTASEG, and the training is conducted by specialists from the Southeastern Regional Academy (Academia Regional del Sureste) of Puerto Veracruz.

June 24 & 25  Third International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Participate!
3er Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil
24 y 25 de Junio ¡Participa!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Young athletes win sixth place nationally in girls junior basketball competition…/jovenes-deportistas-de-i…/ Photo & full article at this link

Change confirmed at Patria & Progreso cooperative…/se-confirma-cambio-de-ru…/Photo & full article at this link

Isla Mujeres police receive course in police tactics and techniques…/reciben-policias-de-isla…/ Photo & full article at this link


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

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   It has been seven years since the death of the Father of Tourism in Quintana Roo, José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, who passed away June 10, 2009 at 96 years of age.  He is recognized for his long list of contributions to the development of Quintana Roo and especially of Isla Mujeres, which became his adopted home.
      His contributions and accomplishments include the building of the federal road between Chemax and Puerto Juarez, the airfield in Isla Mujeres which helped the birth of Cancun, and his good relations with federal authorities which enabled the establishment and construction of the middle school "Benito Juarez, the preschool "Babriel Mistral", and the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo". He was also the founder of the Regattas.
     According to his biography, he entered politics and public administration at the age of 22 and was a local legislator in Jalisco. At 25 he became a federal legislator, and at 33 he served as the Assistant Director of the Civil Retirees Pension Department (which is now the ISSSTE). He was also a savvy businessman with real estate companies in Mexico City and Guadalajara, as well as having agricultural investments in Tamaulipas.  He was active in the PRI and he served as General Counsel and Secretary of the National Executive Committee for Political Action. During the administration of Margarito Ramirez, he was legal advisor to the Government of the Territory of Quintana Roo.
    In 1952, he resigned from the Civil Retirees Pension Department in the federal government, and although he had a vacation home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, in 1953 he moved his home to Isla Mujeres, a natural setting. In 1961, he was contacted by the president of Mexico, Miguel Aleman Valdez, to participate in the formation of the National Tourism Council as Director of Social Tourism, and he held that post until 1983, when Sr. Aleman passed away. 
     He was married to Rebeca Zuno Rivera who passed away on August 11, 2006, who was the daugher of Carmen Rivera and her father was Jose Guadalupe Zono, a patriarch of Jalisco, Mayor of Guadalajara, Governor of Jalisco, and secretary general of the Mexican Railway. She was the oldest of 12 children, who included Maria Esther Zuno, wife of former President of Mexico, Luis Echeverria Alvarez.
     Mr & Mrs Lima had four children:   José Salvador (who recently passed away), Esteban, Enrique and Rebeca Lima Zuno. Sr. Lima passed away from natural causes on the afternoon of June 10, 2009, in the Casa de las Rocas at the northern end of the island, two days after receiving an Medal of Award for Tourism from Governor Felix Gonzalez Canto. He continues to receive recognition, and in 2015, his name was given to a road in Merida, at Avenue 36 in the colonia Pensiones.
     Sr. Lima had for teaching, but his vocation was the law, and he studied both professions at the Ecole Normale and the Facultad de Leyes de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he gained his degree. He is also remembered for his social contributions, including founding a housing center in Mexico City 63 years ago.
      He was a visionary who built the first luxury hotel in Quintana Roo, Zazil Ha, in Isla Mujeres, which was inaugurated by President Aleman in 1964. At that same time, the runway in Isla Mujeres was opened which promoted the birth of Cancun, when the executives arrived by plane to begin the planning and consolidation of the project.
       He initiated the Regattas which connect Isla Mujeres to the United States, which have been supported by several Presidents and Governors, enabling the regattas to become permanent. They are the Sol al Sol and the Al Sol which race from St. Peterburg and Pensacola-New Orleans, receptively.
     He was also involved in environmental issues, including the protection of Isla Contoy, which is now a National Protected Area, and of the area that is now protected as the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Isla Mujeres. He also supported the works of Ramon Bravo (deceased), and facilitated his efforts during his lifetime. 
     A biography of Sr. Lima has been written by Juan Jose Morales, and the cover features a photo of his wife, Rebecca.
   You can find more information about Sr. Lima and the early development of tourism in Isla Mujeres in a magazine article I wrote HERE

Dismissed director unpunished  
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   The former director of the Colegio Bachilleres high school was dismissed last year, and parents had been told that money they contributed toward registration in 2015 would be refunded, and they are complaining that this did not occur.  The current treasurer for the Parent's Organization, Patricia Yam Bacelis, said the parents are clearly dissatisfied about the lack of progress or resolution. It appears that bank deposit receipts and other evidence were collected to process a complaint against the former director, Javier Emilio Solís Martínez.

Students from Agricultural Zone enjoy portable museum exhibits  
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    This article is about the mainland part of the municipality  

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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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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.

June events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
June 20   7:48
June 21   8:38
June 22   9:27
June 23  10:03
June 24  10:58
June 25  11:42

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.

June 1 Dia de la Marina  Usually there is a ceremony in the morning on the Bahia

June 2 Thursday 4-9  Casa de Cultura  Taste of Isla & Artist Fair 

June 5 Sunday Election Day  (Alcohol sales are usually limited to selling to tourists with food, in tourist oriented businesses)

 Pueblo Magico Nights events are usually held on Sunday evenings, often featuring dance troupes performing on the Town Square.

June 5 World Environment Day  

June 8 World Ocean's Day 

June 12 Sunday at 8pm on the Town Square, Pueblo Magico Nights presents performances by the Baile Endanzate Dance Academy and the RFive Dance Studio

June 19 Sunday  Father's Day

June 20 Solstice

June 24 & 25 Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe"

Starting in July, the Artist's Fairs are being scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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