Sunday, September 11, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, September 11

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

~150 boats participate in procession for Our Lady of Charity  

Fieles cumplen a la Virgen del Cobre

 Alrededor de 150 embarcaciones participaron en procesión

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ISLA MUJERES, 10 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo and full article at this link
   The icon of Our Lady of Charity will remain on Isla Contoy until the end of February, when the lobster season is over, and then it will be returned to the church in Isla Mujeres. The departure time was scheduled for 8am and the procession arrived at the concrete pier shortly before 9am to board the boats and begin the maritime procession. It is estimated there were about 150 boats participating, including one from Ultramar carrying about 300 people.
     The procession arrived at Isla Conty at 10:30am, and began disembarking and preparing for the Mass, which occurred at 11am. It was attended by about 1500 people, and officiated by Isla Mujeres priest Raul Sanchez Alonso. Afterwards there was a fellowship event among the participants who shared snacks and seafood dishes they had brought. Around 3pm the boats slowly departed, and by 4:30 they had all left Isla Contoy.

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

Campaign for the protection of crabs... let them pass and don't run them over!
Campaña de protección al cangrejo.¡Déjalos pasar, no los aplastes!
 #IslaMujeres #PuebloMágico #Cangrejo

There is another brief video reporting on the accomplishments of the Mayor during his administration, highlighting that Isla Mujeres is the first municipality in Quintana Roo to offer free English language classes to public school students. LINK  

There is a notice for senior citizens in the 65+ pension program about updating their information before Tuesday, Sept. 20, to continue their participation, with specifics about what is required, where to go, and the office hours.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There are 11 photos from the Isla Contoy procession for Our Lady of Charity. LINK 

 There is a photo of the car ferry and a caption saying, The "Isla Blanca" is on its way to Ciudad del Carmen in the state of Campeche (for maintenance).


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Controversy over resealing recently renovated road  
Genera polémica resello de vía recién renovadaa.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
      Two of the three roadwork projects done by this municipal government were resealed to prolong their life, with the work concluding this weekend. This included over half a kilometer along the eastern coastal road, near the airfield, and more than a kilometer along Rueda Medina. Unofficial information indicates this was also done to a section of road between colonia La Gloria & colonia Caridad del Cobre.
       Taxi driver Manuel Tec Eulogio is among those who question this work and he says they are using tar to try to cover up cracks and imperfections that have begun to appear.  Some drivers question the quality of the material used when the road was renovated, and they say an investigation is also needed into why the project to move the overhead lines underground along Medina, downtown, was not completed.
      The Office of Public Works responded to the reporter by explaining that the material was being applied to the roads as a sealant so that their lifetime will be prolonged.

Many participants in religious procession 
Masiva manifestación de fe en procesión marítima[+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
    Shortly before 9am, about 100 medium and small boats departed Isla Mujeres, carrying about 1500 people, demonstrating their faith by participating in the maritime procession to the fishing camp at Isla Contoy with the icon of Our Lady of Charity. This tradition began in 1998, and includes a Mass at the fishing camp, which was led by the parish priest Raul Sanchez Alonso.
   At the last minute, two more medium sized boats joined in, with a combined capacity of 300 passengers, increasing the number of people who could safely make the 30 kilometer trip. They departed from the concrete pier and included small fishing boats carrying the families of the seamen, as well as large boats carrying many passengers, with safety protocols implemented by the Harbor Master and agency of Civil Protection.
     The lead boat, Malu, was decorated and carried the icon, and the priest and his helpers, who sang during the journey, with obvious joy among the participants in that boat and the other boats. Passengers also enjoyed the impressive view of the lighthouse, which is more than 30 meters high and the tallest in the state. They had an opportunity to observe the birds and marine species of the reserve during their brief stay. Over a thousand people arrived to the fishing camp around 10am and left about two hours later, which occurs every year.

FNF protest against constitutional reform initiative
Marchan en defensa de la familia. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   More than 100 people from various civil and religious organizations and from private families marched down Rueda Medina to the Town Hall to protest a presidential initiative for constitutional reform. This was part of a simultaneous protest in more than 120 towns and cities organized by the FNF, National Front for Families, who consider this proposal to be a threat to traditional families.
    The group left the area of the Fishermen's monument and went south on Rueda Medina, to Morelos street carrying protest signs, amid police surveillance, with people joining the group. They say it is child abuse to teach children that gender can be chosen, and say they are not rejecting anyone because of their ideas of sexual preferences, but they are seeking to protect traditional families. This nationally organized march concludes the first phase planned by this organization.

Entrepreneurs want to regain autonomy in promotion   
Decididos a recuperar autonomía [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
      A proposal is being made by a group of Isla Mujeres entrepreneurs to resume the management of ~10 million pesos collected from the three percent hotel tax (IAH) by the Fideicomiso de Promocion (municipal Office of Tourism Promotion) in 2017. They plan to present a letter to the transition team of the state government.
       This group includes the vice president of the APHF (Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes), Gerardo Magana and Sulu Issac Martinez,  former director of the IM Office of Tourism Promotion, well as the former president of CANACO, Javier Ortiz.
    For the past two years, job of Promotion of Tourism in Isla Mujeres has been done by the OVC (Office of Visitors and Conventions in Cancun), and they say this resulted in the loss of the former Isla Mujeres website. They also oppose a proposal by the Cancun Hotel Association that all the promotional offices be concentrated in a single entity for all the destinations in Quintana Roo. They want each destination to control its own promotion and to be independent. They want it handled as it was previously.

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September events

Sunset ~6:45p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Sept. 16     6:58p
Sept. 17     7:45p
Sept. 18      8:32p
Sept. 19      9:21p
Sept. 20     10:12p
Sept. 21     11:05p

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura

Aug. 30-Sept. 8  Our Lady of Charity Celebration: Patron Saint of Fishermen. 
               Evening activities at the chapel of Caridad del Cobre in colonia Miraflores. 
               Wed., Sept. 7-Mass at 10p, then Las Mananitas (usually at midnight). 
               Thur.  Sept 8  Saint's Day of Our Lady of Charity
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy departs at ~8am, This 17th annual procession will include hundreds of Catholics who will travel  30km, transporting the wooden icon to the chapel at the fishermen's camp.  A Mass will be held, and the people will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards, probably shortly after noon. The Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of seamen and this icon from Cuba will remain in Isla Contoy throughout the lobster season, returning to Isla Mujeres in early March.

Sept. 1 Thursday  Artist Fair scheduled at Casa de Cultura 4-9


Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm the "Movies in your colonia" program presents "Bichos" (A Bug's Life) at the Bicentario Plaza in La Gloria. Free.

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Schedule of Patriotic Festivities
Sept. 12 at 7:30p Town Square   Lighting of the lights
Sept. 13 at 9am  Benito Juarez Middle School  Ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847    Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec
Sept. 14 at 9am  Colegio Bachilleres High School  Ceremony commemorating the 192nd anniversary of the Annexation of Chiapas in 1824
Sept. 15 at 9:30pm  Town Square  Band & Dancing * Coronation of Queens of the Patriotic Festivities * Proclamation of Independence-Grito  (See poster below)
Sept. 16 at 8am Naval base Civic parade for the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Sept. 30  at 8am  Julio Sauri Espinoza school commemoration of the 251st anniversary of the birth of Jose Maria Morelos

Thursday, Sept.15  Artist Fair scheduled 4-9p  Casa de Cultura

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores Celebration
 Town Square.
9:30 Folklorico Dancers Performing
10p Coronation of the Festival Queens
11p Celebration of the Proclamation of the Grito of Independence
11:30 Super Crack band

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox

The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic will be November 3rd in La Gloria. We are a team of nurses, social workers, EMT's and paramedics with a doctor for consultation of patients who need to be seen immediately. Please consider donating $50 which would buy 200 test strips, enough for one patient for a year. We also need donations of reading glasses, particularly the higher numbers. Many diabetics have vision problems too. We have a drop off location at Marina Paraiso Hotel or will pick up wherever you are! Muchisimas gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

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

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