Thursday, September 8, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 8

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

150 entrepreneurs sign complaint against Marbella boat selling food & drinks 

Se acentúan quejas contra “Marbella”

Firman documento de desacuerdo 150 comerciantes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 7 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at link  
   Dozens of entrepreneurs who have businesses along the coast of the island are complaining of unfair competion from the "Marbella" boat from Cancun, which was selling seafood and alcoholic beverages near North Beach, and it has recently been selling near Garrafon, at the southern part of the island. It is estimated that there are about 150 signatures on the complaint about the boat, whose presence is said to affect merchants, vendors in souvenir stores, restaurants, and others.
       The boat of about 40 meters is accused of damaging the environment because they use disposable cups and plates, and they use fryers for preparing food. And the big question is where do the workers and customers meet their personal needs? The staff is there from 9 in the morning until six or seven o'clock in the evening.
    Isla Mujeres entrepreneurs feel threatened by the presence of this boat because it is not only selling to yachts, but also to swimmers in the sea, who bring the food to the beach and to the docks. Given the need to protect those who have invested in Isla Mujeres, this boat is described as intrusive and considered as unnecessary, since many tourists want to leave their boats and enjoy the restaurants, beaches, and sand, as well as visiting the nearby shops.


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

Second state week of the Manatee, Sept. 5-9, featuring educational talks in the primary schools and field trips.
Segunda semana estatal del manatí.
Del 5 al 9 de septiembre
Visitas guiadas y pláticas a escuelas primarias

Isla Mujeres unites to celebrate the state Week of the Manatee  

      The celebration in Isla Mujeres of National Manatee Day, Sept. 7, was coordinated by the municipal Department of Ecology and the staff of Dolphin Discovery. It includes two tours of Dolphin Discovery by two groups of primary school students with lectures and lessons about the manatees.
     The manatee is one of the most threatened species worldwide, with declining populations, low reproduction rates, and loss and degradation of habitats. Other causes include being struck by boats or ships, pollution, poaching, and natural disasters. The goal of the tours and talks about the manatees is to involve the next generations in the protection and conservation, and to educate them about this species which is native to Quintana Roo.
        On Wednesday students from the primary school César Mendoza Santana participated and on Thursday, the students from the primary school Andrés Quintana Roo will participate. It is noted that on Sept. 4, 1999, the Sub Committee for Technical Advice for the Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Manatees in Mexico was created. 

There is a notice for the Patriotic Celebrations....see Event section below

There are two short videos reporting the accomplishments of this administration, which include designation as a Pueblo Magico and an award at the Tiangus tourist festival for the second most beautiful beach in Mexico. LINK    LINK  

Mid-week on our beautiful isle   
Mitad de semana en nuestra hermosa #IslaMujeres


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Complaints continue about Marbella boat selling food and beverages. Full article & photo at link below.…/

A leak in a stationary propane tank caused the mobilization of the fire fighters to a hotel in Isla Mujeres. Photo at link below    
Fuga en tanque de gas estacionario provoca movilización de bomberos en hotel de Isla Mujeres

More than 400 travel agents from all over Mexico visited Dolphin Discovery and Garrafon Park  Photo at link below
Más de 400 agentes de viajes de toda la república visitan Dolphin y Garrafón Park

Thefts continue of boat motor parts (see yesterday's translations. Photo at link below
Continúa el robo de piezas en motores fuera de borda en Isla Mujeres

No changes planned for the maritime procession of the Our Lady of Charity to Isla Contoy   (Photo at link below, see yesterday's translations)
Sin cambios la procesión marítima de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre hacia Contoy


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Restaurateurs opposed to boat selling food 
Se oponen restauranteros a que bote venda alimentos . [+] Ver masFull article & photo at link

Yucatan fisherman rescued by Navy  
La Marina lleva a tierra a pescador yucateco rescatado. [+] Ver masFull article at link

   On Sunday, the Mexican Navy provided assistance for a Yucatan fisherman who was rescued at sea by a cargo ship in the rough waters of the Yucatan Channel, by personnel from the Ninth Naval Region, based in Puerto Progreso, Yucatan.  A distress call was received concerning a crew member who was lost from the boat "Pescador III" who had been aboard the small boat off the coast of the state of Yucatan, and the Defender BR-16 boat was dispatched. It met with the ship "Cuauhtemoc XIII" which had already found the lost fisherman.  The fisherman was transferred to the Defender boat and taken to the Port of Yucalpeten, where he was cared for the Naval medical personnel. Then he was returned to his family. The Navy released this information and said these actions were done as part of its commitment to safeguard human lives at sea.

Regrets over possibility of not activating the airfield 
Melancolía por el riesgo de no activarse la pista. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at link 
  The first manager of the airfield in Isla Mujeres in 1964, Sr. Gerardo Magana, said he regrets that there is a risk that the airfield may not be able to be reactivated, and hopes the next municipal and state administrations will take up the plan to rescue it. Construction that is being done near the airfield could be an obstacle because of safety reason on landings and takeoffs. He says that official decisions to allow construction in this area, where it was previously not permitted, are reducing the chances for this opportunity.
   Sr. Magana Barragan has many anecdotes of experienced pilots managing to land on the runway in the cross winds which come from the northeast at times. He said, "It would be sad if this airfield were to disappear, which was essential for the birth of Cancun, so that we always said that Isla Mujeres is the mother of Cancun. In addition, it has served the residents for emergency purposes. Independent charters could be promoted and caravans by aeronautical clubs." With new technologies and modern planes of 40-50 seats, it could be a connection for regional destinations, if the runway were extended another 300 meters to a total of 1500 meters.
    He said the Civil Aviation Agency would need to make an assessment and give an opinion based on that investigation, regarding whether the airfield could be adapted and revived. He showed an old photograph of a plane with 52 seats that served the region, with connections to Mexico City and the "Bajio". It is evidence that the 1200 meter runway is functional and in good condition.
     The airport was built before the opening of the first luxury hotel in Quintana Roo, Zazil Ha, on the islet of El Yunque, with less than 100 rooms, which was built by the father of tourism in this state, the late Jose de Jesus Lima Gutierrez. His descendants are promoting the proposal to renovate the airfield.

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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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