Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor-elect attends national tourism meeting in Baja 

Por programas innovadores en turismo

Acude presidente municipal electo de IM a reunión de municipios turísticos

Lanrry Parra

BAJA CALIFORNIA, 19 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
    The Mayor-elect, Juan Carrillo Soberanis is attending the National Meeting of Touristic Municipalities, (RNMP) in Ensenada, Baja California. He said, "We are a 100% touristic municipality, where the number of visitors has increased significantly year after year, which is why were are attending these meetings to find and innovate better methods of tourism promotion."  He said, "We are making ties with like-minded, tourism-oriented municipalities, who have common goals, and exchanging experiences and strategies with the goal of improving tourism and services."
    By taking on the responsibility of being the Deputy Chairman within the RNMP, Juan Carrillo said this means it will be essential for Isla Mujeres to remain in direct contact with the member agencies of the National Federation of Municipalities of Mexico (FENAMM). The Mayor-elect said, "We will actively work hand in hand with FENAMM for the implementation of innovative tourism strategies, as well as with the management of resources and programs for the benefit of touristic municipalities."


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

An excellent afternoon on our beautiful isle.
Una excelente tarde en nuestra hermosa isla

Simulations of emergency situations and training sessions continue during the National Civil Protection Week, to efficiently safeguard the physical integrity of the inhabitants of the municipality.
Durante la Semana Nacional de Protección Civil continuamos con simulacros y entrenamientos para, en su caso, salvaguardar con eficiencia la integridad física de los habitantes del municipio.

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The loot taken in the store burglary has been recovered, without help from the police. Thief is a minor.  photo & full article links below
Sin ayuda de la policía, logra dar con el botín robado de su tienda el mismo día del atraco https://t.co/k8sWUSDDsF https://t.co/XvO6ldFZzQ
     Irma Moguel Larriva, whose store in colonia  Miraflores was burglarized recently, was able to recover the 'loot' valued at about 15,000 pesos, which included about 10,000 pesos in cash, thanks to help from community and her own investigative efforts.  She said, "On that same Saturday, after I had wasted my time at the Ministerio Publico, I decided it was better to start my own investigation, because it was clear that the judicial police were not going to get results." 
        With the help of other residents and neighbors, she was able to identify the young person, who is a minor.  She went door to door seeking the young person who was responsible. She said the work was not easy and it took time, and she intended to trace the whereabouts of the thief, with suspicions that he lived nearby, since he knew about the security cameras. She explained that the women who helped her was the mother of the boy, and he currently lives in the home of an uncle.
   She said, "When we reached the home where the minor lived,  we found all the stolen items and the cash inside."  Sra. Moguel said the minor had left, and it appears that he has left the island, but she was grateful for the help of the mother of the young man, who fully collaborated toward the return of the stolen goods and money.
    She said it is regrettable that many of the young people in Isla Mujeres get involved in trouble and end up in jail because of bad habits and bad company. She said, "Fortunately I took action and was able to recover my things, because if I had waited for the police, they never would have been seen again." 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Slow season promotions  
Promociones de temporada baja.. [+] Ver masFull article & photo at this link
    In an attempt to promote their products during this slow season, some merchants are offering discounts of up to 40 percent on souvenirs, while some restaurants are offering discounts of 20 to 25 percent. However, the golf cart rental agencies are charging the usual rates, because they have not seen sales fall by half, like some other businesses.
      There are about 200 businesses downtown who are experiencing slow sales, due to the reduced numbers of tourists during this season. Some use these sales strategies to try and pay their local taxes, utilities, and salaries, while a few businesses close down during this period.
       The salespeople who work on commission need their daily income to reach 100 pesos, and they hope for 200 pesos. Discounts will continue throughout October, and prices will return to normal in November, when tourism usually increases. A good winter is expected based on the reservations taken by the large and small hotels for that season.
    Workers offering massages say business had dropped by about 30 percent, but they are maintaining their prices. Those who currently have two or three clients daily are considered successful, because they generally have twice that number during busy seasons.

Sky high fish prices  
  Precios del pescado, “por las nubes”.. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
    The five fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres maintain a list of retail prices for seafood, however some of the cheaper species are not included on the list. The most expensive on the list are abadejo and the cheapest are boquinete. However, the cheaper chachi/biscochin and similar fish, which are not listed, are intended for local consumption and for the restaurants.
The prices are as follows, my conversions use an exchange rate of 18.
Abadejo is 140 pesos/kilo. ($7.75/kilo or $3.50/lb)
Grouper grande is 120 pesos/kilo.  ($6.65/kilo or $3.00/lb)
Medium Grouper, red snapper & boquinete are 85 pesos/kilo. ($4.70/kilo or $2.15/lb)
Fillets of other species of fish are 100 pesos/kilo. ($5.55/kilo or $2.50/lb)
Prices are not listed for coronado & canané;
In general, 'inferior' cheaper fish are 70 pesos/kilo. ($3.90/kilo or $1.80/lb)

Lobster tails are 600  pesos/kilo ($33.35/kilo or $15.15/lb)
Whole lobster are  380 pesos.  ($21.10/kilos or $9.60lb)

    The fishermen are paid less than the set prices, because about 20 to 30 pesos per kilogram are retained for the administrative expenses and profit sharing of each cooperative. Among the cooperatives, the fishermen jointly catch several tons of fish yearly to supply the restaurant industry and the general public, but there is usually not enough during the peak times, such as Lent, when the supply is supplemented by suppliers from the state of Yucatan, according to restaurateurs. 
      However, these are difficult times with the fishing boats in poor repair, their motors are often priced in dollars which makes them more expensive, and fuel prices steadily increasing, as well as the need for financial assistance from the three levels of government, according to the members and administrators of the cooperatives Caribe, Patria & Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and Makax.

Dome at primary school needs repair 
Peligro latente en la primaria “Julio Sauri”.. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
  The dome at the primary school "Julio Sauri" has suffered corrosion due to its proximity to the sea and a lack of maintenance during the past five years, causing the steel tubes to rust and break. Parents are concerned about the risk it may pose to the students, as well as  being unable to use it for a dining area. The canvas deteriorated, and was not replaced.
   The primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" has fewer needs, but for the past two semesters the Director has been requesting 100 mesabancos (desks, I think), but IFEQRoo offered to provide thirty this semester. On the mainland, there is a need for more classrooms, and at the island Middle School, some classrooms have nearly fifty students.

Today: Third annual report by Mayor Agapito Magana 
Hoy, informe de Agapito Maagaña  [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     On Tuesday at 11am, Isla Mujeres Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez will deliver his third and final annual report at the City Council room, to an audience of about 100 people. This is fewer than previous years when it has been given at the Town Square or the Convention Center, by previous officials.

   Mayor-elect attends RNMP (See DQR section above)

  Blue Crabs
      A program for protection of blue crabs and red crabs began in August and will be in effect until November. Drivers are asked to be cautious in the road in Sac Bajo and near Punta Sur where the species are common. The crabs leave the mangroves to migrate to the sea to reproduce, and then return to their homes. This occurs with the blue crabs during the full moons and with the red crabs about 7-10 days after the full moon appears. Information is being distributed in Spanish and English, including on the social networks. This is also applicable in Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, where the migrations also occur.

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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.

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  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

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 Parade 8am

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 westofcuba@gmail.com

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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