Thursday, October 20, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, October 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Improved & increased public spaces in Isla Mujeres

Más y mejores espacios públicos en Isla Mujeres

Juan Carrillo invita a darle buen uso a los parques

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de Octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link. 
  See article in City section below.....

"Barcos Caribe" business evicted from Maritime Terminal for lack of lease 

Desalojan local de “Barcos Caribe”

En la terminal marítima, ante falta de contrato de renta

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
      The workers for the company "Barcos Caribe" were evicted from the Maritime Terminal due to a lack of lease agreement, and failure to follow proper procedures to be allowed to use the facilities, which consist of some lockers. This eviction occurred almost simultaneously with the closing of the company's ticket office, which was in the Puerto Juarez maritime terminal, by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) for not having an environmental permit from SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources). These actions reduce the possibility of another ferry company competing with Ultramar, who do not seem concerned about the hundreds of complaints from local passengers.
     Rosa Elena Rios Fernandez, who is in charge of the office of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) in Isla Mujeres said the company did not have their paperwork in order and lacked a copy (or filing) of the contract. (no contaba con un expediente bien integrado y la elaboración de un contrato), and therefor the officials simply ordered a suspension of the work being carried out in the area of the Isla Mujeres terminal, where some lockers were being built.
     She explained that the suspension will continue until all the established procedures are followed and an agreement is reached, as well as having all the papers on file. They also spoke to the architect in charge of the site regarding certain agreements and changes that need to be done to the site, such as resurfacing the walls and reinstalling an anti-hurricane protector which was cut in half.


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

As part of the commitments of the first #100 Days of Work, Mayor  Juan Carrillo, will continue to have Citizen Clean-ups in order to keep our municipality clean for the benefit of the islanders.
Como parte de los compromisos de los primeros #100DíasDeTrabajo del edil Juan Carrillo, se continuarán las jornadas ciudadanas con el fin de mantener limpio nuestro municipio para beneficio de los isleños.

Having Parks and public spaces in good conditions is the responsibility of all, which is why it is of vital importance to preserve them and keep them clean, so that everyone can continue enjoying many pleasant moments with their families. The government headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis wants to have improved and increased public spaces in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, for the benefit of all island families . It is necessary to have the help of the community in general to maintain these areas in good condition and contribute to their care and good usage.
       The mayor said that having parks and public spaces in good condition is everyone's responsibility, and a joint effort with participation by public servants, the community, and the private sector will result in an excellent collective agreement for their conservation and care. He said it is a priority to increase participation, accessibility for everyone, promotion of family leisure activities, recreation activities, and sports activities, as well as improving the parks and surroundings, for proper utilization of public spaces. 
   Because the island community counts on having areas for public use and their sports facilities in perfect condition, among the first actions undertaken was the program Jornadas Ciudadanas, in which governmental officials and members of the community work together to clean and improve public spaces and the surrounding areas, in addition to eliminating breeding sites for mosquitoes that cause dengue, chikungunya, and zika via junk removal. 
    Through comprehensive care of public spaces, the City of Isla Mujeres is working to improve peaceful coexistence between neighbors and park users, maintaining the areas in in good condition, and raising community awareness about the value of public spaces and the environment, as well as to increase physical activities, sports activities,  and  healthy use of leisure time.

A public audience with the Mayor will be held today in La Gloria at 4pm under the dome 
Amigos, mañana me va dar muchísimo gusto saludarlos y atenderlos personalmente en la colonia "La Gloria", a partir de las 4 PM en la #AudienciaPública

In order to create more alternative types of study for high school graduates, Mayor Juan Carrillo signed an agreement with the Universidad del Caribe, which aims to identify the productive and environmental practices of the residents adjacent to the lakes and wetlands of Salina Grande & Salina Chica for proposals by the commercial community.
Con el fin de plantear mas alternativas de estudio para los egresados de preparatoria, el edil Juan Carrillo realizó la firma de convenio con la Universidad del Caribe, la cual tiene como objetivo identificar prácticas productivas y ambientales en la población colindante con los sistemas lagunares de salina grande y salina chica para elaborar propuestas de comercio comunitario.

The #Caminatarosa March against breast cancer, is an event to raise awareness about the importance of self-examination, because timely detection continues to be the best solution for fighting this disease.
 Let's fight together to acknowledge all the women who have fought a battle against cancer. With the #caminatarosa. the DIF Isla Mujeres seeks to raise awareness about the importance of self-examination to detect this disease in time. #Díacontraelcáncerdemama
La #CaminataRosa en contra del cáncer de mama, es un evento para crear cultura sobre lo importante que es la autoexploración, la detección a tiempo sigue siendo la mejor solución para esta enfermedad.
Luchemos juntos reconociendo a todas las mujeres que libran una batalla contra el cáncer. Con la #CaminataRosa el DIF Isla Mujeres busca crear mayor conciencia de la importancia que tiene la autoexploración para detectar a tiempo esta enfermedad. #DíaContraElCáncerDeMama


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Tvisla Mujeres - Resources from COPLADEMUN approved for use to renovate the "Iguanas" park. Full article at this link
TVIsla Mujeres - Aprueba Coplademun recursos para rehabilitación del parque de “Las Iguanas”

TVIsla Mujeres - Cometimos un error y por eso vamos abrir una investigación al respecto: Ongay Ortíz

Tvisla Mujeres - "Barcos Caribe" is left without lockers!; and works are suspended in the terminal of Isla Mujeres  Full article at this link
TVIsla Mujeres - Barcos Caribe se queda sin taquillas!; También en la Terminal de Isla Mujeres suspenden obras


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Wanting bus service reactivated  
Prevén reactivar servicio de transporte urbano] Ver masFull article at this link

  Alderman Carlos Manuel Gamboa Ortiz displayed a letter he sent to the municipal Secretary General requesting that the City initiate a search to reactivate the urban transport (bus) service, which ended in May when the lease expired which was held by Turicun for 15 years. This service is beneficial to the workers, the families, and the tourists, who often used it to see more of the island. There were many complaints about the poor performance of the bus company, as well as complaints about the taxi drivers who won't bring families home from the beach because they are wet.
   The councilman said it is imperative to address this public need and initiate a search as soon a possible to attract any companies interested in serving the routes on the island and the Continental Zone.

Religious rally event in Merida 
Estallido de Alabanza y Oración.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Members of the organization Carisma Joven de Isla Mujeres  will attend a religious event with praise, prayer, and music in Merida this weekend, and will be performing on stage. They will perform once on Friday, four times on Saturday, and twice on Sunday.

Arrivals of undocumented Cubans 
Incesante llegada de cubanos indocumentados. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The most recent arrival of undocumented Cubans occurred shortly after 10am on Tuesday when more than a dozen landed on the beach east of the gas station, of whom 10 were captured. The Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, apologized on Wednesday in an interview with the media, regarding the wrong procedure executed by a subordinate during the capture of the Cubans. Only four were captured on the beach, out of a total of 10 who were detained. There was controversy over this operation which was recorded on video, showing one of the officers with a Cuban at gunpoint, and based on this there will be an investigation, said Police Chief Ongay.
   He said, "We came to give support to the INM and waited for about an hour for the balsero boat to arrive, and proceeded to secure them, for the safety of the people, but as you could see in the video, we were outnumbered."
   Witnesses said there were more than 16 people aboard the boat, therefore about six escaped. The police chief said of the ten detainees, one required medical attention and was transferred to the Community Hospital to be hydrated. The others were in good health. They were turned over to the INM for the proper legal procedures.


Fire & sparks from transformer scares residents
Noche de terror.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  At ten o'clock on Monday night, residents heard a sort of explosion in the street of La Gloria near the tortilleria "Concepcion". Due to the strong winds, a transformer had caught fire and was emitting sparks. Although complaints were made to CFE, it was not repaired until ten o'clock the following morning. Shortly after it caught fire, rain began to fall, forcing the residents to close their windows, leaving them in the dark with no air conditioning or fans, in the heat and humidity, with concerns about having a short circuit and the damaged transformer.
    The CFE workers said they were unable to attend to the transformer the night before because it was pouring rain, and in those conditions it was completely impossible to try and repair the transformer.  One of them explained that the accident was caused by the strong winds that blew that night, causing one of the cables to lay across the top of the transformer, causing it to burn, but fortunately there were no serious consequences.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

October events

Sunset ~6:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Oct. 15      6:20p  Full Moon
Oct. 16      7:09p
Oct. 17      8:01p
Oct. 18      8:55p
Oct. 19      9:51p
Oct. 20     10:49p
Oct. 21     11:46p

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

Thursday, Oct. 6  Artist Fair   4p  Casa de la Cultura  Participants include Isla Brewing, AMar Cocina Peruana, and Javi's Cantina

Oct. 8: 42nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Oct. 9:  Day of Fishermen

Sunday, October 9: You're invited to the start of the program "Isla Mujeres Magic Nights" at 8pm on the Town Square.  A Sunday evening program of cultural and artistic events. Commemorating the XLII Anniversary of the creation of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo.

Wednesday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday, Oct. 16 Magic Nights 8pm Town Square
Wed, Oct 19 at 5pm. Pink March The general public is invited to join the Pink March to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer from the Monument to the Fishermen (north end of Medina) to the La Triguena statue (by Town Square banos). Enjoy the music of Jose Aguilar and performances by the dance troupe Anoranzas, as well as food vendors.

Thurs, Oct 20 Art Fair  Casa de Cultura 4-9p Art, Craft Beer, Food Vendors

 Fri, Oct 21 Pink Breakfast Benefit  Casa de Cultura 9am Participants are asked to wear pink or white to this benefit of "Por Siempre Viva" foundation and the prosthesis program. Ticket donations are 200 pesos and T shirts are 120 pesos, both available at the DIF offices 9a-4p.

Fri, Oct 21 Memorial to Ramon Bravo at his monument (entrance to Sac Bajo) 8am. Anniversary of his birth

Sat. Oct. 22  "CIRCUS SHOW" Dance Festival  Town Square 7:30p 4th anniversary of the Renatta Dance Studio with special guest dancers
Sun, Oct 23 NOCHES MAGICAS Celebration Town Square 8p

Monday, Oct. 31   Halloween

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos


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

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies for people with Diabetes. We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of gringos that live and visit your beautiful island. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! PM Karen Rosenberg or Geovanny Avalos on FB for more information about this new non-profit organization created to serve the people of Isla Mujeres! (or email me at Please share this information. Thank you.

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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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