Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, October 12

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor Juan Carrillo supports sustainable tourism & promotes protection of Natural Protected Areas

Juan Carrillo, por turismo sustentable

Impulsa protección de áreas naturales protegidas

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de octubre.-
Leer más...Full article & photo at this link
    Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that to avoid contamination of natural protected areas, it is necessary to have the valuable support of aquatic services providers and tour guides, who are important allies to assist and raise awareness for sustainable tourism. He said, "Tourism is our main source of income and our natural areas are the main attraction for visitors. We must take care of the environment and our surroundings."
     Sustainable tourism allows the development of activities having a low level of impact on the environment, while contributing to the generation of income and employment for local people. The mayor said it is fundamental to have participation by all of those involved, and the nautical service providers and tour guides can play a role as allies of ecology and agents of sustainable tourism. They can aid in the promotion of activities which minimize environmental damage and maximize economic benefits, by taking care of our natural resources. 
     "We are asking our friends who are dedicated to these aquatic activities to encourage the visitors to comply with good waste management and to put litter in appropriate containers," concluded the Mayor.


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

The right for equality among girls helps them to have a prosperous future.  #International Day of the Girl.
El derecho a la igualdad entre las niñas ayuda a que tengan un desarrollo próspero. #DíaInternacionalDeLaNiña

In honor of International Day of the Girl, all girls between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to "Princess Mini Spa" on Wednesday Oct. 12 at 5pm at the Senior Citizen's Facility
Con motivo del #DíaInternacionalDeLaNiña el #DIFIslaMujeres invita a todas las pequeñas de 6 a 12 años al “Princess Mini Spa”, este miércoles 12 de octubre a las 17:00 Hrs. en la casa del adulto mayor.

In order to ensure that the islanders have public spaces in optimal conditions, the City of Isla Mujeres, on the instructions of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo, through the Department of Parks and Gardens conducted a clean up and did pruning of the green areas. #100 díasdetrabajo #hagamosfuturo
Para asegurar que los isleños cuenten con espacios públicos en óptimas condiciones, el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, por instrucciones del presidente municipal, Juan Carrillo, a través de la Dirección de Parques y Jardines, realiza brigadas de limpieza y chapeo en áreas verdes. #100DíasDeTrabajo #HagamosFuturo

The Institute of Culture and the Arts of #islamujeres extends an invitation to sign up for their various courses and workshops.
For more information call 877 0767

El Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de #IslaMujeres extiende la invitación para inscribirse a sus diversos cursos y talleres.
Para mayores informes llama al 877 0767


Join us by donating to the campaign "Pink Hygiene", at the DIF offices between 9am and 2pm  #difislamujeres 
 Soap shampoo, feminine napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, mouthwash, deodorant, intimate soap, toilet paper, lotion, combs, talc.
Únete donando a la campaña "Higiene Rosa", todos los días de 9 a 2 de la tarde en las instalaciones el #DifIslaMujeres #PorElFuturoDeNuestrasFamilias #HagamosFuturo #IslaMujeres #PorSiempreViva


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Rescue of three persons on SUP boards offshore from the beaches of Isla MujeresFull article & photo at this link
TVIsla Mujeres - Rescatan a tres personas que practicaban el Surf Paddel en Playas de Isla Mujeres
     This has the same information as the Por Esto article, noting those who came to the scene included personnel from Civil Protection, Red Cross, Public Safety, the Navy, and the Harbor Master.

Singer Alejandro Sanz enjoyed a meal in Isla Mujeres this afternoon
- Alejandro Sanz deleitó su paladar en Isla Mujeres esta tarde

    The singer Alejandro Sanchez Pizarro, better known as Alejandro Sanz,  came ashore from his yacht and enjoyed a meal at the restaurant "Varadero de Rafael" in Isla Mujeres, which is owned and managed by Rafael Burgos, who said the visit was unexpected. He said the singer came in the company of a Mexican businessman who is a frequent diner and who has worked in the show biz industry with international artists. Sr. Sanz is known for such hits as "Amiga Mia".
      His meal is described, including  "pulpo al cabrón a las finas hierbas" (sic..I think this should say "char-grilled" octopus with fine "al carbon" rather than "al cabron". The latter is slang & loosely translates as "bastard-style". But then, in Italian there's Pasta Puttanesca, so quien sabe?), which was personally prepared by Sr. Burgos.

Here's a video of Alejandro Sanz singing "Amiga Mia"


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres arPinkticles & photos

Concerns about drilling and extracting rocks
Perforan predio frente a la playaVer masFull article at this link
   Some residents are concerned about drilling (la perforacion de pocetas) and excavation at the property where the Las Perlas Caribe hotel was demolished, facing the Caribbean Sea, and they want officials to intervene. The reporter went to the site in response to a citizen complaint and saw stone material, which neighbors say are taken by trucks to be used at other jobs, and they say this isn't legal, because it weakens the area by the eastern malecon.
     It is recalled that the Perlas Caribe Hotel closed its doors over a decade ago, and was demolished recently, and the debris has been taken away, little by little. But now it appears that those responsible for this job have realized they can sell stone, and have begun to drill (perforar), which is dangerous to the area.
     There have also been concerns expressed about the zinc sheets that were installed to fence the site, since they could be blown by the gusty winds and have sharp edges, in this area that is frequented by residents and tourists alike.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link

 Oct. 11   Due to the choppy waters of the Caribbean Sea and strong winds over 40 km/hr, the small fishing and diving boats were unable to go out into open waters. Nautical representative Baltazar Gomez estimated it could be three days before they could go out to fish. The lobster fishing was good by Contoy Island and Chacmuchuch lagoon before this cold front arrived, and it is believed that good catches will resume after it passes. The 'norte' winds are advantageous for bringing lobster into the area and causing increased catches.
        Three tropical waves are being monitored in the western Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles, and in the Eastern Atlantic.

Ultramar ferry failure 
     Five minutes after the 1:30 Ultramar ferry left Puerto Juarez, both engines failed. Nearly an hour passed before the vessel was towed back to the terminal. The passengers were inconvenienced, taking the 3pm boat, which was a delay of 90 minutes for them.  During the incident, the air conditioning was off, and the tourists who wanted to get fresh air outside were scolded. Residents complained about the treatment in general and said competition is needed soon.

SUP Rescue
  A 911 emergency call was received and the Port Authority and Navy rescued three people who were on Stand Up Paddle boards.
      The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that on Monday, about 5:30pm, three people were rescued, of whom two were Israelis and one was Mexican. They had been enjoying the sea aboard Stand Up Paddle boards, but apparently the current carried them away from shore and they were unable to get back.
      The three people had gone beyond the buoys and the current was moving them away, in combination with the wind, which is an effect of Cold Front #3. They were assisted by a SCT patrol boat (Ministry of Communications and Transport), with military assistance.
     The statement from the Navy explained that the rescue operation began when they received a call from the C-4 unit of Cancun asking for help for these people. They immediately deployed members of the Naval Search and Rescue team in Isla Mujeres. After the persons were assisted, they were given medical care and found to be in good health. They were subsequently transferred to the military dock, and departed on their own. The Mexican national was a male of 52 years and the Israelis were a female and a male of 25 and 32 years of age, respectively.

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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.

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

Thursday, Oct. 20  Artist Fair  4p

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.

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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