Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 20

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In order to ensure security on the island, the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Public Safety, as part of the coordinated work between the three levels of government, has reinforced its presence with officers at the main points of this vacation destination, especially in the vicinity of seaports.
Police chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz said that this operation began after the security protocols were activated, following an incident that probably constitutes a crime, which is already under investigation by the State Attorney General's Office (FGE).
The police chief said that on Tuesday morning, around 9:00am, through the number 911, the emergency center of the Municipal Police received a call for help, since apparently gunshots had been heard inside the parking area of the Chedraui supermarket.
On the site, police officers were informed that moments before, apparently unknown subjects shot at a person leaving the supermarket, who had managed to flee during the shooting. The site was secured by staff of the FGE.
Chief Ongay Ortiz explained that social peace and security on the island is ensured, that is why, after this event, security protocols were activated, with the military and police presence in the vicinity of the ports and downtown.
He said "Isla Mujeres is the safest municipality in Quintana Roo, and we are committed to this. The authorities of the three levels of government will not lower their guard."

• Both municipalities are in full development and will collaborate to strengthen themselves as world-class tourist destinations
(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, March 19, 2018) .- The government of Isla Mujeres has strengthened ties of friendship with Bonita Springs, Florida, which represents an important advance in the coordinated work between both communities for their healthy development as world class tourist destinations. 

         José Castillo Magaña, general director of Tourism, commented that the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, had a meeting with the government of this American city with the objective of exchanging experiences, listening to different points of view about tourism and knowing other ways to solve the challenges in this economic sector. 
         The Mayor of Isla Mujeres  held a meeting with his Bonita Springs counterpart, Peter Simmons, so they can collaborate as sister cities and mutually support each other by sharing successful tourism development models that are of great benefit to both communities.  
     The Director of Tourism said, "When working as sister cities we seek greater interaction between both communities, achieving the exchange of experiences especially in the field of tourism  that will strengthen both Isla Mujeres and Bonita Springs as world tourism powers. 
             With this "twinning"  it is expected to arouse a greater interest among tourists from Bonita Springs, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers, Florida, to visit Isla Mujeres, and even another advantage as part of this exchange, will be to be able to access exchanges of training for the different municipal administrative areas. 
         Although the mayor of Bonita Springs is not Latino, he works closely with the Hispanic community that lives in his city, and represents approximately 22 percent of the total population, which undoubtedly motivates us to continue seeking the approach with more governments that like us work at strengthening the tourist industry of their destinations," said the general director of Tourism. 
          One of the main commitments of the government of Isla Mujeres is to maintain cordial relations with other related destinations that help the municipality to strengthen and represent an important promotion of this Pueblo Magico and its culture.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is news on TVIM & NotiIM of a failed, attempted execution in the Chedraui parking garage this morning. Security is increased on the island while the police & Navy are seeking the shooter or shooters. Both have video of the scene and there are photos of bullets or casings on the garage floor and a bullet hole in the vehicle, and an interview with the Chief of Police

TVIM reports that the employees inside Chedraui heard the shots and the reporter thinks there were at least 8 shots heard and says that the car has plates from the state of Yucatan. He says witnesses said the person targeted escaped. The police chief says they don't have a description of the shooters at this time, nor how many, and are conducting a security operation, with the Navy, at various points around the isle. VIDEO  

NotiCaribe reports that the intended victim was a woman: The tranquility of the island was interrupted this morning when unknown subjects tried to execute a woman inside the parking lot of the Isla Mujeres Chedraui, 
    The incident occurred around 9:30 am, when a woman who was going to make purchases was attacked by two individuals who fired their weapons. Fortunately the woman, witnesses say, was able to hide and the attackers fled. 
     Personnel with the Navy arrived to the site, as well as municipal police. So far there is no data of the alleged perpetrators, but a search operation was activated on the island and in maritime terminals. LINK  

TVIM reports: A self-named criminal group "La Barredora", (The Sweeper) which has been given credit for several executions in Cancun, has threatened the mayor and police chief of Isla Mujeres, if a commander is not dismissed.
A "narcomanta" (banner) that appeared Saturday (NotiCaribe reports it appeared today) at the side of the Casa de la Cultura, "La Barredora" said: "Attention President Juan Carrillo. Dir Ongay we are giving you 48 hrs to dismiss comandante Leyva Cordoba, who is working for the filthy Z to not obey will start the war in Isla Mujeres and you Mr. President will be the only one responsible. Atte. The Sweeper. We are here now to clean up"  Photo credit to Rosario Tejero   LINK 

TVIM has a article about the GoFundMe collection for Amber King & her four kids, who lost their husband/father on Saturday. LINK to fund.   
Here is a newspaper article in English about Shane King   LINK  


Last evening, a post on "Merca Isla" (IM classifieds on FB in Spanish) asked for the phone number for Civil Protection "There's a crocodile in the street". Photos by Angie KM who explained that the croc is missing his two front legs, maybe from a fight with another croc?, and was taken to the Mundaca Hacienda, where there are other crocs. (And almost every picture I've seen of a captured croc on the isle, seems to have someone standing nearby in flip flops, who presumably helped restrain it!)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Homage to Guillermo Bracamonte Sanchez  
Homenaje a Guillermo Bracamonte Sánchez[+] Ver masFull article at this link

 I'll translate this tomorrow.

Solidarity with the Canadian widow  
Solidaridad con viuda de canadienseVer masFull article at this link
   This is about the foreign community collecting money to help Amber king and her four children, after Shane King died in a tragic scooter accident Saturday night, when he collided with trash collection truck that was stopped and lacked taillights. . LINK to the GoFundMe donation page   
Here is a newspaper article in English about Shane King   LINK 

Noches Magicas performances feature artistic expression 
Noches Mágicas respalda expresiones artísticas
 See yesterday's City Section 

Laura Isabel Avalos Rueda was crowned "Senorita Bachilleres 2018"  
Laura Isabel Avalos Rueda “Señorita Bachilleres 2018”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
   There were seven contestants and the competition was part of an event held at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, which was also attended by students from other schools, including the Middle School Benito Juarez, as well as families, relatives, and young people from the area.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

March Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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