Saturday, September 5, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, September 5

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

APIQroo reports 600,000 visitors during vacation period: Record breaking numbers

 Confirma Apiqroo que durante las pasadas vacaciones se movilizaron 600 mil pasajeros

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de septiembre.-

      The head of the Quintana Roo Port Authority (APIQRoo), Erce Barron Barrera, reported record breaking numbers of visitors to Isla Mujeres with 600,000 passengers during the summer season, and 2.4 million from January to August. This is a 20% increase over the number of passengers last summer, because this year they were ~19,800 passengers daily, while last year there were 16,700 per day during this time. 
      He also reported that the Maritime Terminal in Punta Sam is progressing well and is 50 percent complete. It is expected to be finished in February, and the construction is costing 35 million pesos.

Casa de Cultura inaugurated

For the benefit of the community 

 Cumplen anhelo de comunidad isleña de contar con espacio digno

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de septiembre.- 
   The Casa de Cultura was inaugurated by the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez and by the state Secretary of Education and Culture (SEyC), Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando, who was representing the Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.
      The Mayor noted that this should help with the opportunity for Isla Mujeres to be given the "Pueblo Magico" designation, with the support of the Governor and of the President, Enrique Pena Nieto. He said that with the creation of the Casa de Cultura, they have also created the Institute for Culture and Arts, which was published in the Official State Journal on August 30. 
   The Mayor was accompanied by his wife, Marthy Vargas de Magana, and he said they are committed to having activities every day at the Casa de Cultura, where artists can exhibit their work.  There will be a permanent space for the municipal historian, as well as a center for artistic and cultural education for the next generations.
   The municipal director of Culture and the future director of the Institute of Culture and Arts of Isla Mujeres, Ruben Perez Martin, thanked the Governor and the Mayor for their commitment and for their efforts to make this dream come true for the community and the artistic community.
       The Sub Secretary of Culture also participated in the event, Lilian Villanueva Chan.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

 Isla Mujeres participates in National Manatee Day

     In Quintana Roo, September 1-8 is "State Manatee Week", which is being promoted by SEMA, the Department of Ecology and the Environment. The municipal Department of Ecology will conduct supportive activities to raise awareness about the issue.
      On Monday, Sept. 7 at Dolphin Discovery there will be a guided tour and talk for two groups of public school children, with the goal of involving them in the protection and conservation of this species which is native in this state. In 1999, "National Manatee Day" was established as the 7th of September.

We are taking care of  cleaning the area surrounding of  new hospital in Isla Mujeres; participating to keep it clean for the good of all. Isla mujeres, a clean municipality
Nos encargamos desde ahora de la limpieza de los alrededores del nuevo hospital de Isla Mujeres; participemos para mantenerlo limpio para bien de todos. ISLA MUJERES MUNICIPIO LIMPIO.

A flag ceremony was held as part of the events of "Mexico Civico", coordinated by the state government and the Ministry of the Interior, Secretaría de Gobernación
Asistimos a la ceremonia de abanderamiento en el marco de las Jornadas Estatales “México Cívico”, que coordinan la Secretaría de Gobernación y el Gobierno del Estado.

Friday there was another Recycling Trash for Food, where over 200 people received benefits and 1.5 tonnes of recyclable trash were collected.
En la edición de hoy viernes del programa RBA atendimos a poco más de 200 personas que recibieron los beneficios de este innovador proyecto; recolectamos1.5 toneladas de basura.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Retoman trabajos de red de agua potableResuming work on the tap water network


    Retoman trabajos de red de agua potable

    0 05 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
          Jose Lorenzo Pinzón Sarabia, manager of the Aguakan company who provide water and sewer service,  confirmed that the second phase of modernization of the tap water system of the Aeropuerto coastal road has taken a significant step forward.      This work was interrupted by the start of the summer holiday period, but it was decided to resume work on August 19, and it is expected to be finished by the 30th of September.       The work extends to the kindergarten, Maria Enriqueta Camarillo & Roa, with an investment of over 2 million pesos, which will benefit more than 405 people. It involves the installation of 850 meters of PVC pipe, which is 6 inches in diameter. It includes the installation of 90 household connections for drinking water and 38 household connections for wastewater.        To avoid problems with dust, Aguakan recommends keeping household windows closed, preventing children from playing play near the work,  and above all, to respect the caution signs.

  • Comienza la mala racha para pescadores


    Comienza la mala racha para pescadores

    0 05 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
    Fishermen report that September and October are the worst months for them, when rains and winds make it virtually impossible to work. They hope that things will improve when the northern winds begin in November, and the lobsters 'run'. The lobster season ends in February. The fishermen who received financial assistance from the Pro Pesca program recently said that this money will help cushion their costs during these days when life is more difficult.

  • Lleva un 35% de avance


    Lleva un 35% de avance

    0 05 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

         The head of the State Port Authority (APIQRoo), ERce Barron Barrera said the maritime terminal in Punta Sam is more than 35% compete and is expected to be finished in mid February. This facility will benefit tourists who arrive from this port to the island, as well as those who hire whale shark tours.



From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

On the table: Student transportation
Sobre la mesa, transporte estudiantil e.. [+] Ver mas
     The state and national leaders of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) plan to propose a constitutional amendment to give islands of Mexico special status, which would include free ferry transportation for University students. They will promote this amendment in the two legislatures of Quintana Roo, and they have the approval of the Isla Mujeres legislator, Demetrio Celaya Cotero.

Seeking re-population of manatees at Chacmuchuch lagoon
Pronto habría manatí en Chacmuchuch. [+] Ver mas
      Members of the Asociación de Amigos de la Laguna Chacmuchuch say the lagoon was a habitat for the species until recent decades, and now manatees are no longer found there. They want the Nature Reserve to be extended to the whole perimeter to include 12,000 hectares, and not just the 2000 that exist now. A member of the group, José Guadalupe González, said they submitted an application four years ago to the head of the Nature Reserve, Alberto Camino, to reintroduce specimens, but there was no response. Manatees have returned naturally to the mangroves in the Holbox area, where officials report a good population.
   According to report from the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur), who conducted research on manatees in the Caribbean, it is estimated that there is a stable population of 200 to 250 specimens in Quintana Roo, located at Holbox, Sian Ka'an, and the Chetumal Bay.  There are another 300 in the lower parts of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Campeche.
     The Protected Natural Areas in Mexico where manatees are conserved include: Laguna de Términos, Campeche; Laguna de Catazajá, Chiapas; Sian Ka’an, Quintana Roo; Area de Protección de Flora & Fauna Yum Balam, Quintana Roo; Pantanos de Centla, Tabasco; Lagunas de las Ilusiones, Tabasco; Reserva Especial de la Biósfera Ría Lagartos; and the Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún, Yucatán.

Record number of passengers at the Maritime Terminal
Récord de pasajeros en terminal marítimara.. [+] Ver mas

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September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Town Square Patriotic ceremony  (morning, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 7:30 at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free 

The schedule of activities for the patron saint of the fishermen, Our Lady of Charity:
 On Sept. 4th, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" will participate at the church Sagrado Corozon (Sacred Heart, in la Gloria) with a regional dance presentation "“Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception).
   On Sept. 5 the cooperative "Isla Blanca" will participate with host Enrique Najera Morales.
   On Sept. 6, it is the cooperative "Patria & Progreso" with the choir of the Niñas del DIF; and religious songs by singer Ana Laura .
  On Sept. 7, the cooperative "Ceviche Tours" will have the singing of the Las Mañanitas at 11pm (This is the 'birthday song' and is sung to patron saints before midnight when their day starts.)
  On Sept. 8, the cooperative Un Dia Perfecto will host, and all the cooperatives will have traditional dances and festivities.
Saturday, Sept. 12 Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes

Tuesday, Sept 15 Midnight Town Square  Grito event
 (In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell)

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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