Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 31

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Strong winds and waves keep boats in port  

Se paraliza la actividad náutica

Por los fuertes vientos e intenso oleaje en ínsula

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
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  More than 500 boats were inactive since Tuesday at 7am due to closure of the port by the Harbor Master due to strong winds and high waves caused by Cold Front #19. The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil expects this restriction to continue Wednesday, but the port may be reopened on Sept. 1st, depending on weather conditions. The port may be closed 36 to 48 hours, halting commercial fishing and all water sports, including observing and swimming with the whale sharks.
        The whale shark tours could be restricted until Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather conditions. The Harbor Master said this restriction affects the 320 boats involved with nautical tourism and about 200 commercial fishing boats. (The ferries continue to run and aren't affected by these limits on smaller boats.)


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

On Tuesday morning the first meeting was held to coordinate the procession to Isla Contoy of the Virgin of Charity, patron saint of the fishermen. This traditional event will take place Saturday, Sept. 10.
La mañana de este martes tuvo lugar la primera reunión de trabajo para coordinar la procesión marítima a la Isla Contoy de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre; la de los pescadores.
El tradicional evento se llevará a cabo el próximo sábado 10 de septiembre.

The City of Isla Mujeres and the soccer team "Tiburones" (Sharks) invite youngsters born in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 to join in the formation of teams for the 4th and 5th divisions of the National Youth League for the 2016-2017 season

Second state Week of the Manatee; Sept. 5-9
Segunda semana estatal del Manatí del 5 al 9 de septiembre.

Prevention of mosquito borne diseases: Cover items where water can pool.  
Prevención contra las enfermedades causadas por los mosquitos.

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


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Litigation preventing development of Boca Iglesias
Litigio impide visitar la zona de Boca Iglesias] Ver mas
    There are business owners who say the archeological remains of Boca Iglesias should be restored and developed as a tourist attraction, since there are limited options in the nearby vicinity, beyond El Meco, a sunken ship, and Isla Contoy, whose capacity is limited. A businessman from the mainland, requesting anonymity said Boca Iglesias could be ideal for tourism adventure tours, boating, and fishing. He said there is a problem with this idea because there are several heirs to the property who have not agreed to work in cooperation with the INAH. He believes that Boca Iglesias is currently not open to the public because it is still in the process of being identified and registered as a property of archaeological and historical heritage.

Residents complain about crime and ferry charges 
A merced de la delincuencia[+] Ver mas
    Residents are complaining that there have been burglaries in recent months in the colonias, including  La Gloria, Ampliación La Gloria, Miraflores and Cañotal. They say things have been stolen when offenders entered homes while occupants slept, or that cell phones and laptops have been taken in broad daylight after being left on a table or near a window. Recently on social networks, the theft of a motorcycle was reported and it was said that someone unsuccessfully tried to force a lock of a home in La Gloria. They want increased vigilance by police.

     Complaints about charges for cargo on Ultramar 
   Island residents are upset that Ultramar is charging them for cargo, such as a small box or a bucket of paint, while tourists can carry up to 25 kilos of luggage with no extra fees. Angry islanders are considering taking empty suitcases to the mainland so they can carry their purchases in suitcases and backpacks, and see how the company responds.
    Complaints on social networks occurred when alderman Abiran Fuentes posted a photograph of each and every item that the company considers 'cargo' and the corresponding amount that is charged. If you cross with a computer or a TV, there is an extra fee of 20 pesos, while boxes, 20 liter buckets, and crates cost 10 pesos per unit. There is a fee of 20 pesos for a car tire and 40 pesos for a truck tire, which seems absurd when tourists are allowed to carry 25 kilos of luggage for no charge.

Conflicting opinions about alleged act of "piracy"
Acto de “pirataje” con opiniones encontradass.. [+] Ver mas
   There are conflicting opinions regarding an act of 'piracy' which allegedly occurred when a group of islanders allegedly boarded and assaulted the "Mar-Bella Boat" which was providing restaurant-bar service, forcing the crew to jump into the water. Some restaurateurs disapprove, but some also believe they have a right to defend their sources of income.
      On Friday, the crew of the "Mar-Bella Boat" were surprised when ten people allegedly boarded their boat, allegedly including Héctor Gil Chablé “Picus” and Baltazar Briceño “Chimbo”, who own beachfront restaurants, allegedly threatening the crew with knives, who jumped overboard, in fear. Then, allegedly, their belongings, the cash receipts, and the seafood were stolen, while their coolers and other items were thrown into the sea.
       A complaint was filed with the Attorney General's Office (PGR), and a report was made with the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres and the Regional Port Authorities. When the Harbor Master was interviewed, he responded that the case of aggression is in the hands of the PGR and he knows nothing more about that. He said the papers of the "Mar-Bella Boat" and her crew are in order, including their fees, navigation certificate, and crew's credentials. He said, "You would need to check with other relevant agencies such as COFEPRIS and the Hacienda (SAT) regarding other documents that may be required for sale of liquor or restaurant food."
    The reporter said they tried to locate those who allegedly launched the attack to hear their side of the story, but was unsuccessful. Some restaurateurs gave opinions, with a promise of anonymity.  One restaurant owner said, "That while it is new to have a boat anchored offshore that is specifically engaged in the sale of prepared food and liquor, it is not new to deliver food and carry it into the sea. I think that among those who protested, they have done this on more than one occasion, and probably feel that their interests are being threatened. But, in reality, people have the right to chose the option that best suits them. For example, if I am in my yacht and want to eat some seafood, but I don't want to go to the shore, and there is a boat nearby offering restaurant service, the choice is simple." 
      Another restaurateur said, "I don't approve of the way they acted, but if they had not assailed the boat, nothing would have happened and the unfair competition would have peacefully continued, while we have to pay fees to all three levels of government and obtain authorizations to sell alcohol, so the question is whether they also have...the article ends mid sentence.

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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

Tuesday's & Thursday's at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura
Aug. 30-Sept. 10  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 -Patron Saint's Day 
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy. This is a distance of 30km, transporting the wooden icon from Cuba to the chapel at the fishermen's camp  where a Mass will be held, with hundreds of Catholics in attendance, who will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards. This is the 17th annual procession.

Thursday, Sept. 1  Artist Fair scheduled at Casa de Cultura 4-9

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Tuesday, Sept. 13   Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec

Thursday, Sept.15  Artist Fair scheduled 4-9p  

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox

The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic is November 3 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! Muchisims gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at

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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