Friday, September 16, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 16 Día de la Independencia

Feliz Día de la Independencia!!

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Taxi union leader: Not permitting Uber 

No permitirán operar a Uber

Sentencia líder de los taxistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link.
   Members of the Isla Mujeres taxi union (on the mainland) joined in strikes being carried out by their Cancun counterparts, to express dissatisfaction over the imminent entry of the company Uber to the neighboring town known as "El Paraiso".
     The leader of the Isla Mujeres Taxi Union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, said they decided to protest after holding a meeting with members of the state taxi union, Frente Unico de Trabajadores del Volante (FUTV). The work stoppage by dozens of cabbies was held from 12:00 to 12:30pm in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. 
         He said if the Uber service wants to enter the municipality of Isla Mujeres, both on the mainland and the island, they will take measures like they did today in the city of Cancun, with the intention of avoiding its introduction at all costs, which qualifies as irregular (not legal).
         He said if Uber comes to Isla Mujeres, it could affect the income of hundreds of families who live on money from taxi service every day. He said they are appealing to the appropriate authorities to insist that they enforce article 31a of the state Traffic Law which stipulates that private passenger vehicles cannot provide public passenger transport service without authorization by the Chief Executive, or they will be penalized according to the provisions of this Act. SINTRA can apply fines of 800 times the Daily Minimum Wage which is 58,432 pesos. (~$3400 usd)


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

There is another brief video about the accomplishments of this administration, featuring the inauguration of the new, modern Casa de Cultura facility. LINK

Campaign for the protection of crabs... let them pass and don't run them over!
Campaña de protección al cangrejo.¡Déjalos pasar, no los aplastes!
 #IslaMujeres #PuebloMágico #Cangrejo


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Cabbies of Isla Mujeres also protest against UBER Photo at this link

Taxistas de Isla Mujeres también protestan en contra de UBER

There are two videos of the parade  link  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Taxistas say "Uber is not welcome"
No es bienvenido UBER en Isla Mujeres t.. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
     On the mainland area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, dozens of taxi drivers of the union "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz" held a 30 minute work stoppage in to warn that UBER services are not welcome in that part of the municipality, nor on the island., after the United Drivers Workers Front of Quintana Roo agreed to this measure. (Frente Unico de Trabajadores del Volante de Quintana Roo)
      Cabbies driving the red taxis around the principal tourist sites of the mainland  areas of Punta Sam and Isla Blanca said he leader of the union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, was aware of this protest.
        No official information has been released about initiation of the international company "Uber Tecnologies Inc", in Isla Mujeres, but the cabbies already have concerns about what could happen and what is happening in neighboring cities. Uber provides their customers with a network of private transportation via a digital application. 
         The protesting cabbies put anti-Uber slogans on their vehicles, after strong economic sanctions were applied by the Quintana Roo state government to the first vehicles who tried to start this service in Cancun and the Rivera Maya.
        The head of the restaurant business organization CANIRAC in Isla Mujeres, Baltazar Maldonado, said this new type of service will offer an option for consumers who demand quality, efficiency, and good prices. He said that when the company has paid their fees and they have their documents in order to operate on the mainland, then certainly that should happen on the island. He said the taxi drivers have abused the trust of the people and have been inconsiderate of their clients.
        The head of the National Chamber of Commerce in Isla Mujeres (CANACO), Juan Carrillo Figueroa agreed that this new technological application for transportation which is more efficient and personalized is 'parting the waters in the transport industry', which will affect the traditional taxi drivers, who will have to become more professional and trained, in order to coexist. He said, "I think this will bring an improvement in the cabbies to provide better customer relations and better vehicles.
         They expect a positive response, as has happened in other cities and countries.
   HERE is an article in English with more information.

Forecasting good weather for Saturday  
Pronostican buen clima para este sábado[+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
     There is good weather in the forecast for Saturday, when the season of swimming with the whale sharks comes to a close, however caution is advised for small boats this evening (Thursday) and in the early morning (The whale shark boats went out today).
        There were no mishaps on Thursday, in the Bay or at sea, amid normal nautical activities including the whale shark tours, Isla Contoy tours, sports fishing, diving, and snorkeling.  On the island, some of the merchants complained about business being slow.

Dispute between brothers over Cuban restaurant El Varadero  
“Defenderé El Varadero hasta con mi vida”[+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
   In an interview with the media, Rafael Burgos Rios, who founded the restaurant two decades ago, said "I will defend El Varadero restaurant with my life, if necessary." Thursday afternoon inspectors from the municipal Treasury office said the restaurant was allegedly in violation of safety measures required by Civil Protection. He said this is part of a plan by his brother Alvaro who is trying to take it away, and using his political influence in local government.
     In the company of his family with whom he is reconciled, after a legal confrontation, Rafael Burgos is in the middle of this municipal procedure. However, he said they have exhausted all legal recourse and dialogue to ensure the legal restoration of the operation of the property.
       He is also a founder of the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática) and said he will not bow to his brother who wants to get his hands on this business, which he says has been the result of his work and that of his family.  He accused his brother Alvaro of being a member of a group of delinquents who are not law abiding nor prudent.  He said, "Let them bring their 'cavalry' to try and dislodge us. They will not succeed. I will defend El Varadero with my life."
      This restaurant which serves Cuban food has been very popular with many rich people, politicians, and athletes. Inside the wooden building which sits along a channel leading to the Makax lagoon, there are many photographs of Cuban politicians, including Che and Fidel Castro, among other images.  There has been a legal dispute over this property with the prestigious law firm defending the Rafae....the article ends mid-word

Traditional Grito celebration of Independence in Isla Mujeres 
CELEBRAN EL TRADICIONAL GRITO EN IM. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
      In the presence of hundreds of local families and tourists, the traditional Grito of Independence celebration was read in front of the Town Hall, as it was 206 years ago by the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.  The outgoing mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez was accompanied by the mayor-elect Juan Carrillo Soberanis. The reading of the 23 Articles of the Sentimentos de la Nacion by the Mayor began at 11pm. Before that, the beautiful young queens were crowned:  Monserrat García Delgado, Valentina Fernández Ché as María Fernanda Fernández Garrido,  as Libertad, Patria and Independencia, respectively.
     The event began at 9:30 with the presentation of a folklorico dance group from Chiapas, in a festive atmosphere with many tables of vendors selling traditional foods, which were enjoyed by children and their parents. There were special security measures at the perimeter of the large crowd and two vehicle checkpoints at the edges of downtown, one at Juarez and one at Medina.
    After the Grito was read by the Mayor, the celebrations continued among those presents, with tables for family members in the foreground and an area for the customary dancing.  The parade will be held at 9am (the City announcement says 8am) along Rueda Medina, which will be closed for traffic on Friday from 5am to noon. Advice about the detours is given.

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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

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

Aug. 30-Sept. 8  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  Saint's Day of Our Lady of Charity
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy departs at ~8am, This 17th annual procession will include hundreds of Catholics who will travel  30km, transporting the wooden icon to the chapel at the fishermen's camp.  A Mass will be held, and the people will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards, probably shortly after noon. The Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of seamen and this icon from Cuba will remain in Isla Contoy throughout the lobster season, returning to Isla Mujeres in early March.

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


Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm the "Movies in your colonia" program presents "Bichos" (A Bug's Life) at the Bicentario Plaza in La Gloria. Free.

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Schedule of Patriotic Festivities
Sept. 12 at 7:30p Town Square   Lighting of the lights
Sept. 13 at 9am  Benito Juarez Middle School  Ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847    Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec
Sept. 14 at 9am  Colegio Bachilleres High School  Ceremony commemorating the 192nd anniversary of the Annexation of Chiapas in 1824
Sept. 15 at 9:30pm  Town Square  Band & Dancing * Coronation of Queens of the Patriotic Festivities * Proclamation of Independence-Grito  (See poster below)
Sept. 16 at 8am Naval base Civic parade for the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Sept. 30  at 8am  Julio Sauri Espinoza school commemoration of the 251st anniversary of the birth of Jose Maria Morelos

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

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores Celebration
 Town Square.
9:30 Folklorico Dancers Performing
10p Coronation of the Festival Queens
11p Celebration of the Proclamation of the Grito of Independence
11:30 Super Crack band

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day Parade 8am

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox

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

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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