Friday, September 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Navy rescued 12 undocumented Cubans at sea 

Fueron 12 indocumentados

Confirma Armada de México detalles de salvamento de balseros cubanos en alta mar

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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo and full article at this link
   The Navy issued a statement that 12 Cubans were rescued at sea, although it had been reported in the news that the number was 20 or 22 refugees. The twelve Cuban nationals were rescued by the Navy when they were about 75 nautical miles, or 139 kilometers, from Isla Mujeres.
      The rescue operation began at 10:40 yesterday (on Wednesday) when the Navy received a report and deployed a Search and Rescue team. The homemade vessel was located,  with 10 men and two women aboard, between the ages of 18 and 48, of Cuban nationality.  
        They were taken to the Naval dock and then to the Naval hospital where they were provided with medical evaluation, nutrition, and hydration. They were eventually taken to Cancun and turned over to the Immigration authorities, who will determine their legal status in Mexico. This activity was carried out as part of the Navy's duties to safeguard lives at sea.

City Council approves updated Partial Urban Development Plan for Chacmuchuch on mainland 

Sientan bases para Chacmuchuch

Cabildo aprueba actualización del Programa Parcial de Desarrollo Urbano

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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link.      During the 76th Regular City Council session, approval was given to the updated Partial Urban Development Plan for the Chacmuchuch Peninsula (on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres), with a majority vote of ten in favor.


Trash removed from two beaches 

Retiran basura de dos playas

Dirección de Ecología encabeza brigada

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ISLA MUJERES, 21 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
   See City section below....
  Navy brings in Cuban balseros from open seas  

Aseguran a balseros cubanos

Efectivos de la Armada de México, en alta mar

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ISLA MUJERES, 21 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at link.


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

You are invited to the celebration of the first Anniversary of Isla Mujeres being named as a Pueblo Magico on Sunday, September 25 at 8pm on the Town Square. 
Te invitamos a celebrar el 1er Aniversario del nombramiento de #IslaMujeres como #PuebloMágico.
Este domingo 25 de septiembre en la Explanada Municipal a las 8pm.


Isla Mujeres participates in International Beach Cleaning Day 

   More than one ton of trash was removed from the beaches when volunteers from the general public, private companies, the Municipal Department of Ecology, and NGO's participated in International Coastal Cleaning Day on Wednesday. One clean up started by the restaurant Comejen on Rueda Medina, while the other took place at the beach in front of colonia Guadalupana. Trash removed included beverage bottles, cardboard, glass, cigarette butts, plastics, paper, etc.
    Participants included members of the following companies & organizations: Dolphin Discovery, CONAP, ZOFEMAT, municipal General Services Department, and the municipal Ecology Department.  Although the event was held world-wide in mid-September, (Sept. 17) this event was held on Wednesday due to scheduling reasons, for this event which is very relevant and an important issue for Isla Mujeres.

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

There is an announcement for the concert...see Events section 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Navy confirms there were 12 Cubans detained yesterday near Isla Mujeres Photo at link below 
Confirma @SEMAR_mx que fueron 12 los cubanos asegurados ayer cerca de #IslaMujeres


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Clean-up of beaches and mangroves  
Limpian arenales y manglares [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

Caution advisory for boaters 
Recomiendan estar alerta al sector naviero [+] Ver masFull article at this link   
  This was an advisory made on Thursday afternoon recommending caution for small boats and says they were monitoring a Tropical Wave near Jamaica.
Prevention in Youth
     Two forums will be held as part of the "4th National Week of Alcoholics Anonymous for Youth" on Sept 27 and Sept. 28, with the first at the high school and the second at the middle school (Colegio Bachilleres and Benito Juarez, respectively). Statistics are given from at study in 2014 by the National Council Against Addictions (CONADIC) which reported alcohol consumption among 53 percent of middle and high school students.
  No need for official help
   This information was already translated about recovery of the cash (~10,000 pesos) and items (value ~5000 pesos) stolen from a store owned by former City Councilwoman Irma Moguel and caught on security video. The 'loot' was located and returned, with assistance from the boy's mother, after Ms. Moguel sought help from her neighbors and conducted her own investigation. The young man, who has left the island, lived with his uncle, where the merchandise and cash were found.

New case of dog abuse  
Nuevo caso de maltrato canino.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   Residents and neighbors participated in the rescue of an injured dog, saying the dog is frequently left without food and water, which they often supply. The dog received a serious chest wound from a being left tied up with a electrical cord at its home in colonia La Gloria. The dog was taken to the veterinary clinic of Delfino Guevara, where he was given medical treatment several days ago, and the animal is doing well. The veterinarian said the Director of the Department of Ecology, Carlos Barranco was notified four months ago about this dog, and was notified again following the injury.
    The neighbors call the female dog "Negra" and say her owner goes away for several days at a time, leaving the dog locked in the yard with nothing to eat or drink. They live in colonia La Gloria, near the Telmex tower. This case has been discussed on social networks, where volunteers give credit to the ved Delfino Guevara for saving the animals life. There is criticism concerning official indifference and it is noted that this municipal administration is in its final days. The vet thanked the residents for participating in the rescue and care of this animal.

Ready for baseball game Sunday  
Van por el clásico isleño iñe.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

   The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play the Cozumel team Pineros at the El Pescador stadium in Isla Mujeres on Sunday, at 1pm.  The Isla Mujeres team beat them last Sunday with a score of 5-4. This is the final part of the regular season tournament of the Liga Tecnologica league. There are four games remaining against the Marlins of Cozumel and the Tucanes of Tecnologico, after this game against the Pineros.
    In the previous tournament, the winner was the other Isla Mujeres team, Los Pescadores, of Martin Trejo Manzano. The Cockteleros are the team of Fernando de la O Pino aka "Escopeta". The Cockteleros have had eight wins and three losses, placing them firmly in second place within group B, as they seek to lead the pack and find a better position in  the semi final, regional series.
      Although the Cozumel team features Venezuelan reinforcements, their pitchers are local players, whose names are given.


From Sipse... 
SEMARNAT gives the "green light' to a bungalows project in Isla Mujeres  
SEMARNAT da 'luz verde' al proyecto de búngalos en Isla Mujeres:  Full article and photo at this link
This article says that the federal agency SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment & Natural Resources) published in their Ecological Gazette (La Gaceta Ecologica) that they have given the green light to a project "Bungalos Reef Club" which will be located in the Federal Zone (Zofemat) and marine area adjoining Isla Mujeres known as "Playa Norte" in the hotel zone.
The work will be done by CIrculo Creativo Villahermosa SA de CV, with an investment of 18,001,025 pesos, with an estimated useful life of 20 years, according to the plan of scheduled maintenance to keep the constructed buildings in optimal condition.
It will consist of a main bungalow of 200 square meters containing three bedrooms, a hallway, a bathroom with Jacuzzi, wading pool, sun deck, ladder, and docking ramp. They will construct 32 secondary bungalows of 72 square meters each, consisting of a guest room, bathroom with Jacuzzi, wading pool, sun deck, stairs, and docking ramp.
A wooden pier will provide access to all the bungalows, which will have a surface area of 953 square meters, and all construction will be anchored in the sea. The area in the Federal Zone is totally devoid of vegetation, with only sand deposits from the sea, where currently the predominant activities are tourists enjoying the sun and sand. The marine area is in its natural state and is currently used for water activities and for nautical activities by small boats.
The presence of this work will provide an area of refuge, feeding, and rest for diverse species of aquatic life, and also offers a base for organisms such a macroalgae and species of aquatic fauna; however with implementation of measures for prevention and mitigation, the process of colonization changes rapidly, because the habitat is greatly reduced.
The site where this project is planned is located outside of any officially designated Protected Areas.
I found the Environmental Impact Statement that was recently approved by SEMARNAT (Federal Environmental Agency) to build these 33 bungalows off the islet of Yanque (by Mia). This is on the 'landward' (west) side of the long pier that sticks out northward for the lil islet. It will be in the area where the tour boats anchor & drop off daytrippers to go snorkeling. LINK     The single story bungalows will be over the water,  built with wooden posts and thatch roofs, with toilets that recycle sink water for flushing, as well as no AC, LED lights, and some solar lighting. The bungalows will take up 60% of the construction surface (2400+sq meters) and the pier will be ~1600 square meters, for a total of 4100+ sq meters (44,200+ sq ft). The project site is 13,800 sq mts or 3.4 acres.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
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.

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, September 22 at 8pm on the esplanade of the Casa de la Cultura
Celebremos a #IslaMujeres este 22 de septiembre en la explanada de la casa de la cultura a las 8pm.

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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