Monday, September 12, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 12

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Nearly half of solar lights on eastern malecon aren't working after two years  

Sin funcionar luminarias de malecón

Sólo han cumplido dos años de vida util

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article and photo at this link. 
    Although the solar lights installed along the eastern malecon (seaside walkway) were supposed to have a lifetime of ten years, nearly half of them aren't working after less than two years.  At the time they were installed, the director of Public Works, Miguel Caballero Garcia, said they were made with high tech materials from Spain and would be able to withstand the difficult conditions such as the high salinity, in addition to not requiring electricity. He said they were made with wrought iron, coated with a special polymer material and had LED bulbs, to last for ten years.

Increased vigilance to limit vendors on Isla Mujeres beaches 

Redoblan vigilancia para controlar el ambulantaje

En las playas de Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photos & Full article at this link
    The staff of the municipal Office of Enforcement (Dirección de Fiscalización de Isla Mujeres) announced that they are doubling shifts to monitor the entire beach area to keep it free of mobile vendors, and they are coordinating with other agencies to assist with this work.  They are helped by the Tourist Police in the areas of beach by the street, and have also sought assistance from employees of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Fed Zone).
      The Mayor has requested that the public spaces be kept clear and that the vendors are not allowed to return to the beach areas and walkways along Rueda Medina. With coordination between the agencies, they hope to prevent the vendors from disturbing the tranquility of the people on the beach, and to prevent the sellers from returning to the beaches. This is considered especially important during holiday season, and the increased monitoring will continue until the end of the year. 


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

There is a notice for senior citizens in the 65+ pension program about updating their information before Tuesday, Sept. 20, to continue their participation, with specifics about what is required, where to go, and the office hours.

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 a schedule for the patriotic festivities...see Events section below  


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Requesting more cashiers to take electric and water bill payments    
Piden más cajeros a la CFE y Aguakan+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
    Consumers are complaining about the long lines that form on paydays for customers trying to pay their water and electric bills. There have been requests that the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) resume proving conventional cashiers, because sometimes the two machines are out of order, which occurred last week for three hours, according to Arturo Rios (former municipal Trustee). Users also complain about high charges for electricity. The CFE offices are located on Juarez avenue, behind the Naval base.
      Aguakan only provides one cashier at its office, and consumers would prefer there were two. Customers also complain about increasing water costs, compared to a decade ago. Their office is located on Adolfo Lopez Mateos, near the Andres Quintana Roo elementary school.

Eight round trips for vehicle ferry  
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   There is a temporary change in the vehicle ferry schedule because the boat "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" is providing service on its own, while the other boat "Isla Blanca" is receiving maintenance in Ciudad del Carmen. The maintenance work is expected to take about a month and the normal schedule will resume when the boat returns.
       There will be eight round trips daily between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam, except Sunday when there will be four. 
   The ferry will leave Isla Mujeres at 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19:00; and it will depart from Punta Sam at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20:00.
   On Sundays it will depart Isla Mujeres at 8, 10, 16 and 19 hours; and it will depart from Punta Sam at  9:15, 11:15, 17:15 and 20:15.

Precautions advised for small boats   
Precauciones para la navegación. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The SCT advised caution for small boats on Sunday evening and Monday morning in their weather forecast at 4pm on Sunday. They said there was a potential for moderate to heavy rains and lightning, with possible squalls and reduced visibility. Also, there are two tropical disturbances being monitored, with one having a low probability for development, which is located SE of the Bahamas, and the second has a high probability and is located in the Central Atlantic.
       The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) said the arrival of the first cold front of the season into the Gulf of Mexico could influence a developing, weak low pressure system that is between Cuba and Florida when they meet southeast of the Golf of Mexico, and cause it to diminish.  There is also the 28th Tropical Wave off the coast of Quintana Roo, whose effects are expected to be felt Sunday night and Monday morning. It clouded over above the island after 3pm and was threatening to rain. Prior to that, the weather was cooperative all day and the whale shark tour boats were working. The whale shark season will end soon, with Saturday being the last day. Other nautical recreational activities were taking place on Sunday, including trips to Isla Contoy, diving and sports fishing. The commercial fishermen were working at sea. 

Here is this morning's (8a EDT) graphic for the 5 Day outlook from NOAA...

Tuzos: Seeking soccer league championships  
Tuzos, van por el campeonato [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   There are five Isla Mujeres teams in the child and youth categories who are hoping to win trophies in the upcoming competitions in the leagues "Guillermo Canedo" of the Taxistas and "Interfilial". The categories for the teams are "Starters" (Inicial) age 4-5, Young Children (Infantil Menor) age 6-7, Ninos Heroes age 8-9, Older Children (Infantil Mayor) age 10-11, and Youth (Juvenil Menor) age 12-13.
    The competitions will begin later this month and into October, with trips to Cancun on the weekends to compete, which will be a joint effort between the parents and volunteers. The teams plan to start these tournaments off on the right foot, as they have in previous campaigns, and make a good showing. There is still space for more players.
    There is a cabinet full of trophies and many stories of the great efforts, laughter, passion, suffering, and spirit that were shared by the members of the teams. The Isla Mujeres Mayor Infantil team were champions of the 2013-2014 season and the Ninos Heroes were champions in the 2015-2016 season, both in the Canedo league.  The Juvenil Menor team competes in the Interfilial league.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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

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

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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