Sunday, September 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, September 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Outbreak of Zika  

Más casos de enfermos de zika

Desde la semana pasada se agudizó el brote

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de septiembre.-
Leer másFull article and photo at this link...
   The Director of the Community hospital, Pedro Zapata Loya, was not available, but staff and patients at the Community Hospital say there have been cases of Zika in recent weeks, with the largest outbreak occurring last week. The disease is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, and its symptoms include skin rash, body aches, diarrhea, headache, and sometimes conjunctivitis. They said there are four to six patients with symptoms daily, who are examined to confirm or rule out the illness. The medical staff recommends they return home and rest, drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes, and take paracetamol. (acetaminophen-Tylenol)


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

Protect yourself from the sun.
Remember to wear a cap or hat.

Protégete del sol.
Recuerda usar una gorra o sombrero
#IslaMujeres #PuebloMágico
The weekend begins on our beautiful island.
Comienza el fin de semana en nuestra hermosa isla.

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)

A male with his face covered by his tee shirt entered and burglarized the store "Las 4 Reynas" (The 4 Queens) in colonia Miraflores! The take included 10,000 pesos in cash and more than 5000 in cigarettes, and various other articles. There are four photos at this LINK with comments below advising to review other footage to try and find him casing the store, since he was aware of the cameras, and pointing out his tattoos (wings on his back, a portrait on his chest-probably of a baby), his sneakers, and the way he wears his pants.
Un sujeto con el rostro cubierto con su propia camisa entró a robar en la tienda "Las 4 Reynas" en la colonia Miraflores!! El botín cerca de 10 mil en efectivo y más de 5 mil en cigarros y demás artículos


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Golf cart damaged taxi & fled   
Carro de golf fantasma daña a taxi [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
    A golf cart collided with a taxi and damaged the back of the vehicle, then the cart fled the scene while the cabbie pulled over to allow the heavy traffic to go by, and the cabbie was unable to find it. The taxi driver returned to his vehicle to examine the damage and the back bumper fell off when he touched it. He put the bumper into the trunk and continued working.
       The taxi is #18, with plate 1862TRY and the incident was registered with the Traffic patrol police, as well as officers who were working traffic control, who have said they will investigate the case.
    During the two month summer holiday period, there were several traffic accidents, but none were serious ("lamentable"). Most accidents involved  golf carts, with over 500 in circulation at the same time daily, however the number of incidents was lower than previous years, according to unofficial reports. This is attributed to the rental agencies advising their clients that driving by minors is no longer tolerated, whose lack of expertise causes accidents.

Burglary at "Las 4 Reynas" store 
Robo en “Las 4 Reynas”.. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link

   A store in colonia Miraflores was burglarized Saturday, by a male covering his face with his shirt, who is recorded on security video, for six and a half minutes, at 6am, an hour before the business opens. The owner of "4 Reynas" will provide the footage with his complaint to the Public Ministry of Common Law (MPFC) to initiate the investigation. He said 10,000 pesos in cash were taken, and 5000 pesos worth of goods, including cigarettes and other sundries.
   The video is already circulating online, showing a person of slim build, with two tattoos: one on his back with angle wings and one on his chest with the face of a baby. He was wearing white Vans type sneakers.
    It is noted that in recent times the number of burglaries of homes and businesses has increased, and the number of criminals arrested, prosecuted, and put in jail has also increased. However, there are also people complaining that some cases are not investigated.

Season concluded 
Concluyó la temporada[+] Ver masFull article and photo at this linkBy Ovidio Lopez
  Preliminary reports indicate that the four month whale shark viewing season ended with a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents), which was confirmed by the Port Authorities and the licensees of Isla Mujeres.  There were about 100 departures made to the viewing area. which is over 40 kilometers north of the port, by more than 100 small boats from the maritime terminals of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo on the island and at Punta Sam. (I think this means there were ~100 days when the 100+ small boats were able to go out, departing from the island and from Punta Sam.) Between these two locations, they would have transported at least 120,000 tourists, generating millions of dollars in economic activity. However, most of that ended up in the hands of the travel agents, with only crumbs going to the permit holders, who risk everything. Despite a fixed fee of $120usd per tourist for over five years, in reality there were many operators receiving only 800 to 1000 pesos per visitor. ($120usd is ~2000 pesos).
    The start of the season began with another map to double the conservation area where the whale sharks feed every year, to a total of over 600,000 hectares. This plan has not been welcomed by the permit holders since it was first proposed in 2013,  when there was a study that concluded the capacity should be limited to 160 boats per day.
    It is noted that PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) lacks sufficient staff to carry out the necessary monitoring to ensure compliance with their Management Program. This was documented in a video from the start of the season when there are few whale sharks in the area, showing harassment. It has been proposed that the season be reduced to the two months of July and August.
     In honor of the conclusion of the whale shark tour season, the licensees have scheduled a time of spiritual reflection with a Mass on Friday, September 23 at 6pm by the whale shark statue, as has been celebrated in recent years. They will give thanks for protection and care by God during this season, and offer prayers and promises in hopes of good fortune next season.
    The climate was stable on the final day of whale shark season, and the afternoon forecast from the SCT advised extreme caution for small boaters in the evening and in early hours of Sunday, off the coastal regions of Quintana Roo.


At THIS LINK, you will find a nice album of photos of the isle in 1994, posted on Flickr by Todd Turner. (Thanks!)

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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 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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