Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 7

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Boat owners want increased vigilance in response to wave of transmission thefts 

Náuticos solicitan mayor vigilancia

Ante ola de robos de motores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link. 
  Owners of boats that are anchored near the Whale Shark monument and the concrete pier near the  (car) ferry terminal want increased vigilance from the maritime authorities, from ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) and municipal police, because in recent days there have been thefts of transmissions from outboard motors in that area. Three transmission systems were stolen in the wee hours of the morning, from two boats. These parts are known as "colas" (tails) and have a value of 18,000 to 25,000 pesos each.
   The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said there is no way to monitor these parts because they have no record, which makes recovery and detention of those responsible difficult. Theft of these parts remains a significant problem, which has increased since last year. There were  more than ten cases of theft of these parts last year, and so far in 2016 there have been six cases reported.

No plans to suspend procession in honor of Our Lady of Charity 

No prevén suspensión de procesión

En honor a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link  .

   Although there is a large storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean which could affect the weather on Saturday, Sept. 10, there are no plans at this time to cancel the procession to Isla Contoy in honor of Our Lady of Charity. About 1500 people and 140 boats are expected to participate in the event which will begin at 10am (other reports said ~8am) on Saturday, Sept. 10. A meeting will be held today at noon in the Port Authority offices.
     This will be the 17th edition of this procession which traditionally includes hundreds of fishermen and their families. Each year, the procession goes on foot from the Church of Immaculate Conception to the concrete pier, where tourist boats, including one from Ultramar, will transport the participants. In 2015 there were about 120 boats and about 900 people.


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

Come and enjoy the Patriotic Festivities on our beautiful island. Here is the schedule of activities
Ven a disfrutar de las Fiestas Patrias en nuestra hermos Isla.
Conoce el programa del mes patrio.

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 in Events section)
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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Five boat transmissions stolen  
Saquean embarcaciones+] Ver mas

  See translation in the DQR section. The thefts occurred Sunday night to two boats owned by Sea Hawk Divers and three boats owned by Mundaca Divers, and were discovered Monday morning. The port was open Monday morning and the crews were planning to go out on whale shark tours. Both companies had to cancel the tours, and refund the payments. 
       The boats were anchored in the API (Port Authority) area which is parallel to Rueda Medina, between Comejin restaurant and the (vehicle) ferry There is also a private boat that appears to be abandoned or adrift in the area of the mangroves, which may have been ransacked.
        At least one of those affected, Ariel Barandica of Sea Hawk Divers, filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor's Office. (Ministerio Publico). The average cost for one of these transmission is 80,000 pesos (sic?), plus the economic effect of losing days of work, just as the whale shark season is drawing to a close.
   This area of the port is not monitored by the Port Authorities, which allows thefts of parts, gasoline, and even boats. Sea Hawk had hired a security guard, who was sick on Sunday and didn't go to work.

Hinder proposal to expand airport 
Entorpecen proyecto para reactivar aeropista [+] Ver mas
  This information has already been translated about entrepreneurs who have proposed that the airport be expanded, and are now unhappy about a private construction project in the vicinity of the runway, north of the gas station.

Busy port 
Intensa actividad portuaria] Ver mas
     Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, say that the Port of Isla Mujeres has the second most arrivals, behind Cozumel. Annually, about 400 yachts and sailboats arrive in Isla Mujeres to spend some time here, of whom about 60 percent are sailboats and the other 40 percent are yachts, mostly designed for sports fishing.
       Of these ~400 boats, about half use port facilities such as  muelles, astilleros, varaderos  (docks, shipyards, and dry docks, I think.) and the other half anchor in areas approved for that purpose. Of the anchored boats, 90 percent are sailboats and catamarans, and only ten percent are yachts. It is presumed that this may be related to purchasing power, since yacht owners are often in a better position economically, while the sailboat owners may prefer to save money by anchoring in the Bay.  He explained that the yacht owners generate more economic activity when they use the services of the port facilities such as water and electricity.
        He said that the boats in the marinas pay a daily fee, based on their length, while the boats at anchor in the Bay pay a one time fee for the right to anchor, which is between 286 and 631 pesos, depending on their tonnage. They only pay the fee once, and then they may come and go out of the Bay as often as they wish. He said often these boats are crewed by elderly retirees, or by young people seeking an adventure. He explained that Isla Mujeres has an annual average of about 200 sailboats anchoring in the Bay, whose stays average between one week to three months, although there are others who stay longer or shorter, of course.
      So far in 2016, there have been 297 arrivals, and about 80 to 100 more boats are expected in upcoming months.

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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, (DQR says 10am). 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

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

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

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 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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