Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

PROFEPA closes down cooperative's pier for lack of an Environmental Impact Statement 

Profepa clausura muelle de cooperativa

Por carecer de Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link      On Monday evening, inspectors from PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) placed two separate closure seals on the premises of the fishing cooperative "Por La Justicia Social". The fishermen explained that there is a contract of sale of the property to the company "Plaza Caracol", of Cozumel, which is owned by the father of former Governor Roberto Borge Angulo. The inspectors met with the directors of the cooperative, because all the documentation is in the name of the cooperative. The facility is located on Rueda Medina Avenue, and one seal was placed on its entrance and the other was placed at the end of its pier.
      It is presumed that the property is the location for the plans to build a pier for mooring boats of the ferry company "Barcos Caribe" (Caribbean Boats), owned by the family of the former governor. Currently there is only a small wooden pier used for mooring fishing boats, and the building that was a seafood restaurant, where the removal work has been taking place, with dozens of bags of rubble and building materials.
      It is recalled that the Magana ferry company ceased operations in April for its service between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez. The Port Authority (APIQRoo) has confirmed that Barcos Caribe plans take their place and to be in direct competition with Ultramar.


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

In an atmosphere of warmth and fraternity, historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid presented Volume III of his book "Isla Mujeres Traves del Tiempo" (Isla Mujeres Through Time) at a book release event, thanks to the patronage of the City government, led by Agapito Magana Sanchez.
En un ambiente de cordialidad y fraternidad, el cronista vitalicio, Fidel Villanueva Madrid presentó el tomo III de su obra Isla Mujeres a Través del Tiempo, libro que se editó gracias al patrocinio del Ayuntamiento que encabeza Agapito Magaña Sánchez.

Remember to find shady places if you will be outside for an extended period of time.
Recuerda buscar sitios con sombra si estarás tiempos prolongados al aire libre.

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)

Social Justicia Coopertive has closure seals due to  lack of documentation. Photo at link below. 
Amanece obra en Cooperativa Justicia Social con sendos sellos de clausura!! Por falta de documentación


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hotel occupancy at 40% 
Ocupación hotelera del 40%a.. [+] Ver mas
   Hotel occupancy continues to be 40 percent, according to the Director of Tourism who said this was good in comparison to previous years when rates were about 20 percent, and economic activity was virtually paralyzed at this time of year. He said, "Occupancy levels in low season have improved since 2014, and I think Isla Mujeres has earned its reputation world wide for being a very attractive island. It also helps that Trip Advisor rated us as the second cleanest beach in Mexico, and there are many comments from satisfied visitors on social networks."
      There has been a decrease in both overnight visitors and those who come for the afternoon. The port remains open to small boats, but there is little demand for their tours. The golf cart rental agencies are doing better, but they all still have inventory available in the afternoon. Fewer people are seen on the beaches.
     A receptionist commented, "There have been fewer overnight tourists since mid-August when it started to decrease and now it is worse, and we'll have to wait until December when it should rally. Occupancy rates are better at the hostels, which are preferred by the Israelis and the backpackers, because they have very low prices."  Currently, customers at the small hotels are mostly foreigners, and there are almost no domestic tourists staying overnight.

Impeding the arrival of Barcos de Caribe  
Obstruyen entrada de Barcos del Caribe. [+] Ver mas
   Closure seals were applied on Monday to the fishing facilities of Social Justicia cooperative by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) allegedly for lacking an environmental impact statement. This seems unusual because the facility was bought by the company Barcos del Caribe, (Caribbean Boats) whose owners are related to the family of the former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, with plans to end the monopoly of Ultramar.
        The inspectors found that the reception area and the sales area remained in operation, while the administrative and and bathrooms were in the process of being dismantled, and therefore don't have windows, doors, or floors. The PROFEPA report said, "At the time of the visit, the facility was inspected and it was found that proper authorization of Environmental Impact had not been issued by SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources), therefore PROFEPA temporarily closed down the construction, until the proper authorizations are obtained."
           A sanction can be applied for the equivalent amount of between 30 and 50,000 Measurement Units (A Measurement Unit is 73 pesos, which is the minimum daily wage, and equal to about four dollars. )

Presentation of the book "Isla Mujeres Through Time" 
Presentan el libro “Isla Mujeres a través del tiempo”+] Ver mas
  I'll translate this manana & have already translated the announcement of this event. Those who attended got a free book. It doesn't say where the books are on sale, but we bought the previous two volumes at the Town Hall.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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
Sunday, September 25 at 8pm on the Town Square, celebration of the first Anniversary of Isla Mujeres being named as a Pueblo Magico.


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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