Friday, October 14, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor encourages citizen participation & reiterates his commitment to transparency & accountability

Impulsa participación ciudadana

Juan Carrillo reitera compromiso con gobierno transparente y que rinda buenas cuentas

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ISLA MUJERES, 13 de octubre.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
  See City section below....

     Increased number of boats moored in reserved zone

     Some are operational & others are abandoned 

Aumentan embarcaciones en zona reservada

Algunas están en operación y otras abandonadas

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ISLA MUJERES, 13 de octubre.-
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   There are about 60 boats moored in the Federal Zone  near the Whale Shark Monument, of which some are operating and others are abandoned. About 35 have been identified so that their owners can be notified of any information or possible evictions.
    The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that as a result of having performed an inspection, the Port Authority will be notified (APIQRoo) to carry out any proceedings that are relevant to those boats occupying the Federal Zone area.
     The Port Authority clearly stated that this area of Federal Zone is not subject to concession, since it is intended as a reserve zone within the Port of Isla Mujeres. Therefore the boats could be evicted or tolerated and allowed to remain, but no one is allowed to take possession of the area. This Federal Zone area is intended to provide temporary shelter for boats, but cannot be assigned as a concession for any third parties.
    The Harbor Master explained that all the owners who keep their boats there have no concession to use the space, but there has been a verbal permission from API allowing them to remain. He said they are trying to create a list of the boat owners in case they need to notify them, but no one is attempting to evict them.


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

The collapse of the palapa at "Las Iguanas" Park was attended to promptly, and there were no incidents or injuries, just physical damage to the multi-use structure. The staff of Civil Protection came to the scene and began removing the structure,  under the supervision of their Director Ulysses Berman Graniel, and the Director of Ecology and the Environment, Jose Angel Aurelio Vega Mecias
Se atiende oportunamente el incidente por colapso de la palapa en el parque "Las Iguanas"
Saldo blanco se registró luego de que la palapa de usos múltiples del parque "Las Iguanas" se haya derrumbado. Afortunadamente no se registraron personas lesionadas salvo daños materiales.
Al lugar arribó el personal de Proteccion Civil a cargo del director Helman Ulises Berman Graniel en compañia del director de Medio Ambiente y Ecología, José Ángel Aurelio Vega Mecías, quienes atendieron de manera personal la contingencia, asegurando que salvo daños materiales no hubo lesionados.

Juan Carrillo promotes a culture of greater citizen participation in Isla Mujeres Full article at this link
      - The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, reiterated his commitment to an honest, transparent and accountable administration. He invited citizens to participate very actively with the authorities in this new culture of citizen participation,  so that together, the community and government can build a better municipality.
     He thanked the citizens for the faith they have placed in his government and said he has a strong commitment to them and to working toward a more democratic and participatory municipal government, where all voices are heard and will be heard. 
      He said he wants to be clear that this new way of doing government will require a culture of greater participation, and he invited the residents to help make a future together. He said that fighting corruption will be important during his administration, and it will not be tolerated within the government, which would affect the interests of the island community and would place doubt upon his commitment to create a government that is honest, transparent, and accountable to the public. 
      As a part of this work, the City of Isla Mujeres has begun programs to bring the government closer to the people, such as the Audiencias Publicas (Public Audiences) and Jornadas Ciudadanas (Citizen Clean-ups), where the citizens and the government work together for a better city.

Making a complaint whenever there is a crime helps to bring about justice and to start the investigation toward the arrest of criminals.
Al denunciar cualquier delito ayudas a que la justicia inicie la investigación para la detención del sujeto o cualquier anomalía. #HagamosFuturo

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The Municipal President, Juan Carrillo,  stressed that it is important to have assistance from the providers of nautical services, in order to make #islamujeres a clean municipality with sustainable tourism.
El presidente municipal, Juan Carrillo, destacó que es importante contar con el apoyo de los prestadores de servicios náuticos, para hacer de #IslaMujeres un municipio limpio y con turismo sostenible.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Tvisla women - Outrage over the bad treatment of two sheep transported in sacks at Maritime Terminal Full article at this link
TVIsla Mujeres - Indignación por el mal trato hacia dos carneros transportados dentro de costales en terminal marítima   
   Images and video went viral on social networks of two live rams inside of sacks, awaiting transport on the ferry, with commenters expressing outrage and concerns that the animals would be used in some sort of ritual.
     The two animals were being transported by Israelis who are planning to celebrate the Jewish holiday "Sukkot", which is a joyous holiday lasting seven or eight days, which includes a variety of traditions. It was originally an agricultural festival to thank God for a successful harvest, and is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th of the month of Tishrei, five days after Yom Kippur.  This celebration includes erecting a cabin or tent which represents the dwellings where the peasants lived during the harvest months, in ancient times.
     It is noted that there are many Israelis living in Isla Mujeres and many of them are very attached to their traditions. However, these animals received inhumane treatment, which caused the attention that became focused upon them, and their traditional celebration.  

TVIsla Mujeres - Miles de pesos invertidos se pierden a consecuencia de la erosión de playas en Isla Mujeres  

  In the season of the nortes, ( fronts from the north) which is just beginning, winds and strong currents cause beach erosion, therefore the problem could become worse at North Beach, where investments of thousands of pesos have been lost. 
       Upon making a tour of Playa Norte, the reporter noted damage to two piers and a wooden deck, which was built just a few months ago. Business owners are upset with the severity of the problem, but there is nothing they can to to avoid the effects of Nature. Some years ago a company placed geotubes which halted the erosion for several years, and some sections recovered several meters of beach, but lack of maintenance caused holes in these "whales", and most of the beach that was gained has been lost.

Tvisla women - Mayor reinterates his commitment to work honestly, with transparency and accountability Full article at this link
TVIsla Mujeres - Reitera alcalde su compromiso de trabajar de manera honesta, transparente y con rendición de cuentas

Tvisla women - A palapa collapsed in multipurpose park in Isla mujeres; authorities are already taking action about the problem Full article at this link
Colapsa palapa en parque de usos múltiples en Isla Mujeres; Autoridades ya toman cartas sobre el problema
See City section above

For safety purposes, another palapa in Isla Mujeres was cordoned off due to possible risk of collapse
TVIsla Mujeres - Acordonan por seguridad otra palapa en Isla Mujeres ante riesgos de desplome
   Following the collapse of  the palapa in Los Iguana park, which caused only material damage and no injuries, it was decided to cordon off the palapa at the Mundaca Hacienda, which is much larger and has some problems with its structure.
        Work will start today to remove the logs, wood, and thatch of the collapsed palapa at Iguanas Park. They will work to clean the area and will use heavy machinery if necessary for a quick and thorough clean up. Several departments are involved with coordinating the work, including the Director of Parks and Museums, Ali Fuentes. The Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman Graniel, was leading the work on Friday.
      At the Mundaca palapa, it can be seen that some of the poles are in poor condition and some are twisted or arching, which could indicate a serious problem that could put lives at risk. The Mayor has issued instructions to obtain an expert opinion, to determine whether the structure is functional or if it needs repair. Meanwhile, the site has been cordoned off and all activities that were scheduled have been suspended. 

TVIsla Mujeres - Es la Apiqroo quien determinará el futuro de las embarcaciones fondeadas en el recinto portuario: González Gil
   In this article about the ~60 boats moored in the Federal Zone near the Whale Shark Monument,  the Harbor Master is quoted as saying it is unknown whether this area is under a concession to a private person or if it could be, but that it will be APIQRoo who determines the future of the boats moored there. 
      He said they have not made any formal requests to evict boat owners, but they have monitored that no palapas or semi-permanent structures have been built in the area. He said the Port Authority has been making a census of the vessels moored there, and about 40 owners have been identified by the boat registration numbers.
     After Hurricane Gilberto (1988), several boats decided to locate there, and some have been abandoned. If ApiQRoo made a request to other authorities, they would assist with eviction procedures, but it is also possible that a pier could be built that charges a fixed fee, which could be used by boat owners who lack their own mooring. It is noted that there have been problems with thefts of motors or transmission from this site, without catching the thieves. 

TVIsla Mujeres - Nombran a Jessica Contreras y Patricia Blancas como Coordinadora del CRIM y Directora de Salud respectivamente en Isla Mujeres

See Por Esto section below.....

Community Hospital Director reports there have only been six confirmed cases of Zika in Isla Mujeres.
TVIsla Mujeres - Director del Hospital Comunitario reconoce solo seis casos confirmados de Zika en Isla Mujeres
Oct. 11    Doctor  Pedro Zapata Loya, director of the Community Hospital, confirmed that as of this date, there have only been six confirmed cases of Zika in Isla Mujeres, of which five were pregnant women and one was  a 14 year old boy.  
         He said these patients are under medical treatment and measures have been taken to prevent further cases, as well as to prevent dengue and chikungunya,  which are also mosquito-borne diseases.   He said, "Whenever there are symptoms, we treat them as possible cases, and blood tests are sent to the laboratory to determine and confirm if the patient has this illness."
    Regarding dengue, he said that so far, no cases have been detected. He said it is important to control the spread among the community with the use of insecticides and repellents, and it is fundamental to fumigate in residential areas. He said it is important to follow the community agreement, 'El Pacto Patio Limpio" to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes in private yards and patios. 

TVIsla Mujeres - El Ayuntamiento y el DIF de Isla Mujeres trabajan por los derechos de las niñas

    Oct. 12  The honorary president of DIF in Isla Mujeres, Mrs. Paola Orrico Carrillo, led the commemoration to mark the Day of Girls, and she reiterated the commitment of the administration headed by her husband, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to support the rights of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups, such as women and girls.
     She said that the DIF rejects all forms of discrimination and will have the tools necessary for the protection of girls from sexual and physical exploitation, and joins in the task of raising awareness, with the support of her husband,  mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis. As the main social service agency in the municipality, they must work on awareness campaigns for gender equality, with the support of the state and municipal governments. 
       Representing the Mayor, Suemi Beatriz Gonzalez Sanchez, the sindica municipal, said that this administration is committed to the welfare of girls and women, while urging the community to set an example, respecting gender equality and assuring equal opportunities for men and women.
       The young student Maria Caamal Ku said that girls still face great barriers in issues of equality, and that only with access to quality education can people be converted who are a factor of change in society. 
      As part of the activities planned for this day, a "Princess Mini Spa" was conducted which offered various free services to girls. Birth certificates were also issued without charge.
      Among the guests at the official event were: Councilwoman Athena Gomez Ricalde;in charge of the Office of the Directorate General of DIF, Hilda Gomez Christina Avila; the Delegate of the Attorney for the Defense of Children and Family; and Cen Roxana Martínez, Director of Education.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Transparency and accountability   
Transparente y rendidora de cuentas+] Ver mas  Full article at this link

Offering health care  
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   The new Director of the Health, Dr. Patricia Guadalupe White, was named by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis on Thursday. She will be responsible for implementing a plan with the three levels of government to reduce the incidence of Zika and prevent panic among tourism promoters about the eventual effect of this disease on the flow of visitors expected this winters, and to address other health problems in the community.
      The Mayor confirmed there was a 25 percent increase in the number of reported cases of Zika in the past week (in the state), and he began a clean up campaign around several neighborhoods, in coordination with the vectors personnel with the State Health Department (SESA).
        The Mayor appointed Jessica Contreras Bonilla as the new Coordinator for the municipal Rehabilitation Center of Isla Mujeres (CRIM), which opened three months ago, following an investment of 18 million pesos. The facility has the potential to help more 2430 people with disabilities and offers physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, consultations, nursing, social work, psychological counseling, and other services to help people with disabilities and special needs to have a better quality of life.

Problems with the Isla Contoy lighthouse beacon 
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    Oct. 13  The SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) has warned the shipping industry to take caution, especially the large vessels in the Yucatan Channel, because the Contoy lighthouse, which is the tallest in Quintana Roo, is only operating with an emergency beacon. It has been like this for some days and should be repaired at any minute.
   Due to choppy seas and winds, the small boats of the fishermen of Isla Mujeres were not at work.

Palapa fell
     The palapa at the Las Iguanas Park could not stand the winds of Cold Front #3 and collapsed this afternoon, which is a result of having no maintenance since it was built six years ago. Fortunately there were no children on the site, because this area is used regularly on weekends for children's parties, and is usually open to the public for much of the day.
      The sea is nearby, about 100 meters away, which affected the steel that reinforced the wooden timbers of the structure. However the pillars placed in a circle stood firm, and only the "cone" fell to the grounds. Personnel from Civil Protection began the cleaning process, and it will be determined later whether the palapa can be rebuilt.

Encouraging police to conduct raids
Exhortan a realizar redadas [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
    Commenters in social networks are urging police to take action and conduct raids in response to increasing vandalism and an increasing presence of groups of young people, who hang out in various parts of the colonias in the predawn hours, causing trouble. A banner by "Los Pelones"  (a gang) recently appeared with a warning against "los chapulines" (a reference to drug dealers who are independent & non-gang affiliated,).
      Parents want all three levels of government to take action against drug dealing and vandalism. They want raids to be conducted where the groups are congregating, including along the walkway around Salina Grande, near the colonias of Caridad del Cobre, Miraflores, and Canotal. Sra Lordes Euan Solis said, "If this type of crime is not stopped now, we will regret the consequences tomorrow."
      A year ago, a meeting was held with residents about this problem between several local governmental agencies, promoted by the Citizens Committee for Public Safety, and including representative of NGO's and the Human Rights Commission. This type of communication should be continued to create and implement a plan to prevent the spread of vandalism and other problems.  

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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October events

Sunset ~6:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Oct. 15      6:20p  Full Moon
Oct. 16      7:09p
Oct. 17      8:01p
Oct. 18      8:55p
Oct. 19      9:51p
Oct. 20     10:49p
Oct. 21     11:46p

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

Thursday, Oct. 6  Artist Fair   4p  Casa de la Cultura  Participants include Isla Brewing, AMar Cocina Peruana, and Javi's Cantina

Oct. 8: 42nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Oct. 9:  Day of Fishermen

Sunday, October 9: You're invited to the start of the program "Isla Mujeres Magic Nights" at 8pm on the Town Square.  A Sunday evening program of cultural and artistic events. Commemorating the XLII Anniversary of the creation of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo.

Wednesday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Saturday, Oct. 15 Art Exhibit at Casa de los Vientos  6pm  (behind the Convention Center)

Sunday, Oct. 16 Magic Nights 8pm Town Square

Thursday, Oct. 20  Artist Fair  4p

Monday, Oct. 31   Halloween

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos


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

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies for people with Diabetes. We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of gringos that live and visit your beautiful island. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! PM Karen Rosenberg or Geovanny Avalos on FB for more information about this new non-profit organization created to serve the people of Isla Mujeres! (or email me at Please share this information. Thank you.

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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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