Monday, October 24, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 24

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Initiating the process to reactivate bus service  

Se reactivará transporte urbano

Luego que se venció concesión a empresa Isla Turicun

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  Alderman Carlos Gamboa Ortiz said the process has begun to seek reactivation of the project for new concession to provide urban transport. It is noted that bus service was canceled in May when the lease with Turican expired, leaving hundreds of workers waiting for service to resume. The Councilman said he took the issue to the City Secretario de Gobierno, Joel Saury Galue. Sr Gamboa said it is imperative to respond to these citizen complaints and reactivate the service as soon as possible, and reach out to interested companies to serve the routes on the island and in the Continental Zone.
    The Isla Turicun company had the concession for 15 years, with a poor performance, and was not allowed to provide secretario de gobierno service on the mainland, due to issues with the taxistas, as well as not extending any new routes on the island to workplaces. The Alderman said this service is very useful for the hundreds of employees, plus many of the tourists who enjoyed using it to become familiar with more of the island. It also serves residents when their families go to the beach, and taxis won't serve them because they are wet.
    He said he turned the issue over to the relevant committee for analysis and to address it at an upcoming council session regarding the procedures involved to grant the concession to a company that has the ability to provide this important service.


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

A very successful event took place on Sunday; the third edition of the artistic and cultural galas "Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas:, which was attended by dozens of people in the Town Square, in front of the Town Hall. There were a variety of dance performances including Caribbean, folk, contemporary, the trova, as well as music by Mexican composers. This was offered via the Institute of Culture and the Artes, by the City of Isla Mujeres, for the third consecutive week. The performances lasted more than an hour and were enjoyed very much by the audience.
Con un variado repertorio, que pasó de los bailes caribeños, folclóricos, la danza contemporánea, la trova y la música de compositores mexicanos, habitantes de la isla disfrutaron de ameno repertorio.
Las #NochesMágicas de #IslaMujeres, que lleva a cabo el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, a través del Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes, por tercera semana consecutiva se llevó las palmas del público presente, el cual disfrutó de la gala artística y cultural, por más de una hora.

From Cultura Isla Mujeres
The announcement of information for the Hanal Pixan contest. Registration is open.
Te presentamos la convocatoria del Concurso de Hanal Pixan.
Inscripciones abiertas

 Together, Isla Mujeres schools are announcing their activities honoring the dead, ad this traditional Mexican festival will provide examples of offering of janal pixan (sic Hanal Pixan/Comida de Animas/Food for the Souls), a Mayan tradition of this region, including examples of offerings from other states in Mexico. 
 Additionally, the Institute of Culture and the Arts will offer a special event for the occasion. Festival of the Living for the Dead.
Las escuelas Isla Mujeres se unen para dar a conocer sus actividades en honor a los difuntos, esta tradicional fiesta mexicana ofrecerá una muestra de ofrendas Janal Pixan (Comida de Ánimas) de la tradición Maya propia de esta región, sin olvidarnos del contexto nacional con las mesas de los diferentes estados de la República Mexicana.
Además el Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Isla Mujeres ofrecerá espectáculo especiales para la ocasión.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Isla Mujeres Mayor inaugurated the playoffs of the Tecnologico baseball league.
TVIsla Mujeres - Inaugura alcalde de Isla Mujeres "playoffs" de la liga de béisbol tecnológico

City announces attractive tax incentives for October and November.  Link to full article.
TVIsla Mujeres - Anuncia ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres atractivos incentivos fiscales durante Octubre y Noviembre


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tax incentives
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 The municipal Treasury Department has cancelled fees for fines and surcharges during the months of October and November, said Wilfredo Cortez Avalos, Director of Revenue. This will benefit taxpayers during this period of lower economic activity. Taxpayers are encouraged to catch up on their property tax payments, fees, and Trash Collection fees, with a 100 percent discount, which can be paid at the cashiers during office hours Monday to Friday. In addition, there are 50% discounts on municipal Traffic fines and 30% for fines and documents with Civil Protection.
   This collected income will go to address basic expenses of the City, and every peso will be accounted for in a transparent manner, according to the commitment of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis.

Chess: Exercise for the mind
Ajedrez, ejercicio para la mente .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This article has an interview with 13 year old Joel David Leyva Vasquez who lives on the mainland part of the municipality, who plays and competes in chess and spoke about how the game has been good for him.

Promoting Isla Mujeres internationally 
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   Ishla Mujeres will be represented at the international fairs in at Berlin and Madrid, said the Director of Promotion, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. A plan for a more aggressive approach to boost overnight he tourism, which will need to be endorsed by the OVC, Office of Visitors & Conventions in Cancun, who manage the three percent lodging tax (IAH). Some hoteliers want the Fideicomiso de Promotion of Isla Mujeres returned to the island's Department of Tourism, to manage the more than 10 million pesos that will be collected in 2017, and to be separated from the OVC.
   Sr Rodriguez Orozco  reported that the municipality now has more than 3500 rooms and construction of almost 2000 more should be finished by the end of the year, and then the municipality will have more than 5000 rooms. In the island part of the municipality, there are 1580 rooms and in Punta Sam-Isla Blanca, on the mainland, are about 2000 rooms. That peninsula has a capacity to accommodate about 30,000 rooms, according to the PDU (Program for Urban Development) for that part of the municipality.
    The hotel Berny has now reopened its doors, with over 50 rooms, after three decades of being in a semi abandoned state. It was opened in 1979 as a modern building, and there were various attempts to reactivate it, but this was time it will finally be open to the pubic, after an investment of 5 million pesos for general maintenance, according to a representative of the Yucatan company.

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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.

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

Sunday, Oct. 16 Magic Nights 8pm Town Square
Wed, Oct 19 at 5pm. Pink March The general public is invited to join the Pink March to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer from the Monument to the Fishermen (north end of Medina) to the La Triguena statue (by Town Square banos). Enjoy the music of Jose Aguilar and performances by the dance troupe Anoranzas, as well as food vendors.

Thurs, Oct 20 Art Fair  Casa de Cultura 4-9p Art, Craft Beer, Food Vendors

 Fri, Oct 21 Pink Breakfast Benefit  Casa de Cultura 9am Participants are asked to wear pink or white to this benefit of "Por Siempre Viva" foundation and the prosthesis program. Ticket donations are 200 pesos and T shirts are 120 pesos, both available at the DIF offices 9a-4p.

Fri, Oct 21 Memorial to Ramon Bravo at his monument (entrance to Sac Bajo) 8am. Anniversary of his birth

Sat. Oct. 22 International Beach Cleaning Day at 8am until noon, starting at the Whale Shark monument, cleaning up near Mundaca, Sac Bajo, Salina Grande, and the Eastern Malecon. General Public is invited.

The general public is invited to a skateboard-longboard competition on Saturday at 2pm on Isla Contoy street, at the intersection with Pargo, in front of the Julio Sauri school.
Sat. Oct. 22  "CIRCUS SHOW" Dance Festival  Town Square 7:30p 4th anniversary of the Renatta Dance Studio with special guest dancers
Sun, Oct 23 NOCHES MAGICAS Celebration Town Square 8p

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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