Friday, November 4, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, November 4

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Installation of the Municipal Health Committee 

Garantiza salud de isleños

Juan Carrillo preside instalación del Comité Municipal del ramo

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de noviembre.
Leer más.Full article at this link .. 
 Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis reinstated the Municipal Health Committee, saying that health is the foundation for everything. He is committed to guaranteeing it to all sectors of the island community via coordinated work between the three levels of government. He emphasized the importance of fighting dengue, chikungunya, and zika by reducing mosquito breeding grounds. 
   He said, "We, the municipal government, will encourage a culture of prevention with constant check ups. Let's encourage healthy habits within the community, which is our task and our commitment." He said he will work toward better health for island families, in coordination with the state Governor, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez.
     The mayor explained that ensuring the health of island families is a priority, because if people are healthy, they can have a fuller life. During the re-installation of the Municipal Health Committee, the Plan of Action was unveiled, for the elimination of the mosquito that causes Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya, with the implementation of Health Brigades to do intensive work removing junk, fumigating, and eliminating  breeding sites, beginning November 14th. 
      The island part of the municipality will be divided into two zones with the goal of reaching 12,642 inhabitants and 3548 residential homes. Also part of the plan is removal of 65.4 tons of junk from the colonias, including tires, furniture, and other objects, which are potential breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Long lines at City Hall for drivers licenses 

Largas filas en la Tesorería

Para ponerse al día con licencia de conducir

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de noviembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..    In response to a program implemented by the police, dozens of people were completing the procedure for obtaining their drivers licenses, since failure to have one could result in a fine exceeding 3500 pesos. There were long lines at the window for the Municipal Treasury, where people told the reporter they had no problem with being required to obtain the document, but they complained that there were three cashiers windows and only one was open. The lines were long at nine in the morning, and even longer at 1pm after lunchtime.

Concerns about beach erosion  

Programas preventivos contra erosión

 Propone concejal ante preocupación de IP

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
  Alderman Roberto Martinez visited the beach area know as  “El Riíto”, where there has been erosion, especially in this season of 'nortes' (windy fronts from the north). The Councilman visited the area upon invitation for the business owners in the area, who want the City to take action against the problem. The Councilman said the recover of the sand could be done with assistance from ZOFEMAT (Department of the Maritime Federal Zone) with federal resources. He said the erosion affects the businesses and their workers, because it reduces the number of tourists who come to the area to enjoy the beach. (This area is in front of Fenix & Na Balam)
   A huge amount of sand has been lost in the area known as "Chichis", after the rupture of the 'whale' which retained the sand, which occurred more than a year ago.

Mayor encourages residents to join efforts to keep the island clean 

Por un municipio limpio

 Juan Carrillo invita a ciudadanos a sumarse a labores para mejorar imagen urbana

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-.
Leer más..Full article at this link.      With simple tasks like sweeping in front of their houses and putting trash in its place, residents can do their fair share and contribute with the authorities toward keeping the municipality clean, said Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis.  He said the islanders are know for their solidarity and participation, which is why he is asking them to join this crusade for at clean and healthy municipality.
    During the first 100 days of his administration, the municipal government has taken a number of steps in this direction with the launch of “Jornadas Ciudadanas”(Resident Clean ups) and“Brigadas de Limpieza” (Cleaning Brigades), overseen by the Public Services Department. These efforts have substantially improved the urban image of the municipality, with cleaner and better maintained streets, sidewalks, and streetlights.
     There has also been an intensive campaign to eliminate junk and objects left by the streets, which can act as breeding grounds for the mosquitoes which carry Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, to reduce risk to the population. The Mayor asked the residents to cooperate with the authorities in keeping the streets clean and to use the public areas properly. The Director of Public Service, Jose Guadalupe Rios Chale, asked the residents to avoid throwing useless furniture and appliances in the ditches or empty lots, which cause a risk to local inhabitants.
     With all the cleaning and junk removal efforts, more than 10,000 inhabitants have benefited in the colonias of La Gloria, El Cañotal, Miraflores and La Caribeña. On the mainland, they have been cutting brush and pruning in Punta Sam.


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

If you have an emergency, call 911. (There is a GIF of a man in bed hearing noises and calling 911 and the police arriving.)
¿Tienes una emergencia? Llama al 911

Health is the foundation of everything. Today the Municipal Health Committee was installed to encourage a 'culture of prevention' and encourage healthy habits in the community. This is our duty and commitment.
La salud es la base de todo. Hoy reinstalamos el Comité Municipal de Salud, para promover la cultura de la prevención y fomentar hábitos saludables para la comunidad. Es nuestra tarea y nuestro compromiso.

The cleaning brigades continue (#BrigadasdeLimpieza) for a cleaner Isla Mujeres.
Continuamos con las #BrigadasdeLimpieza para tener un #IslaMujeres limpio. #HagamosFuturo

We are grateful to the school "Jean Piaget" for the invitation to take part in the Festival of the Souls (Festival de las animas).
Hagamos futuro con nuestras tradiciones, agradecemos a la escuela Jean Piaget por su invitación para ser parte del "Festival de las animas"

A clean up brigade worked at the cemetery "La Gloria" in order to maintain this area for the islander families to visit their departed loved ones. 
Se realiza la brigada de limpieza en el cementerio "La Gloria" con el fin de mantener estos espacios adecuados para que las familias isleñas visiten a sus difuntos.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The preliminary draft is ready for a project of a Mega Biosphere Reserve, which includes the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Lazaro Cardenas, (Holbox) and Benito Juarez (Cancun). LINK. 
Listo anteproyecto de la mega Reserva de la Biósfera del Caribe Mexicano que incluye a Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas y Benito Juárez -…/
 In response to civil groups, entrepreneurs, ejido members, and environmentalists in Quintana Roo during the past 2-3 years, the Mexican government began conducting a study regarding the possible creation of a Natural Protected Area (ANP) of the Biosphere of the Mexican Caribbean on April 22 (Earth Day). This would be one of the most ambitious plans in the Caribbean, encompassing ~56,628 square kilometers of the coast of Quintana Roo, with an extension representing a little over 44,000 square kilometers.
   The objective of SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources) and CONANP (National Commission of Protected Areas) is to improve the regulation for the conservation of the environment in Quintana Roo, where one can find some of the principle reserves in Mexico and in America, such as the Biosphere of Sian Ka'an, among others.
    Also, in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, and in recent years Majahual at the south of the state, is where there are concentrated together one of the principal tourist destinations and sources of this type of income, in Mexico.
   In 2015, Quintana Roo received over half of the 30 million tourists who came to this country and and the state also gained half of the 17.5 million dollars that came into Mexico from tourism last year. 
    Investigators, environmental specialists, and representatives of civil organizations are insisting that SEMARNAT and CONANP consider the recommendations of all those involved or affected by the creastion of the "Reserva de la Biosfrera del Caribe Mexicano".  There are 23 civil organizations who have worked together to create a series of proposals that include both the benefits and the complications that could arise for the environment and for sustainable economic development in the Yucatan Peninsula, from the creation of the ANP (Protected Natural Area).
   The scientists, environmentalists, and environmental rights specialists of the 23 organization s say there are some inconsistencies that need to be addressed before the final approval and publication of the document in the Official Federal Publication.  The lawyer for CEMDA (Mexican Center for Environmental Rights) said one of the problems with the possible creation of the Biosphere Reserve is the apparent lack of order that exists in the coastal zones of Quintana Roo, regarding the protection and conservation of natural resources when facing projects of economic development.
  This is a very long article, which is taken from this website (LINK) where the text can be copied and pasted into a translator (LINK)

Vega Macias: "Strays in the street continue to be a problem and for this reason we need to reactivate the Animal Protection regulations". LINK

More than 100 islanders benefited from the 8th Diabetes Clinic, due to the efforts of Karen Rosenberg (and Geovanny Avalos) LINK. 
Más de cien isleños se benefician con la VIII Clínica de la Diabetes promovida por Karen Rosenberg -…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hurricane wall by eastern malecon has cracks 
El Muro Oriente está cuarteadoce.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Residents in the area of the eastern malecon are concerned that the wall was not properly constructed when it was built, and they are worried about the gabions (rocks in wire 'cages'), which are falling apart because their cages have rusted. They say the gabions should be rebuilt, the pillars, which have cracks, should be reinforced, and the southern section of the wall, which is heavily damaged and boarders the Juzado Mixto property, should be rebuilt.

Non-functioning boats are cluttering the beaches
Muchos botes rotos en abandonoeré.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 3 There are a good number of fishing vessels abandoned on the beaches,  hindering the free movement of visitors and islanders. Many of these boats don't function and Por Esto says should be removed. A majority of the fishermen no longer have sites to moor their boats, since most of their cooperatives have given up their Federal Zone concessions.  
    The tourism cooperative "Isla Mujeres" had just finished "negotiations" for their space, with an offer of payment of ~400,000 pesos to each of the 20 members who agree to give up their rights. 

Health Committee reinstalled  
Reinstalan el comité de saludesf.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres acer.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Thursday the port remained closed for navigation by small boats, but the weather was expected to improve on Friday. (A weather report is given. It was rainy off and on at mid morning, and it'sgetting sunnier and less overcast at 1pm).
     The lighthouse beacon at Isla Contoy has been fully restored, but the beacons are out of service at El Dormitorio and at El Cabezo, as is teh buoy at Recalda Isla Mujeres and the buoy at Aguas Seguras of Puerto Juarez.
   There was a good flow of visitors through the Maritime Terminal before noon, and the porters were doing well. There were a good number of people at the beaches, and more than 500 golf carts were rented. The merchants said sales are low, but beginning to improve. Several catamarans brought a good number of visitors to enjoy the island.


Concerns about cemetery wall 
De miedo. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   In the area of the cemetery wall along the prolongation of Hidalgo, heading toward North Beach, there is an old crack in the wall, and there are concerns that it could collapse, like another section of the wall did recently. There is a gap in the level of the wall of about one meter above street level and the neighboring properties.
    It is noted that very few families were observed in the cemetery before noon to commemorate the Day of the Dead, and some were painting the tombs, noting they had little time, due to their jobs. The officials reported a "Saldo Blanco", with no serious incidents over the holiday on the island or on the mainland area of the municipality.

Isla Mujeres won an award at the Pueblos Magicos fair 
Premio en feria de Pueblos Mágicos] Ver masFull article at this link
    It has already been reported that Isla Mujeres participated in the Third National Pueblos Magicos Fair and was given an award for being the first town to develop a 'production chain' which met the requirements and guidelines established by the program. There were 111 Pueblos Magicos participating.

Volunteers teaching reading
Voluntarios enseñan lectura.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

This article is about the mainland part of the municipality.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.

November events

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Nov. 13      5:44p

Nov. 14      6:37p  Full Moon
Nov. 15      7:34p
Nov. 16      8:33p
Nov. 17      9:34p
Nov. 18     10:33p
Nov. 19     11:31p

 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

Sunday evenings on the Town Square 8p Noches Magicas  Music & Dance Performances

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos  No School & Offices Closed
On Nov. 2, hundreds of residents have been invited to participate the silent parade, who will dress in traditional clothing or white, with Catrina makeup  as Catrinas Catrinas for the "Festival of the Living for the Dead". It starts at 6p from the Cemetery (Hidalgo and Lopez Mateos) to the Casa Cultura where there will be a display of altars in the style of different regions of Mexico. There's a nice video of last year's here on FB.

Thursday, Nov 3  Artist Fair at Casa de la Cultura 4p-9p
  Batik artist Sergio is a usual participant, along with Isla Brewery. Amar Peruvian restaurant set up tables at the last two fairs.

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. 

Sat. Nov. 5 Town Square 8pm Polynesian dancers

Sunday, Nov. 20  Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)
Monday, Nov. 21 Day off for Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)

 At the end of November are the celebrations for the town's Patron saint, and residents from the US celebrate Thanksgiving.

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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