Friday, January 6, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 6

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Full confidence in Juan Carrillo

Municipal treasurer confirms successful collection of property tax

Plena confianza en Juan Carrillo

 Confirma tesorera municipal exitosa recaudación de impuesto predial

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de enero.-
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     Thanks to the participation of citizens and the trust they have in this administration headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis,  75% of  the estimated payments of property tax have been collected, said municipal treasurer, Adriana Martínez Galué.
         In support to the budgets of the residents, discounts for property tax payments were offered, which were 25% in December. 
During January, residents who pay their property tax will receive a 15% discount to continue supporting the budgets of islander families. Also, during February the rebate will be 10%
     " In the month of December alone,  75% of the total monies estimated for the payment of property tax was collected, which demonstrates the confidence of citizenry in the current administration. With these proceeds it will be possible to continue investing in providing increased services and better quality services to the islanders," said the municipal Treasurer.  She invited the taxpayers to visit the Treasury offices at the Town Hall (Palacio) in Isla Mujeres, at the Community Center in the Continental Zone or in the municipal offices in Punta Sam, where they make payments or find more information.


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

We're still working to maintain the beauty of our island. It says we are continuing the work of removing trash from the Transfer Facility.
Seguimos trabajando para que la belleza de nuestra isla se mantenga.



From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Increased taxi rates are expected in response to higher gas prices…/

Although there has been no vandalism or  protests in Isla Mujeres over the increased cost of gasoline, which have been occurring in other parts of Mexico, there is widespread dissatisfaction and concern that taxi rates will rise. Cabbie Miguel Huerta, 33, said, "I'll have an increase of about 200 pesos a day in gas. I think this is a preview of what awaits us in 2017, when we will have increase after increase. But we can't raise the rates, because for this we need authorization, and so far this issue has not been addressed."
  As you know, 2017 began with increases in gas prices, and prices are expected to rise for transportation on land as well as on water, with the immediate increases in costs. Business owners in various municipalities of Quintana Roo are concerned, and yesterday violent acts resulted in the detention of eight people in Playa del Carmen, according to a governmental report.
   Sr. Manuel M, who uses gasoline daily as a provider of public services (como prestador de servicio publico) in Isla Mujeres said he thinks the increased cost of gasoline with affect this sector a great deal. (I think this means he's a taxi driver). He said, "Before I spent between 400 and 500 pesos daily, and we'll see what the effect of the increase will be. Gasoline is a basic requirement, and every day I must fill the tank. If the fuel costs go up, everything else goes up. I have to keep working, but maybe for more hours." 
    "Although this is not a crisis situation, the price of gas has risen a little more than two pesos per liter, from 13.68, it has risen to 15.90, and this worries people, said Mario Meso, 36, who works at the PEMEX gas station on Rueda Medina.
    The manager of Bally-Hoo Restaurant & Bar, Marcial Herrera, 44, said, "This is just the beginning and in 2017 there will be gradual increases monthly, and in one way or another we must assimilate it. At this time, the people here on the island have not been affected."
     Regarding the increase in gas prices, Cristobal David, who is another worker at the gas station, said, "There were protest marches and cuts, but I don't think that is the solution." Although Cristobal doesn't have a vehicle, he is sure that he will see increased costs in public transportation and the cost of food, due to the affects of "el gasolinazo" (increase in gas prices).


From $2.60/gal usd to $3.00.
This is a 2.22 peso increase per liter, from 13.68 pesos/liter to 15.90.  Currently a peso is worth about a US nickel, so this is an 11 cent per liter increase, or ~40 cents/gallon. Gas rose from 52 pesos/gal or 2,60 usd/gal. to 60 pesos/gal or ~3.00 usd


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Chedraui took precautions 
Chedraui tomó sus precauciones [+] Ver mas Full article at this link

Calmness and prudence 
Calma y prudencia .. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link

Excellent collection of property taxes  
Gran recaudación en el pago del predial [+] Ver mas Full article at this link

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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
Painting by Pam Haase Link to website
Jan. 12  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music


In March, we'll celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first Europeans visiting the isle. That was the ill-fated Cordoba expedition where everyone was injured, except one fellow, who later disappeared in Florida. They made it back to Cuba, where Cordoba died from his injuries.

Also in March is the 140th anniversary of Jose Marti's visit to Isla, which I've been researching. I found a copy of his journal about the visit & am translating it.

Jose Marti was a 24 year old journalist, anti-slavery activist, & exiled Cuban revolutionary, against Spain. He wrote for various Latin American and American newspapers and founded a number of newspapers. One of his poems was adapted after his death to create the song Guantanamera.

Also visiting in March, 1877, was the eccentric archeologist Augustus le Plongeon, 50, with his wife, Alice, a 25 year old British beauty. Le Plongeon published bizarre theories about interconnections between Mayas & Egyptians & "the people of Atlantis", as well as articles about "psychic archeology" & the occult, which left him discredited among the scientific community.

When he took his bride of two years to the Yucatan, he neglected to mention the Caste War, which had been raging for three decades, and that half the population had died or taken flight. He also didn't warn her about the yellow fever epidemics.

Marti described Augustus as an erudite, talkative, greedy American industrialist-scientist, who was here to benefit commercially. He also comments that the couple's rent is absurdly cheap at six pesos, for a traditional Mayan palapa-house.

Marti writes about a foreign academic he met on the isle, who was barefoot and penniless, carrying a couple ragged books, a hammock, and a violin, who could play beautifully and quote Voltaire, Ronsard, Molière, etc. He describes some of the sights & international events that the old man experienced in his travels, and said it was sad that he had not followed the Arab precept & had not written a book, planted a tree, nor had a son.

Meanwhile, Alice is writing about Mundaca (starting to sound like Facebook? ha!) who she described as a strange, solitary, selfish character, who called himself the Spanish Consul. She said it was understood he'd been a slave trader & people suspected he'd committed some heinous crime that haunted him.

Also in 1877, La Trigueña, (Martiniana 'Prisca' Gomez Pantoja) turned 15. Although Mundaca, 52, died several years later, he carved "1877" onto his tomb. Perhaps this is when she married another & he realized her rejection was final.

So, it seems the tradition goes back a ways of finding an odd, interesting mix of foreigners, with diverse political views & backgrounds, hanging around this isle....

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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