Sunday, April 23, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, April 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Improved public areas: Mayor's efforts yield good results

Mejores espacios públicos

 Labor de Juan Carrillo rinde buenos resultados

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See City section below....


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

The 14th Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be held May 19th, 20th, and 21st. First prize is 350,000 pesos, second place wins a pick up truck, third gets 100,000 pesos, 4th gets 75,000 pesos, 5th gets 50,000 pesos, 6th gets 25,000 pesos, and 7th-10th get motorcycles. The Best Captain winner gets a motorcycle and there are surprise awards for 11th-20th. There are more than one million pesos in prizes. For more information call 998 877 0307.

Mayor delivers results: Improved public areas  

      Improving the public areas for the benefit of island families is one of the commitments of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis. These public works have included the rehabilitation of the dome in the Senior Citizen's Park, renovating the Las Hormiguitas Park and the Tortugas Park, and the rehabilitation of the cycle path of Salina Grande. 
   Work has also been undertaken to renovate the lighting along the eastern perimeter road and to repair the outdoor lights at  Las Gaviotas Park, Las Hormiguitas Park, Las Fragatas Park, and along the walkways near Isla 33 and around the Salina Grande lake, as well as at the soccer fields and sports domes on the island. 
    The Mayor said his government is working every day to manage resources so that they are effectively invested to meet the most pressing needs of the municipality. He said that since the beginning of his administration he has worked to coordinate between the three levels of government to rescue and rehabilitate the public spaces, with ongoing cleaning campaigns, reforestation of the parks and landscaping, maintenance of the sports areas, and renovation of the areas where island families gather and meet.

Mahatma Gandhi once said,  "You must be the change you wish to see in the world"; we make major actions for the benefit of all beings who inhabit the Earth.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is an hour & 44 minute video of the basketball game at the Convention center: Cahuameros vs Dorados de Playa del Carmen

Over half a ton of trash was removed from the bottom of the sea…/

  At the second annual Earth Day clean up by Action for Isla, just over 500 kilos of trash were removed from the sea, and more than a ton of trash was collected and inventoried at the Posada del Mar beach. More than 100 people participated, including islanders, foreign residents, and tourists who love the island, which was twice as many people as last year, according to a founder of the organization, Kai Creamer. The trash was separated and consisted mostly of bottles and containers. This cleaning was also done to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the beaches of Isla Mujeres.
        She said this year less trash was collected from the sea which is good news, and indicates the amount of trash which was accidentally thrown from the boats in the past year.  She said, "We will deliver a report about the amounts of the different types of trash, which could be used as a database and for legislation. For example, if there are many straws, their use could be banned in Isla Mujeres."  She thanked the volunteers and the companies that sponsored the event.

3 Islanders involved in accident on the road to Tizimin, Yucatan…/
A tragic accident occurred yesterday on the road to Tizimín, Yucatan (from Cancun), which caused the death of two people including the driver of combi-van and a young man from Isla Mujeres, and others were injured.
It was a combi-van with 14 passengers on board, including three from Isla Mujeres, Elmer Torres Campos, Nelia Garrido Gomez and Carlos Salazar Coral. Mr. Salazar unfortunately died minutes after arriving at the General Hospital San Carlos,  in Tizmín.
The accident occurred at kilometer 17 of the Sucopo - Colonia Yucatán highway when a tire blew out. The van was being driven by Eligio Yam Barbudo, who died instantly on board the vehicle.
The wounded were transferred to two hospitals, but so far only the death of two people, including Mr. Salazar Coral, has been confirmed.
Regarding the other two islanders involved in the accident, it was confirmed that Mr. Torres Campos is in a delicate state of health, while Ms. Garrido Gómez is out of danger.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourists reappear 
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  Tourists were absent from the beaches due to two days of poor weather, and are now returning. More visitors are expected on Sunday, when the Easter holiday season will come to an end. The boats coming from the Hotel Zone, from Punta Sam, and from Puerto Juarez were nearly full, and the times of peak activity reoccurred at the two Maritime Terminals. By afternoon, it is estimated unofficially that 10,000 visitors would arrive. 
      Visitors were still arriving to the beaches at  noon, with a good number of tourists observed at Playa Centro, and more people were still arriving on the ferries and recreational boats. Merchants were pleased that the day dawned with excellent weather, and many people began arriving, because many of them had expected worse. 
     The holiday season is coming to a close with a 'saldo blanco' (no major incidents), and credit is given to the three levels of government and their security measures, as well as to the business sector, especially the businesses who own concessions in the North Beach Federal Zone and provide assistance to visitors who have difficulty in the swimming areas.

Fishermen in pursuit of fish 
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    On Saturday the ocean was surprisingly calm and the fishermen went out to catch fish to supply the families and restaurants of the island, since the coolers of the five fishing cooperatives have been emptied by the high rate of seafood consumption during the past two months.  Fishermen were going out to make some money, after several days of inactivity. Not everyone went out because the waters are still cloudy after the storm, and they hope to go out on Sunday.
   During the past two months of high consumption of seafood, the fishermen could not supply the island, and some restaurants depended on supplies from the state of Yucatan, and some locations that sell grilled fish tikinxic style had to roast chickens.
     The vacation period is concluding with a great deal of need for fish for local consumption, which will be replenished in upcoming days, since the south winds are disappearing, which should give rise to the bonanzas that occur at this time, according to the seafarers who understand the weather changes and seasons of the year.
     This period of low levels of fishing activity gives the marine species an opportunity to repopulate the fishing zones where there has been depletion due to over exploitation, which these men recognize is a wise combination of facts and the balance of nature.

Complaints about ferry rates  
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   Construction workers who come to work on the island for a few days, before returning to their place of origin, are unhappy with that the round trip Ultramar ferry ride costs them 300 pesos. Some are researching their ferry options and using the vehicle ferry which costs less than 90 pesos for a round trip, which is a less than a third of the Ultramar fee. It had been hoped that another ferry company would enter the market during the Easter holidays, but there have been administrative setbacks for the two companies interested in the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route.

The second half of this article contains the same information that was translated above about the death of Carlos Salazar Coral, "Charly" in the San Carlos hospital of Tizimin, Yucatan, from serious injuries as a result of an accident when he was a passenger in a combi-van which overturned after a tire blew out. It also notes that former City Councilwoman Neila Garrido Gomez has been discharged from the hospital, according to sources, and that the status of Elmer Torres Campos was complicated. It said that Charley's family was waiting on Friday night to give a final farewell to this noble and helpful human being. May God bless him.

Large amounts of trash collected  
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   Volunteers working with the "Action For Isla" group participated in an Earth Day clean up which removed trash from the seabed below six docks in the port area of Isla Mujeres and from beaches of the Caribbean sea.  One of the organizers, Kaiulani Creamer Shorey, said the amount removed from the sea was much lower than last year, indicating this was 12 months of trash, unlike the previous clean up of several years of accumulated trash.
     Sixty companies collaborated with the organization to offer prizes for the participants via raffles of articles and services, to promote community participation. The trash included soft drink and beer bottles and cans, tires, beach clothing, lumber, cables, and other items.The garbage was inventoried to provide a report for an international organization which evaluates the types of trash which is collected. For example, due to recent storms, there was some strange debris, such as the remains of a Hawaiian Maui boat, which arrived to the shores of the Caribbean sea.
     Given the success of this event, the group plans to promote a clean up campaign every three or four months to clean other areas of the sea, as well as the mangroves and lagoon areas, in the midst of the constant presence of trash "generated by tourism".
    Many foreign residents participated, as well as many young people committed to environmental causes. There were snacks and drinks at the organizations headquarters, which were set up on the beach by Rueda Medina and Playa Centro.

The details

   More than a ton of trash was collected by the 114 volunteers working with the "Action For Isla" organization. Ms. Creamer explained, "This is a collaboration of community members whose love for the island has united us. Some are Islanders by birth and other by choice. They have offered their time and talents to share ideas and projects which could have a positive impact on this beautiful island."
      She said that she founded the group last year with Shyla Sparks, and since then several others have joined the cause, causing the Action For Isla family to become a network of people with a wide variety of skills and talents. She explained, "Our mission is to give something back to Isla Mujeres, our little island that has a special place in all of our hearts and has given us so much."
     Last year's Earth Day event was a great success with over 60 volunteers collecting more than 650 kilos of trash from the sea and from the Caribbean shore in just an hour and a half, including 425 glass bottles, 87 snorkel tubes, six tires, and a grocery cart.
     This year there were twice as many participants who were divided into teams of certified divers, snorkelers, and spotters who supported them at the docks. They collected the trash which accumulated in the areas below the docks from the Adolfo Lopez Mateos pier to the Valazquez restaurant. Volunteers on the beach assisted in the separation and sorting of the debris.
     Other volunteers and students from Isla Mujeres schools simultaneously cleaned along the beaches and walkways of the Caribbean sea.They will document and report the types of trash and the total weight of all the collected garbage from these areas to assist with "Project Aware", which is part of the "Dive Against Debris" program, proving ongoing research to improve marine conservation.

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura

Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!

Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.


Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer  Cancelled due to weather.
Don’t get LOST! The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura.
Music starts at 6 and features the local Salsa band “Tokeson”.

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 
Action for Isla says....
To everyone who loves Isla Mujeres,
Action for Isla would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Isla Mujeres Dive Against Debris Event on April 22, 2017. The main objective of the event is to perform a cleanup of the docks and beaches of Isla Mujeres in order to give back to the community and the island that we all love and enjoy.
Last year’s event was a raging success, over 60 volunteers on land and sea collected more than 650kgs of trash in the space of an hour and a half, including 425 glass bottles, 87 snorkel tubes, 6 car and tractor tires and a supermarket shopping cart. We hope to make this year even bigger!
The main reason for this letter is to invite you to participate and support the cause. This event consists of teams of certified divers, support snorkelers and spotters on land that will remove trash from the areas under the docks from the Adolfo López Mateos dock to the dock of the restaurant Velazquez. Volunteers on the beach will assist in the separation and classification of waste. Additional volunteers and the schools of Isla Mujeres will facilitate a simultaneous cleaning of the beaches and boardwalk (Malecón) area and beaches of downtown (Centro) that same day.
In addition to cleaning, we will hold a raffle to raise funds for improvements in the area of the National Park and actively contribute to the organization Project AWARE, which aids in organizing such events worldwide and is currently supporting the logistics of this event. Furthermore, we will document and report the classification and total weight of all debris collected from these two areas to assist Project Aware in their ongoing research regarding marine conservation.
We will provide gloves and lunch for participants as well as large water dispensers, please bring your own refillable water container as it is Earth Day and we would like to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Volunteer Positions Available
*Divers – Advanced Open Water Divers and higher (Dependent upon available gear)
*Snorkelers (Unlimited with own Gear)
Beach Cleaners (Unlimited)
Malecón Cleaners (Unlimited)
Trash Sorters and Weighers (Unlimited)
**Sign-In Volunteers (4 People)
**T-Shirts and Raffle Ticket Sales (2-3 People)
**Water Stand Volunteers (6 People)
**Beer and Sandwich Stand (2 People)
Boat Spotters on each Dock (10 People)
Transporting trash from divers and snorkelers to the collection pile (Unlimited)
*If you wish to dive to collect debris please ensure you are Advance Open Water certified and contact us as soon as posible, there is a limit on the number of divers we can have based upon the available gear. Please bring your own snorkel gear if you have it. ALL DIVERS AND SNORKELERS MUST ATTEND AN ADDITIONAL SAFETY BRIEFING THE EVENING BEFORE THE EVENT.
**The in water clean-up will begin at 8:00am (divers and organizers meet at 7:30am) the event will continue until 2pm to factor in the time for sorting the trash, and then the raffle will take place. Cleaners and volunteers may come at any time but we ask if you would like to volunteer at the stands please contact us and ensure you can show up at 8am to help with set-up. Thank you!
There are many volunteer positions available for this project and if you can help in any way, big or small, please contact us! We are excited to not only clean up trash from our beaches and public areas, but also to involve community members in our ongoing efforts to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our beautiful Isla Mujeres.
To participate please contact us via our Facebook page "Action for Isla" or by email at We can also be reached by telephone +52 (998) 134-0712 or +52 (998) 244-4009. We firmly believe that there is strength in unity, and we look forward to your participation.

Special editions of Noches Magicas on the Town Square nightly at 8pm
Thursday, April 20 Ballet Folklorico "Of My Land" Santa Cruz del Astillero Jalisco (Cancelled due to weather).
Friday, April 21 Choreography workshop DAE "Dance, Art & Expression. Pavlova Street Jazz
Saturday, April 22 Roy Gonzalez Academy of Dance Brandon Paredes and Aldahir Davila
Sunday, April 23 Mar & Arena Group (Sea & Sand) Academy of Dance and Adrenalina.

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Sunday, April 30 on the Town Square stage at 8p. A Celebration of the International Day of Dance

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

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