Friday, July 21, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 21

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Anti-crime talks at the middle school

Por juventud libre de violencia

 Realizan pláticas contra el delito en escuela secundaria

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.-
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This was previously translated from another source...

Junk collection to prevent mosquito borne illnesses 

Recogen cacharros

Juan Carrillo apoya labores de prevención de enfermedades

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See translation below....

Official price for patient transfers: Red Cross Director 

Cruz Roja, con tarifa oficial

 Para traslado de pacientes, señala titular

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.  For non emergency transfers there will be an ambulance charge of 400 pesos for residents and 800 pesos for tourists, which is lower than the rates charged in Cancun, said the Red Cross director, Felipe Bierman. To provide this service, the Red Cross has two ambulances, a new one and another that has been rehabilitated with new tires and new radios.  He explained that these prices have been established for several years, but they were not being applied and that even these rates that will be in force

Clean and secure beaches for the tourists to enjoy: Commitment of Mayor Juan Carrillo

Playas limpias y seguras

 Disfrutan turistas, ante compromiso de Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de julio.-.
Leer más...Full article at this link


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


An invitation to enjoy the events Thursday for the Whale Shark Festival
 Tomorrow, Thurs. July 20 Whale Shark Festival
6p Town Square
Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Vehicle Caravan from the Fishermen's monument down Rueda Medina
8p Casa de la Cultura
Documentary Film
Exhibition of Motorcycles
Exhibition of Ford cars
Music by DJ Dany


An invitation to Friday's Whale Shark Festival events...
6p Town Square
Art & Food Fair
Whale Shark Licensee Fair
Traveling Exhibition of Amigos de Isla Contoy
Exhibition of Ford vehicles

8pm Town Square
Performance by Renata Dance Studio featuring the show "Rewind--Decades"

Following instructions from the Mayor, more than 20 streetlights were replaced in the colonias of el Cañotal and la Gloria on Thursday morning.

Prizes for the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe". It says surprise prizes for 4th thru 10th. Registration in 2000 pesos. August 4th & 5th

Junk collection 
- Committed to taking care of the health of the islanders, the City of Isla Mujeres carries out preventive work against diseases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya during the 2017 rainy season. 
    There are no vaccines or medications to avoid these diseases, and the best way to protect oneself is to follow the measures of basic sanitation and personal protection, mainly avoiding the creation of mosquito breeding grounds, and this is why the municipal government of Isla Mujeres carries out a campaign of junk removal and Nebulization. Approximately 4-5 tons of junk were removed for the benefit of island families, to prevent mosquito breeding grounds and the proliferation of mosquitoes which transmit zika, dengue, and chikungunya. 
     Residents are asked to cooperate by covering, flipping, or removing any containers where water can collect and larvae can develop.


There is a video that says 100's of tourists enjoy the clean beaches of Isla Mujeres. The municipal government is keeping its commitment to maintain the good image of Isla Mujeres


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

10th edition of the Whale Shark Festival starts Thursday.…/

Scenes from North Beach are included in music video…/
Here's the video:
     During his meeting with the press, accompanied by authorities of the City of Isla Mujeres and representatives of the hotel sector, Cuban singer-songwriter Julio Baró said that he has also composed a song inspired by Isla Mujeres and that will be part of his next record production.

 Isla Mujeres community and government working for a safer municipality 
       The Security Subcommittee of the Planning Committee for Municipal Development (Coplademun).This subcommittee will be chaired by the General Director of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, Jaime Ongay Ortiz and will include representatives of all the police departments, the Attorney General's Office, the State Public Security Ministry, the Federal Police, the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Fifth Naval Region (local naval base), and the municipal agencies and of  the citizens' committees of the island and continental zone. 
       Municipal Chief of Police Ongay Ortiz, said that said subcommittee joins with Coplademun, presided over by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, based on Quintana Roo's Planning Law for the Development of the State. Among its fundamental objectives is to work together to ensure that Isla Mujeres continues to be one of the safest places in Quintana Roo.

70,000 pesos for first place in the Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" 
70 mil pesos para el primer lugar en Torneo Femenil `La Dorada del Caribe´ -…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Requests continue for public beach downtown  
Playa pública la del centro [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  An application has been made for reversals of three federal concessions at the 'bocacalles" (Lit. mouth of the the ends of the streets. It refers to the prolongation of the street, past the intersection where the pavement ends, and where the beach/Federal coastal Zone is.). 
    There is still a demand to make Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach) into a public beach (without any concession). Previously the area in front of the lighthouse on Rueda Medina malecon (Posada Beach) was a public beach, until it was placed under a concession years ago. Petitions have been signed asking that this be reversed, and activists continue to work for this cause. 
     Article 33 of the Urban Image Regulation of Isla Mujeres says: "The continuations of the streets within the delimited area, whose direction is towards the Federal Zone, should keep clear of obstacles, avoiding buildings or equipment which obstruct the view of the sea ".

Birthday celebration for archbishop
Mitrado festeja su cumpleaños+] Ver masFull article at this link

Monsignor Fabio Martinez Castilla, archbishop of the diocese of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, celebrated his 67th birthday in his native Isla Mujeres and celebrated Mass last night  in the parish of the Immaculate Conception. The festival for the  Divino Niño Jesús came to a close after almost two weeks of spiritual and cultural activities, with a procession through the steets and a gathering with dancing in front of the church at the Town Square.

Many visitors  
Mucho movimiento de visitantes. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The summer holiday season has begun and more than 10,000 tourists visited the island, mostly for a few hours, which was obvious from the long lines at the Maritime Terminal, especially from 5pm to 7pm. The larger hotels are experiencing good occupancy, while the smaller ones are closer to half full. The more than 20 rental agencies were leasing over 700 golf carts, with no major traffic accidents reported. The dive shops and snorkel tour companies were doing a good business, with the most popular attractions being MUSA (underwater sculpture museum), Manchones reef, Cruz de la Bahiam El Farito, Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, Isla Contoy National Park and visiting  sunken ships, or going sport fishing.
   The whale shark boats are departing full to capacity for these popular tours. Environmentalists want the Navy to assist PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) to help protect the whale sharks from injuries by outboard motors used by non-permit holders and to prevent those 'pirates' from taking tourists to the whale shark area. 


Beginning of rescue of the beaches at the ends of the streets  
Inicia rescate de bocacalles [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  See translation above. The three street-ends are at Abasolo, Matamoros, and Lopez Mateo, concerning areas of beach in the Federal coastal Zone along the Rueda Medina malecon, which were traditionally used by fishermen, boaters and the general public for access to the sea. This effort is being led by Enrique Lima Zuna, with the support of several organizations and individuals, with a petition to the Mayor requesting that those concession be cancelled and not reassigned. It is believed that they are in the public domain as prolonagions of municipal streets.  
   The first letter which requested for revocation of concessions was sent in 2015 to the Federal Zone Directorate of SEMARNAT, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, with the support of 13 organizations of Isla Mujeres, including fishing cooperatives and tourist service providers, as well as individuals. It says that the Cadastre Office of the municipal administrations prior to the current removed these ends of streets from public domain and granted use of the land so that individuals could obtain these concessions. The petition recommended that these land use congruences should be revoked as soon as possible.

Tourist complaint 
Abusan de turistas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Catalina Céspedes Solis, a 41-year-old Costa Rican woman, came to Isla Mujeres from Cancun to enjoy the attractions. She rented a golf cart, but had a problem and filed a complaint at the Tourism office for alleged extortion. She alleged that she had been charged a fine of 2400 pesos for parking in a prohibited area, but the charge of the fine was made through a renter, with the official transit officer named Josué Emanuel Ye Mendoza.  "They charged that amount, giving her a copy of the fine and noting the amount in pen ".
   When Ms Cespedes realized that it was not an official document, she went with the staff of the Tourism Office to seek an answer. There she was attended to by Germán García and Ángel Heredia, and she told them about this theft of her money,  concerning an alleged collusion between a rental agency and a traffic officer.
    When the incident was investigated, the aforementioned agent claimed: "They made a mistake at the time of collecting the fee", accepting that it was not for that amount, but rather for 420 pesos. The remainder was returned. Those who witnessed the event said that this practice is the officer's way of operating with some rental employees; and there are rumors that is not the first time this has happened.
   People close to him (Josue Emanuel Ye) allege that this is not the first time something like this has happened; witnesses could provide more information if there was a serious cleaning up of the bad police and traffic police. On the internet, residents are requesting an investigation and actions in accordance with the laws, because bad practices of this type should not be tolerated by the Mayor, in order to take care of the image of this destination.

Complaints about Cuban fishing boats catching bonito  
Exigen el decreto para las biosferas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The bonito tuna eggs are an essential part of the marine ecosystem, and a major component of the diet of the whale sharks, who visit this are for this food source, and who are essential to the whale shark tourism industry. Complaints continue about the Cuban fishing boats who are exploiting this resource and who are fishing in an area that is supposed to be environmentally protected. The fishermen and tour operators want the Mexican government to intervene. 

Isla Mujeres included in music video
Se promociona a la isla en video musical [+] Ver masFull article at this link 

A press conference was held. This article includes a bio of the musician, comments he made at the press conference, and mentions of the agencies represented by the attendees, which included those who assisted with the making of the video.  See TVIM section above for a link to the music video.

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July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square 

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

 July 9, Sunday 5:30 procession from Maritime Terminal to Town Square church carrying the  Divino Niño Jesús icon

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 10 Monday 8p procession thru the streets with the Divino Niño Jesús icon, followed by entertainment on the Square. Their festival will take place July 10-20 and will include shows for children, dances, performances by local artists & academies, and fireworks, as well as prayers, praises, nightly Masses, laying on of hands, and other religious activities.

July 15, Saturday  The "Reto Isla to Isla" open water swimming competition will take place departing from the restaurant "Flamingos" located along the road to Punta Sam at 7:30am. They are expected to reach Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres around 11am. There are 7km and 3.5 kilometer categories, and the minimum age is 18, with divisions every ten years. 

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.

The Whale Shark Festival schedule
Thursday, July 20
6p Town Square
Art Fair and other activities (I can't read the yellow print very well)
6:30 Fishermen's monument. (")
8pm Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Inauguration of the 10th Whale Shark Festival
A projection presentation of research done at Baja California
Exhibition of motorcycles and Ford cars. Music by DJ Dany

Friday, July 21
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square Renatta Dance studio performance
Saturday, July 22
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
6p City Council room (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)
Sunday July 23
12p Playa Centro (Posada Beach) Volleyball competition, men's & women's and Live Music
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)

July 23 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament (New date)

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