Thursday, November 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 15

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City Council approves property tax discounts  LINK
   Taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of the property tax discounts for the fiscal year 2019, which will be 25% from Dec. 1-15, 20% from Dec 16-31 and 15% from Jan. 1-Feb. 28.
   The Mayor said, "Our commitment is that the island families feel the support of their government, and we know that the payment of this tax is sometimes difficult, so we proposed and approved this program that we are sure will benefit all citizens." 
        Wilfredo Ávalos Cortez, general director of Income, explained that one of the main sources of income for the municipal administration is property tax, so through this program taxpayers are encouraged to make the payment a timely manner, because thanks to these contributions it is possible to satisfy the needs of the population in terms of public services and social development programs, among others.

Excellent results from the Diabetes Clinic  LINK 

In honor of World Diabetes Day, clinics were held on the island and in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres on Nov. 7 and 12, with coordinated work between the nonprofit Club Pro-Pacientes Diabéticos de Isla Mujeres and the municipal DIF social service agency. More than 400 patients were assisted. Glucose testing was provided and  230 glucometers distributed  at the island clinic held at the CAVI facility and 130 were provided to residents of the mainland,for a total of 360. Diabetics were taught to use the machines and other residents returned to receive supplies for the glucometers they'd gotten at previous clinics. More than 200 people were provided with reading glasses. Diabetics also received information about nutrition and management of their illness.

Committee & Objectives for the Isla Mujeres Sustainable Development Plan 2015-2030

 1. Ending poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Health & wellness
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality

7. Affordable energy without contamination
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation & infrastructure
10. Reduction of inequalities
11. Sustainable cities & communities

6. Clean, healthy water
12. Responsible production and consumption
13. Actions for the climate
14. Marine life
15. Land based ecosystems

16. Peace, justice, and stable institutions

17. Alliances to attain these objectives 


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The arrival of Cold Front #10 caused the closure of the port for small boats at 6:30pm and ferry crossings were allowed only to Puerto Juarez. The vehicle ferry company, Maritima Isla Mujeres announced the suspension of its services after 8pm due to strong winds. The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres advised that boats be kept safe and their owners remain attentive to information from official sources.

NOTE: At 5:30am,  winds are currently out of the north at 21 mph, gusting to 26mph.Today's high temperature is expected to be 78 & tonight's low is predicted to be 73. .Last night sustained winds were <40kph

Hoteliers lack alternatives in the face of increased electrical rates by the CFE  LINK 
   - The entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres seem to have no alternative but to accept the new rates of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) because despite protests and meetings with executives of the state agency, the response remains the same. The rates are due to the recently approved Energy Reform, and adjustments will continue thru January 2019. 
   The CFE explained that PDBT (Small Demand Low Voltage, up to 25 kW/month) last year was 2607, but as of November 2018 it had increased to 4185, which was the main reason for the high charges. 
    However, hoteliers must honor the room rates they have already established for their guests, and are concerned about the bills after high season begins in December. 

(Nov. 12) The Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano, said that more than 2000 tons of garbage have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility and taken to the Continental Zone. He estimated that are about 1200 more tons to remove, in addition to what is collected daily. LINK 
  He said that having two vehicle ferry companies operating (four ferries) from the island has allowed them to transport 80 to 103 tons of trash daily, Monday thru Saturday.  He said it is the intention of the current administration to clear the trash facility down to the last kilogram of trash, which could occur before the end of the year.
    He didn't have a date regarding when the four new trash collection trucks would go into service on the island and the Continental Zone.  

The state Congress approved a fee that will be charged to tourists to be used for maintenance of public services in Isla Mujeres. LINK  
For overnight visitors, the fee will be charged per night/per room, and will be 30% of the UMA. ( This "Unit of Measurement" is used to determine fines and other economic amounts, and was formerly called the Daily Minimum Salary. It's ~80 pesos, so thirty percent is 24 pesos, or ~$1.25usd.)
     In the case of visitors who come to the island but don't stay overnight, the fee will be 20 percent of the daily UMA (16 pesos or ~85 cents), which will be charged via the ferry operator. Those who will be exempt from this fee include visitors who are state residents, those who contract services with cooperatives, and any person working in the municipality.
    A citizen committee must be established thirty days after publication of this law to monitor the collection and application of the resources generated by this fee. A legislator explained that this isn't about overexploiting the tourism industry, but rather is done in order to obtain resources to carry out work for the benefit of the destinations. He noted that charging this fee to tourists went into effect a year ago in the municipality of Solidaridad, and didn't affect hotel occupancy, and instead it generated a larger budget, with which the previous administration was able to remodel Fifth Avenue and other important works.
      Regarding the Finance Law of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, legislator Ramón Javier Padilla Balam, president of the Municipal Affairs Commission, said that, although there are no significant increases in this new legislation, adjustments were made in some items that they considered to be hurting citizens and businessmen. In regard to the collection of property taxes and other payments, a minimum and a maximum were imposed so that none of the businesses, whether small or large, were arbitrarily affected, but all were assessed fairly.

 The Isla Mujeres basketball team the Cahuameros, who had been undefeated so far this season, lost one game and won the other last weekend against the Dorados of Playa del Carmen.  LINK  
  On Saturday, the Isla Mujeres team lost by a score of 95 to 65, but on Sunday they were victorious with a final score of 69 to 61. Those games were played in Playa del Carmen and this weekend the Cahuameros will play at home against the Aluxes of Cancun who have defeated the Chetumal Manaties twice. 

On social networks, the Isla Mujeres DIF social service agency launched an "Alba" alert, with information about the tourist and her photograph, seeking help in locating her. This is the Missing poster for Caley Roberta Manning who was staying at the Mia hotel, and last seen on Nov. 12. She is blond haired and blue eyed, 5'5", with a snake tattoo on her abdomen and a skull tattoo on her right calf.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

A crocodile, estimated to be nearly five feet long, was taken to the Mundaca Hacienda after personnel with Civil Protection caught it near Luxury Beach Club, which was a very unusual occurrence. Photos &. VIDEO 

There are only two hyperbaric chambers in Isla Mujeres, the municipal one and the one located at the Naval hospital.
The Director of municipal medical services, Dr. Antónico Conrad, said that an application has been made for the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres to have its own hyperbaric chamber. He said the City is currently looking into the cost of replacing  the one that belongs to the municipality.

The DIF is collecting warm blankets & coats for those in need from Nov 13 to 30 at the DIF offices 9a-4p and the Town Hall  11a-3p.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Navigation could be restricted  

Navegación podría restringirse

This article was written yesterday and the Harbor Master imposed restrictions on boats under 40 feet yesterday evening (see article above) and the Maritima vehicle ferries suspended operations to Punta Sam.

Isla Mujeres in mourning

Isla Mujeres de luto

  Isla Mujeres is grieving the death of Mario Burgos Sanchez, who was the last of the craftsmen who manufactured wooden boats. This is a vocation that goes back to the late nineteenth century when the Becerra brothers arrived on the island from Tuxpan, who were also experts in chicle extraction. Juan de la Rosa Burgos was an outstanding student of the Becerra brothers and passed this along to his son Rafael Burgos Avila, the "Maestro Alva" who passed the tradition to Don Mario, who was a great person, but now the tradition has died.
    Mr Mario Burgos Sanchez was born here on April 12,1931,and his wife preceded him in death seven months ago. He assumed the traditional family trade, and with another well know sea-related family, the Maganas, they constructed such well known and fondly remembered boats as “La Novia del Mar”, la “Sultana del Mar” and la “Dama Elegante”, which were pioneering boats in the transportation of passengers and cargo between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez. Don Mario has left an important legacy in the culture of the island as a fishing village and the art of carpentry, and he will be an immortal character in the isle's history.

Disappearance of tourist confirmed  

Confirman desaparición de turista

   Around two in the morning on Tuesday, a large mobilization took place that included personnel with Civil Protection and the Firefighters, the municipal Police, the Red Cross, and the Mexican Navy, in response to an emergency call that a woman had fallen into or entered the waters of the Caribbean Sea and had not returned to shore.
    After hours of searching and finding nothing, it was suspected that it was a false alarm, since no one had been reported missing, however, a Naval boat continued to search on Tuesday morning, with no results. Officials, including the Director of Tourism and the Harbor Master hadn't received any reports of someone missing.
   On Tuesday night around 10pm, a friend of the missing tourist appeared at the Prosecutor's office to file a complaint about her disappearance, which was sent to the Missing Person's Bureau in Cancun. Elizabeth M.S. said she had been staying at the Mia hotel with her friend, Caley Roberta Manning, 38, of Pennsylvania, who had not reappeared.
      The office of the Public Prosecutor issued an ALBA alert with her photo, which was also distributed on social media by the municipal DIF. The case information was also sent to the federal office of the Procuradurías de la República.
     When her disappearance came to light, there were many rumors, including that her body had been found by fishermen at el Cabezo (by Isla Contoy) which was not confirmed. According to Cristian Montenegro Aragon, coordinator of the Prosecutor's office of Investigation and Accusation, the version that seems most believable is that she was last seen in the (Tiny) Gecko bar, a short distance from the Rocamar hotel, after a discussion with her boyfriend over the phone, who didn't accompany her on this vacation.
     In her complaint, the friend said that when she heard the sound of the argument, she decided to leave the room, and when she returned, Ms. Manning was no longer there, so she went out to look for her, without success.
    What the authorities are sure of is that the body has not appeared and the Prosecutor has no indication of the possible whereabouts of the foreigner, therefore, the Ministerial Police have been investigating the case among witnesses and the last people who saw Ms. Manning.

Imposing order on Rueda Medina

Urge orden vial en Isla Mujeres

       Actions are being taken to reduce the chaos along the main avenue downtown, Rueda Medina, which is particularly acute when the trash trucks are circulating and there are many golf carts. There are many "parking prohibited" signs which are being ignored, and the municipal traffic police have begin imposing order, starting with removal of traffic cones that are place in the public street, and not allowed by law.
     It is also noted that there is a lack of respect for the areas designated for loading and unloading of passengers, created for the convenience of the taxis and their users (so they are not blocking traffic), but in the end they are being used for motorcycle parking and exhibition of golf carts by some rental agencies.
     The Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said they will not let up until order is established on Rueda Medina, but that the process is being carried out gradually. It began with the removal of the cones and advice to respect the areas of passenger loading & unloading, so that other vehicles won't have to stop in the street. Since the beginning of the week, officers have removed license plates from several illegally parked motorcycles near the API terminal. Currently the process is being applied to certain section of the avenue, with the intention of respecting each and every one of spaces with no parking signs.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Nov. 23   6:49
Nov. 24   7:43
Nov. 25   8:42
Nov. 26   9:44
 Nov.27   10:47
  Nov. 28    11:49 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:10 to ~6:05p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:50 to 7:10
November Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.
Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.


Friday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a
Saturday, Nov. 10 Plogging event 8a-10a

Friday, Nov. 16-Monday, Nov.19  Buen Fin weekend (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 17 Plogging event 8a-10a

Saturday, Nov. 17 Biker Fest begins at noon on the runway & events include a tour around the island, contests, demonstrations, and other activities. They will have activities on Playa Centro on Sunday. It is sponsored by"Club Evolution FZ Isla Mujeres" in celebration of the club's sixth anniversary, and they expect motorcyclists from all over Mexico to attend.

Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day

 Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a

Wednesday Nov. 28 thru Saturday Dec. 8- Patron Saint festivities for Our Lady of Immaculate Conception  

Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day 

  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF 
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to NHC in US (in English)

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