Saturday, February 16, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 16

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The City celebrated Valentine's Day with the Collective Weddings event LINK  
   On Valentines Day, six couples were married on the island and 23 tied the knot at the annual Collective Wedding event in the Continental Zone. The City provides this free of charge every year, including the paperwork.

Graphic for property tax discount of 15% thru the end of February 


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PROFECO will open a module to take complaints about Telcel and Telmex service LINK 
   On Tuesday, the Federal Consumer Protection agency will set up a module in the kiosk in colonia La Gloria from 10a to 1p to take complaints against Telcel and Telmex, in response to many customers reporting poor reception and quality of calls in recent weeks, without resolution of the problem. The company hasn't issued a statement about the issue. Councilman Edgar Gasca has proposed making a class action complaint against Telcel and Telmex.

Former Mayor Jorge Cardenas was detained by officers with the Prosecutor's office concerning an old dispute in the Federal Zone LINK
   Agents from the Cancun Prosecutors office arrested former Mayor Jorge Cardenas on warrant from an old dispute from 2014 over s section of North Beach Federal Zone, with Carlo Raul Cervera Peraza, owner of the restaurant-bar "Chichis".
       The arrest was made in the morning by two agents who traveled in taxis, located the former Mayor, and took him to the offices of the local prosecutor. He was there making his statement until shortly after 10am, when he was transferred to the municipal police station.
     The case concerns a concession issued by SEMARNAT in 2002 involving 2600 square meters of beach granted to Carlos Raul Cervera Peraza, which is also claimed by former Mayor Jorge Cardenas Bazan.
  As a result of this disagreement, a violent occupation of the area took place one night, which has gone to the courts for damages and to address other crimes. The former Mayor claims to be the owner of the Federal Zone, however Mr. Cervera also claims it, and now complains of being evicted. On Friday, Mr Cardenas said he has legal possession of the Federal Zone that is being litigated, and it is Mr Cervera who is trying to evict him.

There was a Health Fair at the Community Hospital on Friday   

Promo for Naveganto of 10% off Feb. 15-17, at the ticket office only, to celebrate their first anniversary.

Councilman Edgar Gasca has proposed making a class action complaint against Telcel and Telmex. LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos of Punta Sur with caption recommending visiting this special place.

Photo of missing piece of sidewalk with caption saying it has been more than two weeks since the CFE removed an electric pole and haven't repaired the sidewalk, which presents a hazard to the many tourists who walk thru the area. Merchants have blocked it with plywood to prevent an accident.

Photos of tourist at Punta Sur walking with assistance from the Red Cross paramedics and then being transported on a gurney to the ambulance, with caption saying she injured one of her ankles while walking and enjoying the beauty of Punta Sur.

Former mayor Jorge Cardenas was arrested by officers of the Cancun Prosecutor's office in the case of an accusation of robbery and dispossession by businessman Carlos Cervera (photo).

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Former Mayor detained (article & photo) The former Mayor was arrested for allegations of theft and dispossession in a complaint by another entrepreneur.  He was detained on Friday morning by agents with the Prosecutor's office, when they found him walking downtown on Hidalgo street by the intersection with Lopez Mateos avenue. They took him to the local Prosecutor's office and then to the municipal jail. Unofficial sources say the case involves a conflict over a concession in the Federal Zone.

Collective weddings celebrated on Valentines Day (article & photo)

IM Noticias   

Former Mayor detained (article and photos of federal zone)

PROFECO (Federal Consumer Protection Agency) will take complaints on Tuesday against cell phone company (article & photos)

VIDEO with caption saying a Health Fair was held as part of the instillation of the Health Advisory Council 

La Tertulia

    A tourist lost her balance and nearly fell off the walkway at Punta Sur, where the railings have deteriorated. The firefighters of Civil Protection arrived with ladders on their shoulders, because it had initially been reported that "Maria N." had fallen over the cliff, which is more than 10 meters above a rocky area. However, she had not, and the Red Cross paramedics transported her on the gurney, after convincing her that she should go to the hospital to ensure that there was no significant injury to her ankles. It is noted that her injuries appeared to be mild, and officials need to attend to those barriers. Video (of her being taken to the ambulance on a gurney)

On Friday at 7am, agents with the Cancun Prosecutor's office arrested former Isla Mujeres Mayor Jorge Cardenas and took him to the local Prosecutor's office. Around 10am, he was transferred to the municipal jail.
      Entrepreneur Carlos Cervera, aka "Chichis" filed a complaint against him in 2016 for dispossession and theft after his two palapas on North Beach were burned. Mr. Cervera presented documents indicating he holds the concession to this area, which the former Mayor claims belongs to him.
   Mr. Cervera accused Mr. Cardenas of hiring people to carry out the destruction of his property in the wee hours of the morning in March 2014. (sic It was 2015).  Mr Cardenas denies these accusations and claims to be the real owner of the property of about 600 square meters. It is noted that three years ago the former Mayor was also arrested in a public property dispute with former Governor Borge.


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

Health Fair held 

Arranca la Primera Jornada de Salud

Dozens of residents attended the Health Fair provided by the state at the Community Hospital offering services which included general consultations, pap smears, breast exams, glucose testing, blood pressure checks, obesity consults, HIV testing, and oral health exams, as well as vaccinations and obstetric ultrasounds. Several specialists were available, and the state health official admitted it has been difficult to hire specialists, and they are still working on it. Meanwhile, these Health Fairs will be held every two months. It is noted that it may be necessary to provide housing in order to hire specialists.
   Nebulization in the area of the Salina lakes is scheduled for Tuesday. 

Former Mayor arrested 

Detienen a exalcalde

In addition to similar information found in the articles above, this one notes Mr. Cardenas regained his freedom the following day. He has been accused by Carlos Cervera "Chichis" of the crimes of theft, dispossession and malicious damage, in a case concerning the burning of two palapas owned by Mr. Cervera. They are located on a property of about 600 square meters (at that time) on North Beach, whose concession is being disputed by the two entrepreneurs. Mr. Cervera has shown the media a document from SEMARNAT that indicates the concession is his. Mr Cardenas claims it belongs to him, but has not shown documents to the press.
  Mr Cardenas is accused of hiring men to destroy the palapas in the wee hours of the night and to take possession of the property. Mr Cervera has taken legal action to regain his entire concession, and is asking that damages be paid. He was at his business yesterday morning and said he remains hopeful that this is the end of the process and he will recover his property. The Prosecutor's agents declined to comment on the case, and confirmed that it is being handled by the Cancun office.

Collective wedding event held  

ContinĂșan dando el “sĂ­, quiero”

Foreign woman nearly fell at Punta Sur cliffs 

Extranjera a punto de caer al acantilado

 A foreign woman in her 40's stumbled and injured one of her ankles when she lost her balance on a pathway at Punta Sur. Civil Protection and Red Cross were called because at first it was thought that the accident was more serious, and that she had fallen over the cliff onto rocks, but that was false. The damage to one of her ankles was mild and the paramedics took her for a medical evaluation.  It is noted that the railings are urgently in need of repair because the wood is ten years old and has been falling apart for the past three years.

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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 

Feb 19   7:05
Feb 20   8:10
Feb 21   9:13
Feb 22  10:14
 Feb 23   11:12 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  6:35-6:50 
Sunrise ~7:20-7:05
February Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings LINK . Volunteers welcome! Here's the Accion Isla LINK 

  Friday, Feb. 1  Municipal clean up of mangroves to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Join them at 9a to clean part of the Makax lagoon. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent.They will also be presenting educational talks in the schools.

Saturday, Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day Plogging Clean-up  8a meet up at Zama beach club to clean along the Sac Bajo road. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 

Saturday, Feb. 2 Candlemas Day  Tamales provided by those who had the baby Jesus in their Kings cake on Jan. 6th.


Sunday, Feb. 3 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Monday, Feb. 4  A Civic ceremony is held the first Monday of each month, often on the Town Square, in the morning, probably around 8a or 9a. 

Thursday, Feb. 7  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 9 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.

Sunday, Feb. 10 Performances by Carnaval dance troupes with judging to determine the Kings & Queens of Carnaval.  Two couples are competing for the overall King & Queen, other categories include Children, Youth, and Diversity.

Thursday, Feb. 14  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

 Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents.

 In mid-February, there has been Artisan's Pavilion on the Town Square, for the past few years with artisans from other regions of Mexico, as well as a number from Isla Mujeres offering interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

Saturday, Feb. 16 Plogging Clean-up  Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 


Sunday, Feb. 17 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Feb 18-24 Island Time Music Festival & Fishing Tournament

 This will be the 10th anniversary of this Festival which benefits the Little Yellow School House who provide education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.  LINK to schedule of events, ticket information, etc Features popular Country music artist


Thursday, Feb. 21  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 23 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.  

Sunday, Feb. 24 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

 Sunday, Feb. 24 Online auction begins for the benefit of  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program

Thursday, Feb. 28  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Isla Blanca Kite Festival (on the mainland) says they've discontinued after ten years due to parking problems, but here's their page in case that changes.  LINK    

In February, generally the temperatures are very pleasant, but weather for this month includes "nortes", fronts from the north whose winds often cause small boats to be restricted to port, and they may bring clouds, rain, and cooler temps.  They cause the lobster to come out of their hiding places and move south across the seabed, increasing the catches of the fishermen

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Grouper and Octopus in February (and March). Lobster season ends after Feb. 28th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available).  LINK 

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 (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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