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Personnel with the municpal Sports and Physical Culture Department cleaned up around the soccer field in colonia Salina Chica as part of the Isla Verde program.The department Director reminded residents to contribute their "grain of sand" (lit granito de arena..means lending a hand & every little effort counts/helps) to keep the island in good condition, and he noted they will have ongoing efforts to continue cleaning up the sports fields and courts.
Isla Mujeres has beaches that have earned the Blue Flag award and North Beach is among the top ten beaches in the world.
On October 12th we celebrate Día de la Raza in commemoration of the "Discovery" (encounter) of America by the navigator Cristóbal Colón/Christophr Columbus in 1492.
The municipalities of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun), together with the state government, are working thru the DIF social service agancy to establish a temporary shelter for battered women in the Continental Zone of the municipality (on the mainland).
International Day of the Girl was designated by the United Nations to promote recognition of the rights of girls and to raise awareness about the problems they face around the world. (Oct. 11)
Oct 31 on the Town Square..Festival of the Living for the Dead
From Por Esto :
Cleanup at the soccer field
The last fisherman artisan
He was born in Holbox and his family moved to Isla Mujeres when he was three years old. When he was twelve,he began helping his father in Isla Contoy, catching shark. He also worked in tourism when it was in its infancy in the 1960's. He was a waiter at the Rocamar and Posada del Mar hotels for about ten years.
After becoming an adult and receiving his military card, he returned to fishing which he did for four decades as a member of the "Patria y Progreso" cooperative, before he retired. His health problems concern his knees, which prevent him from crossing the street in front of his house, Juarez Avenue. He can be observed there daily from an early hour, and in the afternoons on the sidewalk, weaving and chatting, including with tourists who stop to talk about what he is doing.
In an attempt to find relief, he followed the recommendation of a nephew and went to the Clínica Mérida three times for injections of solutions, which were 4500 pesos each. After spending a total of 20,000 pesos, he saw no improvement.
He used to occasionally go out with his brother in law to catch escama de racion (a type of fish), but in less than a year, two engines were stolen. In one case, the boat was also stolen, but it was located three days later, abandoned near El Meco in the Continental Zone of the municipality. With help from his family, he acquired another medium-sized motor, but that was also stolen. He said they have been told they may not capture these fish in front of the Naval base, but that the officials didn't want to detain them because they are old. His documents (as a boat captain) are current, however when they fished near the La Bandera beacon by the southern part of the isle, outside the Marine Park, an agent with SEMARNANT told them to move another mile out toward the open seas, so they decided to return to shore and buy some eggs to eat instead.
He kept his boat moored in front of the runway, and a relative told him someone was interested in buying the boat, including the engine, but when they went there, the boat was gone. Three days later, another boat captain told him it was in the mangroves by the Sac Bajo navigation channel, missing its engine. He thinks the engine never left the island, and gave the information to the Port Captain and filed a complaint with the Public Ministry, but there were no results and no witnesses. He lost more than 60,000 pesos.
He says his knowledge about fishing gear was advanced by attending a course at the Estación de Investigación Pesquera de Puerto Morelos (Fishing Research Station at Puerto Morelos), which helped as a fisherman & technician, and now helps him pay his bills by repairing nets, making bags for divers, and making fishing nets. He said he learned to be proficient in the creation and use of nets for fishing, particularly for catching sardines and liseta. He repairs nets that are used for lobster fishing, taking home bales of nets and dividing them into three or four parts.
He spoke about the various boats he worked on before becoming a captain and obtaining those documents, noting that the passenger ship Carmita (owned by the Maganas, which also carried cargo & served the island and the region for many years) was built in Holbox. He mentioned the boats that served the island after the Carmita, the “Novie del Mar” (sic--Novia) and “Dame Elegante”, causing the reporter to remark that his memory is good. He also mentioned working on the shrimp boat of Beto Saratoga, and the "Rojo Gomez" boat, where he learned a great deal about using nets.
Allegations of falsification of documents in property dispute
Antonio Kofler Velázquez alleges that false documents have been filed in association with a second sale of the property by Bravo's widow, Maria Vallejos, and that he was unable to provide more details at this time. He said he and his clients did not approve the destruction of the palapa where Ramon worked, slept, and entertained guests. He said he and his clients want to recover the real estate and resolve issues concerning the possessions ("treasures") of Mr. Bravo, in order to preserve them and then make them available to the public in a museum. There are concerns about this in light of the property being 'cleaned' and the palapa removed.
He says the property was sold in 2010, which has been upheld in the courts, and accuses the widow Ms Vallejo of providing false documents, and he alleges that there are civil servants involved. He said he cannot provide more information due to the legal procedures. Local residents are concerned that the destruction of the palapa indicates the plan for a museum is unlikely, which is supported by Ramon's daughter, Deborah. She hopes a museum can be established to exhibit Ramon Bravos documentaries about conservation of marine flora and fauna
Isla Mujeres news briefs
To improve the safety of the more than 12 million passengers who use the various ferry terminals in the state of Quintana Roo, the number of security cameras are being doubled. Among the first results are the confiscation of knives, firearms, drugs, and the detention of persons according to the Port Authority (APIQROO) director. This has involved an investment of 2.6 million pesos, for state of the art cameras and equipment, allowing facial recognition of offenders, and identifying license plates used for illegal acts.
Plans to request analysis of ferry rates for residents for possible decrease
Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)analyze ferry rates for residents between the island and Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam, to potentially reduce the resident rates.
It is noted that the previous investigation by COFECE in 2009 resulted in economic sanctions for two of the ferry companies (Magana and Ultramar) for monopolistic practices. It is also noted that Ultramar transports 96% of the millions of passengers traveling on these two routes. The politicians say the company can afford to offer more economical rates to the residents of Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and Holbox, who need this vital transportation to realize their daily activities, and whose families find the current rates to be a challenge to their budgets.
The inheritance dispute continues over the property of Ramon Bravo (RIP)
It is said that his widow, Maria Vallejos, sold the entire property to a Jalisco businesswoman at the beginning of this decade, with the agreement of all parties, including Bravo's daughter, Deborah, who says she'd like to convert the property into a museum.
When a "For Sale" sign appeared on the property in August, there was a quick reaction from Laura Patricia Rodríguez Macías, through her lawyer, Antonio Dagoberto Kofler Velázquez, who had purchased the property for 10 million pesos in 2010, who said that was inappropriate and invalid. The lawyer said he is aware that there are a number of irregularities happening.
He alleged (via phone from Guadalajara) that these irregularities involve apocryphal documents, which are being provided by municipal officials to affect cadastral (deed) data." He said preparation is being done to transfer the case to Isla Mujeres for direct verification, but the sale was already judged in Jalisco, according to the contract of 2010. He accused the Bravo's widow, María de los Angeles Vallejo Bernal, of proceeding with false litigation in the state of Quintana Roo, with her lawyer Rafael E. Colonia Lizama.
Improvements at the high school
He acknowledged there were deficiencies in the test results in the subjects of English and in Methodology & Research, but they were within normal parameters. He said they will pay close attention to assist the students to improve. Regarding the subject of Mathematics, many failed the qualifying exams, which is also a national problem. (The rest of this very long sentence is about the Federal school reforms and I'm not sure how to translate it. " Muchos decaen con sus calificaciones, es un caso nacional, pero hay seguir con las indicaciones conocidas y las nuevas indicaciones federales sobre la Nueva Escuela Mexicana para mejorar, esto independientemente de los cursos de nivelación, el curso de regulación, los maestros dan asesoría y academias. .Literally it says...Many decline (fail) with their qualifications, it is a national case, but there are still the known indications and the new federal indications on the New Mexican School to improve, regardless of the leveling courses, the regulation course, teachers give advice and academies.) In addition, tutors are assigned to students with problems.
The director said there are 45 students who could fail this semester, who are lacking in three or more subjects during the first part of the semester. Now if they fail again in the second week in November when the second part of the exam is given, then they could fail for the semester. The third part of the exam will be held Dec 16 & 17. The three results determine the final qualification for the semester.
The Director said that in the spring, they will approach the middle school students to offer them an education at the Colegio Bachilleres, seeking to enroll 95 to 97% of the graduates, and to offer the curriculum to the students with trained teaching staff and academic leaders, featuring managerial leadership and adequate facilities, equipment, and staff.
Regarding student safety, eight video cameras ahve been installed, as a first stage, with continual monitoring, whose database can be accessed by parents.
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|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
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|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
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|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean
October 13 6:39
October 14 7:14
October 15 7:52
October 16 8:32
October 17 9:16
October 18 10:04
October 19 10:58
October 20 11:55
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~6:35-6:10p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:35-6:45a (start-end/mo)
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
In October, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Conch, and Shrimp until the 15th. LINK
The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" still hasn't been announced.
|By Diane Daniel|
|Nests & tracks at MVC B&B|
Isla Mujeres celebrates the Month of Quintana Roo
Sunday 6th--Town Square 8p Noches Magicas with two folklorico dance troupes and a singer
Monday 7th--Town Square 9a Monthly Civic Ceremony
Friday 18th--Casa de Cultura Esplanade 7p Concert Electone Arte en Movimiento
Thurs 31st-Town Square 8p Presentation of Hanal Pixan altars & the Festival of the Living for the Dead
(The events on the 14th are at schools on the mainland and on the 21st at the City Council room is a contest of oral presentations in Spanish)
Oct 8-9 Draconid Meteors peak (with some interference from the moon)
Oct 9-10 Southern Taurids peak (with some interference from the moon)
Oct 21-22 Orionid Meteors peak
Oct. 31-Halloween is celebrated on Hidalgo street with foreigners & businesses passing out candy and small items after dusk.There's also a procession thru the colonias.
Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos There's usually a candlelit procession around nightfall from the cemetery down HIdalgo to the Casa de la Cultura where there is usually a Catrina contest and displays of altars from different regions of Mexico. The procession participants are dressed in black and white, or catrina-garb, or regional clothing.
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
LINK to NHC