Friday, January 20, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 20




This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos





Mayor Juan Carrillo: Keeping his promises to islanders to improve the quality of life

Mejor calidad de vida

Compromiso de Juan Carrillo con isleños

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See translation below


Human Rights commission report for the Mayor  

Harley entrega informe a Edil

Sobre situación en derechos humanos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-.
  Full article at this link
See translation below


Five people arrested with drugs in less than 24 hours 

“Barren” con narcos

En menos de 24 horas caen 5 en IM

Lanrry PARRA

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

  The first arrest occurred "in a casual manner" at 4pm when those in possession of drugs were speeding in a van or truck (camioneta),  near Isla 33 condos in Amplification la Gloria. They tired to evade police, and to sneak away to downtown, but the black truck or van was intercepted at the municipal Mercado with three men and three women inside. Of these six, four were arrested, three men and one woman, and the latter verbally assaulted the police officers. They were taken to the police station and the truck was impounded and later they were taken to the Vicefiscalía de la Zona Norte, in Cancun for processing.
     The second case occurred before noon today at the Maritime Terminal in Isla Mujeres where officers detained a person in possession of drugs. The person also also taken to the police facilities and then to Cancun.




Celebrating Alcoholics Anonymous anniversary 

Celebra aniversario con trabajo

Alcohólicos Anónimos

Lanrry PARRA

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


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


This afternoon at the 7th Regular Session of the City Council they discontinued the "Institute of Youth, Sport, and Recreation" and created the "Institute of Youth" and the "Institute of Sports & Recreation".
The was also a vote to decree a celebration every Jan. 24 of the birth of composer and musician Virgilio “Chino” Fernández Tejero.  
Esta tarde se llevó a cabo la séptima Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo en donde se aprobó la desaparición del "Instituto de la Juventud, el deporte y la Recreación" para que se realice la creación del "Instituto de la Juventud" y el "Instituto del Deporte y Recreación".
Asimismo, se sometió a votación el acuerdo por el cual se decreta el día 24 de enero de cada año para la celebración del natalicio del compositor y músico Virgilio “Chino” Fernández Tejero, en el cual podrán realizarse diversos eventos conmemorativos el día celebrado.

Boys and girls of #islamujeres continue working hard, studying and having big dreams. As a government we are committed to supporting them, remembering that they are the future of our town.
Niños y niñas de #IslaMujeres sigan esforzándose, estudiando y sueñen en grande. Como gobierno tenemos el compromiso de apoyarlos, recuerden que ustedes son el futuro de nuestro municipio.

The Municipal President, Juan Carrillo, in his first hundred days in office, is serving the citizens of #islamujeres, to implement actions in the area of social assistance which contributes to improving the quality of life of island families, especially those that need it most.

Renovation of the Iguana's Park so that the Islanders have a place to hang out with their families. There is a video and also one about the renovation of the Las Hormigitas Park..
Recuperamos el "Parque de las Iguanas" para que los isleños tengan un lugar donde convivir con sus familias.

There is a video of the Mayor talking about Isla Mujeres being a secure and safe municipality where we treat visitors with kindness from the moment they arrive until they leave. He refers to the recent, regrettable incidents in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, saying these are difficult times. He speaks about the daily lives of the inhabitants of the state & gives assurances that this is a safe and secure municipality, with active police patrols and vigilant authorities, and with coordination between the three levels of government, working together for the benefit of Isla Mujeres.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)




http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/seguire-trabajando-por-una…/
The Municipal President, Juan Carrillo, in his first hundred days in office, is serving the citizens of #islamujeres, to implement actions in the area of social assistance which contributes to improving the quality of life of island families, especially those that need it most.


http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/joaquin-el-chapo-guzman-pa…/
Joaquín Guzmán Loera spent his first night in a prison in the United States after having been defeated in a trial against his extradition


http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/hemos-fortalecido-la-segur…/
  The Mayor of Benito Juarez (Cancun) said they have increased security.


http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/hombres-lanzan-bomba-molot…/
In the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Cozumel, three men threw a Molotov cocktail at a Police patrol car which was partially consumed by the flames. The attack was not confirmed until Thursday.


http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/gobierno-del-estado-confir…/
Confrontation in Bacalar when ejidatarios blocked the Chetumal-Cancun road for over 10 hours regarding a disagreement over crop failure payments, when they forced Miguel Martín Azueta, Jefe de Despacho del Gobierno,to sign an agreement, which the state does not intend to honor due to the circumstances.


Accusations between officials at the 7th Regular City Council Session
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/desmienten-a-regidor-de-is…/


National anniversary event by Alcoholics Anonymous 
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/en-marcha-la-xxii-semana-n…/


Head of the Human Rights Commission in Isla Mujeres turned over a report to the Mayor regarding complaints in 2015-2016.
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/la-cdhqroo-confirma-que-la…/


The Secretary of the Government, Francisco López Mena, reported that following the violent events in the city of Cancun last Tuesday, security has been beefed up in the municipalities of Solidarity and Benito Juarez with the arrival of at least 300 Federal officers.
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/refuerzan-la-vigilancia-y-…/


http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/libera-fiscalia-de-quintan…/
The armed attack on the Prosecutor's office in Cancun, and the response by the police resulted in four dead, and three injured, as well as impounding of a grenade launcher, two homemade grenades, three large guns (two AK 47s and an AR 15), and five handguns. The five detainees were released and given their freedom, because the investigation revealed that they had nothing to do with these events. Around midnight, the Attorney General's office reported the advancement of the investigation into the crimes. The three attackers who died in the confrontation have been identified through their fingerprints and the AFIS system, but their identities were not disclosed. The prosecutors said the motive for the attack has not been specified, and investigations continue to determine which criminal group the deceased belonged to and to determine what their objectives were in trying to enter the building. Prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen said that of the three people who were injured, one was an administrative employee who has had surgery and is stable, and there other two were police officers.



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos



The cargo ferry has not increased prices  
Por el momento, el ferry no aumenta sus precios] Ver masFull article at this link

  Despite an increase in fuel prices of ~20 percent since January 1st, with more increases anticipated in February, the cargo ferry providing service between the island and Punta Sam for vehicles has not raised their rates. It has been two years since the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) authorized a modification of their rates. However, the prices of foods and services ha already begun to rise subtly from 2 to 5 percent.  The car ferry prices for various sizes of vehicles are given and for passengers, which are 40 pesos for adults. They make six round trips on Mondays and seven from Tuesday thru Friday, with five on Saturdays and three on Sundays.


Social assistance to improve the quality of life for families  
Asistencia social, para mejorar la calidad de vida de las familias[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Information is given about health care clinics and services that have been offered on the mainland part of the municipality during the first 100 days of the administration of Mayor Juan Carrillo.
    Educational agreements were signed with the Universidad del Caribe, the Universidad Tecnológica de Cancún and the civil association “Volunquest”. The latter organization teaches English language classes in the primary schools of the municipality.
   For the benefit of families, the government of the Mayor, in coordination with his wife,Sra Paola Orrico de Carrillo, through the DIF social service agency, have promoted and supported various programs for women, children, older adults, and people with disabilities. These activities included a "Week of Prevention of Violence Against Women", to raise awareness about the importance of preventing behaviors which promote discrimination and violence due to gender.
   In October, "Pink Month" was dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, which included free mammograms, campaigns to raise awareness, and the "Pink Breakfast" which collected funds to assist women with cancer, and there was a collection of hygiene products which were donated to women who live in the mainland part of the municipality.
   Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis reiterated  his commitment to providing island families with programs of support and social assistance and to continue working with the corresponding agencies in municipal, state, federal government to ensure a better quality of life for island families.


Report of complaints in 2015-2016
Acumulan queja los policías municipales.. [+] Ver mas
   During the two years of 2015 and 2016 the Human Rights Commission received 87 complaints,of which 41 were against municipal authorities. Of these 41 complaints, 63% were against the municipal police. Between 2015 and 2016, the complaints dropped considerably, from 21 to 5. The purpose of this report is so that authorities can have an overview concerning human rights on the island in order have the necessary tools that will lead to better decision making and will generate pubic policies aimed at strengthening awareness and practice of human rights among public servants and help them provide better attention to the citizens.


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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.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  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.

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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events


Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends


Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.


Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.


Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance


Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 19




This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos






Renovation of parks by Mayor Juan Carrillo for the benefit of islanders & their families  

Recupera parques

Juan Carrillo, en beneficio de los isleños y sus familias

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de enero.-
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During these first 100 days of government, the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, worked tirelessly to improve living conditions for the islanders, by renovating multiple parks and public areas for the benefit of islanders and their families, as well as actions and efforts to improve the urban image, both on the island and in the continental zone.
    These public works were carried out in response to citizen demands expressed through various channels of communication, which were implemented by the local government, so that residents of the municipality have access and close communication to make the authorities aware and enable them to serve the community and take care of their requests in a timely manner.
   Works during the first 100 days include renovating the dome of the Senior Citizen's park, the dome of Hormiguitas park, and initiating the rehabilitation of the cycle path at the Salina Grande malecon, and completed work at Las Tortugas park. 
   To prevent flooding, the absorption wells were cleaned and de-silted, on the island and the mainland. A dome was also built on the mainland. 
    To have a government founded on honesty and transparency, the Mayor has stressed the importance of citizen participation in decision making, sharing their opinions, and seeking prompt solutions. For this reason, a Service Center (Centro de Atencion) for Islanders was created, to channel citizen requests and see that they are attended to in the shortest possible time.
    In addition, 10 citizen forums were held, in which residents were consulted for their input on the Government Plan. With these actions which were carried out in the first 100 days of his government, the Mayor reiterates his commitment to having a municipality with improved living conditions for its inhabitants, and to laying the foundations for progress in Isla Mujeres. 


Fears of tourist warnings from US & Canada in wake of violence in Cancun & PDC  

Temen “warning” de EU y Canadá

Tras los incidentes violentos de Cancún y Playa del Carmen

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
     After the violent incidents in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, it is feared that the authorities in the United States and Canada could issue recommendations for tourists from those countries to avoid traveling to the vacation destinations in our State.      Regarding this issue, the municipal director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, said they hope that no  recommendations will be issued to tourists from the United States and Canada, advising them to avoid traveling to the holiday destinations of Quintana Roo, as it would severely impact Isla Mujeres.  A majority of the tourists who visit the island during January, February, and March are from these countries. He said after these two incidents, tourism destinations such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel will be required to prove that we are safe, otherwise, unfortunately, fewer tourists will visit.
      He pointed out that, being islands, it is more difficult to have this type of problem which occurred in Benito Juarez and Playa del Carmen, with participation by organized crime.  He said the island has always been a place with a great deal of security, where cases of serious crime could be counted on the fingers of one hand.


Price of tortillas increased yesterday  

Aumentó precio de la tortilla

Desde ayer

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.        The price of a kilogram of tortillas increased from 16 to 18 pesos without wrappers and from 17 to 19 pesos with a paper wrapper, which represents a severe blow to household budgets. The millers explained that they could not maintain the same prices when their costs have become increasingly expensive, including diesel, corn flour, paper, electricity, and water, among other necessities for the preparation of tortillas. Housewives pointed out that this is a severe blow to the their budgets, in addition to increases in the prices of other basic necessities such as beans, rice, eggs, chicken, and meat. 

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



There is an announcement for a fencing workshop in the Continental Zone on the mainland part of the municipality.

We invite you and your whole family to attend the inauguration of the 2017 tournament for the municipal soccer league "Isla Mujeres". Don't miss it!
Te invitamos a asistir con toda tu familia a la inauguración del torneo 2017 de la liga municipal de fútbol soccer "Isla Mujeres"
¡No faltes, te esperamos
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A government that completes its commitments..100 days in office.

Ongoing clean up brigades to keep Isla Mujeres clean 



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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



 It says...The City of Isla Mujeres announced the call for Kings & Queens of Carnaval 2017 with the information at the link below. But at that link, it says the deadline to register was January 13 at 8pm.
Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres lanza la convocatoria para soberanos del Carnaval 2017
Aquí puedes consultar las bases:
http://islamujeres.gob.mx/carnaval2017/

Tortilla prices increase in Isla Mujeres   
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/entra-en-vigor-el-nuevo-pr…/

Deadline passed for turning in letters of assignment (this information has been translated)
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/vencio-el-plazo-para-la-re…/

No more power outages expected during remaining repairs  
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/no-tenemos-previsto-mas-co…/
   The superintendent of the CFE (Federal Commission of Electricity) Rolando Roque said they do not anticipate any more power interruptions or blackouts in Isla Mujeres.  They are currently working on replacement of the underground lines as scheduled events, which could take some time, but this work should not cause interruptions in service.
   He said regarding the interruption Tuesday, which left several neighborhoods without electricity; this was caused by a problem outside of that which is being resolved downtown, and the power was restored quickly.   
        He explained that they are working hard on this job and expecting to make good progress, but they don't have a completion date. They have generators available in case of any emergencies, to power the important governmental buildings, such as the hospitals, Aguakan, and the second gas station. 
     He said the underwater line was found to be in perfect condition and working normally, and the problem occurred in the underground line, which will replaced with new cables. He said there should be no effect on the electrical supply to Isla Mujeres while these works are taking place. However, if they should need to interrupt or suspend the electrical supply, they will inform the public and businesses in advance.


Increased security in Isla Mujeres in response to violence in Cancun  
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/tras-hechos-violentos-en-c…/

 In response to the violent incidents in Cancun yesterday, the Chief of Police in Isla Mujeres, Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortiz, decided to increase security at the Maritime Terminal in Isla Mujeres, to create an environment of strong security for the tourists. He said although everything has been normal, he decided to increase security because "we don't want any surprises" He said it is fortunate for the businesses of the isle that most of the tourists have continued to arrive, and for this reason, more security is a preventative measure. Security was not only increased at the Maritime Terminal, but in all of the municipality, including the Continental Zone. In response to a question, he said they have adequate officers for operations such as this, but one of their priorities is to increase the number of officers.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


No interruptions in power supply  
Ya no habrá cortes de luz[+] Ver masFull article at this link
See translation above, and this article notes that there may be some inconvenience to tourists who have detour around the work when accessing North Beach, since a trench is being opened from the junction with the underwater cable, to install the new cables going to the substation on Hidalgo, which is about 600 meters. Rumors continue about the possibility of suspensions without notification, but the CFE says it has no interruptions planned.


Mayor Juan Carrillo: Working for the benefit of families  
Juan Carrillo trabaja para el bienestar de las familias.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See translation above.



The third article is about a mobile medical unit in the Agricultural Zone on the mainland part of the municipality 



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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  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.

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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events


Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends


Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.


Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.


Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance


Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 18




This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos






A clean, litter-free island in the first 100 days of Mayor Juan Carrillo's government 

Una Isla limpia y sin basura




En primeros 100 días de gobierno de Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
This information was translated yesterday. 


Trash in electrical system  

Encontraron de todo en registro




Empleados de la CFE

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   Employees with the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, found trash in the underground system of electrical lines, which connects the junction at North Beach with the substation, next to the municipal cemetery. The workers had to clean out the trash first, before they were able to maneuver the cables, which supply electricity to the island. The trash may have been a major factor in the failure which occurred on Sunday and lasted until nearly noon on Monday. They put the trash on the sidewalk of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, where it stayed until nearly noon, because its removal hadn't been ordered by the director of Public Works before that. 

Woman took advantage of blackout to commit suicide 

Se suicida mujer




Aprovechó “apagón” en Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.    The first suicide of the year was recorded Monday night when a woman took her life by hanging herself, in a house near the Naval Hospital. At 8pm, the 911 operators received a report of the death of a person, and police officers and Red Cross paramedics were sent to the home, located a few meters from the Naval Hospital. Relatives of the 39 year old woman, MCL, said that the power had been suspended at 5pm and when it was restored at 8pm they realized she had hung herself with her hammock. Staff with the Ministerio Publico (Public Prosecutor's office) arrived, collected information, and transferred the body to the Forensic Medical Service in Cancun.


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




Keeping our commitment of maintaining a clean and litter free Isla Mujeres
Cumplimos con el compromiso de mantener limpio y sin basura a #IslaMujeres.
#100DíasHaciendoFuturo.


The the first 100 days of this administration, there has been improvement in trash collection, and a new route to ensure that the public areas and avenues remain clean.
Durante estos 100 días de trabajo, se reforzó el servicio de recolecta de basura, de igual forma, se implementó una nueva ruta para revisar que se mantengan limpias las áreas públicas y avenidas.
#100DíasHaciendoFuturo




There has been an intense effort to clean out the Trash Transfer Facility. There has been cleaning, pruning, weeding, landscaping, and painting done at parks, public spaces, roadsides and road dividers by City crews and citizen brigades.




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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)




The Civil Defense Department quickly controlled a fire at La Argentina Grill on Hidalgo avenue after flames were shooting out of a chimney, due to an accumulation of grease. The owner, whose name is Raul, was visibly annoyed with the firefighters, saying it was not a fire as such and they damaged part of the structure on the roof. The fire was presumably caused by failure to maintain the chimney. The Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman said he had not ruled out the possibility that the property may be secured while verifying safety measures and protocols. It is noted that this is not the first fire in the area. Some years ago a palapa burned up and more recently there was a kitchen fire at a grill under similar circumstances as these.
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/oportuna-intervencion-de-p…Full article at this link/

City is supervising the works in progress by the Electrical Commission which could continue for three weeks
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/ayuntamiento-supervisa-los…Full article at this link/
  The Directors of the Public Works Department and the Urban Development Department of the City of Isla Mujeres were accompanied by representatives with Aguakan and the CFE to inspect the work being done by the CFE to restore the subterranean line that supplies electricity to the city, and to put an end to the blackouts that have occurred during the past three days. 
     Cesar Poot Lopez, Director of Public Works, said that instructions have been given by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to oversee the area where the work is being done on the high tension lines, accompanied by Nivardo Fernandez, Director of Urban Development, to monitor constantly the advances on this work.
   The work that was done in the areas of the CFE substation in Isla Mujeres, along the avenues of Rueda Medina, Hidalgo, and Adolfo Lopez Mateo, involved the 'superficial' installation of a provisional cable along 500 meters to act as a substitute for the damaged subterranean cable that caused the outage. 
     Sr. Poot Lopez explained that the CFE expects this work to take 21 days, and they understand that this will cause inconvenience for the community, but it is necessary to guarantee quality service for the islanders in the future. 


Panic gripped Cancun Tuesday afternoon when armed gunmen attacked the Fiscalía General del Estado de Quintana Roo, (state Attorney General's facility) and the C4,  (an adjoining Command Center). According to initial reports, one officer with the Judicial Police is dead, and other officers and a female administrative staff member were injured.
  Witnesses said that the hitmen were on a motorcycle and opened fire against the Fiscalia. The events happened in broad daylight.
    Hundreds of residents were witnesses and heard the gunshots, which continued for some minutes. This unleashed a torrent of videos on social networks, causing widespread concern. The chase continued down various avenues of the city, from Xcaret avenue, where the armed attack began, down Nichupte and past La Luna, presumably leaving three wounded in the area of Gran Plaza.
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/el-panico-se-apodero-una-v…/


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There is a video on TVIM of the Governor's statement and an article about the Secretary General's interview this morning. 


Regarding the attack yesterday in Cancun by armed men at the Fiscalia facility, here is a translation of the Governor's statement last evening, followed by information from an interview this morning with the state Secretary General, who says the attack was an act by organized crime in response to this administration's anti-crime efforts, and he denies it was intended to rescue "Doña Lety", saying no one was in custody at the facility at the time.

Gov. Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez said:
Since the citizens made me Governor, there has been a strong demand to combat corruption and impunity.
Therefore in fulfillment of my duty, we have been working as follows:
1 .- We reversed the package of impunity that the former governor presented to the local Congress and that prevented the procurement of justice being conducted objectively and impartially.
2.- We filed criminal charges against officials and former officials who violated the law and plundered the state's assets.
3.- We opened audits to have concrete and objective evidence to punish the guilty.
A key element in combating impunity was to establish an independent, impartial and objective Prosecutor's Office, headed by lawyers with extensive knowledge and experience.
The armed attack that criminal groups made today to the offices of the Attorney General's Office in Cancun is a result of these actions combating impunity.
The criminals have been accustomed to committing crimes that not only went unpunished, they were tolerated.
From the first day of my government I pointed out that no one is above the law and that anyone who breaks the law will pay for it.
This attack on the institutions of justice shows that we are on the right path, and we will not let our guard down.
I reaffirm my commitment to the citizens to maintain peace and order, applying the laws equally to all citizens.
During these events, Humberto Mora Ochoa, a ministerial police officer with 25 years of service in the Public Prosecutor's Office, lost his life.
To his relatives, with respect, I send my deepest condolences and recognition of their loss.
Three offenders died and five more were arrested.
We are working in coordination with the federal and municipal authorities, andI have spoken with the Secretary of the Interior from whom I obtained an agreement of support by the Federal Government, who are sending federal forces, which are already on the way, with the objective to support the maintenance of the order and the security of the citizens.
The best way to generate chaos is by spreading rumors that only scandalize and divide us. Let us act responsibly and be attentive to the information and recommendations of the authorities.
The state is under control and in order.
The Canadians and our visitors can live their lives normally. Again, the forces of the three levels of government are protecting the community.
I have instructed the head of Public Security and the Secretary of Government to keep in constant communication about the facts to avoid disinformation and confusion.
I reiterate: the fight against corruption and impunity is serious and anyone who attacks society and its laws, will pay. (Original text in Spanish was in Diario de Yucatan, who got it from Notimex. Video is on TVIM.)
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This translation is excerpted from  http://www.mimorelia.com/ataque-a-fg-de-quintana-

Secretary General Francisco Lopez Mena, in a telephone interview with "Despierta con Loret" this morning, said that the attack on the facilities of the Attorney General's office was not related to the rescue of some arrested person & that at the time of the armed aggression, there was no one in custody.
He rejected the rumors that the attack was intended to rescue a detainee at the governmental facilities and said, "There were no detainees in the Prosecutor's offices at the time of the attack."
He said, "At the time of the attack, perpetrated by at least 10 people on motorcycles, “Doña Lety, the woman alleged to be in charge of the "narcomenudeo" (drug related crimes) within the community, was not at the facility, nor were there any other detainees at the Attorney General's office in Cancun."
Sr. Lopez Mena affirmed that the state of Quintana Roo is not dominated by drug trafficking and that the armed attack against the facilities of the Prosecutor's office were "associated with the context of battling corruptions, but we are not going to let ourselves be intimidated." He said, "It is an act of organized crime in response to actions implemented by the government, but they have not pinpointed which group is behind the attacks in recent days."
He said it is very likely to be a fight for control of the town, but also a response to the governments decision to combat impunity. However, moments later he said, "We do not know if the administration of Roberto Borge is behind this." and "It is not necessarily politically motivated, but rather in the interests of politicians who are linked to organized crime."
He said there is a line of investigation under way that could link the events at the Blue Parrot bar (in Playa del Carmen) with the attacks the following day (in Cancun.).

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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos



Electrical work to continue for three weeks 
Más fallas en la energía eléctrica. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Like the article translated above, this one says work will continue for about three weeks on the underground line that supplies electrical power to Isla Mujeres, and a provisional line has been installed to provide power during the work. However, no guarantees were made that power would not be interrupted during that time. The temporary line spans 500 meters, and was installed along the surface, while they work to replace the underground wiring in that section.
   There is specialized equipment parked near the municipal Cemetery, along Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and in order to facilitate their work, they want to keep that street as clear of vehicles as possible, and to limit thru traffic to trucks who are delivering gas & necessary services for the hotels, restaurants, and shops in the area.
   They intend to install a new system of underground wiring with two lines of new, reinforced cable of better quality, so that if one fails, the other can provide service, to avoid any further interruptions in electrical power for the community.


Deadline for Nueva Ciudad property documents  
  Tendrán un lote de terreno en la Nueva Ciudadn (.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Tuesday was the deadline for islanders to present their letters of assignment which had been obtained (purchased) during the administration of former mayor Paulino Adame Torres, which will allow them access to a plot of land in the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujeres, which will be located on the mainland at the end of Kabah avenue, in polygon 1107. Many people who had waited until the last minute formed a long line at the Urban Development office, waiting patiently to submit their documents.
     David Catro Lopez, former director of Urban Development during the Adame-Torres administration and author of the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujere project, said that not only islanders who purchased letters of assignment (the plaintiffs) will be entitled to lots, but also any residents of the island (non applicants) who did not manage to submit their documents to the Urban Development agency, can go to SEDUVI at the intersection of Lopez Portillo and Kabah avenues.
    There is more information on the location of the Nueva Ciudad on the mainland, and about the history of the letters of assignment and their legal efforts to obtain lots, which were eventually successful and now this is being implemented. The lots are on 200 hectares owned by the municipality in the Continental Zone, which were donated to the former governmental housing agency INFOVIR (which is now SEDUVI) by the municipal government during the administration of former Mayor Manuela Godoy Gonzalez. Polygon 1107 is located at the end of the imaginary line of Kabah Avenue, and along a good stretch of road before reaching what will be the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujeres, where you find numerous homes as part of the development Villa del Mar Plus, which is considered advantageous, since the proximity of services will enable quicker development.
      Sr Lopez said that the plan is not to hand the project over to a construction company, but rather to deliver the lots to the beneficiaries with all the services, leaving the owners in charge of construction, so that each family can have the house built as they prefer. It is recalled that a group of 101 residents of Isla Mujeres had their letters of assignment and of occupation approved on December 23, 2015, by a legal judgement and the court and order details are given. This obligation was not carried out during the previous administration, and is now taking place.

A clean municipality without litter 
Municipio limpio y sin basura [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Most of this information has been translated, about the Mayor keeping his commitment to improve trash collection and keep the streets clean. This article also mentions the South Korean Environmental Corporation had expressed an interest in working with the City of Isla Mujeres on issues related to environmental conservation, and an agreement was signed with them.


Navigation restricted outside of the Bay for small boats  
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  Boats under 40 feet were restricted from navigation in the open seas, but were allowed to operate withing the bay. A Surada (winds from the south) is expected to arrive on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21 with winds of 40 to 50 km/hour with stronger gusts and larger waves on the open seas. The winds are expected to change direction when a northern front rolls in early on Sunday. The could cause a port closure, starting on Friday, for smaller boats. Fishermen who went out early on Monday said the weather conditions did not allow them to go out very far, and Tuesday was hardly worth the money spent on gas because their nets were filled with seaweed and sagazo, and some mixed species of fish. Demand for nautical tours has reduced since the Christmas holidays, and is expected to improve again during the Easter vacations. The bars and restaurants have been doing a good business, in spite of the blackouts. Hotel occupancy decreased after the Christmas holiday, but many foreigners visit the hotels for three to five nights.....and it ends mid sentence.


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January Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events


Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends


Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.


Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.


Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance


Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.