Monday, December 30, 2013

Catching Up In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday, December 30 The Afternoon & Weekend Edition

Check out the Preview Edition of Isla Mujeres Magazine 

See what's coming in January

Events in Isla & Articles in the Magazine

Now, you can find out what color underwear you should wear for New Year's, what's up with the grapes on NYE & how Mayans predict the year's weather in January  Here's the link

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

North Beach/Playa Norte In Real Time  In Isla Mujeres  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses .... Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.

Check out the Daily Specials...with Delivery numbers and Menus...see tab at top of page.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Unforgettable experience

Sailfish season begins: Capturing them & swimming with them

Inolvidable experiencia

Domingo, 29 de Diciembre de 2013 22:10

Arranca temporada de captura y nado con pez vela

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 I already translated this interview with Capt Rogelio Delgado, of the Lili M & the Keen M International company. (It accompanied a photo of many fish laid out on a pier, presumably bait fish for sail fishing). The sailfish are caught and released, boats have been going out since Saturday Nov. 28th, but this captain has his first trip tomorrow, Dec 31. It is a popular activity with people from the US, Europe, and all corners of the world. The sailfish are found 14 to 40 miles northeast of Isla Mujeres, and this activity has been offered for about a decade, and is aimed at affluent tourists.

Invitation from municipal DIF to participate in free event

Finalizing festival details

Afinan detalles de festejo

Sábado, 28 de Diciembre de 2013 23:12

DIF municipal invita a participar en evento gratuito

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The staff of the municipal DIF, social services agency, (del Sistema Municipal para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) is selling tables for the New Years Eve celebrations for 1000 pesos, which seat ten and include a bottle of cider, snacks, commemorative items, and New Year's items. The money will go to the DIF, and they are selling from a desk in front of the Municipal Palace. The public is invited to attend the free event. (Note: Gail Marie Stewart reports the tables were sold out this morning.)

Final days to take advantage of 25% discount on property taxes

Aproveche descuentos

Sábado, 28 de Diciembre de 2013 23:09

Ultimos días para que aplique rebaja del 25 por ciento en pago del predial

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 On Saturday, staff were available until 2pm taking payments for property taxes, with a 25% discount offered this month, with normal hours being 9am to 6pm. In January the discount is 15 percent and in February it is 10 percent. There is also a 50% discount available to the elderly and disabled. The payment desks are in front of the Palacio Municipal on the Town Square.

Rescuing & beautifying public spaces

City workers spend busy day in the island colonias

Rescatan y embellecen espacios públicos

Sábado, 28 de Diciembre de 2013 23:01

Intensa jornada de trabajadores de la Comuna en colonias de la ínsula

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“Brigadas en Comunidad" is the name of this municipal beautification and maintenance program which will go throughout all the colonias cleaning, painting and doing maintenance, assisting the Public Services Department, who are very busy in this high season of holidays when the island is crowded.
Emotional dance of 14 beautiful quinceañeras at taxi union lodge

Emotivo baile de 14 bellas quinceañeras

Sábado, 28 de Diciembre de 2013 23:01

En local del sindicato de taxistas

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This event on Friday night was successful, with the Mass at the church on the town square, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and the dance at the Taxi union's social hall in La Gloria. The Ball lasted for a couple hours, and was well attended. This was a very special night for the young ladies who turned 15 this year, and also unites the Catholics in their traditions, while raising funds for the Church of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception. 


Budget approved

Aprueban Presupuesto

Viernes, 27 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

Integrantes de Cabildo respaldan propuesta de Agapito por casi 230 mdp

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The budget for 2014 received unanimous approval and amounts to 229,306,818 pesos which is lower than last year, and the government intends to do more with less. "We'll take care of resources, take care that the payroll is not inflated, and we will streamline spending," said the mayor. 

Priest denies removal after appearance of leaflets 

Desmienten remoción de sacerdote

Viernes, 27 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

Luego de la aparición de panfletos

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A pamphlet was distributed seeking support from the Catholic community to prevent an alleged removal or change in duties of the priest Jesus Martinez Penilla, due to his advanced age. He recently celebrated 50 years of parish service. After the eight o'clock Mass, he said he did not have anything to do with the pamphlet, and doesn't know anything about it. At the Mass he asked that people do not get carried away by unfounded comments. He said he is a servant of God, and puts himself in God's hands. He said he is not aware of any changes in roles at the parish.  


Police report "Saldo Blanco": Christmas festivals without incident

Saldo blanco en festejo navideño

Jueves, 26 de Diciembre de 2013 21:33

Reporta la Policía

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  Saldo Blanco means no major incidents occurred. 
    During the Christmas Eve celebrations, only three people were arrested for administrative offenses, in contrast to last year during the same period when more than two dozen were arrested, and there was an unfortunate accident that resulted in the deaths of two young men on a motorcycle. Of the three arrested for disorderly conduct yesterday., two were in a fight outside their home, and the other was a report for disturbing the peace at home. Today of the two people arrested, one was for sleeping in the street, and the other was for disturbing the peace at home while intoxicated. More activity is expected on New Years Eve and in the early hours of January first, when there will be more officers at the checkpoints and surveillance will be increased. 

 Wounded by taxi on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue

Cafre taxista deja una herida

Jueves, 26 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

En la avenida Jesús Martínez Ross

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At 11:30am there was an accident between taxi 106, driven by Germán Gómez Velasco, 26, when a scooter was southbound on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue, driven by Yesmani Antonio Belganza Quiñones. Her passenger,  María Saylani Belganza Quiñones 18, suffered a serious injury to her right foot and was taken to the General Hospital. The scooter driver suffered only minor injuries. The taxi driver was at fault, and his insurance is paying for the damage to both vehicles and the medical expenses. The taxi and scooter were taken to the police impound yard, and agreements were made for the taxi's insurance to be responsible.

Big New Year's Eve party
Agapito's government prepares entertainment for locals and foreigners 

Gran fiesta de fin de año

Jueves, 26 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

Prepara gobierno de Agapito para disfrute de propios y extraños

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There will be two musical groups playing:  : Manhattan y Son Latino. (The past two years it was "Super Crack"). DIF is selling tables to this event from 9am to 4pm,  on Monday, at the entrance to City Hall and for more information the phone of the Department of Public Relations is 999-0068. The event is free to the public. (The tables are sold out. Most people who attend don't have a table. )

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  • Ligero aumento de visitantes
    Slight increase in visitors 


    Ligero aumento de visitantes

    0 29 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi .-Hotel occupancy remains above 60 percent, and tourism arrivals appear to be less than previous years.  Many people who visit return to Cancun on the same day. The car ferry suspended its first crossing of the day, with the first departure now at 8am from Isla Mujeres to Punta Sam, and on Sundays they have added an extra crossing. If demand increases, they will add more crossings. The beaches, ferries, and streets appeared busy to me, this weekend.
  • Falsa destitución del párroco
      False information about dismissal of priest


    Falsa destitución del párroco

    0 29 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca.- 
  Clouds & showers continued
Urged to not drive drunk
  •   Exhortan a no manejar alcoholizados


    Exhortan a no manejar alcoholizados

    0 27 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- .
  • Más de mil toneladas por retirar
      Over 1000 tonnes of trash for removal


    Más de mil toneladas por retirar

    0 27 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- 
Taking advantage of property tax discounts

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Throngs of visitors downtown & at the beaches

Abarrotan visitantes el centro y las playas

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There is a good influx of tourists to the island, both national and international, with rivers of people crowding the streets, businesses, and beaches during the peak hours. There have been no incidents during the holiday period, except a small traffic accident, with no tragedy. The number of visitors arriving for tours in boats and catamarans is exceeding 2000 daily. (The total number of people arriving to Isla Mujeres in 2012 was over 1.5 million, with over 100,000 arrivals monthly.)
  Break in concrete is a hazard

Ruptura en banqueta constituye un peligro

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At Garrafon Park, over a month ago, the company broke a public sidewalk to install a pipe and has not repaired this hazard to tourists and employees, which is located near the employee entrance. They have put a red cone near the area, and people are complaining to the reporter that authorities should pressure the company to repair the sidewalk.
Trash is accumulating at the transfer facility

Se acumula la basura en el tiradero

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Agapito: Doing more with less

Prevé Agapito Magaña hacer más con menos

Prevé Agapito Magaña hacer más con menos
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Brigades beautify public spaces 

Embellecen brigadas a espacios públicos

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Arbitrarily raising cigarette prices

Suben comercios arbitrariamente precios de cigarros

Suben comercios arbitrariamente precios de cigarros
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Navy keeps beaches secure 

Garantiza la Marina seguridad en playas

Garantiza la Marina seguridad en playas
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Taxi causes injury in accident

Taxista deja lesionado en accidente

In addition to the information in the translation above, it says the accident occurred at 11:30 am, at the corner of the tortilleria "Mama Lolita" when taxi 106 pulled out in front of the scooter, which was unable to stop or avoid the car. The taxi driver did not stop at the stop sign, and caused the accident. (The taxi was at a "T" intersection, which requires that you turn either left or right, onto the main street through the colonia, after stopping. Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue is also called prolongacion Aeropuerto, before it enters colonia Salina Chica, and is a main north-south route. )

Tourists throng to the municipal market

Abarrotan turistas mercado municipal

Abarrotan turistas mercado municipal
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Anticipating increases in soft drink prices 

Anticipan aumento de precio de los refrescos

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 por esto

Priest assumes top responsibilities in Isla Mujeres
Párroco asume alta responsabilidad en IM[+] Ver mas
 Priest Raul Sanchez Alonzo, who has lived on the island for three years, was named by the Cancun- Chetumal Prelature as pastor of four churches, making him  the main leader of the Catholic Church in Isla Mujeres, replacing Father Jesús Martínez Penilla who just completed 50 years of pastoral service. The four churches are:  Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, San Judas Tadeo, La Guadalupe and Inmaculada Concepción, The swearing in Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception (downtown) parish, which was headed by the "canceller" of the Prelature of Cancún- Chetumal , priest Luis Octavio Jacobo Cortés, before hundreds of parishioners on Saturday. 
  Priest Jesus Martinez will continue to hold Masses in his parish, and in the others when deemed necessary, but due to his age he had already asked the Bishop Pedro Pablo for a reduction in activities.
    Father Raul spoke about his work and plans to develop the parish of Sacred Heart in coordination with other sectors of the community and local authorities, without partisan-ness, to address issues like addiction and treatment in young people, to expand medical care to needy people and addicts, and to provide therapy for addicts and families to reintegrate these people into the community leading useful lives. 
       He also spoke about the need for the church with changing times and technology affecting families by minimizing the role of parents, because of the great influence of new communication systems. He said therefore it is important to focus on biblical passages and stories that warn children that they should respect their parents, and husband and wives should respect each other, in order to live as a healthy family.

Four members of this influential family died in 2013
En 2013 fallecieron 4 miembros de familia influyente[+] Ver mas
Four members of the distinguished Magaña Carrillo family died in 2013, who have been influential in recent decades in the economic and political life of Isla Mujeres, including the first mayor of the island Ariel "Picho" Magana. The first to die was Don Alvaro Magana, businessman, at age 82, and next was the former mayor died on April 29th in Merida, after suffering a long illness with several ailments, including diabetes. Don Romeo Magaña Carrillo, died at age 85 at his home in Merida on the 23rd of October and don Raúl Magaña, 79, passed away on Saturday, December 21st, after a long illness.  Their father was Ausencio Magaña, who was influential in economic and political development in Isla Mujeres, and who passed away 23 years ago. 
    Romeo and Ariel were lovers of baseball and had three teams in the Mexican League, as well as promoting the sport on a local and regional level. "Picho" was the politician in the family, and managed the family ferry business, and played a role in most aspects of municipal government. It was common to see Don Ariel engaging in conversation in the cafes on whatever was the issue of the moment in politics, baseball, and the old stories of the island, including life here when growing up. The other brothers were less public people, who preferred dialogues in private with people, in their homes or offices, or in the case of don Romeo, at the dock or on the boat with don Raul, or in his store or businesses with don Alvaro, may they rest in peace.
         Their absence left a great void on the island. In the churches they are remembered and their names frequently appear on the lists of souls that are prayed for by parishioners.
Cahuameros basketball team beat La Rebotera
Cahuameros desmiente súper liderazgo de La Rebotera [+] Ver mas

Some businesses downtown are operating at less than 50%
En el primer cuadro no llegan ni al 50 por ciento [+] Ver mas

There are hoteliers and restauranteurs who disagree with the official figures about 90% occupancy, saying that the small hotels downtown are averaging around 50% occupancy, noting that many people come for a few hours and then return to Cancun, and do not stay overnight. Demand for golf carts has been so high that some rental agencies are left without a single unit.
      On Saturday, reporter observed that there were many tourists shopping and going to the beach, which included both domestic and international tourists, and local islander families were also enjoying the beach.
        The rentals of lounge chairs near the main hotels were the busiest/ This confirms the opinion of entrepreneurs who say it is the large hotels with large resources to promote themselves that are operating at 90 percent, while others do not reach 50 percent, and the luckiest are around 80 percent. An owner of a small vacation rental center said the statistics given by the city government do not reflect reality of many hoteliers. 
Concern over price increases
Preocupación por los incrementos de precios[+] Ver mas
The daily minimum wage  for the region  is only being increased by 2.39 pesos to 63.77 for the minimum daily salary in our region "B",  (while for area A it increased 2.52 pesos to 67.29).  These small increases are not enough to match the increased costs in the basic foods and household items, say consumers and union leaders. (These staple items are called the basic basket or Canasta Basica. This is an increase of about 20 cents per day, while the minimum DAILY wage is around five dollars.)
        It is feared that these price increases will complicate the lives and health of workers and their families. With rising costs of basic foods, there is concern over malnutrition in children and older members of society, who may be forced to consume foods of lower nutritional value.
  Dona Dora Echeverria, spouse of a veteran seaman, said her husband's job situation is not good, and bad weather prevents daily work, so having enough money to put food on the table is not easy. This will become harder with the new year, when more prices will increase.
     Around Christmas, it was announced that costs of food and refreshments could rise by 15 to 18 percent. The VAT or Value Added Tax will increase in this area from 11 percent to 16 percent on January 1st, which has raised concerns among suppliers, who have decided to raise prices.  A representative of a department store chain (probably Chedraui), Leandro Hernandez, said the increasing shipping costs to the island are not represented in their prices which are the same as those in their mainland stores, and said tho he is not authorized to elaborate, price increases are expected to occur in January.
 CROC union leader Maldonado Euan said, "According to the Constitution of  the United Mexican States, the General Minimum Wage should be sufficient to meet the material, cultural, and social needs of the household and to provide for the compulsory education of their children. Do you think with this salary increase (of 2.39 pesos daily) that we can attain all this?"

Bad weather affected tourists
El mal clima ahuyentó a los turistas.. [+] Ver mas
A sudden change in weather occurred on Friday when a drizzle at the south end of the island at 11am  moved across the entire island by noon, putting an end to most outdoor recreation. The boatmen providing tours were feeding hundreds of clients, and had to reduce their preparations to a minimum, including the popular delicacy of grilled fish "tikinxic" at locations such as  Garrafon and Sac Bajo, including at El Pescador. The weather also affected the tours from the mainland to Isla Mujeres, and was expected to improve on Saturday, on the eve of the effects of the cold front #21 of the season , which is the fourth winter storm to affect the coast of Quintana Roo and is expected to arrive on Sunday. (Yesterday was a beautiful day & the beach was busy. Today is sunny with calm seas and blue skies. Calm seas typically precede a northern front, whose arrival is indicated when (if) the wind increases, switches around and comes from the north, and causes whitecaps..)
The first "gifts" of the New Year
Llega el primer “regalazo” de Año NuevoVer mas
In the midst of Christmas, there have been unexpected price increases in the costs of soft drinks, bread, and several staples, on the eve of a tax increase on the first of January in the VAT, which increases in this region from 11 to 16 percent. (VAT/IVA means value added tax and is similar to a sales tax, but is included in the price of each item, rather than added on at the point of sale.)
  The reporter spoke to several retailers who agreed that increases will range between 10 and 18 percent, on the average. They have been given ample warning by their wholesale suppliers that prices are increasing, and that  prices of soft drinks would increase at Christmas.  The cost of carbonated drinks rose 17-18%, bringing the price of two liters of cola to 27 pesos. A representative of  "la linea de pan industrializado"  a bread manufacturer (probably Bimbo) said their prices are rising,  "Similar to the drink prices".
         A consumer noted these price increases wipe out the measly  increase in the daily minimum wage that takes place in January. A union leader said increasing the workers wages by the equivalent of one sixth of the price of a soda  is criminal. (The minimum daily wage increase is 2.39 pesos, and I think he is talking about the cost of a single serving bottle of soda since 2.39 x 6 is ~ 14.)
   An announcement of an increase in ferry prices is expected during the first weeks of next year, due to the continual, gradual increases in fuel prices that occurred throughout 2013.

Hotel occupancy has not reached 100%
Hoteleros no han alcanzado el 100%[+] Ver mas
Dec 26- On Thursday the weather was nice, retail sales were good, the beaches were full of visitors, the boat tours were busy, and the Harbor Master reported that thousands of people arrived in Isla Mujeres. There is an inflatable boat manned by the Navy along the margins of Playa Norte and the Posada beach, in coordination with the port authorities and on a communication channel for boats.
     Hotels are reporting occupancies above 90 percent and merchants are enjoying good sales. There are vacancies at the hotels of one, two, and three stars, according to representatives of that industry.
      Public Safety (police) and Civil Protection (lifeguards & firemen) reported there were no incidents (saldo blanco).  Hangovers from the Christmas parties did not generate much absenteeism, and banks and municipal offices reopened on schedule.
        The authorities are asking the ferry companies and hotels to inform their clients about the areas of recreation in this location to facilitate their use, because the roads are saturated with vehicles such as taxis and golf carts and private vehicles at the times when visitors are departing and arriving.  The areas of greatest conflict are at the street by the ferry arrival and departure point, because of the ferry terminal being under construction.  There are regular interruptions in traffic on the bay side street (the southbound lane of Rueda Medina, just south of the taxi siteo) while the concrete mixer truck deposits cement for the steel supports. (I'm not sure what hoteliers are supposed to advise clients to avoid that downtown traffic jam, because Rueda Medina/ Main Street is the only street you can use to depart downtown. You could try to avoid departing downtown very often, and avoid departing downtown when the ferry is arriving.  There is no alternate route to suggest if you are leaving downtown and going to the rest of the island.)

What was taken by "Wilma" has not returned
Lo que “Wilma” se llevó no ha vuelto[+] Ver mas
In 2005, Hurricane Wilma removed three life guard towers located on North Beach, Media Luna, and the Posada Beach. They have not been replaced and it is recommended that Civil Protection coordinate with the Harbormaster coordinate to have them rebuilt. Private security people assist the public servants at the confluence of  Playa Norte and the Posada beach where there are currents, and the lifeguards have rescued several swimmers in trouble over the years, and where there is a tower. At the Media Luna beach, lives were lost regularly in the 80's and 90's, which lacks a tower now, but has a warning about whirlpools (remolino) in the area, although there are some people who minimize the danger.The Posada beach has buoys to protect the swimmers from the boats, but Playa Norte lacks buoys of the "collar" type to separate the boating and swimming areas.

Reduced medical services on the first day of January
Reducen servicios médicos para el primero de enero[+] Ver mas

Antonio Salas, director of the ISSSTE, said that for more than 20 years they have been closed on Dec. 25th and January 1st. Beneficiaries who are sick on these days receive care from the emergency clinic of the General Hospital. In the case of beneficiaries of the IMSS, they receive care from the Naval Hospital. The number of patients at the General Hospital was minimal on the morning of  December 25th. Thursday was normal. Dr Salas said the suspension of service at the ISSSTE on December 20th was due to the changing over of vacation days for medical personal, which was initially scheduled to begin at the New Year, causing a reduction in personnel among the already small staff.
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December Calendar of events

 Festivities for the Patron Saint, The Virgin of Immaculate Conception are Nov. 28-Dec 8
The religious image was moved to Isla Mujeres from the Boca Iglesia Church, where she has been honored annually for 102 years. HERE is an article about the Festival
Dec 4 Wednesday 6p Confirmation Mass at Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 5 Thursday  4-7 Artist Fair Town Square (First Thursday of Each Month)
Dec 6 Friday  Security Operation Guadalupe-Reyes begins
Dec 7 Saturday 7p Procession of the Virgin through the colonias
                         ~10p Singing Las Manitas, Mass Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 8 Sunday 3p Procession from Church on Square to Bay, for procession on Bay with three large boats provided for parishioners. Followed by Grand Kermes, and returning of icon to her niche. Celebration of 50th anniversary of priesthood for Father Martinez.
Dec 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico. Festival at Chapel in Salina Chica.

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.
Dec 14 Saturday 5:30-8:30 Casa Sirena Benefit for Brazos Abiertos
Dec 16 -24  The Posadas
The Posadas are nine days before Christmas eve, when there are reenactments in neighborhoods (and a play on the town square) of Mary & Joseph being turned away, until they are accepted at one house, and there is a neighborhood party there.
  During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico
Dec 14 Saturday Caribbean Cultural Festival 8pm Town Square (Cuban band)
Dec 18 Wednesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
Dec 21 Saturday
 6p  Golf Cart Parade starting just south of MaraVilla Caribe, near Hotelito Ixchel, where the road gets very wide at the end of Aeropuerto before entering the first village of Salina Chica, just south of Colegio Bachilleres.Assemble at 5:30 and depart at 6. Decorated vehicles, Cartoon Characters & Santa's helpers tossing treats & visiting parks & kids around the isle. To benefit one of the Carnaval Dancing Troupes.
8p  Municipal Christmas Parade
4p-8p CHRISTMAS ART SHOW at ComoNo at el Patio, Gifts for sale
Dec 24  Noche Buena  Zapatos por los ninos party  (Don't be surprised if many places are closed in the evening so employees can spend it with their families) Dec 25  Christmas  Iguana's is serving Cornish Hens.   Casa de los Suenos is serving Christmas dinner. 
Thurs Dec 26: 7p  Iguanas at Marina Paraiso is bringing in Flamenco dancers. Last time they did this, it was very cool. They are also making special food.. lamb, veal & Paella for the event. (They've done lamb or veal before too and it was Very Good...and they ran out, so they know we're coming and eating! Paella is also a Sunday special there & very good.)
Friday, Dec 26  is the annual Quinceaneras w 16 young ladies & their entourages...probably having photoops in front of the church after the 7p Mass, the public is invited to the Grand Ball at the Taxi lodge, 20p. 

Dec 31 New Years Eve celebration on Town Square (Expect fireworks at midnight & dancing to live music until dawn or beyond. Reserved tables for ten people are being sold at the Town Hall entrance by the DIF for 1000p, with demand usually exceeding supply. NOTE: Tables were sold out this morning.)

Love the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair promo for the January 2nd Artist Fair.  @[507239157:2048:Jen Graham], you are awesome.  @[502757686:2048:Michael Azaria] & @[1701660950:2048:Denise Azaria] you two just rock!!! -60 Artists & local food vendors!!!  @[795152257:2048:Joe Mendez] & Corona make it all work.  Thank you all so much!!!
Roger Hardesty's photo.

 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill
 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo  Barlito's is closed for the holidays...If you need to drop off books, shoes, items for LYSH or Isla Animals....  contact the group (see tab at top "Charities" for contact info, or email me at

Toys for PEACE: Galerita across from Olivia's Restaurant



Iguana's: Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials. Friday evenings have featured Cuban-Vera Cruz music. On Saturdays & Sundays they have   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music.  Starting around 6.  Saturday they are grilling & Sunday's special is paella. Usual menu also.

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Friday, Bally Hoo Restaurant, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~1 or 2p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p Salsa
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
every tuesday!You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

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Rainbow just now...while I"m trying to proof this at nearly 4pm, after working on it all day...

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By the 11:00 ferry the line went back to the parking garage . Only a few of us had bags.
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By Jon Groves this week... (That's the south end at right, and bayside below)

Hi  ( at the Posada beach)

Please join us this Thursday, Jaunary 2nd for the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair in the Zocalo from 4 to 7pm. The first Artist Fair of 2014 will be featuring SpongeBob & Spiderman to celebrate the new year & bring smiles to all the families & kids faces that attend! Tell all your friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers & students!!! The participants this month include... Daryl Adler, sea glass historian, jewelry, mosaics & paintings Gretchen Arauju, jewelry Leandro Arzumendi, Holistic Center Sugeidy Aviles, sweets Nirit Ben David, acupuncture & Chinese medicine Raul Becerra, sweets Paulo Bimbo, jewelry Penny Burnham, Author Santos Caamal, handmade leather goods Mark Caffo, photographer, Caribe on Canvas Guadalupe Camara & Cecelia Marin, Women's Bead Coop Ana Cordero, paintings Cruz Rojo, The Red Cross Charlotte Dietrich, painter Ed Fenendael, water colorist Marypaz Fentanes, clothing designer & accessories Marbella Garrido, sweets & tamales Kitty Goldberg, photographer Lizbeth Gomez, handbags Jennifer Graham, Jenny Penny Bikinis Pamela Haase Cauich, paintings, collage, mixed mediums Bessie Hamaker, shell mirrors, beach sculptures & gourmet dog biscuits Bonnie Hamilton, PEACE Ray Heath, jewelry, photographs & paintings Luis Herrara, jewelry Mary Iverson, The Little Yellow School House Wayne Jahr & Bob Knight, housewares & accessories Guadalupe Kanton, food Ma Luisa Kumal, knitter & accessories Liw Larsen, paintings Brenda Lamonica, jewelry Damien Lemee, recyclable artist, sculptor Rosie Lizama, tamales Sally Margolis, jewelry Carol Ann McDonald, paintings Lalo Meraz Contreras, photographer Arturo Morales, paintings Lisbeth Moreno, tamales Jose Pech, sculptor Nora Perez, accessories Paula Preston, mermaid, coconut oil & clothes Jamie Ramsey, Island Spices Liz Rosales, paintings, drawings & accessories Sergio Rivas, batik artist Emilio Sosa, sculptor Alison Sawyer Current, Author & Isla Animals Susan Stowell, clothing designer, jewelry & accessories Gabriella Tosello, paintings & shoes Annieta Thompson, food Natalia Vazquez, food Victor Villegas, recyclable art, sculptor Senor Velazquez, food & jewelry Sydney Adams, recyclable artist, custom shoes & accessories

Classes are on for the New Year week. Come on and smile before and after your NYE celebrations.
Gentle Yoga Move classes will be held during the holiday season. (unless it snows, or I post a change) Come and get your smile on the mat. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at El Milagro Villas and Marina.


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