Friday, December 20, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Friday, December 20 The Afternoon Edition

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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.

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   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Dreams come true

Organizing big festival for quinceañeras

Les cumplirán su sueño

Jueves, 19 de Diciembre de 2013 21:33

Organizan masivo festejo para quinceañeras

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.- 
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  Next Friday, at a time and location to be announced, will be the traditional Quinceaneras Dance (“Baile de Quinceañeras 2013”). There are over fifteen young ladies registered for the annual event, and more are expected to register this week. Rehearsals have begun for this important event, for young ladies who turned 15 this year. This annual event is being included in the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the ordination of priest Jesus Martinez Penilla.

Mayor inaugurates Las Iguanas park & hosts Posada party

Agapito, a paso firme

Jueves, 19 de Diciembre de 2013 21:27

Inaugura parque de “Las Iguanas” y encabeza posada

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.- 
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Thursday The Mayor's agenda for the afternoon/evening included opening of the park facilities "Las Iguanas", a  "Diálogo Ciudadano” (Dialogue with Citizens) meeting, and a Christmas posada party in Salina Chica. The Mayor was accompanied by his wife at the ribbon cutting at the new park, and a festival followed featuring Christmas songs and dances, and a children's show, which delighted everyone, especially the children.
  Next the Mayor attended a Posada festival in colonia Salina Chica, where dozens of families enjoyed various artistic performances, and responded enthusiastically. 
  Then the Mayor listened to concerns of citizens at the sports court  known as "La Jaula", from residents of Salina Grande, where he announced plans to overhaul the facility, and build a new sports dome, which was applauded.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Tourism industry in Isla Mujeres expecting  improvement
  • Esperan que mejore servicios turísticos


    Esperan que mejore servicios turísticos

    0 19 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- 
  • Abandonan las aulas 4 mil estudiantes
      4000 students leave classrooms


    Abandonan las aulas 4 mil estudiantes

    0 19 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.l.
About 4000 students have begun their holiday vacations, and will return to school on January 7th. This week many schools held posadas, parties, and traditional gift exchanges. Some classes ended on Wednesday, and others spent their last class day having Christmas parties or traditional posadas. Despite difficult economic situations, it is expected that some students will travel to visit their relatives, while others will celebrate at home in Isla Mujeres.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Electric Commission has not responded to this complaint

Ignora la CFE solicitud ciudadana

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Juan Carlos Lopez says he and his neighbors have complained to the CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad ) about obstruction of a sidewalk by a guy-wire (line stabilizing  an electric pole). The sidewalk is located in front of Cheraui, which is a busy area for vehicular traffice, and the wire causes pedestrians to step into the street. He said he complained to the CFE, and was told to fill out some forms, accompanied by signatures of neighbors who are affected by the guy-wire. He wants the Mayor to intervene.

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Proposal to bring cruise ships near Isla Mujeres
Nuevo intento por traer crucero a Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver mas
A civil association has revived the proposal of bringing cruise ship passengers to Isla Mujeres, with the idea that the vessels could anchor offshore, with small boats bringing tourists ashore. Gilberto Fernandez, leader of the group,  said they wrote a letter to President Nieto, who responded favorably. The group plans to meet with the Mayor to discuss the idea, and said they have the support of Senator Felix Gonzalez Canto.
  The idea of bringing cruise ships to Isla Mujeres was considered over the past six years by the previous PAN administration, but the idea of building a dock is not viable because the water is shallow in our port.
   This system of anchoring offshore and having small "tenders" to transport passengers ashore was used in Cancun over ten years ago. In December 1997, there was an accident involving the cruise ship "Leeward" which ran aground on a coral reef while trying to navigate a shallow channel. This practice of  of these cruise ships, which are also called  floating hotels ("hoteles flotantes"),  arriving offshore was suspended, and the "Leeward" were assigned an economic penalty for the environmental damage.

Another year without housing programs

Otro año sin programas de vivienda [+] Ver mas

As was the case in 2013, among the federal monies being budgeted under the Ley de Ingreso 2014 (Revenue Act) there will be no funding for various programs, including the housing programs Tu Casa, & Hábitat; the Rescuing Public Spaces (Rescate de Espacios Públicos) program; and the Metropolitan Fund, according to this document approved by the Council in November. Previously, under the PAN administration various dozens of millions of pesos were invested annually in the social infrastructure and consolidation of  Ciudad Mujeres on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, including building highways connecting with Cancun.
   The Council has approved the use of over 226 million pesos which have been allocated by the XIV Legislature, with an additional 10 million pesos, although that additional amount has not been confirmed by local officials.

Tribute paying homage to Ramon Bravo
Beneplácito por homenaje a Ramón Bravo [+] Ver mas
Cozumel has announced a plan to install an underwater bust of Ramon Bravo in 2014, which pleases diver Pablo García “Válvula”, who worked with him. "Valvula" showed Bravo the "Cave of the Sleeping Sharks", which attracted an investigation by National Geographic, and a documentary by Jacques Cousteau.
    Well known among international professionals, Bravo received international acclaim as an Olympic athlete, as a journalist, as an underwater photographer, and as a conservationist. Bravo was involved with the sinking of the statue of Christ in the Palancar National Park in Cozumel, and the placement of the cross in the Parque Marino Nacional, Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres (west coast underwater park.). Bravo died in Isla Mujeres on February 21, 1998,  and Válvula has battled physical ailments in recent years. The underwater photography contest that honors Ramon Bravo did not take place for the second consecutive year, due to a lack of budget, but it is believed, officially, that it will return next year.

Promotion of tourism services: Without control
Promoción de servicios turísticos, sin control.. [+] Ver mas

There is a complaint from anonymous Isla Mujeres boat tour operators against others who offer boat tour services at Punta Sam, regarding a palapa used by outsiders for selling tours, which is located a few meters from the municipal governmental office for Isla Mujeres. They say this impairs their economy and that they have complained to local, state, and federal authorities without result. There are also increasing numbers of mobile vendors in Punta Sam, and disputes remain over territory.
     There are accusations that these outside people are selling tours below the set price, and that they have entered this area that was peaceful and tranquil. The Isla Mujeres nautical tour operators are seeking assistance from the Mayor to protect their livelihoods and intervene in favor of their union/gremio.
   Punta Sam is at the point of becoming a major location for the influx of tourists, and attracts many visitors, especially during the whale shark season (May-September). The Port Authority has been modernizing and improving the terminal.

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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. More info Friday in Notes From Paradise   

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
Dec 25  Christmas
Dec 31 New Years Eve celebration on Town Square (Usually fireworks & dancing to live music until dawn. Reserved tables are sold by Tourism Department.)
Zumba Christmas Party

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
Donate some shoes? You can drop them off at Barlitos! If you aren't coming before this event, your donations of shoes or money are always welcome and needed!
ZAPATOS PARA LOS NINOS   Shoes for the Children Annual Christmas Party and Shoe Drive
        December is here, and we are collecting shoes and donations for our annual Christmas Party and shoe delivery.  Last year every child that came for shoes walked away with a new pair for Christmas!
This is the one time of year we only collect new shoes in order to make each child feel extra special.
Not only do we distribute shoes, but we join with the local community to provide a meal and a small gift. It is a special event, as for some of the children, it will be their only Christmas gift. They are already looking forward to it on December 24th.
If you would like to donate shoes, please contact Greg Snider at:

If you would like to contribute monies so we can purchase shoes, food, or small toys, please also contact Greg at the email address above or go to our website for Pay Pal   We will happily send you photos of the children who receive your gifts.   Greg and Natalie


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

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 ~3p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~2p 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

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Link to video of Christmas activities in Isla Mujeres last year, made by City.

Video below of last year's NYE countdown & fireworks, shot & edited by Mundaca Realy

The view from our room at the Hotel Presidente (Avalon) 1986......This is a very special pic for me personally. It is the first pic I've taken in Isla Mujeres. Our bags weren't even unpacked yet when I took this pic.

This section is shorter than usual because I have been working on the Isla Mujeres Magazine for Charity. .

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