Saturday, December 14, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, December 14 The Afternoon Edition

..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.

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   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Federal Zone Committee meeting

Sesiona Comité de Zofemat

Viernes, 13 de Diciembre de 2013 22:12

Aprueba regularización fiscal y limpieza de playas

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The financial committee for the Federal Zone Maintenance and Cleaning agency in Isla Mujeres (El Comité Técnico del Fondo para la Vigilancia, Administración, Mantenimiento, Preservación y Limpieza de la Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre de la Isla,) had its budget approved.  (The Fed Zone or ZMFT is the first ~20 meters of coast from waters edge inland, measured from the high tide line.)

Citizen meeting:  Mayor attends to complaints

Agapito atiende demandas

Viernes, 13 de Diciembre de 2013 21:23

De manera personalizada, en audiencia ciudadana

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 At a scheduled time, the Mayor met with residents in the City Council room and listened to their personal requests and their topics of collective interest, and in turn assigned the issues to the officials in charge of that subject, who responded immediately, and they sought solutions to the concerns and complaints. At the end of the meeting, the attendees expressed their appreciation and approval for this form of government that is open, honest, and transparent.
Urban planning for continental area of Isla Mujeres 

Apuntalan desarrollo sustentable

Viernes, 13 de Diciembre de 2013 21:23

Cabildo aprueba proyecto de reserva territorial

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The City Council unanimously passes this Urban Plan about the continental area of Isla Mujeres regarding its infrastructure in order to provide adequate water, sewer, electricity, streets, roads, etc, with an approach of sustainability considering unification and consolidation, to create a system that is orderly, coordination with the State Government.

Civil Protection: Don't Litter 

To prevent flooding in the streets

Llaman a no tirar basura

Jueves, 12 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

Para evitar inundaciones en calles y avenidas

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When trash blocks the storm drains, it causes flooding, which is inconvenient for motorists, especially those on two wheels. The Director of Civil Protection wants people to avoid littering and the article mentions areas were water accumulated during the two days of heavy rains, which were:  In front of the  Agencia del Ministerio Público (That's on Rueda Medina, south of town, I think), in colonia Electricistas, at the Muncipal Market downtown“Javier Rojo Gómez” and la avenida Rueda Medina (main street).

Everything is ready for the Caribbean Festival

Starts at 8pm 

Todo listo para el Festival del Caribe

Jueves, 12 de Diciembre de 2013 21:13

Iniciará a las 20:00 horas

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The festival is tonight, Saturday, Dec 14,  on the town square, featuring starting at 8pm with Cuban singer Karenka y la orquesta Cohiba Band. Musical influences have included Silvio Rodríguez, Rihanna, Bruno Mars,  Carlos Manuel Tomé Batista, and Humberto García Brañas. They will play in their own style and offer their own versions of artists and songs such as Pedro Infante, José Alfredo Jiménez , Juan Gabriel and José José , as well as classics like La Bamba , La Bikina and El Mariachi Loco in the danceable versions.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  • COJUDEQ helps island athletes 


    Apoya Cojudeq a deportistas isleñosApoya Cojudeq a deportistas isleños

    0 13 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Redacción-Quequi.- .
  • Aumentan ambulantes en las playas
    Increasing mobile vendors


    Aumentan ambulantes en las playas

    0 13 de diciembre de 2013 This is another representation of the opinion of the business owners disliking competition from the mobile vendors, who pay a monthly fee of 500 pesos. It is noted that the number of mobile venders increases during high season and this has begun. It is noted that their overhead is lower than that of the stationary businesses. And that is Angela, who has been selling on the beach for over a decade., in low season and high. She is very polite and unintrusive when she tries to sell her jewelry.

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Facilities & renovations to benefit youths of Isla Mujeres

Abre convenio espacios para jóvenes

Abre convenio espacios para jóvenes
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 Ready for Caribbean Festival events in Isla Mujeres

Alistan eventos del Festival del Caribe en el municipio

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Ferry terminal construction progressing

Progresa construcción de la terminal marítima

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Complaint of 'pigsty' at FOVISSSTE

Denuncian 'cochinero' en fraccionamiento Fovissste

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(Unnamed) Neighbors in colonia la Gloria say the buildings and grounds are unkept, weedy, dirty, run down and with odors. They say it is unhealthy and there is a lot of dog feces on the grounds, noting that this is near the primary school Julio Sauri.

Keeping their promises to Guadalupe

Cumplen sus promesas a la Morenita

Cumplen sus promesas a la Morenita
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The 482nd anniversary of the appearance of the Virgen Morena del Tepeyac was celebrateed in Isla Mujeres, beginning on December 11th with a foot race to the Guadalupe Chapel, and the singing of the mananitas that followed, and the celebrations continued as many islanders came to the church to bow before her feet and give thanks for favors received. At noon on the 12th,  the taxi union members arrived with banners and prayers. There was a procession to a party in La Gloria with food, smiles, and presents. Children were dressed as Juan Diego and as Maria, who were brought to the Chapel by their parents to participate in these traditions and celebrations honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Red light for taxi union leader "Wato"
“Luz Roja” para “Wato” [+] Ver mas
The current leader of the taxi union is seeking another term at the election which will be held today, Saturday, at 4pm. The candidates opposing him have filed a complaint with the local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration saying that it is against the rules for him to seek a third term. There are also allegations concerning  misappropriations of funds, concerns about his wife being appointed as manager of finances, and the issue of taxi 'placas'  or permits that had been designated for 'combi' shuttles which became permits for taxis..
  It is noted that in the past nine years the number of placas/permits has grown from just over 200 to now there are nearly 800 placas/permits. There are plans for the Isla Mujeres taxi union to have a significant impact upon the continental zone.
  The three opponents have agreed to abide by the status quo and respect the wishes of the group if one of them wins the election. There is an intention that the election on Saturday could be annulled  and another specific assembly for an election in which they can participate without "Wato".

Council approves Urban Plan: Proyecto de Reserva Territorial

Aprobó el cabildo Proyecto de Reserva Territorial[+] Ver mas

No delays in the school schedule
No hay retraso en el programa escolar[+] Ver mas
Classes have been normalized and holiday vacations will be normal, because the teachers of Isla Mujeres only participated in the strike briefly in September.  The holiday will begin Thursday Dec. 19th when 4630 students in Isla Mujeres, at all educational levels, will begin their vacations, returning on Tuesday, January 7th. The preschool children total 585 students, primary is 2368, middle school is 979, and there are 692 high school students (bachilleratos). Growth is unprecedented on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, and within two years it is estimated their numbers will be greater than on the island.
  Regarding the fall in student achievement at the middle school, the director of Education, Rocio Rodriguez Herrera said they are limited as to what they can do in the classroom if there is not support from the parents at home, noting it takes a healthy family environment for students to achieve grades of 8-9 points, and an ongoing communication between school and home is essential.

Island hoteliers in financial crisis
Hoteleros isleños en crisis financiera[+] Ver mas
     Formerly the family hotels which has 10 or 20 or 30 rooms were fully occupied during holiday seasons, but now they are not even reaching 50 percent occupancy during high season. One problem is a lack of remodeling, another is competition from vacation homes owned by foreigners. This competition is considered unfair, and has not been addressed by authorities. Some hotels have had to lower their prices to attract clients, and even then for most of the year their buildings are partially empty, while the big hotels report high occupancy even in the low months because they have capital to invest in promotions.
    Not all the small hotels are reporting good reservations for Christmas and New Years, but they are hoping to sell their remaining rooms in the upcoming days. On Friday, Por Esto reported there are nearly 20 small hotels that are interested in forming an association to work together to seek alternatives to reverse the lower occupancy rates of the recent years. There was a first meeting on this topic on November 30 at the Bahia Chacchi, which was attended by 17 representatives of the small hotels. They listened attentively to a Tourism representative from the United Nations Organization, Dr Armando de Lucas Hurtado who spoke about helping small businesses in the hotel industry amid this globalized economy.
    Expectations are high for this proposal, so in the following meetings it is expected that the small business owners will make agreements and reverse the downward trend in occupancy

Small hotels join forces
Pequeños hoteles unirán fuerzas. [+] Ver mas

Youths honor Guadalupe
Los jóvenes se suman al milagro[+] Ver mas
Hundreds of children joined the celebrations of the anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe 482 years ago, in the four parishes of Isla Mujeres. On the opening minutes of Thursday, the faithful were singing the mananitas, and vehicular traffic was semi paralyzed by the processions throughout the day, and there were traditional celebrations at the municipal market, for example. Various groups including gremios of businesses and social organizations had honored the Virgin with gratitude and promises, while the priests reminded the youths that this was a day of reflection and a time to change behaviors.  Before the festivities were over on Wednesday night, rain began to fall at 10pm. The police said everything was clam and there were no irregularities during the festivities. There were some tourists who were annoyed by the bank closures, but the City continued working.

Campaign against animal abuse
Sancionar a los malos dueños [+] Ver mas
El Comité de Ciudadanos y Defensa Animal, a civil group, met Friday at Mundaca to talk about the need to raise awareness about the state and local laws protecting animals. Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal, Código Penal estatal y Reglamento de Justicia Cívico del municipio de Isla Mujeres.
     They have been working for over a year and have a poster campaign that will be exhibited in upcoming weeks in public buildings. Private support is requested to help display the posters for this campaign. These efforts also involve two municipal departments: la Dirección de Ecología, (dept of Ecology), Seguridad Pública (police), in addition to the NGO's.
  Acts of cruelty include leaving an animal in the sun or rain, failure to give them food or water, and failure to bathe them or seek medical care when they are ill. There are also sanctions for people who intentionally abandon their pets, for those who fail to give normal care, and for indiscriminate reproduction, as well as sales of pets without proper permits. There are penalties for hitting animals, causing fights, or other actions that cause physical harm, as well as walking a dog without a collar, leash or registration tag, and for not cleaning up the dogs excrement. This includes neglect or abuse of any animals, including iguanas, dogs, cats, crabs, birds, among others. There are penalties for people whose pets cause damage or inconvenience to third parties, and they are also responsible for covering those expenses. There are penalties for people who let their dogs walk freely in the streets or public places.

Christmas in Isla Mujeres?

 MaraVilla Caribe has the smaller studio available the 15th-21st at a special price of $40/nt.

A larger studio is available now, until Dec 29th as a special price of $300/wk.
  This blog is brought to you by....
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   Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 or hop on the bus. We also have room for 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

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

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
 They have been setting up the circular stadium, along the Caribe road down south, which usually means a 'bullfight' with little people and heifers, where no one is harmed. There could be trained monkeys riding dogs, or circus animals, rides for the kids, and vendors.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

Everyone is invited!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 bands)
Dec 17 Tuesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
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.)
 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: Olivia's Restaurant
Brazos Abiertos Benefit at Casa Sirena Saturday Dec.14   5:30 - 8:30  They do HIV testing & pregnancy prevention education

Keys 4 Life  Benefit Event: Tuesday, Dec 17 Brisas Grill 4pm  A Christmas concert called "Secret Santa Christmas Celebration." by Ken Wanovich with buffet, beverage, & gift CD. $20 or 250p (link for tickets). Profits will be spent on toys, and Ken explains, "The concept is that we are the Secret Santa, giving gifts to the children through the parents, who cannot afford gifts for their own families." Ken Wanovich Posted a new song: "Give It Away" ‪#‎music‬



  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, 530 to 730 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 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 2p Reggae/Cuban   off & on

  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!! — at Fenix Lounge.
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. 
The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. 
RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30You 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

From Bahia Tortuga....
Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar / Hotel / Marina's photo.

Julieta Venegas is an American born Latin Pop singer with a platinum album (Limon y Sal) whose biggest hit is "Me Voy", here's a music video of it (LINK)
On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Christy Dix

Join Christy Dix for the last Spanish Boot Camp of 2013!!
The schedule changed slightly, it was originally Mon 12/16-Wed 12/18, but now will be just 2 days, Tues 12/17 + Wed 12/18 10am -1pm.
• This Boot Camp is for students who have a working knowledge of using verbs in the present tense (are familiar with verb conjugations) and who want to strengthen their skills speaking in the present tense in daily situations, like restaurants, shopping, making connections with Isleños, etc. • We will review and practice irregular verbs (stem-changing verbs, gustar verbs, reflexive verbs) as well as expand vocabulary associated with daily activities. • Additionally we will practice tricky verb usages with ir vs. venir, llevar vs. traer, when to use (and not use) the verb hacer, and more… • Fun, interactive games and activities will be used to enhance the learning process. • Participants can join us for both days or just one day, depending on their schedules. The pricing is as follows: *2 days (6 hours) – 700 pesos *1 day (3 hours) – 450 pesos • Location: TBA

Since space is limited, contact Christy Dix to guarantee your spot! MX cell: 998-136-1497

Roots Clinic is newly located in Centro in the Plaza Isla Mujeres behind Dopi's/Rooster, and open for business! Acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Chinese Medicine  by Nirit Ben David, Her clinic was at Casa Ixchel for years but she just opened her own stand alone clinic in centro!
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