Thursday, May 1, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, April 30 The Afternoon Edition

  The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in May!, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. Ad for the remainder of year is a $30 donation. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in May.   

Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

With everything to Tianguis (Tourism Fair)

Touristeros prepare new material promoting the attractions of the island

Con todo al Tianguis

Martes, 29 de Abril de 2014 21:19

Turisteros preparan nuevo material promocional de atractivos de la ínsula

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The municipal Director of Tourism,  Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, said that new promotional materials have been created for the upcoming Tianguis of Mexico to be held May 6-9 in Cancun. The material highlights activities in Isla Mujeres such as the celebration of Carnaval, the boat procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, the Feast of the Immaculate conception, the regattas, and of course, the whale shark season. The brochures also contain information about local cuisine, and underwater attractions such as MUSA, the underwater museum, and include images of pirates and the unique archeological remains of the area. During the event, they will feature the promotional video of Isla Mujeres.
      The Director believes that these efforts will create a 25% increase in occupancy by the end of the year and for next year. He said this promotional material is unique, and not simply a pamphlet like you normally find at the fair, but rather it is an informational booklet that includes the most important attractions of the island. He concluded by adding that these have been printed in English and Spanish, and will be available for the travel agencies and tour operators who will be attending this important, international event. 

Finishing the Book Fair at the island 

Finaliza la Feria del Libro en la ínsula

Martes, 29 de Abril de 2014 20:44

Finaliza la Feria del Libro en la ínsula

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The book "Forgotten Roads" ("Carreteras Olvidades") was presented by its 19 year old author, Laura Angulo, in the City Council chambers, as part of the Book Fair, which ends on Thursday, May 1st. This cultural event included the presentation of four books, cultural lectures, workshops, and tours of the fair, and was aimed at encouraging the habit of reading in the community of Isla Mujeres. The Book Fair was sponsored by the  Grupo Bibliónica and the municipal Education agency, and opened on April 14 on Morales street next to City Hall with publications such as  Diana, Grijalbo, Editores Mexicanos unidos, Alfaguara, Trota and Planeta.

 Tvisla Mujeres

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will promote Isla Mujeres in their 2015 Calendar.

Vaqueritas de Dallas promoverán #IslaMujeres en su próximo calendario 2015

  ·Cheerleaders of the Dallas Cowboys football team were in Isla Mujeres for a photo shoot for their 2015 calendar, which was supervised by officials from the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). They were seen posing in tiny swimsuits. Sites for the photo shoot included the picturesque facade of a house on Juarez Avenue, North Beach, Punta Sur, and Garrafon Park.
    This is the third time that members of the squad have been featured at locations in Quintana Roo for their calendar. The 2013  calendar featured the Riviera Maya; for the 2014 calendar they were in Cozumel, and the upcoming  calendar features Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Next year they are  expected to include other destinations such as Holbox.
      There are currently 32 members of the squad visiting locations in Puerto Morelos, Cancun, and Isla Mujeres. This NFL team has the most followers in Latin America, especially in Mexico, and the Dallas sporting franchise sells the most souvenirs and promotional articles in the United States.

New promotional material for the upcoming Tianguis Turistico of Mexico, May 6-9,  in Cancun

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In the wee hours, the first six competitors of the XLVI Regatta del Sol al Sol arrived, with the "Sweet Melissa" being the first boat to cross the finish line.

The sailboats were expected to arrive on Sunday, but the lack of wind caused delays. Although 18 competitors were expected, there were only 15 taking part in the Regatta. Three withdrew at the last minute due to a strong storm. (a fuerte temporal). The six yachts that arrived on Tuesday are (in order): “Sweet Melissa”  “XTC”;  “14 Pennies”; “Orlant Express”; “Tatto” and “Blue Heron”. These results are not definitive, because their placement depends on the category in which their boat is competing, and the winners will be announced on Friday

On the island the celebrations will be held May 8th at 5p at the Community Center Dome and May 9th at 5p at the CENDI center.


Photographic session of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (I assume that is who the Vaqueritas de Dallas are...literally it means Dallas Cowgirls)

Aquí parte de la sesión fotográfica que hacen las Vaqueritas de Dallas en Isla Mujeres (4 photos)

Noticias de  Quequi......

The "Cowgirls" came to Isla Mujeres

Due to strong winds, at 7am on Monday, the Harbor Master closed the port  for navigation by boats under 40 feet. This restriction includes the tour boats that travel to Isla Contoy and those that travel outside of the Bay, however tour boats were allowed to travel within the inner Bay.  Strong winds were expected for Tuesday, also. This suspension affected more than 300 boats, and the ferry boats continued to operate as usual.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Tourism Department presents material for TTM

Low season for small boats that provide tours
Touristic activities in Isla Mujeres dropped to less than 30 percent, with the departure of the vacationing Mexcian tourists, leaving a few foreign tourists remaining. The small tour boats remained at the dock, and if they are lucky three boats will depart during the entire day, say the crews. There is a lack of visitors on the beaches, and it is evident that this will affect the economies of the families of the people who work there.  All of the tourism service providers in Isla Mujeres are affected by the lack of visitors, now that the Easter vacationers have left.
Read more: Pesa la temporada baja a los lancheros
Getting rid of the Island's trash 

Se deshacen de los desechos de la isla

  • Written by Diario Respuesta Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
The Department of Public Services, with assistance from the Volqueteros Union, have begun the removal of about a thousand tonnes of garbage from the Trash Transfer Facility. The trucks and back hoes were seen working busily at loading and transporting the trash to the mainland. It is noted that the accumulation of trash is a legacy from the previous administration, because this administration inherited a nearly full Trash Transfer facility, and equipment that was 'en el retiro' ( retirement).
Read more: Se deshacen de los desechos de la isla
Rescuing the Mundaca Hacienda 

Rescatan hacienda Mundaca

  • Written by Diario Respuesta Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
The work at the Muncaca Hacienda is expected to be completed within 60 days, and includes dismantling and replacing the perimeter wall. The work is being done with resources from CONACULTA, and is evidence of the Mayor's commitment to preserving the island's culture and history. As you know, it was in this place that there was a Mayan settlement, which was destroyed by Fermín Mundaca y Marcheaga, to build his estate. The work will include returning the entrance to its original location, facing the road to Garrafon on the street Fermin Mundaca. Rescuing this beautiful space will provide more areas of interest for visitors who appreciate culture, providing another tourist attraction; and the location is part of the tangible heritage of the islanders.
Read more: Rescatan hacienda Mundaca

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Failing anti-hurricane cages
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The anti hurricane cages (jaula de gaviones) that protect the seawall have been damaged further by the force of the waves caused by the winds from the south. Earlier this year they were damaged at their bases during cold front 24, and this damage has now expanded, four months later. The government has not responded to reenforce or level these foundations, and when Dutch visitor Anke de Jong was told of this alleged negiligence, he responded, "In my country, close attention is paid to the protections from the seas to the north; constantly inspecting and reenforcing the walls and 'contentions' because we have experienced flooding and loss of property first hand."
  It is presumed that there were deficiencies in the construction of these cages which extend nearly a thousand linear meters when were installed less than ten years ago. At that ime, the wall was renewed after being severely damaged in Hurricane Wilma. That was the second installation, because the former was poor.
       It has been reported in this and other media that, that according to experts the wall lacks sufficient strength to protect the community if a hurricane hit with the same amount of force as Gilberto in 1988, which broke rocks at the area of the cages. Edgardo Marfil recalls that when those rocks broke, a road was opened for the sea at the street Allende. It can be seen that the cages look rusty, and it is noted that that a specialist company should be hired to attend to the parts that are most affected in anticipation of the upcoming hurricane season, which is June 1-November 30.

Children's choir performs at Catholic Congress
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A children's choir of 35 youngsters from Isla Mujeres participated in a rally in Merida this weekend, to a crowd of about 10,000 young people.  They were well received and will perform again at 8am on April 30th, Día del Niño, at the close of the XIX Congreso del Niño Jesús, a regional Catholic youth conference. 

Without services due to lack of personnel
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The Family Medicine Unit ( FMU ) of the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE ) has not been providing services during the morning shift for the past few days, due to a lack of personnel. The first shift ends at 2pm and the next shift is staffed, which continues until 7:30pm. There are also complaints about the lack of medications and reimbursement for travel expenses for those who receive specialized treatment off the island. Some complainants have made calls to Chetumal, without response, and the state union leaders have not taken up the issue.

New accusation of defrauding a tourist
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On Tuesday the Department of Tourism received a complaint from Roger Martinez, a Latino resident of Chicago, who said he had been sold jewelry that was purported to be pure gold but was gold plated. He said he is a frequent visitor to Cancun and showed the bill of sale for an "Aztec Maya" charm of 14k gold for $150 dollars which was paid by giving $50 in cash and putting 1350 pesos on his credit card. When he consulted an expert, chemicals revealed it was only gold plated, and that it weighed 6 grams. He thought it was 9 grams of pure gold, which would be valued at 6000 pesos.  He said he did not have time to file an official complaint with the Public Ministry.
      The accused business is  “Internacional Jewels”, owned by David Alberto Santos Rivera, which is said to be part of a group of businesses related to a previous alleged fraud at "The Silver Mine". According to the CFE, Electrical Commission, this is the same facility that had an alleged evasion of electric charges with a 'diablito'. 
      In that previous case, the Director of Tourism at the time (Jahil Hoth Perez) assisted a couple from Boston, who were reimbursed $625 for two pieces of silver jewelry.  There was also a case where the previous director of Tourism, Viviana Chan, intervened to assist an English person who bought 14k "gold", with involvement by PROFECO at that time also. (The Consumer Protection agency)

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 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 @ Marina Paraiso



Miguel's high season schedule:

Thursday at 6pm Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres with Seblues Hernandez Miranda - blues variety
Wednesday - Saturday at 10:30 Fayne's BarandGrill with La Banda Sin Nombre - Rock, blues & pop
Friday - Saturday at 12:00 mn Tequileria La Adelita with La Banda Sin Nombre - Salsa & Mexican
Sunday at 7:00 Bahia Tortuga with The Sol Rockers - Rock & blues 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 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 ~1p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p  Salsa 
(Start times posted on menu board by entrance)
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!!
You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

 Jeff Current's Schedule
5:30 - 7:30 Wednesday Bahia Tortuga
7-9 Fridays Marina Paraiso  


Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill


April 3 4p-9p Artist's Fair on Town Square

April 12 Saturday: 6:30am Pirate Triathlon

April 13 Palm Sunday event 6:30pm Chapel of Caridad del Cobre

April 17 Maundy Thursday (bank holiday)

April 18 Good Friday  (bank holiday)
Two Reenactments of the Stations of the Cross / The Passion of Christ
10 am  Starting at Sacred Heart of Jesus in colonia La Gloria, going up  Paseo de las Aves, and by the park Las Tortugas, then over to prolongacion Rueda Medina, and entering the street by the new hospital, to come back to the church. 3000-4000 attendees expected
Noon For the representation by the Church of Immaculate Conception, they will start at the chapel to Guadalupe (la capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) at noon to travel five kilometers under the rays of the midday sun to the church of Immaculate Conception. That is the chapel overlooking the Caribbean, near Mango Cafe in Salina Chica.  300-400 attendees expected

April 19 Holy Saturday

April 20 Easter Day
Children's Fishing Tournament  “Buenaventura Delgado Díaz-Coleguita” Sponsored by the DIF celebrating Children's Day

April 27, Sunday  Regatta XLVI Sol al Sol arrives in Isla Mujeres
April 30 Regatta event Casa de las Rocas

April 30  Día del Niño


May 1 Thursday 4p-9p Artists Fair on Town Square
May 1 Formal welcome to Regatta Sol al Sol XLVI
 May 1 Labor Day in Mexico
May 1  May Day
May 2 Regatta Amigos XLV 12:30 Isla Children sail around isle
May 2 Regatta Sol al Sol Awards dinner 
May 3 Regatta Sol al Sol departure
May 3 Day of the Holy Cross (festival for mason/constrct wkrs /Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil. (Essay..maybe May 4th 2012)
May 5 Battle of Puebla 2012 "Cinco de Mayo" 

May 8 Thursday Regata Al Sol XXVIII Departs for Isla Mujeres

 May  9-11 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament

May 10 Saturday Mother's Day  in Mexico
~May 13-20  Festival of Lady of Fatima Rancho Vieho ~30+ yr tradition
May 15 Thursday Teachers Day
May 29 Thursday Ascension Day



May 15- Sept. 15- Whale Shark Season
Early May -  Nov.  Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting

Whale Shark Festival TBA  ~ late June-early July?

6th Annual Alicia Ricalde Magana Women's Fishing Tournament  TBA August?

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance

Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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