Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 13 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in August!, 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. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in August...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     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 ....

Removing junk to combat dengue

Piden no dejar cacharros

Martes, 12 de Agosto de 2014 22:14

En vía pública, para combatir dengue

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de agosto.
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On Friday, the program to remove junk from the streets will be going through colonia Electristas and down Prolongation Rueda Medina, said the municipal Director of Ecology, Cristina Medina Figueroa. She said they have been working in various colonias over the past month, including La Gloria and Amplification La Gloria. On August 22, the campaign will be conducted downtown, before going to the Continental Zone. She said they are working on having these campaigns fortnightly, and flyers have been distributed. She said unfortunately there is a lack of support from some sectors of the community, which causes junk to accumulate and presents a bad image. 
All receiving supplies

From preschool to high school: Agapito 

Todos recibirán útiles

Martes, 12 de Agosto de 2014 22:04

Desde preescolar hasta bachillerato, resalta Agapito

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The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez said all ~4200 students in the municipality, from preschool to high school, will receive school supplies, uniforms, and shoes to attend school. The mayor said he will allocate significant resources to comply with this commitment, and the program will begin in the most deprived areas and gradually cover the entire municipality of Isla Mujeres. It is estimated delivery of this assistance will begin next week, in the town of Francisco May, on the mainland.

More public works
Starting work on Juarez Avenue & other public spaces 

Más obras sociales

Martes, 12 de Agosto de 2014 21:54

Inician labores en avenida Juárez y otros espacios públicos

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The renovation of Juarez Avenue was begun by the city this morning, and other public works, under the leadership of the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez. They will rehabilitate 4335 square meters of pavement from the preschool "Enriqueta Camarillo" to the municipal cemetery, and install 50 streetlights. The work is beginning at the monument to Benito Juarez and includes repairing the street and installing 'adocreto' and 100 linear meters of sidewalk. The money, which exceeds five million pesos, is coming from the Fondo de Pavimentación de Espacios Deportivos, Alumbrado Público y Rehabilitación de Infraestructura Deportiva para Municipios (Fopedep). This work is creating 18 jobs directly and 70 indirect jobs. The names and titles of officials who attended are given in the article.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Asking residents not to abandon junk

  • Invitan a no abandonar cacharros

    Medio Ambiente

    Invitan a no abandonar cacharros

    0 13 de agosto de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Retomará Aguakan la obra de rehabilitación
      Aguakan resumes renovation work


    Retomará Aguakan la obra de rehabilitación

    0 13 de agosto de 2014 
    Aguakan has resumed the work of renovating some one thousand meters of water lines, which they began two weeks ago, but then decided to suspend until the end of the holiday period. Manager Jose Pinzon Saravia said the company plans to invest 1.3 million pesos in the renovation of this old water line, which supplies several colonia neighborhoods.The company had planned to finish the work by August 13, but the manager says they decided to suspend the work to avoid putting any tourists at risk who come thru this area. They are spending 1,311,000 pesos to replace about a thousand meters of water line along Garrafon road with  high density polyethylene pipe that is six inches in diameter. They are using a new technique called 'Pipe Bursting" which will cause less inconvenience for tourists and residents. 

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

 por esto

Arbitrary increase in taxi fares
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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA) was not advised that an increase in rates had been applied by the Taxi drivers union. Although the increase was approved in 2008, the taxi union leader Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez should have advised the SINTRA representatives in Cancun, and should not have decided to apply it unilaterally, says the SINTRA representative for Isla Mujeres.
    On Saturday, citizens awoke to the surprise of a two peso increase in taxi fare without being informed by officials, which resulted in many disagreements among users. With the new rates, if one or two people approach the taxi together, they pay 15 pesos for a ride to the colonias, but if there are three or more, the fare is 20 pesos. This is being applied even if the group include children and use only the back seat, allowing another fare to be transported. There have been comments in social media by residents who are unhappy with this measure, and they are outraged that the union made the decision unilaterally, without putting it before SINTRA first.
    The SINTRA representative in Isla Mujeres, Guillermo Garcia Padilla said that there was no notification to his office nor to the one in Chetumal by the taxi union, and he is in communication with SINTRA in Chetumal, waiting to see if they give 'el visto bueno' (a nod/an affirmative) to the increase.  He said, "If we look at the basics, it is legal because since July of 2008, they were authorized to charge 26 pesos, and there was a socioeconomic study, and they began with an 11 peso fare, which would rise gradually." He said that although the increase was already authorized, since 2008, it was put into effect unilaterally without the approval of SINTRA, and it is not suitable to charge either 15 or 20 pesos depending on the number of people who board the vehicle.

Anarchy in whale shark viewing zone
Anarquía en zona de avistamiento del tiburón ballena [+] Ver mas

Licensees for whale shark tours in Isla Mujeres are complaining about the lack of surveillance by SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and CONANP in the areas inside and outside of the Marine Park, and about the large private yachts that are visiting the areas and breaking the regulations. The permittees said the yachts are allowing people to touch the whale sharks, and to swim without life vests.
     A licensee said,  "Some years ago, when the whale shark sighting tours were not yet as popular as now, it was suggested that access could not be denied to the protected area where the whale sharks are usually found, much less to the part east of Isla Mujeres, that is not Marine Park, and also that individuals could enter, provided they use boats under 33 feet in length, but we have observed yachts up to 70 feet arriving, which is an aberration. They break many of the rules with impunity, and if one of the licensees tells them that life vests are required or not to touch the whale sharks, we are told 'don't bother us' and that they can do what they want because the sea is for everyone."
   The licensees said the governmental agencies boats appear now and then, but they remain for less than a half hour, when they should be monitoring from when the first boat arrives, until the last one departs. "Due to  the problems we are having from the yachts, this is why PROFEPA, and the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas should have ongoing surveillance of the permitees, of all of the boats, and especially monitoring of the boats over 33 feet in length, because it is very difficult to have them. But unfortunately, the officials seem to turn a blind eye, which bothers us," said one of the licensees.

Work begins on urban improvements
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The article has the same information about beginning the renovation of  Juarez Avenue as is translated above,  but that doesn't appear to be Juarez avenue in the photo.

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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
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NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 Aug. 26 Kapanga at Poc Na

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 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


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 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm   discontinued for now

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

Aug 15 Friday
 11a City Council room: Presentation of the book "Isla Mujeres a traves del tiempo, tomo II. Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Historian of the City 
7pm Documentary Exposition  Town Hall Pasillo
7:30pm Inauguration of Photographic Exposition  Hidalgo Avenue

Aug. 16 Saturday  8pm  Town Square
Presentation of the show: "Monsters & Mayan Legends" (Monstruos y Leyendas Mayas)
Presentation of a dance:  Traditions of Isla Mujeres"
Regional Night with an orchestra from the township of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Aug. 17 Sunday
9am Port Authority Pier (#6)  Floral offering for the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Cruz de la Bahia/Cross in the Bay

Following Mass: Procession from the Church on the Town Square celebrating the Virgin of Assumption going down Guerrero, to Lopez Mateos, then down Rueda Medina, main street. The walkers will return to the square via Morelos, while the decorated carts go farther down Medina to loop back from the south to the north. There is a contest for the top five decorated carts.

8pm Town Square
Official Session of the City Council commemorating the 164th Anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres
Homage to the founding families
Giving of the Award for Citizenship
Giving of the Award for Tourism

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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