Saturday, August 9, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 9 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published early 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 ....

More public works

Agapito marks initiation of sports dome construction at high school

Más obras públicas

Viernes, 08 de Agosto de 2014 21:50

Agapito marca inicio de construcción de domo deportivo

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The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, laid the cornerstone for the construction of a sports dome at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, in an event that was attended by city officials, specials guests, and the general public. This is part of a package of public works that includes renovations to the schools “María Enriqueta Carrillo Roa” and “Andrés Quintana Roo”, and to Juarez Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the city.
   It is noted that the high school was founded in February 1990, and are 305 students currently enrolled. The sports dome will have a metal roof, lights, waterproofing with fiberglass, paint, and electrical installations.
   The public works projects will benefit 1078 students of the preschool  “María Enriqueta Carrillo Roa”, the primary school “Andrés Quintana Roo” and the high school, Colegio de Bachilleres. The projects will include construction of the sports dome of 648 square meters with rehabilitation of the multipurpose court, lighting, waterproofing of 2180 square meters of classroom roofs, 4309 square meters of latex paint being applied to walls, 748 square meters of enamel paint, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, and drainage repairs.
     These projects are being paid for by funds from the Fund for Paving of Sports Areas, Public Lighting, and Rehabilitation of Sports Infrastructure for Municipalities.Fondo de Pavimentación de Espacios Deportivos, Alumbrado Público y Rehabilitación de Infraestructura Deportiva para Municipios. In addition to bringing important benefits  to the community, these projects will generate about 25 direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs, with instructions from the mayor to give preference to the local workforce.

Ready for taxi fare increase 

Union leader reveals minimum fare will be 15 pesos 

Lista, alza en taxis

Viernes, 08 de Agosto de 2014 21:48

La tarifa mínima se ubicará en $15, revela dirigente sindical

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 Although official authorization for an increase in taxi tates has still not been given by the SCT, Ministry of Communications and Transport, the leader of the taxi union,  Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, announced that the increase in the minimum rate from 13 pesos to 15 pesos went into effect two days ago. The rate for the colonias is 15 pesos for up to two people, and 20 pesos for three or more. At the beginning of the school year the students will begin paying 8 pesos, when they previously paid six pesos.
   The union leader explained that they are not violating the Transportation Act because they are only reducing the amount of the "subsidy" or the discount of 50 percent, on the actual rate of service, which is given to local users, as part of an act of solidarity. The current rate, which was authorized in 2008, is 26 pesos, but a discount of 50 percent has been applied to assist the island community, making the fee 13 pesos.
   He said they seek to avoid complaints and disagreements over alleged or possible overcharges by the drivers, and to have a cordial relationship with riders, without conflict. He concluded by saying that drivers who are reported or caught charging more than the standard rates will be severely punished and even possible discharged.
Planning golf cart contest in honor of the Virgin of Assumption 

Habrá certamen de carritos de golf

Viernes, 08 de Agosto de 2014 21:46

En honor a Virgen de la Asunción

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At a press conference this morning, the priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso, said there will be a procession in honor of Our Lady of Assumption on August 15th that will include a competition of decorated golf carts, with awards going to the top five. He said this pilgrimage will be one of the most important to be carried out on the island, and it is expected to grow year after year to become one of the most significant Christian celebrations of the town.
   The participation of businesses, schools, organizations, unions, agencies, entrepreneurs, and institutions is expected. The theme is "Mary, Queen of Peace" and each cart will carry two representatives of the organization or agency with the name displayed, and will display the creativity of the participants.
   The procession will leave the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on the main square of the island and travel through downtown, led by the icon of the Virgin of the Assumption, and the parishioners behind her, and the golf carts bringing up the rear. The route will go down the back street Guerrero, turning onto Lopez Mateos Avenue, to reach  Rueda Medina. After going down the main street of Rueda Medina, the walkers will turn onto Morelos street to return to the church. The carts will continue until the end of the malecon (main street/Medina) to return from south to north until they reach the main square.
   The priest explained, "This is not changing anything, and everything will remain the same; it is the same procession emphasizing the importance of the Virgin Mary, with an enrichment of the traditions."

 Tvisla Mujeres

Different public works initiated today that will improve the image of the island and the lives of its residents

La imagen de nuestra ciudad es fundamental para brindar un destino de primer mundo para vivir para los habitantes del municipio; hoy iniciamos diferentes obras que mejorarán la imagen que brindamos.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Reopening the CDHEQRoo office

  • Reabrirán el módulo de la Cdheqroo


    Reabrirán el módulo de la Cdheqroo

    0 09 de agosto de 2014 
    The new offices for the Commission of Human Rights of Quintana Roo will be located downtown on Francisco I Madero street, on the corner of Madero, a few blocks from City Hall. (? en la calle Francisco I. Madero, esquina con Madero)  The office was closed in October 2013, for unknown reasons and due to growing demand and attention, it was decided to open an office in March in the City Hall. Although this was only available on Mondays and Friday, they have been following many of the complaints that are expressed in social media. The office will be opened on Monday, which will include an event attended by the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and the head of the CDHEQRoo, Harley Sosa Guillén.

    Por Carlos Gasca.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Preventing contagious viral illnesses in Isla Mujeres

Asking to change downtown light 

Piden cambiar luminaria en el centro de la ciudad

  • Written by Diario Respuesta Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
Marcelina Cen, who lives on Guerrero street, says there is a light pole that is crooked and likely to fall down, located on the opposite corner from the Casa de Cultura, along the malecon, sea walk east of downtown. The salt has caused damage to other equipment in the area, such as benches, a kiosk, and a utility pole that provides public lighting, resulting in many of them being removed. She said this pole is especially dangerous because there are strong winds in this area, and the pole could unfortunately fall on a tourist or a child.
Read more: Piden cambiar luminaria en el centro de la ciudad
Papelerias offering discounts on school supplies 

Owners of the paper supply stores report they are ready to provide school supplies for Isla Mujeres students and are offering discounts up to 30 percent in some cases. These entrepreneurs are looking forward to sales in August of school supplies, shoes, and uniforms, noting,  "It is more expensive to go to Cancun. Here we have the same price and quality, saving on the ferry and lost time, and we are giving very good discounts on the items on the school supply lists."

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Tour operators visiting & learning about Isla Mujeres
Tour operadores en viaje de familiarización+] Ver mas
The president of the Cancun OVC, Office of Visitors & Conventions, Jesús Almaguer, said representatives of tour operators are visiting Isla Mujeres to familiarize themselves with the attractions offered in this area, so they can promote and publicize the island. . This group of representative of tour operators visited the island at the invitation of the government of Quintana Roo, the OVC, and the Isla Mujeres municipal government.
       He said the official visitors are satisfied that the island has all the requirements needed to sell it abroad, and they are very happy to have another alternative to offer to tourists.They are close to completing contracts with hoteliers and service providers in the area, which should result in more people visiting during the upcoming months and seasons. He explained that tour operators bring in more than 80% of the foreign tourists who visit Mexico 
     Mr Almaguer explained, "Yesterday we had a meeting with the Board of the OVC, and today we will have a meeting with the Mayor. Indications are that there will be promotion of Isla Mujeres, Holbox, Puerto Morelos, and Cancun."  It has been nearly one year since the promoting of Isla Mujeres was transferred from the Fideicomiso de Promocion agency of Isla Mujeres to the OVC in Cancun. 

Preparations for festivities celebrating Virgin of Assumption
Preparativos para las fiestas patronales[+] Ver mas
This article contains the same information as the one translated above, noting that this religious event concludes with the celebration of the 164th anniversary f the founding of Isla Mujeres, with special events on August 17th to commemorate this occasion. There will be a number of activities for tourists to enjoy.
     The priest, Raul Sanches noted that this colorful atmosphere of the festival for the Virgin also represents a way to promote the island, so visitors can experience the cultural richness of this place and its beliefs. This procession with the motto "Mary Queen of Peace" is being organized in various parts of the Christian world.
        A meeting was held with hoteliers, entrepreneurs, retailers, schools, agencies, and other organizations, who were given an opportunity to express opinions to improve this program and make it work better.

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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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants

 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
Karen Rosenberg's 
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.


 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
Ken Wanovich

 Mon 8/04 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Tue 8/05 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
( Keys 4 Life is also bringing school supplies and 3 new LCD projectors for the elementary schools, and doing some minor construction projects to repair/improve several homes in Guadalupana.)

 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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