Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 24 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, 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 September...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am 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 

  There is a hatchling turtle release scheduled today at the Media Luna Beach downtown at 6:30 pm (weather permitting). 
News on Facebook at noon is that it has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Meeting patriotic responsibilities

Oct. 15 is deadline for processing SMN precartilla document

El próximo 15 de octubre es la fecha límite para tramitar precartilla del SMN

Lanrry Parra
Eighteen year olds, born in 1996, have until Oct. 15 to register to obtain their precartilla for Military Service, which can be done at the municipal office of the Recruitment Board at the Town Hall. They will be eligible for service after January 1, 2015. The Cartilla del Servicio Militar Nacional and a voter registration card are required for most jobs.
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de septiembre.-


Thief "slept" in the mercado

At sunrise he left with cash and cell phones

Al amanecer sale como si nada con botín de celulares y efectivo

Lanrry PARRA
The tenants of the downtown mercado "Javier Rojo Gomez" are asking for increased vigilance by the municipal police following a burglary on Monday. It is unknown whether the burglar entered the market or hid and spent the night there. It is noted there are several entrances, and that when they opened at at 5:30am, someone left with a toolbox, but at that moment no one was suspicious and thought he was a worker who had entered by the back door. Those affected will be filing a criminal complaint which will initiate an investigation.
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.-

Residents in La Gloria are invading the wastewater network 

Vecinos de colonia “La Gloria”

Lanrry PARRA
Twenty years ago, alleyways were left in La Gloria for the wastewater network, and these have been invaded with objects from neighboring properties including concrete barriers, lumber, metal, scooters, and clotheslines. In an emergency, such as a sewage spill from a hurricane, this would make it difficult for Aguakan employees to access these areas, due to the bottlenecks. The passages are supposed to be two meters wide, but many neighbors have imposed upon these spaces.
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.-

Agapito impulsa gran jornada de limpieza, de muelle a “El Comején”

Lanrry PARRA
This information has been translated.
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 Tvisla Mujeres


This Saturday, Sept. 27, middle school students will participate in a beach clean up from the car ferry dock to the restaurant El Comejen.
Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres.
This information has been translated (Below)
Merchants at the mercado want better security following yesterday's thefts....

The president of the Hyperbaric Chamber Board, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, is urging the fishermen to respect the diving tables (which indicate how slowly you must return to the surface in relation to the depth, length, and frequency of their dives.)

 Baltazar Gómez Catzín said it is especially dangerous the farther away from the island that the fishermen go, noting that if they are over 30 or 40 nautical miles from the isle, and diving from 160-190 feet, they can hardly return in time to get care in the hyperbaric chamber, and their chance of survival becomes less than 40 percent. He said the risks are increased when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    He said the fishermen have to understand that time is an important factor in treatment for decompression and if they are slow to return to the island or it takes more than two hours, the patient can develop serious complications or can die. He said there are several fishermen who have had to quit their careers after a decompression injury, who are now confined to wheelchairs or have difficulty walking, while others have died. 
     There have been 41 fishermen treated so far this season, and according to Sr Gomez, president of the board of the Hyperbaric Chamber and leader among the fishermen, the worst months are yet to come, and this figure could double. 
       He said if has been fortunate that the ~40 patients who have been treated were covered by agreements between the fishing cooperatives and the board of the Hyperbaric Chamber, otherwise the situation would have been very costly for the patients. Under the agreements with the various cooperatives, the fishermen each pay 300 pesos for their insurance to have treatment available.

Housing project for taxi drivers continues to progress: Wato

.The taxi leader said they are working on the contract for credit for the first stage of development, which will involve 250 homes. (This is on the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres, on the mainland.)

Legislator Jose Luis Toledo is committed to the allocation of governmental resources for Isla Mujeres....

Fishermen of Isla Mujeres continue to risk their lives while trying to catch lobster

Noticias de  Quequi......

43 cases of decompression

  • Suman 43 los casos de descompresión


    Suman 43 los casos de descompresión

    0 24 de septiembre de 2014 This information has been translated. (Below)

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Se multiplican las casas irregulares
      Irregular homes multiply


    Se multiplican las casas irregulares

    0 24 de septiembre de 2014 
    The residents of the irregular colonia "La Guadalupana", which faces the Caribbean Sea, are hoping they can legalize their properties, after spending 10 years occupying the land. The colonia has clean water, but lacks other public services, however this has not been an impediment to progress and house construction. Some homes have concrete foundations and others are completely constructed of concrete. 
        Foreign nonprofit associations have offered assistance to some of the families living there with building materials and help with constructing their homes. Those who live in the area understand that the work for legal deeding is not concluded and they are looking forward to when it is finally settled. 

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .

Speed is needed for public work being done downtown

    Exigen rapidez en obras del centro

    Exigen rapidez en obras del centro0 23 de septiembre de 2014
    Unnamed residents downtown, who are in favor of the work being done to improve the sidewalks, say it should be done faster or maybe at night, because it is inconvenient for tourists and other pedestrians. They are also concerned about the effect the rains may have on the construction.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-


    Thief left in the morning

    Sorprende ladrón a locatarios del mercado

    Sorprende ladrón a locatarios del mercado0 23 de septiembre de 2014
    In the burglary of the downtown mercado (see translation above), the thief took two thousand pesos in cash, and two cell phones from the store of Miguel Parra. Senora Guadalupe Trejo said one of her two stores was a mess, as though the burglar was looking for something, possibly cash, but nothing was taken.

    Por Redacción > Quequi.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

More cases of decompression

Aumentan casos de descompresiones

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres

Two fishermen were treated in the hyperbaric chamber yesterday, both with Level One decompression and both were from the cooperative "Isla Blanca".  They each spent two and a half hours in the chamber and came out with noticeable improvement.
   Alejandro Uscanga, 33, dove twice to a depth of 130 feet, staying down each time for 45 minutes, and suffering pain in his left leg and numbness in his chest. Arturo Domínguez, 22, also dove to a depth of 130 feet, and suffered pain in his right leg and numbness in his hip.
       Authorities say the problem of decompression is increasing among the fishermen because they are not respecting the dive tables, which puts their lives at risk. It is estimated that the number treated could exceed 70 cases this season, which has five months remaining.
Read more: Aumentan casos de descompresiones
"Skip" low season sales 

'Tira' ventas la temporada baja

  • Written by Diario Respuesta Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres

When you take a tour of the main streets downtown, you can see that several businesses, mostly restaurants, have posted signs saying they are temporarily closed, with the dates they will be reopened. This situation is not new since this is the midst of the main low season for tourism, when it is almost impossible to cover the costs of operation.
      On Hidalgo street, which is the heart of nightlife in this town, Angelo's restaurant is closed, and a souvenir shop. The restaurant "Social Elements" is closed with a notice saying they will reopen in December, and a store on Guerrero avenue is closed.
Read more: 'Tira' ventas la temporada baja


Islanders respond with donations for the hurricane victims

Responden los isleños con donativos para los damnificados

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
.Islanders could be seen arriving one by one with donations to help the victims of hurricane Odile, in Baja California Sur. It is "curious" that there was no information about large donations by local businesses, but is presumed that this information may just be unavailable. Support has been given by City Directors, Council members, and others, as well as the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez. 
    Those who wish to donate are encouraged to bring non perishable foods, such as canned tuna, diapers, water, and cleaning supplies to the first floor of the City Hall or to the DIF offices in La Gloria. (There is supposed to be a collection station at the Turtle Hatchling Release this evening, scheduled for 6:30pm at the Media Luna beach. You are encouraged to donate items that do not require cooking since there is a shortage of gas and electricity.)
Read more: Responden los isleños con donativos para los damnificados

With the invaluable participation of the Ocean Conservancy organization, a workshop was held to raise awareness among adolescents of the island about the importance of maintaining clean and healthy coasts, as part of the  Día Internacional de la Limpieza de Playas/ International Coastal Clean Up Day. The municipal Department of Ecology held the workshop with a large number of middle school students who learned about crucial issues including how long some synthetic products take to degrade, pollution levels, and techniques to improve cleaning, among other topics. 
   It was decided to conduct a clean up on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8am-11pm in the coastal area between the car ferry dock and the palapa restaurant “El Comején” (In the area of the whale shark monument). The volunteers will be given a container for glass, black trash bags, and smaller bags, and are encouraged to wear hats and closed shoes. The person in charge is Jaime Sánchez, who is known as Jimmy. 
   International Coastal Clean Up Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of each September, but the workshop was scheduled for Monday, since the youths are in class from Monday thru Friday. The clean up day is celebrated in 123 countries, when thousands of people come together to pick up trash fron beaches and riversides, to identify the sources of this litter, and to modify behaviors that cause pollution. 
   In addition to the middle school volunteers, the fishermen and employees of Aguakan will be participating in cleaning this area. There is an open invitation to all who wish to participate, so we will have beaches that show our pride and earn the admiration of visitors.
Demonstrating skills at the "Swimming in Open Water" event in Isla Mujeres 

Mostrarán destreza en 'Nado en Aguas Abiertas' en la isla

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
On October 26th a competition called “Nado en Aguas Abiertas” (Swim in Open Water) will be held offshore from the beach along Rueda Medina avenue, known as the Posada Beach. They will be swimming laps between the buoys in the following distances: 250 meters, 1250 meters, two kilometers, and five kilometers. 
     More than 300 swimmers are expected for this international event, and the top three in each category will be given  certificates. The registration costs 430 pesos and includes a tee shirt and a timing chip. The event is being held by the company Más Acción, in coordination with the municipal Sports Department. 
Showing the results of tourism promotion 

The representative in Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez for the Port Authority of Quintana Roo, (APIQRoo),  Ricardo Ancona Argáez, attributed the increasing number of arrivals to the promotional efforts of the administration of Gov. Borge Angulo. In August there were 170,238 passengers arriving which is an increase of 13 percent over last year when there were 148,704 arrivals. From January through August this year, there have been 1,220,304 passengers arriving in Isla Mujeres which is an increase of 4% over last year when there were 1,158,748 during his time period. He said, "This is a result of a joint effort between the three levels of government, whose priority is improving the quality of live of the residents."

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Two fishermen suffer decompression
Dos pescadores descompresionados[+] Ver mas
 This information has been translated.

The eastern malecon downtown lacks lighting
Por las noches el malecón se vuelve siniestro[+] Ver mas
An anonymous downtown merchant explained that the eastern malecon has been almost dark for several weeks in the area between the Casa de Cultura and the Hyperbaric Chamber because there is one light that works, but not brightly, and the other two lights sometimes are not working. Personnel from the General Hospital confirmed that this is true, noting that in the wee hours of the night, the malecon becomes popular with young couples, and also for lovebirds who are not so young.
    The municipal Secretary General, Cesar Poot Perez, acknowledged that the area is currently quite dark, but assured that the renovation work being done on the maledon will improve the situation. "The first stage of this project includes the installation of nine solar lights, benches, and trash cans between the statue of  la Trigueña to the Casa de la Cultura”, he said. The contract with the company allows them 60 days to acquire the necessary material from their suppliers, so it is estimated that the work should start in November. Together with the public toilets and showers that are under construction, they should be finished at the end of November or in early December.
     Regarding the current complaints, the official said he will discuss this problem with the head of the municipal Public Services department so that temporary lighting can be installed, and he will discuss it with  the municipal Public Safety department (police) to assign foot patrols in the area, at least until the malecon has lights.


Work suspended on donated property
Suspenden obra en un predio donado[+] Ver mas
The judge of the  Juzgado Mixto de Primera Instancia issued an act of suspension of work on a piece of property that is described in this article as 'donated'. The lot is along the perimeter road to Garrafon in the development "Mar Turquesa" and is said to be a common area.
    The sale of this land is thought to have occurred during the administration of Manuela Godoy, during the brief period when ex mayor Jorge Cardenas was director of the Property Registry (Catastro) of Quintana Roo, when there was an offer for 1500 pesos per square meter, but, oddly, to Luis Enrique Canto Maldonado “Perches” the price was allegedly only 50 pesos. According to the registry records, he bought an area of 3,861 square meters, which includes these premises. It is alleged that "Perches"  sold lots to politicians and legislators.

No longer drug testing the hawkers
Ya no practican el antidoping a comisionistas[+] Ver mas

A group of commisionistas confirmed that there has not been drug testing done among them recently. It is said in the article that his indicates an attitude of tolerance by officials, for the group of forty hawkers.
     They denied that accusation that they are affecting which agencies get rentals by adjusting their prices, saying, "We have no power to make that happen, and there is a disparity in prices with hourly leasing between 180 and 200 peso, and renting for all day is between 500 and 550 pesos." They receive 30 pesos commission for rental of a vehicle by the hour, and 100 for day long rentals.
      They deny that they are making "a lot" of money as was suggested, and say on some days they do not earn 200 pesos each. They say with the arrival of tourists being controlled by the Ultramar ferry company, they are affected by this monopoly and want the local authorities to assess this impact. They say when the new port terminal is operational, this monopoly will control everything and they will have no sales at all.

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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
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.


Miguel's schedule
 Wednesday 7 - 9pm   Comono - solo
 Wednesday through Saturday - 10:30 - 12:00 - Faynes -  La Banda Sin Nombre  (closing 9/16 for 4 weeks)
Friday & Saturday 7 - 9p Marina Paraiso -  solo
Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 2:30am - Adelitas -  La Banda Sin Nombre Salsa Music 
Sunday 7 - 9p - ComoNo - The Sol Rockers 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Sunday  Comono at El Patio, The Sol Rockers  6:30-8:30


Sundays Sol Rockers 7-9 pm and Ryan 9-12
,Mondays Ryan 8 - 11, 
Tuesday Ryan 8-11, 
Wednesdays Miguel 6:30-8:30 Felo and Israel 8:30-11:30, 
Thursdays Ryan 8 - 11 
Fridays, Fabio 6"30-8:30 and Ryan 8:30-11:30..

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 (maybe)
       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) Tues & Thurs, Cuban & Caribbean & Latin music Wed, Fri Discontinued for low season

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

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the state, Gov. Borge has announced a series of five concerts by the  Orquesta Sinfónica de Quintana Roo. In Isla Mujeres, it will be held in the Parque Central (on the Town Square) at
 7pm on Sunday, Oct. 12. 

Donations of nonperishable foods and cleaning supplies for the victims of hurricane Odile, in Baja California Sur, are being accepted at the DIF offices in La Gloria and at the Town Hall (Palacio Muncipal). Diapers, formula, canned tuna, tetrapack milk, and other items that do not require cooking are especially needed since the area has shortages of electricity and gas.


September Events

Turtle & time TBA.
Sunrise ~6:30am
Sunset ~7pm at start of month and ~6:30 at end of month

Sept 4  Art Fair Town Square 5:30-9:30pm
Sept 6 8a Procession to Isla Contoy of Virgin of Caridad de Cobre from pier of the Lancheros (north of Magana ferry pier)
Sept 15 Midnight at town square: Grito de Dolores
Sept 16  Independence day
Sept 23  Equinox

Moonrise over the Caribbean (Sunset ~7p)
Sept 8    6:41pm   
Sept 9    7:28 pm
Sept 10  8:14 pm
Sept 11   9:01pm
Sept 12  9:48 pm
Sept 13 10:37pm

Wed. Sept. 24 6:30 Media Luna Beach  Hatchling Turtle Release  Weather Permitting

October Events....

  October 26th, Sunday... “Nado en Aguas Abiertas” (Swim in Open Water) will be held offshore from the Posada beach along Rueda Medina avenue. They will be swimming laps between the buoys in the following distances: 250 meters, 1250 meters, two kilometers, and five kilometers.

     More than 300 swimmers are expected for this international event, and the top three in each category will be given  certificates. The registration costs 430 pesos and includes a tee shirt and a timing chip. The event is being held by the company Más Acción, in coordination with the municipal Sports Department. 
      The Mayor is encouraging islanders to participate by absorbing the cost of their registration, to support athletes who lack monetary resources.


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 release dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance
 Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?

Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, have been cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4


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