Friday, December 12, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 12

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! 
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This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Everything is ready for the Handball Tournament

Abanderan a delegación estatal

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre.-
Approximately 600 athletes from various state of Mexico are expected to participate in the third Beach Handball Open 2014, Abierto de Handball Beach 2014, being held in Isla Mujeres, which will be completed on Sunday, Dec. 14th. The games will begin Friday at 8am. and are taking place on the Posada beach.
      On Thursday the delegation from Quintana Roo were recognized and welcomed by the City Treasurer,  Alvaro Magaña Galué, as a representative of the Mayor, as well as the city Director of Sports, Enrique Barros. This took place at the City Council room  The president of the Federación Mexicana de Handball encouraged the young athletes to continue their studies, and thanked the Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo for his support, noting that Quintana Roo has the ability to make history in this sport.

Intensified surveillance at docks by Navy

Efectivos de la Armada de México, en los muelles

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre.-

Peaceful holidays: Operation Guadalupe-Reyes begins with good expectations 

Arranca el operativo “Guadalupe-Reyes” con buenas expectativas

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

It is a pleasure to welcome the participating delegations of 3rd. National Beach Handball Championship. Enjoy your stay in Isla Mujeres and good luck.

Un placer poder recibir a las Delegaciones participantes del 3er. Campeonato Nacional de Beach HandBall. Disfruten su estancia en Isla Mujeres y mucho èxito.

..Delivery of the completion of the work on the public toilets on Friday Dec 12, which are at the entrance of the eastern malecon seawalk, with an investment of around 2 million pesos.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Delivery of uniforms to students of the middle school (Benito Juarez)

Etregamos uniformes a los jóvenes estudiantes de la Secundaria Técnica No. 1 Benito Juárez.

Fulfilling our commitment to supply uniforms for the youth to continue their studies

Cumplimos nuestro compromiso de entregar uniformes para que los jóvenes continúen con sus estudios.

There was a pleasant and cheerful event, with the city treasurer representing the mayor, accompanied by the directors of the Futbol Rapido (quick soccer) leagues of the first and second division, both male and female, as well as veterans & interdependents, recognizing the best in this sport.
Con la representación del alcalde, en una alegre y amena posada, el tesorero del Ayuntamiento, Alvaro Magaña Galué, acompañado de directivos de las ligas de fútbol rápido primera y segunda fuerza varonil y femenil, veteranos e interdependencias, reconoció a lo mejor de estas disciplinas deportivas.

From Friday, December 12th to Wednesday January 7th 2015, all the agencies involved with Public Security, Traffic, and Civil Protection will work in a coordinated manner as part of Operation Lupe-Reyes
A partir de este viernes 12 de diciembre y hasta el miércoles 7 de enero del año 2015, todas la instancias involucradas con la Seguridad Pública, Tránsito y Protección Civil, trabajarán de manera coordinada.

Isla Mujeres City Council headed by the mayor, Agapito Sanchez Magaña, welcomed and displayed a banner of the Quintana Roo delegation participating in the 3rd National  Beach Handball Championship 2014, which is being held in Isla Mujeres
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres que encabeza el presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, dio la bienvenida y realizó el abanderamiento de la delegación de Quintana Roo que participará en el Abierto de Hanball Beach 2014.

Our main streets and plazas are now brightly lit and decorated for the end of year celebrations.

Nuestras plazas y calles principales ya lucen iluminadas para recibir las celebraciones de fin de año.

We lit up the Christmas lights just as we turn on our wishes for the good welfare of our families.  Encendimos las luces navideñas como encendemos nuestros deseos de bienestar para todas nuestras familia.

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Activating Operation Guadalupe-Reyes

Activan operativo Guadalupe-Reyes

From Friday, December 12th to Wednesday January 7th 2015, all the agencies involved with Public Security, Traffic, and Civil Protection will work in a coordinated manner as part of Operation Lupe-Reyes toward the goal of having an uneventful holiday season. At the City Council room there was a meeting between directors of the following agencies: Civil Protection,( Protección Civil), Fiscalización (Enforcement of business licenses, hours, etc), Seguridad Pública y Tránsito (Police), Salud (Health), Servicios Públicos(Public Services), Turismo (Tourism dept),  la Quinta Región Naval (Navy),  Capitanía de Puerto (Harbor Master), Cruz Roja Mexicana (Red Cross), Aguakan, among others, and the head of the operation, el secretario general del Ayuntamiento, César Poot Perez, (City Council Secretary General).
     The intention of the operation is to provide security for tourists and the island community, as well as on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres. To meet these objectives, strategies being put into action include checkpoints to monitor vehicles at the entrances to town, with one near the car ferry and the other near the Aguakan pump station. There may be other temporary checkpoints as determined by the police.
     Juan Manuel Ayala Guarro, supervisor operativo de la Policía Federal Preventiva en el Estado, (operations supervisor of the Federal Preventative Police in the state) said the island is a very quiet place, where prevention is used, and they will send a unit with three officers to do inspection patrols. recorridos de inspección.

Beach Handball athletes recognized

Navega yate en zona de bañistas

This luxury yacht passed within the area of buoys that are meant to protect swimmers at the busy Posada del Mar beach. An observer called the reporter to take a photo, noting the boat was at the beach near the Monument to the Fishermen. A worker on the beach said there are also dive boats who use the beach for tourists to access their boats in order to avoid paying fees at a pier. It is noted that this is a very busy beach along Rueda Medina avenue, and these practices endanger the lives of the swimmers.

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Concerns about construction near cliffs
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    The condominium project Isla 33 is located along the perimeter road, less than 10 meters from the cliffs, where there is a risk of the road being "eaten" or eroded if a powerful hurricane occurred, as has happened in the past along the cliffs. It is noted that the space acquired for this project was part of the former municipal open air dump, two decades ago. Now built almost totally upon the landfill, this construction includes underground parking, which is allegedly further weakening the property.
   There is currently no project to contain the advanced erosion of these cliffs, which are literally at the edge of the sidewalk. There are concerns that another hurricane could bring down this part of the road, then there would be no where to run the street, since in this hypothetical case the erosion could be up to the wall of the property.  An 'insider on the subject' said the work now under construction with underground parking was not what was accepted before, and it presents more danger to the coastal road. S/he said the proximity of the cliff, which has advanced erosion, to the construction of the magnitude of Isla 33, is dangerous.
       Originally they were authorized to build 20 apartments, but allegedly  not the 33 apartments whose higher density will have more urban impact regarding services and parking, for so small a property, said an anonymous source. In the first weeks of the current administration, work continued for two more levels and to complete four in total, doubling the project of apartments, but according to data collected, allegedly that the Environmental Impact Study did not include this increased density. An unnamed former official commented that approval from the City Council is required for a density change

Use and sale of pyrotechnics prohibited
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 At the meeting of the various agencies coordinating for the Lupe-Reyes operation 2014, businesses were urged not to sell explosives, rockets, or other fireworks, or there will be fines and forfeitures, and it is noted that this is meant to avoid possible tragedies.

Commitment for coordination to avoid destruction to roads
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The water concession for Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez, and Solidaridad was renewed for another 30 years, extending it to 2053. It was originally granted in 1993 to  Desarrollos Hidráulicos de Cancún (DHC), with the business Aguakan. The Council members and the concession holders agreed to work together to avoid breaking into the roads after they have been repaved.  The article recounts instances of this occurring in the past. This was approved in a City Council Special Session on Monday. 


Analyzing management of whale shark tours
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          A meeting was held with whale shark tour licensees of Isla Mujeres on the eve of presentation of the proposed Management Plan for 2015 for the whale shark tour area known as “Aguas Azules”,with specialists providing information. They are aiming to standardize the information provided for the care and protection of the whale sharks.  Last month the  Dirección General de Vida Silvestre (DGVS) (Wildlife agency) and la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp) (Federal Commission of Natural Protected Areas) met and were asked to meet again in December.
         They began this training initiative with a partnership with the licensees, and the first discussion was held Tuesday and the second on Wednesday. These are not associated with the Management Plan, but are intended to standardize the information given about the whale sharks. There may be another training workshop in January.
       The meetings aim to provide information from the results of studies about the species, its care and handling, which may affect the 2015 season and what is implemented for that season. They will discuss problems affecting the species like touching them, annoying them with several boats at one time, and  the number of tourists who arrive to the area may be reduced by one half.
     Las Aguas Azules consist of over 130,000 hectares, near the coast of Isla Mujeres, that is supervised by CONANP, nad inspected by DGVS, with no legal conflict, according to specialists, because there are "various types of waters" in the zone under consideration. The large whale sharks arrive to this area annually during their 'feeding season' in recent years, and the watching season begins in mid-May and ends on September 17th.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs that are 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm
Sats. El Patio 630-830 "Country Nights"  this Saturday thru December.. 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm Sol Rockers 

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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa 

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

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3 
Special show Sunday Dec 14... Noon to 5 p with three salsa bands!!

Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (e  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

  Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
On Friday, Nov. 28, the activities honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres, will begin with the removal of the icon from her niche, and the blessings of the banners of the guilds & blessings for the faithful who have kept a promise during the year. Following the blessings by Father Raul Sanchez, there will be a procession through the town center.  That will be followed by fireworks, and the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the festivals, by the City officials. 
    On Friday, there will be family oriented celebration to carry on traditions that will include a vaquería, bailables,and a kermesse.
 Sat. Nov 29, the gremios of  colonias Cañotal & Salinas;

 Sunday, Nov.30 el gremio de Niños & of the  colonia Miraflores.
Monday, Dec. 1, gremio of Apostolados of la Capilla,  of la Caridad del Cobre 
Tuesday Dec.. 2  gremios of la cooperativa Isla Blanca, Sindicato de Gastronómicos of the CROC union & colonia Salina Chica.
Wed., Dec. 3, gremio de la cooperativa Caribe  & at six in the evening are the confirmations by monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.
Thurs. Dec. 4, gremios of la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, Apostolados of Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart church) & Seguridad Pública (the police), 
 Friday Dec. 5,  en tanto que el viernes 5,  los gremios of la cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Barrio de Pescadores, Jóvenes, colonia Salina Grande and the Señoras.
On Saturday, Dec 6, los gremios of las cooperativas Isla Mujeres, Justicia Social, Isla Bonita & el gremio of las Familias.
On Sunday, Dec 7, at 7pm, the Virgin will pass through the main streets of the isle in a caravan of members of the congregation of the Church of Immaculate Conception. At 10:30pm the gremio of the mobile vendors will celebrat with a grand kermesse, and the mass of the  mañanitas will be held for  a la patrona of the island.
 To close the celebrations, on Monday, December 8 at 10am there will be a mass of First Communion, and of the gremio of las Choncitas, and at 3pm there will be a boat procession in the Bay, a mass, and the Virgin will be returned to her niche until next year.

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  There's a second fair in December.  Next Fair: Dec. 18  4p-9p

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club

 Magic Show at PocNa Mondays at 8:30 Free (tips encouraged) 2x1 cocktails 50p

This magic show is at Fenix on Friday & Saturdays 8p

Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Dec. 6  at 5:35p Full Moon
Dec. 7 at 6:27p
Dec. 8 at 7:19
Dec. 9 at 8:11
Dec. 10 at 9:01p
Dec. 11 at 9:51
Dec. 12 at 10:40

Dec 4 Naval Wives Breakfast to benefit Naval hospital. Naval Club
Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Dec 11..Mananitas will be sung to the Virgin of Guadalupe at a religious celebration at her chapel in the evening
Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint  Banks close (not an 'official' gov't holiday)


Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

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