Friday, December 19, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 19 & Yesterday

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 soon...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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Today: Operation Lifesaver
Mexican Navy is preparing to guarantee peaceful holiday

Armada de México se apresta a garantizar vacaciones tranquilas

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
(Salva means to save & vida means life. Life guards and  life jackets are salvavidas...lifesavers.) Operation Salvavidas: Winter 2014 will take place from December 19 to January 6th on the beaches of tourist areas including Isla Mujeres, Cancún, Puerto Juárez, Holbox and Isla Contoy, said the Naval Secretary, la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México (Semar). In coordination with the federal government and the Ministry of Tourism, the Fifth Naval District (the base in Isla Mujeres) will be involved in the operation with 70 Naval persons including admirals, captains, officers, noncommissioned officers and seamen, with vessels for air, water, and land. 
         First aid stations and the rescue teams will be available to provide first aid or rescue efforts as needed. The operation is implemented in coordination with officials from all three levels of government. In any emergency, persons can dial the 088 emergency number, available 24 hours, or approach naval personnel at the aid station or the Civil Protection lifeguards. 
      People in general are invited to fully enjoy their vacations, with the following recommendations: Do not jump into the water after eating food or alcoholic beverages. Drink water constantly to rehydrate. Respect instructions from the lifeguards. If traveling in small boats, a life jacket is  required and the capacity of the vessel must not be exceeded. Do not obstruct access to the beaches, and allow free access for the patrols and ambulances. No littering on the beaches. Observe and comply with the instructions issued by the Port Authority regarding the recommended activities indicated by caution flags of green, yellow and red.

Reopening the avenue on Dec. 23rd to expedite traffic during Christmas & New Year 

Se agilizará tránsito durante Navidad y Año Nuevo

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
The municipal Director of Public Works said the stretch of road under construction will be open on the afternoon of December 23 (Tuesday), until work resumes on January 2, 2015. It is expected to conclude no later than Jan. 15th. For the unpaved sections they have applied emulsion and added "poreo" to make a rigid surface for vehicular traffic. The work by Aguakan to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure had been completed more than one week ahead of schedule. The roadwork is taking place approximately from the car ferry to Chedraui.

Everything is ready for the Christmas festival at the dome in colonia La Gloria 

En el domo de la colonia “La Gloria”

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
The DIF event will take place Saturday, Dec. 20 at under the dome in colonia La Gloria, with entertainment, refreshments, and prizes for young and old. The festival will begin at 6pm at the kindergarten "Enriqueta Comarillo" with a caravan of vehicles including trucks, cars, motos, golf carts, tricycles, and bicycles, that will pass thru the colonias distributing sweets, treats, and gifts to children along the way, and inviting them to attend the event. The procession will end at the dome in La Gloria, where there will be lots of fun with music and performances by several shows, and refreshments will be provided. Prizes will be awarded, and it is hoped that many families will enjoy this Christmas party.

Intensive cleaning of the beaches & mangroves during this vacation season 

En playas y manglares, durante presente temporada vacacional

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de diciembre.-
The mayor, Agapito Magaña Sanchez, and the delegate of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Quintana Roo, Raúl Omar González Castilla, led the inauguration of the Temporary Employment Program 2014 in Isla Mujeres. The event was conducted by the Directorate of Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat), whose director is María del Carmen Nahuatl Lara, with  support from the Department of Economic Development. 
     This program will provide employment for 100 islanders who will work cleaning th beaches and mangroves of the island. The cleaning efforts will take place during this holiday season to ensure the beaches look their best. Each person who is employed will be provided with tools and materials. 
     The state and local governments are working together for the benefit of families. SEMARNAT resources are providing 250,000 pesos for payment of wages. A meeting was held on Tuesday to organize the details of how the work will be performed. Employees are divided into two groups, who will be taking turns on the upcoming days until the holiday conclude in early January, 2015. 


Positive results from the program "Recycling Trash for Food" during 2014 
During 2014, the "Recycling Trash for Food" program was a success, benefiting 4500 families in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, who received ~32 tonnes of basic food products. This unique program by Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo has helped thousands of families throughout the state. It helps keep  homes and communities clean, while providing basic food items and other products, and it encourages a culture that respects the environment and participates in recycling.
        During the year, sixteen events were held: : Five in the park and four in the dome of the Community Center neighborhood of La Gloria, one in the housing area of the Navy, one in colonia Salina Grande; one under the green dome in colonia Salina Chica; and six in the Continental zone at various locations.

Del programa “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos” durante el 2014

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de diciembre.-

 Paving now: Concluded work on tap water network of Rueda Medina avenue

Concluyen obras de agua potable  en la avenida Rueda Medina

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de diciembre.Aguakan completed their work at least a week ahead of schedule, improving the water and wastewater lines, which will allow the paving to finish before the expected time. The work on the water lines began on November 24th, and concluded a few days ago, with an investent of 2.5 million pesos.
   The investment was divided into two projects. For the first, with an investment of ~1.7 million pesos, is the construction of the network for the collection, transfer, and treatment of waste water for this section of prolongation Rueda Medina avenue to the nearest 'pozo de absorcion' . For this, they introduced 870 linear meters of eight inch pipes, benefiting 150 people in Supermanzana 02, Manzana 77, 78 & 88 people in Colonia Bahía.
     For the other project to improve water distribution, they invested 879,850 pesos for the installation of six inch pipe for tap water for the colonias of  Bahía, Salina Chica & Electricistas. These two projects directly benefit 300 local residents. Before this work this area did not have theses services, and it was decided to install them in advance of paving the road to avoid breaking into it.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Dec. 18: International Migrants Day

Hoy 18 de Diciembre, Día Internacional del Migrante. #ComunidadEnAcción


Once a month on Thursday, in the most traditional and important space on our island, the ingenuity and creativity of our artists are displayed

El espacio público más importante y tradicional de nuestra isla, una vez al mes, en jueves, se abre al ingenio y creatividad de nuestros artesanos

In this way, we foster a culture of recycling and environmental care.
De esta manera, fomentamos la cultura del reciclaje y cuidado del medio ambiente.

The program is distinguished by its social sense, and was implemented to contribute to the budget of families.
El programa se distingue por su sentido social, y fue implementado para contribuir a la economía familiar.

This program is unique in the country and has been fueled by the State Governor Roberto Borge Angulo.
Este programa es único en el país y ha sido impulsado por el Gobernador del Estado Roberto Borge Angulo.

4500 families in the municipality of Isla Mujeres have benefited from this program in 2014
4 mil 500 familias del Municipio de Isla Mujeres fueron beneficiadas este 2014 con el programa @IslaRBxA.

Awaiting the festivities prepared by the DIF of Isla Mujeres to be held Dec. 20th.
A toda la comunidad en acción los esperamos en los festejos que hemos preparado con el DIF Isla Mujeres para este 20 de diciembre.

Everything is ready for the Big Christmas Festival that the DIF social service agency of Isla Mujeres have prepared for children large and small which will take place this Saturday...
Todo listo para el Magno Festival Navideño que el Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) de Isla Mujeres, ha preparado para agasajar a chicos y grandes. El divertido festival de Navidad tendrá lugar este sábado …

This Thursday afternoon the mayor, Magaña Agapito Sanchez and the delegate of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Quintana Roo, Omar Raúl González Castilla  led the inauguration ...
- El presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez y el delegado de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) en Quintana Roo, Raúl Omar González Castilla encabezaron este jueves por la tarde, la inauguración …

December 17, Latin American Environmentalist Day.
Hoy 17 de Diciembre, Día Latinoamericano del Ambientalista.

Children from Isla Mujeres are cordially invited to participate in the Ninth children's drawing contest.

Niñas y niños de Isla Mujeres están cordialmente invitados a participar en el Noveno concurso de dibujo infantil.

ZOFEMAT and SEMARNAT staff conducted an informative talk for the Temporary Employment Program.

Personal de ZOFEMAT y SEMARNAT efectuaron una plática informativa para organizar el Programa de Empleo Temporal.

The meeting was held at the premises of Community Center located at col. La Gloria.
La reunión se realizó en las instalaciones del Centro Comunitario ubicado en la col. La Gloria.
The Temporary Employment supports residents from all locations, giving them the opportunity to perform tasks that benefit the community.
El Empleo Temporal apoya a los pobladores de algún sitio brindándoles la oportunidad de realizar labores que beneficien a la comunidad.

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Encouraging culture & awareness about recycling

Consolidan cultura de reciclaje

Durante este 2014 el programa “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos” fue todo un éxito beneficiando a un total de cuatro mil 500 familias del municipio de Isla Mujeres.During 2014 the program "Recycling Trash for Food" was a success, benefiting a total of 4500 families in the township of Isla Mujeres.

From  por esto

 Start of "Operation Lifesavers"
Inicia la “Operación Salvavidas”.. [+] Ver mas

 School  vacation begins
Inician las vacaciones escolares[+] Ver mas
 A total of 5,467 students begin their vacations on Saturday until they return to class on January 7th. The breakdown is 2701 primary school students,  954 kinder/preschool, 1000 middle school, and 820 high school students, on both the island and the mainland areas of the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Enrollment is growing more quickly in the continental zone than it is on the island.

Fishermen: In need of assistance
Pescadores, urgidos de apoyos [+] Ver mas

Eight out of ten fishermen have problems maintaining their outboard motors, and governmental support is needed. About 200 fishermen with boats face this problem, and the replacement of 60 horsepower Yamaha engine is expensive. The municipal government has not assisted with this in the past three years, and they lack assistance from state or federal sources. They hope the municipal government will help them this year. This has been a good week for most of the fishermen, with good catches of fish and lobster.


Island historian hospitalized
Hospitalizado, el cronista de la isla[+] Ver mas
Fidel Villanueva Madrid, municipal historian and trustee, was in intensive care Wednesday, after surgery following a myocardial event. He was transferred to Cancun immediately following the cardiac symptoms, and allegedly went to a hospital in Playa del Carmen for specialized care, where he may have received a pacemaker, and it is thought that his condition remains delicate, but there is a lack of official reports.
   Sr. Villanueva was mayor from 1996-1999, and became the municipal historian three years later. He has held various governmental administrative/leadership positions, and is an active member of the PRI political party. During his term as Mayor, he worked to bind the cultures of Cuba and Isla Mujeres. He is a cousin of the former Gov. Mario Villanueva. His friends and acquaintances wish him a speedy recovery.

Union leader of the bureaucrats in the eye of the storm
En el ojo del huracán, la líder sindical de los burócratas[+] Ver mas

Benefits were supposed to be paid on Monday, but have not been paid as of Wednesday. Some union members are voicing complaints about the union leader María Isabel Ceh Chan.

Asking for better monitoring of the Half Moon beach
Piden mayor vigilancia en la playa Medina Luna[+] Ver mas
There is a lifeguard at Media Luna beach during the days but none at dawn, dusk, or at night, and more signage is needed. This area has claimed many lives over the years.

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View from the rooms.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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  Tomorrow...3 salsa bands  12-5p!

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



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  The next fair is Friday, Jan. 2  4p-9p

 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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