Monday, December 22, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 22 & Yesterday's News

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 ....

Health authorities advise precautions against respiratory illnesses during this season

Autoridades sanitarias llaman a extremar precauciones en esta temporada

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The hospital director, David Valenzo Loaeza advised people dress warmly when the weather is cool and eat foods high in Vitamin C, to avoid respiratory illnesses, especially children under 10 and adults over 60 years of age.
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de diciembre.-

Agapito & Marthy lead traditional Christmas family festival & caravan 

Encabezan Agapito y Marthy  tradicional festejo familiar

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With joy and excitement, hundreds of children, teens, and adults enjoyed the Christmas festival offered by the DIF social service agency, and its president Marthy Vargas de Magaña and Mayor Agapito Magaña Sánchez. Eighty high school students delighted onlookers with their choreography.     
     The event took place Saturday under the dome in la Gloria, and began hours before with a caravan,  that included decorated golf carts and motorcycles, which traveled through the streets of the island giving out sweets and presents,.
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de diciembre.-

Still seeking the six Cuban 'balseros' who arrived the day before yesterday: "Disappeared from the face of the earth"  

Continúan desaparecidos seis de los balseros que recalaron anteayer

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de diciembre.-
After almost 48 hours of searching by the municipal police, members of the Navy, and personnel of the National Institute of Immigration (INM), the whereabouts remain unknown of the alleged six missing Cuban balseros, who include two women. Searches were conducted on the island and on the mainland without result. The municipal chief of police said there is no specific operation seeking them, but they are maintaining vigilance to try and locate them. There are residents of the colonia Electristas who said a cabbie transported six people to a home there, and there is uncorroborated information about a taxi trying to take them to the ferry. 
    The Harbor Master said he will have their small boat removed from where it was abandoned. If necessary it will be dismantled, to avoid contaminating the beach.  It came ashore in a rocky area of the coast along the Caribbean Sea, near the hotel Mia (formerly the Avalon), with at least 10 undocumented Cubans, of whom four were detained and six are still missing.


Now there have been 56 cases of decompression  
Cases of decompression continue to occur with a total of 56 so far, with the most recent being Ernesto Lara Yanez, 56, who was diving more than 80 feet down, during one dive of 50 minutes. The physician said when the diver left the sea, he presented signs of 'moderate' decompression with numbness in his right leg. He was treated and will require at least five sessions in the hyperbaric chamber.

 Preparing to invest 2.5 million pesos

Ultramar will begin 2015 with an investment of 2.5 million pesos to provide better service to their customers, said the general manager of the ferry company, Arturo Vega Baez. This will include a dome in Gran Puerto to protect passengers from rain while they are boarding or departing the ferries. The project will begin in early 2015 so it will be completed by the rainy season. The state Port Authority are planning a similar project for the dock outside the new terminal in Isla Mujeres.
   There is no definite start date for the Gran Puerto roof, but it is expected to take place in the first half of 2015.  They are expecting a strong season at the end of the year and have arranged to have six boats covering the routes between Isla Mujeres and Grand Puerto & the Hotel Zone, and they will add additional crossings if necessary.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Isla Mujeres team are champions of the Beto Avila league
El equipo de Isla Mujeres campeón de la liga Beto Avila.

Accompanied by the deputies (legislators) José Luis (Chanito) Toledo and Juan Carrillo, the mayor Agapito Magaña Sanchez gave the traditional turkeys for Christmas dinners to the fishermen of the different fishing cooperatives, strengthening ties with the unions & encouraging healthy living.

Acompañado de los diputados José Luis (Chanito) Toledo y Juan Carrillo, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez entregó el tradicional pavo para la cena de navidad a los hombres del mar de las diferentes cooperativas pesqueras estrechando lazos de unión y motivando a la sana convivencia.
Continúa abierto el concurso para los niños y niñas de la isla. ¡Inscríbanlos!
 Registration remains open for this contest for island children. Sign up!

The City Christmas party was full of friendship and camaraderie.
La posada navideña del Ayuntamiento estuvo enmarcada por la amistad y la camaradería.

Good wishes for the upcoming year were shared by all
Los buenos deseo para el próximo año no faltaron entre todos los compañeros.
Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron en el festejo hecho con mucho cariño.
 Thanks to everyone who joined us in the celebration done with great affection

The municipal President  gave the police officers a message of motivation and desire for peace
El Presidente Municipal les brindó un mensaje de motivación y deseos de paz
 Likewise, they were encouraged to continue to safeguard the security of the island in an honestly.
De igual manera se les incentivó a continuar salvaguardando la seguridad de la isla de manera honesta.

 Acknowledging the tireless work of the Director of Security and Traffic, the Mayor spoke with the officers.
 Agradeciendo la incansable labor de la Dir. De Seguridad y tránsito, el Alcalde acudió para convivir con los agentes.
During his visit, the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanches gave various gifts to the officers
Durante su visita, el Alcalde @AgapitoMaganaS entregó diversos obsequios a los agentes.

 Dec 20: International Day of Human Solidarity
Hoy 20 de Diciembre, Día Internacional de la Solidaridad Humana. 

From Noticias  de Diario Respuesta...


Recognizing durable building of bathrooms 

Reconocen durable edificación de baños

The Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez made a tour of the new public bathrooms that the City has built, which will soon be inaugurated. The architecture is typical of the Caribbean and there is special wood on the exterior to resist the environment for many years. The mayor was satisfied with the work which was done with an investment of about 2 million pesos.

From  por esto

  Harbor Master in agreement about removing the rest of the sailboat

Capitanía, en acuerdo por retirar restos de velero [+] Ver mas

 The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, is in agreement that the remains of the sailboat "Chiron" should be removed, to prevent it possibly being tossed onto the coral reef Ixlache during a hurricane. The final decision is the responsibility of PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) because the vessel is within the jurisdiction of the Isla Contoy National Park, where it capsized on November 28th. 
      The boat suffered a broken mast, causing the loss of  their GPS system while in the Yucatan Channel, about 40 miles for Cabo Catoche and they were traveling 'blind' when they ran aground in the early hours of Friday. The forces of the winds and the currents due to a 'norte' (cold front from the north) caused a crack from bow to stern that divided it in two, and then several pieces were dragged about 50 meters, and these parts ended up in water over 7 meters deep, in a sandy area. The Harbor Master said if the federal agency decides that it should be removed, the cost will be borne by the owner of the boat.


Cable thieves: Before the prosecutor's office (MPFC)

Ante el MPFC ladrón de cable[+] Ver mas

Municipal police arrested Ausencio Martínez Cruz, 28, with a roll of 26 meters of electrical wiring and lighting from the eastern malecon, when they found him behind the offices of the Federal Electrical Commission (CFE). The incident occurred on Saturday, and the mason, who is from Chiapas and lives in colonia Miraflores, was arrested at 9:45am.
   Regarding the undocumented Cubans who arrived near the Casa de las Rocas  in a small boat, the Chief of Police said they have not found the remaining refugees. Four were immediately turned over to the Immigration authorities (INM). The INM and the Navy have not found those who escaped. An alert for the search was put out over northern Quintana Roo from the first moment, with the arrival of another group in Cancun on the same day.

Bad weather complicated the start of the holidays
Mal clima complica inicio vacacional[+] Ver mas
Poor weather prevented large numbers of tourists from visiting the island on Saturday, and it is hoped that it will improve for Sunday (It did.) Hotel occupancy is reported to be over 60 percent at the major hotels.

More cases of decompression
Aumenta casos de descompresión

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 
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, ~Dec~April.  
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
Jan. 4  at 5:10p Full Moon
Jan. 5 6:02
Jan. 6 6:53
Jan. 7 7:43
Jan. 8 8:53
Jan. 9 9:21
Jan. 10 10:10
Jan. 11 10:58

This event was last evening...the party bus, floats & decorated golf carts gathered near our house beforehand. It was cool....lotsa flashing lights on the party bus & the float was pretty & bright....and played carols in Spanish.
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.

Saturday December 27th Golf Cart Parade...assemble at 5:30 p.m. near MaraVilla Caribe, outside Casa Luna Turquesa on Aeropuerto road where the street widens, near Casa Ixchel & Da Luisa

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

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