Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 2

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 ....

Team starting off on the right foot in baseball league: "50 & Over"

Equipo "50 y Más", en liga de béisbol

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The Isla Mujeres team "50 & Over" won the first game of the Liga Municipal de Primera Fuerza de Béisbol de Cancún with a score of 6 to 2. The winning pitcher was Enrique Cocom, while the losing pitcher was Jorge Zapata. The game was held at the stadium "El Pescador" in Isla Mujeres, against the team  Angeles de la Región 236 de Cancún, starting at 1pm. 
        The Isla team is funded by the municipal government, and the cocterlerias "Picus" and "Justicia Social". Last season in this league, this team won second place, and this year their goal is to take the first place trophy. At the end of the inaugural game for this tournament, the Isla Mujeres team "50 Plus" was given the trophy for being runners up in the league last year.
     The tournament includes a total of nine teams from different parts of the municipality of Benito Juarez, and includes teams from Ejido Alfredo B. Bonfil and Puerto Morelos. The competition is expected to be intense, said representative of the local Isla team, Hector Gil Chable.
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de diciembre.-


Beneplácito de turisteros

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de diciembre.-
The port was closed to navigation by boats under 42 feet for nearly five days, which ended on Monday when the port was opened to general navigation by all vessels. 
        The port was closed on Tuesday at 8pm.  After nearly 60 hours, on Friday the port was partially open, and it was opened generally on Saturday at 9am, until it was closed again that same day at 11:30am. Navigation remained restricted all day Sunday, until Monday at 7am, when the port was opened for navigation by boats in general.
   According to the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, good weather should prevail this week until Sunday, with radiant sunshine and pleasant temperatures. This should be good for the tour providers who could not work for nearly a week while the port was closed for small vessels.

"Chiron" not found: Search continues today to proceed with its immediate withdrawal 

Hoy continuarán búsqueda para proceder a su inmediato retiro

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 ISLA MUJERES, 1 de diciembre.-

After two attempts to locate the remains of the sailboat "Chiron", which was flying an American flag, it was not found. They expect to locate it and remove it from the area on Tuesday. Recently the 42 foot long white sailboat sank one nautical mile from Isla Contoy.
        It apparently has already practically disintegrated in the strong winds and currents that prevailed at the end of last week. According to an experienced fisherman, taking into account that the boat was anchored in the area of the encallamiento, with the force of the waves it would have surely shattered and for this reason they don't know where to find the remains. 
         The crew,  Gregory Gladden and Ricardo López, were rescued by the Mexican Navy, and early on Monday they did Immigration procedures in Cancun, and in the afternoon they were expected to go thru the administrative procedures to certify the facts. (esperaba iniciar con los integración del acta administrativa de hechos...make an official statement).
   So far it is only known that on the day of the shipwreck, the sailboat had a mechanical failure during the storm, and because of the strong winds of the "norte" (northern front), they became grounded (se arrinconó) at a sandy area of the western part of the coral reef known as "Ixclache" according to the Isla Contoy Nature Reserve Director, Francisco Remolina.
   The press release of the Navy of Mexico reported that the Navy of Mexico rescued the two crew members at 2:52am and noted that the sailboat had a leak due to the impact with the sandy area of the coral reefs. (The shipwreck occurred on Friday).


 Hawkers have concerns as holiday season approaches

Al acercarse temporada decembrina

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de noviembre.-

With the December holiday season coming soon, the comisionistas are seeking equal designations of areas, so they can all obtain the same income. They have worked for several years in the streets, and are not willing to pay rent within the terminal. They mentioned that they have been obliged to wear uniforms, to dress nicely, and at times to make payments for drug testing, and above all, to respect areas, but when the staff of the boats arrange rentals, no one intervenes. They accuse several boats from Cancun of operating outside the system of the hawkers, with arrangements with several golf cart rental agencies, even tho this raises the cost of the carts for tourists. The anonymous comisionistas say these others are charging $25/hr which is an abuse, and they allege that the Tourism agency is not intervening and could be compliant.

Working at prevention: Celebrating International Day Against HIV-AIDS 

Celebran “Día Internacional de la Respuesta ante el VIH-Sida

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de noviembre.-

The municipal government, with the organization  Fundación BAI A. C, and the Health Department (Secretaría de Salud), conducted a series of activities for the International Day Against HIV/AIDS.  Each December first, around the world, governments and communities unite with their efforts and expertise to address HIV-AIDS, with the understanding that only if we are united and without stigmas can we fight against this evil that not only causes physical damage, but also moral damage with the discrimination and ignorance that surrounds it.
     The activities began on Saturday with the lighting of red lights at the Town Hall to draw attention and raise awareness. On Sunday there was an event at the sports dome of Rancho Viejo (on the mainland part of Isla Mujeres) that included screening and counseling, which began very early and ended at noon. On Monday at the Middle School of Benito Juarez, a workshop was held for the teenagers about sex education.  The theme was "Prevention is in your hands", and the events were supported by the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez and municipal government.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

For International Day Against AIDS/HIV, information about the disease was given to the middle school students in a responsible, serious, professional manner

En el marco del Día Internacional de la Lucha contra el VIH SIDA, llevamos información seria, profesional y responsable sobre esa enfermedad a los estudiantes de la Secundaria Técnica No. 1 Lic. Benito Juárez.

Donations of school kits were delivered to the high school students of Colegio Bachilleres in Isla Mujeres, meeting the directions of Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo
Cumplimos la encomienda del gobernador del estado, el Lic. Roberto Borge Angulo de dotar de todos los apoyos a los jóvenes estudiantes isleños. Acudimos al Colegio de Bachilleres de Isla Mujeres a entregar carpetas escolares.

Starting today, you can enjoy a 20% discount on early payment of property taxes (yesterday)
A partir de hoy pueden disfrutar del 20% de descuento en el pago del predial adelantado. @InfomovilNews @MovPRIMxIM

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Today the sailboat Chiron could be rescued
Hoy podrían rescatar el velero Chirón[+] Ver mas
   This has the same information as translated in the DQR article, noting additionally that the Naval boat that rescued the two man crew was of the Defender class of the Search and Rescue Unit, which located the wrecked boat  6:10am with the two American crew members in an inflatable raft. They were rescued and taken to Isla Mujeres for medical evaluation, and found to be in good health. The personnel of the following agencies were made aware of the shipwreck and rescue: Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp), la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa), Capitanía de Puerto, la Armada de México, and others (National Commission to Protect Natural Areas/CONANP, The Federal Department of Environmental Protection/PROFEPA, the Harbor Master, and the Navy. Their expertise will be used to assess teh conditions and possible damage that could have occurred to the corals in the area. The coral reef Ixlache is a tourist recreation site where groups visiting Isla Contoy enjoy the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive, which will resume when the weather improves.

Coral reefs in front of El Meco should be protected
Deben protegerse los arrecifes de corales, frente a El Meco[+] Ver mas
Jaime Gonzalez Cano, director of the Marine Park Isla Mujeres-Cancun, says a management plan should be put in place for protection of the corals near the archaeological ruins of El Meco. The proposal involves self-monitoring by users, without waiting for achieving protected park status for the whole area. At certain points, the coastal site has heavy use, which has had an impact on the ecosystem. He said the PROCODES program (Conservation Program for Sustainable Development) could be used to protect this chain of coral reefs, which is not within the park site.
   There are plans to place more sculptures in the Underwater Museum (MUSA), to continue to reduce the effects of humans on the corals in the area. These figures have been done by other sculptors, and are less elaborate with less details, because the human expressions of the 500+ sculptures are no longer visible due to the growth of coral upon them.
   They are also seeking international resources for the park budget of 2015 and to continue other conservation programs, including spreading awareness about the need for care and conservation among users for preservation for posterity. This park functions as a model for other national and international sites, and they regularly "export" their experiences, for example training the personnel of the Conservation Area of Huatulco. There are exchanges abroad about the success achieved in the conservation of the Marine Park, thanks to the contributions of private and civil organizations to achieve what has been done and for the new plans. 


Protective wall is weakened
Debilitado muro de protección [+] Ver mas
The effects of the strong winds & currents during the "Norte" caused deterioration of more of the 'gabion' cages that protect the downtown seawall, in the area of tap water pump a few meters from Juzgado Mixto, by the runway. Residents in the area are concerned about what could happen in another Hurricane since these areas were affected in Wilma in 2005 and by Gilbert in 1988.

Turning the wooden pier into a museum (the former Magana ferry pier)
Muelle de madera se convertirá en museo [+] Ver mas
The old wooden pier will soon become a public Museum, and the renovation work that has begun may be done by the year's end, beginning with a display of dozens of old photographs of Isla Mujeres. The 200 planks of the dock were in a state of advanced deterioration on this pier that has been a gateway for tourists since the 1950's, and are being replaced, said Jazmín Pérez Gaitán, manager of the new ferry terminal.
   A photo exhibition will include 50 pictures that were displayed at the inauguration of the new terminal, which are mostly owned by  Ricardo Ancona Argáez, the regional director of the Port Authority,  Administración Integral de Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), and the Department of Culture will provide the rest of the photographs. The exact amount of photographs is unknown, but there are enough sources to achieve the exhibition and display the historic moments since the birth of the village of Dolores in 1850, when the Yucatan government recognized the importance of this fishing community.
   For this museum, they will gather items of historical value such as canons of boats, anchors, and pre-Columbian sculpture, during the upcoming year.
      The dock began as a small pier of about 20 meters when the Magana Carrillo family provided passenger service to Puerto Juarez with the first boats, and later with more modern vessels. The boats included: “La Novia del Mar”, “Carmita”, “Sultana del Mar”, “Princess”, “Salvage”, among others. Today the dock is five times as big as its original dimensions, which was used until two months ago when APIQROO concentrated the entry and exit of all passengers at the concrete pier (by the new terminal).
    Pérez Gaitán said when the construction is complete, it may be used by boats that cross to the mainland and recreational boats, and its use is not ruled out to unload passengers during the high season at peak hours when hundreds of visitors are departing at the main pier, and it will be maintained for general security.
   The photos will include the sailboats used by fishermen long ago, and of the family Magana Carrillo, as forerunners of the ferry industry. This past year marked the death of four of the family who participated in business and politics, who died in this order in 2013: Alvaro, Ariel, Romeo and Raúl Magaña Carrillo.
  There will also be photos from the development of regattas organized by the now departed Jose de Jesus Lima Gutierrez, who built the first luxury hotel in the region in the 1960's on the islet of El Yunque. Now that property, which was expanded some time ago, is administered by a businessman from Tabasco, after a foreigners was removed from subletting the property. 
  As we know, the Magana and Lima families have been very influential for a half century in Isla Mujeres, with their economic and political power.  During the inauguration of the new terminal, the Governor Roberto Borge Angulo said they plan to turn the wooden pier into a museum, with the intention of creating an area of easy public access for everyone that displays the history and identity of Isla Mujeres, as a community dependent on the departure from  Tizimín, Yucatán  (como pueblo dependiente de la partida de Tizimín,) ; a delegation when it was the territory of Quintana Roo, which became a muncipality in 1975, as an autonomous political entity in the northern part of Quintana Roo.

HERE is an article I wrote about the history of tourism in Isla Mujeres that includes the history of the ferries.

Sex education workshop for teens
Taller de educación sexual para adolescentesVer mas

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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, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

Posted on FB by Jackie Conlon
This is fantastic news for the little ones safety! Thank you to the organizers and everyone who donated toward the helmet program. I look forward to seeing more kids on motos wearing helmets when I return to Isla.
November 14th Kristen Tywan of Volunquest with the help of the crossing guards & public security handed out 48 donated helmets to kids that arrived at school without them. The donation day was not announced & the crossing guards had been keeping track of the families that needed the helmets. The families receiving the helmets were asked to sign a “contract of responsibility”. If they are seen with the child helmet-less or an adult is wearing the donated helmet they will be warned the 1st time & fined the 2nd time. We are confident with high season approaching, we will have many more donated helmets to provide to children in need. Many thanks to Nicole & Andrea heading up the campaign & to all those donating the needed helmets!
Please do like the helmet safety campaign Facebook page hosted by Nicole Sosa at
December 1st: World AIDS Day

Non profit organization helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and teenage pregnancies. 


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   
 Sunday 9pm - 11pm
  Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
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
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 Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4 

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club
 Fashion show with participation of designers from Merida, Cancun, & Isla Mujeres, as well as participation by local models and our little children models. 200 peso donation. Cocktail reception at 6:30

Every Monday 8:30pm at Poc Na hostel...Magic show

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 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint 

1 comment:

  1. Correct me if I'm wrong .... Today is Thursday, and we're looking at Tuesday's news.

    What's wrong with this picture?


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