Friday, January 9, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News and Events Friday January 9

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 ....

Resumed paving of prolongation Rueda Medina avenue

En la prolongación de la avenida Rueda Medina

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de enero.-
Resurfacing work has resumed on prolongation Rueda Medina avenue, which is partially closed, causing delays for motorists. The passage of students, motorists, and other people also hinders the workers. The paving work is expected to be completed on January 15, according to the Director of Public Works, Miguel Ariel Caballero Garcia, but the work will be completely finished on January 30, with topes and signage.
    The Director of  Public Safety will identify areas for the placement of signs signalling crosswalks and speedbumps. After the paving work is completed, the pavement will be sealed, and then paint will be applied to identify the lanes, and finally the signs, crosswalks, and topes will be completed. The storm water drainage system work will also be completed, which is on the airport side of the street

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

The repaving  of  Rueda Medina avenue will be completed later this month.
The major vehicular artery will have signage, road paint, speed bumps, storm grates and crosswalks

La repavimentación de la avenida Rueda Medina estará concluida a finales de este mes.
La importante arteria vehicular contará con señalización, pintura vial, topes, rejillas pluviales y pasos peatonales.

15% discount on property tax payments all this month
Durante todo este mes habrá un 15% de descuento en el pago del predial anticipado.

The mayor has given instructions to constantly maintain all the green areas
Por instrucción del Alcalde @AgapitoMaganaS, el mantenimiento a las áreas verdes es constante.

The City is creating a Municipal Archive website, which will be available through the Isla Mujeres City website..Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres. Using the latest technologies....
including scanning, the site will display fragments of the history of Isla Mujeres, including original documents like birth certificates dating fomr 1874, among other documents of great cultural and historical value. It will also feature a collection of old photographs that any citizen can look at, and it will contain important information about the history of the town. The part of the City government that is in charge of protecting this material from the passage of time, has among its objectives the promotion of interest in the history of this place which is one of the major tourist destinations of the country, and was initially a fishing village.
  In upcoming month, the Municipal Archive will schedule a series of exhibitions in coordination with the monthly festivities.
   Another project this year is the creation of the Municipal Photographic Library, which will be assigned office space for public viewing. In the office located on Martinez Ross Avenue in Salina Chica colonia, you can find the City Council meeting reports from 1987 to 2005; civil registry books from 1874 to 1974; and various photographs from 1981 to 2008.
     Thomas Gamboa Rivas, head of the Municipal Archives agency, explained that last year, "The Rules of Procedure of the Municipal Archives" were created to protect  all the documents generated by the municipal government, and to allow the modernization and standardization of criteria and control of documents, in order to integrate, preserve and disseminate the historical memory of the Municipality.
Para este recién iniciado año 2015, el Archivo Municipal creará su página WEB la cual estará disponible, a través de un portal, en la página oficial del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres. Haciendo uso de las tecnologías actuales, …

The City of Isla Mujeres is remodeling the park at Salina Grande, which is known as La Bola. The renovations include the construction of a police 'casita' (little house), and will include exercise areas, benches, trash cans, and lights, as well as repairs of the storm water drain grates in this public area.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres realiza trabajos de remodelación en el parque de la colonia Salina Grande, conocido también como el parque de La Bola.
Los trabajos incluyen la construcción de una caseta de policía que contará con ejercitadores, bancas, botes de basura y lamparas; asimismo se reparan las rejillas pluviales del espacio público.

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Unprotected from abuses by CableMas

Desprotegidos por abusos de Cable Más

Islanders are fed up with the poor television and internet service provided by the cable company "CableMas" in Isla Mujeres. "The service provided by this company is of very poor quality. They remove channels you had previously contracted for without saying anything. The internet is always failing and  the signal is never very strong, and it is constantly cutting out," said señora Conchis López.There is no PROFECO office on the island for residents to file complaints.

From  por esto


Lanchero boat tours operating at 30%
Lancheros turísticos operan al 30%+] Ver mas
 The lanchero boats of the five tourist service cooperative are not doing well this winter season, because people prefer to ride in golf carts. Almost 70% of the fleet was inactive on Thursday, and it was announced that the port would be closed on Friday due to the arrival of cold front #25. The number of members offering tours has tripled in recent decades, with the creation of more cooperative departing from Punta Sam. Tourists are approached in Puerto Juarez, and in Punta Sam, then arriving on the island, it becomes a 'bullfight' (price war) with people asking for reduced prices.   
     The advantage that the islanders still have it that when northerly winds close the ports, they may still be allowed to navigate near the island where it is safe. But when the gusts escalate to 60kph or more, it completely closes down navigation for small boats. The holiday periods of Christmas and of Easter are the best for these tour operators, but they face less economic activity the  rest of the year, except it picks up a little during summer vacation.

Making progress on renovating the local pier
Avanza rehabilitación del muelle fiscal[+] Ver mas
Renovation of the wooden pier is 50 percent complete, and replacement of the planks, beams, and posts (? tablones, trabes y sufrideras) are in their final phase. THis nearly 100 meters of dock is steps from the Rueda Medina boardwalk, and will serve as an alternative pier when activity is intense at the concrete pier. It is also planned that there will be an exhibition of photographs of the history of the island, with intention of creating a museum. It was over half a century ago, in the 1950's when this improvement to the island was made and the first load of supplies for the hotels were brought in ,and the first cars were brought over on the bow of the Sultana del Norte ferry boat. The first men who were responsible for maintaining this infrastructure were the brothers  Alvaro, Ariel, Romeo y Raúl Magaña Carrillo,  who provided ferry service from Puerto Juarez; and they began to move the first groups of recreational tourists in the 1980's.

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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, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, 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   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

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

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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 1p  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 -
  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 -
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
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
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, ~Dec~April.  

 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

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

Upcoming holidays!

 Monday, February 2, no school/day off for February 5th (Constitution Day). (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

We're celebrating Carnaval ~Feb 12-17. whoot whoot!! 

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vaca starts July 14th.

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres

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