Friday, January 23, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 23 & Caught up for the week. Thanks for your patience!

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 ....

Questions to General Hospital from CDHeQRoo about lacking adequate supplies medication

La CDHeQRoo, por incumplimiento en dotación de medicamentos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERE, 22 de enero.-
The Vice Deputy of the Commission of Human Rights of the State of Quintana Roo (CDHeQROO) called on the management of the hospital in response to a complaint by patients of the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres regarding a lack of medicines, which affects the beneficiaries of Seguro Popular, and the senior citizens in particular. The officials requested a written report on the case within five days.
Ensuring safety: City started installing speed bumps at various locations

Comuna inicia instalación de reductores de velocidad en diversos puntos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de enero..
The municipal department of Public Safety and Traffic began installing speed bumps Wednesday morning, in response to resident requests. They will be at the following locations:  Three in Sac-Bajo; two at Jean Piaget school in La Gloria; one in Miraflores; one in La Caribeña, and one in El Cañotal. They are precast of a special rubber-based material and include reflective markers on each side. In upcoming weeks a pedestrian crosswalk will be installed at the kindergarten  Enriqueta Camarillo y Roa (That is on Martinez Ross avenue, colonia Salina Chica). This is being done in response to requests from the parents and teachers of this kindergarten/preschool. These are the results of promises made by the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, in response to meetings held with the citizens in an ongoing manner.


Tras varias quejas cambian transformador en avenida Juárez

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de enero.-
Last weekend a transformer was placed at the north end of Benito Juarez Avenue, near the municipal cemetery, near Adolfo Lopez Mateos Avenue,  in response to complaints from nearby residents. It required the placement of a special post, near the shopping area along the street, for the sole purpose of holding the transformer, which supplies dozens of rentals, homes, restaurants, and stores in the area.


Emotional farewell from friends and family for youth whose death is mourned in Isla Mujeres

Brindan amigos y familiares a joven cuya muerte enlutó a Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-

On Monday, hundreds of friends and family members gathered to bid a final farewell to  Oscar Orlando Pacheco Caballero, 21, who died around 4am on Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle. He crashed into two posts that marked the boundary of a property on the perimeter coastal road in Salina Chica colonia.  
    The funeral mass was held at 10 am at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Colonia La Gloria, and was followed by a funeral procession to the new Municipal Cemetery near the property of Hacienda Mundaca. Hundreds of people paid their respects, and the father of the young man thanked the friends of Oscar Orlando for their support, encouragement, ans sympathy during this painful time. He said his son was a very sociable young man who had many wonderful friends, and that he was straightforward and committed to his responsibilities. 
    It is noted that he was a young athlete involved in several sports, including basketball and baseball, and has represented the municipality at the state and regional Olympic competitions.  Through social networks, dozens of friends sent hundreds of comments of encouragement and support to the parents and family of the young man, whose memory will remain in the hearts of the youth of this island.

Businesses concerned about erosion on North Beach 

Por erosión de playas en la zona Norte

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-

Some entrepreneurs at North Beach are very concerned the tremendous erosion of sand from the beaches recently, fearing they could lose their buildings in the affected area. Dozens of meters of sand  have been lost from  the beach area known as "Caribean" or "Chichis", to the extent that a beach palapa is practically in the sea and is about to fall, as well as the umbrellas and lounge chairs in the vicinity..
    Employers and workers in this area suggest that this phenomenon of erosion is occurring because the "whales" that were placed for the recovery of beaches for several years, are now broken and no longer provide the system that prevents sand and beaches from disappearing.
      They said they suspect that these "whales" were vandalized and were broken on purpose with the intention of affecting entrepreneurs in this area, who had been befitting from many tourists visiting their area of beach in recent months due to the extension of sand there, which allowed the placement of chairs and umbrellas for the enjoyment of tourists.
           However, they also explained that with the absence of this system for the recovery of sand and beach, strong winds from the north are a determining factor for the loss of sand, which was a problem previously, some years ago.
        They mentioned that despite this adverse situation, they have faith that in the coming months, with the arrival of winds south-southeast, these sands return to their area and to other beach areas which lack sand, as occurred earlier in the season.
     Finally, they said they are analyzing the applicability of new system, using the same method of  "whales" for recovering the sand, but this would require substantial funding. 

From Tvisla Mujeres

Peddlers are still evading inspectors in the beach areas
Despite the constant inspection by the office of Fiscalization, vendors continue to invade the beaches ...
Isla Mujeres. – A pesar de la constante inspección de parte de la dirección de Fiscalización, vendedores ambulantes siguen invadiendo las
The Director of Fiscalizacion, Jeorge Mejia,  said the problem is not new, and the peddlers are constantly "invited" to leave the beach area.  On a walk by the Posada del Mar beach, about two or three mobile vendors were seen. It is recalled that the City administration decided to remove them from the beaches and relocate them elsewhere, to avoid problems and prevent them from bothering tourists. The Director explained that there are ways to obtain the permit required to legalize their vending, but many avoid this responsibility. But those with permits are not allowed to sell in the beach areas.
The continued lack of medicines at the Isla Mujeres General Hospital....
Isla Mujeres. – La constante falta de medicamentos en el Hospital Integral de Isla...

Isla Mujeres DIF supports education with the payment of grants to assist students...
ISLA MUJERES, Q. ROO.- El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) de Isla...

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

With a community gardens workshop, the City of Isla Mujeres  aims to develop skills and techniques within the community for  the creation of home gardens, as tools to combat food poverty and malnutrition, with a new culture of ecological awareness, for vulnerable social groups.
Con el taller de huertos comunitarios, el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres aspira a desarrollar en la comunidad habilidades y técnicas sobre la elaboración de huertos familiares como herramientas para combatir la pobreza alimentaria y la desnutrición con una nueva cultura ecológica de grupos sociales vulnerables.

The System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Isla Mujeres, made the payments for the Program of Tuition Support for Basic Education for Young Women and Young Pregnant Mothers (PROMAJOVEN).
El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) de Isla Mujeres, realizó el pago del Programa de Becas de Apoyo a la Educación Básica de Madres Jóvenes y Jóvenes Embarazadas (PROMAJOVEN).

Pothole patching service
If you need some patching work performed on any street, please contact us at 9982 74 16 61.
Servicio de bacheo.
Si necesitas que se realicen trabajos de bacheo de alguna calle en particular, comunícate con nosotros al 9982 74 16 61.

Know the Laws for the Welfare & Protection of animals in the state of Quintana Roo
"No going out for walks without a leash"
Conoce la Ley de protección y bienestar animal del Estado de Quintana Roo

A reminder that all this month there is a 15% discount on early payment of property taxes
Les recordamos que todo este mes contamos con el 15% de descuento en el pago del Predial Anticipado.

From  por esto

Inefficient trash management
Ineficiente manejo de la basura[+] Ver mas
A full container of trash was parked in the vehicle ferry parking lot all day Thursday with a strong odor, and some leakage, with health regulations preventing its going onto the ferry. The trash trucks must cross on the first cruise, in the early hours, when there aren't tourists. The personnel who are responsible for transferring the trash to the mainland landfill are aware of this requirement. The Trash Transfer station is currently full of trash, which is unofficially blamed on the City for not renewing the trash truck fleet. In the past in similar circumstances there has been assistance in transferring the trash from the government of Benito Juarez (Cancun's municipality) and the state government.

Seven PROMAJOVEN scholarships
Aplican siete becas Promajoven[+] Ver mas
 A group of seven young and pregnant mothers are receiving financial support to prevent interruption their academic preparation from the  Programa de Becas de Apoyo a la Educación Básica de Madres Jóvenes y Jóvenes Embarazadas (Promajoven). The program helps young women between the ages of twelve and 18 years and 11 months. Of the seven, four are on the island and three are on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres. There are also efforts made for the prevention of teen pregnancies with lectures and workshops that take place regularly in the schools, and with outreach efforts to parents to communicate with their children and to supervise them.

They humiliated the Cancun Pioneros
Humillaron a los Pioneros de Cancún[+] Ver mas


 Extended work
Se prolongan trabajos[+] Ver mas

The street Nicolas Bravo is receiving repavinig with adocreto. On Tuesday night it was noted that the adocretos had been placed unevenly, and on Wednesday morning there was a new order to remove the material. It is thought that the work could have taken two days, but  now it seems it will take two weeks, which complicates traffic for drivers.


Surprise operation at the Port Authority terminal
Sorpresivo operativo en la terminal de la API[+] Ver mas
Members of the Navy, including the canine unit, were at the Maritime Terminal, at around 11am on Tuesday, to prevent  drugs or weapons from passing through. Locals and tourists observed with curiosity, and the soldiers were accompanied by a German Shepard dog that is trained to detect drugs or weapons.
    This is the first operation of this type since the new Naval Commander took command, which was el almirante Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha replacing el almirante Juan Ramón Alcalá Pignol. They reviewed backpacks, packages, and cargo without detecting any weapons or drugs. Tourists and tourism service providers agreed that this type of action improves the image of the island and inspires confidence that we care and the Navy prevents drugs from entering.


Fuga de agua duró dos días+] Ver mas
Water leak lasted two days

Restauranteurs, merchants, and tourists were concerned about the wasted water from a leak on Hidalgo that lasted for two days, despite notification being given to Aguakan. The leak occurred a few steps from Matamoros and the tap water traveled about 100 meters to the storm drains by Abasolo.
      The problem was first noted on Saturday night, and the repair was made before 8am on Monday morning. Aguakan manager Jose Pinzon said they offered to address the problem on Sunday evening, but there were many tourists in the area, and it was determined that it would be better to correct the problem when there were fewer tourism activities. There was water still remaining on Monday at 11am, and they were attending to it with other building materials, without placing the adocretos.  The leak affected the sales of nearby merchants since people preferred to go where there was no water, and those who did enter stores, left behind their muddy footprints.
    Hours later a team of workers were at the intersection of Hidalgo and Lopez Mateos, in anticipation of another leakage problem.

  Ligera lluvia provocó inundaciones   [+] Ver mas
Brief rain caused flooding
The effects of cold front #29 caused a sudden rain of brief duration, that caused flooding along the two kilometers of prologation Rueda Medina that are being renovated, which caused concern among taxi drivers. The rain occurred about 1pm on Monday, and did not even last 15 minuets, but caused flooding in some streets, including the lower areas of Salina Chica.

Ambulancia marítima, sólo de “adorno”[+] Ver mas
Maritime ambulance: Only "an adornment"

Although the island has had a sea ambulance for over a year, no staff have been trained to operate this 24 hour service. On social media, a Red Cross paramedic said that "It takes a crew of four who are trained and experienced in pre hospital medical care  and transportation, as well as a captain. You do not want to risk it with a makeshift crew."  Relatives have had to charter boats to take their sick family members from the island to Puerto Juarez. In the case of the young man who died Sunday, his body was transported over from the pier at Social Justicia cooperativa. A few months ago the sea ambulance was moved from the City concrete pier to a private marina.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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, 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  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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.  

You are invited to enjoy a presentation by the Korean folk dancing troupe IRE on Friday, Jan 30 at7pm at Mundaca Hacienda, admission is free. 


 Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place in a coupla weeks at 2am on Feb 1st.  This is a 'permanent' change voted in by the Legislature last year, that has been discussed, and promoted by the tourism industry, for years. It will sync us up with a coupla dozen airports in the US & Canada, "add an hour of daylight" & supposedly save money on energy.
      The internet indicates we will no longer participate in the changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. Currently we are in sync with Central time, and will continue to be when that zone is on DST, but the rest of the year, we will be in sync with Eastern Standard Time.
       DST is March 8-Nov. 1 in the US, and April 5-Oct 25 in Mexico, when Isla will be in sync with CT. During the fall/winter Isla will be in sync with EST.

El nuevo horario se traduce en una hora más de sol para la entidad.|By Grupo SIPSE

On Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

 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) 

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

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


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: the Children's costume contest on the Town Square for those under 13

  Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm: The Open Category costume contest on the Town Square on  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given.

Upcoming holidays

 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.

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

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