Thursday, March 5, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 5

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 ....

Historic meeting between Agapito & golf cart rental agencies to reorganize and dignify this activity

Agapito y rentadores de carritos de golf para reordenar y dignificar esta actividad

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 4 de marzo.-  See the translation in the City section...

Navy assists cruise passenger with lung problems 

Presentaba problemas pulmonares

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 4 de marzo.-
A 63 year old American woman with lung problems was evacuated by the Navy in the early hours of Tuesday from the cruise ship "Navigator of the Seas", which had sailed from the port of Galveston, Texas, and was enroute to Jamaica. The Naval Search and Rescue unit immediately sent a boat after receiving a request for help from the captain of the cruise ship.
     The American tourist was assessed by the Naval medical staff and later transferred to the Puerto Juarez Naval Sation where it was expected she would be transported by ambulance to a private hospital in Cancun. The Naval report said the rescue was carried out in compliance with the responsibilities under the law, conferred to the Department of the Navy of Mexico, to carry out these types of actions.

From Tvisla Mujeres


Whale shark tour boat stolen: Found burgled, without engines

Isla Mujeres. – Perdidas por más 450 mil pesos,...
The loss, valued at over 450,000 pesos was reported yesterday by Martin Trejo Manzano, better known as "Gato", after their boat used for whale shark tours, suffered the theft of two of its engines. He explained the boat is always anchored near the whale shark statue, and they had never had any problems until yesterday. He said they have used that anchorage for eight years with no thefts of parts or vessels.
     They noticed the boat was missing at dawn, and reported it to the Harbor Master. It was found hours later, after noon, abandoned near an area of Isla Blanca, at the mainland, without its two 150hp outboard engines. The boat had been burgled and its engines stolen, but fortunately no attempt was made to sink it, as has happened in many cases.
   Fortunately, the Whale Shark season is currently over. They will have to find a way to acquire a new engine for the boat. When inspecting the boat, it was noted that the motor was professionally removed and the cables were cut to avoid wasting time. It is important to note that this is not the first time this has happened, and there have been other cases, but in most of them a complaint was not filed, because it would be virtually impossible to identify their motors.  (Sr. Trejo is associated with Minino's restaurant, involved with baseball, and recently was in the news helping return a tourist's purse.)

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Lane closures & street repair during March
The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, has instructed the Department of Public works to begin work immediately on repaving and patching the street prolongation Juarez (aka prolongation Aeropuerto or Martinez Ross Ave.). The work will take place on the section from the monument to Benito Juarez (at the start of Juarez avenue) southward to the tower & guardhouse of the airport.
   The work will begin Thursday March 5 (today) and conclude in 30 days, with lane closures beginning on Monday, and caution is requested. Your understanding is requested that these repairs are being done for the benefit and safety of the residents and tourists of Isla Mujeres.

En atención y respuesta a los requerimientos ciudadanos, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sanchez, instruyó a la Dirección de Obras Públicas para que a la brevedad inicien los trabajos de pavimentación, bacheo y arrope de la prolongación de la calle Juárez.
Específicamente los trabajos se llevarán a cabo del monumento a Benito Juárez hasta la caseta de arribo del aeropuerto.
Se informa que los trabajos iniciarán este jueves 5 de marzo y concluirán en 30 días; por el momento se harán los trabajos en el arrope de calle y a partir del lunes se cerrarán los carriles por lo que solicitamos precaución al momento de circular.
Apelamos a su comprensión ya que las reparaciones son en beneficio y seguridad de los habitantes y turistas de Isla Mujeres.

Wednesday morning a meeting was held betwen the Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez and owners of golf cart rental agencies to reorganize and dignify this vital activity.
  The meeting took place at the City Hall and included the director of tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez, and the City General Secretary, Cesar Poot Perez. The talks opened in an atmosphere of respect and willingness; seeking what is best for everyone and their families, to benefit this tourist destination. The main objective of the meeting is to take the first steps toward reorganization and regularization of this important activity in Isla Mujeres. They want to prevent unfair competition and to operate with dignity and within the framework of the regulations.
   The officials offered the rental agency proprietors a local store and a booth in the modern Maritime Terminal, at reasonable prices, where they can offer their cart rental services in an orderly, dignified, and safe manner.
   They are seeking to regulate this activity to improve the tourism image and to give appropriate attention to the visitors, with a general reorganization of the selling of these services. Undoubtedly, the use of golf carts throughout the island is a tourist attraction, and in some ways is part of the folk scene and the object of the meeting is precisely to take care of the cultural value of the island.
   Another fundamental issue with tourism preferences internationally is safety,  said Mayor Agapito Magana, adding that we must ensure the safety of those who rent vehicles, and this is only possible if all the permits are in order and operating rules are met.
    This reorganization and regulation, that is beginning with this meeting,  will help complete the requirements needed to include Isla Mujeres in Pueblos Magicos de Mexico, which has benefits for tourism destinations. 
       The rental agency proprietors expressed their willingness to work in coordination with the authorities and to operate their businesses in a safe and orderly manner for the benefit of all.

Free Lucha Libre event on the mainland on March 7th at the sports dome of Rancho Viejo
Les invitamos este sábado 7 de marzo en el domo deportivo de Rancho Viejo. Lucha Libre totalmente Gratis.

From  por esto


No deeds yet for colonia La Guadalupana
Nada que regularizan la colonia La Guadalupana[+] Ver mas
When he was running for Mayor, Agapito Magana offered to help regularize  colonia Guadalupana, where more than 200 families need basic services like electricity, drainage, and paved streets. Next month they will complete 10 years of occupation of more than two acres of private land on the northern boundary of  hacienda Mundaca that was abandoned and to date the owners have not appeared.  The community has water service to each of the homes, and they are recognized by the Voters Institute (INE) who issue credentials to qualifying voters who live there.
        Although the lots are small at 7m by 14, and they are smaller than those issued by the State of Quintana Roo, residents say they are large enough for their families to live there. Many lots have masonry, but the majority are still constructed from flimsy materials.

Lackluster anniversary celebration
Deslucida celebración de aniversario[+] Ver mas
 With a lack of funding available for cultural activities, the 498th anniversary celebration of the discovery of Isla Mujeres by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba only included civil ceremonies in the schools. One such event took place at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, and included public servants.
      Under previous administrations the general public was included in these celebrations. Hundreds of tourists spend their winters in Isla Mujeres and look forward to enjoyable activities on weekends, and share them with their friends via social networks.
   Isla Mujeres has been 'twinned' (a sister city) with many cities including:  1998 with Martín, in la Provincia de Matanzas, Cuba; La Habana Vieja; in 2001, with Viña del Mar, Chile; and Mar de Plata, Argentina. In 2009, with Partido de Lanús, Ciudad de Chascomús, Ciudad de San Juan, Florencio Varela (Buenos Aires) and Partido de Almirante Brown, Argentina; in 2010, Quilmes (Buenos Aires), Argentina; in 2012 San Petersburgo, Florida; and in 2014 with Pensacola, Florida.

Intending to organize the use of golf carts
Intentan ordenar el uso de los carros de golf[+] Ver mas


Useful bridge closed due to partisan issues
Cierran útil puente por cuestiones partidistas [+] Ver mas

Residents are annoyed that the gate is closed and locked to prevent passage onto the bridge over Salina Grande, which prevents residents from using it as a shortcut to the grocery store, among other places.
The bridge was built during the administration of former Mayor, Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, of the PAN party, and during his time there was never any impediment to pedestrians crossing the salina lake from the walkway-path  to the small botanical garden on the other side. But shortly after Agapito Magaña Sanchez became Mayor, it was decided to place a metal fence in the space between the walking path at the Bicentennial Park and at the bridge area a gate was installed, which always remains closed.
  On Tuesday morning, a pair of middle aged foreign tourists were observed,who walked up the walkway-ramp to the bridge, and when they found the gate closed,  the woman attempted to climb over the gatepost, risking her safety.  
    A resident said she had heard it was closed off for safety reasons or to prevent vandalism, but she said the bridge appears strong and safe, and suggested that they could close the gate at 10pm, and then people who want to go to the grocery store wouldn't have to walk all the way around the park.

Helping fishermen seek assistance
Facilitan a pescadores solicitar apoyos[+] Ver mas

A meeting was held Tuesday with the director General of Fishing and Aguaculture, Martin Dominguez Viveros, with representatives of the fishing industry to address their concerns. The deadline for several federal programs is March 15, and the window of the Coejercicio closes on the 31st, which manages federal and state aid to assist fishermen.
      Since it is complicated for the fishermen of Isla Mujeres to go to Chetumal to complete the forms and applications and present their documents, officials are coming to the island to assist them. These programs include support for replacement of boats, engines, and fishing gear, technical training, and productive infrastructure. The officials want to ensure that the fishermen do not miss out on benefits because of the missing the deadlines.
     The fishermen are also concerned about the state of some of the huts used at the fishing camp on Isla Contoy, used when they are capturing lobster. The official said he will need to gather more information about what maintenance is needed and whether to plan for demolition and replacement with new ones.

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March Events

Sunset ~6:50

Moonrise over the Caribbean
March 5, Thurs.    7:01    Full Moon   
(a 'minimoon'...the most distant moon of 2015)

March 6, Fri.         7:50
March 7, Sat.        8:39
March 8, Sun.       9:28
March 9, Mon.      10:19
March 10, Tues    11:10

Sunrise ~7am
From Time & Date

TODAY: March 5 , Thursday Town Square Artist Fair 4-9 & Taste of Isla 5-7

March 8 Daylight Savings Time begins in US. Isla is on EST year round, not observing DST.
March 8 International Women's Day
March 16, Monday: Day off for March 21, Birth of Benito Juarez. 
March 17, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day  (Celebrated in some bars)
March 18 Oil Expropriation Day (an observance, no closures)
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
March 29 Palm Sunday
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.

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

 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..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Friday - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

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