Thursday, April 2, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 2

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine 
Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Agapito tours public works: Productive accomplishments

Entrega más obras públicas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de abril.-
See translation in City section below....

Construction company's carelessness wastes thousands of gallons of water

Por descuido de empresa constructora

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de abril.-

Hundreds of liters of water were spilled into the streets after a subcontractor company accidentally drilled a hole into a line serving colonia Salinas. According to Aguakan workers, they realized there was a spill when it was reported by residents. It appears that the accident occurred around 10am and at 4pm, workers were trying to repair the line.
      The workers who caused the damage said they were just responsible to complete their assignment and they made the hole at the point that was marked, which had been previously reviewed by the company that hired them. They indicated they limit themselves to just the drilling, and were hired by the company responsible for placing the posts for the new LED streetlights that are being installed.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Wednesday morning the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, led an extensive tour of productive accomplishments of various public works projects benefiting the island community.
  The first stop of the tour was the opening of the Habitat Plaza in colonia La Gloria, at the annex of the Community Center that includes classrooms, bathrooms, and reception area. This facility will provide courses for residents who aspire to be more prepared academically and professionally.
   Another public work that was announced and opened was the construction of the Recreational facility in Salina Grande with exercise equipment, benches, trash cans, palm trees, landscaping, sings, lighting and paint, as well as a police casita to provide a strategic point of surveillance of the area.
   At the Trash Transfer facility, Agapito Magana Sanchez gave the green flag to the trash transport truck, with a capacity of ~50 tonnes,  that will efficiently move  trash to the mainland from the island. The current administration is assuming responsibility for solving this fundamental issue involving the disposal of waste from the island, where 40 tonnes of waste are produced daily. At the recent visit of Gov. Roberto Borge Angula, he agreed to give a trash transfer truck to the City, to transport trash to the mainland, so this will provide a final resolution.
    "We proposed to repair the main streets of the island; because this is a site where the main industry is tourism, our image is an issue of vital importance, our image is seen by the world, and for islanders; to count on streets in good condition. This is a request that the City could not ignore or put aside."
   The tour concluded at the campus of the high school, Colegio Bachilleres with the opening of the sports dome. (see details below.)

"In this administration, we consider sports as a tool to build a life that is healthier in all  aspects.
Today this sports dome was opened, which has 648 square meters of metal roof, hanging lights, a waterproof fiberglass cover, latex and enamel paint, backboards, and grandstands."
En esta administración, concebimos al deporte como una herramienta para una vida más sana en todos los aspectos.
Hoy se hizo entrega del domo deportivo, tiene 648 metros cuadrados de cubierta metálica, luminarias colgantes, membrana impermeabilizante de fibra de vidrio, pintura vinílica y esmalte, tableros y gradas

"We proposed to repair the main streets of the island; because this is a site where the main industry is tourism, our image is an issue of vital importance, our image is seen by the world, and for islanders; to count on streets in good condition. This is a request that the City could not ignore or put aside."
Nos propusimos reparar las principales vialidades de la isla; como un sitio con vocación eminentemente turística, nuestra imagen es tema de vital importancia, es nuestra imagen ante el mundo, y para los isleños, contar con calles en buen estado y transitables, es una demanda que como Ayuntamiento no podíamos desoír y dejar de lado.

"Today we inaugurated the annex of the Community Center, to open up more spaces where the island families can have access to courses, workshops, and training opportunities."
Hoy entregamos un edificio anexo al Centro de Desarrollo Comunitario para abrir más espacios para que las familias isleñas puedan tener acceso a mas cursos, talleres y capacitaciones.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Removal of scenic tower in final phase
En fase final retiro de torre escénica[+] Ver mas
The work of removing the Garrafon park scenic tower began in early February, with expectations to complete the job in 30 days, but it has been more than 60 days, with delays attributed to high winds. The bas remains, and two large pieces to be scrapped and removed from the property, which belongs to the municipal government.
     The neighbors are relieved to no longer hear the noises generated by the steel cables that were connected to the tubular tower. The structure was a tubular steel frame about 100 meters high, with over 100 tonnes of reinforced steel, that had suffered deterioration from exposure to the elements, especially the 'basket', which was dismantled first.
      As you may recall, Hurricane Wilma put the tower out of operation, after it suffered damage. You may recall as well, that the Garrafon Park, operated by the Xcaret Group, was inactive for some time and negotiated a transfer of operations with Dolphin Discovery that remains to this date.
   The removal of the tower involved safety measures for those living nearby. The closest house is less than 15 meters away.

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View from the rooms.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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

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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.

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

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)

You are invited to attend a dance and exposition "Ixtabay, living legend" on Wednesday, March 18. Free admission. It says "Art & the Punta Sur/South Point palapa at 5pm"

Thursday, March 19  Red Cross Donation Drive begins with march down mainstreet. Includes kindergarten kids & marchers wear white. Time TBA..late afternoon/early evening usually.

 March 20th from 1 to 4pm there is a sterilization and vaccination campaign for pets at the Community Veterinary center at Hacienda Mundaca. Completely free.

 Friday, March 20 8pm Catholic Church on the town square downtown Symphonic Orchestra
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 25 & 26  Pet sterilization campaign
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.  Isla schools close a day early, on Friday.

Saturday March 28 6:30 at the Mundaca Tourism Center.
The Legend of Xtabay Dance spectacular presentation of folk dancing, ballet, art, and painting, with a children's area, and more

March 29 Palm Sunday

Note the date change announcement (made Monday).....

April 2, Thursday  
April 1, Wednesday: Last Artist Fair until next high season
 On the Town Square. Food samples are 10 pesos.

Thursday, April 2 Town Square 7p  Reenactment of Last Supper
Friday, April 3  Passion of Christ reenactments "Via Crucis" in the streets

Friday, April 3, Noon-2p: >3000 people are to expected to join in the Viacrucis event walking from Guadalupe chapel (Meteorologico) to the Immaculate Conception church on the Square, with (parishioner) actors in costumes playing the parts.
  The other representation of the martyrdom of Christ is at 10a in La Gloria..departing & returning to the Catholic church there..down the main streets, with parishioners carrying the cross.

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

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24

 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."

Music (By band & location)

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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

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 Nov~April. 
 April's fair is last one of season and is tomorrow, Wednesday.

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