Friday, May 15, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 15

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

Municipal DIF receives donation from Maya Rally

Por parte del Rally maya

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 14 de mayo.-
On Thursday morning, the municipal DIF, social service agency, received a generous and altruistic donation of wheelchairs from the group “Rally Maya México”. The five wheelchairs were immediately given to children of the island and of Rancho Viejo (on the mainland part of the municipality), whose families are urgently in need of such assistance.
   The founder of the “Rally Maya México”, Benjamín de la Peña Mora, delivered the wheelchairs to the DIF facilities and explained that the Rally is a classic car event with models from 1915-1975 that includes various characteristics including sports, cultural, tourist, and most importantly, altruism. 
    The president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas, said they were deeply grateful, on behalf of the DIF and especially the families, and presented him with an award of recognition. Prior to the ceremony in Isla Mujeres last weekend, the Rally visited various locations including Mérida, Campeche, Tizimín, Playa del Carmen, Cancún, among others, where they gave donations of wheelchairs and hearing aids.

 Blue Flag certification close: Could be delivered at next Clean Beaches Committee meeting 

Distintivo Blue Flag sería entregado en próxima reunión de playas limpias

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 14 de mayo.-
The distinctive Blue Flag, which is a certification offering designation as one of best beaches in the world, could be handed over to the municipal authorities on June 25th, during the National Clean Beaches Meeting, which will take place in Cancun.
In this regard, the director of Federal Maritime and Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), Carmen Nahuatl Lara, said they are in compliance with all the requirements put forth by the Clean Beaches Committee for this distinction as one of the best beaches in the state of Quintana Roo .The municipal official said that the National Clean Beaches Meeting will be held from June 24 to 26, when the distinctive Blue Flag will be given to deserving municipalities, including three beaches in Benito Juarez and one in Isla Mujeres. He said after the distinctive Blue Flag is awarded, a ceremony will be scheduled to raise the flag over the Posada beach, where the majority of the requirements for this placement have been met. While awarding the flag and attending the flag raising ceremony, the monitoring committee will recognize the ongoing work of equipping the sandy areas, with the intention of covering all the requirements of the Clean Beaches Committee. 
   Among the requirements the Clean Beaches Committee are signage, water sampling, daily cleaning, adequate bathrooms in the businesses with concessions, installation of the Blue Flag information module, lifeguard tower, security, and an amphibious chair for those with disabilities. It is noted that Playa Norte received the White Flag late last year, and now the Blue Flag is sought for the Posada del Mar beach.

      Today Governor Roberto Borge Angulo accompanied  President Enrique Pena Nieto, on the opening day of the National Meeting of Civil Protection, prior to the 2015 tropical cyclone season, which highlighted the importance of the three orders government working in a coordinated way to safeguard the physical integrity of citizens and their property,  and they unveiled the storms forecast for this year.
    The event, which included governors of 17 states and cabinet members, is headed by the Interior Minister and Executive Secretary of the National Council of Civil Protection, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and specialists in the field. Arrangements will be made to strengthen civil protection standards, for the benefit of the people and their heritage.
Governor Roberto Borge said that in the area of ​​civil protection, they will work in a coordinated manner, and in this way to have important results, andhe  announced that there are  905 cyclone shelters in the state with capacity for  200,000 people.
      The Governor said, "If we work in a coordinated way, including citizens and the private sector, we will continue consolidating Quintana Roo as a safe destination. Advances around the state in prevention, monitoring and action in case of natural disasters would not be possible without the ongoing coordination with the Federal Government, led by Enrique Peña Nieto.
     He said that after the experience gained from Hurricane Wilma, the Federal and State governments developed a communication manual in case of a hurricane, which ensures the safety of the population and visitors. It denotes the different phases of preventive alerts; and helps coordinate communication between authorities, tour operators, the consular staff located within the state, and the ambassadors for various countries.
   He mentioned that last month Mexico was recognized by the International Red Cross as a leader in promoting initiatives for the cooperation in the case of weather contingencies and natural disasters.
    President Peña Nieto said that civil protection is a priority for his government, and he has ordered five measures aimed at safeguarding lives and family assets: ensuring the smooth operation of the monitoring mechanism as timely alerts, having updated protocols with institutional response contingency scenarios; ensuring that staff of the agencies know their role in the Joint Response Plan in conjunction with the Federal Government; conducting drills within these institutions to assess and improve their responsiveness; and maintaining channels of information and communication with civil society and the private sector.
   The President said the forces of nature are enormous, but never do they exceed the unity of the citizens. The Government of the Republic  reaffirms its commitment to safeguard lives and to continue to work together to address this hurricane and rainy season.
    The head of CONAGUA, Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, said that for the Pacific hurricane season, which begins tomorrow, there are 19 storms predicted.. In the Atlantic, where the season officially begins on June 1, they are expecting seven.


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

Courses for senior citizens where they can learn and develop skills for preparing desserts for the purpose of self employment
Con los cursos que impartimos pretendemos que los adultos mayores aprendan y desarrollen sus habilidades en la preparación de postres con la finalidad del autoempleo.
Pastry courses aimed at older adults who are looking for a job opportunity
Continuamos con los cursos de repostería dirigidos a adultos mayores que están en busca de una oportunidad laboral.

One of the privileges of being in Isla Mujeres, is to look over the vastness of the Caribbean Sea, and see the first rays of sun illuminate Mexico.COME, Isla Mujeres is for you.
Uno de los privilegios de estar en Isla Mujeres, es ver aparecer sobre la inmensidad del Mar Caribe, los primeros rayos del sol que iluminan a México.

The protection and safeguarding of civilians is a priority for the three levels of government; Today we met with President Enrique Peña Nieto and our governor Roberto Borge Angulo, to refine logistical details before the start of the rainy and hurricane season 2015.
La protección y salvaguarda de la población civil es prioridad para los tres ordenes de gobierno; hoy nos reunimos con el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y con nuestro gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo, para afinar detalles logísticos ante el inicio de la Temporada de Lluvias y Huracanes 2015.

Maintenance of our basketball courts and sports facilities is a job that is done enthusiastically because it is for our benefit.
El mantenimiento de nuestras canchas e instalaciones deportivas, es tarea que con entusiasmo realizamos pues son para nuestro beneficio.


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

New Hospital could centralize services by various agencies
Posted May 14
Today the Secretary of Health Juan Lorenzo Ortegón Pacheco said they have not ruled out the possibility that the new community hospital that is opening in Isla Mujeres, could  operate under a system that includes integration of medical services among the agencies IMSS, ISSSTE, SEDENA, the Navy and Seguro Popular.
    Before leading a tour of the hospital facility, the official spoke with the media and said this proposal has not been ruled out and that is why he has a private meeting scheduled with the Admiral of the Fifth Naval Region.  Rumors began to emerge several months ago when serious damage was detected in the infrastructure of the Naval Hospital. 
  Ortegon Pacheco, who was accompanied by the Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Belize, Dr Pablo Marin,  said he had a meeting scheduled with Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha, to make arrangements to work together with the other state Health Services. He said,  "We have come to have a personal interaction to see if they can come and work with us at the new hospital." He said the possibility that the health services could be integrated into one building has not been ruled out and would benefit all the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres.
   Following his interviews with the media, the Health Secretary was received by personnel from the Navy and a tour was taken around the premises of the new facility in colonia la Gloria.
Although the whale shark season was scheduled to begin on Friday, the Harbor Master says it will not start then
Posted May 14th...The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres said that while the whale shark permits should be delivered on May 15th, which marks the start of the season, it will be impossible for the activity to be implemented on this day because the final steps are lacking that must be done with his office.
    Ismael Gonzales Gil, Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, said that while the Wildlife Department has not yet delivered permits to more than 200 licensees, and then the permit holders will have to obtain their respective permits from the Port Authority. He said that step with his agency will take 5-10 days, which means the season could begin on May 25, if there is no further delay in delivery of the permits.
    He said that last season there were a total of 243 licensees, but this year it is suspected that the number will exceed 300 permits. The whale shark season officially begins May 15 and concludes September 15.

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

Beacons won't be placed
No pudieron colocar balizas. [+] Ver mas
The Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, said problems prevented the marking of the whale shark area where the freighters and cruise ships  regularly hit them while they are here eating plankton during the summer and fall. She said the aim of placing beacons in international waters is because they are seeking to eliminate the main trouble areas involving the large boats. She was interviewed before the start of the courses for the whale shark tour providers, prior to the start of the season for swimming with them, which is expected to be from the end of May to September 17.
   Starting on Thursday and continuing next week, about 300 people will be trained on theoretical and practical issues, including the permit holders, the crews, and the guides who swim with the tourists and whale sharks. The classes started as planned at the Naval auditorium.
   Regarding the monitoring and surveillance inside the perimeters of the Biosphere, the Director said that, in truth, having only two boats for this job is too little, but with support from the Navy, PROFEPA, SCT, the Ministry of the Economy, and the Governor in this effort, and with cooperation from the licensees, they can seek compliance with the Management Program.
    She said, "We are seeking to take our place in environmental protection at an international level and to care for the whale sharks during their visit to the Caribbean waters, which is their largest concentration in one area, and that will be achieved with full coordination from all involved parties. And in this way, the state will become a leader in ecotourism, where good will dominates between those involved."
   Regarding the concerns that were raised following an announcement by the former director of the Reserve, Francisco Remolina, the current Director expressed her support for the issue of including the entire "Blue Waters" (Aguas Azules") area within the Biosphere, which could double the area of about 130,000 hectares of the present Biosphere.
     She said that local people should not be afraid of this proposal, because it is part of all sustainable activities for the next generations of our communities. For evidence of this, you just need to look at the concrete results in reserves like Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro, where Environmental Specialists are not only concerned about caring for the marine species, they also take care to involve the people who live in the area. These comments were in response to reactions the proposal generated among leaders of the fishing cooperatives who are concerned about the effect it could have, but the specialist insisted that it will not harm their livelihoods.

Health officials don't rule out the possibility
Autoridades de salud no descartan la posibilidad+] Ver mas
In response to the persistent rumor that the new hospital could be operated by the Mexican Navy temporarily when it is opened, state Health Department secretary Lorenzo Ortegon did not rule out this possibility during his latest visit to the facility, which still lacks completion of the final details. You may recall that the construction of this secondary hospital began five years ago, and after many announcements, at the end of last year there were promises that it would be open at the end of the following quarter, after completing the last details and staffing it.
   The Department of the Navy (SEMAR/Secretaría de Marina), is planning to remodel the current Naval hospital this year. In order for service  for their beneficiaries and the general public to remain uninterrupted; at a central level there may be something "cooking" for some weeks about temporarily taking responsibility of the facility, generating reactions on the social networks from those familiar with the issue.
    Ortegon was accompanied by the Belize Health Department secretary when he met with the commander of the Fifth Naval Region, Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha. They discussed the matter privately. During the tour of the hospital, they were accompanied by many uniformed personnel. Ortegon said, "We have come to see the admiral in order to have a personal interaction to see if they can come and work with us at the new hospital."

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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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

~May 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

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

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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: Schedule may change for low season  

(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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

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

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 7:30-9:30 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

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
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 Cuban musicians 2-4
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? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
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 2-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
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- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
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 7:30-9:30 @ 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 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  8:30 - 11:30


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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