Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 12

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 westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Criticism of drivers who prevented tourists from transporting their luggage in a golf cart

 Impiden que turistas transporten sus maletas en carrito de golf

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de mayo.-
Members of the City Council condemned and disapproved of the actions of the taxi drivers who had a confrontations with a group of foreigners who had arrived to Isla Mujeres to teach language classes. The taxi drivers intended to prevent the use of a golf cart to transport the luggage of the teachers. Members of the Isla Mujeres City Council said the taxi drivers must take care of tourism, which is the main economic activity of this holiday destination, and they must avoid such behavior, which reflects poorly on the image of the isle for visitors.
    The Alderman of the Commission of Tourism and Transport, Jose Magana Galue, said the taxi drivers have no right to stop golf carts. They are entitled to work, but they have no right to violate the law, he said. He said he is a member of the union and understands the position of the drivers, but their actions are not justified in any way, and generate a bad image for the visitors in general.
        He said it is totally illegal for them to stop golf carts and at the moment they do that they are committing a criminal action and subject to legal action against them. He said it is an illegal action to detain or lock a vehicle, because it is an illegal deprivation of liberty, and legal action could be taken against the taxi drivers.
      The alderman said that to prevent such reprehensible acts it is necessary to have a legal department for tourism services, and then there would probably be fewer problems between these entities. He concluded by saying you cannot prevent one irregularity by causing another irregularity, because then you become part of the same problem.


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

Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 Isla Mujeres.
From 28 to 30 May.
Free event. 

Don't miss it!

Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 Isla Mujeres.
Del 28 al 30 de mayo.
Evento gratuito.
¡No te lo puedes perder!

With the increase in temperatures in the state of Quintana Roo, the Municipal Health Director of Isla Mujeres recommended to take precautions during this season.
During this hot season, it is best for families to take care
Ante el incremento de las temperaturas en el Estado de Quintana Roo, la Dirección Municipal de Salud de Isla Mujeres recomienda tomar algunas precauciones durante esta temporada.

Today we join in the grief of the relatives of Mr. José María Baeza "Bolitas" unforgettable character in daily life of the island community who died on Monday.
Rest in peace.
Hoy nos unimos a la pena de los familiares del señor José María Baeza "Bolitas", personaje inolvidable de la vida diaria de la comunidad isleña fallecido este lunes.
Descanse en paz.

To safely enjoy the beautiful beaches, respect the signs and signals.
 It says: Pay attention to and respect the navigational advisories from the Harbor Master, which are a way of ensuring our survival at sea.

Respetemos las señales e indicaciones para poder disfrutar de manera segura las hermosas playas.
Animals deserve decent treatment. In Isla Mujeres, we respect and protect animals.
Los animales merecen tener un trato digno.
En Isla mujeres respetamos y protegemos a los animales


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

Councilman Jose Magana Galue, who chairs the Committee on Transport and Tourism, said he regretted the actions taken yesterday by a group of taxi drivers in Isla Mujeres, saying they should always respect the law and protect the image of the island for tourism.  He acknowledged that the cabbies have the right to work and to protect their jobs, but that does not mean they can break the law. They have no legal right to stop, block, or secure any vehicle. He said "If they detain a vehicle, they are committing a crime, even if they believe the golf cart is doing something illegal."
   He said Isla Mujeres depends directly on tourism and therefore the state government and the municipality invest heavily in promoting the destination. Therefore, care must be taken of the image that is presented, and for this reason the actions of the taxi drivers yesterday are completely reprehensible. He said we live in a state of laws and rights, and as such, there are institutions and legal recourses where claims can be made, but without affecting tourism.
    He said, "To enclose or prevent moving of a vehicle is called illegal deprivation of liberty, and that cannot be done." He said what is needed in the city government is a legal unit for tourism services, since there have been various incidents involving tourists, but they are rarely represents by a lawyer or legal representative, much less someone who is bilingual.
   He emphasized that you cannot oppose one irregularity by committing another irregularity. He acknowledged the claims of the drivers who are seeking to defend their jobs, but said these are not the methods to use.
   The alderman said there was a meeting a week ago between the taxi union leader and the Director General of the Department of Communications and Transport (SCT), but it seems that the union leader has not communicated the agreements with the union members.
   He said, "As a taxi driver, I understand their viewpoint, but it is what it is. Period. You cannot affect tourism." He said in the event that an irregularity is detected, the cabbies should document it and bring the complaint to the SINTRA inspectors, but it is not justifiable for them to take action against the carts and create another problem, which can affect this tourist destination.
    "Taxi drivers argued 'unfair competition' but in this case that cannot be verified because the person transporting the luggage was not charging for the service. Any person can go and pick up a family member, friend, and acquaintance and not have a problem. The problem would be when this person was charging for providing this service," he said.

Destruction of cultural heritage of Isla Mujeres
Destruyen el patrimonio histórico de Isla Mujeres http://t.co/qQ9KzaXmmN
Municipal trustee and Isla Mujeres historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, said legal action could be taken against whoever is responsible for the damage to historical objects a few days ago at the former Mundaca Hacienda, in the garden "Rose of the Winds", built by the pirate Fermin Mundaca de Marechaga. Several columns were destroyed that were part of the historic garden "Rosa de los Vientos" built by the pirate who was in love with "la Trigueña."
    He said damage to this cultural heritage should not go unpunished and action is needed to prevent further damage to the site. He said he will talk to the mayor to see what action can be taken, because this has not been the only attack.
     He said that since decades ago, the former hacienda of the pirate has been the target of attacks and vandalism. He said one of the actions of this administration has been to delineate the property and build a wall to prevent further invasions and looting. Also, this former mayor (Sr Villanueva) of Isla Mujeres, has recognized for years that there has been a comprehensive project for this property, under the knowledge of the INAH, National Institute of Anthropology and History.
    Coincidentally, a few months ago, work at the former hacienda began, where they found numerous foundations, 'chultunes' (undergrounds storage holes), and possible remains of tombs, indicating that there were Mayan settlements at the site. INAH staff personally took charge of the excavations, but these works were suspended since September, explained Sr. Villanueva Madrid.
   He said the work done in recent months revealed an historic breakthrough, however there is not a budget for an archeological rescue, as such. He said there is a great deal more to explore, but unfortunately it is not in the hands of the City Council.
   "If we have discovered five foundations, a decent structure would have existed there. We have a plant museum ready, we just lack the plates with the names, and are ready for abalado by Ecosure," he said.

History of Mundaca
  The story is that it was in the days of 1858, in the face of activities by the British Navy (who stepped up enforcement against piracy), and having acquired his fortune through the sale and trafficking of slaves from Africa to Cuba, Mundaca came to Isla Mujeres and fell in love with a native woman of the isle who was nicknamed la Trigueña. (~the brunette).
   Inspired by her, he ordered the construction of a hacienda with wells, arches, and beautiful gardens, which he called "Vista Alegre". The Mundaca hacienda was surrounded by magnificent gardens, particularly the garden called "La Rosa de los Vientos" (The Rose of the Winds), which was full of exotic tropical plants. It had an entry of doors and benches carved with (his or her) name.
    Unfortunately his courting efforts were unsuccessful, as the 18 year old girl with whom he fell in love decided to marry another islander, and while she gave birth to child after child, the pirate went mad. In the end, he died sad and lonely, but before that, he decided to carve his own tombstone, with identifying pirate symbols of the skull and crossbones, with the inscription:  "As you are, I was....and I am, you will be."

       La Trigueña, Martiniana (Prisca) Gomez Pantoja, was born in 1862, when Mundaca was 37. Her father was a Spaniard ( un español) Juan Tomas Gómez and her mother was Tomasa Pantoja, They came from  Dzidzantún Yucatan to Isla Mujeres seeking refuge from the violence and civil unrest of the "Caste War", like the other settlers of of the isle.
        Mundaca acquired ~40% of the isle in ~1858,  when he was 33,  before Prisca was born. He was probably infatuated with her in the late 1870's, when she was a teen. He died in 1880, or possibly in 1882, when Prisca would have been 18 or 20, and he would have been 55 or 57. 
        Mundaca dated his tomb 1877, when she would have been 15, so it is my personal theory that perhaps that is the year she married. His tomb is in the downtown cemetery, but not his body. It is believed he went to Merida in 1880, sick with yellow fever, and that he died there, although his grave or death certificate have not been located.  

      There are indications that Mundaca had been involved with transporting Mayans to work as slaves in Cuban mines and haciendas, as well as Africans. Archeologist Alice le Plongeon, who visited Isla Mujeres in 1876, characterized him as "moody" and said the locals became silent when they saw him approaching.

City of Isla Mujeres to pay for repairing the Mundaca hacienda gardens
  On Wednesday, a budget will be presented to repair the damage suffered to the columns in the main garden of the former hacienda of the pirate Mundaca......

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

Authorities respond to incident
...“protegido” de las autoridades
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The Secretary General of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, Cesar Poot Perez, said no one is above the law, referring to the incident on Sunday afternoon when taxi drivers blocked a private golf cart to prevent its transporting luggage for a group of volunteers who came to Isla Mujeres to teach English to children. In a brief interview, the official denied that authorities have been tolerant about the excesses of the union leader, "Wato" in recent times. In response to a question about the cabbies previously preventing the tricycle porters from transporting tourist luggage to and from hotels, he said that was resolved last year after talks with those involved.
   Responding to the events on Sunday, he condemned the damage done to the image of this tourist destination, noting there are various means the state or municipal authorities can take to rein in the drivers, "starting with the leader who is becoming accustomed to violating the law."
   One resident who was present at the incident said, "It is necessary for the government, both state as well as municipal, to put a stop to the abuses of the taxi drivers which are orchestrated by the pride and arrogance their union leader, who mistakenly thinks that everyone, residents and national & foreign tourists, are obliged to use their lousy services."
    Another resident said this is not the first time this has happened, but it should be the last, and authorities should not allow things to get out of control, as has happened in other tourist destinations, where they have been slowly killing the goose that laid the golden egg: tourism.

Unrestricted navigation
Navegación sin restricciones
[+] Ver mas

The port remained open on Monday to all boats, with a recommendation for caution due to the winds from the east-southeast with gusts over 25kph. It was partly cloudy most of the day, creating a fine time to visit the beaches of the isle and enjoy recreation in the boats among the waves. The fishermen went out to sea and returned with seafood for local consumption and for restaurants.
     There were still some comments on the issue of "mar de fondo" and the lack of visible effect. There had been some alarm, particularly on social media, because of the effect of the phenomenon a few days before causing damage along the coasts of  the Mexican Pacific. Experienced local seamen know that the coast of Quintana Roo enjoys natural protection, particularly the northern part, from the presence of coral reefs and barrier rocks for various miles to the east.

Improved hygiene is necessary during the hot season
Mayor higiene, necesaria en temporada de calor
.. [+] Ver mas

This article has similar information that I've previously translated about advice from medical authorities to avoid diarrhea and heat stress during the high temperatures. This includes improved hygiene, drinking purified or boiled water, drinking plenty of fluids & offering them frequently to children, disinfecting produce for 20 minutes in chlorine or colloidal silver if they are to be eaten raw, keeping perishables and especially meat and seafood cold enough and making sure they are fresh, washing hands before eating and after using the toilet or changing diapers, and avoiding street food, especially in places of questionable hygiene.
    Regarding heat stress, it is important to avoid continuous exposure to the sun and strenuous physical activity. In the case of necessary exposure, you should seek to cool off, consume abundant liquids every half hour, and wear protective clothing including a hat or cap, a long sleeved shirt & pants in light colors. If exposure is for long periods, it is best to wear sunscreen and to reapply it every hour. Workplaces and homes should always be ventilated. Have sufficient numbers of packets of electrolytes on hand (Vida Suero Oral, VSO), which can be prepared with one packet per liter of pure or boiled water, especially for children under 5 or seniors who are dehydrated from diarrhea or heat exposure.

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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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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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