Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 6

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

Constantly updating: Rescue tactics by Civil Protection personnel

Para elementos de Protección Civil en tácticas de rescate

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 5 de mayo.-
Staff from the municipal Civil Protection agency have been practicing rescues with rappelling on the cliffs at the southern part of the island, under the supervision of specialists in rescues in critical situations.  This is part of a course in rescues in wilderness areas and danger zones. There is a schedule of continuous training for the Civil Protection staff during the remainder of the year.
   The personnel of Civil Protection also provide training and practice demonstrations in how to react in various emergencies for employees of facilities in Isla Mujeres including schools, the DIF, CENDI child development Center, and the Senior Citizen Center, among others.


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

On behalf of all of the personnel of the City of Isla Mujeres, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Roaul Yates for their loss. Rest in peace.
En nombre de todo el equipo del H.Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres enviamos nuestro más sentido pésame a la familia y amigos del Sr. Roaul Yates por su pérdida. Descanse en paz.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Roaul Yates, a US citizen who lived with us in Isla Mujeres devoting part of his time to cleaning streets and avenues by picking up cigarette butts. REST IN PEACE.
Lamentamos profundamente la muerte de Roaul Yates, ciudadano estadounidense que convivió con nosotros en Isla Mujeres dedicando parte de su tiempo a la limpieza de calles y avenidas recogiendo colillas de cigarros. DESCANSE EN PAZ.

The battle of May 5th  is one of the most important historical events of our country, and in Isla Mujeres we proudly celebrate the 153rd anniversary of this momentous event, in which Mexico's national armas were covered in glory.
La batalla del cinco de mayo, es uno de los pasajes históricos mas importantes de nuestro México, en Isla Mujeres celebramos con orgullo el aniversario número 153 de este trascendente hecho en el que las armas nacionales se cubrieron de gloria.

Today May 5th: Day of the battle of Puebla
Hoy 5 de Mayo. Día de la batalla de puebla.


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

 During the first three days of May, 1267 flight operations were reported by the Cancun airport.
El aeropuerto de ‪#‎Cancún‬ reportó durante los tres primeros días de mayo, 1,267 operaciones aéreas. ‪#‎QuintanaRoo‬

Quintana Roo Congress asks for a report from the CFE regarding the underwater electric lines supplying Isla Mujeres
Local legislator, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, confirmed that the Congress of Quintana Roo, today during their 23rd Regular Session, sent a request  for information to improve the electrical service in Isla Mujeres, specifically regarding the underwater line that was damaged last month. They requested, from the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) a report about the underwater electrical lines, and if it is necessary to repair them, information about the appropriate action that needs to be taken to provide better service to the islanders. The legislator notes there have been complaints from residents about ongoing failures, and said he will work in coordination with all the relevant agencies to provide better service to the municipality.…/pide-congreso-de-quintan…/

They will begin testing the underground network along Rueda Medina avenue in late May....
Isla Mujeres. –, Orlando Roque Flores, head of the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission in Isla Mujeres, said the project to make the underground lines along Rueda Medina operational may take another month, because of first needing to complete prior work along Juarez Avenue, where there is a new path for the new circuit that serves the avenue. He said there is an original circuit feeding Rueda Medina, but there is a new project with its own circuit, so they will have to find a new trajectory (path) to feed that circuit. 
       The new path to feed all the new underground lines will pass along Morelos avenue. They have been working in that area since last week and it will be next week when they will begin the tests on the first stage of the electrical lines for Rueda Medina.
        He said first they will turn on electricity to the transformer, and monitor its performance, before they enable it to operate at 100 percent. He said this work and testing could take several weeks, but in June the transfer to the underground network will be done. 
       After finishing with Juarez avenue, they will begin on Rueda Medina, so that in June they can take the first steps to start using the underground network.

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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Good day for fishermen
Buen día para pescadores [+] Ver mas
After five days of being unable to go out to sea due to the weather, fishermen were able to go back to work on Tuesday and provide enough seafood to supply the local market. Some fishermen said they have had a hard time since the lobster ban began (March 1st), with bad weather and strong currents preventing them from fishing as often as usual.
     "At best, we could go out 8-10 days during Lent, when there is usually an increased demand for seafood. There has been a great deal of scarcity, and although we fish farther out from the coast, production has been minimal, which is a situation that continues to date," said one fisherman. They mentioned there have been days when the weather was favorable, but they lacked money for gasoline.
       They said the catch was not abundant on Tuesday, but it was a lucky day because they were able to work. On Tuesday afternoon the waves began to take on more force, which could clearly be seen along the east coast of the island where waves crashed against the cliffs. This situation could be likely to restrict them to port for several days.

Cabbies officially allowed leeway
Taxistas pasan por alto disposición oficial.. [+] Ver mas
Although the taxi union (FUTV, Frente Unico de Trabajadores del Volante) signed an agreement with the Federal Police and SINTRA to discontinue polarized windows, there are still some cabs on the island with tinted glass. This has been enforced, and complied with, in the continental area of Isla Mujeres and in Cancun, where taxis have been involved with crimes, but it has not been enforced on the island.   Last week a verification operation in Punta Sam and the Isla Blanca Hotel Zone found that nearly all the taxis had removed their tinted glass, said the SINTRA representative.
     "Here on the island, they have identified the taxis with polarized glass, and those with a polarized edge on the front windshield must remove that. It is authorized that they may have tinting on the rear windshield and the back windows, but only on one or two at most," said Guillermo Garcia Padilla, SINTRA representative. He said, "In Isla Mujeres, the maximum permitted to be polarized is two (windows) and we have between 20 and 25 taxis with this type of tinting on the island. It is not worth making them remove it because the situation is different on the island than it is in Cancun and the Continental Zone."

Long weekend was favorable
Favorable fue fin de semana largo.. [+] Ver mas

Positive results were shown over the long weekend when hotel occupancy reached 61% for the first four days of May, while on Tuesday morning it was reported to be 53%, which is considered quite acceptable. The decrease was presumably due to people returning to their places of origin, following the long weekend. The hotels of HIM had 64% occupancy over the weekend, while the Small & Fascinating Hotels Association reported 60% occupancy.
   Although Tuesday was cloudy at its start, the main beaches were crowded with both foreigners and Mexicans, including locals, with many children and teens taking advantage of the last day of vacation before returning to school on Wednesday. There was a good demand for golf carts, and people were seen shopping around town and buying cold coconuts and fruit from the vendors near the town cemetery.

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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 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 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.

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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