Friday, June 26, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 26

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
 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

Gustavo & Norma: Elected to represent the Island in the state competition

Para representar a la Isla en certamen estatal

Lanrry PARRA
 See translation in the City section, below.
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de junio.-

More public works in process 
Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de junio.-
      The Director of Public Works, Miguel Caballero García, said ten million pesos in federal funds, has been spent on sports facilities recently, offering a variety of options for sports lovers of the island. These works include the green dome & tennis court in colonia Salinas, the basketball court & dome at the Middle School "Benito Juarez", and the basketball court and the skate park in colonia Chiapanecos, as well as the addition of landscaping and sidewalks there.
       Each of these projects cost about 2 million pesos, and most of the funds came from the federal program Rama 23.
           He said they are currently in the process of paving the road between the monument to Ramon Bravo Prieto (at the entrance to Sac Bajo) and the Naval housing compound. This will be about 18,000 square meters of pavement, at a cost of about 10 million pesos. They are also in the process of remodeling the parking lot of the municipal mercado downtown, "Javier Rojo Gomez" at a cost of about two million pesos, from SINTRA.


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

        Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco and Norma Figuera Paz won first place in the municipal pageant "Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015", the Grandma & Grandpa contest, organized by the DIF, social service agency.
     It was a spectacular evening when the municipal pageant  was held on Wednesday at the green dome in Salina Chica.  Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco and Norma Figuero Paz, who won first place, will represent the municipality in the state pageant, which will be held in Cozumel.
      The event was hosted by Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña, president of the DIF, who was accompanied by her spouse, mayor Agapito Magaña Sánchez, and legislator Juan Carrillo Soberanis.  The eight contestants, four grandmothers and four grandfathers,  gave their all to the competition. There were three aspects to the contest: casual wear, formal wear, and a talent show.
      The emotional evening was full of surprises including a presentation by the Senior Citizen Dance troupe,  Ballet del Adulto Mayor, as well a presentation by special guests, la Danza de los Viejitos (The Dance of the Elders),  from the church Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.

Historical day for Isla Mujeres: During the Eleventh Nataional Clean Beaches Meeting, mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, representing the island, accepted the white and blue flags awarded to the beaches of this destination, designating their top quality to the world.
Día Histórico para Isla Mujeres: Durante el “XI Encuentro Nacional Playas Limpias”, el alcalde Agapito Magaña Sánchez, recibió a nombre del pueblo isleño las banderas blanca y azul que acreditan a las playas del destino, como espacios de calidad para ofrecer al mundo.

Yesterday the mayor, Agapito Magaña Sanchez was accompanied by his wife Sra. Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana, president of the municipal DIF, and by legislator Juan Carrillo Soberanis, for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the green dome in Salina Chica, which includes the tennis court.
Ayer el presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez en compañía de su esposa la Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña, presidenta del Sistema DIF municipal y el diputado Juan Carrillo Soberanis, hicieron el corte de listón del Domo Verde de la col. Salina Chica que incluye la cancha de tenis.

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square
Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015  Free
"Where dancing is most important"
Donde lo más importante es bailar
Este 2 de Julio a las 7:45pm en la explanada municipal.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

  •   Governor Borge providing funds for public works

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    Gestiona Borge recursos para obras

    0 26 de junio de 2015

          The municipal public works director, Miguel Ariel Caballero Garcia, said in addition to the domes recently inaugurated by mayor Agapito Magaña Sanchez,  the inauguration of the new fire station is planned, where nearly five million pesos was invested, from the fund Rama 23 which is managed Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, through the State Treasury Department.            
          ThePublic Works Director said they are now working  to address some deficiencies in the bathrooms of the soccer field and softball field, as well as installing tiered roofs, painting and repairing wire mesh with a budget of two million pesos.          
           The official said that in addition to this, next year they are planning to install more lights in the walkway around Salina Grande lake, seeking to reach a total of forty lights, of which seventeen have already been installed. They are also planning to rehabilitate the "andador de la isla" (island walkway), as well as installing new trash cans. 
         They have plans to construct a new police casita module, and are planning to consider the installation of speed bumps and crosswalks at locations where residents have requested them.

  •   Scholarships for youths


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    0 26 de junio de 2015

      The municipal department of Social Development, Edgar Gasca Arceo, urged young people to benefit from the support of academic scholarships and maritime transport scholarships, by submitting the required documents and application. One deadline is July 1st, and the other is July 15th, for scholarships from the period January-February, and the students must show their report card and proof of studies at the office of Social Development. The official encouraged people to spread the word so more students can take advantage of this opportunity.


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Geotubes could be repaired
Podrían recuperar geotubos.. [+] Ver mas
      In a brief telephone interview, during the "XI National Clean Beaches Meeting" in Cancun, the municipal director of tourism said it is possible that money could be allocated to repair the deteriorated 'geotubes' on North Beach, before the arrival of the the northerly winds. The official, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco offered to discuss the possibility with the Mayor.
       A large sandbar has been regained in recent months by the southern winds, but annually, with the arrival of the northern winds, the sand is lost again. The official admitted this expense was not considered when resources were allocated in the Annual Operating Plan of 2015 (POA). However, in the interest of conserving North Beach and the Posada del Mar beach in the excellent condition that caused them to receive the Blue and White Flag distinctions by meeting global standards of quality, this special investment for maintenance may be considered.
   At least five of the deflated "whales" need attention. This issue has been reported by the media in recent times, with little response from officials, but with the return of a great deal of sand and the recent worldwide recognition for having clean beaches, this attitude might be reconsidered.

Litter by Salina Aeropuerto lake
Se encuentra muy sucia la Salina Aeropuerto. [+] Ver mas

       During a tour of Salina Aeropureto lake, the presence of trash was observed, including soft drink containers, food packaging, and water bottles, mainly in the green areas, where it is presumed they were washed up by the currents and draining rainwater. There is less trash on the side where there are houses, but witnesses say some residents often throw their household waste into the lagoon, including old furniture, which is an old habit that has not been broken despite countless cleanups over the decades, since odors occur when the water level drops and the garbage decomposes.
      It is obvious that the lake is contaminated, like the other two lakes, because it receives rainwater that directly drains off the streets, and does not receive and funds to improve its appearance like Salina Grande lake, which has had a walking path for recreational use by the public for two decades.
   Some residents, such as Juan Alcaraz Mendoza, say it would be prudent for municipal authorities to present an architectural plan to create something similar as the walkway at Salina Grande. He said, "When more recreational space is created, it is better for local people and for tourists."
     Resident Sra. Isabel Juarez alleged that occupation of more land is being done by stealthily filling in some sections of the banks along these lakes, which she says involves political corruption, but she declined to name names.

Educational scholarships for special students
Becas educativas para estudiantes especiales.. [+] Ver mas

       The scholarship program has been expanded to include special students and facilitate continuation of their education, at all levels, in an effort to address the need for these students to prepare, said the Director  of the scholarship program, Edgar Gasca Arceo.
        In this school year that is concluding, there have been 586 scholarships, including those for special students, and during preparations for the next school year, it is expected that students with difficult economic situations will again receive assistance. .
    Of the 568 scholarships for students at basic, intermediated, and advanced levels, 466 were academic scholarships and 102 were for maritime transport (ferry costs). The bimonthly municipal investment in this program has been ~450,000 pesos. Sr. Gasca, said they still need to pay for two of the two month periods (March-April and May-June), which are expected to be delivered in early August. The next registration period will begin in October, and will require updated documents.
       There are 30 students who have not collected their scholarships from January-February, and the deadline for collection is July 1st. They can apply during business hours at the office of Social Development. The scholarships will be cancelled if not given out by the deadline, and the money will be returned to the municipal treasury.Those families in need with eligible children are encouraged to register to receive this money

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June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol can be sold with food to tourists.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres's photo.You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and I  sla Mujeres. 

June 13, Saturday   API pier or Magana (wooden) pier   Submarine tours begin in Isla Mujeres 300 pesos  "Discover the sea without even getting wet while enjoying a drink & appreciating the seabed of our beloved island. For all ages. 9841762052 Gabriel."  (From Merca Isla on FB)


June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day

June 23, Tuesday 6p Jean Piaget School
 Presentation of a book of short stories by Miguel Manjarrez Torres "Nothing to Pretend"

June 24, Wednesday 7p  Salina Chica Green Dome "Certamen Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015” (Grandma & Grandpa contest Isla Mujeres 2015)

June 25, Thursday  First Isla Mujeres Rap Competition, sponsored by the DIF. Salina Chica at the green dome. "Yo me uno" to put an end to violence against women. Register at the DIF Mon-Fri 9-4

June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada,   Organized by DIF. More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos

June 27, Saturday  Noche de Estrellas at the Convention Center

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November  

Sunset ~7:30

Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 1  6:40
July 2  7:35
July 3  8:30
July 4  9:25
July 5 10:17
July 6 11:06
July 7 11:54

July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 Thursday at 7:45pm on the Town Square
Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015  Free

July 5 Poc Na

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 
July 18, Saturday to July 24,  Friday- Whale Shark Festival

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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 schedule (may need updating):
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  (Updated June 1)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45 
Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update June 13: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p.

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music


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

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