Friday, July 17, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 17

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

IM strengthens bonds of brotherhood

Agapito receives Friendship Caravan

 Agapito recibe Caravana de la Amistad

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de julio.-  
     Thursday morning, the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, warmly welcomed representatives of the Caravana de la Amistad de Ciudades Hermanas (Sister Cities Caravan of Friendship) in the Yucatan Peninusla. They met and had a pleasant conversation about the benefits of establishing relationships with other cities to become twin cities. Alberto Bache Ceballos who has been a member of the National Committee of Sister Cities for 30 years and is now a promoter of twinning cities in Mexico with towns in the United States, and a promoter of Mexico in North America, offered his full support to achieve twinning agreements and create new opportunities.
      A member of the Sister Cities Committee of Santa Barbara (California)-Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), Art Najera, expressed his satisfaction at being the first in Isla Mujeres, which he described as a place of unparalleled beauty. On behalf of the island people and the government, Mayor Agapito shared presents and promotional information about the island, and received gifts from Santa Barbara, California. 
      Since the beginning of his administration, the Mayor has expressed an openness and willingness to establish new relationships with other cities and countries in order to maintain a positive image of the island around the world and to establish cultural, social, and economic exchanges outside of the municipality.  Both visitors told the Mayor they are willing to be direct links between the Committee and the municipality of Isla Mujeres to strengthen ties of friendship and brotherhood with cities in the United States. 
      The Mayor said, "Among the Islanders, there is a culture of friendliness that is very important and part of our success as a tourist destination. To have more friends in other parts of the world makes us stronger." The member of the City administration who will take responsibility for coordination and being the liaison with the Sister Cities Caravan of Friendship is the Assistant Secretary of Government, José Jesús Castillo Magaña. 

 Operating two ferries 
To ensure adequate service during the vacation season

Para garantizar abasto de productos en el periodo de vacaciones

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de julio.- 
        Beginning on Thursday, and continuing until August 23rd, the cargo ferry company, Marítima de Transbordadores Isla Mujeres, will be using two ferries,  “Isla Blanca” and “Sergio Gracia Aguilar”, to ensure good service to vacationers and residents during this holiday period when demand is increased. The company has maintained its prices, despite rising fuel costs, which are cheaper for passengers than the rates of the Ultramar and Magana ferries. 
         Company administrator, Dennis Cano Rivera, said they are currently maintaining the schedule five daily crossings on Monday thru Saturday, beginning at 6am from Isla Mujeres until the final departure at 8:15pm from Punta Sam. On Sunday the first departure is from Isla Mujeres at 8am and the last departure is from Punta Sam at 8:15. He said beginning this weekend, they expect demand to rise and will expand their schedule of crossings as needed to provide good service for their passengers. 
         He said there are some final adjustments to be made to the ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar".


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

You are invited to watch a screening of the movie “Vecinos Invasores” at the dome of the Bicentennial Plaza today, Friday July 17, at 7pm, coordinated by the municipal Ecology Department, to raise awareness about conservation and respecting and caring for the environment. It's free.

Here is a trailer for the English version whose title is "Over the Hedge"  (Link)

We invite you to be part of summer program "Vacacionarte" from the 20th of July until the 7th of August.
Drawing, arts and crafts, painting and lots of fun activities.

Invitation to participate in the Muestra Gastronomica III show featuring dishes made with lion fish on July 24th & announcement of rules.

During this hot weather, follow these recommendations

This Friday, June 17, the program recycling trash for food returns
At 8 am in the dome in the colonia la Gloria.
We're waiting!


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Offering free services to islanders

  • Ofrecerán servicios gratuitos a isleños


    Ofrecerán servicios gratuitos a isleños

    0 17 de julio de 2015

    The  Mega Jornadas Comprometido Contigo, which is being held on Friday, will provide various services for free from the three levels of government as part of an event coordinated by the municipality and DESESI (Department of Social development & for the Indigenous of Quintana Roo).
         Social Development Director, Edgar Gasca Arceo said a variety of agencies are participating, offering services for free, such as haircuts, eye exams, cervical cancer screening, prostate cancer testing, diabetes testing, fluoride application, Certificates of No Criminal Background, and advice and discounts on various municipal and state administrative procedures. 

        The State Employment Service will have a booth and will be available to process applications for programs including Programas Prospera, Seguro Popular, Diconsa, Liconsa and Life Insurance for Single Parents. There will be over federal agencies participating to serve the residents of Isla Mujeres.
    13  undocumented Cubans rescued


    Rescatan a 13 cubanos indocumentadosRescatan a 13 cubanos indocumentados

    0 17 de julio de 2015

    Navegaban en a bordo de una barca rústica, a 50 millas náuticas de cabo catoche.
      The Department of the Navy rescued 13 Cubans aboard a small balsero boat (barca rústica) 50 nautical miles northeast of Cabo Catoche. A patrolling Naval plane spotted the vessel and sent a patrol boat that was in the area to rescue them, sharing their geographical location. 
     The Oceanic Patrol located the small boat and provided medical care, food, and water to the 13 people aboard, and transported them to the Naval Station in Puerto Juarez, where they arrived in the evening and were handed over to the National Migration Institute of Quintana Roo for the required legal procedures. (Which are usually detainment and deportation).


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)…/rescatan-a-13-cubanos-a-…/
The Department of the Navy rescued 13 people of Cuban origin aboard a small balsero boat 50 MN northeast of Cabo Catoche, Quitana Roo. A patrolling Naval plane spotted the vessel and sent a patrol boat that was in the area to rescue them, sharing their geographical location.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Dismantling of cooperative office
Desmantelada oficina de cooperativa
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   The former president of the cooperative "Patria and Progreso", has not handed over the financial documents nor the inventory of equipment. Now businessman Alvaro Burgos Rios is being blamed for having dismantled the office of the cooperative. On Thursday morning the office was found with the door open and the file cabinets were empty, and the required certificates and financial documents were not present. The state of the office was shown to the reporter by Jaime Osorio Sanchez, the new president, who said they are seeking to recover the documents and the computer which  are missing from the office. In the office, which is about six square meters, the only document they found was a utility bill which showed a balance owed of 13,334 pesos.
    Sr Osorio showed the registered certification of his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fishing Cooperative of Patria and Progreso, after he was elected at a Special Assembly of the General Assembly on June 29, 2015. He also showed the renewal of registration document he obtained for the cooperative from the Public Registry of Property and Commerce of Quintana Roo, on July 9, which is signed and stamped by Maria de Jesus Tzuc Peña, head of the office.
       The cooperative is considering selling their property, with various values, in millions of pesos, being cited. On June 19th, a group of the founders of the cooperative, together with new members, requested the sale to receive "something", complaining that they had not received any significant returns, neither social security or pension, nor a financial accounting for the many decades of the existence of the organization, whose receipts indicate good volumes of seafood are sold annually. Sr. Burgos has managed the business, and billed directly, and has expressed an interest in acquiring the business for the past four years.

Buenaventura Delgado Diaz celebrates his 98 years of life
Buenaventura Delgado Díaz festejó sus 98 años de vida. [+] Ver mas
     Don Buenaventura Delgado Diaz, aka"Colega" celebrated his 98th birthday at his home on Juarez Avenue, with friends and family, where his gifts included a dance by the women around his chair and one sat in his lap. This was shared on social networks, with a video about this fisherman and president of the first fishermen's Cooperative in Quintana Roo, Caribe. He also developed the marketing of seafood products of Isla Mujeres to customers in the interior of Mexico in 1957, when the cooperative Caribe was founded.
        At the party he shared cake with the attendees who included most of his four children, 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. "Colega" is famous for being a cheerful man of the sea, with many stories based on his own experiences, which are enjoyed at family gatherings, although now he is hard of hearing and needs a device to help him communicate with his family and the friends who visit him at his home. He posed for many souvenir photos with family and friends who expressed good wishes for him in upcoming years.

Consumer Protection Agency establishes module on the island
Profeco establece módulo en la isla.. [+] Ver mas
    As summer holiday season is about to begin, the Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) has returned to Isla Mujees, after an absence of some time, to establish a small booth in the Maritime Terminal to serve the public who have consumer complaints. The booth is in a temporary space, as a subsidiary of the Tourist Office, and is expected to be moved to an office in the facility after the start of the vacation season, according to the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco.
      The booth is staffed by Francisco Javier Pech Poot, who is trained to accept and direct complaints. He has already received the first complaint from a Telcel user alleging noncompliance with his contract, and was resolving the problem in an online chat session with the company, until the client was comfortable. Sr. Pech is asking that people come to him if they have a problem with abuse by bad merchants, because they want to put a stop to these practices by some jewelry stores who defraud tourists with false products, such as artificial diamonds, for example, as has happened last year in Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel.
      The PROFECO office with have regular office hours in the Terminal, and will focus on meeting the needs of consumers during the holiday period.

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

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 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

July 11, Saturday,  Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Friday, July 17 Mega Event with Recycle Trash for Food exchange, Health Fair, and over 300 services available at Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Friday, July 17 7p Showing of movie "“Vecinos Invasores” at Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria....a movie by DreamWorks animation to raise awareness about conservation & helping the environment  
Here is a trailer for the English version whose title is "Over the Hedge"

The Bam Bam Circus is in town, set up at the soccer fields near Boxito. Photo by Bruce

Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

Saturday July 18: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"
 There will be a photographic competition beginning Saturday, July 18, at the official municipal Tourism site on Facebook, (LINK ) and the photo with the most likes will be the winning image. 

          Saturday July 18 International Women's Dive Day event 1p-5p at Marina Paraiso pool for women over 10 to learn about diving. Free. 
            July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872) 
Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, from 3 years of age, dancing for over two hours, with performances including: La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen

Monday July 20: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Manta Rays and other pelagics of the world by Dra Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays 

Wednesday, July 22: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Rafiel de la Parra, Coordinator of pelagic research in Mexico

Thursday, July 23:
5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Manta Ray research by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's contest of mural of recycled materials  (?the small print is distorted on my copy)
        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24
5p  Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Whale Sharks of the World by Dr Simon Pierce
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Fair featuring Lion Fish entrees
7:30 Family contest of  ??
        Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
         Cultural Festival

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

 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

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


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 July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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  

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

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