Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 14

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 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

Magana ferry inoperative: Small notice posted

Sólo colocaron pequeño aviso

Lanrry PARRA
     A few days before the official start of the summer vacation period, a notice was posted that the Magana ferries are out of service, without further explanation. The Port Authority and Harbor Master were aware of the suspension of service of both boats & presumed it was associated with mechanical failure and/or maintenance. Indications are that maintenance work is being done on the filters and exhaust systems, in order to begin the holiday season in the best possible condition. 
      The ferry company is expected to resume service early in the morning, and normally offers ten round trips daily. This suspension of service affects ~1000 clients who were forced to use the other ferry company. The wooden pier used by the Magana boats, known as the muelle fiscal (local pier), was closed for the day.
ISLA MUJERES, 13 de julio.-

"Committed to You" campaign resumes on Friday 

A partir de este viernes, “Comprometido Contigo”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de julio.-
  The "Committed to You" program will conduct a Mega Campaign on Friday, combining the resources of the state and the municipality to benefit the island community by offering a wide range of services throughout the day. It will take place in the Bicentennial Sports dome in colonia La Gloria. The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, thanked the Governor and invited all the island families to attend and take advantage of the services, which are all free.
   This includes the popular program "Recycle Trash For Food", and services being offered include: general medical consultations, nutritional counseling and dietary guidance, various vaccinations for the entire family, dog vaccinations, testing for diabetes and hypertension, PSA testing, pap smears, and dental consults, among other services.
    All of the municipal departments will be participating by providing information and offering their services. For example, the municipal Department of Urban Development & the Environment will provide information and be available to conduct the following services: "Uso de Suelo" (land use-zoning document) for residential and commercial properties, construction licenses, conditional ecological impact permits, and public announcements (signs?). 
      The municipal Department of Economic Development will provide information about their programs for employment and for self employment training, as well as information about the courses provided by the Habitat program. They will have two booths, with one exhibiting artistic works and the other selling baked goods, which were produced by participants in the self employment training courses.
     Women attending this event can receive services from the municipal Women's Institute including application of acrylic nails, eyebrow grooming, and eyelash extensions, as well as legal advice in the areas of divorce, alimony, and psychological support.
      The municipal Department of Public Security and Traffic (the police) will be offering services such as processing of driver's licenses for various categories including automobile, motorcycle, chauffeur's, and public service. A variety of services will be available from the entire governmental infrastructure to benefit the families of Isla Mujeres as part of this program "Comprometido Contigo".

Gov. Borge confirms: One million visitors in the first half of the year 

Recibió Isla Mujeres durante el primer semestre del año, confirma Beto Borge

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 12 de julio.-

This information has already been translated...


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

The Mayor, Agapito Magaña Sanchez announced that the very successful mega campaign  "Committed to You" of the state government will return to the island on Friday, July 17, at  8:30am

The City Council officially inaugurated the Municipal Operational Committee for Summer Vacation Season 2015, in order to implement security measures to safeguard  tourists and residents, as well as to produce strategies, to organize, and to prepare for any emergency.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Reducing the number of visitors to Isla Contoy

  • Reducirán las vistas a Contoy

    Medio ambienete

    Reducirán las vistas a Contoy

    0 14 de julio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

( The other Quequi article is about Holbox, and misplaced in the Isla Mujeres section )


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

La terminal marítima de ‪#‎PuntaSam‬ beneficiará a más de 100 mil usuarios anualmente, tanto habitantes de ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ como turistas. @SCT_mx
The Maritime terminal at Punta Sam‬ will benefit more than 100,000 users on an annual basis, both the inhabitants of ‪ Isla Mujeres, as well as tourists.   @SCT_mx (Department of Communication and Transport)

Here is a drawing of the Punta Sam terminal that was published by TVIM the other day...

Preparing for the upcoming Whale Shark Festival in Isla Mujeres
·  Katrina (Kilma) Figueroa, Assistant Director of Municipal Tourism  said they are working on the final details for the Whale Shark Festival which will begin Saturday, July 18th when there wll be a parade of golf carts and scooters decorated in sea themes, beginning at the concrete pier and continuing to the Town Square. A sand sculpture competition is scheduled for Sunday and in the evening there will be a celebration of color and excitement with a performacne by the RBS Academy of Dance. Monday through Thursday there are lectures, workshops, and screenings of documentaries scheduled from 5p to 6p in the City Council room. After the conferences, there will be contests involving recycled materials, and there will be a photo exhibition on display. On Friday, there will be a food event featuring dishes made with Lion Fish (It says with Tiburón León, but I'm pretty sure they meant Pez León), and there are plans for a photographic competition, which will be conducted through social networks. Anyone who is interested in participating should upload your favorite photograph to the official municipal Tourism site on Facebook, and the photo with the most likes will be the winning image. (The contest will begin on Saturday and the link is below in the Whale Shark Festival schedule. The official Festival schedule is expected to be released tomorrow.)

. - Marine biologist and executive director of the  Ch'ooj Ajauil Association,  Rafael de la Parra Venegas, explained that they will obtain the final results in 2016 of the ecological monitoring of pelagic sea animals, which includes the whale shark.
      He participated in a meeting with the whale shark licensees, and said that while it is important to analyze biodiversity, it is most important to learn more about caring for and conserving the species.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Lack of attention from authorities
Caos urbano ante el desinterés de la autoridad [+] Ver mas 
      Work was done at "Casa Caracol" which broke the pavement, nearly from one side to the other, and weeks have passed without the asphalt being restored. With the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, several meters of sidewalk were broken months ago, and have not been repaired. Heavy vehicles transporting materials have made maneuvers on pavement that was not designed for them and have caused damage to the entrance of a private road near colonia Guadalupana.
     The dust generated from the roadwork being done along one kilometer of the road to Garrafon (Rueda Medina) is causing annoyance to residents nearby, and the potholes are annoying tourists. Neighbors have suggested that water be sprayed on the road in the early morning and in the evening, and that drivers should take alternate routes.
    (The headline says that lack of interest from authorities is causing urban chaos.)

Avoiding heat stress
Cuidado con el golpe de calor [+] Ver mas
   The Director of the municipal General Hospital, Pedro Zapata Luque, announced a campaign to prevent heat stroke that will include tourists, with preventative information in English posted in the Maritime Terminal and other locations where the public gather. He said they are treating two or three patients a week for heat stress, mainly senior citizens.
    This information has been posted in Spanish since March when the State Health Department launched a prevention campaign, which advises people to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and to stay properly hydrated, and it recommends extreme hygiene and caution when purchasing or preparing food, as well as to use disinfected water and proper hand washing routines.
   Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature exceeds 40C. Intense exercise in the sun is also not recommended.

Catholic Church concerned about delinquency
El vandalismo, preocupante: Iglesia Católica[+] Ver mas
     Clerics Álvaro Carrillo Lugo and Raúl Sánchez Alonso said the problem of juvenile delinquency that has grown in the colonias of Isla Mujeres must be addressed with a plan for the families with a pastoral perspective and institutional involvement. They said the Catholic Church has carried out work in this area for some time, but it is a complex problem that must be addressed in an orderly manner, involving families,  governmental institutions, and the Church.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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 


Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 
  (The official schedule is being released on 7/15 & I will update this when it is available)

 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 18th when there will be a parade of golf carts and scooters decorated in sea themes, beginning at the concrete pier and continuing to the Town Square.

Sunday, July 19th A sand sculpture competition is scheduled (This usually takes place on the Posada beach and usually is for children, in two age categories) and in the evening there will be a a performance by the RBS Academy of Dance.

 Monday through Thursday, July  20-23 5p-6p City Council Room: Lectures, workshops, and screenings of documentaries. After the conferences, there will be contests involving recycled materials, and there will be a photo exhibition on display.

 Friday, July 24 there will be a food event featuring dishes made with Lion Fish  

July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

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

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at bullridersnider@yahoo.com, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."

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 jackieinpdx@q.com.


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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