Saturday, April 26, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, April 26 The Afternoon Edition (And yesterday's translations)

  The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in May!, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. Ad for the remainder of year is a $30 donation. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in May.   

Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte


   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Irregularities persist with the rental agencies

Persisten irregularidades en rentadoras

Viernes, 25 de Abril de 2014 21:03

De carritos de golf: Queja de concesionarios

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de abril.- 
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Faced with a large series of ongoing irregularities committed by various golf cart rental agencies, other agency owners are complaining about the lack of a body to regulate the agencies, although there is a representative of the Communications & Transport Agency (DCT) on the island. The alleged irregularities include exceeding the number of units allowed by their concession, for example a business limited to 20 carts is said to be renting 40 units to tourists. There are rental agencies who offer tourists special units that lack a logo, lack an number designation, and lack a public service plate ( una placa de servicio público).  There is an ongoing problem with units not having plates that are properly registered with the Office of Revenue Collection, as well as the problem of "cloning". This is when two carts are in circulation with the same plate (each displaying one plate) and both having the same number designation.

More than 32 million in public works

 COPLADEMUN approval: In session presided over by Agapito 

Obras por más de 32 mdp

Viernes, 25 de Abril de 2014 20:58

Aprueba Coplademun, en sesión presidida por Agapito

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de abril.-
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A package of public works projects for the fiscal year 2014, worth over 32 million pesos, was approved at a regular meeting of the Planning Committee for Municipal Development (COPLADEMUN) that was held in the City Council chambers and chaired by Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez. The federal resources come from Ramo 20, Ramo 33, and FOPEDEP. The projects include improving the storm grates & drains, equipment & improvement of public security infrastructure, improvement of the park & eastern malecon downtown. The ~12.5 million pesos from FOPEDEP willbe used for paving and sidewalks & curbs (banquetas) in Salina Chica & Salina Grande, and infrastructure on Juarez avenue.
       From the Habitat program, there are funds of over 5 million pesos, and over six million from the program to Rescue Public Spaces. With these monies plans include improvement to the Salina Grande walking path with paint and lighting, and enlarging the Community Development Center, and street lighting in the Continental Zone, as well as improvements to the baseball and soccer fields in Salina Chica and the construction of an outdoor gym in Salina Grande.

City Council endorses use of federal resources for various programs 

Cabildo avala uso de recursos federales

Viernes, 25 de Abril de 2014 20:22

En diversos programas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de abril.- 
Leer más..   In additon  to the approval of the funds given in the previous article, they also approved a plan to have the Official Welcome for the participants of the  XLVI Regatta Sol al Sol at Punta Sur on May 1st. They also recognized the career and contribution to the history of Quintana Roo of the Deputy constituent Q.F.B. Gilberto Pastrana Novela.

Clear accounting and clean hands
Agapito ratifies contract for transparency in government 

Cuentas claras y manos limpias

Viernes, 25 de Abril de 2014 20:22

Agapito ratifica compromiso con la transparencia

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de abril.-
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This commitment to transparency and access to public information was signed before a notary public at the City Council chambers in the presence of various city agency Directors by the Mayor and the head of the Institute for Transparency in Public Information (ITAIPQRoo), Jose Orlando Espinoza Rodriguez. The Mayor asked the ITAIPQRoo director to send the Institute's staff to the island to offer courses and training to the public servants to aid them in fulfilling the obligations for keeping their offices and files open to the public and providing information to citizens in a timely manner. 


This next week: Taxi rate increase

And the resumption of classes 

La próxima semana, aumento en taxis

Jueves, 24 de Abril de 2014 21:20

Paralelo a reinicio de las clases

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de abril.-
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The taxi rate increase is expected to begin this next week, raising the basic local rate for islanders by two pesos, from 13 to 15 pesos, and is scheduled to begin in early May. This 12 percent increase will also apply to fees charged to visitors, and rates will increase for destinations at other parts of the island, such as Garrafon, Sac Bajo, and the hotel areas.
      The current prices have been maintained since they were approved by the state government in 2009, when the authorized rate of 26 pesos was set for when the vehicle leaves the taxi stand with a single user or a single family going to the same point. But when "el trayecto suben otro pasaje", the charge was automatically reduced to 13 pesos. Often the 26 peso fee was not applied to islanders out of consideration and support for local workers and users.
    This 26 peso fee is will increase to 30 pesos, and the student fee will increase from six to eight pesos. The application for this increase has been approved and was made to the state government in December, 2013. The union leader explained that the taxi union members have faced steadily increasing costs for fuel, supplies, and parts, over the past four years without an increase in rates.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Inspection of rental agencies is necessary


Es necesaria la inspección de rentadoras

0 25 de abril de 2014

Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi .- Piden poner orden entre los negocios.
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 There is a new regulation which could affect some 80 vessels of the 135 in the municipality who offer whale shark tours. The updated policies of the Wildlife Management Plan prevent one person from having more than one permit. There are individuals who currently hold up to 14 permits.
     The Harbor Master, Ishmael Gonzalez Gil,  head of the Port Authority, is meeting with the mayor and the permitees to seek a solution to the problem. The Harbor Master said unfortunately the new policy will involve making changes in the authorizations and documentation procedures, to ensure  that all the vessels can take advantage of the season, which begins May 15th.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Approval of package of public works for 2014

Providing clear accounting 

Extra ferry crossings concluding 
Tomorrow is the last day of the two weeks of holidays for domestic tourists, and with the conclusion of this vacation period, the extra ferry crossings will also end, which were instituted to meet the increased demand.  

  Public Forum

Realizan Foro de Consulta Ciudadana

» Atención a víctimas y violación de derechos humanos fueron algunos de los temas de interés entre los participantes
Citizen activists and members of social organizations & NGOs from the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juarez (Cancun), and Lazaro Cardenas were invited to this Public Forum by the Quintana Roo Commission of Public Rights, which was held in Cancun.

Jesús Molina
Read more: Realizan Foro de Consulta Ciudadana
Deputy's career recognized

Sports court nearly completed 

The remodeling of the multipurpose sport court in Salina Grande known as "La Juala" is nearly completed, and all that remains unfinished is the basketball backboards. Resources from the National Sports Commission (CONADE) were used. A dome was placed over this sports court, and the lighting was repaired.
Read more: A punto de concluir cancha deportiva
Exodus of visitors begins 

 por esto

Progress in transporting trash to mainland
Avanza el traslado de basura al continente[+] Ver mas
The presence of several freight vehicles transporting trash has increased the amount of garbage being moved to the mainland landfill, with about 100 tonnes being removed daily. There are concerns expressed by PE about the discarded palapas from tourism industry businesses, which could potentially catch on fire in this dry season, along with other flammable debris and the foliage covering items at the south end of the property. This huge amount of fuel could allegedly create a fire that could not be contained. It is said a fire could arise from the sun's rays hitting broken glass, as occurred in the past, according to the official version given at the time.

Confident about recovering occupied property
Confían en recuperar predio ocupado[+] Ver mas
The vessels of the fishermen of the cooperative Isla Blanca were evicted on November 8, 2011 from property they had occupied for three decades. The area included 600 square meters that had been reclaimed from the sea and and the federal zone, and 120 square meters of 'espejo de agua' (literally: mirror of water). The new president of the Cooperative, David Dzib, said their lawyer is in Mexico City seeking a reversal, alleging that the businessmen and adjacent land owners Pablo Aguirre and Jose Luis Ballesteros conspired illegally. The case involves ex Mayor Manuela Goday, and representatives of the Port Authority and of the SCT (Communications and Transport agency) among others.  They are confident that they will be successful. The union president noted that this legal action is costing them dearly, and that they were recently on the property making measurements. There is an area where a Federal fishery project for cobia fish was planned, and with this dispute, funding was discontinued. The fishermen say their concession for the reclaimed land and use of the federal zone lasts until 2015.

COPLADEMUM approval of public works package
Coplademun aprueba paquete de obras[+] Ver mas

Recognition for the participants of Sol al Sol Regatta

Reconocerán a veleristas de regata de Sol al Sol [+] Ver mas

Licensees want to protect the whale sharks
Ofrecen permisionarios proteger al tiburón ballena [+] Ver mas
The representatives of more than 100 licensees of Isla Mujeres and Lazaro Cardenas met with officials of the three levels of government to present a common front for the preservation of whale sharks, concentrating on the 140,000 hectares of the northern part of the Isla Contoy National Park, from this upcoming May 16th to mid September. There federal authorities propose to reduce the number of boat authorizations from over 200 to around 160, as well as reducing the authorized capacities.
   Also, the island municipality signed an agreement with the state government, through the agency of Ecology and Environment, to involve elementary students in tasks of environmental conservation and to implement a program of certification of eco-schools, toward the goal of meeting the objectives of the civil partnership of Pronatura Mexico.

Increase of two pesos la 'dejada'
Aumentará dos pesos la “dejada” . [+] Ver mas

The exact date of the increase has not been specified, beyond "at the beginnings of May". There will be a two peso increase, raising the basic rate to 15 pesos for islanders, and a 15 percent increase will apply to the remainders of the fees (for tourists and the preferred price..para el turismo y precio preferente) for other sites like Garrafon, Sac Bajo, and others. The new prices have been approved, but did not go into force before Easter, and there were multiple complaints a few days ago about cabbies who collected 40 pesos or more for bringing employees to a downtown hotel. Some local residents are complaining they they cannot get service because the drivers prefer the tourists, especially during these busy days.

North Beach presents new risk of erosion
Playa Norte presenta nuevo riesgo de erosión+] Ver mas

I need to take a break....more 'catch up' translations manana!

Arrival of tourism 'bajon' 
“Bajón” en el arribo de turismo . [+] Ver mas

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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 or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

 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, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso



Miguel's high season schedule:

Thursday at 6pm Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres with Seblues Hernandez Miranda - blues variety
Wednesday - Saturday at 10:30 Fayne's BarandGrill with La Banda Sin Nombre - Rock, blues & pop
Friday - Saturday at 12:00 mn Tequileria La Adelita with La Banda Sin Nombre - Salsa & Mexican
Sunday at 7:00 Bahia Tortuga with The Sol Rockers - Rock & blues 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~1p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p  Salsa 
(Start times posted on menu board by entrance)
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

 Jeff Current's Schedule
5:30 - 7:30 Wednesday Bahia Tortuga
7-9 Fridays Marina Paraiso  


Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill


April 3 4p-9p Artist's Fair on Town Square

April 12 Saturday: 6:30am Pirate Triathlon

April 13 Palm Sunday event 6:30pm Chapel of Caridad del Cobre

April 17 Maundy Thursday (bank holiday)

April 18 Good Friday  (bank holiday)
Two Reenactments of the Stations of the Cross / The Passion of Christ
10 am  Starting at Sacred Heart of Jesus in colonia La Gloria, going up  Paseo de las Aves, and by the park Las Tortugas, then over to prolongacion Rueda Medina, and entering the street by the new hospital, to come back to the church. 3000-4000 attendees expected
Noon For the representation by the Church of Immaculate Conception, they will start at the chapel to Guadalupe (la capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) at noon to travel five kilometers under the rays of the midday sun to the church of Immaculate Conception. That is the chapel overlooking the Caribbean, near Mango Cafe in Salina Chica.  300-400 attendees expected

April 19 Holy Saturday

April 20 Easter Day
Children's Fishing Tournament  “Buenaventura Delgado Díaz-Coleguita” Sponsored by the DIF celebrating Children's Day

April 27, Sunday  Regatta XLVI Sol al Sol arrives in Isla Mujeres
April 30 Regatta event Casa de las Rocas

April 30  Día del Niño


May 1 Thursday 4p-9p Artists Fair on Town Square
May 1 Formal welcome to Regatta Sol al Sol XLVI
 May 1 Labor Day in Mexico
May 1  May Day
May 2 Regatta Amigos XLV 12:30 Isla Children sail around isle
May 2 Regatta Sol al Sol Awards dinner 
May 3 Regatta Sol al Sol departure
May 3 Day of the Holy Cross (festival for mason/constrct wkrs /Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil. (Essay..maybe May 4th 2012)
May 5 Battle of Puebla 2012 "Cinco de Mayo" 

May 8 Thursday Regata Al Sol XXVIII Departs for Isla Mujeres

 May  9-11 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament

May 10 Saturday Mother's Day  in Mexico
~May 13-20  Festival of Lady of Fatima Rancho Vieho ~30+ yr tradition
May 15 Thursday Teachers Day
May 29 Thursday Ascension Day



May 15- Sept. 15- Whale Shark Season
Early May -  Nov.  Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting

Whale Shark Festival TBA  ~ late June-early July?

6th Annual Alicia Ricalde Magana Women's Fishing Tournament  TBA August?

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance

Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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