Monday, September 1, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 1 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, 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. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in September...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     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 ....

Hyperbaric chamber: More uses

Ante amplio número de usos: Encargado

Lanrry PARRA
The manager of the hyperbaric chamber said that it has multiple uses in addition treating fishermen-divers for decompression. He said a person is being treated for diabetic foot with ten sessions, a minor is being treated for osteomyelitis (brittle bones) with 20 sessions, and a woman of 53 is being treated with 20 sessions who suffered a stroke and has osteomyelitis.  (Osteomyelitis is bones that are inflamed and/or infected, "brittle bones" usually refers to osteogenesis.)
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de agosto.-r.

Administration of Agapito seeks "Pueblo Magico" designation  

Administración de Agapito realiza gestiones para obtener distinción

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    In addition to seeking the distinction of Blue Flag Certification, the current administration is working toward obtaining Pueblo Mágico designation. These recognitions would be beneficial to the tourism industry in Isla Mujeres.The directors in the municipal administration have been instructed to participate in a project to meet the requirements.
    This weekend the state Secretary of Tourism announced in the media that federal resources will be sought for the recovery and maintenance of beaches in Cozumel, Tulum, and Holbox; to give recognition to  four towns for Pueblo Magico designation (Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Holbox, and Isla Mujeres); and to accelerate projects for tourism infrastructure.
    Weeks ago, Agapito Magana Sanchez, the mayor of Isla Mujeres, instructed the Secretary General of the City Council, César Poot Pérez, to meet with the various municipal directors regarding the federal guidelines and requirements to obtain the recognition of Pueblo Magico status. Each director took on specific and precise commitments and responsibilities, to be met with strict professionalism and discipline, toward this goal. In September, a second meeting will be held to review progress, and consider what further measures are needed to meet each of the requirements.

ISLA MUJERES, 31 de agosto.-

Integration of tourism service providers for opening of new maritime terminal 

A la par de apertura de nueva terminal marítima, sostiene gerente de Apiqroo

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   The manager of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo in Isla Mujeres, Jazmin Perez Gaytan, said that when the terminal becomes operational, it should include most or all of the services and tourism service providers inside, including representatives for businesses offering whale shark tours, diving, boat tours, and golf carts. Additionally they intend to establish the businesses selling souvenirs/crafts, selling local foods, and the booth that sells tickets for transport from Isla Mujeres to Puerto Juarez and from Isla Mujeres to Gran Puerto.  
    They are seeking to organize the new terminal so the visitors and resident users flow through smoothly to the area of the information booths, and to facilitate the work of the porters, taxi drivers, and the tourism service providers. The idea is that all services will be properly marked and housed within the building. 
     The general intent is to put the building into operation while all the parties involved continue working. Resources of about 30 million have been invested in the terminal, and it has been a year and a half since the construction order was issued in February, 2013.
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de agosto.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Seeking the title of Pueblo Magico

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

 por esto

Port closed
Cierra el puerto[+] Ver mas
The effects of tropical wave #25 caused the closure of the port, and this is expected to continue on Monday when the forecast includes continued winds, rain, and large waves. The flow of tourists continued in a relative manner, and you could see visitors traveling around the island in golf carts enjoying the day with a little sun and without heavy rains, but many of the recreational boats that bring tourists from Cancun were taking precautions.
     Little activity was noted on the beaches and shortly after noon some rain began, which happened again at night when heavy rain fell, but there was no flooding, although there were some odors from some of the storm drains. The ferries are maintaining their normal schedules, serving the residents and the visitors.
     The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil confirmed that the port was closed for navigation by small boats, and tourist activities on the water, such as visiting Isla Contoy and swimming with the whale sharks, were suspended due to the arrival of the tropical system.
      The weather forecasts include strong winds from the southeast at 25-35 kilometers per hour, which will make coastal activities impossible for boats under 40 feet, and caution is recommended for the larger boats in the area.
     The port will probably remain closed until Tuesday, when its reopening will be dependent on the weather. Travel agents and frequent visitors who seek to visit in September can see a live video of playa norte on the internet, and, according to hoteliers, this weather risks a negative effect for this destination.

Neighbors complain about slaughterhouse
El rastro, nido de alimañasVer mas
 Neighbors of the municipal slaughterhouse are complaining about the facility. Roman Elizondo said it is difficult to sleep when there are screams from the animals being slaughtered, and now there are weeds that need to be cleaned away. He said this situation has gone on for years, save for exceptions. There are complaints about drinkers who hang around by the open entrance, that the structure is old, and that the government has no budget to make improvements.

Residents complain about drinkers
Antros clandestinos por doquier [+] Ver mas
Some residents are complaining about people who drink near stores that sell alcohol, and that the drinkers cruise around violating public peace. The residents say people are drunk near their homes, urinate in public, and set a bad example for children in the area. They want police and authorities to intervene. This is said to happen both in the colonias, for example on Jeral street near the municipal Rastro and the dome, as well as downtown, for example on northern Hidalgo near the Servifresco, a few meters from the cemetery.

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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 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
Karen Rosenberg's 
NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


Linkto video above

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday  Comono at El Patio, The Sol Rockers  6:30-8:30

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm ...
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.
(This schedule may be altered for low season)

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 
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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia (maybe)
       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) Tues & Thurs, Cuban & Caribbean & Latin music Wed, Fri Discontinued for low season

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.

September Events

Turtle & time TBA.
Sunrise ~6:30am
Sunset ~7pm at start of month and ~6:30 at end of month

Sept 4  Art Fair Town Square 5:30-9:30pm
Sept 6 8a Procession to Isla Contoy of Virgin of Caridad de Cobre from pier of the Lancheros (north of Magana ferry pier)
Sept 15 Midnight at town square: Grito de Dolores
Sept 16  Independence day
Sept 23  Equinox

Moonrise over the Caribbean (Sunset ~7p)
Sept 24   6:32pm   
Sept 25   7:10pm   Full Moon
Sept 26   7:46pm
Sept 27   8:23pm
Sept 28   9pm
Sept 29   9:39pm


Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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