Thursday, September 18, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 18 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 ....

There will be no tolerance for those who don't respect the season for whale shark tours

Con quienes no respeten fin de temporada de avistamiento del tiburón ballena

 The season for watching and swimming with the whale sharks ended on Wednesday. Therefore vessels caught in the whale shark viewing area on Thursday and after will be sanctioned and could lose their permits for this activity. There will be about 243 boats that will become inactive as of this date, who will have to wait until next June to resume this activity again. 
       The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that any vessels found in the whale shark sighting area after Wed. Sept. 17th could be sanctioned by the Harbor Master, by PROFEPA (The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection), or by the agency of the National Marine Park, and could lose their permits. 
       He said the season closed without any mishaps or accidents, except for one elderly person who suffered an respiratory arrest due to the efforts made during swimming with the whale sharks. He said that with this incident, no irregularities were detected by the regional office of the Habor Masters.  
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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de septiembre.-

TV crew from Spain completes filming for "Food Planet" 

Para “Planeta Comida”

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de septiembre.-
 In addition to filming the process of preparing a traditional dish from Isla Mujeres, the Spanish TV channel TVE captured video of the releasing of sea turtles. The crew from Spain were here from Sept. 11 thru the 15th, taking images of the development of an island dish, from the capturing of the fish, to the acquisition of condiments, for the program  “Planeta Comida”. (Food Planet). 
     The program will feature the traditional foods of Isla Mujeres, as well as the general gastronomy, and will promote this destination. These actions are part of the promotional activities of the Cancun Office of Visitors and Conventions (OVC) to promote Isla Mujeres not only as a beach destination, but also as a place that has wonderful food. 

Rinde su primer informe de gobierno

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de septiembre.-
Against a backdrop of a renovated and modernized Town Square, the mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, met the constitutional mandate to inform the community of the state of the public administration of the municipality, during the first year of its term, 2013-2016.The solemn session began promptly at 7pm, and the Governor was represented by Mauricio Rodríguez Marrufo, Secretary of Ecology and Environment, and representing the state  legislative and judicial branches were José Luis Toledo Medina and Fidel Villanueva Rivero. The following points were given:
   Regarding cultural support: Fifteen million pesos have been invested in restoring the splendid history of the island with the rescuing of the Mundaca Hacienda and other sites of importance and cultural heritage.
    Regarding support for education: The Maritime Scholarship program has helped 91 families who now spend 65% less than in previous years. The Academic Scholarship program has helped 354 students at all academic levels, and for  the first time there is assistance for students who leave the island to continue their studies, with funds from this government's own resources.  With the "Community School" (“Comunidad Escolar”) program, free supplies, uniforms, and shoes are being delivered to all the students in preschool, primary, and middle school.
     Regarding the controversial topic of land tenure in Ranch Viejo (on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres), the mayor reported that through coordination between the three levels of government, and agreement was made with CORETT (Commission for the Regularization of Land Tenure) which is the beginning of the regularization (deeding) of 6184 properties which are currently irregular (undeeded) settlements. ( regularización de seis mil 184 predios). The completion of this action will benefit more than 1618 families of Rancho Viejo (beneficiarán más de mil 618 familia sde Rancho Viejo) and is the completion of promise number 170 of President Enrique Pena Nieto. Additionally, this includes a subsidy of more than 20 million pesos for the beneficiary families and the ejidatarios having legal certainty over their properties.
      For the safety of seamen and for the peace of their families, the hyperbaric chamber was repaired, at a cost of 800,000 pesos.
       With a program to illuminate Isla Mujeres, there has been more than 60% new lights. To put a new face on the mercado market Javier Rojo Gomez (downtown), more than 450,000 pesos were allocated for its remodeling. Regarding the protection of sea turtles, more than 50,000 eggs have been protected.
        A significant program of this administration has been the initiation of English classes in all the primary schools, which is now a reality.
          To provide security to the residents, 1.9 million pesos have been invested in strengthening this vital area. Regarding the providing of basic health services, so far 74 medical brigade events have taken place around the municipality.
         Two million pesos have been spent on the renovation of sport facilities and sport courts.
        The figures regarding tourism promotion are encouraging; this year hotel occupancy is nine percent higher than in 2013. There has been 1,250,000 pesos invested in improving the image of the Eastern Malecon sea walkway, which required maintenance and has been a traditional public area for island families.
        Through training courses provided in coordination with other agencies, 786 women were given training to start new businesses.
         With the participation of all the City officials, volunteers, and the hiring of a special machine, today 100% of our beaches are clean, to our pride. New lighting systems have been installed in our parks and walkways. Nine million pesos has been allocated for the modernization of Juarez avenue, and to give a new face to the island's center. The Town Square park required urgent maintenance, and one million pesos has been invested in the remodeling of this most important and traditional public space for island families.
      One hundred percent of the fishermen of the five cooperatives have been given financial support for the closed season.
      The Rancho Viejo Park (on the mainland) was created, in response to a long standing demand by that community.
         The Mayor said, "With strict and responsible management of resources, we have reduced the public debt by 40 percent." Thanks to the efforts of Governor Roberto Borge, Isla Mujeres will have its first hospital in its history. (gracias a las gestiones del Gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo, Isla Mujeres tendrá su primer hospital en su historia.)
           The Mayor said, "Another majestic and important work is that of the new maritime terminal which will allow us to provide first class service to the millions of tourist who visit annually."
        Attendees included:  Jesús Martínez Ross, former governor of Quintana Roo;  Gilberto Pastrana Novelo, legislator; Admiral Juan Ramón Alcalá Pignol, Commander Naval Region V. Paul Carrillo de Cáceres, mayor of Benito Juarez; Mauricio Gongora Escalante, mayor of Solidaridad, and David Balam, mayor of Tulum.
Other attendees were: Legislator Juan Carrillo Soberanis; Guillermo Vergara Martínez, representative of the Federal Ministry of Tourism; Cuauhtémoc Cruz, delegate of the Ministry of Health;  Fabián Vallado Fernández, Chief of SEDESOL, Enoel Isaías Pérez Cortés, delegate of the Secretary of Labor; Eduardo Patron Azueta, General Director of CECYTE; Patricio de la Peña, Secretary of Labor; Angel Rivero Palomo, Director of SEDESI; Ulises Ruiz, the PRI national delegate; Leslie Baeza, general secretary of the PRI; Ercé Barron, General Director of Apiqroo and Roger Vega Mauricio Barbosa, deputy inspector of the CEDH.
Former mayors in attendance were:  Manuela Godoy González, Paulino Adame Torres, Joel Sauri Galué Jorge Antonio Martínez Peña, Gerardo Magaña Barragán and Jesús Contreras Bonilla.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Start of the formal meeting for the First Report by the mayor

Da inició la sesión solemne y dan paso al recesión para la entrada de los tres poderes en el Primer Informe de Agapito Magaña Sánchez
SPhoto: Da inició la sesión solemne y dan paso al recesión para la entrada de los tres poderes en el Primer Informe de Agapito Magaña Sánchez
"Estamos sembrando la semilla para un mejor futuro de #IslaMujeres" Agapito Magaña Sánchez
TV ISLA MUJERES (@tvislamujeres) posted a photo on Twitter
Get the whole picture - and other photos from TV ISLA MUJERES
We are sowing the seeds for a better future for Isla Mujeres
Concluye el Primer Informe de Gobierno de Agapito Magaña Sánchez, aquí la foto del recuerdo!

Today the season ended for whale shark tours, the biggest fish in the world!
Concluye hoy temporada de avistamiento del Tiburón Ballena, el pez más grande del mundo!!

Noticias de  Quequi......

Initiating new veterinary clinic

  • Pondrán en marcha nueva clínica veterinaria


    Pondrán en marcha nueva clínica veterinaria

    0 18 de septiembre de 2014 
     With awareness of the problem that exists with stray animals in the streets of Isla Mujeres, the veterinarian, Delfino Guevara, announced the launching of a new clinic which offers animal care at a low cost. 
         After several years of studying the problem that exists among both dogs and cats, the vet said it is necessary to raise awareness among islanders and to hold them accountable for their animals. He explained that he has been analyzing the problem since 2007 and has conducted countless sterilization campaigns, and measuring the effectiveness of each of the campaigns there have been adopted by the municipality. 
       He said, "Numbers don't lie, and we have found that there are more than a thousand stray dogs in Isla Mujeres. The problem is more serious when it comes to cats, because they reproduce more easily." 
          He said no one has been able to count the number of cats that may be loose in the streets without owners, "But we can guarantee that more than 98% are strays."  The veterinarian said that according to their statistics, during the past seven years, a little over 2000 cats have been sterilized, but it is believed that there are 25% more than this figure free in the streets." 
         He said that after a great deal of effort, there has been a transformation, and now the  time of the clinic "Chipre" has ended, and a new clinic is being created through a Civil Association.
       He said, "In our clinic we will provide x-rays, electrocardiograms, an operating room, and much more, but we have to focus on education, to raise awareness about the care and the responsibility that is involved when you have an animal."

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Busca el alcalde certificar las playas
      Mayor seeking certification for the beaches


    Busca el alcalde certificar las playas

    0 18 de septiembre de 2014 
     One of the main goals of Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez during his first year in office, has been achieving certification of the beaches. The Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification is the only agency accredited to perform this operation, and they will be conducting a review at two areas of North Beach on September 25 and 26.The City has been working for several months toward achieving certification, and these actions included the implementation of life guard stations and tourist police.
        At a meeting of the operating committee of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone) of Isla Mujeres, the director Carmen Nahuatl Lara said, "Tourist Police were recently implemented, and although we currently only have four officers, the intention is to increase security on our beaches." 
        She said the purpose of this review is to ensure that both the sand and the seawater are suitable for recreational use by people. "We have been sampling our beaches for the past month and a half, and certified laboratories have shown they are within normal parameters, " she said. She added that in regard to complaints by business owners about the Cuban boat that came ashore last week, that it will be removed, since otherwise the goals will not be achieved. 
          She said if there are comments, the City will have no longer than 30 days to address them and then there would be another evaluation. The official said, "The most urgent issue is the cleaning, which must be done every day, and we are working on it, because in their samples they cannot encounter more than five residues."  no deben encontrar más de cinco residuos  

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Distracted driver hits taxi
An accident in Sac Bajo resulted in damage to a taxi, but no injuries. A rental car, which was a grey Jetta, was being driven by 28 year old Jorge esteban Velasco Sansores, who drove in in reverse without calculating the space and hit the sid of the taxi, damaging both doors on the right side. Both drivers and vehicles were transferred to the offices of the Transit Authority (Traffic Police), where the driver responsible for the crash agreed to take responsibility. 
     The Director of the Municipal Transit police, Jairo Chevez, said they are working at keeping the rate of accidents low in Isla Mujeres, mainly through the use of checkpoints, where assistance is provided. He explained, "If we notice that a driver is operating a vehicle while impaired, an officer will take the driver and his vehicle home, and will give them a warning in order to avoid putting others at risk, but if this is not followed, the rules will be applied.

Agreement to be signed with Club Pachuca
Support for City workers 

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Restricted supply of tap water
Restringen suministro de agua potableVer mas
 This information has already been translated about residents in the colonias of Caridad del Cobre, Lol-Be, Miraflores, and Canotal complaining about intermittent water shortages associated with recent pipeline replacements, particularly affecting those families who lack storage tanks. They are  asking that Aguakan complete the work quickly. Additionally, it notes that some households are saving money to install a tinaco water storage tank, and it is noted that sometimes decreased pressure occurs because of residue ("sarro"..mineral deposits) causing restrictions or clogs.

Golf cart hit private vehicle
Carrito de golf se impacta contra vehículo particular] Ver mas

A rental golf cart had contact with a compact vehicle downtown at the intersection of Gonzalo Guerrero and Adolfo Lopez Mateos, near the Post Office, when the tourist-operator was traveling from north to south and the other vehicle had the right-of-way.  The owner of the private vehicle said the damage to the fender amounted to about 15,000 pesos, without consideration of the damage to the golf cart owned by the rental agency Prisma.
   An agreement was not reached between the operator and the Puerto family, who are considering taking legal options to solve this issue. This is a recurring issue on the island because many tourist fail to maneuver correctly while on certain roads where signage is confusing or lacking. Many times the rental agencies to not emphasize the appropriate information, nor make suggestions about where it is necessary to improve signage.
   The family Puerto complained that the the representative of the rental agency, Rene Contreras, does not acknowledge the amount of the damages. It also appears that there was no insurance on the unit, which would be against regulations and the recent agreements.
    There have been dozens of cases yearly of this sort because of the saturation of public roads with the presence of 500 golf carts, some 200 taxis, 6000 motorcycles/scooters, and a thousand private cars. Rueda Medina becomes chaotic during 'rush hour' when lines form to move through the port area. Official events often hinder traffic further, such as the celebration of los Niños Héroes and the Día de la Marina, among others when the road may be occupied for hours on those dates.
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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.


Miguel's schedule
 Wednesday 7 - 9pm   Comono - solo
 Wednesday through Saturday - 10:30 - 12:00 - Faynes -  La Banda Sin Nombre  (closing 9/16 for 4 weeks)
Friday & Saturday 7 - 9p Marina Paraiso -  solo
Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 2:30am - Adelitas -  La Banda Sin Nombre Salsa Music 
Sunday 7 - 9p - ComoNo - The Sol Rockers 

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

Wednesday Miguel 7-9
Friday  John Cain 6:30-8:30 
Sunday  Sol Rockers 

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


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 8    6:41pm   
Sept 9    7:28 pm
Sept 10  8:14 pm
Sept 11   9:01pm
Sept 12  9:48 pm
Sept 13 10:37pm


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 release dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance
 Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?

Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, have been cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4


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