Monday, November 17, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 17 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 soon...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 ....

Security reinforced 100% for the end of year season

Ante temporada de fin de año

Lanrry PARRA
"The Department of Public Safety has enough vehicles and officers to ensure the safety of the islanders and visitors before and during the year-end holiday period," said Public Safety Director, Joaquin Poot Acosta. The police chief said the department has 13 cars and trucks, and 13 motorcycles, of which four are motocross type , five are Yamaha brand, and four are Suzuki brand. All the vehicles are operational and with the hiring of new officers in recent days, there is sufficient staff to ensure the safety of islanders and visitors before and during the year-end holidays.
     The police chief said the Mayor presented the department with four motorcycles and four trucks a few days ago, which will be used equally on the island and continental areas of the municipality. He said, "These new units will strengthen the work of patrols and with the recruitment of new staff,  they will be able to attend to all the various parts of Isla Mujeres. We may also have checkpoints at different points of this vacation destination."
ISLA MUJERES, 16 de noviembre.-

Doing maintenance on traffic signs at several locations to prevent accidents 

En varios puntos para prevenir percances

Lanrry PARRA
The information in this article was translated yesterday.

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de noviembre.-

Domes at 7 schools during the upcoming year thanks to Gov. Borge: Mayor Agapito 

Durante el próximo año, gracias al apoyo de Beto Borge: Agapito

Lanrry PARRA
The information in this article has been translated, and it notes that construction of the dome for the Middle School on the island will begin after the road construction is complete, which began last month and should be completed before the end of the year. (A recent article that interviewed the municipal public works director and a manager of Aguakan reported that the expected completion date had been moved to January.) Some of the seven schools are in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. Work has already begun on the dome at the island high school, Colegio Bachilleres.
ISLA MUJERES, 16 de noviembre.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Blue crabs: Forgotten

  • Dejan en el olvido al cangrejo azul


    Dejan en el olvido al cangrejo azul

    0 17 de noviembre de 2014 
    This year there has not been a campaign to protect the blue crabs when they cross the roads to deposit their eggs in the sea, and there is a lack of awareness that they need help for their conservation. In other times, organizations promoted campaigns and invited children to help rescue them. They are especially at risk in Sac Bajo, where the poor lighting there contributes to their deaths, while they are loaded with thousands of eggs. It is noted that it has been a little over a week since the changes in the leadership of the municipal Ecology Department. (The blue crabs migrate from the mangroves, mostly during the full moons in the fall.)

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- No han realzado ningún programa de protección a la especie.
  • ‘Necesario invertir en cámaras de vigilancia’


    "Need to invest in security cameras"

    ‘Necesario invertir en cámaras de vigilancia’

    0 17 de noviembre de 2014 
     Juan Carrillo Figueroa, leader of the Chamber of Commerce in Isla Mujeres/ Cámara de Comercio en Isla Mujeres (CANACO), recommends that businesses invest in security cameras, although crime is not as high here as in other parts of the country. He said a few weeks ago, at his place of business, a tourist reported a theft of their cell phone. After reviewing the images, they were able to identify the thief, who was an foreigner from Israel.
          He said, "Unfortunately, the first impression of the tourist is to blame the waiter or bartender, because the phone was left sitting on the table, but that is not what happened and this showed who took the phone." He explained that to identify the thief, he offered the images to the tourist to use for filing a complaint. 
         This also showed the honesty of his employees, which is something worth noting because often such an incident can soil the reputation of a destination, especially on social networks and the internet, he said.
       He said currently many companies are spending a lot of money for advertising campaigns on social networks, but he thinks they should purchase and install security cameras, which not only can be used to monitor a business remotely, but they are useful for the aforementioned reasons.

    Por Carlos Gasca.- El líder de  Canaco considero vital dar seguridad a los turistas que visitan la isla.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Modernizing the Eastern Malecon seawalk

Modernizan el Malecón Oriente

  • Written by Diario Respuesta 
  • Category: Isla Mujeres

In recent month the City has initiated several improvements to give this tourist destination a better image, including the rehabilitation of the Eastern Malecon walkway along the sea. It has new solar lights that are salt-resistant, and appears modern and clean. This is part of the commitment of the municipal government, led by Mayor Agapito Magana. (The photo is taken on the west side of the isle, and probably relates to the improvements being done to prolongacion Rueda Medina, although it isn't specifically mentioned in this brief article.
Read more: Modernizan el Malecón Oriente

 por esto

New permits for whale shark tours
Nuevos permisos para avistamiento del tiburón ballena[+] Ver mas

 The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas/Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) and the Wildlife Department/ Dirección General de Vida Silvestre, of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources/ Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), in coordination with the Department of Taxation & Finance & Public Credit/  Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP) will coordinate the issuance of permits to individuals to conduct tours for swimming with whale sharks in 2015, according to representatives of the agencies.
    They will stop issuing 'multiple' licenses, and will only give one permit to each individual, for the viewing area in the Yucatan Channel, which has a total area of 379,266 hectares. The port authorities of Holbox, Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres will watch over their areas of responsibility, where the tourists arrive and depart. The Department of Communication and Transport (SCT), with SEMARNAT and the Department of the Navy / Secretarías de Marina (SEMAR) and the Department of Tourism  Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR) will work together to protect the world's largest fish during their season here from May to September each year.  Whale sharks are protected under the law NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, as a threatened species.
    Representative with the Wildlife Department/ Vida Silvestre, Fernando Sánchez Camacho explained that the Taxation Department /la Hacienda (SHCP) will have access to the data of the 243 permit holders, for the transparency of the management of the whole area of 379,266 hectares, (including the Whale Shark Biospheres, which is the direct responsibility of CONANP), that ranges from the limits of the states of Yucatan & Quintana Roo to the southern part of Isla Mujeres, with various miles of sea inside.
    According to the proposed official Management Plan, the Wildlife Department/Vida Silvestre will oversee the area known as Aguas Azules (Blue Waters), outside the perimeter of the biosphere, making it necessary to reset (reponer) the names on the permits that were authorized in 2013 which were in the names of the boat owners who had a permit with the  Turismo Náutico of the SCT; ...and then I found this next bit kinda confusing, but seems to say the permit comes from CONANP, on the condition that there is authorization from the Wildlife Dept, and the permit must be in the name of the licensee . (....además que el permiso de la Conanp cumpla con la condicionante de tener autorización de la Dirección General de Visa Silvestre (DGVS), también a nombre del permisionario.)
      Then the Taxation laws will apply concerning tax evasion, and this will be a means to combat the piracy that involves an estimated 20 private boats. 
   The Department of Tourism (SECTUR) is responsible for enforcing the law Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM-09-Tur-2002) which states there will be specialized guides who are trained before the start of the season, (which is May 15-September 17). This year many local guides were supplanted by foreigners sent by travel agencies, who were not given the training in respect to the code of ethics, leading to bad practices during the swimming with the animals, causing problems for CONANP and DGVS.
     Authorized boats must work one day on and one day off, depending on the color of their flag (representing even or odd). In the case of closure of the port, the boats registered with the SCT may go out on the next day and each boat may have a maximum of 10 tourists, regardless of its size (if its maritime safety certificate allows 10 passengers), and must respect the muelle de revisión (pier change?)  authorized by the SCT, which in this case there will only be three points of departure and arrival, as noted in the official release & mentioned in previous paragraphs. (Holbox, Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres).
    Each licensee will sign a letter of support for the Management Plan, agreeing to its implementation for ten years. A maximum of 1350 tourists may be taken out daily, which is half as many as last season. There was a warning that failure to attend to the authority of PROFEPA could result in cancellation of authorizations, if various rules are broken, but the details were not released at this time.
    Also, the SCT will monitor the Marine Radio band used by the captains and guides, and complaints will be made against those who use it in a coarse manner.     

Intensification of cancer prevention campaign
Intensifican campaña de prevención de cáncer [+] Ver mas
This took place on the mainland part of Isla Mujeres

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, 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.

 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, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso
 Isla Animals campaign for the upcoming November Clinic-Spay-Neuter-Educate
Sally Margolis  on FB....
Hi everyone, I just posted a campaign for an Isla Animals November Spay/Neuter & Education clinic. The only way to make change is through education of pet owners and particularly education of the children-and spay/neuter campaigns. At the last big IA campaign 220 animals were spayed/neutered. There will be an education station at this clinic and Isla Animals is also set to go to the schools. Please continue to support an organization that has made great strides with 15 years of steady service to the island. And please, please help us share this campaign! Thank you! "This is Lucky's campaign, let's make it everything it can be." -

HELLO! Thank you for taking a moment to check out our campaign for ISLA ANIMALS , a 501c3 non-profit organization located on the island of Isla Mujeres ,...
Diane White Daniel    We are donating the profits from any of our Isla designs (tshirts, hoodies, stickers, cards, iphone/pad skins and a couple of tote bags) to Isla Animals for the entire month of November. Not every design is available in every item but it is a nice mix of goodies.…/…/collections/230304-isla-mujeres    (There's a sample sticker & link in the margin also)


Miguel's high season schedule:
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   
 Sunday 9pm - 11pm
  Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm 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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa 

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

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


November events
Sunset ~5:10p
Moonrise in the east..over the Caribbean
Nov. 6 at 5:14p  Full Moon
Nov. 7 at 6:03
Nov. 8 at 6:54
Nov. 9 at 7:46
Nov. 10 at 8:38
Nov. 11 at  9:29
Nov. 12 at 10:20
Nov 13 at 11:10

 Nov 1  Halloween Buffet & Party at Casa de los Suenos 6:30 (reservations recommended)
Nov.1 & 2 Dia de los Muertos
Nov 1 DIF Catrina Costume event.. Benefit for DIF, social service agency, at the Naval Club (Playa Albatros)  200 pesos  The DIF is also collecting jackets & sweaters.
Photo: Siempre debemos de preservar nuestras tradiciones. #FamiliaEnAcción
We must always preserve our traditions From DIF on FB:. #FamiliaEnAcción

Photo: Con mucho cariño y respeto nuestros abuelitos realizaron su altar para el día de muertos. #FamiliaEnAcción
With much love and respect our senior citizens created an altar for Dia de Muertos.s. #FamiliaEnAcción

Activities for Municipal Month of Ecology:

 On Nov. 5, the Animal Welfare Act will be signed by the State Ministry of the Environment.
Nov. 8 is the Day of Municipal Urbanismo with compulsory cleaning of vacant lots, and the start of collecting of batteries.
Nov. 15 is World Recycling Day, when there will be a training workshop about recycling and reusing.
Nov. 20th is Municipal Clean Air Day, when an ongoing campaign will begin for the certification of smoke-free spaces.
Nov. 25 is Municipal Day of No Use of Pesticides when an interesting conference will be held on the management of solid residues concerning vegetable oils: "What to do with them"
Nov. 27 is Municipal Species Conservation Day when there will be an opening of the drinking fountains and inauguration of the space for the conservation of the Striped Iguana (Iguana Rayada). Also there will be a brigade to rescue and assist the Blue Crabs during their period of reproduction. (They move between the mangroves and the sea to spawn during the full moons in the fall, which often includes crossing a road).
On Nov. 30th, Sunday, there will be a drawing contest, and a presentation of the cookbook "Lion Fish".
Friday Nov 7  near Centro Cemetery 7pm
It says...Jean Piaget school invites you to the Festival of the Souls 2014...A silent procession starting promptly at 7p at Hidalgo & Lopez Mateos, followed by a presentation of altars representing 5 Mexican states at Jean Piaget school. Dress code: regional clothing or white. Friday Nov. 7 at 7pm

Nov 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 12-18 Caribbean Culture Fest
Nov. 13, Thursday 9am at Naval Club:  Navy Wives' Breakfast
            All proceeds go to the Navy Hospital, The tickets are $100 pesos, and can be purchased         in advance thru Mon. from Sue McDonald Lo (and may be available at the door?)
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 14-17 Buen Fin (discounts)
Nov 15 World Recycling Day
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
            8:30p Caribe Culture Fest Concert in Town Square  (see below)
Nov 17 Day off for Revolution Day 
              Parade date TBA
Nov 19  World Toilet Day
Nov 19 6:30p  Sisters of Perpetual Disorder Wine Meeting location TBA (Coffee meetings are first Sunday of the months at 10am)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución with parade
Nov 23 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 23  Día de la Armada (Naval Day)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer  UN International Day
             to End Violence Against Women
Nov 27 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

Caribe Culture Fest Nov 12-18 #FestivaldeCulturadelCaribe
Music, dance, theater, art, design, dining, handicraft, literature, academia and the traditions of Quintana Roo and the countries of the Caribbean.  Celebrating 40 years of identity caribeña

This says that Sonora Dinamita will be playing in Isla Mujeres, as well as Son del Barrio & Yura Santo Negro

Sunday, Nov. 16
domingo 16
LITERATURA 5p Town Square
“Matices de Quintana Roo”
Quintana Roo, México.
Hora: 17:00 Lugar: Plaza Principal

MÚSICA  8:30pm Town Square
Yura Santo Negro
Son del barrio
Quintana Roo, México.
La Sonora Dinamita  Cumbia!!!
Hora: A partir de 20:30 Lugar: Plaza Principal


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

Paula Parra's photo.

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm
Club Naval Isla Mujeres, Quinta Region Naval
 Fashion show with participation of designers from Merida, Cancun, & Isla Mujeres, as well as participation by local models and our little children models. 200 peso donation. Cocktail reception at 6:30
Pasarela con participacion de Diseñadores de Merida,Cancun e Isla Mujeres; asi como participacion de Modelos locales y nuestros pequeños modelos infantiles.
costo Donativo $200
6:30pm Coktail de Recepcion de Invitados

Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint


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