Sunday, January 11, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 11

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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Increase in tortilla prices expected in first months of 2015

Prevén alza durante el próximo trimestre del año

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de enero.-
Roman Colli, who works managing three tortilla businesses, said a significant increase in the price of tortillas is expected during the first quarter of 2015, due to the constant increases in expenses, particularly the 30 percent increase in masa flour that occurred in June. The current price of tortillas is 17 pesos per kilo with a wrapping paper, and 16 pesos without. He noted that formerly there were only five tortillerias and now there are nine, which leaves less profit for each 'factory'. He said the cost of freight has increased from 425 pesos in early 2014 to 582 pesos today.

Tree collection center at Hacienda Mundaca

En la ex Hacienda Mundaca

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de enero.-
 Beginning on Monday, the municipal department of Ecology is opening a collection center for Christmas trees, located at the Hacienda Mundaca. During the first two months of the year, families may dispose of their Christmas trees at the facility, where the trees will be given a special treatment and then turned into compost, which will be used on landscaping and green areas around the island. According to studies, one in three households has a natural tree during Christmas, so the number that are collected is expected to be considerable.This is a method that will benefit the environment and the residents.


Municipal Fiscalización agency closed business for problem with documents

Clausuran negocio por falta de documentación

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-

 Thursday evening the restaurant "Bobo's" was closed by inspectors from the municipal department of  Fiscalización for not having current documents, allegedly including their operating license, land use, trash collection payment receipt, and other business documents required by the City. The inspectors explained that two days before the closure, the business was found to be lacking in these documents, and they were given a subpoena to go to City Hall and update the required documents, but this notice was ignored. After the period expired, the inspectors proceeded to close the business and place the seals. This generated complaints from employees, since they are concerned that this will affect their income.

Cheaper prices & prices on display: Generating controversy among established stores

Genera polémica la apertura de establecimiento en la isla

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-

There is a new store downtown that has generated complaints from other merchants and from hawkers because it is offering similar merchandise at lower prices, and displaying the prices. There are some workers , particularly those selling handicraft souvenirs (artesanías) who say this is "unfair competition", and want municipal authorities to intervene to try and regulate the situation, which they say affects their income, which has allegedly decreased since the store opened. Others admit that there is little or nothing that can be done, since it is free trade and the new store can offer their products at any price they want. Those who are most upset are the hawkers who work on commission, who are known as  “enganchadores” or “jaladores” (literally: recruiters or pullers). They often offer higher prices than the item really costs, since they are often dependent on commissions from sales and receive no salary.
   The new store sells a variety of items and products, from clothing to Mayan figurines, as well as wine and liquor.  Previously, the federal consumer protection agency, PROFECO, has persistently recommended that businesses exhibit their prices, but this was not being done until the arrival of this new business. It is suggested that the “enganchadores” or “jaladores”are perceiving this store as taking business out of their hands with a new form of marketing aimed at tourists.

Youths participate in cleaning of the lagoon: Committed to the ecosystem 

Comprometidos con el ecosistema

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-
On Friday, a coordinated effort by the municipal department of Ecology, the municipal Youth Institute (Instancia de la Juventud), and students in the community resulted in a clean up of the area around the Salina Grande lake, including the walking path and area near the Community Center. 

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

January 10th: Day of Workers in public transport
Hoy 10 de Enero, Día del Trabajador del transporte público.

With the end of Christmas & New Year's, the municipal Ecology agency encourages families to dispose of their Christmas trees at Hacienda Mundaca, beginning on Monday.      
Finalizadas las fiestas de navidad y año nuevo, la Dirección Municipal de Ecología pone a disposición de las familias, a partir de este lunes, el centro de acopio de árboles navideños naturales que fueron utilizados en las …

In January, there is a 50% discount for trash collection services (This is for businesses, because trash collection is free for residents.)
Este mes de enero aprovecha el 50% de descuento en el pago de los Servicios de recolecta de basura. @InfomovilNews

Youths committed to the ecosystem
With voluntary and enthusiastic participation by young people of Isla Mujeres, on Friday there was a  cleaning the area of the lagoon and walking paths located near the street of prolongation Martínez Ross.
ISLA MUJERES, Q. ROO.- Con la voluntaria y entusiasta participación de jóvenes de Isla Mujeres, este viernes se llevó a cabo la limpieza del área de la laguna y andador ubicada en la prolongación de la calle Martínez Ross.
ISLA MUJERES, Q. ROO.- Con la voluntaria y entusiasta participación de jóvenes de Isla...
Renovations and improvements are being made to the green dome and the tennis courts located in Salina Chica
Estamos llevando a cabo trabajos de remozamiento y mejoramiento de instalaciones deportivas de la isla como la cancha de tenis y el domo verde ubicados en la Salina Chica.

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And they are kept at shore
Y se quedaron en tierra [+] Ver mas
Due to the arrival of Cold Front #26 with winds above 40kph, the Harbor Master closed the port for navigation by small boats, which affected over 300 vessels used for fishing and recreation. This is expected to continue on Sunday, and those affected are hoping for better weather on Monday. Some may still be able to offer tours within the Bay. The comisionistas who sell tourism services focused on selling golf cart rentals. On the bay side of the island, along the coast, visitors can see dolphins up close, and during this weather, without going on a boat, they can see other species such at nurse sharks, which are usually kept on display at Playa Lancheros and other locations.
   The Harbor Master recommended precautions for navigation by boats transiting the Yucatan Channel, which can be very dangerous based on the number of accidents. Precautions should be taken by those sailboats and yachts who come from the north to the south, who can be in a hurry to make good time, coming from the United States and Canada.
   Regarding the remains of the silboat "Chiron" which capsized two months ago in the southern part of Isla Contoy National Park, there is still no known plan for removal of its parts, according to the Harbor Master. They are waiting on a proposal this month from CONANP, which is an agency of SERMARNAT  (Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp) de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recurso Naturales / the National Commission to Protect Natural Areas of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources.) The Harbor Master recommended removal of the remains, which are under the jurisdiction of CONANP, because of the location where the shipwreck occurred during a storm.

Winds affected tourism
Descanso obligado +] Ver mas
 Although the sun was shining and temperatures were reported to be 24-26C, the wind caused the weather to be unsuitable for snorkeling, and a reduced number of visitors came to the island. The small boats were forbidden to operate and some of the boats over 40 feet continued to sail in the Bay, with caution recommended by the Harbor Master. The beaches were not crowded, with more people on the Posada beach than on North Beach. The restaurants were doing a good business, and hotel occupancy is above 60 percent, which is expected to continue throughout the winter, especially at the large and medium hotels. Dive shops postponed trips, and are hopeful that the weather will improve by Monday.  There is little demand for the tours to swim with the sailfish who are 40 miles north of Isla Mujeres, which has caused the cost to decline. These are pioneers of this recreational activity, and a similar experience with the whale shark tours. There is also little demand for sport fishing, according to those who are directly involved.

OVC to continue assisting Isla Mujeres in 2015
Seguirá OVC apoyando a IM en 2015 [+] Ver mas
In 2015, promotion of Isla Mujeres internationally will continue to be done by the Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones (OVC) of Cancún, for the second year. The director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez, said the agency will continue to administer the 3% Lodging Tax. Currently there are no statistics available, but previously this tax generated a little over 10 million pesos, of which two thirds was spent on promotion. But since the termination of the Tourism Trust and turning over of promotion to the OVC, this information is unknown.
    This agreement for the OVC to take over promotion of the island and the dissolution of the Tourism Trust was made at the beginning of 2013, under state law. The OVC promotes Isla Mujeres are international conventions such as the DEMA show in Las Vegas, as well as promoting two local fishing tournaments and a spear fishing competition. It is unknown if the underwater photography contest will be reactivated.


Cleaning the shores of Salina Grande lake
Limpian alrededores de la Salina Grande[+] Ver mas

Young volunteers cleaned 2 kilometers of the walking path around the perimeter of Salina Grande lake on Friday, removing a significant amount of debris, including plastic containers. This was a coordinated effort by the municipal department of Ecology, the municipal Youth Institute (Instancia de la Juventud), and students in the community They began near prolongation Martinez Ross avenue, cleaning up the path to the Community Center. They cleaned the borders of the entire circuit of the path.
       Officials want to increase awareness of the need to maintain cleanliness at this site, where there is an ongoing problem with people throwing their beverage containers into the mangroves. Maintaining good water quality is important, and this area serves migratory birds including cormorants, pelicans, herons, ducks, and others, who come to rest and to feed. There is a plan for the investment of 1.6 million pesos for installation of solar lights along this walkway surrounding Salina Grande lake, which was initially proposed at the end of 2014.

Harbor Master expects port closure
Capitanía anticipa cierre del puertoVer mas

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 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

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


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  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

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

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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 1p  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 -
  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 -
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
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
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

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



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, ~Dec~April.  

 Magic Show at PocNa Mondays at 8:30 Free (tips encouraged) 2x1 cocktails 50p

This magic show is at Fenix on Friday & Saturdays 8p
Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Jan. 4  at 5:10p Full Moon
Jan. 5 6:02
Jan. 6 6:53
Jan. 7 7:43
Jan. 8 8:53
Jan. 9 9:21
Jan. 10 10:10
Jan. 11 10:58

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

Upcoming holidays!

 Monday, February 2, no school/day off for February 5th (Constitution Day). (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

We're celebrating Carnaval ~Feb 12-17. whoot whoot!! 

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vaca starts July 14th.

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres

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