Sunday, January 18, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 18

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 ....

Residents of La Guadalupana hope to legalize their properties this year

Vecinos de La Guadalupana esperan legalizar sus predios este año

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
 After ten years of occupancy, the residents of the irregular colonia "La Guadalupana" are hoping to legalize their properties this year for each of the occupants, and then to have basic services. The community has overcome many difficulties, and know that the fight is not yet concluded, and they look forward to a final settlement to give their properties legal status. The colonia is lacking in several basic services, but has had tap water introduced, and some lights on the main streets. They are seeking a legal determination, and hoping that with deeding, electricity and other services can be introduced. Some homes have foundations, and others have intentions to build two stories, once they obtain titles.

Underground cables this month for Rueda Medina Avenue 

En la avenida Rueda Medina

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
 The downtown lines along Rueda Medina Avenue that provide electricity, cable, and telephone services are being moved underground. This transition is expected to be completed this month and the overhead lines will be removed, which is expected to take two weeks, according to CFE superintendent (of the  Comisión Federal de Electricidad en la Zona Sur del Estado), Jorge García Castillo.

DIF announces assistance for people with hearing problems 

Para apoyar a personas con problemas auditivos

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
The municipal DIF agency  (Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia), with the  Coordinación de Trabajo Social, is providing assistance for people who require hearing aids. This is for all ages, and given in relation to those who need it most. Residents who are interested in participating should bring copies of their CURP, birth certificate, and photo ID as well as proof of address and passport size photos to the Department of Social Work, located in the municipal DIF office in Colonia La Gloria, between Monday Jan. 19 and Friday Jan. 30, 9am-4pm.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

One of our favorite spots on Isla Mujeres, is the beach Posada del Mar. Come and enjoy the island warmth.
Uno de nuestros rincones favoritos en Isla Mujeres, es la playa Posada del Mar. Ven y disfruta de la calidez isleña.

The DIF social service agency, headed by Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana is coordinating with Social Work to bring help to people who need hearing aids.
El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) que encabeza la Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña a través de la Coordinación de Trabajo Social brindará apoyos para las personas que requieran de aparatos auditivos.

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Concern over change in teachers
Inconformidad por cambio de maestroser mas
Some of the parents of students in classes 1B and 2B at the primary school Andres Quintana Roo are concerned about their classrooms being supplied with newly hired teachers, who  were hired by the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), after passing the exam. Several of the parent thought the two teachers who were removed ('retired') on Friday should have been allowed to continue because they are good in the classrooms. The director said this change is due to application of legislation under the new Educational Reform Laws, but the parents are questioning that. The official said more changes are pending in other classes, because the teachers expected to teach those classes did not pass the exam.

Pedestrians at risk in downtown area
Peatón en riesgo en zona centro+] Ver mas
When the downtown area is congested with vehicles, it is more hazardous for pedestrians. Some residents want officers to ask vehicle owners not to leave their vehicles on or near the sidewalks of businesses and homes of Juarez, Madero, Abasolo, and Matamoros which are arterial streets with the biggest problems. It is noted that there is a large public parking lot by the Casa de Cultura and another at the Port Authority, which are both half empty. The former is free. There are also complaints about merchants who 'shout' at tourists (hawk), saying this is a problem that needs to be resolved to preserve the good image of the city and to allow visitors to enjoy its attractions including wooden homes and paintings which together demonstrate the cultural encounter between the traditional Maya and foreigners. One resident explained, "We need to preserve the tranquility and peace for walking around downtown, in an environment that allows visitors to shop in a leisurely manner or to search menus for regional dishes. Currently people are watching out to avoid being hit by a vehicle, rather than enjoying window shopping.

Questions about Lodging Tax
Reclaman IAH para infraestructura [+] Ver mas
The IAH (Impuesto al Hospedaje)  is a 3 percent lodging tax, of which 20%  was formerly supposed to used to strengthen infrastructure. Some business owners are questioning where these funds are being used, and awaiting answers from the municipal authorities and the OVC  (Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de Cancún).  The OVC has replaced the
   According to data collected, in 2012 there were 600,000 pesos which the  Comité Técnico del Fideicomiso de Promoción de Isla Mujeres agreed to use for renovating the signs for tourist attractions such as the Turtle Farm, Hacienda Mundaca, and Punta Sur, among others.
   It is estimated that the IAH Hotel Tax represents about 10 million pesos, and that according to the policy of the former Fideicomiso,  20%  of this amount should be used for needs, but that has not been designated since 2012. The OVC has absorbed the functions of the former  Fideicomiso de Promoción de Isla Mujeres agency for the job of promoting Isla Mujeres.
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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, 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, 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.  


 Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place in a coupla weeks at 2am on Feb 1st.  This is a 'permanent' change voted in by the Legislature last year, that has been discussed, and promoted by the tourism industry, for years. It will sync us up with a coupla dozen airports in the US & Canada, "add an hour of daylight" & supposedly save money on energy.
      The internet indicates we will no longer participate in the changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. Currently we are in sync with Central time, and will continue to be when that zone is on DST, but the rest of the year, we will be in sync with Eastern Standard Time.
       DST is March 8-Nov. 1 in the US, and April 5-Oct 25 in Mexico, when Isla will be in sync with CT. During the fall/winter Isla will be in sync with EST.

El nuevo horario se traduce en una hora más de sol para la entidad.|By Grupo SIPSE

 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) 

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

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


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17. whoot whoot!! 

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: the Children's costume contest on the Town Square for those under 13

  Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm: The Open Category costume contest on the Town Square on  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given.

Upcoming holidays

 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.

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

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