Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, January 27

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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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 ....

Hospital workers under contract waiting to collect their two week salary: Potential work stoppage

Trabajadores por contrato siguen sin cobrar su quincena

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
The workers under contract at the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres were not paid on January 15 and they are concerned they will not be paid on Jan. 31st. The affected employees represent about 65 percent of the workforce of the hospital and include general practitioners and medical specialists, nurses, administrators, and the intendencia (quartermaster). The new administrator of the Hospital, Jose Alberto Cortazar, was in Chetumal this weekend, and the workers want explanations from him. There is a possibility that the workers could conduct a work stoppage which would affect hundreds of patients and beneficiaries.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Ultramar considering increasing their schedule of ferry crossing with the last departure from Isla at 3am.
La empresa ultramar analiza incrementar el horario en sus cruces; el último saldría de la isla a las 3 am. http://t.co/Q8QZguuZac

Isla Mujeres will be included in the Treasures of the Caribbean in the 35th International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid Jan. 28-Feb. 1st.
CANCÚN, Quintana Roo, 26 de enero.— El gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo partirá al...

King & Queen of Carnaval, Joseph & Yoselin
Isla Mujeres. – El director de Cultura de Isla Mujeres, Rubén Pérez Martín, confirmó esta...
The Department of Public Services should respect the agreed upon schedule for trash transfer on the vehicle ferry
Posted: 23 Jan 2015 05:26 PM PST
 Management of the vehicle ferry are reporting problems because Public Services have not been adhering to the schedule agreement regarding transfer of trash, which was established to avoid inconvenience to tourists and to avoid times of peak flow. Tourists and other drivers are complaining about the odors given off by the large containers. This includes the problem that the trucks are sometimes parked for hours, causing leakage into the parking lot. The administrators of the ferry company have warned the Public Services agency director that services could be denied if they don't respect the schedule. It was noted that today many tourists departed the ferry covering their noses and mouths, to avoid the bad odor, and that the cleaners at the terminal area are also annoyed. There are about 38 tonnes of trash collected daily, with most of it transferred to the mainland aboard these large trucks.
The number of fishermen treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber has increased to  63
Posted: 23 Jan 2015 05:01 PM PST
 The number of fishermen treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber of Isla Mujeres has increased to 63 during this lobster season, with the first two cases of the year being pescadores foráneos , fishermen from outside of the island. Juan Carlos Gosco Arguelles, 28, from Lazaro Cardenas, was treated after diving 110 feet deep. He was treated on Friday, and his decompression symptoms were not considered grave/serious. He suffered symptoms in one of his arms after spearfishing about 15 nautical miles from Boca Nueva, near  Chiquilá and Holbox.
   The other case occurred Thursday, to  fisherman Florencio Yam Alconcer, 38,  who is a member of the Puerto Juarez cooperative. His case was more serious with symptoms of numbness in his left leg and lower back, and he may need at least 10 sessions to achieve full recovery, according to the director of the Hyperbaric Chamber. Lobster season concludes on February 28th, (and began on July 1st.)
Mobile vendors of Isla Mujeres want the law applied equally to all
Mobile vendors who were removed from the beach by municipal regulations say that the law focuses on the beaches, because certification is being sought there, but that tourists are being harassed in the streets by  comisionistas y enganchadores, (hawkers and brokers). The mobile vendors were speaking out anonymously, saying that authorities should remove those hawkers & brokers from the street, who they consider more annoying, and suggesting that the hawkers may also be avoiding taxes/fees.  They say the law is not being applied evenly.  One of the mobile vendors said, "When authorities first talked about making these radical changes, they said that removing the mobile vendors was the first stage, and when the new Maritime Terminal went into operation, they would remove the hawkers from the streets, but the latter did not happen."  The mobile vendors say their income has dropped since the law began, and while they have enough merchandise to support their families, they cannot afford to rent sales space, because their income is not great enough for that.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

The municipal Planning Department has a new director, architect Eleazar Romero Calixto, who is taking over from Martin Marfil, who is taking on other responsibilities within the administration. The new director has served as director of Vivienda (Housing) and was the technical director of Public Works for the municipality of Othon P. Blanco.

La Dirección de Planeación Municipal, tiene desde ayer nuevo titular, el arquitecto Eleazar Romero Calixto, ocupará el lugar de Martín Marfil quien atenderá otras encomiendas dentro de esta administración. El nuevo funcionario se ha desempeñado como director de Vivienda y como director técnico de Obras Públicas en el municipio de Othon P. Blanco.

Here is the information for the second big costume competition for pets during Carnaval 2015.
Conoce las bases para el segundo Gran concurso de disfraces para mascotas de nuestro Carnaval 2015.

The law protects our animal friends. Law for the Protection & Welfare of Animals.
La ley protege a nuestros amigos animales.
Ley de Protección y Bienestar Animal.

From  por esto

Possible work stoppage at hospital
Posible paro laboral en nosocomio .. [+] Ver mas

Pilot plan to extend ferry hours
Plan piloto para ampliar horarios de cruce[+] Ver mas

Ultramar (represented by director Arturo Baez) met with the City Council Secy. General (Cesar Poot) on Monday to discuss extending their hours, with three more crossings, which may begin Feb. 13-16, during Carnaval, and then continue on Friday's, Saturday's, & Sunday's. The boat would be departing Isla Mujeres at 1a, 2a, & 3a., and departing Puerto Juarez 12:30a, 1:30a, & 2:30a. They also discussed the problem of transport of night time emergencies & that this new schedule could improve that. Those attending the meeting included leaders of  Canaco, Canirac, Hoteles de Isla Mujeres y Pequeños Hoteles, Juan Carrillo, Baltazar Maldonado, Guadalupe Martínez and Leonel Povedano, respectively.

Plan for the area known as "Aguas Azules" (Whale shark tour area: "Blue Waters")
Hay plan para las Aguas Azules[+] Ver mas
The Management Plan for "Aguas Azules" that was created by the  La Asociación Eco Turismo Isla Mujeres AC was presented about two weeks ago. This group represents the whale shark licensees and say, "This an alternative proposal for management, because it is in the interest of the Association to seek ways and stratagies for the activity (swimming with the whale sharks) in a sustainable manner, and with the main objective of conserving the whale sharks (species Rhincodon typus), to significantly reduce the impact on this important resource."
      They also contacted Por Esto, via an email from Kin Lima and Rafael de la Parra, regarding clarifications to information in the January 26th edition of the newspaper. They said, "Diesel engines are not prohibited under the current management plan, since they are environmentally cleaner and more efficient than outboard engines. Regarding size, the "Grampus" is 26 feet long and the "Lilly M" is 36 feet and they have had permits since 2004 and 2008 respectively and are fully within the specifications of the law. It is true that yachts over 40 feet have been entering the whale shark tour area, but it is unknown whether or not they have permits from the authorities."
  "It is important that the community of Isla Mujeres is communicating with the authorities to prevent these permits to large ships from Cancun, because there are a limited number of permits to be authorized to Cancun, and there could be fewer permits available for the licensees of Isla Mujeres, Chiquila, and Holbox.
     The alternative Management Plan was submitted on January 15 to authorities of SEMARNAT (Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources) and Vida Silvestre (Wildlife).  Aguas Azules is in the eastern part of the area of the Biosfera del Tiburón Ballena/Whale Shark Biosphere, which is administered by these authorities and CONANP, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas.

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View from the rooms.

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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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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 

Bahama Mama 4-6 Live Music...in Salina Chica 

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. 

This Wednesday, Jan. 28 (date is wrong on poster) support saving sight and enjoy a benefit for Tacuako Andrade Perera. Tacuako is better known as Jonathan Isla's famed rapper. El Patio House of Music will be sponsoring the benefit on Wednesday January 28th. The Sol Rockers will be performing and there will be a 50/50 drawing.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at El Patio, The Joint, Marina Paraiso, Mango Cafe, Nico's Isla 33 or at the door for $200MP, and include a famous El Patio frozen mojito. Proceeds will go for an urgent sight-sparing eye surgery to be preformed by Dr. Carlos A Carona Velasquez in Cancun.

You are invited to enjoy a presentation by the Korean folk dancing troupe IRE on Friday, Jan 30 at7pm at Mundaca Hacienda, admission is free. 


 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


If you live in Isla Mujeres, on Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place  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.

 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) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

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: hasc0729@aol.com 

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


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

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

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

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

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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