Saturday, February 7, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 7

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 ....

From Tvisla Mujeres

Hoteliers support Ultramar proposal to increase crossings, starting February 13th...

Isla Mujeres. – Leonel Povedano Castillo,...
Ultramar incrementará sus cruces a partir del próximo viernes 13 de febrero
          The first article about this, the other day, reported about the meeting between the Secretary General of the City Council, Cesar Poot, & Ultramar at the City Council room, attended by local business leaders, discussing the proposal & details, which were reportedly well received. A additional benefit mentioned was late night medical transport.
        This is a follow up interview with one of those business leaders, head of the Small Hotel Association, Leonel Povedano Castillo who's expressing support and saying it would be beneficial for uniting guests with their tardy suitcases from the airport, and that it would benefit restaurants & bars directly. It says they are proposing to begin this on February 13th and it would be three more crossings (departing P. Juarez 12:30am, 1:30am and 2: 30am, and departing Isla Mujeres 1a, 2a, 3a.).

Police turned over a pair of pickpockets, with a five year old child, to the agency of...
The security cameras at the new Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres confirm that a pair of pickpockets...

Isla Mujeres. – La policía preventiva de Isla Mujeres puso a disposición de la agencia del...

Isla Mujeres. – Las cámaras de seguridad instaladas en la nueva terminal marítima de Isla Mujeres lograron conformar que la pareja de carteristas...

The first story says the municipal police of Isla Mujeres turned a pair of alleged pickpockets over to the Prosecutor's agency, accused of taking a wallet while in line at the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres. They were accompanied by a minor of five years old.
       Sra. Armenta de Paulino bought her tickets for the 10am ferry, and stood in line, but when boarding the boat and checking her bag, she realized she no longer had her wallet. She remembered the couple who were standing behind her, and began to check the boat. She did not find the couple, so she decided to leave the ferry and try to find the alleged thieves, and spoke to authorities. The couple returned to the terminal an hour later, and denied the accusation, but the child contradicted them and said they had taken the wallet.
    The police reported the detainees are Pedro Díaz Méndez, 34,  a comerciante/merchant, originally from Veracruz; and  María de Jesús Pérez Canché, 32, a vendedora ambulante/mobile vendor, originally from Cancun. The child was turned over to the DIF, while the parents were made available to the Agencia del Ministerio Público del Fuero Común (Prosecutors Office).

The second story says that security cameras installed in the new Maritime Terminal indicate the pair of pickpockets arrested on Saturday did not act alone and it appears that there are five members of the group, including another couple (and the child).  It says the arrested pair (see data above)  were positively identified by the victim. It notes the Tourism Police were promptly informed and the arrest was achieved with cooperation between the Department of Tourism and the Judicial Police.
   The details are the same as above, additionally noting that the thieves also boarded the ferry, and then decided to stay on the island, allegedly trying to repeat the same activity after an hour, when they were identified and apprehended.
       Security cameras indicate that the couple did not act alone, and that there were five people involved in the robbery; two couples and the minor, said Public Prosecutor Abraham Alcocer Romero. The DIF, social service agency, turned the minor over to her maternal grandmother, who lives in Cancun.
         With confirmation that an organized group is involved, the crime is reclassified as a delito grave/a serious crime. They are expected to be in court on Thursday for the crime of Aggravated Robbery, which is a felony. There is a period of 72 hours in which their legal status must be determined, although this could last longer is an extension is requested.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

World Wetlands Day was commemorated Friday in Isla Mujeres, with the participation by the Municipal Department of Ecology, the National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP) and the company Aguakan.
Con la participación de la Dirección Municipal de Ecología, la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONANP) y la empresa Aguakan, este viernes se conmemoró en Isla Mujeres el Día Mundial de los Humedales.
- Con la participación de la Dirección Municipal de Ecología, la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONANP) y la empresa Aguakan, este viernes se conmemoró en Isla Mujeres el Día Mundial de los Humedales.

World Wetlands Day was commemorated Friday in Isla Mujeres, with the participation by the Municipal Department of Ecology, the National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP) and the company Aguakan. This important celebration included: environmental educators, schools, tourist & fishing cooperatives, business groups, and the Navy. At the event held in the dome in La Gloria, important agreements were made to carry out the Campaign for Cleaning the Wetlands 2015. 
    There will be four areas of mangroves that will be cleaned. In Salina Chica, students from the high school Colegio Bachilleres of Isla Mujeres and Staff of CONANP will participate. In Salina Grande, participants will include students from the primay schools ofr Julio Sauri Espinoza and Cesar Mendoza Santana, as well as staff from the Department of Ecology and of the company Aguakan.
    At the canal entrance to Makax Lagoon, behind the Middle School, cleaning will be done by the students of Benito Juarez Middle School, as well as the cooperative Patria & Progreso and the staff of CONANP. In Sac Bajo, cleaning will be done by the Dolphin Discovery group, by  Asociados Náuticos y Subacuáticos, staff from CONANP and the cooperatives Adolfo López Mateos and Isla Bonita.
   In the state of Quintana Roo, there are 13 wetland sites, with a total area of over  1.7 million hectares. Worldwide, Mexico is second, behind the United Kingdom, with the largest number of wetlands recognized by the convention RAMSA, with 63 of the 142 protected sites being within Mexico.

Today staff  for the Public Safety Dept. (municipal police) who specialize in the field of crime prevention, lectured students from Benito Juarez Middle School on topics such as the use of prohibited drugs, alcoholism, and bullying, among others.
Personal de la Dirección de Seguridad Pública especializado en materia de prevención del delito, llevaron hoy a los alumnos de la Secundaria Benito Juárez, pláticas sobre temas de actualidad como el consumo de drogas prohibidas, alcoholismo, Bullyng, entre otros.

Today there was an oil spill in the area known as Sac Bajo in Isla Mujeres, which was immediately cleaned up.
El día de hoy se presentó un derrame de aceite en el sitio conocido como Sacbajo en Isla Mujeres; de inmediato acudimos para la limpieza correspondiente.

Staff from the  Department of Civil Protection are responsible for cleaning the storm drain grids in different parts of the island to avoid potential problems.
Personal de la Dirección de Protección Civil se encarga de la limpieza de rejillas en diferentes puntos de la isla con el objetivo de evitar contratiempos.

 Logos/uniform shirts were provided for the female soccer delegation who are competing in Chetumal this weekend toward participating in the National Olympics 2015.
 Abanderamos la delegación femenil de fútbol que participará este fin de semana en Chetumal rumbo a las olimpiadas nacionales 2015.

From  por esto

Fictitious protection of the wetlands
Ficticia protección a humedales.. [+] Ver mas
Por Esto notes that the 12,000 hectares of the lagoon Chacmuchuch on the mainland, and the Makax lagoon on the island, have both suffered severe deterioration, despite proposals made by a civil association for Chacmuchuhc, or by a former mayor two decades ago, who attempted to regulate the use of Makax.
   After the official event at the sports dome in colonia La Gloria to commemorate World Wetlands Day, a campaign was begun to clean up wetlands around the lagoons & lakes of Salina Grande, Salina Chica, and Makax, with the removal of a great deal of plastic beverage bottles.
   "Wetlands are an essential part of the present and future of humanity; they supply and purify our water, recharge aquifers, ensure biodiversity, protect us from floods and droughts, as well as being natural barriers against rising sea levels and climate change," said an unidentified speaker.

Vandals abandon cart on malecon
Cunde la inseguridad[+] Ver mas
    The golf cart rental company "Prisma" has suffered vandalism to another of their vehicles which was found along the malecon-boardwalk of Salina Grande lake. The black unit, #9, was found abandoned on the malecon, with the access to its motor open.
     René Contreras Gómez said the modus operandi of these vandals is well known, inactivating the security system to directly activate the starter system. For this reason, it is suspected that those responsible could be former employees of Prisma who are familiar with the mechanical system.
       In a telephone interview, René Contreras said "At least I have suspicions about who is responsible, but just lack the authority to act accordingly", and planned to file a complaint on Friday with the Prosecutors office. The Judicial Police were aware of the discovery of the vehicle at an early hour. Last year, Prisma suffered damage to two of their carts in one night, when one was burnt up in Sac Bajo and a total loss, and the other was pushed over a cliff by the Caribbean Sea.

Band of pickpockets
Banda de carteristas[+] Ver mas
This article has similar information as given above, noting another couple were involved, according to security camera videos, and that the investigation continues. It notes the victim is a former local diputada/deputy...legislator (she was also a former mayor candidate.)

School speech contest
Certamen escolar de oratoria[+] Ver mas
Friday, the local Human Rights agency of Quintana Roo announced this speech contest for sixth grade students which will take place March 13th at 1pm at the Naval auditorium. The deadline for registration is Feb. 27th. The  winner will receive a tablet, second place receives a pass to swimm with the dolphins, and third place receives a dinner. The speeches can last a maximum of six minutes and will be judged on voice, attitude, knowledge of the subject, and content.Topics are the rights and obligations of children and the goal is to promote and disseminate human rights in this social segment of the community. Sixth grade students of private and public schools on both the mainland and island are encouraged to participate.
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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, 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  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

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 -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
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 - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

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

FEBRUARY>>>>  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

SUNDAY, FEB. 1  The time changed 

. For the next month we'll be synced with EST,  until March 8, when the US goes onto DST (and we don't). Then for ~8 months we are in sync w Central Time in the US, since we will no longer be changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. (DST is March 8-Nov.1 in the US, and April 5-Oct. 25 in Mexico.)           We're only synced with EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8. To permanently adjust your clocks, you can chose a location like Panama that stays on EST without changing to DST

 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: 

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

Thursday February 12th will be the Navy Wives Breakfast at 9:00 am at Club Naval in Centro. The proceeds go to the Navy Hospital. This month the theme is Valentine's Day, and the tickets will be 120 pesos. This breakfast is really more like lunch, and we should be meeting the wife of the new commandant.

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

Friday, Feb. 13
8pm Town SquareGala Night 
Coronations of the Senior Citizen King & Queen & of the King & Queen with disabilities/special needs & of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen: Jose Carlos & Yoselin

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade: Beach Carnaval
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
12p Downtown Streets: Fat Tuesday
Negrada by Dance Troupes & Toro Petate
8p Town Square Night of the Dance Troupes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval & Presentation of his Will
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

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.)

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 vacation starts July 14th.

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