Thursday, February 26, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 26

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 ....

Goodbye to polarized glass on taxis

New provision explained to the operators

Líder de chafiretes da a conocer nueva disposición: Operativos

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de febrero.-
 The ~550 taxis operating in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, on the mainland and the island, will have to abide by a new regulation requiring the removal of polarized glass for automobiles in public service. This is a safety recommendation of the Federal Police and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and will be enforced by the municipal Traffic Police. The vehicles are allowed to have factory installed privacy glass, which is mostly found on rear windows. 
       The leader for the Frente Unico de Trabajadores del Volante del Estado (United Front for Working Drivers of the State..FUTV) said there will be checkpoints at different parts of the city of Cancun, to stop vehicles when they are not carrying passengers. In the taxi unions, there are over 7000 vehicles with some degree of polarized glass on their vehicles, who were notified to remove the dark polarization, with 'vouchers' for payments from the union.  fueron notificados sobre el retiro de las micas oscuras a través de los “vouchers” de pagos que realizan al gremio. 
      "The units must remove the polarization according to safety recommendations from the Federal Police and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport," said the secretary general FUTV. "For the safety of tourists and users in general, and with the intention of preventing crime, there will be zero tolerance for units with tinted windows".
     The 142 taxis on the island of Isla Mujeres must abide by this regulation, as well as the ~400 taxis in the in Continental Zone of the municipality.

City Council approves selection of Legislator for One Day 

Para seleccionar a diputado por un día

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de febrero.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Keeping our word to support students in Isla Mujeres, we delivered municipal academic scholarships to young people who previously were approved as eligible for this incentive.
Cumpliendo nuestra palabra de apoyar a los estudiantes de Isla Mujeres, entregamos las becas académicas municipales a los jóvenes que previamente aprobaron los requisitos para recibir este estímulo.

Orange Day: An effective and original campaign against all types of violence and in support of women's rights in general, was implemented by the Municpal Women's agency.
.- Con motivo del Día Naranja, original y efectiva campaña de difusión sobre los tipos de violencia y derechos de las mujeres en general, implementó la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer (IMM).

Keeping another of our commitments: Payment of scholarships for ferry transportation. The education of our youth is our priority.
Cumplimos uno mas de nuestros compromisos, este el pago de becas de transporte marítimo. La educación de nuestros jóvenes es nuestra prioridad

At the City Council Regular session, the requirements were discussed for the process of selection of boys and girls to be child representatives in the legislature at the Parlamento Infantil 2015, of the State Congress, and the capitol city of Quintana Roo, Chetuma.
En Ordinaria de Cabildo se presentó, para su discusión y aprobación, las bases del proceso de selección para elegir a las niñas o niños que representarán, en su calidad de diputados infantiles, al municipio de Isla Mujeres dentro del Parlamento Infantil 2015 a celebrarse en el Congreso del Estado, en la ciudad capital, Chetumal Q. Roo.

The modern Maritime Terminal is a work of art and quality that benefits the families of the town, and will help make Isla Mujeres a  world-ranking location for tourism.Together with the recently achieved certification of North Beach, and our efforts to join the Pueblos Magicos program, Isla Mujeres can look upon a bright future with certainty and optimism.
Con satisfacción y una gran responsabilidad por ser cada día mejores, recibimos la noticia dada a conocer por un importante medio escrito, que coloca a la moderna terminal marítima de Isla Mujeres como una obra de vanguardia y calidad.
El trabajo de Enrique Peña Nieto y Roberto Borge Ángulo rinde frutos para beneficio de lo más importante que tenemos: las familias del municipio.
El anuncio lo tomamos con emoción pero también con una gran responsabilidad por ser cada vez mejores y colocar a Isla Mujeres en el lugar que le corresponde en el Ranking Mundial de Turismo.
Junto con la recién lograda certificación de Playa Norte y nuestras gestiones para formar parte del programa Pueblos Mágicos, en Isla Mujeres miramos el presente con certeza y el futuro con optimismo.

From  por esto

Tensions persist at the hospital
Tensiones persisten en hospital[+] Ver mas
Complaints continue from some patients with chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension concerning shortages that occur at the hospital pharmacy, where they are beneficiaries.
       There was a meeting between the interim administrator, Jose Alberto Cortazar, the staff, the director Dr. David Valenzo, and a union representative.  They discussed use of the time clock, and complaints about its possible manipulation,  vs signing in with a log book, as well as the consequences of tardiness. It is noted that there are personnel, including specialist doctors, who have left the hospital due to delays in being paid, and there are times when there is no gynecologist or pediatrician for days.
         The labor union representative said there are plans to sign a labor agreement next week regarding the points at issue in the workplace.

Family groups against alcoholism
Grupos familiares contra el alcoholismo[+] Ver mas
Members of the family support groups Al-Anon & Alateen provide information and a guide for recovery for family members dealing with the effects of alcoholism within their family. The groups meet on Mondays, for an hour at 5pm at the AA meeting place on Nicolas Bravo street, upstairs at Cas (sic) Rex, downtown.
      The article contains information about how alcoholism is a disease, for which family members are not responsible, but they can help alcoholics take steps toward recovery, and Al-Anon and its information and support can assist with this.

Good flow of tourism
Buen flujo de turismo [+] Ver mas
The fine weather and milder winds helped those in the tourism industry, with many kinds of recreational activities taking place, as well being beneficial for the fishermen. The lobster season ends Saturday, with the four month ban beginning on March 1st. It was noted that the wind was forecast to increase, with expectations of the arrival of cold front # 37, so caution was advised for later.

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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, 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..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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.  

There will be an additional Artist Fair Thursday, Feb. 12 4-9p with a Taste of Isla 5-7p.

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  in the US ~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.

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.

Thursday, Feb 12 Artist Fair Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

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

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Presentation of dance troupes Each will perform. There are ten troupes.
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing until dawn: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15 Beach Carnaval

This is from the Posada del Mar hotel downtown where troupes will be dancing before and after the parade on Rueda Medina.

3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
"Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
 DIF troupe will perform
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
 "Occupation" of Posada del Mar Beach area & Rueda Medina malecon with various activities continues
Noon: City streets Toro Petate 
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17  Fat Tuesday
12p Downtown Streets & Public spaces
Negrada by Dance Troupes 
& Toro Petate
 (The dance troupes perform all over downtown, in the streets & at businesses, with gender role reversals & costumes that include Afro wigs & black tights)
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

Thursday, Feb 19 6p Town Square  Billion Standing Against Violence Against Women and Girls event...Wear orange to show your support!

Saturday, Feb 28 Chuuk Kay Restaurant   Seniors & Friends Fundraiser 5:30p Silent Auction

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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