Sunday, March 8, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 8

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! 
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This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Deserved recognition given to women of the island at event with Agapito and his wife

Conviven Agapito y su esposa con mujeres de la Isla

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 7 de marzo.-  See translation in the City section...

Immigration checking at businesses 

Solicitan empresarios

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 7 de marzo.-

Following an operation carried out by the National Migration Institute (INM), (with support from the Navy), to detect illegal aliens, many islanders said these measures should be carried out regularly. Some local entrepreneurs said they welcome these actions because they believe there are many foreigners of different nationalities working on the island without proper documents, in contravention of Mexican law.
    They suggest the agents of the INM should visit hostels and workplaces downtown where there may be undocumented people working. There were also comments made about some foreigners who behave inappropriately,  who are allegedly living illegally on the island.
      Among workers in the tourism service sector, it has been noted that  most of the vessels from the Cancun Hotel Zone have foreigners working as sailors and even as captains. They noted this occurs in nightclubs, restaurants, and bars where foreigners can be seen working as waiters, cooks, bartenders, as well as the proprietors of the businesses.
        In general, residents noted that it is important for personnel of the INM to implement such measures regularly to detect irregularities.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Saturday morning the Mayor and his wife, honorary president of the DIF, social service agency (Agapito Magana Sanchez & Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana) hosted a breakfast for women of the island to celebrate International Women's Day and to give them recognition.
    Women attending included council member Miriam Trejo Leon, and president of the Commission for Gender Equality, Adriana Trejo Gonzalez. The Mayor gave a speech, and spoke about the fundamental roles and vital contributions of women in all social fields, and expressed his gratitude for their participation to give Isla Mujeres a future we can look forward to with optimism. Psychologist Gloria Alarcon gave a talk called "Every Woman is Beautiful with a Better Tomorrow".
     There were lectures, talks, and exchanges of experiences among the attendees, who included athletes Jessica Basto Bautista and María Fernanda Fernández Garrido; recognized social worker Socorro Bacab Garrido; cherished mother of a family Rubiciela Hernández Chaparro; beloved islander Blanca Estela Maldonado Molina; and Catalina Galindo Princesa for her invaluable contributions to the care and protection of the environment.

Friends, we need your help to locate the passport of Lisa Scheid that was lost Friday night. It was in a bag containing cosmetics. and she was in the restaurant "Sunset Grill". Any information could be helpful, we ask your help to assist our tourist friends. Thank you for your help.
Amigos, necesitamos de su apoyo para localizar un pasaporte que se extravió ayer por la noche de Lisa Scheid. El pasaporte se encontraba en una bolsita que contenía cosméticos. Nuestra amiga turista se encontraba en el Restaurante "Sunset Grill" Cualquier información puede ser útil, les solicitamos apoyar a nuestros amigos turistas. Gracias por su ayuda.

From  por esto

Sailor hasn't taken responsibility
Militar no da la cara[+] Ver mas
 Magdaleno Mercado Caballero, 52, was injured on February 18, when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle driven by Ivan Mariano Padilla Leyva, a member of the Navy. The injured man's family says the driver was violating traffic regulations by driving the opposite direction, from north to south, near the monument to  Niños Héroes in front of the entrance to the Naval base, and therefore he did not see the motorcyclist.
      Family member señora Aurora Gómez, described the accident and consequences on Facebook, asking that the Navy commanders intervene to clarify the facts and that responsibility be taken for the medical costs. The family has been using their savings and loans, and receiving assistance from the Social Justicia fishing cooperative. 
       Sr. Mercado has an injured left leg that included a fractured foot, and a detached meniscus of his knee. He recently had a second operation, and is recovering slowly. There are photographs from the after the accident, showing how bloody the pavement was,  and the vehicle is in the impound yard. The family says after the accident the driver fled into the Naval base, and there has been no compensation.

Immigration agents came & left without publicizing results
Como llegaron se fueron los de migración [+] Ver mas
  The INM (National Migration Institute) received support from the Navy for their operation Friday, but the results were not made public and remain a mystery. This was their second operation in less than a year.
     Judging by the actions of some of the agents, it is suggested that they may have been acting on a complaint and doing field research. Some versions indicate they took three people into custody, including two American women.
     Some people estimate that during this season, twenty percent of the population are foreigners who arrive annually to spend the winter, especially the elderlly. According to data collected, several of these frequent visitors are already processing their papers to be considered as Mexican citizens, with dual citizenship. One elderly American said "We like the island, and have frequented it for several years, so I put in my request to meet the requirements (to be considered for Mexican nationality)."
          The local INM office did not make any comment and there is no official information about the visit on Friday.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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.

March Events

Sunset ~6:50

Moonrise over the Caribbean
March 5, Thurs.    7:01    Full Moon   
(a 'minimoon'...the most distant moon of 2015)

March 6, Fri.         7:50
March 7, Sat.        8:39
March 8, Sun.       9:28
March 9, Mon.      10:19
March 10, Tues    11:10

Sunrise ~7am
From Time & Date

March 5 , Thursday Town Square Artist Fair 4-9 & Taste of Isla 5-7
March 8 Daylight Savings Time begins in US. Isla is on EST year round, not observing DST.
March 8 International Women's Day
March 16, Monday: Day off for March 21, Birth of Benito Juarez. 
March 17, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day  (Celebrated in some bars)
March 18 Oil Expropriation Day (an observance, no closures)
March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
March 29 Palm Sunday
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.

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

 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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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.  

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