Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 13

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine

Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Seeking tourists from the local Peninsular region

v Forman frente común de promoción para la Península

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 12 de mayo.-
In order to attract local tourism, there is a program of promotion that began on Monday, aimed at the states of Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo.  A delegation from each of these states will tour the main attractions of each of the three states, and then return to their home state to promote domestic tourism. 
    On Thursday, May 14th, the delegation from the state of Yucatan will arrive in Isla Mujeres to learn about the attractions of this holiday destination. As part of this program, next week the delegation from Quintana Roo will visit the state of Campeche, to learn of the various attractions in its different municipalities, and this trip will finish in the state of Yucatan.
   The delegation from Quintana Roo includes representatives from the state Tourism Promotion Board (Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística) and directors from the Tourism Departments of Chetumal, Cozumel, Holbox, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Isla Mujeres, making a total of 24 people. 
      This information was provided by the Isla Mujeres Director of Tourism,  Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, who added that this is a project of the  Tianguis Turístico de México, which focuses on tourism promotion in each state.

"Will be memorable": Says organizing committee for the 12th edition of the "Cosme A. Martinez Magana Fishing Tournament" 

La edición 12 del “Cosme A. Martínez Magaña”: Comité organizador

Lanrry PARRA
The characteristics of the waters around Isla Mujeres make them special and unique for the practice of sport fishing with the "Grand Slam" of species that live here (blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish), said organizers of the tournament.
      Since earlier this year, the organizing committee of the 12th edition of the Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament have had preparatory meetings with agencies including: Navy of Mexico (Fifth Naval Region), Harbor Master, National Fishing Commission, Ministry of Health, General Hospital of the Island, local branch of the Red Cross, and of course with all municipal departments involved in the organization and production of this event.
       The presence in island waters of the species most appreciated by sport fishing enthusiasts, coupled with the prestige that this tournament has gained year after year, has caused competitors to register a month in advance for the first time in history, which indicates the twelfth edition of the international competition will be a success.
      This is already established as a popular celebration among fishermen and the general population, and has become a real fiesta in general because in addition to the thrills of fishing, it features artistic beach festivals with music, dancing, seafood dishes, exhibitions, and other activities. The prize package includes a late model pick up truck, motorcycles, boats, foreign travel, and more.
     The registration committee invites all sports fishing fans to participate, noting registration closes Saturday May 23 at 7am, an hour before the starting gun. For more information call  998 877 – 03 - 07 or email
ISLA MUJERES, 12 de mayo.-

After four months in jail, "El Gallito" attempted suicide

Tras cuatro meses de permanecer en cárcel

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 12 de mayo.-
After nearly four months in jail, Jonathan Adriel Meneses Marín, aka “El Gallito”, tried to commit suicide by hanging himself from the bars of his cell with his shirt, but luckily he was spotted by his cellmates who prevented it. The police chief, Joaquin Acosta Poot, said after the failed attempt, he was taken to the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres were he was given a thorough revies and remained for a long time, until he was fully recovered. The police chief said today "El Gallito" has already recovered fully and said he was sorry to have attempted suicide.
      He remains locked up for charges of theft and injury, which he has been held on since January, after being determined by preliminary investigation 018/2015. The investigation indicated he had allegedly stolen a motorcycle which had the owner's wallet inside. The young thief allegedly found it easy to take the credit cards and shop at one of the local department stores, but when he returned home the moto's owner and his cousin were waiting for him. At the time, he denied using the credit cards to buy goods for his home, but in an attempt to avoid responsibility, he tried to escape on that same motorcycle. For this he was detained and brought before the appropriate authorities.
      “El Gallito” was also involved with the execution of two females in 2011, for which he was detained at the state capital in the facility for minors for two years.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Looking for a job? Don't miss this opportunity. Submit your completed application at the municipal department of Economic Development
It says,  Looking for a job? Join our team
Male, at least 18, complete Middle School or High School, no visible tattoos, completed application
Birth certificate, graduation record, military document, residency document, health document, 2 personal references, 2 work references, document of no criminal record
Bring them to the Office of Economic Development located in the Community Center on Thursday May 14 9a-3p
¿Buscas trabajo? No piernas esta oportunidad.
Presenta tu solicitud elaborada en la Dirección de Desarrollo Económico.

Announcing the Children's Ecological Drawing Contest
Conoce la convocatoria para el Concurso Municipal Infantil de Dibujo Ecológico.

Today May 12  International Nurse's Day
Hoy 12 de Mayo. Día Internacional de la Enfermería.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

To the advantage of larger companies
Favorecen a grandes consorcios [+] Ver mas

Three days before the start of the whale shark season, not a single permission has been granted by CONANP (National Commission of Protected Natural Areas) nor the Wildlife Department (Dirección General de Vida Silvestre). There is confusion and concern among the licensees about the starting date for the season, because apparently this year environmental authorities have been considering starting the season on June 1st, while other sources indicate it will be May 18th.
   The Harbor Master, Miguel Gonzalez Gil, confirmed that so far no one has been granted a permit for any boat from Puerto Juarez, Isla Mujeres, Holbox, and Chiquila, a situation that is blamed on the Management Plan that did not set a definite starting date. It is remembered that before 2013, the permits were given at least five days before the start of the season. "The window for present applications opened on April 28, and so far there is nothing; not a single licensee has submitted documents to the Harbor Master, to report about this activity."
   In response to a direct question, Gonzalez Gil said the rules of operation of the Management Plan changed in 2014, and since last year the issuance of the permits has expanded further, between 10-15 days before the season, but he blamed the delay on the long weekend of anniversary of the  Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo).
   However, there are licensees of Isla Mujeres who think differently and believe the delay is due to agreements between the Wildlife Department and Aquaworld, who are planning to begin whale shark tours for the first time. A licensee who spoke anonymously said ""In a meeting we had three weeks ago with the Wildlife Department, we were told that, according to the Management Plan, the licensees would work every other day and be off every other day. They had also talked about reducing the number of permits and the question we ask is, whether this decision was made  to protect the whale shark, or for the advantage of large companies, like Aquaworld, "
    He said in regard to working alternate days, this would represent a loss for most of the tour providers, but would be a gain for Aquaworld. "In Isla Mujeres there are some entrepreneurs that each have several boats. Last year when the Wildlife Department said they would only give one permit per person, they had to make transfers of rights to third parties. But most of us have nothing more than one boat, and we will be the most affected." 
     Another licensee, also spoke anonymously, and agreed with the statements of his colleague, adding, "It seems like this year the Wildlife Department is giving an advantage to Aquaworld because everyone knows they have many boats and can send out one half one day and the other half the next day, while we will be grounded every other day."  

Fishermen rely on assistance programs
Pescadores recurren a programas de apoyo[+] Ver mas
The windows are open to accept applications for assistance programs involving boats, engines, GPS, and similar equipment, from Monday, May 11 to June 12, announced the president of the state Federation of Commercial Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gómez Catzín. He said the those who have previously received a boat or an engine will no longer have access to the support.
      Applications are being accepted in each municipality, and in the case of fishermen of Isla Mujeres who are registered in Chetumal, they can submit all the relevant documentation once they have registered on the SIREMO (System for Motor Registration) registration website. Registration for the program of motors and boats is similar to that for assistance from the program PROPESCA, where you submit the relevant documentation after you have registered on the SIREMO site and been given a file number for your application. When each fishermen has submitted all the required documentation, either personally or with the managers for the applications of the cooperatives, which is at the discretion of each individual, they will be reviewed. 
    He is announcing this to all fishermen who have not received assistance for a boat, motor, or GPS to be well informed about the requirements and submit their applications and documents before June 12, when the windows close. If they cannot physically go to Chetumal, the other option may be Estafeta, but it is recommended that the fishermen do the process themselves.
     He said they are asking staff from the PESCA department to send personnel to provide guidance and answer questions for the applicants for this program for motors boats and GPS, as well as for the PROPESCA program, to assist and advise the fishermen regarding use of the SIREMO page, and once they have registered there, and the applications are approved, they can provide the appropriate documents.

Ferry "Caribbean Island" back in service
La Caribbean Island vuelve a la mar[+] Ver mas
Staff from the Magana ferry company explained that the boat Caribbean Island was out of service due to mechanical problems that required parts from the United States. Meanwhile the company substituted the boat Caribbean Queen, to provide service for their clients.
     Magana company spokesman Jorge Aragon said the Caribbean Queen usually takes ~45 minutes to cross to Puerto Juarez, but now the trip is done in 30 minutes because the boat has new pistons, rings, rods, gaskets in the engine, which is practically new.  He said at the latest, the Caribbean Island should be back to its normal route this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest (today). He explained about the delay being caused because the parts were not available in Mexico, noting the part the broke was three 'camisas',(literally..shirts) which are part of the machinery that work the pistons, of one of the turbos.
     He commented about their desire to provide accessible and affordable service to the islanders as well as the people of the state of Quintana Roo, and workers who live in Cancun and cross daily to the island, who do not always receive assistance for transport from their employers. He said, "Even with the problems, we have not withdrawn our support and continue our promotions and discounts, held for the benefit of these people, and hope to provide service for all of those who trust in us."
    He noted that round tickets for residents are 50 pesos and for state residents they are 105, with flexibility regarding their identifications, since they accept any credential that indicates state residence. Workers are offered the option of crossing for 70p round trip. Regarding the promotion for islanders, this only applies when tickets are bought on the island, not at Puerto Juarez.

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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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

 May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

~May 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

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

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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."

Music: Schedule may change for low season  

(By band & location)

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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 7:30-9:30 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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

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

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
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 Cuban musicians 2-4
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? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
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 2-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
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- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
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 7:30-9:30 @ 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 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  8:30 - 11:30


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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