Saturday, May 2, 2015

Isla Mujeres News & Events Saturday, May 2 (and yesterday)

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

City Council recognizes Sol al Sol Regatta participants as Distinguished Guests

Declara el Cabildo a los participantes de la Regata del Sol al Sol

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de mayo.-

Small Hotel Association seeking better internet service 

La Asociación de Pequeños Hoteles

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de mayo.-
In response to poor internet service during the Easter holidays, the leader and members of the Small Hotel Association, Asociación de Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes de Isla Mujeres (APHFIM), met with representatives from Telmex to complain about this problem. The leader of the group, Leonel Castillo Povedano explained that the meeting was in response to the concerns of local entrepreneurs who want to know the cause of the problems and inconsistencies that have been occurring increasingly in the internet service in Isla Mujeres. He said, specifically, this generated a countless number of problems and complaints from customers of hotels, shops, and restaurants during this last high season, and requires a quick solution. 
   In response to this complaint, the staff of the telephone company offered to conduct a business by business review, and the APHFIM president accepted this invitation, offering an email from the association to all hotels interested in receiving these visits from Telmex for an internal diagnosis, to send their contact information and especially the phone numbers where they have their internet connection to be coordinated in the calendar of visits for a technical expert from Telmex to conduct an internal analysis and diagnosis of their facilities. He offered the following contact email/phone for more information:, and (998) 214 2117. Also attending the meeting were the leader of CANACO in Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Figueroa and the president of CANIRAC in Isla Mujeres Baltasar Maldonado Tun.

Bar closure over tax payments 

Por incumplir reglamento fiscal

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de mayo.-
In less than a week, the bar "Mirtita" was closed for a second time, due to failure to comply with meeting financial obligations to municipal authorities. There have also been complaints for staying open until 12pm, while they have authorization to be open until 8pm. 
     More than six closure seals were placed on the doors and windows by municipal officials from the Fiscalizacion agency, which will cause the business to be closed through the long weekend, until the Municipal Treasury office is open again on Tuesday, May 5. Half a dozen workers arrived, and were surprised to find the business closed.
   According to information obtained, the business owner tried to talk to municipal authorities about reopening the business, but was told it would be necessary to wait until the municipal Treasury office is open on Tuesday. It was also mentioned that there have been complaints about arguing between customers and between the waitresses, and some complainants have seen some customers urinating in the street, which is a main street, when no one is watching. This business has been closed repeatedly over the past year and by previous administrations due to complaints from residents and for failure to comply with their tax obligations.


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

In a Special Session of the City Council, our friends the participants of the traditional Regatta Sol al Sol were declared Distinguished Guests. Welcome.
En Sesión Solemne de Cabildo, declaramos huéspedes distinguidos a nuestros amigos participantes de la tradicional Regata del Sol al Sol. Bienvenidos

The winner of the Children's Drawing Contest for the Regatta Sol al Sol is Tamara Isabella Aguilar Ovando, who is a student at the Jean Piaget Primary School. Her drawing will be used as the official logo for the 48th Regatta of the race in 2016, by the Yacht Club of St Petersburg, Florida.
En el Concurso de Dibujo Regata de Sol a Sol, el 1er lugar lo obtuvo la niña Tamara Isabella Aguilar Ovando, alumna de la Escuela Primaria Jean Piaget.
El dibujo será utilizado como logo oficial por el Club de Yates de San Petersburgo Florida en la edición 48 de la regata el próximo año 2016.

May 1: International Day of the Worker. Congratulations and thank you to the people who work day after day.
Hoy 1 de mayo. Día Internacional del Trabajador.
¡Muchas felicidades y muchas gracias a todas las personas que trabajan día con día.


A spectacular celebration was presented for International Day of Dance on Wednesday, with participation by the various academies and dance schools of the island. Among other styles, Jazz, danzón, ballet Folklórico, and zumba were enjoyed by islanders at the wonderful commemoration.
Espectacular celebración se vivió por el Día Internacional de la Danza este miércoles con la participación de las diferentes academias y escuelas de danzas de la ínsula.
Jazz, danzón, ballet Folklórico, zumba entre otros bailes disfrutaron los isleños en la maravillosa conmemoración.

You are invited to enjoy the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 Isla Mujeres, from May 28 to 30 at the  Posada del Mar beach in Isla Mujeres.
Les invitamos a disfrutar del Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 Isla Mujeres, del 28 al 30 de mayo en playa Posada del Mar.

Our ties of friendship and brotherhood with St Peterburg Florida were reaffirmed in a fun and exciting basketball game with the participants of the Sol al Sol Regatta. The final score was Isla Mujeres 37 and St Petersburg 31.
En un divertido y trepidante encuentro de básquetbol entre los amigos participantes de la Regata de Sol a Sol, reafirmamos nuestros lazos de amistad y hermandad con San Petersburgo Florida.
El resultado final: Isla Mujeres 37 San Petersburgo 31.


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)
Police responded to a problem between members of the ice plant "Rolix Hielo"
Un problema entre socios de la fabrica de Hielo Rolix, provoca gran movilización policíaca.

Children from the kindergarten "Tlaloc" celebrated Children's Day with a contest for sand sculptures and kites, on the white sands of the Posada del Mar beach.

Isla Mujeres, Infantes del jardín de niños Tláloc, celebran con un concurso de esculturas de arena y papelotes el Día del Niño, en los blancos arenales de la playa Posada del Mar.

The Director of the Health Center, Pedro Loyola Zapata, gave a series of recommendations to avoid getting sick during these high temperatures of this hot season.
Dan a conocer medidas para esta temporada de calor, el Director del Centro de Salud, Pedro Loyola Zapata, dio a conocer una serie de recomendaciones, y así evitar enfermarse por estas altas temperaturas.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Tour boats respect agreement
Lancheros respetan acuerdo[+] Ver mas
Wednesday was the first test of the agreement to reduce the number of visitors to the Isla Contoy National Park. THe director, biologist Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas said the number of visitors was  187 people, thirteen less than the limit of 200. The maximum of 200 daily was established two decades ago by the Management Program, but in recent years it has been exceeded regularly, until a goodwill agreement was reached last week with the licensees, boat tours, and travel agencies. She said everyone complied will with the reductions, except the boat "Jatsaja" which should have had a maximum of 30, and arrived to the island with 32.
   According to statistical data collected from January through April 15th, the capacity limits were being exceeded on Wednesdays and Fridays, and therefore the same rules will be imposed on Friday. On the eve of this, Garcia Rivas sent an email to each of the permittees warning that "Starting tomorrow (Friday), if any boat arrives with more than the agreed upon number of people, it will have to vacate the ANP (Natural Protected Area), in accordance with previous agreements."
        The Director explained that for vessels that visit the Park six days a week, they will have reductions of passengers on Wednesday and Friday as follows: : “Sol-Ja”, “Buchanan´s”, “Caribbean Express”, with a maximum of 25 passengers; “Jatsa Ja” with 31; “Obi-kue”, with 60; “Martha Luisa”, with 22 passengers.

Encouraging a spiritual life
Fomento de la vida espiritualVer mas
Thirty children from Isla Mujeres, accompanied by 16 adults, participated in a regional event in Merida, that included a special Mass for the islanders on Thursday, April 30th at the shrine for  Divino Niño Jesús. There were more than 3500 people, mostly children, attending the annual event in Merida, which is intended to promote faith in the Almighty, at a time when fewer children are interested in spiritual things.

Labor rights workshop
Taller sobre derechos laborales[+] Ver mas
While participating in the "World Day for Safety and Health at Work", the deputy inspector for the CNDH of Quintana Roo in Isla Mujeres (Commission of Human Rights) invited people to come to the office for help. A workshop was conducted on labor rights, targeting employees of hotel and tourism companies, to educate them about their rights and obligations and the legal route available when irregularities occur against them. The goal of the meeting was promotion, information, and encouraging respect and protection of workers.
    Martha Rubí Moo Haas, attorney for the Defense of Workers in Isla Mujeres, spoke about the functions and roles of their office, and Barboza Vega of the CDH spoke about what is available during their office hours. The workshop was held at the Community Center and was attended by a significant number of workers who were interested in learning more about the subject.
     From City workers, there have been complaints about the lack of salary increases to stay in line with inflation of four percent.

Brotherhood between Isla Mujeres and St Petersburg
Hermanamiento Isla Mujeres-San Petersburgo[+] Ver mas

Before the Special Session of the City Council to recognize the Regatta participants as Distinguished Guests, the Mayor spoke about the Twin Cities agreement being forged between Isla Mujeres and the city of St Petersburg, Florida, for exchanges in the following areas: culture, economic development, technical assistance, and of best practices in health, among others. He spoke of his meeting with his counterpart, Mayor Rick Kriseman at St Petersburg before the Regatta, when they signed an agreement for the commitment to promote the twinning of the two cities.
   The Committee for Twinning and International Cooperation for the municipality of Isla Mujeres will be composed of members from different sectors of society and the community. The Mayor appointed Jose Castillo, secretary of government, and Enrique Lima, president of the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club, to monitor the agreement and permfor the necessary work to realize this international commitment.

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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.

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.)

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 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)
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.

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 

 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 Cafe del Mar 8-10p

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 / John Cain from 8 to 11
 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 Cafe del Mar 8-10
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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