Friday, July 3, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 3

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
 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

Installation of PROFECO office confirmed

Office of Consumer Protection

 Confirma su delegada, Sara Latife Ruiz Chávez

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de julio.-

     In upcoming days, it is expected that Isla Mujeres will have representation by the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO), which was confirmed by the state representative of that federal agency, Sara Latife Ruiz Chavez. According to the information provided, the PROFECO office will be provisionally installed within the Maritime Terminal, which is supervised by the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo). 
       The office will provide information and give attention to complaints about abuses involving services to consumers. The PROFECO delegate said Isla Mujeres will have an ongoing monitoring process during the summer holidays. She said that although the office will be temporary, there will be discussions with mayor Agapito Sanchez Magana about establishing a permanent office on the island. 
         It is recalled that on the last inspection by PROFECO last year, of eleven businesses, ten were sanctioned, and later, the seals that had been placed by the inspectors were removed.

Hotels receive certificates of excellence 
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See the translation below...

Flag raising ceremony led by Agapito

Award for quality of public space at Playa Centro

Agapito encabeza izamiento de distintivo por espacio público de calidad en Playa Centro

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de julio.-

     On Thursday afternoon, the municipal president, Agapito Magaña Sanchez, led the event for the raising of the distinctive Blue Flag, at the beach that is now known as Playa Centro, marking the start of beach season of 2015. This award was granted during the recent Eleventh National Clean Beaches Committee meeting, when the Mayor was given the certificate of guaranteed quality of this public space. 
         In addition to the environmental benefits that were immediately noticeable, obtaining the certificate will positively impact the influx of visitors and the positioning of Isla Mujeres as one of the best beach destinations in Mexico and the world.          
          An area of 320 linear meters of beach was certified, which had to meet 33 criteria, grouped into four main areas: management & environmental management; water quality; security & services; and finally, information & environmental education.     
       From the beginning, the goal was to distinguish Playa Centro as a space that meets these criteria related to good management and environmental management of the beach, with its facilities and safety, including environmental education activities and offering optimum levels of water quality.     
        Work towards obtaining the Blue Flag certification for Playa Centro began in October 2014 with the taking of samples of sea water to assess quality and to assure fulfilling the technical requirements. Finally on May 19, 2015, the international jury determined the criteria had been met and decided to grant the Blue Flag certification to Playa Centro.
The preservation of the environment is an important priority for the administration of Agapito Magaña Sanchez, therefore they seek to ensure the preservation of beaches, of visitor safety and to raise environmental awareness among the population. For this reason, it was decided to work toward obtaining the Blue Flag certification for the second most popular beach on the island. 
        The directors of various city department worked on issues such as beach equipment, management, security, cleaning, and customer service for tourists. These agencies included Ecology, Tourism, ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone), Public Service, Police, and Enforcement (Fiscalizacion). Efforts were made by concession holders who joined in the cleanup and renovation of facilities.

          The Mayor said, "This afternoon we have planted a seed to have a future that includes ecological conservation and respect for the environment, a future with more beautiful beaches and better care; a seed so that our island remains proud of its past, aware of its present and committed to its future."        
    Blue Flag is an international certification program for beaches, marinas and ships, which mainly aims to reward those coastal destinations which have achieved excellence in management and environmental management and in the quality of facilities and safety, as well in the  implementation of environmental education activities, and who have reached optimal levels in water quality.


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

On Thursday afternoon, the municipal president Agapito Magaña Sanchez, led the distinctive Blue Flag event, at the beach which is now known as Playa Centro, marking the start of beach season 2015.
Durante la tarde de este jueves, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez, encabezó el evento de izamiento de la bandera distintiva azul (BLUE FLAG), que a partir de esta fecha ondea en Playa Centro, marcando así el inicio de la temporada de playas 2015.

The Second Council of Young Environmentalists concluded their meetings in Isla Mujeres, with positive results and a commitment to promote new regulations to ensure respect for the government, where Isla Mujeres has been their headquarters.
Con resultados propositivos y con el compromiso de impulsar nuevas reglas que garanticen el respeto al Medio Ambiente, se clausuraron los trabajos del Segundo Consejo de Jóvenes Ambientalistas del cual Isla Mujeres fue sede.

The Municipal President, Agapito Magaña Sanchez was the guest of honor at the delivery of the certificates of excellence from Expedia and which were a result of evaluations by genuine guests, who were individually verified after their stays. 
      The hotels that received this recognition are: Excellence Playa Mujeres, The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres All Inclusive, Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun, Casa de los Sueños, Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres Hotel, and Isla Mujeres Palace Couples Only All Inclusive Resort.

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedraui)  

Les invitamos al encuentro de Béisbol Infantil este sábado 4 de Julio a las 10:30 am en el estadio "El Pescador"
Staff with the Department of Public Services, in coordination with personnel of the Navy began work on maintenance of the streetlights at the Naval Housing, including repairing the bases and removing the tops of the poles, among other work.
Personal de la Dirección de Servicios Públicos en coordinación con elementos de la 5ta. Región Naval, iniciaron trabajos de mantenimiento del alumbrado público de la unidad habitacional de la Zona Naval, consistentes en la reparación de las bases y recortes de la altura de los postes, entre otros.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

  •   Preparing for the upcoming vacation season


    Se preparan para próxima temporada vacacional.Se preparan para próxima temporada vacacional.

    0 03 de julio de 2015

    Confirma Marítima cambios en plantilla.
  • Vecinos se quejan por  obra inconclusa.


    Vecinos se quejan por obra inconclusa.

    0 03 de julio de 2015

    La empresa “Águila Constructora”, la cual rompió la vialidad y abandonó el lugar .
     Residents of the colonias of Miraflores and Cañotal are complaining about the excessive dust that has been entering their homes as a result of  road work by the company "Aguila Constructora", who removed the old asphalt, and then suspended the work. They say that with the street practically destroyed, it is impossible  to keep the dust down in their houses nearby when vehicles are going past. The work began two weeks ago, and now residents, who are approximately 600 meters from the roadwork, are expressing concerns that the dust is unhealthy for their children.


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

At risk of disappearing
En riesgo de desaparecer+] Ver mas
     The first fishing cooperative of Quintana Roo, Patria & Progreso, which was founded in 1956, is at risk of disappearing, since its founding members have agreed to sell the assets, allegedly not having had a transparent administration for over 59 years, according to data collected.
      On Monday the members, old and new, met and agreed to a renovation of the board and to the election of a new president, Jaime Osorio, who reported that the sale of the land and improvements will have to wait, because they have not yet received the documents and financial statements from the previous administration.

Confusion and concern
Desconcierto y temor.. [+] Ver mas
       Now that the 16% IVA (Value Added Tax) must be charged on prepared foods from grocery stores and convenience stores, vendors of tacos and snacks, who are often of humble means, are concerned that the tax could be imposed upon them next.
      Merchants at mercados are also concerned and mentioned paying 2800 for electricity (I think that is bimonthly), 1800 for garbage fees (I think that is annually), paying 700 pesos the required fire extinguishers, and exchanging them annually, and fees for their operating license, to Civil Protection, and others. They complained that the mercado lacks improvements in return for paying all these fees, and that there is outside competition with a vendor from coming from Cancun to sell nearby, daily. At the downtown mercado, business has been worse in recent weeks while the parking lot construction has prevented entry by locals and tourists.

Ferry company prepares for summer season
Naviera se alista para la temporada de verano [+] Ver mas
      The preparations for summer by the company Marítima Isla Mujeres, which included a  meeting, and appointment of two men in the area of maintenance and operations, (as noted in the article translated above). The company, Marítima Isla Mujeres, has increased the round trips between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam from five to eight per day. Although their focus is on cargo service, they have increased their passenger service, having made a considerable investment in the ship  "Sergio Aguilar Grace, which has a passenger area with a capacity for 180 people, in addition to its cargo area. 
   The company has been affected by the difficult economic circumstances of the country with the increase in the dollar, affecting the cost of mechanical parts. Both boats are used steadily, with a growing number of visitors from the mainland who come to the island for the day, walking toward the Posada beach and Playa Norte.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.

Sunset ~7:30

Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 1  6:40
July 2  7:35
July 3  8:30
July 4  9:25
July 5 10:17
July 6 11:06
July 7 11:54

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedraui)   

July 5 Poc Na Reggae concert

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

July 18, Saturday to July 24,  Friday- Whale Shark Festival

July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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 schedule (may need updating):
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  (Updated June 1)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45 
Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update July 3: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p, and usually on weekdays, except Monday. 

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November  

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

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