Saturday, July 4, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 4

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

Vicente Celis Paz passed away

One of the discoverers of "The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks"

 Uno de los descubridores de “La Cueva de los Tiburones Dormidos”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de julio.-

    Vincent Celis Paz, at age 66, passed away in Cancun, as a result of cancer, and will be buried in the morning at the municipal cemetary, after a service at the downtown Church of Immaculate Conception. According to his son, Vicent Celis Paz, Jr., he was one of the discoverers of the "Cave of the Sleeping Sharks" fifty years ago, with his peer, Carlos Garcia, aka "El Valvula". The cave became a tourist attraction for visitors of all nationalities, after it became internationally known, helped by publicity from diver and filmmaker, Ramon Bravo Prieto, with TV appearances and the cave was featured in National Geographic, among other places.
       Sr. Celis dedicated his life to working at sea for over 16 years, diving and fishing to capture all types of seafood ranging from turtle and conch, which were legal to sell at the time, to shark, and all types of fish. He was also secretary of the fishing cooperative "Patria & Progreso" for many years, where he was given the nickname of "Secretario" because he was well liked and respected by his peers and the community at large.

Progress advanced to 90% toward "Pueblo Magico" status: Agapito

 Gestiones están al 90%, asegura Agapito

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de julio.-
        At the Blue Flag raising event, which recognized Playa Centro as one of the cleanest beaches of this holiday destination, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez said, "Isla Mujeres has made progress of 90% toward the goal of being designated as a "Pueblo Magico". He said all the requirements have been met for consideration as a 'Magic Town', and he is looking forward to the decision by the Federal Government through the Department of Tourism.
        "We are a people with an identity, with a sense of belonging, with a history; we have three cultures represented on the island, pre-Hispanic,  Mayan, and Hispanic; we have the Hacienda of the pirate Mundaca, Punta Sur, the Mayan ruins; and we are a community that was founded since 1846, with a great deal of history, "said Agapito Magaña.
        He explained that the "Magical Towns"/"Pueblos Magicos"  program is part of national policy for tourism, which makes it a priority to comprehensively promote Mexico as world-class tourist destination by promoting the country's rich heritage.
        He said  this is a program that promotes inter-agency coordination, as well as coordination between states and municipalities. It diversifies and improves the quality of destinations,and their tourism products and services.  It encourages and promotes public-private investment to generate economic benefit and employment, and it enhances social and economic development, to benefit the host community. 
        With the addition of Isla Mujeres to the program, the town can achieve the realization of improvement of public works in the historical, cultural and tourist centers of the island, such as: underground cables, restoration of landmark buildings, replacement of floors using original materials, tourist signage, and the rescue of green areas. 
      In the short and medium term, if the "Pueblo Magico" designation is awarded, the community will receive benefits such as improved infrastructure,  diversification of tourism products, and creation and modernization of marketing tools and actions that can contribute to triggering  growth in the domestic market.
     It is recalled that on February 24th, during the 37th Ordinary Session of the City Council, it was agreed that the municipality of Isla Mujeres should work toward joining the program "Pueblos Magicos", and it appears that this project will soon become realized.


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

Grand opening of the municipal softball league, with Álvaro Magaña attending on behalf of the municipal president. ‪#‎Islamujeres‬
Inauguración de la Liga Municipal de Softbol. Asiste Álvaro Magaña en representación del Presidente Municipal. ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬

The City Council revised Article 10 revised of their rules of procedure

    The City of Isla Mujeres thru the municipal Institute of Culture and the Arts, conducted the first event "Isla Mujeres Danzarte 2015". The purpose of this first edition is to raise awareness of the dance groups, not the professionals, that are more representative of the region.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través del Instituto Municipal de Cultura y las Artes, llevó a cabo el primer encuentro de danza denominada “Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015”
La finalidad de esta primera edición es dar a conocer a los grupos, no profesionales, más representativos de la localidad.

Les invitamos a formar parte del programa de verano "Vacacionarte" del 20 de julio al 7 de agosto.
Dibujos, manualidades, pintura y muchas actividades divertidas.
We invite you to be part of summer program "Vacacionarte" from the 20th of July until the 7th of August.
Drawings arts and crafts, painting and lots of fun activities.

Mis Vacaciones en la Biblioteca.
Un espacio para que los niños, aprendan y se diviertan al mismo tiempo este verano.
Del 20 de Julio al 7 de agosto.
Programa gratuito.
My vacation in the library.
A space for children, to learn and have fun at the same time this summer.
From the 20th of July until the 7th of August.
 Free program

El fomento de la cultura de educación vial es constante entre nuestros jóvenes, esta vez la Dirección de Seguridad Pública y Transito, impartió pláticas sobre el tema a estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria del colegio Jean Piaget.
 Raising awareness about road safety education is ongoing among our young people, this time the director of public safety and transit (the Police Chief), conducted lectures on the subject to middle school students and to the high school students of Jean Piaget.

Les invitamos al encuentro de Béisbol Infantil este sábado 4 de Julio a las 10:30 am en el estadio "El Pescador"
We invite you to a children's (age 3-7) Tee ball game this Saturday 4 th of July at 10:30 am at the baseball stadium "El Pescador"

Agapito Magaña Sánchez, presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, entregó material deportivo al selectivo de T - Ball de 3 a 7 años de edad que este sábado a las 10:30 de la mañana, sostendrán un encuentro en el campo "El Pescador" contra la novena de Ciudad de Chetumal.
Agapito Magaña Sanchez, municipal president of Isla Mujeres, supplied a great deal of material to the T-ball game for children from 3 to 7 years of age on this Saturday at 10:30 in the morning, to take place at the stadium "El Pescador" against a team from the city of Chetumal.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Public Works Director denies that roadwork is delayed

  • Rechazan retrasos de los trabajos: Obras Públicas


    Rechazan retrasos de los trabajos: Obras Públicas

    0 04 de julio de 2015    By Carlos Gasca

    Todo está de acuerdo al programa y  aún es la primera etapa.  Everything is on schedule and in the first stage.   

    Ariel Miguel Caballero García, municipal director of Public Works, denied that there are delays in the roadwork of repaving and that dust  is a normal, inevitable consequence that arises in this type of work. He said that the project is on schedule, is in its first stage, and has been estimated to take 75 days.
      The Background
        Yesterday, residents were in the media demanding that the work be expedited, and complaining about the dust. The director urged residents to remain calm and to be patient, because this will eventually benefit them. He said even if workers are not seen in the area, the project is progressing according to plan and the established schedule. He said the work stopped temporarily after heavy machinery entered the site and broke the old asphalt.


    Dan último  adiós a don Vicente Celis, el “Secretario”Dan último adiós a don Vicente Celis, el “Secretario”

    0 04 de julio de 2015

    Por Carlos Gasca


From Tvisla Mujeres (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.
Ayer por la tarde, 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.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Controversial construction begins
Inician polémica construccióno.. [+] Ver mas

     Construction has begun on a lot located on south Hidalgo Avenue, at the corner of Ignacio Allende street, which is only 90 square meters, and was once involved with a dispute between a neighbor and an ex-mayor.The manager of the work, Ronald Quinto said they have all the documents available and in order, concerning the construction project, and can clarify any doubts of concerned neighbors. He gave assurances that the project has been approved by the City. He said he is authorized to discuss technical details of the work, but did not disclose the owner's name.
     There is controversy about building on it because it is near the hurricane wall that protects downtown. Concerning this alleged risk, Sr Quinto said with the excavation of more than a meter deep, they encountered a capa de compacto that is not appropriate to be in front of the wall, but this new construction will include cement with reinforcement structures of 'contratrabes' to give strength to the whole foundation of what will be commercial space, and possibly two apartments above.
      Neighbor Daniel Edgardo Marfil alleges that the land was once surplus property of the City, that became private property during the administration of Paulino Adame Torres (2002-2005). Sr. Quinto said Sr. Adame had sold the property to another individual, who hired a construction company from Yucatan to do this work.

Negligence that could cause a tragedy
Negligencia que podría causar una tragedia . [+] Ver mas
Parents of students at the primary school "Julio Sauri" want  maintenance done to two domes on the campus  after a small tube fell from one, and the last piece of canvas has fallen from the main dome. The Director of the afternoon shift, Angélica Jiménez Kú,  said Civil Protection has evaluated the structures, after the tube fell. Although it is not their responsibility, the Parents Association has been working at collecting voluntary donations, but has only collected about 2000 pesos, said Sra. Jimenez Ku. Money was collected during the registration period, but now these fee have been prohibited, and they are entirely dependent on the government to provide maintenance of the school infrastructure. There are concerns that the structure will deteriorate and pose a hazard, since it is exposed to the sea air. The parents would also like the students to have a safe, shaded area for eating and recreation.

Paying taxes to SAT is work for the taqueros
Ser taquero, mucho trabajo para que el SAT se lleve las ganancias [+] Ver mas
  Owners of small taco shops are concerned that the 16%IVA (Value Added Tax) now being applied to prepared foods at convenience stores and grocery stores will be applied to them next year, and have a negative economic impact. They explained that they work many hours and are of humble means, with a minimal profit margin, feeding other working class people, with a great deal of competition.
   Doña Alejandra Castillo Cervantes said she has worked hard since she was a child in the countryside of Valladolid, Yucatan, where she took care of livestock and was once nearly trampled by a cow. She arrived on the island in the early 1980's and began selling tacos inside the ferry terminal in 1984, selling Yucatecan dishes, that are popular with locals and tourists alike. She is 61 years old and has worked selling tacos for 31 years to support her family.
      "I work two shifts daily, to prepare the food, 365 days a year, without days off," she said. "I get up every day at 5am to make purchases, and at 10am I sell food on Rueda Medina, in front of the Harbor Master building." After noon,  she leaves her post to take a break, and then prepares the next day's food until 10pm at night.
      Her small profits support her family, and purchase clothing and medicines, since she has been on treatment for diabetes for the past 11 years, spending 1500 pesos monthly for the pills she takes three times a day. For the past year and a half she has been helping with money for a family member with cancer, and despite all this need, she says, "I don't get help from anyone" as she struggles to address the family health problems.
       She and her colleagues complain about the government inventing new taxes and say that life is expensive in a tourist town like Isla Mujeres where the minimum wage is not sufficient. (The minimum wage in Quintana Roo is less than $5/day)

Nice building, but no firetrucks
Mucho edificio, pero no tienen carro-bombaer mas

This has the same information about the new fire station, and the lack of functioning fire trucks, noting that the unit nicknamed  “El Piolín” (Tweety) broke down on Rueda Medina in November when on the way to the fire at the hospital, downtown. Both trucks are out of service because parts are not available. "Tweety" was donated by the municipal government of Cozumel, and the other unit was donated by a group of foreigners, and both are parked on the south part of the island near the Hurricane Shelter. It is hoped that volunteers might find another used vehicle from the United States, as has happened over the past twenty years when an ambulance and a firetruck have been donated.
    It is noted that the fire station dormitory has space for seven people, and there are three bathrooms, an office, a dining area, and space to accommodate two trucks, and its utility services are connected. The Governor is expected to attend the inauguration, whose date has not been announced yet.

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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.

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  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

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

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."

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your donations to the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


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 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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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