Thursday, May 30, 2013

Whale Shark Festival June 21-24, Small Boats Restricted To Port, Anti- Hurricane Committee Meets, Monitoring For Sand Removal, First Turtle At MVC This Season, Live Music In Isla Mujeres News Thursday May 30 Headlines: The Early Edition

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



Small Boats Restricted To Port

Source: Quintanarroense/ Ovidio López    Early Wednesday, the Harbor Master restricted all vessels under 40 feet to port, because of the strong southerly winds, while the ferries continued to run normally. Just before noon the island experienced rainfall, with the wind increasing to 35 kph with gusts up to 45kph. Tourism activity on the island was lessened, and improvement is not expected on Thursday for the fishermen and nautical tour operators. 

Whale Shark Festival June 21-24
Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez      The Whale Shark Festival will take place June 21-24, which will not only promote the care and conservation of the species, there will also be activities like art competition, sand sculptures, parades, and other activities for the enjoyment of visitors and the general public. There are more than 200 licensees who employ over 600 people. The season began May 15 and ends on September 15, and after July, over 200 whale sharks can be observed in the water.  To attract the attention of visitors, permit holders offer packages for these tours, which are done with quality control and care for the natural environment, under the supervision of the Isla Contoy Sea Park/ Parque Marino de Isla Contoy.

Committee against hurricanes initiated

Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez    Prior to the official installation of the Municipal Anti Hurricane Committee which is scheduled of June 4, committee members met to discuss actions that should be implemented in case of a threat and the prompt responses that should be made to safeguard the population, the visitors, and the property of the islanders. The team members discussed the work that each of them would be responsible for, and moved forward toward having a final plan to use in case of a contingency. Each agency revealed its needs to promptly be prepared for any type of weather related contingency, including actions to be taken before, during, and after.

Monitoring For Sand Removal

Councilman Henry Tejero Bacab, who chairs the municipal Public Safety Committee requested more vigilance on the mainland of Isla Mujeres, specifically in the area of Isla Blanca, to monitor if sand is being extracted and trucked out during the night and early morning.  The councilman said that after hearing the complaints of several businessmen on the mainland of Isla Mujeres,  he decided to write request to the Mayor to implement an operation at night to detect sand removal, which is presumably destined for other resorts in Cancun. He said among the complainants is the president of the Homeowners Association of Isla Blanca, Carlos Castell, who was complaining publicly about  this activity a week ago. He explained that the removal of this sand is against the law and this comes under the authority of PROFEPA who should intervene and punish those responsible.  He said there is concern about destruction of the dunes which serve as a natural barrier in hurricane season.  He said the sand is being taken at night, and removed by dump trucks, who stop by dawn. The mining is taking place near "Pirata Morgan" in the continental zone. He said for this type of activity, permits are needed from SEMARNAT, Ecología Municipal, and from the Ministry of the Environment (Secretaria del Medio Ambiente), among others who oversee the conservation of the beaches of the continental area of Isla Mujeres, which are a natural resource for this tourist destination. Source: TV Isla Mujeres Source: TV Isla Mujeres     

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 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

 Live Music Today/Tonight
 In Isla Mujeres: Thursday

The Joint  1-4  Marco-Reggae LINK 

Casa de los Suenos 4-7  Banda Sin Nombre   Half priced appetizers LINKwebsite LINKfb

Iguanas 6:30-8:30   Varies   LINKwebsite LINKfb

Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals  LINK


Fenix: Thurs-Sun 8-10  Latin Jazz w/Fabio  LINK
Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis  LINK

El Patio 8:30-11  La Guera & Willys Blues    LINK 


Faynes Banda Sin Nombre 10:30-12:15   LINK

Bahia Tortuga 7:30 Movie night  LINK

 Check Yesterday's post for Navy day activities this week....
Bruce:   Dinner last night at Varadero. Great food, great friends. Couldn't ask for more.
Dinner last night at Varadero. Great food, great friends. Couldn't ask for more.

Diane White Daniel  Last night's dinner ~ Pescado al mojo de ajo ($11.73 US)... served in a colorful little shack hanging out over the canal, with some of the most amazing mojitos ever... Great meal, great company :) — with David Daniel and 3 others at El Varadero.
The excellent mojitos were 65p/5.40. The restaurant was closing as we left, and John went searching for the chef to be sure he knew that that was one of the BEST fish he had ever tasted.
Last night's dinner ~ Pescado al mojo de ajo ($11.73 US)... served in a colorful little shack hanging out over the canal, with some of the most amazing mojitos ever... Great meal, great company :)

Then we took a ride around the south part of the island and stopped to enjoy the lights of Cancun and the stars. Returning up the east coastal road, there were a LOT of red crabs out migrating. When we returned home a guest said there were quite a number of blue crabs out over by Sac Bajo. This is early for them, since they usually migrate in the fall. 
Diane White Daniel updated her cover photo.

Bruce   Our first nesting turtle arrived last night
Our first turtle nest of the season.
Isla Mujeres sailing, sunset cruises, Induna Charters, sunset charters, catamaran, sailing adventures, private sailing trips, boat weddings.

Minino' Becky whose excellent blog is HERE   ..this is included in her latest post of photos along main street..

Turismo De Isla Mujeres  For information call  8770307 There is no entrance fee, requirements include a golf cart, with current registration & a driver's license. (This was only posted 15 mins ago.& he already answered the Q about registration fees..I'm .waiting for the answer to "What are the prizes"?)
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We got a mention by VisitMexico!
In ancient times, Isla Mujeres island was sacred to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, love and fertility. — in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo.
In ancient times, Isla Mujeres island was sacred to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, love and fertility.

I Like Vacations's photo.

John Cain   Playing tonight at La Palapa Belga, Cancun with Wayne Keenan, Sax/Flute from 7 to 9 pm, an evening of Jazz and fine dining....

New restaurant in Isla

Love Around Waffles

Love Around Waffles

 Love Around Waffles

Gail Marie Stewartposted toIsla Mujeres Community Information Board  Two of the nicest newlyweds on Isla, Lalo and Sidney, just opened a "Waffle Shop", (whose name escapes me!) on Madero, almost across the street from Osorio's hardware, on the block between Juarez and Rueda Medina. Just a little place, open 8-1 and 6-10 PM, yum, yum WAFFLES, sweet, savory, and everything in between. I had a Queso and Jamon waffle...yup, Philadelphia and Ham, mixed in to the batter, oh, it was so good! These are local kids, just starting out, so stop by for breakfast or dessert at night, they are my vicinos and friends...and I am sure you all know the smiling, shoeless, Lalo, he wears shoes now!
Last night when we went on a golf cart ride around the isle ~9p..There were tables outside Chedraui selling shoes and other items, aerosalsa classes(Zumba) at Mundaca, a million stars at Punta Sur, beautiful lights of Cancun, and a LOT of red crabs migrating across the east side Caribbean road.

Renee TO  posted toSisters of Perpetual Disorder - Isla Mujeres Chapter For higher maintenance sisters ;) There's a guy set up at a table in the Chedraui parking lot with the tents there. He's got some pretty cool makeup and powders and they are all very happy to show you how it works. I went to buy groceries and stopped for a look. Lots of women and a few men were milling around getting their eyebrows done, this seemed very popular! The end results looked great, so I got mine done. If you like dark, sleek, perfectly styled latina eyebrows (plancheros), go see this guy! It takes about 15-20 minutes as they put some 'goo' and plastic on your brows before they start trimming and styling. The eyeshadows/powders were $50 pesos each and $70 pesos for the eyebrows. Have fun

Last 24 hrs "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

  The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if an article is "missing",  it may have been published in another paper recently, and a previous post.

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