Friday, June 7, 2013

Mosquito Prevention Campaign, Lowering Lake Levels, Port Open For Everyone, Occupancy Increases 10 Percent, Soccer Sunday, Touring Turtle Anoche, It's A Beautiful Sunny Day In Isla Mujeres News Friday, June 7 Today's Articles & Events: The Final Edition

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



Mosquito Prevention After Rains
After four consecutive days of heavy rain in Isla Mujeres, the staff of the Vectors agency will be working intensely to prevent mosquitoes, explained the Hospital Director, David Valenzo Loaeza. They will be spraying block by block,  removing  junk, and paying special attention to areas where there are still puddles and grass. They have new equipment that allows them to spray house to house, at a rate of 200-300 homes daily. Source Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 

Lowering Lake Levels
The Director of the Civil Protection agency said the pumps have been lowering the lake levels for two days, and will continue to run for the next three days. Thousands of cubic meters of water from the colonias that drained into Salina Grande, in addition to the rainfall, caused it to exceed its capacity. There was a delay in turning on the equipment due to a fault in the power line, but currently all pumps are on and will remain running until the water levels drop adequately.  They are removing 100 cubic meters of water per second from Salina Grande, using two powerful pumps. The lakes provide a natural receptor for storm water discharges, but when there is excessive rain, the capacities are exceeded and this causes low areas to flood. "We are talking about an area of some 20 hectares, but  problems occur when the amount is doubled by the the effects of runoff, like we have been having recently," said Gabiel Sulu.  Source: Quequi/Carlos Gasca 

Port Reopened For General Navigation
Thursday the port was reopened for general navigation, after being closed to small boats for four days due to heavy rains caused by a tropical disturbance. The port had been closed for small boats since Sunday, resulting in zero income for the nautical service providers and fishermen, and was reopened Thursday around 11:30am to general navigation, due to improvement in weather conditions. The general public is advised to exercise extreme caution while boating and to remain attentive to the weather bulletins. The whale shark tours had been suspended, until the weather improved. Some sporadic rain showers and gusts of wind are expected. The Harbor Master noted that 18 hydrometeorological phenomena are forecast during this storm season. Source: Por Esto  

Businesses Reopen & Occupancy Improves
Occupancy was at 30% during the recent rains, and on Thursday businesses that had been closed due to the weather reopened and were operating normally. Tourists were out shopping, dining, and enjoying the beaches, and occupancy reached 40 percent. The flooding receded in the affected areas of colonias such as Miraflores, and no serious damages or loss of property were reported. Source Por Esto

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B

 A mama turtle toured the neighboring rental last night (anoche)

Live Music
In Isla Mujeres: FRIDAY

Casa de los Suenos 4-7  Live music & Half priced appetizers LINKwebsiteLINKfb

Iguanas 6:30-8:30 John Cain  LINK   Fb
Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals LINK


Fenix:  8-10 La Guera & Willy's Blues    LINK

Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis LINK

Cafe del Mar 8  (?)  LINK LINK

Las Brisas Grill:  (?) Cuban music starts around dusk LINK

Ocean Blues & Sassy Jazz 8-10   LINK

La Terraza 10p Salsa & Latin  LINK

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

Adelita's Tequila Bar  12:30-2:30  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK     

Tres Mentiras ? LINK

La Catrina: ?   LINK LINK 

Poc Na:  ?   Link


El Patio Dinner & Movie night LINK

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

There was a typo in one of the posts about el Bufalo...They used to open at 6pm, and recently began opening at 4pm and close at 1am. Sally recommends their huaraches...I love their sauces...our guests who've eaten there once, generally go back for more!
Rob Herrin  From his recent visit, posted yesterday on fb #islamujeres #mexico

What a beautifull sunset!! After 5 days

Bruce    El gato y las cruces.

 First Thursday Artist's Fair On The Square
photos by Bruce

Photo by Richard Lowe   Batiks on Isla   Sergio

Another great Isla Artist Fair, thank you Tiffany Yenawine Wareing!
who does great whale shark tours in addition to taking wonderful photos!

 Reposted yesterday by Nacho....Caribe on Canvas prints are available by mail orderCaribe On Canvas's photo.  Después de la lluvia. El sol.
Strolling down Medina on a sunny afternoon.
Freddy Medina Nos vemos mañana guys ! (of Soggy Peso)

Bruce :   Mojitos, appetizers, and great view at Pinguino's at Posada del Mar. Gracias por mi amigo Ignacio "Nacho"

 Then we went over to Iguanas for some very enjoyable Blues & BBQ ribs...Tasty Food, Great Service, Friendly Staff & Managers, Wonderful Ambiance at both restaurants...good company, and nice weather! Before we started drinking & dining, we went to the art fair on the square, then grabbed a beer to go and hung out on Playa Norte for a lil while.

Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera shared Gwen Cervantes's photo.  whole fried fish ,....
Pez frito
Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera of Casa Havana Cafe Paladar·
  • almuerzo y cena para hoy ,red snaper,fish filet,fresh..........................

Photo from I f##king love science  
Tomorrow is  WORLD OCEAN DAY! 
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 On May 30th, Heraldo  la Realidad de los Hechos reported that there would be activities for World Ocean's Day at various locations in Cancun and Isla Mujeres, for an event called Festival of the Oceans of the Caribbean. This is a colaboration of the private sector, business organizations, and tourism promotion agencies to improve awareness about the importance of keeping Mexico's seas clean. Activities include a children's drawing contest focusing on the four major problems plaguing the oceans which are global warming, overfishing, pollution by trash, and the invasion of exotic species like lionfish. There are three categories (1-3rd grade, 4-6th, and Middle School) and prized include electronic tablets, and tickets to swim with the dolphins or to visit Xel-Ha.  On June 6 the high school students from Cancun were scheduled to  have an encounter with the whale sharks, and clean beaches on Isla Contoy.  A gastronomic competition was scheduled for June 7, with the main ingredient being lionfish. Beach cleaning is scheduled for June 8th. 

Underwater video of mating sea turtles off of Punta Sur  posted on YouTube May 23 by Matt Swinden HERE
VisitMexico Mexico City was selected as the street food guide destination for the British paper The Guardian. From pambazos to tlacoyos and chicharrones, keep these top street foods and stalls in mind for your next trip! Which one is your favorite?  Read the article here:  This blogpost first appeared on the Culinary Backstreets blog

Here is an excerpt that goes with the upper left photo of a Tlacoyo
 (taken in Mexico City by Ben Herrera)
With many Mexican street foods, the shape or size of the corn masa patty plays a larger role than the toppings in determining what a dish is called. Small, round patties are generally sopes, while extra-large, oval patties are huaraches. In the middle are the thinner, oval-shaped tlacoyos.Tlacoyos also differ in an important way from the standard flat, corn masa patty in that they are filled with either requesón (a type of Mexican cheese similar to ricotta), fava beans or refried beans before being cooked. Traditionally, tlacoyos – from the Nahuatl word for "snack" – had no toppings beyond a bit of salsa and, not containing lard or salt, they were meant to be consumed immediately lest they became tough and inedible.
These days, toppings might include nopales (sliced cactus), sour cream, onion, grated cheese, coriander or salsa. Some of the more loaded versions include a layer of refritos (refried beans) and chicken or pork, but these are rarely found outside of sit-down restaurants. Just as in pre-Hispanic times, tlacoyos are best eaten when hot and fresh right off the grill, and although they lack the complex flavours associated with other types of street foods, they're a quick, delicious dish that won't cost a hungry pedestrian more than 12 pesos (60p). In a city always on the move, that can truly be a priceless commodity. Our favourite vendor uses blue corn masa and offers some of the best tlacoyos we've had on this side of the city. Like most tlacoyo stands, the place also sells quesadillas and gorditas with different fillings, but the tlacoyos are the most popular.
 The article also covers Flautas, Chicharrones,  Camotes, and Pambazos.
Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres Se invita a la población a apoyar al equipo de cuarta división PIONEROS DE ISLA MUJERES, en el encuentro de ida de final contra CHICLEROS NUEVA GENERACIÓN DE CHETUMAL de la Liga Nacional Juvenil, asiste el próximo domingo 9 de junio a la 1 de la tarde en el Campo de Futbol Soccer. ¡Te esperamos!
It says>>>
Islanders are invited to support the Fourth Division Team Pioneros of Isla Mujeres, in the first leg of the final against the Chetumal Chicleros Nueva Generacion on Sunday June 9 at 1pm at the Soccer Field. See you there!
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.


  1. Where is Iguanas? The website link you have above takes you to Casa de los Suenos website. Thanks.

  2. Thanks! I fixed it. They are at Marina Paraiso on the Bay-west side. A short walk South of Bahia Tortuga & Soggy Peso. A short walk North of SesoLocos & from the turn off to the Chuuk Kay & Veraderas. Since it got a new owner & management, it has gone thru a lotta changes & has become one of our favorite places.


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