Friday, May 29, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 29

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

Fire affected 15 hectares on mainland area of municipality

First conflagration of the season

 La primera conflagración de la temporada

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de mayo.-
The first forest fire broke out within a few days of the end of the forest fire season, which has devastated about 15 hectares of the mainland part of the municipality, but it is controlled. The director of Civil Protection, Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, said the fire has been going on for four days and is under control and about to be extinguished. The fire has been located about two kilometers from downtown Francisco May, but thanks to coordinated work between the landowners and the staff of Civil Protection, the threat has been kept away from the urban area.
   He said this fire is located between the municipalities of Benito Juarez and Isla Mujeres, in the wells area (la zona de pozos), near the town of Francisco May, and it may have been started intentionally (as a controlled burn to clear brush ), but it got out of control. He explained that to putting out the fire included at least a dozen employees of the Civil Protection agency, CONAFOR, and the Mexican Navy.
   He said "The fire is under control and only continues to exist at the center part and they are about to extinguish that." He said the most of the work done to fight this fire was guardarrayas, (firebreaks?) with the intention of preventing the spread of the fire to neighboring lands, most of which have highly flammable undergrowth. 
   He concluded by saying it is fortunate that this season there has only been one conflagration recorded, which they are about to extinguish.

More information needed to avoid damage to the reefs 

Para evitar más daños a arrecifes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de mayo.-
Roberto Ibarra Navarro, head of the Department of Artificial Reefs and Restoration of the Natural Reserve of the National Marine Park, said that in order to protect the natural and artificial reefs and ensure their healthy growth, the thousands of boats sailing between Isla Mujeres and Cancun need to have information about caring for the local reef system. He said there is a lack of information which has caused damage to the reefs, when various boats ran aground, and for this reason it is necessary to implement an informational campaign for the tourism sector and boaters in general.
     Regarding the artificial reefs, he said the recuperation of the corals, at ten years after the effects caused by hurricane Wilma, have favorable indications. He said the efforts to repopulate the devastated areas and the creation of artificial reefs is having good results. He reiterated that the damage to corals and reefs from recent boat accidents in the area are the reason that adequate information needs to be given to the crews, because at this time you cannot assume that they know they could cause damage to these attractions, with severe legal consequences for damaging the marine ecosystem. 

Successful simulation of oil spill by Naval personnel 

De derrame de hidrocarburos a cargo de personal de la Quinta Región Naval

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de mayo.-
The simulation began with a presentation by the Naval staff of the material used to absorb the oil and diesel fuel spilled at sea, which consisted of towels, sheets, pillows, and moss (toallas, sábanas, almohadas y musgo), and a small demonstration using ~30 liters of water into which oil was poured. Then the equipment was presented and they demonstrated the operation of each piece, which consisted of a pressure unit and a vacuum, plus a power source. It was explained that this equipment functions to extract oil and diesel spilled at sea, while the containment system prevents it from spreading.
  The materials for absorption as well as the equipment for containment and removal are from abroad. The Naval staff explained that the work of fuel recovery can be carried out by one or two people, but the transfer of materials and equipment requires the assistance of at least 15 people, plus support units.
   They said the process of oil spill recovery begins with containment to prevent its spread, followed by recovery and removal of the oil or diesel fuel. They explained that in the case of a gasoline spill, it is not necessary to mobilize the oil spill equipment because gasoline evaporates and is consumed by the air and the sun.
   The Navy conducted the simulation following the protocols of the  Organización del Sistema de Comando de Incidentes para la Aplicación en Derrames de Hidrocarburos y otras Sustancias Nocivas para el Mar. Organization for the Command System for Use in Oil Spills at Sea or Other Noxious Substances.


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

The Organizing Committee of the recently concluded International Fishing Tournament "Cosme A. Martinez Magana", presented the awards to the winners of the competition in its 12th edition. The participation record was broken.
El Comité Organizador del recién concluido Torneo Internacional de Pesca “Cosme A. Martínez Magaña”, entregó los premios a los ganadores de la competencia que en su edición número 12, rompió récord de participación.

As part of World Environment Day, in Isla Mujeres, we began developing an Ecomural made with plastic bottlecaps in the lobby of the Hacienda Mundaca.
En el marco del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, en Isla Mujeres, iniciamos la elaboración de un ecomural con tapasrroscas de plástico en el lobby de la Ex Hacienda Mundaca.

Live unforgettable moments, enjoy every corner of Isla Mujeres.In photo: Punta Sur.
Vive momentos inolvidables, disfruta de cada rincón de Isla Mujeres.
En foto: Punta Sur.

Yesterday morning, in compliance with the Program for the Removal and Destruction of Documents, the office of the Municipal Archives conducted incineration of unneeded documents in a timely manner.


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)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Simulation of containment of oil spill at sea
Simulacro para controlar derrame de hidrocarburo en el mar [+] Ver mas

Many tourists but little economic activity
Muchos turistas pero poco movimiento económico.. [+] Ver mas

Good weather attracted a good flow of visitors to Isla Mujeres, including transport via boats use for recreation. Many of these groups of people from these boats can be observed in the streets, shopping, but they are directed to shop or rent golf carts at specific locations. It is noted that daytrippers often don't generate a great amount of economic activity, because they often do not bring enough money. However these visitors often incorporate this destination in their list of places to vacation.
   The lancheros who give snorkeling tours say they are experiencing a lack of tourism business, and merchants say they lack business, but that this is usual for this time of year, despite the start of whale shark season. They say many people who come for whale shark tours are staying in Cancun or Riviera Maya, to embark from Punta Sam, causing a minimal effect on the island.
    Restauranteurs say their situation is affected because they depend on customers from hotels, and when they occupancy drops below 40 percent, their sales decrease.

Creating "Ecomural" with plastic bottlecaps
Realizan “ecomural” con taparroscas de envases de plásticoer mas

As part of the celebration for World Environment Day, work was carried out on the "Ecomural" made with plastic bottle caps, in an event for children to participate in, among other activities about nature. Carlos Barranco, Ecology director, said work began on the first mural located in the lobby of the tourist center at the Mundaca Hacienda. It is not discounted that there will be more murals in upcoming days.
    He also spoke about a presentation and installation of a solar drip irrigation system on Paseo de los Peces street in colonia La Gloria, organized by a citizen committee (CCDA), and the planting of ornamental plants there. The system uses sea water, and the sun's energy as the driving element of the process of distillation and water movement. The road is 400 linear meters long and could serve as an example for use of the system to other roads, but to start the plan would require the support of a school. It was not specified at the time if that school might be Colegio Bachilleres, the high school. The campaign would require the recruitment of volunteers, teens, and children interested in joining in this campaign for rational usage of water.
        He also noted that the staff and general public participated in a reforestation campaign of the median of the main avenue in Ciudad Mujeres on the mainland part of the municipality.

Informational campaign to avoid damage to corals
Proponen campaña informativa para evitar daños a corales. [+] Ver mas
In addition to the same information given in the similar article above, this one notes the official said  boaters from the United States and other countries need proper information before they enter the marine park, because when they are unaware of the shallow area, mishaps can occur. "We have already had several cases over the past two decades since this has been evaluated," said Roberto Ibarra Navarro.
  He said it would be appropriate to prepare brochures in English for mass distribution with the participation of several agencies such as the Ministries of: Communications and Transport (SCT), the Navy, the Environment, Tourism, and the Ministry of the Interior. The brochures would include the legal consequences for those who come in contact with the coral reefs.
    He attended the oil spill simulation at sea by the Navy, and said he regretted the lack of sufficient resources of the National Park to implement this proposal that is necessary, for the prevention of future incidents.
      He said that among the boaters seen in the park are retired people from the United States, who sail down the Mexican and Central American coasts in their boats, but lack information about the delicate conditions and shallow areas within the park. "There was a case that occurred at the island involving a boat whose destination was to the south. They left at night and minutes later ran aground on the coral.
     He said the information should include charts showing the areas that are shallow and have corals, to avoid them, and adequate signage, which is lacking in the park due to a lack of resources. They have not placed buoys, and there has also been cases in which signs were stolen, due to a lack of monitoring, due to the reduced number of park rangers.

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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.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


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 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

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)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
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 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

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
Thursday's 'surprise film' has been announced. It's "Results"...which is in English. LINK 

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.
Discontinued for low season

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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."


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  (Updated mid May)
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...(formerly Comono) (Updated 5/21)
Sunday The Sol Rockers 730-930 , Isla-Cali 930-1130
Monday Isla-Cali  930-1130
Tuesday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30 
Wednesday  The Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30
Friday Rayan Rickman 7-9:30
Saturday Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

For June
Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30
Tuesday Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30,  Jazz from Toronto 9:30-11:30
Friday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30

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

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays (Updated 5/21)

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

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)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30 or later

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


 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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