Monday, May 11, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, May 11

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

Lack of sufficient monitoring during whale shark tour season

Durante temporada de avistamiento del tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de mayo.-
  The beginning of the whale shark tour season may be characterized by a lack of monitoring, because for nearly two months PROFEPA has been understaffed (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection). Residents in Sac Bajo say there have been no PROFEPA personnel in Isla Mujeres in the past two months, so they doubt the agency will be able to provide adequate surveillance during the whale shark tour season.
The PROFEPA delegate said regarding the upcoming season of whale shark tours, the staff will continue to strengthen ties of cooperation with CONANP (The National Commission for Protected Natural Areas) and SEMAR (the Navy) to increase surveillance in the sighting area. He acknowledged that there have been complaints about a lack of presence in the area, due to a lack of personnel, but he said they hope to overcome the problem, and will seek more coordination with the Navy (SEMAR) for this. He said there is a program in development to increase enforcement in all areas.
  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil said that although Profepa receives assistance from the Mexican Navy, the staff of the Navy are not able to regulate this activity.


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

With respect and responsibility toward nature, you are guaranteed an incredible Sunday with your family. It says The sea has its own characteristics and we must be respectful. Enjoy our beaches without harming them. It is everyone's responsibility.

La responsabilidad y el respeto por la naturaleza nos garantiza un domingo familiar increíble.
Today we want to congratulate and thank all of those women who  give everything for their family every day. Happy Mother's Day.
El día de hoy queremos felicitar y agradecer a todas esas mujeres que día con día entregan todo por su familia. Feliz día de la madre.


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

Destroying the heritage of Isla Mujeres
Destruyen el patrimonio histórico de Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres. –  I will translate this one manana.....

Cabbies protest with new blockade in front of the Maritime Terminal
Isla Mujeres. –  A group of  foreign teachers who participate annually in a program teaching English to local grade school students were given a 'bad taste in their mouths" upon arrival, after a group of taxi drivers tried to block the golf cart that was going to transport their luggage to their hotel. This occurred just after the group of over twenty teachers arrived from a long journey from the United States. 
       The coordinator said that to avoid tiring the teachers further, s/he offered to transport their luggage in his/her private golf cart to their hotel, a few blocks from the terminal. Unaware that this would trigger conflict, the coordinator told the teachers to put the suitcases on the golf cart. When cabbies noticed a group of "tourists" using a golf cart to transport their luggage, they congregated in the terminal and insisted the bags be removed. The taxi drivers wanted the transport to be done by their vehicles. Even though the cabbies were told the teachers were part of a program whose fundamental purpose is to assist Isla children, they continued to object.
     The argument escalated and the police arrived to try and resolve the problem. Taxi union representatives arrived, and minutes later the head of the union arrived, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez. He justified the actions of the drivers, saying no one had provided notification of the arrival of these people. The golf cart was released and the teachers decided to walk to their downtown hotel, uncomfortable with the attitude of the taxi drivers.
   Some witnesses regretted the embarrassing incident by the cabbies and said they need to be kept in order, because it is becoming a habit to make these blockades, which present a bad image to the tourists that visit here. This was without consideration for the group of teachers who arrive every year, with a program of free education for the children of Isla Mujeres; a program that is promoted by the city of Isla Mujeres and each year benefits 870 primary school students.

Harbor Master: No weather incidents
The Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that while there was a constant monitoring of the weather, no incident or alert for high waves was recorded, however, the monitoring will continue Monday. He said that tho no incidents were recorded, it is important to pay attention to all official warnings and to take actions to safeguard life at sea. 
       He said that fortunately there were no major problems reported, and although there was a strong wind from the south, it did not represent a major problem. He said underwater activities were restricted in some parts of the Cancun hotel zone, but not in Isla Mujeres. 
   The Harbor Master said that although weather conditions on the island were monitored, there were no restrictions to navigation and all activities occurred normally, without incident.

Whale Shark permit holders will have to comply with the new Management Plan 2015
No major delay is expected in the deliver of whale shark tour permits, and those who expect to receive them will have to comply with the new conditions of the 2015 Management Plan which include mandatory days off. 
    The Plan says only 160 vessels will be allowed daily, which is the acceptable limit established by CONANP, who stated this capacity was established by a study of the load capacity of tourist-recreational activities of observing and swimming with the whale sharks (Rincodon typus) in the marine zone northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, including the Biosphere Reserve of the Whale Sharks and the Protected Area of the plants and animals of Yum Balam.
   For this purpose, the licensees will be divided into two groups of 160 boats each. The groups alternate days for going out to observe and swim with the whale sharks. The Harbor master said when they receive their permit, they will know if they which group they are in. 
     Group 1 is assigned the days 15, 17, 19, 21,23,25, 27, 29, 31 of May;  2, 4. 6, 8,10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 of June;  2, 4, 6, 8, 10,12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 of July; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31of August;  2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 of September.
       Group 2 is assigned the days 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 of May; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 of June; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 of July; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, , 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 of August: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 & 17 of September.

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

Caution continued regarding 'mar de fondo' swells
Continúa precaución por “mar de fondo”[+] Ver mas

Although there were concerned expectations, and some fishermen did not go out to be cautious, many seamen described Sunday as a 'normal day'. As of 4pm there were no strong recalones (? Swells/currents), as were expected, and it was calm at the popular North Beach. There was no new information from the SCT regarding the phenomenon, following their advisory about potential winds gusting up to 37 kph and waves of 1.5 to 2.1 meters that could reach 2.4 meters on Sunday evening.
      In the same report, the SCT noted the wave directional buoy of the SCT (Department of Communications and Transport) is adrift, with its last position at latitude 21 degrees 10'North and  86 degrees 41'West.
       Monitoring will continue on Monday, and the port has remained open to navigation by small vessels.
    The rest of this article has info that was previously translated.
Seaside trash
Basurero junto al mar[+] Ver mas

It is estimated that there are several (varias) tons of garbage at the cliffs of the Guadalupe Chapel, including wood, PVC plastic, a sink, a toilet, and various construction materials. This causes negative comments from tourists who flock to this spectacular ocean view. It is suggested that construction workers put the trash there during the renovation of the chapel, which looks beautiful both inside and outside, except for the trash below the railing.
    This type of dumping is not allowed, especially by the sea where any occurrence or intense storm could cause the timbers to become projectiles launched toward land or into the sea, and perforating boats, which sailors say has happened in the past along this coast, in rare incidents.
   According to data collected, it is common for all types of debris to arrive on the beaches of the Caribbean side, including all types of plastic, foods such as calzado, lías, timber and logs, and pieces of coral. It is well known that the sea has become a big dump for boaters, and of irresponsible people such as in the case of the chapel. The neighbors would like the authorities at all three levels of government to intervene.

Beach cleanup at Isla Contoy beaches
Jornada de limpieza de playa de Contoy[+] Ver mas

This weekend a group of students studying at the University of the Caribbean for careers in Sustainable Tourism and Hotel Management participated in a clean up day at the beaches of the Isla Contoy National Park, to facilitate the nesting of sea turtles. Thirty bags of trash were removed from three kilometers of beach, from Punta Norte to the dune area.
   The group sailed from Punta Sam at 8am on the boat "Falcon Maya", of Marcelo Cupul, arriving at Punta Norte of Isla Contoy two hours later, after making a stop at the reef area Ixlaché for the students to see the beginning of the Mesoamerican Reef. They worked from 10am to 3pm, under the supervision of teachers on the subject of Fundamentals of Ecology,  Martha Abundes and Gisela Maldonado, assisted by biologists Gabriel Vargas and José Manuel Hernández. Then the participants were given a meal at the fishing camp.
      "In addition to removing debris in preparation for the sea turtle nesting season, this activity was aimed at raising the awareness of the students", said biologist Gisela Maldonado, who provided photographs for publication. The effort was facilitated by support from the civil association, Amigos of Isla Contoy, led by biologist Catalina Galindo, as well as by rangers of CONANP, (National Commission of Protected Natural Areas), Alina and Henrry.

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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 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

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

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.

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."

Music: Schedule may change for low season  

(By band & location)

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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 7:30-9:30 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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

Here's Music by day of the week

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -   
Fenix Cuban musicians 2-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Wednesday -
 Fenix live music Chucho? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Thursday -
Fenix  live music 2-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Friday -
 Fenix- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Saturday -
Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 7:30-9:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Sunday -
 Fenix for Salsa 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  8:30 - 11:30


 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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