Sunday, June 7, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Sunday, June 7

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

Bad odors persist despite rain

At the lake by the runway

Siguen sufriendo vecinos de la laguna Salina Aeropuerto, a pesar de lluvias

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de junio.-

   Residents who live near the lake "Salina Aeropuerto" say the foul odors from the lake, caused by the drought, have persisted despite the rain.  They say this has become a yearly problem, which they believe is caused by blockage in the network that interconnected the lake with the Makax lagoon. 
    Resident Enrique Esquivel says the neighbors are not in agreement about the solution, and some speak of using fill. He says it would not cost very much to preserve this system of communication with the sea, but the politicians must agree to do this for the benefit of the community. 
   Due to the heat and drought affecting the area for three months, the lake has dropped at least half a meter. The drought has affected the other two lakes, "Salina Chica" and "Salina Grande". In the latter, once again, fish have died, but not as many as last year.

Hoteliers prepare for hurricane season 

En materia de localización de turistas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de junio.-
See the City section, below

Yachts impounded by Navy are deteriorating 

Aseguradas por la Quinta Región Naval

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 6 de junio.-
   There are about twenty luxury boats impounded by the Navy, after being involved in trafficking of drugs or undocumented Cubans, that are deteriorating and falling into disrepair from lack of maintenance. The seafarers of Isla Mujeres, particularly those who provide tours for watching and swimming with whale sharks, say if the Navy ever opted to sell or auction them, there would be a market for them on the island. They must buy boats in Miami, for large amounts of dollars, but the boats being held by the Navy are not being sold or auctioned.


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

At a meeting held by the municipal Tourism agency, hoteliers took the course "State System for Tracking Tourists" (SELTUR)
   Personnel of the Ministry of Tourism of Quintana Roo (SEDETUR), who specialize in the subject, provided training to entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres. They attended the presentation in the City Council room, which was led by Fernando Perea, head of information at SEDETUR. The computer specialist said this is an online system that is a record of guests who are staying in hotels during a tropical storm, hurricane, or other weather event in the area, and in particular, in Isla Mujeres.
  This important tool of Civil Protection of SELTUR has been active throughout the state since May first, when the rainy season began. These courses are held every year to keep hotel security up to date.Sr. Perea explained that hoteliers register their guests and create a data base that is only available for Consuls, and in this manner, families of people in the affected area can be notified.
   Gustavo Rodriguez, head of the municipal Department of Tourism, thanked the hoteliers, noting that attendance is very important in order to remain updated in case of weather emergencies.

Personnel from various City departments conducted a day of intense cleaning of the Salina, with the goal of preventing environmental problems from the death of fish, caused by high temperatures and increased pollution of the lake.
Personal de varias direcciones del Ayuntamiento realizaron una jornada de limpieza profunda en la Salina, el objetivo fue evitar los problemas ambientales que pudiera provocar la mortandad de peces derivada de las altas temperaturas y la alta contaminación de ese cuerpo lagunar.


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

Course in tracking tourists in case of a hurricane
Curso de localización de turistas en caso de huracán.. [+] Ver mas
See City section, above.

Ex-Mayor denies involvement in sale of 100 hectares
Ex alcaldesa se deslinda de venta de cien hase.. [+] Ver mas

    The lawsuit over the sale of 100 hectares that were donated to INFOVA alleges that the current and recent mayors, among others, are at fault, including: Alicia Ricalde, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Manuela Godoy, Hugo Sanchez, and Agapito Magana.  Lawyer Roberto Martinez showed documents about the lawsuit to Por Esto, and that information was published recently.
      INFOVIR is a former governmental agency, Instituto de Fomento a la Vivienda y Regularización de la Propiedad. The municipal property, located in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres, was originally donated to the former federal agency with the intention that it would be subdivided into lots for the benefit of thousands of islanders.
     The lawsuit claims the property was sold to two developers, at prices three times lower than its assessed value, on June 2, 2010. The lawsuit alleges that the sale was illegal since there was an INFOVA regulation precisely preventing this.
    On Saturday, former mayor Alicia Ricalde, who is now a federal legislator, issued a statement saying, "On June 2, 2010, Alicia Ricalde was campaigning for governor. During  that three-month campaign period, when the act of government took place that is being contested; Juan Basto, the First Alderman, was Acting Mayor."  It says that because she was on leave, she has no criminal or administrative responsibility. (In Mexico, usually, officials are  required to leave their governmental positions while they campaign for political office.)
   When Fidel Villanueva Madrid, who is now the municipal trustee, was questioned by the reporter on the issue, as he entered a local department store,  the former mayor responded, "Roberto Martinez says many things that are unfounded."

Impounded boats are deteriorating
Se deterioran botes asegurados. [+] Ver mas
This article is similar to the one above. Resident Thomaz Dzib suggested that one of the boats could be used to transport sick people to the mainland in the late hours of the nights, except the bureaucracy of federal agencies, "has become like a wall made of concrete". 
     The boats have deteriorated after being parked without protection or maintenance for five years. Their engines no longer work and the navigation instruments have broken down over the years. They have high power outboard motors of 150 and 200 horsepower each, and with three motors they could develop high speeds at sea.
       The Navy only has the task of safeguarding them, it has no authority to donate them. In the past two years, no boats of this type have been impounded, so it seems that the routes used by organized crime have changed, in response to the military presence in this area.

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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.

June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.
10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.
The first and last Ultramar ferries are cancelled.
The cargo ferry is running fewer crossings. (Departing the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and departing Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.)

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 
The Navy will have a booth showing their diving equipment as well as their rescue program to combat pollution at sea, and a conference that is open to the public entitled "Mangroves".
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) will have a exhibition of various ways to produce electricity, aimed at grade school children.
The Human Rights Commission will have a booth and the state Director will inaugurate the fair, with the Mayor.
The labor union CROC is supplying volunteers and had donated ornamental plants, to be used for reforestation.
 The DIF is participating and will be giving away discs showing how to conserve water.
 Aguakan will have a booth, who often work with NGO's.
The Maritime Terminal is organizing a Drawing Contest titled "A Child's View of Caring for Nature" ( “la mirada de los niños en cuidado de la naturaleza”), and the ferry company will be responsible for the prizes.
The Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres (La Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres AC) will have animals available for adoption and materials available about pet care.
The Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) will have a booth about the work they do as programs for reproduction and care for sea turtles.
The Municipal Ecology department are actively participating and will have a booth featuring the actions of their agency in favor of ecology.
The NGO Green Patrol/Paturlla Verde will present photographs from 15 years of educational work on the island.

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol has been sold in tourist bar-restaurants during past elections.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767

June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day
June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada,   Organized by DIF. More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

Fridays Artes en Todas Partes events TBA

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 

 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."


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 June 1: Last week they had live music again in the afternoons. ~2p.

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


 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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