Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, June 23

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
 If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Construction of lifeguard towers for the Blue Flag certification

 Para el izamiento de distintivo Blue Flag

Lanrry PARRA
       Work is being done on the Posada del Mar beach in anticipation of the Blue Flag award event taking place July 2, when the banner will be raised over the beach. This work includes building a lifeguard tower and regular cleaning of the sand.  Considerable progress has been made on the tower, and all 33 criteria have been met for this distinctive award, which was judged by the auditors of the Mexican Imstitute of Standardization and Certification. The process was begun in November to certify both beaches, and the white flag award was given to North Beach.
         It will be announced at the National Clean Beaches meeting in Cancun on June 25 & 26 that the Blue Flag distinction has been awarded to the Posada del Mar beach.  The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, who is president of the Clean Beaches Committee of the Maya Riviera, will attend this meeting, the XI Encuentro Nacional de Playas Limpias, as will Governor. Roberto Borge.
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de junio.-

Concerns about contamination

Growing number of abandoned boats at various coastal locations 
 Crece número de embarcaciones abandonadas en diversos puntos costeros
Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de junio.-
   Maritime authorities have shown a lack of interest in wrecked or abandoned boats and useless buoys at various points along the coast of the island. On the east coast, there are remains of a balsero boat behind the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, where several Cuban refugees came ashore. There has been a signaling buoy near the colonia of the Chiapaneco for eight months, and another washed up buoy  has been in front of the municipal cemetery for even longer. (The first one is near the Colegio Bachilleres dome and the second is near colonia Guadalupana.) There was a Cuban balsero boat the disintegrated at the northern part of the island, and was never removed by authorities. (Near Mia & Casa de las Piedras, east of Fenix).
    Makax lagoon, which is the main center of local marinas and a place of refuge for boats in the event of a hurricane, has an increasing number of abandoned and shipwrecked vessels. It is assumed there is contamination coming from the latrines of the dozens of boats that remain in place and concern about oil spilling from these sunken and semi sunken vessels.


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

DIF Social Service agency of Isla Mujeres has scheduled two contests in upcoming days, one for senior citizens and one for youths, with the goal of enhancing wellness and healthy living among island families. The titles of the competitions are: "Certamen Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015” (Grandma & Granpa Contest Isla Mujeres 2015) and “Concurso de Canto Género Urbano Libre(RAP y REGGAETÓN), a Rap contest.
     The first event is a form of recognition and demonstration of our love and respect for the senior citizens of our township. The second event was organized to raise awareness about the fight against mistreatment of women.
   The Grandmother & Grandfather Competition is being coordinated by the Senior Citizen's Club (Club de Gente Grande) and will take place at green dome in colonia Salina Chica on Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm.  Qualities that are judged include elegance, stage presence, comportment, mastery of the subject, and verbal expression, among others. The state phase will take place at the Convention Center in Cozumel on July 31.
   The Rap Contest, “Concurso de Canto Género Urbano Libre”  is coordinated by the Comisión de Equidad y Género del Cabildo Isleño (Commission for Gender Equality of the Island City Council), represented by councilwoman Miriam Trejo León. This event aims to allow participants to express a message against the mistreatment of women, by writing a song or improvising lyrics on the issue, and earning points based on the lyrics,  rhythm, and stage performance. It will be held on Thursday, June 25 at the Green Dome in colonia Salina Chica at 6:30 pm and participants can register at the municipal DIF office in Colonia La Gloria or call 9990068.
The City of Isla Mujeres, invites you to attend  a presentation of a book of short stories "Nothing to Pretend"   by author Miguel Manjarrez Torres on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 pm at the school Jean Piaget.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, invita este martes 23 a la presentación del libro de cuentos cortos “Nada que fingir” del autor Miguel Manjarrez Torres. La cita es a las 6 de la tarde en el colegio Jean Piaget.

     The day has come! The skate park opening will be at 9am on Tuesday June 23. It is a unique and special place, like few others in the world, to practice skating on the coast of the majestic Caribbean Sea. We invite you to join us and enjoy this new site we have created for practicing skating.
Este martes 23 de junio a las 9 de la mañana será la inauguración del SKATE PARK, es un espacio único y especial, como pocos en el mundo, a la orilla del majestuoso Mar Caribe para la práctica del patinaje. Te invitamos para que nos acompañes y disfrutes de este nuevo sitio creado para ti.

Enjoy water sports on the beautiful beaches of Isla Mujeres.
Disfruta de deportes acuáticos en las bellas playas de Isla Mujeres.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Listas para torneo de pescaReady for the fishing tournament



    Listas para torneo de pesca

    0 23 de junio de 2015 
         Women who love fishing are reportedly ready to participate in the second Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada" event, where the number of boats is expected to exceed the 60 vessels who participated last year.     The organizing committee explained that exceptional weather is expected for this weekend. The traditional captains dinner will be held on  June 26, and the competition will be held on June 27, as a single day.        Humberto Moguel, director of Fisheries of the island and a key organizer of this event said that boats will depart promptly at 8am on Saturday, June 27, and the awards will be presented that afternoon. The departure and the awards ceremony will take place at the concrete pier, like the tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana". The prizes total more than 500,000 pesos.

  • Recibirán Blue Flag


    Recibirán Blue Flag

    0 23 de junio de 2015

       Isla Mujeres will receive the "Blue Flag" award, the highest recognition for beaches on June 25th, during the Eleventh National Clean Beaches Meeting, in Cancun. The ceremony to hoist the flag over the beach will be held on July 2nd. Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, who chairs the Clean Beaches Committee of the Maya Riviera-Cancun, said a lifeguard tower is under construction, which should be completed in upcoming days. Concerning the issue of public bathrooms, there is a collaborations with those doing business in the Federal Zone.
      Only eleven beaches in Mexico have earned the Blue Flag distinction, of which three are in Quintana Roo, in Cancun, but after this award ceremony the total number is expected to be twenty beaches, of which eight would be in Quintana Roo, including one on the island, at the Posada del Mar beach.


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

In upcoming days Isla Mujeres will receive the Blue Flag award, the highest distinction for one of our beaches.
En los próximos días ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ recibirá el galardón BlueFlag, máxima distinción a una de sus playas. Conócela! http://t.co/70HVZ0hx4s

Poor start for the whale shark season
VolunQuest promotes their third summer camp for children who want...


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Proposal: Limiting whale shark tours to two months
Sólo dos meses de tiburón ballena .. [+] Ver mas
    Environmentalists and conservation advocates are proposing that the season for watching and swimming with whale sharks be reduced from four to two months, announced the Biosphere Director, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas.
        Although it is nearly a month since the season began, there are days when no whale sharks are encountered, and the few who are found are besieged by dozens of boats, according to information given to the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, who agrees with Sra. Garcia Rivas.
       The Biosphere Director said the proposal to reduce the season to two months is viable and would benefit all parties involved and they would need to modify the Management Plan and to speak informally to academics. In response to questioning on social media, the official said this proposal would be an improvement, and would require drafting technical and financial proposals, and working with the service providers on the issue.
     According to the current Management Plan, the season opens in Aguas Azules on May 15 and in Aguas Verdes (the Biosphere) on June 1 and closes on September 17. However, most of the whale sharks arrive during July and August, therefore this proposal is to concentrate tourism during that 60 day period.
       The Harbor Master said the small number of whale sharks has been a problem for the service providers because their customers are pleased when they can observe and swim with the animals, but there are days when they do not see any whale sharks, which has been confirmed by the licensees. There was allegedly an incident last Thursday when only one whale shark was found, a short distance from Cabo Catoche, with 65 boats swirling around it, which is against regulations.

Work on the House of Culture
Trabajan en Casa de la Cultura[+] Ver mas

    Work has quietly resumed on the renovation of the Casa de la Cultura, House of Culture, which could be complete in the next month. Workers said  the dance studio is nearly ready, as well as the other areas designed to cater to tourists interested in the culture of Isla Mujeres. They just completed the work of installing aluminum doors and windows upstairs, which are anti-hurricane.
    This work resumed after a delay of five years, after the construction was begun in 2010 with an investment of 4 million pesos, of which half came from municipal funds and the rest was supplied by the state and federal governments.

Warnings against gifts of "LSD"
Alarman regalos de “LSD” l.. [+] Ver mas

   Some time ago, a warning letter was written by the PGR (Attorney General's office), and now preschool teachers are advising parents to warn children to avoid strange people who sell or offer "LSD", in the form of stickers with blue stars or colored dots (called Blue Stars, Pink Pyramid, or Window Pane / “Estrellas Azul”, “Pirámide Rosa” & “Ventana de Cristal”)  or small pieces of paper similar to postage stamps illustrated with cartoon characters and wrapped in cellophane. The drug can be absorbed thru the skin by handling the paper and causes symptoms that include hallucinations, mood swings, vomiting, uncontrollable laughter, body temperature changes, and memory loss which can persist. Parents of young children are sharing the warning on Facebook.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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.

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol can be sold with food to tourists.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres's photo.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 culturaislamujeres@gmail.com

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and I  sla Mujeres. 

June 13, Saturday   API pier or Magana (wooden) pier   Submarine tours begin in Isla Mujeres 300 pesos  "Discover the sea without even getting wet while enjoying a drink & appreciating the seabed of our beloved island. For all ages. 9841762052 Gabriel."  (From Merca Isla on FB)


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 23, Tuesday 6p Jean Piaget School
 Presentation of a book of short stories by Miguel Manjarrez Torres "Nothing to Pretend"

 June 24, Wednesday 7p  Salina Chica Green Dome "Certamen Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015” (Grandma & Grandpa contest Isla Mujeres 2015)

June 25, Thursday  6:30p First Isla Mujeres Rap Competition, sponsored by the DIF. Salina Chica at the green dome. "Yo me uno" to put an end to violence against women. Register at the DIF Mon-Fri 9-4

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

June 27, Saturday  Noche de Estrellas

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

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  

Sunset ~7:30

Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 1  6:40
July 2  7:35
July 3  8:30
July 4  9:25
July 5 10:17
July 6 11:06
July 7 11:54
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 5 Poc Na

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Saturday, July 18 to Friday, July 24- Whale Shark Festival

 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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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 13: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~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. 

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