Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 24

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

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Adequate hurricane shelters: Director of Civil Protection

Asegura director de Protección Civil

Lanrry PARRA
      The Director of Civil Protection, Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, said that in the event of a hurricane, there are adequate hurricane shelters and other locations, to meet the needs of the vulnerable population.
      He explained that there are seven shelters:  El local social del Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores al Servicio del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres (SUTSAIM) or the City workers union hall, el local social del sindicato de taxistas “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” or the taxi union hall, the hurricane shelter at the southern part of the isle, the facilities at the Naval base, the primary schools “César Mendoza Santana” and “Julio Saury Espinosa” and the middle school “Benito Juárez”, as well as the school “Jean Piaget”, which was added in recent days.
     Together they can shelter 1500 people who live in flimsy houses, while the island has less than 1000 vulnerable residents, principally those who live in the irregular colonia Guadalupana. The Director says that within memory, the shelters have never been full, much less exceeded capacity.
ISLA MUJERES, 23 de junio.-

New threat from whale shark licensees 

Concesionarios del tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de junio.-

     In the event that the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) decide to maintain the current Management Plan regulating watching and swimming with whale sharks, the licensees of Isla Mujeres are saying they may respond with radical actions. 
        This was stated last week by one of the representatives of the licensees, Martin Trejo Manzano, who said they could initiate radical actions, and if this activity is not opened up as it was last year,  Isla Mujeres licensees could close the maritime access to the area of whale shark tours  this week. In the event that the modified regulations aren't changed, they say they will to continue going out to work, since there is not enough monitoring to control them.  Los concesionarios de Isla Mujeres amenazaron con cerrar el acceso marítimo a la ínsula y a la zona de avistamiento de tiburón ballena esta semana, y que en caso que se mantenga la modificación que se quiere imponer, saldrán todos a trabajar, ya que no existe la vigilancia suficiente para controlarlos.
     They are objecting to a new regulation this year that restricts them to working every other day. They are awaiting a final decision from SEMARNAT and CONANP about their request to have this regulation removed. This requirement was originated because the number of permits was expected to increase by 30 percent, but thus far the officials have not released the official figure. There was talk that there would be more than 320 permits issued this year, in 2015.

Agapito keeps promises to islanders

Inaugurates the Chiapanecos basketball court and the Skate Park 

Inaugura la Cancha de los Chiapanecos y el Skate Park

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de junio.-
See article in City section...


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

Tuesday morning the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, led the opening of two major works of infrastructure. Working for the welfare of  islanders.
      The mayor, Agapito Sanchez Magaña opened two significant works this morning: the basketball  court of the Chiapanecos and the Skate Park. Infrastructure is one of the most important aspects for the development and welfare of the island community Both of these public works were carried out in order to boost development and improve the quality of life for the island community. 
       Miguel Caballero García, municipal director of Public Works, reported that approximately 676,000 pesos were  invested in completing the rehabilitation of the Chiapaneco basketball court.The work included:  supplying and installing reflectors, supplying and installing of seats, supplying and installing a sportflex Plexipave finishing system for the basketball court, supplying and installing of trash receptacles, and supplying and installing adocretos.   
      Regarding the Skate Park, he said the investment was more than two million pesos. This new sports area consists of ramps, access gates, lighting, benches and trash cans. The park is located in the eastern part of the island, with a beautiful and unique view of the Caribbean Sea, near the newly opened basketball court.     
      The resources for these two facilities came from the Fund for Municipal Development and Paving 2015 (FOPEDEM). Mayor Agapito Magaña said that later they will continue working on the rescue of other public spaces, such as the former Hacienda Mundaca.

T he cost of registration is now 1500 pesos for the Women's Fishing Tournament"La Dorada del Caribe".  The City of Isla Mujeres is redoubling efforts by offering a 50% discount for all women who wish to participate. Those who are interested can go to the Department of Tourism.
1500 pesos es ahora el costo de inscripción para el Torneo de Pesca Femenil “La Dorada del Caribe”. El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres redoblando esfuerzos ofrece el 50% de descuento para todas aquellas mujeres que deseen participar, los interesados pueden acudir a la Dirección de Turismo.

2nd International Women's Fishing Tournament, La Dorada del Caribe. Participate this June 26 and 27.  Here are the prizes.The entry cost of $ 3,000 pesos has been reduced to $ 1,500 pesos. Sign up!
2do Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil, La Dorada del Caribe. Participa este 26 y 27 de Junio.
El costo de inscripción bajo de $3,000 a $1,500 ¡Inscríbete!
Conoce todos los premios.

This June 26 and 27, for the Second Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe", there will be  big surprises, including special guests: Grettel Valdez, Horacio Pancheri and Grupo Marconi. Don't miss it!  
Este 26 y 27 junio, en el Segundo Torneo de Pesca Femenil "La Dorada del Caribe", viviremos grandes sorpresas con los invitados especiales: Grettel Valdez, Horacio Pancheri y Grupo Marconi.
¡No faltes!


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  


Lowering the levels of the lakes

Disminuye el nivel de agua en Salinas

0 24 de junio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

   The director of Civil Protection, Humberto Mauro Velázquez Rodríguez, said that after a week of work, they have managed to lower the level in each of the salina lakes, in anticipation of more rain.     The official said the pump continues to operate, because despite the water level having fallen dramatically, the lakes continue to receive some runoff. He said that currently one pump is running, because there is no risk of overflowing.     
    After heavy rains last week, Civil Protection personnel have been cleaning and desilting the storm drains, which is continuing. They also are continuing to repair the damaged pump in the downtown area, which should be resolved in upcoming days. The Director said if rain occurs, there are additional pumps which can be put into operation to prevent any new flooding in the area. He said, "Unfortunately, last week heavy rain fell which exceed the capacity of the pump and it was impossible to lower levels rapidly."

Temen perder la bandera azul
Concern over Blue Flag award


Temen perder la bandera azul

0 24 de junio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

     It is alleged that the poor construction of the palapas on the beach could jeopardize the Blue Flag award and it is noted that one has begun to lean. The palapas are used for beach massages and it is noted that five have been built since January, and another is under construction.
      It is said they were constructed 'overnight' and there are questions as to whether they were properly approved and inspected by the municipal Department of Civil Protection (Dirección de Protección Civil) or by the municipal Department of Urban Development (Dirección de Desarrollo Urbano). or approved by SEMARNAT,  the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
        There is criticism on social networks because this area where the palapas are located was previously used by the public.
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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Differences in hotel occupancy statistics
Diferencias en cuanto a ocupación hoteleras.. [+] Ver mas

        With hotel occupancy at 45% and a significant presence of American tourists, both overnight and daytrippers, the main beaches of destination reflected an average number of bathers. Providers of tourist services reported an average demand for tours by boat, while agencies renting golf carts reported that demand exceeded supply, because most of the tourists who visit the island do not want to leave the island without a ride aboard a golf cart.    
       The excellent weather conditions on Tuesday, which included strong sun and intense heat, led to swimmers of all ages taking a dip in the waters of the bay,which was so calm and free of waves that it looked more like a huge swimming pool.
        Tourism providers working at different locations agreed that, indeed, the island is full of tourists during the day, when they arrive on tours that depart from the Cancun Hotel Zone, in addition to other important visitors arriving, especially domestic tourists and families based in Cancun, via the passenger and cargo ferries. However, after six or seven pm there is a significant decrease in the number of people on the streets and in establishments, including on Hidalgo Avenue, where there are local restaurants, where there are not many diners, in spite of efforts by their owners.    
       The manager of a business located on Rueda Medina Avenue, that sells souvenirs, said they close pretty early due to lack of tourism, because once the boats that offer package tours return to Cancun, the presence of visitors is minimal. He said the boats return to the mainland around five, so they close the store by six due to the lack of customers. He also complained that many tour passengers shop at the stores that are recommended to them by the tour companies. 
    On Hidalgo, which is the hub of night life on the isle, one store employee commented that there are almost more people on the street during the day than there are at night.  He said because there are so many tourists in the streets, it appears that hotel occupancy must be higher than the 45% reported by the municipal Director of Tourism.

Fishermen: Awaiting boats & motors
Pescadores, a la espera de motores y lanchasd.. [+] Ver mas

      The State Government has already deposited two million pesos of the total of three and a half million that the state is contributing to the program for renewal of boats and motors. This was announced by the president of the Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, who said that later this month the remaining amount will be deposited. In an interview, he said that the deadline for receipt of applications was May 30, and the money will be deposited by the state and federal governments by June 30th.
       In response to a direct question, Sr. Gomez Catzín said there were about 40 fishermen from around the state who submitted their applications for assistance to obtain a motor, and another 30 who applied for assistance for a boat. He made it clear that they are still awaiting approval by CONAPESCA, and some applications may be rejected.     
       He said they are waiting for publication of the list of beneficiaries, and only those fishermen who have not received assistance in previous programs are eligible. The Federal government contributes 40%, the state government contributes 30%, and the fishermen pay the remaining 30 percent.
       He said, "The Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in the State congratulated Governor Roberto Borge for having supported this program for engines and boats, that is so necessary for seamen, since it is well known that the cost of engines and boats has soared, especially in these times when the dollar is so high and the fishermen could not renew their equipment on their own." He added, "Especially if we consider that production has declined significantly in recent years, to the point where fishermen must travel to deeper water, as far as 50 miles offshore, to find their products, which causes higher costs for them, especially in fuel."

Excess of bans and prohibitions
Exceso de vedas y prohibiciones[+] Ver mas
      The new Management Plan for Isla Contoy National Park is causing annoyance among fishermen, who proposed three years ago that they should also be allowed to use the fishermen's camps on Isla Contoy when it is not lobster season. They want to use the camps as a starting point to go out of the park, ten or twenty miles away, to catch fish. They are currently not allowed to stay overnight except during lobster season. (which is eight months of the year, starting July 1 and ending March 1.)
    Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Executive Chairman of the Technical Advisory Council of  Isla Contoy National Park,said the Council considered this proposal for the Management Plan. He said, "There is a serious problem with illegal fishing. We have counted more than 345 boats from the fishing camps of Isla Blanca and Cabo Catoche crossing into the park boundaries to capture anything they find, because they know the rangers are not going to do anything to them, among the reasons being that some of these poachers carry loaded weapons. Therefore it is important that the Mexican Navy join in the surveillance." 
    He added that because of this history, the fishermen of Isla Mujeres are not allowed to occupy the camps outside of lobster season. He said when they began to develop the new Management Plan, the fishermen asked to be allowed to spend the night in their huts, not to capture fish within the park, but to go our more than 10 or 20 miles from Contoy, far from the park boundaries, which would be very supportive for this sector.
    He said when the lobster fishermen go to Isla Contoy, they must invest between 3000 and 4000 pesos in fuel and food, which is lost when there are no lobster or they catch very few. With the possibility of going out to catch fish, they could recuperate these expenses. "Actually, there are few fishermen spending the night on Contoy during lobster season exactly for this reason; because they don't want to lose their investment in the event of a small lobster catch, and with the possibility of also capturing fish, this could reactivate lobster fishing at Contoy," he said. 
   He added that this proposal was raised as a means to help the fishing industry of Isla Mujeres, but the benefits would be greater if the fishermen were also allowed to use the camps during the bans on lobster fishing, in order to go out and catch fish. "The main problem is that in order to preserve the underwater environment, many bans and prohibitions have been implemented that are affecting the fishermen. In the case of Isla Mujeres fishermen, they are forced to travel farther away and to dive down to greater depths, increasing the risks of decompression, therefore environmental authorities should not shut one door on them without opening another," he said.

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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

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  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 
July 18, Saturday to July 24,  Friday- 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, 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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