Thursday, July 2, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Event Thursday, July 2

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

Giving recognition to hotels for excellent evaluations by guests

 Por sobresaliente evaluación de huéspedes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de julio.-

       Some hotels in Isla Mujeres will receive awards tomorrow at 10am, from representatives of Expedia and They will receive "Global Award" recognition, which is given to hotels who are given superior evaluations from their guests, which is considered a testament to the dedication of the employees, and to the high standards of service, of each hotel.

First day of lobster season was "normal" 

 Primer día de la temporada de captura de langosta fue “normal”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de julio.-

      The start of the lobster fishing season of 2015-2016 took place without a hitch and without major results, and it was just a normal working day for the fishermen of Isla Mujeres.  
     Leader of the  Isla Mujeres fishermen, Baltasar Gomez Catzin, said that production of lobster on this first day of the season was not exceptional, but better days are expected. He said that in effect it was just a regular workday without any abundant catches reported by any of the fishing coops of the island.
         He said that in July and August production is usually low and that the volume increases a little in September and October, and increases a great deal in November and December, when there are winds from the north, which cause the lobsters to go on the move.


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

We invite you to be part of summer program "Vacacionarte" from the 20th of July until the 7th of August.
Drawings, arts & crafts, painting, and many fun activities.

 For children 7-12, Monday thru Friday 10a-1p Fee of 250p includes tee shirt and art supplies
Les invitamos a formar parte del programa de verano "Vacacionarte" del 20 de julio al 7 de agosto.
Dibujos, manualidades, pintura y muchas actividades divertidas.

     Mauricio Gongora Escalante took a tour of public works in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, as a representative of Quintana Roo for the National Federation of Municipalities of Mexico, (FENAMM), and he met with the directors and leaders in the current administration to ensure better services to the community. 
    The President of the municipality of Solidarity exchanged opinions, experiences, and knowledge with the island officials who are part of the program "Municipio en tu Colonia".
El representante de Quintana Roo ante la Federación Nacional de Municipios de México (FENAMM), Mauricio Góngora Escalante, realizó una gira de trabajo en el municipio de Isla Mujeres donde se reunió con directores y jefes de área de la actual administración para estrechar lazos que permitan garantizar mejores servicios a la comunidad.
El presidente municipal de Solidaridad intercambió opiniones, experiencias y conocimientos con los funcionarios isleños quienes detallaron el programa "Municipio en tu Colonia".

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedraui) 

    With great joy we celebrate the graduation of the high schools students of Colegio Bachilleres at the Isla Mujeres campus in a graduation ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS AND WE WISH THEM SUCCESS IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS THAT BEGIN TODAY
Con gran alegría acompañamos a los jóvenes egresados del Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Isla Mujeres en su ceremonia de graduación. ENHORABUENA Y ÉXITO EN EL CAMINO PROFESIONAL QUE HOY INICIAN.
Today, July 1st, Engineer's Day
Hoy 1 de Julio, Día del Ingeniero.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Without firetrucks

  • Están sin camiones los ‘tragahumos’


    Están sin camiones los ‘tragahumos’

    0 02 de julio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

  • Realizan izamiento de la bandera BlueFlag


    Realizan izamiento de la bandera BlueFlag

    0 02 de julio de 2015

   Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, confirmed that the hoisting of the "Blue Flag" banner will be held  on the downtown beach today. As was previously reported, last week the island received this distinctive award at the Eleventh National Clean Beaches Meeting in Cancun, but the ceremony was delayed until today when the  act of raising will take place, with expected attendance by VIPs and officials.       The mayor confirmed that after having fulfilled all the criteria required, the island finally received this award, which they intend to continue to maintain in upcoming years. He acknowledged that the task of achieving certification of this beach has not been easy, which included meeting 33 criteria.       He said they expect today's event to be attended by the Director of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Vice Admiral of the Fifth Naval Region, the state director of Zofemat, (Federal Zone) and the delegate of SEDESOL, Fabian Vallado, among others


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

Preparing the final details for raising the Blue Flag on what is now Playa Centro
Alistan los últimos detalles para el izamiento de la bandera BlueFlag en ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ Ahora playa Centro!

Fishermen of Patria y Progreso are seeking a new buyer for their products
Installation of devices to study the behavior of whale sharks
The Whale Shark Biosphere is working on a project to learn more....about the behavior of whale sharks, and in this way to understand if their conduct is affected by proximity of other species, including humans. 
  Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, director of the National Park of Isla Contoy and who is responsible for the Whale Shark Biosphere, said they have been working for several days on installing devices that will analyze behavior.
   These devices are intended to analyze the animal's behavior in relation to other animals, in relation to the presence of boats, and in response to large numbers of swimmers in the area. The director of the Whale Shark Biosphere explained that the devices are being carefully installed around the first dorsal fin of chosen sharks and they have the ability to contribute to knowledge about the biodiversity and ecology of pelagic organisms inhabiting the Mexican Atlantic.
   She explained that this project, which is called "Monitoreo Ecologico de Pelagicos Marinos en el Atlantico Mexicano,"  is not just focused on studying the whale sharks, but also on other species including black dolphins, spotted dolphins, dolphins "girador or tomillo", false killer whales, and manta rays. The project involves placing five data collecting devices on different whale sharks and possibly on some cetaceans (marine mammals, like dolphins). These devices allow them to know the trajectory, depth, and position of the animal.
   She said the investigations are not  limited to the area supervised by the director of the Wildlife Department, but is also taking place in the "Blue/Azul" zone. (The Aguas Azules area and the Aguas Verdes area, aka Whale Shark Biosphere, are administered by two different agencies.). She said there is there is a large gap in knowledge and information about the marine ecosystem of the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, which is an area of great richness and abundance of species, including those of commercial importance, as well as those that are important as a tourist attraction. She said it is their intention to contribute to the gathering of relevant information to achieve the preservation of this area in order to obtain a sustainable development for the adjacent communities, while at the same time conserving the biodiversity of the area.
    This collection of data has the goal of obtaining relevant ecological information to establish a  baseline for ongoing monitoring of the region.
Isla Mujeres. – La Reserva de la Biosfera del Tiburón Ballena trabaja en un proyecto para conocer más...


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Another aggravation for the public
Un agravio más para la ciudadanían.. [+] Ver mas
        The implementation of the 16 percent VAT (Value Added Tax) on foods prepared in convenience stores and supermarkets has caused complaints from workers and other residents, including labor representatives Gervasio Cajún and Ernesto Gómez Tur. 
        On Wednesday, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) enacted the charging of 16% VAT on 28 foods prepared in stores, including  sándwiches, emparedados, tortas or lonches, gorditas, quesadillas, tacos or flautas, burritos, rollos, croissants & cuernitos, empanadas, pizza, guisos, hot dogs, banderillas, hot cakes, alitas (wings), molletes, hamburguesas, bocadillos, sushi, tamales, sopas instantáneas (instant soups), and nachos.
Deterioration of the Salina Grande walking path
Muy deteriorado andador de la Salina Grande] Ver mas
      After two decades of use by island families, the walkway around Salina Grande lake has suffered a fracture near colonia Caridad del Cobre, a hole near Amplification la Gloria, and deterioration at various points. It is noted the walkway has a new lighting system, and that it could benefit from more policing. 
         It is noted that there are broken areas in the sidewalks at Punta Sur, caused by heavy vehicles of construction companies. The opinion is given that the government should make accident prevention and maintenance a priority.

Lobster season: Poor start
Mal inicio] Ver mas

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

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 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedraui)  

July 5 Poc Na Reggae concert

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

July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

 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

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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  

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 

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