Monday, July 13, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 13

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

Definitive results in 2016

From monitoring study of whale sharks: Taking measures to protect the species

Sobre estudio de monitoreo del tiburón ballena: Permitirá adoptar medidas para proteger la especie

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 12 de julio.-
    Results will be available in 2016 from the program "Monitoreo Ecológico de Pelágicos Marinos”, said marine biologist and Executive Director of the Ch’ooj Ajauil Association, Rafael de la Parra Venegas, after a meeting with some of the whale shark licensees. He said it is important to analyze biodiversity, but it is especially important to learn about the measures that can be taken to help conserve and care for the species.
      They are seeking the assistance of the licensees to manually recover devices that have been installed on the dorsal fins of some of the animals, without harming or hurting them, to analyze their behavior. "The devices record how the animal moves, how much time it spends on the surface, and how much time it spends in the depths," he said. It records up to 100 impulses per second, analyzing the route of the whale shark for 24 hours, using a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. 
         Time and location via GPS were noted when each one was installed, and the coordinates are noted when they are recovered to identify the route traveled by the whale shark through the impulses generated by the device. The researchers are seeking the cooperation of the licensees to recover the devices, which are easily identifiable, in order to analyze the collected information. 
            Earlier this season four devices were installed and three were recovered. Recently they placed four devices and have recovered one so far, and they are seeking assistance from the licensees to recover the other three.   Each of the devices cost 700 dollars.


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

Mis Vacaciones en la Biblioteca.
Un espacio para que los niños, aprendan y se diviertan al mismo tiempo este verano.
Del 20 de Julio al 7 de agosto.
Programa gratuito.
My vacation in the library.
A space for children, to learn and have fun at the same time this summer.
From the 20th of July until the 7th of August. Free program.

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.

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


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Awaiting results from monitoring of whale sharks

       Yesterday, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo said that according to reports from the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) more than one million people were transported to Isla Mujeres in the first half of the year. Therefore, a total of 2 million passengers is expected by the end of the year, which would be an increase of 12.15% over 2014.
       Last year the one million mark was reached in July, which occurred this year in June, which closed with 1,065,035 passengers arriving to the island in the first half of the 2015. This is an increase of 22.4% compared to last year, when 869,683 passengers had arrived by the end of June.
         Gov. Borge said that at this rate, it is very likely that by the end of the year 2 million passengers will have been transported to Isla Mujeres from different points of embarkation on the mainland. This would represent an increase of 12.15 percent compared with 2014, when there were 1,783,267 passengers brought to the isle.  The Governor said that this month, with the start of the summer holiday period, there should be a significant increase in the number of passengers traveling to Isla Mujeres.
         Ricardo Ancona Argaez, APIQRoo representative, said that from the beginning of his administration, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo has  developed an intense program of promotional work in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Tourism, the City of Isla Mujeres, and the private sector, which has led to an increase in visitor arrivals from year to year and from month to month.


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

The Department of the Navy announced that that Operation Salvavidas 2015 began on Saturday, July 11 and will continue through August 23  (This information was translated yesterday)
Isla Mujeres. – La Secretaría de Marina, a través de la Quinta Región Naval anunció que del pasado sábado 11 de julio y hasta el 23 de agosto, implementará...

 Governor Borge retweeted that Isla Mujeres has received over one million visitors in the first half of the year.
Retweeted GobEdoQRoo (@GobEdoQRoo):


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Waiting for officials to assist children attacked by dog
 Total desinterés oficial para atender a los niños atacados.. [+] Ver mas

    Following the attack on Tuesday to four children by an angry pitbull at the primary school “César Mendoza Santana”, the school director said professional counseling would be sought for the students, which apparently has not yet occurred. It is recalled that the animal entered the campus before 7am, and began chasing the children in all directions; into classrooms, hallways, and around the outside areas.
     A girl in second grade, age 7, was grabbed by the dog and freed by a painter and several parents, after she suffered multiple bites. Among the four children who were bitten, there were, fortunately, only lacerations, and no muscle tears. They were treated at the Hospital Integral and discharged within an hour. They all returned to school the following day, except the youngest girl, whose mother said she will return on Monday. The Director has requested monitoring and capturing of other dogs that roam near the campus, as well as counseling for the children.
      The pitbull was held by the Ecology Department for three days and quietly returned to its owner, after apparently being sterilized. The Animal Defense groups are still determining their position, according to some members, but it is anticipated that only the regulation will be applied that determines responsibilities, without polemics.
    The veterinarian Delfino Guevara Bollazo, who treated the animal in his office recently, said the pitbull's behavior surprised him, commenting, "It is a gentle pitbull, a healthy female, and just two year's old."

"Colega" shares his fishing experiences
 “Colega” nos comparte sus experiencias de pesca. [+] Ver mas
(His nickname, "Colega" translates formally as 'colleague' and informally as 'dude', & is a term of friendship.
     Buenaventura Delgado Díaz, aka “Colega”, who is about to celebrate his 98th birthday, spoke about his experiences as a leader in cooperatives of the coastal fishermen. He still enjoys good health and is assisted by his daughter Candelaria and her husband Beber Baños. He recalled his adventures fishing in the cayos near Isla Contoy, and their exploits with  los paños of several hundred meters to catch sharks, during his trips at sea, several miles to the northeast.
      He vividly recalls the strange catch on May 10, 2003, when he and his son-in-law were 16 miles out, and caught a rare “Tiburón leche” (milk shark) weighing over a ton, with limited success dragging it back to the island, and its flesh fell apart from the salt and some fishermen used pieces for bait.
        Baños recalled that fishing trip with his father in law, "We had no luck the day before because the 700 meters of line were impossible to remove due to the strong current. But this day, there was no longer a current, and we proceeded to pull in the line, with tremendous effort. My hands hurt a great deal, pulling in many sharks, and suddenly that rare specimen appeared. The boat was full, to the top, and we towed the rare specimen."  A photograph of  'Colega' and the shark was taken, for the family memories.
      Sr. Delgado Diaz is the grandson of a Cuban who arrived in Cozumel;, and then his father moved to Isla Mujeres to engage in fishing.  'Colega' married Rita Decasia Gomez Coral (now deceased), and they had four children:  Thelma, Concepción, Buenaventura and Candelaria. He now has 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
    He recalled spending his youth in the Cayos, dedicated to fishing, but when he arrived to the island, he was dedicated to interacting, to having friends, with a natural spontaneity for joking, he recalled the sandy streets of the island, and his trips to Mexico City and even to Laredo. He explained that he went to see the Tecolotes of the Mexican Baseball League, at the invitation of  Ariel “Picho” Magaña  (now deceased), who was the first mayor of Isla Mujeres.
      More than once, he flew in airplanes around the Yucatan peninsula and to Mexico City when he was president of the cooperative Caribe, which was founded in 1957. He said, "The first cooperative in Quintana Roo was not Patria y Progreso. It was the second, because the first fishing cooperative in Quintana Roo was Caribe, and I was its first president."
   He also spoke about  Hilario Escarpudis, a Greek who bought sponges from the islanders, and about the massive catches of turtles for export.
       He will turn 98 on Tuesday, July 14 and will celebrate with his family on Hidalgo street, between Abasolo & Matamoros, where his family has one of the first houses built of masonry, which has stood for more than half a century and remains solid.
    He is beloved by the community, as well as at home, where he frequently tells his stories to his children, grandchildren, and friends. He laughs and jokes as he tells stories about the early days, and has always found humor in his life. His happiness is evident, as well as his deafness, and for him to hear, you must speak loudly and clearly.
    His grandchildren, Cristel, Kassandra, and Rafael Verde Garrido were present for the interview, and the photo was provided by Candelaria and Beber. Happy Birthday!

Soccer league tournament ends
 Club Tuzos del Pachuca contundente en el torneo de Liga [+] Ver mas

The winning teams and scores are given in the article.

Yesterday's articles........

"Isla to Isla" swimming event held
Realizan el cruce “Isla to Isla”[+] Ver mas
     A young pool swimmer from Cuernavaca, Morelos, won first place in the Open Water Swimming event "Island to Island", in which 75 local and foreign athletes participated, according to the organizing committee.    
     Fernando Herrera Ruiz had a time of one hour and 53 minutes, departing from the mainland  by the archaeological ruins of El Meco and crossing to Isla Mujeres, a distance of seven kilometers. In a brief interview, he revealed that it is the first time he has competed in open water. He found it to be difficult when he was nearly at the finish, because of the current near to Posada del Mar beach, which was different from swimming in a pool and the skills he gained there.   
   Less than five minutes behind him, Jorge Vazquez, of Mexico City, arrived, who competes regularly in the sea, in triathlons. He said this seemed to be a very good route, and he hopes to return next year when the next edition of the tournament is held.
     The third swimmer to reach the finish line was Javier Padilla. He and his colleagues who took first and second were in the Young Swimmers category, under 20 years. They plan to continue training to continue improving their times for competitions inside and outside of the country. 

   In the category, 20 to 29 years, the top three positions in the men's category were won by Rubén Ancona, Gerardo Canto and Cristofer González; and in the women's category: Valente Monter, Valeria Lozano and Paula Saldívar.
   For the category 30 to 39 years old, Javier Vázquez, Ricardo Rivero and Alberto García; and women, Amor Cecilia, Anahí Alvares and Yelice Sosa. 
    For 40 to 49 years old, Carlos Sansores, Alejandro Muñoz and José Fernando Sañudo; and women's, Patricia Bacab and Natalia Almiruto.
     For 50 to 59 years old, José Luis Prado, Javier Palma and Jaime Aloa; and women's, María Teresa Martínez.

       Manuel García Delgado, Judge calificador in Isla Mujeres, participated in the swimming event. He said that in recent years, he previously swam across the bay from Puerto Juarez to the island. There was also one other local swimmer who participated.
       The municipal Director of Sports, Enrique Barros Pena, presented the awards to the swimmers, before a large crowd, on the clean and tidy beach, which also received an award recently.

Meeting with neighborhood residents about delinquent youths
Vecinos apoyan captura de niños infractores. [+] Ver mas
     This has the same information that was translated yesterday, noting that the youths hang out late at night at the unused wooden dock near Plaza Habitat, whose access is blocked. Although a date was not set for the follow up meeting, it is expected to take place by the end of the month.

Large spiritual event
Masivo evento espiritualill.. [+] Ver mas

Information about this event was translated yesterday

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

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

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

July 11, Saturday,  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."

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


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 July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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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