Saturday, July 11, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 11

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

Japanese tourist's credit card cloned

In less than 24 hours, they were left without money to return home

En menos de 24 horas, malandros dejan a japonés sin dinero para regresar a casa

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 9 de julio.-
This information was translated yesterday.


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

      On Friday morning, an agreement was signed between the City of Isla Mujeres, whose President is Agapito Magana Sanchez, and the University del Caribe, represented by M.F. Tirso Juan Ordaz Coral, to identify the causes of pollution in the lake known as Salina Grande
       The intent of this contract is to identify the causes of contamination, and the ecology and relationship of the water systems of Salina Chica and Salina Grande and to draw up proposals. 
    A team of academic researchers will develop a research project in collaboration with the City through ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) and the municipal Ecology department. They intend to carry out the project in a comprehensive manner with the community and the government, involving a year of practical studies including surveys, forums, and group discussions with the residents who live near these lakes. The long term project is scheduled to begin in August, and includes three stages; diagnosis, recovery, and maintenance.
     On an historical note, it is worth remembering that the Salinas once were very important for the production of salt, which was used to conserve seafood, until 1950 when electricity arrived to the island. Subsequently, the tourism boom led to the construction of a road that connects Punta Norte with the South Point, which blocked the connection between the lakes and the sea, causing the loss of their ecological properties and their flora and fauna. This has led to three major insults; influx of garbage and sewage, decreased salinity with the death of flora and fauna, and abandonment of economic productivity.
        The City is directly engaging the assistance of specialists in the diagnosis of this problem, and based on this, to look for alternative solutions. This important event was also attended by the General Secretary of the City, Cesar Poot Perez, the municipal treasurer, Alvaro Magana Galue, municipal trustee, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, and staff from various municipal departments.

Friday morning, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, with the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, and with Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, General Coordinator of Ports and the Merchant Marines, led a review of details about what will be the next Marine Terminal of Punta Sam, where 30 million pesos will be invested. 
      The project is the result of coordinated work between the three levels of government, federal state, and municipal. The construction of the new passenger terminal in Punta Sam in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres will have waiting rooms for the passengers of tour boats, passengers of the ferry boats, and for tourists in general, as well as bathrooms, a food court, baggage check and claim areas, shops, administrative offices, a ticketing area, and a parking lot. The head of the state Port Authority, (APIQRoo), Erce Barron Barrera, attended, as well as municipal, state, and federal officials.

In coordination with various health agencies, the City had a day of junk removal in the colonias of Miraflores, Lol be, and Caridad del Cobre, collecting approximately 3 tonnes of junk, to eliminate mosquitoes, which transmit diseases.

Con la exposición de la obra pictórica del artista Rody Parra en el edificio del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres en Punta Sam, abrimos las puertas a la cultura y las Bellas Artes.
With the exhibition of the paintings by artist Rody Parra in the building of the City of Isla Mujeres in Punta Sam, we open the doors to culture and the fine arts.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

  • Da inicio el Torneo de Pesca de Barracuda
      Barracuda Fishing Tournament begins


    Da inicio el Torneo de Pesca de Barracuda

    0 11 de julio de 2015   Por Carlos Gasca

    The boats will depart at 8am today for the 7th PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament. There are 28 boats registered, with more still to come. Last year there were 52 boats and that figure is expected to be exceeded this year. Competitors are required to take videos of their catches. The scales will be open for weighing at noon and will close at 4pm, and the awards ceremony will be an hour later. The first three winners will be awarded motorcycles and there are seven cash prizes.

  • Arranca el ‘Isla to Isla’


    "Isla to Isla" swimming event today

    Arranca el ‘Isla to Isla’

    0 11 de julio de 2015   Por Carlos Gasca

      More than 150 swimmers are registered to participate in this "Isla to Isla" event that begins at 7am when the swimmers will depart from the Flamingos Restaurant in Punta Sam. The municipal Director of Sports, Enrique Barros Peña, said the safety of the participants is a priority, and therefore they are coordinating with the Navy, the Harbor Master, the Red Cross, and CONANP (The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas).  
          To ensure the safety of more than 100 competitors, buoys have been placed every 500 meters. He said they decided to halve the number of participants because of the issue of safety. The main promoter of the event, Jose Antonio Casarrubias, said the participants are very excited about the event, and all plan to make the swim of over seven kilometers. 
           The organizing committee confirmed that there are several islanders registered, and there are people coming from other parts of the state and the country who are trying to break records.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)…/el-gobernador-del-estado…/
Punta Sam, municipality of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, July 10.- Today, Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo, and the General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marines from the Department of Communication and Transport (SCT), Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, inspected the construction of the Maritime Terminal of Punta Sam, which is being constructed in two stages, and the first stage is 35 per cent complete. This public works project will improve the development of tourism in Isla Mujeres, both on the island and on the mainland.

More than 100 athletes are ready to swim across in the event Isla to Isla of Open Waters in Isla Mujeres tomorrow
Más de 100 atletas se reportan listos para la travesía ‪#‎IslatoIsla‬ de Aguas Abiertas en ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ mañana
The CDM of the PRI expect to have more than 52 boats registered for the Fishing Tournament tomorrow
El CDM del PRI confía en poder superar para mañana la meta de 52 embarcaciones inscritas para su Torneo de Pesca


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Management Programs became enforceable
Entraron en vigor programas de manejo . [+] Ver mas
   The Management Plan of the ANP (Protected Natural Areas) of the Whale Shark Biosphere and the Isla Contoy National Park became effective Friday, July 10, when they were published in the DOF (Official Federal Journal), with endorsement from SEMARNAT (Department of the Environment & Natural Resources) and signed by its Director Juan Jose Guerra Abud.
      Licensees and tour operators were notified immediately that they must comply with these rules, which do not really differ from the regulations under which the biosphere has operated since 2009 and Isla Contoy since 1961. Isla Contoy is one of the oldest ANP's, established February 8, 1961, and has an abundance of birds and striking beauty.
      Regarding the whale shark Biosphere, Rule 25 states that the maximum number of vessels which may make daily tours in the Biosphere and in the Protected Area of the Flora & Fauna of Yumbalam is 160, with a maximum number of 1350 visitors daily.
        Regarding Isla Contoy and low impact tourism, Rule 20 says the park will be open from 8am to 4pm, and the visitation hours for the subzona de Uso Público Ixlaché are 8am to 1pm. Rule 42 limits lobster fishing in the National Park to the hours between 3pm and 7am of the next day.

In the hands of the Human Rights Commission
En manos de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos.. [+] Ver mas
       Thirteen parents signed a complaint against a middle school teacher, Beatriz Soto Velasquez, with the Human Rights Commission (CDH), alleging violations of rights of students. The CDH opened a file for the case. The parents had complained to the school Director, Ramon Pena Celis, who explained they should submit complaints to the SEQ, State Ministry of Education, and an investigation will be launched to resolve the concerns, according to protocols. The Director acknowledged that this teacher has a rigid approach, and he said that all the teachers take care not to mistreat students, whose rights are protected by the constitutional reforms.

Children's Soccer League in La Gloria
Inicia la Liga Municipal Infantil de Futbol en la cancha de La Gloria[+] Ver mas
 Saturday the final matches will be held in various categories of the Children's Soccer League, and the awards will be given out that evening. The competitions will take place at the field in colonia La Gloria from 4pm to 10pm, when the winners will be given sports kits valued at 9000 pesos.
  The game schedule is:
Categoría Niños Héroes, 4pm, Tuzos-Pachuca;
categoría Juvenil Menor, 5pm, León 400-Chivas;
categoría Infantil Menor, Xolos-Tuzos;  (presumably 6pm)
categoría Inicial, 7pm, Trilanditas-Xolitos;
categoría Infantil Mayor, 8pm, Chivas-Tuzos;
categoría Juvenil Mayor, 9pm, Chivas-Cardenales
    Team supporters are asked to bring banners with positive motivational messages such as "Respect the referees & players" and "Support Us, Parents". The coaches are José Enrique Torres Cruz, Angel Díaz Sánchez, Leonel Salvador Sedano Cruz, Nabor Eduardo Reyes Basulto, Vladimir Michel Acosta, Manuel Fernando León Miss and Luis Armando Cab Alcocer.

Reliving the nightmare
Vivieron una pesadilla[+] Ver mas
     "D.Q.V." and "D.A.G." recalled the nightmarish moments on Tuesday inside the campus of the primary school "Cesar Mendoza Santana" when they were attacked by a dog. The 7 year old girl who suffered the worst injuries said, "The dog dragged me and terrified me". She was one of four children who were injured. She was interviewed in her home in La Gloria, with her mother, Yasily Garduza Concepción, who said the child has had many nightmares in recent nights, dreaming of monsters and is now very afraid of dogs, and this is why she is staying at home. The medical costs were minimal at 350 pesos, and were covered by the owner of the dog, who is named Gabriel. The teeth did not tear the skin, but just caused abrasions in her right forearm, upper arm, and right foot, and she showed the bruise on her forearm to the camera.
       Her mother explained, "I had left the campus, as I always do, going by taxi, and my daughter was drinking her drink, when she was attacked by the animal in the landscaped area in front of the school." She said she feared the worst when she was told about the attack. D.A.G. no longer has a bandage, and must return to classes on Monday, although she says she is very afraid. In the moments after the attack, she was terrified, and did not want to leave the place where she was treated, and she did not want to see the pitbull again. Meanwhile, R.U.H. and J.Q.V. were attending classes on Friday, and during an interview, one showed where her feet had been bitten, causing abrasions, whose scabs had already begun to fall off.
    The dog entered the campus at about 6:55am, and went directly to the area of the 5th and 6th grades, where he bit a child in the abdomen, who did not attend class on Friday. Next he bit RUH, a fifth grader, in the leg, and then he ran around along the open area (?de ahí dio la vuelta para encaminarse sobre la explanada) and entered the second grade classroom, where he jumped up on a desk to bite J.Q.V., who had tried to take refuge there.
    The cries of the panicking children seemed to excite the animal, who went another 10 meters and easily knocked down and dragged the little girl. "It was only because of a painter, who does maintenance at the campus, who was helped by some parents, that she was released," said Miriam Tejero, who is an adult who witnessed the incident.
       The child's family confirmed that she has not receive any counseling, although their house is in front of the DIF social service agency offices, but assistance was expected that afternoon. The school Director, Cristina Medina Figueroa, confirmed that she will seek professional help for the four children this week.

Review of area north of Plaza Habitat
Recorren la parte norte de la Plaza Hábitat [+] Ver mas

A group of parents toured the northern part of the Plaza Habitat which is allegedly an area where hoodlums hang out when it is dark, inducing minors to take drugs, and it is near the site where two groups of youths have clashed. The parents visited this area before the meeting scheduled for tonight at the auditorium of the Plaza Habitat with residents, NGO's, the Human Rights Commission, and the police, as was announced yesterday.
    Residents from Canotal and Miraflores colonias said "We are ready to participate in this effort for the sake of peace and tranquility in the area." The strategy is to create a plan to seek to eradicate these behaviors, before there are negative consequences. The walking path of Salina Grande lake that connects colonia Canotal with colonia La Gloria is used by hundreds of students from various schools, and is said to have been invaded by juvenile delinquents.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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

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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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