Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 22

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

Owner of boat could be fined

 Dueño de embarcación

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de julio.-
    A Peruvian tourist died yesterday afternoon who had been aboard the "Celacanto", and if any of the crew members, the captain, or the boat itself lacked proper documentation for this diving activity, there could be a financial penalty from 50 to 1000 times the Daily Minimum Wage. This was confirmed by the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, who said the investigation continues, both by his office, and by the local Public Prosecutor's office to rule out or determine any criminal liability in the case.
        The Harbor Master said that if one of the crew, the captain, or the boat do not have their papers in order, there could be a fine imposed between three thousand pesos and three million pesos. He also said that the crew and the captain of the boat could be held legally responsible if the Public Prosecutor's investigation reveals alleged negligence or mismanagement of the people or the diving equipment.
      He said the investigation into the cause and general circumstances surrounding the death of 22 year old Abel Jairo Irán Vega will include the autopsy results and the condition of the oxygen tank, as well as the quality of the oxygen it contained and the amount of pressure.
      The Harbor Master said that one of the members of the boat's crew did not bring him his libreta del mar document, which could result in an economic sanction. Regarding the family of the deceased, they said they are not seeking to blame anyone, they only want to return to Peru.

More benefits for families

Agapito announces trash for food exchange and junk removal events

Anuncia Agapito jornada de basura por alimentos y de descacharrización

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de julio.-
    On Friday, the program "Recycling Waste for Food" will return to the island, and there will also be a junk removal event, for the prevention of mosquito borne diseases. The recycling event will take place at the Green Dome in Salina Chica, starting at 8am, where islanders can exchange cardboard, aluminum, plastic, and other waste materials for products like rice, beans, oil, milk, and more. 
       This program was implemented by the government of Roberto Borge to contribute to family budgets while promoting awareness about recycling and caring for the environment. It is unique in the country and has benefited thousands of families in all of the municipalities of Quintana Roo.
        The Junk Removal event will also take place on Friday morning, starting at 8am, in the colonias of Salina Grande and Caribe. It is being conducted by municipal agencies, as well as the State Health Department, to prevent and control  diseases that are spread by mosquitoes. Residents are encouraged to put their junk, pots, and such at the curb on Thursday night so that the trash trucks can remove the material the next day.

16,000 tourists arriving daily since the beginning of summer vacations

Boats working extra hours 

Desde que inició el periodo vacacional de Verano: Embarcaciones trabajan horas extra

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de julio.-
      Since this weekend when the summer holidays began, there have been approximately 16,000 people crossing daily to Isla Mujeres, of whom ~13,000 arrive on ferries and the other ~3000 arrive on boats from the Cancun Hotel Zone offering sightseeing tours.
       This was confirmed by Port Authority manager, Jazmin Perez Gaytan, who said that because of the large numbers of tourists, mostly of national origin, who are visiting the isle, the ferries are running three or four extra round trips. She said the ferry from Gran Puerto (Ultramar) is making three or four extra runs to the island in the mornings, until two or three in the afternoon, and then from four to eight in the evening, they are making the same number of extra crossings from the island to Gran Harbor.
        She said with so many people arriving and departing, organizational measures have been taken, including providing a single line for local passengers trying to reach Cancun from three in the afternoon, with personnel available to take their tickets at the terminal in Isla Mujeres. 


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

In support of youthful activities and sports, the DIF social service agency invites the island community to attend the event "Summer Fest Isla Mujeres" featuring young Islander longboarders, a type of skateboard. It will take place Saturday at 10am in La Gloria at Paseo de los Peces.

Information and rules for the contests and activities of the Whale Shark Festival 2015: 
   (Decisions of the Judges of the Organizing Committee are final in all these contests.)

  The first poster is about a contest for children 7-12 to create a 'collage' or 'mural' of 1m x 1m from recycled materials, and they may also use paint, crayons, and markers, for the contest on Thursday, July 23 at 8pm on the Town Square stage. The theme is Whale Sharks and marine life of Isla Mujeres and there are surprise prizes. Deadline to register at the Tourism Dept offices, during office hours 9-4, is Thursday, July 23 at 3:30, and the artwork must be at the stage by 7:45 pm on Friday. Judging is based on: creativity, cleanliness, and use of materials to express the theme. 

   The second is a costume contest for children 0-12, made from any materials, with the theme of whale sharks and marine life, and cannot involve commercial designs. It will also take place Thursday on the Town Square stage at 8pm, and has the same registration information, with surprise prizes. Judging is based on: expressing the theme, creativity, aesthetics, finished appearance, harmony, design, and colorfulness.

     The poster below is for the Photography Contest being held on the Tourismo de Isla Mujere Facebook page from July 18-24 for people 15 and over. The theme is the Giant of the Sea (and the protagonist of the photograph must be "The Sea of Isla Mujeres and its Marine Ecosystem"). Post a photograph to the wall of Turismo de Isla Mueres that expresses the theme of the contest. Those that do not relate to the theme will be disqualified. The photo with the most "Likes" between July 21 at 9am and July 24 at noon will win.
      The photo must be natural, without filters, and participation authorizes the use of the photograph for promotion of tourism in Isla Mujeres. Each participant may only submit one photograph. The winner will be announced at the closing event of the Whale Shark Festival on Friday, with surprise prizes. A professional photographer will be involved with reviewing the photographs.

     The poster below is for the sand sculpture contest for families on the Posada beach Thursday, July 23 at 10am. Each family team must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of 4, must begin together, and have two hours to finish. The theme is Whale Sharks and the Marine Life of Isla Mujeres. The registration may be done at the Tourism office during office hours or the day of the contest at the beach between 9:30 and 10am. Tools may be used such at buckets for water, wooden sticks, spatulas, water sprayers, rulers, and brushes, but molds may not be used. Shells and algae may be used for adornment, without affecting the natural environment. Judging is based on creativity, cleanliness, symmetry, degree of difficulty, and finished appearance.

Amigos of Isla Contoy have provided a traveling exhibition for the 8th edition of the the Whale Shark Festival. Come and join this festival in honor of these majestic animals of the sea


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Harbor Master will impose fine for lacking documents

  • Multará Capitanía por falta de papeles


    Multará Capitanía por falta de papeles

    0 22 de julio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

    La sanción será de más de 70 mil pesos.


    Requesting demolition for northern lighthouse

    Exigen la demolición  del faro norteExigen la demolición del faro norte

    0 22 de julio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

    Los isleños aseguran que la estructura se está cayendo a pedazos y representa un riesgo.
     Residents living near the lighthouse downtown are concerned about pieces falling off of it and say the Port Authority should consider its demolition, or its restoration as an historical building. The 25 meter tall lighthouse became non operational after taller hotels were built nearby, and the signal was moved to the roof of the hotel Avalon, now called "Mia" in 2009, after APIQRoo (port authorities) reached an agreement with the hotel owners. The lighthouse was built 38 years ago, according to Harbor Master Ismael Gonzalez Gil, and was in service for over 30 years, under the agency of Ports and the Merchant Marines.


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

  The cadaver of a sea turtle was found Tuesday morning in a rocky area along the Caribbean Sea, which is difficult to access, but in view from the cliffs above. It appeared to have been freshly poached, and it is noted that there are only a few people to monitor these beaches at night to protect the turtles, which in reality are not enough.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Harbor Master conducts investigation
Capitanía de Puerto ya investiga [+] Ver mas
          This has similar information as the other articles, noting that initial investigation by the Harbor Master indicates that the boat was in an authorized mooring location and was moored, but apparently one of the crew lacked their libreta del mar document, but it remains to be seen if it is lacking or if he just forgot to bring it on board.
     It was found that the 18 people on board, counting the tourists and the crew, were within capacity, and included three guides, a sailor, the captain, and a woman who was helping take care of a child. According to Por Esto's research, failure to have necessary documentation could result in a fine of 50 to 1000 Minimum Daily Wages, depending on the gravity of the offense.
          In response to a question, Harbor Master Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil responded that the "Celacanto" continues to work normally, since this was an event that happened in the water and thus far there is no evidence that directly involves the boat in the death of the tourist. He said if the Attorney General determines that it was involved, it will automatically be detained for the corresponding investigations.
          He said he talked to the family of the deceased, who in these first moments recognize that it was an accident, and want to return home to Peru, but do no know how to proceed. As was reported, tourist Abel Jairo Iran Vega, 22, died while diving at Los Manchones in water that was ten meters deep and apparently had heart disease.

Seaweed brings benefits to this destination
Sargazo beneficiará al destino] Ver mas
     Isla Mujeres beaches are free of seaweed, unlike Cancun, Puerto Morales, and the Maya Riviera, which could cause hotel occupancy to increase here, as a result of tourists who cancel reservations elsewhere and decide to change their destination. At this time, and during the first holiday of the weekend, Isla Mujeres has been experiencing a high influx of visitors, many of whom arrive in search of clean sand and clear water, and are not disappointed.
   The municipal Department of Tourism said overall hotel occupancy is at 66% and it is expected to reach 80% over the next few weeks.  The merchants are pleased with the many visitors coming into their stores, and the restauranteurs are happy to have their tables full of diners. The golf cart rental agencies are doing well, and after midday tourists have a difficult time finding a cart available. The beaches are busy with many domestic tourists and local families enjoying the summer holidays, as well as tourists staying in Cancun who are seeking a safe, clean beach without seaweed, and find Isla Mujeres to be the best option.
      Regarding the seaweed phenomenon, the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said that due to its geographical location, 90% of the beaches of Isla Mujeres are free from concentrations of seagrass, which usually comes to the beaches of the east side, which are not suitable for swimming.           "We can boast of clean beaches and we invite everyone who wants to cancel their reservations due to seaweed to reschedule their holiday to be in Isla Mujeres. In fact, this could increase our hotel occupancy. People are searching for beaches without seaweed, and here we have the best. We are a peaceful destination, safe, and for these reasons we invite tourists to come and stay overnight in Isla Mujeres, which has the best beaches in Mexico, especially North Beach, recognized on an international levels as one of the most beautiful and safe." 
           (The Posada beach, aka Playa Centro, received the international designation of the Blue Flag, and North beach received the national designation of the White Flag. North beach has received international recognition as one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico from a variety of online travel sites and magazines. )

Extra trips from the Maritime Terminal
Corridas extra en la terminal marítima
ver mas 
       In just two days, a total of 31,511 passengers arrived in Isla Mujeres at the Maritime Terminal and the car ferry. of whom about 75 percent are tourists, while the rest are residents and workers who cross daily from Cancun. There were 16,225 passengers on Sunday and 15,286 on Monday.  Port Authority (API) coordinator Jazmin Perez Gaytan said the number of visitors has increased considerably, and is expected to be greater in upcoming weeks as the summer holidays progress.
       She said, "The highest concentrations of passengers occur in the afternoon, and Ultramar has implemented extra runs, departing every 15 minutes to meet the demand, whereas normally the ferries depart every half hour. Monday morning Ultramar added three smaller boats and 'un jet' and they are awaiting the arrival of "Piolin" (Tweety), which normally covers the route in Cozumel. On Sunday and Monday, Ultramar transported 26,799 passengers on the regular line and 1130 from the Hotel Zone. Magana transported 1629 passengers.
    The cooperatives who offer tours had 399 customers, and the catamarans from the Hotel Zone in Cancun brought 685 visitors over with their "all included" package tours. The small private boats and other companies that use the docks of API brought over 433 passengers, and the (car ) ferry brought over 2202 passengers, who mostly descend on foot, with relatively few visitors coming across the bay with their own vehicles.
      Ms Perez said the highest concentrations occur in the early afternoon when hundreds of daytrippers are returning, therefore a special line for residents has been implemented from 3:30 to 7p or 8p, so those who reside in Isla Mujeres can cross to Cancun without being immersed in the crowds and long lines that form when the tourists are returning. Some residents are displeased and say it is discriminatory to separate the islanders from the tourists, complaining that only allowing access to 80 islanders per boat is unfair, because while tourists occupy the other seats, they are forced to wait for another boat.

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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, 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 

Friday, July 17 Mega Event with Recycle Trash for Food exchange, Health Fair, and over 300 services available at Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Friday, July 17 7:30p Showing of movie "“Vecinos Invasores” at Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria....a movie by DreamWorks animation to raise awareness about conservation & helping the environment  (This trailer is in English, the version shown will be in Spanish. It's called "Over the Hedge")  (Link)

The Bam Bam Circus is in town, set up at the soccer fields near Boxito

Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

(The schedule that was here has been replaced by the updated version below)

Saturday July 18: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"

          Saturday July 18 International Women's Dive Day event 1p-5p at Marina Paraiso pool for women over 10 to learn about diving. Free. 

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

Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, from 3 years of age, dancing for over two hours, with performances including: La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen

July 20-24  9a-12p
Photographic contest of Facebook "The Giants of the Sea" on FB at Turismo de Isla Mujeres  (LINK)
Traveling Exhibition on Town Square by Friends of Isla Contoy: Raising Awareness about Whale Shark Conservation

Monday July 20:
 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Conservation and Management of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve. M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 
5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Connecting the Dots: Solving the Global Whale Shark Mystery/same in Spanish Dr Simon Pierce Expert...I can't read the rest.

Wednesday, July 22:
11am  Children's Environmental Workshop by Prof. Dario Ferrera Pitto, Environmental Education Program of  Manta Caribe
 7p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
      Topic: Ray of Hope for Mantas/same in Spanish Dra. Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays

Thursday, July 23:
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest Posada Beach (Playa Centro) 
 5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
        Topic:  Conservation, Instigation, and Education about Manta Rays by by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall,
       Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Biologis Rafael De la Parra, coordinator of research of pelagics in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's Collage Contest, made of recycled materials 

        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24:
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Contest featuring Lion Fish entrees
8p Family contest of pinatas
         Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
        Cultural Festival: ? (can't read the name) Dance Troupe of Isla Mujeres
Friday, July 24
     8am Salina Chica Green Dome  "Recycle Trash for Food" event
     8am Junk Pick Up in colinas Salina Grande and Caribe (Residents are encouraged to set it out Thursday night)

Saturday, July 25 10am Colonia La Gloria, Paseo de los Peces
                                 "Summer Fest Isla Mujeres"   Skateboard event 
July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

Thursday, July 30 Mundaca Palapa Ballet Gala by the Classical Dance Company of Quintana Roo

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

 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

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


 John Cain's schedule  (Updated July 21)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Tuesday 9:30-11:30 Sol Rockers at El Patio
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, Sol Rockers 9:30-11
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
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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