Sunday, May 8, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, May 8

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 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Rubble on the sidewalks 

 En el antiguo hangar

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ISLA MUJERES, 7 de mayo.- .
  There is rubble on the sidewalk near land which was occupied by a Naval hanger many years ago, near the Isla Mujeres airstrip. When there is construction or demolition and rubble is left on the sidewalk and gets into the street, it causes inconvenience and potential danger to pedestrians and vehicles. There is a stretch of about 30 meters along Juarez Avenue near the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" with rubble in the sidewalk, presumably from a nearby hotel's maintenance work.

Concerns over Salina Grande lake turning yellow    

Laguna de la Salina Grande

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de mayo.-
   This information has already been translated about concerns that hundreds of fish are about to die in the Salina Grande lake, which occurred the past two years, with bad odors, and was attended to by staff from PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) and the state Ecology Department.

Fumigation cycle concludes in the colonias   

En colonias populares

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de mayo.-
  The Department of Vectors has been conducting an ongoing fogging campaign around the island, including the southern part and the colonias, with the intention of keeping the isle free of dengue. The head of the Department, Jorge de la Cruz Velazquez said, "We continue with the ongoing fight against the mosquitoes who transmit this disease and are currently touring the southern part of the island, completing another cycle of fogging." In recent days they have been working near Playa Lancheros, and now they are in colonia La Gloria.
    So far this year, mosquitoes which transmit dengue have not been detected on the island, and therefore the disease has practically been eradicated from the island. Workers at the Community Hospital confirmed this by saying there has been virtually no reported cases of dengue at the hospital in recent months.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Whale shark tour season begins May 17th in "Aguas Azules" 
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  After a recent meeting with the whale shark permit holders, personnel with the Department of Wildlife authorized them to begin offering tours in the area known as "Aguas Azules" on May 17. This is an area adjacent to the west side of the Biosphere Reserve, which represents a total area of 379,285 hectares (3793 square kilometers). At a meeting this weekend, officials with SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources), which oversees the Department of Wildlife, agreed that the boats can offer tours from May 17 to September 17th. They removed the restriction of only going out every other day, which generated considerable controversy.
    The rules and restrictions regarding viewing and swimming with the whale sharks are similar to those within the Biosphere. This includes prohibition of the following:  use of non-biodegradable sun block or tanning lotions;  touching, riding, harassing, or damaging the whale sharks in any manner; obstructing their course, using propulsion engines or small rowboats such as kayaks, dinghies, or lifeboats; use of artificial flash in the water; use of tape recorders, megaphones, or any device that produces sounds or noise that could disturb the animals or tourists; discarding any waste or trash; collecting capturing, transporting or fishing any species of wildlife or parts thereof; introducing or releasing any species; bringing pets in the boat; or any feeding of marine animals.
    Whale shark permit holders promote their services online, including young Alexader Martin Diaz Coral, who is on the social networks at He said they follow the safety standards required by the authorities, and that their tour to swim with the whale sharks includes ground transportation for people who are in places other than Isla Mujeres. He has a 31 foot twin engine boat with an awning for protection from the sun, and guides who speak English and Spanish. (Guides who speak other languages are available upon request). They provide a continental breakfast before departure, water and soft drinks, and fruit and sandwiches after swimming with the fish. During the return, snorkeling is offered at the El Yunque reef at the northern end of Isla Mujeres, with a visit to Playa Norte/North Beach, and a lunch of ceviche (seafood). The departure times are 8:30 from the Punta Sam dock or 9am from the Isla Mujeres gas station pier. The cost per person is $120 for foreigners or Mexicans, with all the permit holders offering discounts to residents of Quintana Roo.

Here is a LINK to a video of baby whale shark off Punta Sur, posted on YouTube yesterday by Alejandro Diaz Coral.

29th edition of Regatta "Al Sol" coming soon 

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 There are 15 sailboats registered to compete in the 29th biennial regatta "Al Sol" New Orleans-Pensacola-Isla Mujeres. There are four categories and the boats will depart Pensacola on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 & 12, following a captain's meeting on May 10th.
      The boats and their categories are as follows: In Carreras, Decision, Akoya, Atlantic Union and Anemone Tickler; in Crucero Spinanker A, Skylark, Parlay, Lady Gray and Pursuit; in Crucero Spinnaker B, Hawke, Tigi Too, Radio Flyer and Free Spirit; and in Crucero Non-spinnaker, Nighy Sky, Tra Sea and Do Little. The race is sponsored by the  Southern Yacht Club, Pensacola Yacht Club and el Club de Yates of Isla Mujeres”. The course is about 555 nautical miles across the Gulf of Mexico, and families and friends of the competitors are expected to visit the island.

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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.
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

May events

Sunset ~7:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 21   7:20
May 22   8:11
May 23   9:01
May 24   9:52
May 25  10:41
May 26  11:28

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" at 8pm on the Town Square.
May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla

May 7, Saturday   "Ballet Son del Caribe" a troupe of five senior citizen women,  will dance at 7pm  at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AA group "Una Esperanza en mi Vida", who are presenting an artistic and cultural festival featuring representations from the Mayan culture, regional traditions, and in collaboration with the children's ballet of the Casa de Cultura.

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 10 Mother's Day
May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square

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