|This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.|
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres
The Harbor Master says the "Summer Operation 2018" began June 23 and will continue until August 12th for safety and security during the vacation period. LINK
Harbor Master Ismael González Gil gave assurances that although the operation will officially conclude before the end of the vacation period, security will continue to be provided throughout the duration of the summer holidays.
Boats will be monitored to ensure that they don't exceed capacity, that they have all the required documentation, and that they are equipped with the required safety equipment which includes a radio, lifesaver ring, flares, fire extinguisher, and life jackets, among other items. The Harbor Master's office will be working in coordination with the Department of the Navy.
The operation will include monitoring the access points for passengers, including the terminals and nearby piers for the passenger ferries and the cargo-vehicle ferries, and the nearby docks. An average of 500 boats will be monitored daily during this summer vacation of 2018, of which 350 are from Isla Mujeres and the remaining 150 are from the Cancun Hotel Zone.
The Mexican Navy and the State Police will provide security for the elections in Isla Mujeres LINK
Everything is ready for the upcoming electoral process to unfold in complete calm and for this purpose, the Mexican Navy and the State Ministry of Public Security, as well as the Federal Police, will have detachments on Isla Mujeres and in the Continental Zone (the mainland part of the municipality), with the intention of ensuring the safety of voters during the elections on Sunday, July 1.
The President Councilor of the Municipal Electoral Council of Isla Mujeres, Manuel García García, confirmed that personnel with the Mexican Navy, from the Fifth Naval Region base in Isla Mujeres, will be vigilant during the electoral process, enuring the safety of the voters, so that the election will take place within an atmosphere of tranquility.
Mr. Garcia Garcia said that personnel with the Navy will patrol on foot and in vehicles, making tours of all locations in the municipality of Isla Mujeres where the polling stations will be located.
On the other hand, the commander of the Ministerial Police in Isla Mujeres, Héctor Chávez, confirmed that half a dozen officers with his agency will arrive on Saturday to assist the police, with the intention of monitoring the electoral process on Sunday, July 1.
The Navy personnel and the Ministerial Police officers will be assisted by police officers from the municipal police department to ensure a peaceful, safe election, according to the Chief of Police in Isla Mujeres, Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortiz. They will provide surveillance for the municipality's 32 ballot boxes located on the island and in the Continental Zone.
UBER will be required to have a concession to operate in Quintana Roo LINK
The reforms to the Mobility Law will go into effect 90 days after its official publication, which specifies that provision of public transport services via a digital platform requires a concession. On Friday, meeting took place in Cancun between governmental officials, legislative representatives, and taxi union leaders from around the state, to ensure that the interests and assets of those holding taxi concessions remain secure after the law takes effect on Sept. 14, to respect their rights and source of employment.
Boat Accident causes injuries
There is a VIDEO from NotiCaribe whose caption says there's a preliminary report about an accident between two boats between Cancun and Isla Mujeres indicating there are injured people. Ambulances arrived at the ferry dock to care for injured people. (The video shows the parked ambulances.)
Two boats collided when they reached the Punta Sam maritime terminal, leaving five people injured. The accident occurred when the two boats were returning from an excursion and collided but the circumstances remain unclear.The five injured people were transported in ambulances and hospitalized. LINK
RadioFormulaQR reports that six people were injured in the boat collision, and that the calls to 911 about the accident were made at 5:00pm. Preliminary reports indicated that the smaller boat 'lost its way' (perdió el rumbo) and had a collision with the ferry that crosses between the mainland and Isla Mujeres. In response to the emergency call, four ambulances arrived at the Punta Sam dock area to help care for the injured and transfer them to a hospital. According to a list of injured persons that was provided, attention was given by Dania Elizabeth G. H., 34, who had a leg fracture and D. M. T. G., aged 16, who suffered a left tibia fracture. LINK
NoticiasPedroCanche (LINK), and some other publications have the same information as NotiCaribe, while PalcoQuintanarroense (LINK) and some other publications have the same info as RadioFormulaQR Some reports say it occurred at 5:30.
TVIM reports: June 28 On Isla Blanca, on the mainland part of the municipality, a passenger in a taxi was injured when she was grazed in the ribs by a bullet. According to taxi driver Darwin GXP, 42, he had picked up three passengers in front of the RIU and Paladium hotels, including a woman identified as Carmen LL, 37, and they were on their way to downtown Cancun when two vehicles (a white Corsa and a gray Cirrus) caught up with him and blocked his way.
A man exited the Corsa vehicle with a pistol in his hand which he pointed at them, but the driver was able to put the car in reverse and escape from the men, but when they were getting away, the man shot at them twice, and a woman in the back seat on the passenger side was grazed in the rib, and the other bullet struck the car, whose number is #877, of the Isla Mujeres taxi union. The skill of the driver, Darwin GXP, 42, saved them from the assassination attempt and he drove until he found a police patrol vehicle.
At the time this information was obtained, a search had been implemented for the assailants, but had not been successful. LINK
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
This notice has previously been translated about the ley seca/dry law which began Friday at midnight prohibiting liquor sales until Sunday at midnight, except to foreigners who can purchase it with food at businesses with a food license.
Noti Isla Mujeres
There is a notice about the ley seca/ dry law being in effect with photos of the signs in stores. Alcohol sales are prohibited for 48 hours this weekend, which began Friday at midnight and ends at midnight on Sunday, after the election. There is an exemption for foreigners, who may purchase alcoholic beverages at businesses with a food license, if they purchase food.
There is an video interview concerning school registration for sixth grade students.
NOTE: The polls open at 7am and close at 6pm. LINK
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
"Summer Operation 2018" begins
Ya inició el operativo “Verano 2018”[+] Ver masFull article at this link
Fishermen determine the cost of lobster
Pescadores definen costo de la langosta. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
According to Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, the cost of a kilogram of lobster tails is set at 600 pesos and the cost of whole live lobster is 400 pesos per kilo, which is the same amount that was being charged at the close of last season in February. Each cooperative made its individual agreement with the intermediaries. He said that the majority of the members of the score of cooperatives in the state face difficult times with aging engines that need renewal.
The lobster catching season begins Monday, July 1st and he estimates that 50 percent of the fleet will go diving on Monday, which is made up of a maximum of 280 members. They will be taking advantage of the fact that lobsters are usually caught in principal two places, which are east of Isla Contoy National Park, and by the Harrow Smith area, which is located several kilometers southeast of Isla Mujeres.
He didn't specify the amount of lobster traps that be installed at alternate sites during the upcoming days when the season begins, after four months of closure. Other fishing gear, such as nets, will be used in autumn when the northern winds begin, at the Isla Contoy Bay where they are allowed to work, without invading the perimeter of a kilometer and a half of that reserve, according to environmental regulations.
These fishermen who provide tours to swim with the whale sharks will continue providing that service until autumn when the whale sharks migrate to other areas, according to monitoring being carried out by international and governmental organizations.
Prevén un poco de mal tiempo[+] Ver masFull article at this link
This article has weather reports published yesterday by CONAGUA, NHC, and the SCT. The SCT says stronger winds aren't expected until Sunday. It says the port is open for general navigation and is expected to remain open thru Tuesday.Thousands of vacationers are visiting the island.
Yesterday and today the NHC report no cyclonic activity in the Atlantic and Caribbean basin. This morning's forecast from Mexico's National Weather service is partly cloudy. This morning's forecast from Civil Protection is: - Partly Cloudy, isolated showers with occasional squalls accompanied by electrical activity, very hot to muggy, East and northeast winds from 15 to 25 kph., with occasional stronger gusts.
Reviewing & renovating the buoy line
Verifican líneas de boyado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Civil Protection Department has been reviewing the 800 meters of buoy lines at Playa Centro and North beach to ensure the safety of swimmers during the summer holidays. Two weeks ago they replaced 200 meters of buoys in front of Playa Centro, before they begin breaking down from swimmers holding on to them, or boats tying up to them, despite the boat captains being advised against this by the Harbor Master's office and Civil Protection, and being reminded by the lifeguards.
The lifeguards provide monitoring for these two beaches, as well as Playa Media Luna/Half Moon Beach where swimming is prohibited, and drowning deaths have occurred. They are assisted by the Tourist police and Navy personnel.
Historical site in ruins
Valioso patrimonio antiguo en ruina[+] Ver masFull article at this link
There has been no progress in the rescue process of the site where the ruins are located of what could be the first Hispanic convent in America, in Boca Iglesia. It was announced that the property was in the process of being rescued during the 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba to Isla Mujeres on his voyage to the Yucatan Peninsula from Cuba, which took place from February to May in 1517, but no advances have been reported.
There have not been any updates from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), who would be the responsible agency, according to the General Law of National Assets. The Catholics did not have access to the site for the anniversary celebration, because the property has been fenced by the new owner. However, parish priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso was able to lead a Mass last year with the support of municipal authorities and he was assisted by historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid.
The site was the object of investigation in 2015, which was published by National Geographic (HERE is that article with a photo of what the building would look like if it wasn't in ruins, using 3D technology.)
"Hidden History" from National Geographic
Author: Dominique Rissolo Date: 2015-12-03 In 1517, conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba arrived at the Yucatan peninsula and encountered the first Mayan community found by a Spanish expedition. He called it "Greater Cairo." It is the old site of Ecab, which was partially demolished to build what is thought to be among the first churches in Mexico. Also known as Boca Iglesias/Church, it is located south of Cabo Catoche, in northeastern Quintana Roo.
Ecab became one of the most remote encomiendas of colonial Mexico and was the site of several historical events, including an attack by the French pirate Pierre Sanfroy, in 1571.
Abandoned in 1644, today the church and the parish house are almost in ruins, in a remote and unpopulated corner of the peninsula, which can only be reached by boat. The structures have survived centuries of hurricanes, but they are rapidly approaching a more precarious state of deterioration. The National Institute of Anthropology and History, through the INAH center of Quintana Roo under the direction of Adriana Velázquez de Morlet, together with a team of cultural heritage engineers from the University of California, San Diego, make an advanced diagnosis of these buildings of historical relevance by laser scanning and thermography. The researchers hope that a "structural health assessment" of the church will provide information in order to develop a strategy for the conservation of this example of Mexican heritage.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|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. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. 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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
|June 1 10:07|
June 2 10:52
June 3 11:35
June 27 7:14
June 28 8:03
June 29 8:49
June 30 9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
|Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur|
|Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach|
|A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC|
Friday, June 1 Navy Day Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.
Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a Location TBA LINK Action for Isla link
Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day
Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day
Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a Location TBA LINK Action for Isla link
Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a Location TBA LINK Action for Isla link
Sunday, June 17 Father's Day
Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice
Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23 Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition
Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a Location TBA LINK Action for Isla link
Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion")
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres This link is currently not working.
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)