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City delivers uniforms to Public Service employees LINK
In Isla Mujeres, we offer you many activities that you can enjoy with your family from touring in a golf cart to enjoying our beaches, free of sargasso.
Courses in sign language and in braille are available at CRIM, the physical rehabilitation facility
The Maritima vehicle ferry "Isla Blanca" lost a propeller and the other Maritima ferry needs repairs LINK
The Maritima ferry, Sergio Gracia Aguilar, is awaiting replacement of a part, and has been out of operation for three week. On Thursday, while making a crossing, the Isla Blanca ferry lost its propeller. Therefore, both ferries are not in service at this time.
It is noted that it has been less than a year since both boats received maintenance in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche. Employees say they are concerned because after nearly a week, no attempt has been made to rescue the propeller of the Isla Blanca ferry, which weighs more than two tons, and remains in the navigation channel.
Navy rescues five people near Isla Mujeres LINK
The Navy rescued five people who were adrift in a small boat, "La Caribena", which had run out of fuel and was adrift near the Carbonera lighthouse ("El Farito") by Isla Mujeres. The passengers were of Mexican nationality and one was a minor. They were in good health and taken to the Naval dock. The minor was held at the Harbor Master's office, and the others left by their own means.
The rescue took place using a "Defender" type boat from the Naval Search and Rescue Station (ENSAR) of Isla Mujeres, after a telephone call was received from the Control, Command & Communication Center in Benito Juarez.
VIDEO of an angry, bilingual (English & Spanish) tourist, arguing with police, capturing video with her phone & yelling that they, as tourists, are being treated unfairly, because there are other vehicles parked illegally, because they have parked there before with no problems, and she repeats several times that it is their 35th anniversary. They are on Rueda Medina, across from the ferry terminal. They parked their cart in an area for drop off & pick up only by cabs, which has a yellow curb, a yellow line, and a sign in front of their cart saying drop off and pick up only (in Spanish, with graphic). Traffic police removed the license plate from their rental cart and tried to explain, and then the officers moved on to remove plates from other vehicles parked illegally across the street, and the tourists drove away. The reporter says it went on for about 20 minutes (the video is six minutes long) There are nearly 150 comments under the video.
Noti Isla Mujeres VIDEO of children's basketball game on the court by the Town Square
From Por Esto :
Uncertainty among the Maritima car ferry employees
Fishermen seek injunction against CONANP
The Regional Federation of Cooperative Societies of the Fishing Industry in Quintana Roo filed an injunction (amparo) against CONANP (National Commission of Natural Protected Areas), in response to the proposal to issue a permanent ban against the capture of sharks and manta rays. This proposal is before a judge, and could severely affect the income of about 500 fishermen in the state, of which about 100 live in Isla Mujeres.
On Tuesday, June 18, there will be a meeting in Puerto Juarez to determine the price of lobaster for the 2019-2020 season, which will begin on July 1st. The ban on catching shark and skate (ray) began on May 1st and ends on June 30. The authorities are considering non-renewal of commercial fishing permits for the species, once the licenses expire. Many cooperatives permits are due in August.
It is noted that there are service providers in Playa del Carmen who are promoting the ban because they are dedicated to taking tourists to dive with sharks, and banning shark fishing would be beneficial to their businesses.
The Director of the Regional Fishing Cooperative agency, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said that many families are dependent on the capture of shark, and others are dependent on tourism from diving with sharks, and that it would be fair if both could earn their living from this species.
Isla Mujeres news briefs
"La Caribeña", and the second says the port remains open for navigation by all boats. The whale shark tour boats are operating, and small boats are offering tours to el Farito, Manchones, and MUSA, although some of the captains say demand is low on weekdays and better on weekends.
Foreign boats anchor for free
It is noted that these visitors live on their own boats, often visiting year after year in November and December to remain for many months, only generating income for the supermarkets. A souvenir seller, "señor Juan", commented that they don't don't buy souvenirs, they don't rent golf carts, and they only sporadically visit bars and restaurants. He said that not all behave this way, but there is a big difference between the nautical tourists who use the services of the marinas and come to spend money vs those who dock in the lagoon.
A marina manager, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that authorities permit boats to anchor without paying fees or using the services of a marina, and this activity is not against the Navigational Laws. He said fortunately, most of them are afraid of hurricane season, and are much fewer from August to November. But when they are here, Isla Mujeres must take care of their garbage, and worse, the drains of their toilets, which flow directly into the lagoon.
|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 & fast 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,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, 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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
June 17 8:00
June 18 8:52
June 19 9:41
June 20 10:26
June 21 11:07
June 22 11:45
Painting by Pamela Haase
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
On Saturdays at 8a-10a, Plogging events to clean up the island are held, meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags, Here's the Accion Isla LINK
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
In June, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Octopus, Shrimp, Conch & Shark Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails. LINK
The baseball games at the El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game. .
|Incubation pen Tortugranja (not 2019)|
Turtle nesting season continues throughout June. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres; Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but the sand usually isn't deep enough. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.
|By Tony Garcia|
Whale shark tour season continues throughout June, ending in mid-September.
Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2: "Dry Law" is in effect for 48 hours, from the first minute on Saturday (00:00, just after Friday midnight) until midnight on Sunday (24:00) when "To Go" (package) sales of alcohol is prohibited. Foreigners in tourism areas, such as Isla Mujeres, may purchase alcoholic beverages, with food, at bars & restaurants. Citizens can't buy alcohol & businesses such as convenience stores cannot sell it.
Saturday, June 1 Clean Up with Accion Isla 8a-10a Meet up north of the gas station
Saturday, June 1st Dia de la Marina. Events begin with a 5 kilometer race in men's and women's divisions, and another for teens and children, starting in front of Playa Centro at 7am and 8am, with more than 17,000 pesos in cash prizes. Limited to 150 runners in the 5k, and 150 in the youth and children's event.
The official ceremony for National Dia de la Marina will take place at 11am, with a procession of boats in the Bay and placing of a wreath.
On Playa Centro, a beach soccer tournament will start at 11am, with teams of eight people and prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos. It will be followed by a beach volleyball tournament at 1pm with teams of two men & two women competing for prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos.The festivities will come to a close at 2p, with a Palo Encebado contest.
Events for Dia de la Marina:
Wednesday, June 5 World Environmental Day
Saturday, June 8 World Oceans Day
Sunday, June 16 is Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June)
Friday, June 21 Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 29 La Dorada Women's Fishing Tournament (Captain's dinner is Friday night)
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
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres