Monday, April 28, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday, April 28 The Afternoon Edition (And last Monday)

  The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in May!, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. Ad for the remainder of year is a $30 donation. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in May.   

Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Tourism: Less than expected

"Escasea" el turismo

Domingo, 27 de Abril de 2014 22:51

Contrario a lo que se esperaba

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A massive influx of visitors was expected this weekend at the end of the Easter holidays, but there were fewer tourists than expected shopping, using the nautical services, or enjoying the beach. Although there were fewer than hoped for, there was a considerable amount of tourists enjoying this destination this weekend.  

Preparing to celebrate Children's Day 

Preparan festejos para el Día del Niño

Domingo, 27 de Abril de 2014 22:44

Marthy ultima detalles en el DIF

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Political groups, as well as municipal authorities, are planning activities to celebrate International Children's Day on Wednesday, April 30.
    The DIF, social service agency, is planning a festival on the island, as well as in the Continental Zone, which will include gifts and refreshments.
   In addition to the DIF, the  group  “México Nuevo" plans to celebrate "Children's Day" on May 4 with a fishing tournament that will also include a raffle of gifts for all the children who participate, and possibly among the attendees. This will take place from 8am to 2pm at the pier monitored by the Port Authority, at one side of the vehicle ferry. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 may participate with adult supervision, and they must provide their own fishing gear and bait.

Progress on renovation of municipal basketball court 

Edil supervisa avance general

Domingo, 27 de Abril de 2014 22:41

En obras de cancha municipal

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The Mayor toured the renovated basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana" which has been remodeled and equipped with portable grandstands and an electronic scoreboard. The work began over a month ago and the court is expected to be opened tomorrow. The old paint was removed, the playing area was leveled and resurfaced, and covered with non skid paint, the game boards were changed, the landscaping was improved, and the scoreboard was installed, using allocated resources around 500,000 pesos.

Certification of North Beach 

Playa Norte, certificada

Domingo, 27 de Abril de 2014 22:35

Principal objetivo de Agapito: Reunión con concesionarios

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There was a meeting in the City Council room regarding the certification process for North Beach, which requires compliance with the objectives of NMX 120, or more specifically NMX AA 120 SCFI 2006. These requirements include standards about the quality of the water, solid waste, coastal infrastructure, biodiversity, safety and services, environmental education, noise pollution, beach conservation, and cleanliness. Attendees at the meeting were asked to participate in the process to obtain the certificate.
  In Quintana Roo there are five certified beaches: Aventuras DIF (Riviera Maya-Akumal), Grand Velas (Riviera Maya-Playa del Carmen), Playa Real (Hotel Zone, Cancún) and the public beaches of Las Perlas and Delfines (Hotel Zone, Cancún).
   In the case of North Beach, it is important to emphasize that this is the first public beach in the state to initiate the certification process involving business owners and government in the preparation. North Beach is considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world and the Number 1 in Mexico. This certification will be of great benefit to all the residents, businesses, and visitors to the island;  economically, as well as socially and ecologically.
   The Mexican Institute of Certification and Normalization is the only agency accredited to conduct the assessment for compliance with the NMX 120 requirements.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Experts to determine responsibilities in the collision between two boats
Isla Mujeres. – The collision occurred on Thursday about 800 meters from Playa Tortugas in Cancun. This article has the same information as was previously translated, noting that the Chilean tourist was treated and released at AmeriMed hospital in Cancun without serious injuries and that the Captain of the AguaTours boat also received medical attention, and did not have a serious injury. Ultramar paid the medical expenses and is waiting for officials to determine who was at fault in the accident between one of the Ultramar vessels and a catamaran belonging to Dolphin Discovery. 

Meeting to achieve important agreements with the Whale Shark tour permittees 
At the meeting between the Whale Shark tour permit holders of Isla Mujeres & Holbox and governmental officials, it was agreed that the new regulation will not take effect on May 15th when the season begins, and instead will be delayed until next season. The regulation caused concern among the ~135 permit holders of Isla Mujeres because it limited them to holding only one permit per person. Currently more than half of them hold at least three permits, and others have (another has?) more than 10.( y quien más tiene supera los 10.)

Noticias de  Quequi......

Delayed arrival of the sailboats of the Regatta Sol al Sol


    Se retrasa la llegada de los veleros de la Regata del Sol al SolSe retrasa la llegada de los veleros de la Regata del Sol al Sol

    0 27 de abril de 2014

    Carlos Gasca .- The first of the 18 sailboats that departed from St Petersburg, Florida on April 25th were expected to arrive yesterday,  but a lack of wind caused a delay. They could not use their engines, since that would disqualify them from the competition. This regatta will conclude on May 3rd and on May 7th the Regata al Sol XXVIII will depart from Pensacola, Florida for Isla Mujeres.

  •   Excellent close of season for nautical tourism providers


    Prestadores de servicios náuticos cierra bien la temporada Prestadores de servicios náuticos cierra bien la temporada

    0 27 de abril de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca .- The nautical tourism service  providers who provide tours of the Bay of Isla Mujeres reported that this Easter season was one of the best in years. The weather was favorable, despite predictions for Suradas, (southerly winds) which are common at this time. These fronts often are stationary, not moving for several days, but that did not occur. The tour  providers operated at 95 percent, with mostly domestic tourists as clients. In addition to those who provided nautical services, others tourism service providers also did well, including the golf cart rental agencies.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Regulation affecting whale shark tour permittees was postponed
Golf cart agencies operating at 60% 
Due to the end of the vacation period, and the gradual departure of holiday tourists, the rental of golf carts dropped to 60 percent, while last weekend at an early hour there were no carts available. 
Arrival to Isla of 18 competitors: Sol a Sol Regatta   

Although there were 25 sailboats expected to compete, there were only 18 competitors, which is attributed to the cumbersome formalities required by Customs and Immigration, according to the head of the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club. (The schedule of activities given in this article for the two regattas have already been translated.)

 por esto

Some sailboats did not join the competition
Veleristas fuera de la competencia[+] Ver mas

Environmental certification of North Beach

Por la certificación ambiental de Playa Norte [+] Ver mas
In addition to the information also given in the article above, this article notes that the certification is good for two years, and may be renewed for two year periods.

Trash increased 20% during Easter holidays
Incrementó 20% la basura en Semana Santa[+] Ver mas
The usual amount of trash when it is not high season is 35-40 tonnes daily, while during the first week of Easter holidays there was 55-60 tonnes, which is more than the 45-50 tonnes of trash collected daily last year during this vacation period. The most common articles collected were plastic, cardboard, food waste, glass, junk (mattresses, old furniture, etc.), and brush.
      There 40 street sweepers working two shifts, as well as 42 people working in three shifts to collect trash in order to keep the island clear of garbage. There were five trucks, a back hoe, and transfer vehicle, with 11 people working at the Transfer Facilty to move the waste to the mainland. The entire staff of the landscaping and street patching department was working to keep the streets and tourist areas clean, as well as the colonias.
    The staff worked in shifts, Monday to Sunday, including public holidays, and their equipment included 4 garbage trucks, a trailer-compactor, 2 ten ton compactors, a trailer with a back hoe and a 'trascavo' (I think that is the big truck that moves trash to the mainland. I think a 'gondola' is a backhoe.).

Serious deficiencies in traffic signs
Serias deficiencias en señalización de tránsito [+] Ver mas
There is a post that should have a sign warning about an upcoming curve, that has not had its sign replaced, which is near Garrafon and the Caribbean Sea. There is another sign in an area where people walk that is only 1 meter above the ground. There are areas where the lighting is dim. PE says residents want the City Council to remedy these potential safely hazards.
Last Monday....
Malecon boardwalk appears clear after several years

Luce libre el malecón luego de varios años  LINK  
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de abril.

For the first time in many years the walkways along main street, Rueda Medina, were clear during the holiday season, and traffic police monitored the area for business owners to prevent anyone from stopping for too long. The business sector is supportive of these measures, and some opposed the idea that tourists would be able to leave their golf carts for a few minutes to make purchases in stores. Some say there should be regulation like there is on Hidalgo, which is now the main thoroughfare for nightlife and a pedestrian area. There is still some chaos in nearby areas, the parallel streets, and the cross streets and their sidewalks, for example between Guerrero and Hidalgo on Madero which is obstructed by golf carts, scuba tanks, and water delivery vehicles.  Parking at the Casa de Cultura is remote, so many do not leave their vehicles there, especially the scooter owners. The police have their work cut out for them to change these habits that have existed for more than a decade, which has happened with the use of helmets today, which is fully accepted by the community of motorcycle and scooter riders.
  There is also some chaos in the streets of Juarez, Matamoros, and Abasolo. There is parking at the Port area, but there is not enough capacity, which is also a problem at the parking area for scooters near the downtown basketball court.

Child fell from second story terrace
Cae niña de terraza LINK  
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de abril.-

A food establishment whose clients are predominantly tourist was closed on Sunday night for the third time, after a child fell from the second story and was taken to Cancun for treatment, confirmed official sources. The restaurant-bar JAX had closure seals placed by the Civil Protection agency for not providing the necessary security on the edge of the second story of the building. It appears that a child of less than six years approached one of the areas between the posts, where there are three meters of ropes, and lost her balance. The incident occurred as night was falling, when the girl's parents went to dinner, and she walked to the edge. The Red Cross rushed to the scene and witness said she was responsive and could speak.
    The families appear to have temporary residency on the island, or at least the grandfather, John, stays here during the winters, as is common with many senior citizens from the United States.
   An employee named Valerio also fell from this second story at a previous time, according to information that was gathered. 
    This is not the first time the property was sanctioned. In 2006 it was closed for six months for "presunta inseguridad", and in December 2012 it was closed for 20 days, which appears to have no relation to "inseguridad", and their employees were allegedly involved in an accident on the street in front of Colegio Bachilleres, where two young men died.

No complaints of abuse to tourists
No hay denuncias de abuso a turistas
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de abril.-

 Fishing tournament in honor of "Coleguita"
Torneo de pesca en honor a “Coleguita” LINK 
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de abril.-
Children and teens from age six an dup enjoyed this event sponsored by the DIF, which honored Don Buenaventura Delgado Díaz, who is about to turn 97 years old, on July 14th. There were 67 participants, and hundreds of families watched the event. The 40 boats left the dock at 9am and the event was completed at noon. In the children's trolling category, the winners were: Oliver Pérez Carrillo with a barracuda of 9.250 kilos; and second place went to Delio Martínez Gómez with a barracuda of 8.550 kilos; and third place was won by Raúl Santiago with a Jurel of 7.750 kilogramos. In the youth category of 13-17 years for the trolling category, Edair Figueroa won with a barracuda of 8.650 kilos and in the anchored category, Leonardo Villanueva won with a barracuda of 4.250 kilos. All winners received prizes, which are not specified in the article.

From Friday .... (I overlooked this one when I was catching up)
North Beach presents new risk of erosion
Playa Norte presenta nuevo riesgo de erosión+] Ver mas

Por Esto says that North Beach could lose its ranking as number 10 best beach in the world, which is an important marketing tool, because of new signs of erosion in the face of losing several 'escolleras' that were installed in 2008. PE says the erosion worsened during the past seasons 'norte' winds, with a loss of at least 5 meters of beach at the southwestern tip where five bags from one of the 15 meter jetties have been lost. Local service providers want the municipal authorities to intervene, in coordination with the company Marenter who were in charge of the installation of more than a dozen jetties at North Beach after there was heavy erosion of the beach and other areas of Quintana Roo following Hurricane Wilma in 2005. This business has a dozen companies in the state who address the ongoing problems of sand retention. The levees were working at holding the sand when the structures were undamaged. In this case they were damaged by the neglect of putting umbrellas and loungers on them, which caused an opening, and allowed the sand to flow out, causing a loss of their dimensions, and a failure to function.   There is a remedy for this, with a repair by specialists, and to avoid the complete 'deflation' of the giant bags, as has happened to at least five of them, and now beach is being lost again. In this regard, there are several volunteers who are willing to provide this prevention, and even to participate in the rescue of the bags that are buried in the sand, for reuse if that is deemed necessary. One of these volunteers is Juan Campos, diving instructor at Playa Norte, and a volunteer lifesaver in this area,  for the Civil Protection agency. Por Esto asked if the company Marenter would assist voluntarily. Two images were presented showing a "Before" photo where almost all of North Beach was lost and water was reaching the foundations of the businesses such as "Chimbos" and an "After" photo which showed a good recovery of this part of the famous beach.
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 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso



Miguel's high season schedule:

Thursday at 6pm Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres with Seblues Hernandez Miranda - blues variety
Wednesday - Saturday at 10:30 Fayne's BarandGrill with La Banda Sin Nombre - Rock, blues & pop
Friday - Saturday at 12:00 mn Tequileria La Adelita with La Banda Sin Nombre - Salsa & Mexican
Sunday at 7:00 Bahia Tortuga with The Sol Rockers - Rock & blues 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~1p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p  Salsa 
(Start times posted on menu board by entrance)
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

 Jeff Current's Schedule
5:30 - 7:30 Wednesday Bahia Tortuga
7-9 Fridays Marina Paraiso  


Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill


April 3 4p-9p Artist's Fair on Town Square

April 12 Saturday: 6:30am Pirate Triathlon

April 13 Palm Sunday event 6:30pm Chapel of Caridad del Cobre

April 17 Maundy Thursday (bank holiday)

April 18 Good Friday  (bank holiday)
Two Reenactments of the Stations of the Cross / The Passion of Christ
10 am  Starting at Sacred Heart of Jesus in colonia La Gloria, going up  Paseo de las Aves, and by the park Las Tortugas, then over to prolongacion Rueda Medina, and entering the street by the new hospital, to come back to the church. 3000-4000 attendees expected
Noon For the representation by the Church of Immaculate Conception, they will start at the chapel to Guadalupe (la capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) at noon to travel five kilometers under the rays of the midday sun to the church of Immaculate Conception. That is the chapel overlooking the Caribbean, near Mango Cafe in Salina Chica.  300-400 attendees expected

April 19 Holy Saturday

April 20 Easter Day
Children's Fishing Tournament  “Buenaventura Delgado Díaz-Coleguita” Sponsored by the DIF celebrating Children's Day

April 27, Sunday  Regatta XLVI Sol al Sol arrives in Isla Mujeres
April 30 Regatta event Casa de las Rocas

April 30  Día del Niño


May 1 Thursday 4p-9p Artists Fair on Town Square
May 1 Formal welcome to Regatta Sol al Sol XLVI
 May 1 Labor Day in Mexico
May 1  May Day
May 2 Regatta Amigos XLV 12:30 Isla Children sail around isle
May 2 Regatta Sol al Sol Awards dinner 
May 3 Regatta Sol al Sol departure
May 3 Day of the Holy Cross (festival for mason/constrct wkrs /Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil. (Essay..maybe May 4th 2012)
May 5 Battle of Puebla 2012 "Cinco de Mayo" 

May 8 Thursday Regata Al Sol XXVIII Departs for Isla Mujeres

 May  9-11 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament

May 10 Saturday Mother's Day  in Mexico
~May 13-20  Festival of Lady of Fatima Rancho Vieho ~30+ yr tradition
May 15 Thursday Teachers Day
May 29 Thursday Ascension Day



May 15- Sept. 15- Whale Shark Season
Early May -  Nov.  Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting

Whale Shark Festival TBA  ~ late June-early July?

6th Annual Alicia Ricalde Magana Women's Fishing Tournament  TBA August?

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance

Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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