Saturday, July 26, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 26 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in July!, 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. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in July.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     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 ....

A total of six cases of decompression so far during this lobster season

Treated at the hyperbaric chamber

Ya suman seis descompresionados

Viernes, 25 de Julio de 2014 22:31

Atendidos en cámara hiperbárica

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de julio.- .
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At 25 days into the lobster season, there have already been half a dozen fishermen treated for decompression at the hyperbaric chamber. The most recent case was Florencio Yam Castillo, 29, who is a member of the Caribe cooperative. Staff of the chamber reported that the fishermen said he had dived to a depth of 135 feet for 45 minutes, to harpoon fish such as grouper and snapper, in an area to the northeast of Isla Mujeres. After he came ashore, he suffered severe pain in his back and hip, and went to the decompression chamber, where he walked in under his own power and received a 45 minute treatment. 
   Of the six cases,  three were from the cooperative “Isla Blanca”, one was from the cooperative “Makax” and two were from the coopertive “Caribe”. The fishermen from “Isla Blanca” are: Manuel Antonio Torres Regalado, Alejandro Aguilar Poot and José Antonio Jímenez; while the one from “Makax” is Edwin Escobar; and those from the cooperative “Caribe” are: Aarón Martínez and Florencio Yam Castillo. 

 Memorable day

Agapito received the millionth visitor with mariachis

Jornada inolvidable

Viernes, 25 de Julio de 2014 21:18

Agapito recibe en muelle al visitante un millón, con mariachi

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de julio.- 
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The one millionth visitor to Isla Mujeres in 2014 arrived on the ferry at 12:20pm and received a warm welcome from the Mayor, other officials, business leaders, and the general public. The eight members of the Canto Sosa family from Mérida Yucatán, were pleasantly surprised by the emotional greeting, which included mariachis, applause, flowers, and a substantial number of gifts. The arrival of the millionth visitor was anticipated by officials and business owners including leasers of golf carts, restauranteurs, hoteliers, and in response, the family could not contain their joy and excitement.
      They received a package of prizes that included:  Passes to the Turtle sanctuary/ Tortugranja facilities, the Punta Sur Sculpture Park. Garrafon Park, and the Hacienda Mundaka, as well as two days of golf cart rental. They received dinner for two and a bottle of wine at the following restaurants: Fayne's, DueTorriand Brisa Mexicana, as well as passes for two people to swim with the whale sharks. They also received a silver necklace with a dolphin charm,  a silver necklace with a turtle charm, and a pair of silver earrings with river stones.
Presentation of beauties seeking the title of  “Miss Caribe de México 2014”

Presentan a bellezas

Viernes, 25 de Julio de 2014 21:03

Que buscarán el título de “Miss Caribe de México 2014”

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de abril de 2014.- 
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The seven women who are participating in the beauty contest “Miss Caribe de México 2014”,  were presented last evening at 10pm on Avenue Hidalgo. They are representing their different municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo. The pageant is taking place on June 24-26 and is being presented by Leilanny Meya Rosado. Tonight they will be modeling on the catwalk, wearing the swimwear of the sponsor, with accessories and jewelry. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez greets the millionth visitor of 2014
Recibe Agapito Magaña Sánchez alcalde de #IslaMujeres al visitante un millón de este 2014!!

Noticias de  Quequi......

Still waiting for the new ferry terminal

  • Siguen en la espera de la nueva terminal marítima


    Siguen en la espera de la nueva terminal marítima

    0 26 de julio de 2014 
    Although the intention was to have the terminal completed before the busy vacation period, this did not occur. There are final details being completed, such as the electrical transformer connections, which will be followed by the official completion of the work and the inauguration.  Service providers have expressed impatience and the head of the state Port Authority arrived recently for a personal inspection.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- o.
  • Sancionaran a embarcaciones
      Monitoring the boats 


    Sancionaran a embarcaciones

    0 26 de julio de 2014 
    Personnel from the Mariana Mercante Nacional (Fidena) are assisting the Harbor Master during the holiday period in the surveillance of the boats engaged in commercial activities, such as tours, to assure that their documents and safety equipment are in order, and that they do not exceed capacity. This is a difficult task since there are nearly 300 boats with permits from Isla Mujeres, including 150 that operate daily and that go to the whale shark sighting area. The Harbor Master said that monitoring the whale shark tour boats is more complicated because they are found farther away from Isla Mujeres, but the Mexican Navy gives assistance with this task. 

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

 por esto

Millionth visitor: Yucatan family
Familia yucateca, visitante un millón [+] Ver mas
This has the same information as above, additionally noting that the eight members of the Canto Sosa family will discover that there is no guide at Mundaca, the Tortugranja/Turtle Sanctuary, or at Punta Sur to explain the culture and history of the sites. (When I have visited the Turtle Sanctuary, there has usually been a guide.)  Por Esto also notes they will find that the sculptures of Punta Sur are deteriorating (they are rusting from the salt air) and that the Tortugranja needs maintenance. It is noted that the turtle facility gets many visitors daily, while the Mundaca Hacienda only receives about twenty visitors per day.

Playa Norte without life guard towers during high season
Playa Norte, sin torres de vigilancia para guardavidas en temporada alta[+] Ver mas
 As the millionth visitor of 2014 was being welcomed to the isle, the staff of the Civil Protection were maintaining 200 meters of buoys on North Beach, which is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world by a travel site survey. The two lifeguard towers have not been rebuilt, although plans were made last winter. Some business owners want the removal of a deteriorating retaining wall at one end of North Beach. The Navy has a First Aid station on the Posada Beach to provide safety, as part of a coordination of security services provided by the three levels of government.

Fishermen want to retain beach access: No response from Agapito
Pescadores defienden un acceso a la playa; Agapito Magaña los ignora[+] Ver mas
Fishermen of the Caribe cooperative are concerned they may lose use of a 400 square meter area of beach access along the Bay, which is located at the end ("mouth": bocacalle) of Abasolo street, and palms have been planted. Fishermen Isaac Ramos, José Luis Burgos, Juan Gil, and Olegario Mex said the fishermen want to fight to retain this area where they  unload fish such as  mero (grouper), pargo (snapper), boquinete, chachi, canané, and coronado to sell to local buyers. Gabriel González said he has not received an explanation from the Mayor's office, and plans to submit a formal request on Monday, with signatures from the fishermen who use this area.
    The fishermen are also concerned about a similar access by the end of Matamoras street, that is now occupied by individuals.

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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

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NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.



 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm  (Currently on hold while SeBlues is off the isle)

Ken Wanovich
Wed 7/23 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm.
 Fri 7/25 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm. 
Mon 7/28 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Wed 7/30 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
Fri 8/01 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm.
 Sat 8/02 - Marina Paraiso, 6:30pm.
 Mon 8/04 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Tue 8/05 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
( Keys 4 Life is also bringing school supplies and 3 new LCD projectors for the elementary schools, and doing some minor construction projects to repair/improve several homes in Guadalupana.)

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.

Javier Martinez Cen  La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon 3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

July Events....

Thursday 5:30-9:30pm  Artist Fair on Town Square  (Note new hours)
Rain date...rescheduled to Friday
Friday, Fourth of July US Independence Day

At Casa de los Suenos....

From Christy Dix....For those who are in Isla Mujeres and want to practice your Spanish, come join us!! Spend an hour at Barlito's at Marina Paraiso this Friday 7/4 (3-4pm) and practice your Spanish skills while helping those who are studying English. It's a win win!!

July 5 Saturday 7p  Abuelito & Abuelita contest La Gloria open air theatre

July 6 Sunday  PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament 8am start, 4pm weigh in, awards to follow on Posada Beach. 2pm Son 3 performing on Posada!
July 7 Town Square ~7p "Michael Jackson Extravaganza" 

July 11 Friday Full Moon Rise: ~6:50    Sunset is ~7:30
 Careful of the migrating crabs crossing the road to get to the sea to spawn, especially down at the south and south east part of the isle.
July 12 Saturday  Full Moon Rise: ~7:45  
July 13 Sunday  Moonrise  8:41pm
July 14 Monday  Moonrise  9:31pm
July 15 Tuesday Moonrise  10:17pm  and ~50 minutes later nightly

July 20th...Start of Whale Shark Festival
PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, @World Artist Destination & Juxtapoz Latin America present Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans - Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 !Here's a selection of 6 of the 15 large walls that will be painted by 15 renowned international contemporary artists on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Together via art and activism, we are helping to celebrate, educate and inspire both local and tourist communities on the importance of preserving oceans and marine wild life.
Stay tuned, as the festival runs July 20-28, for some incredible works created by an incredibly talented international team.  Together, we can help save our seas!
‪#‎pangeaseed‬ ‪#‎seawalls‬ ‪#‎saveourseas‬ ‪#‎staywild‬ ‪#‎mexico‬ ‪#‎islamujeres‬ ‪#‎sharklove‬

The artists are also planning a beach clean up.

LINK to video of Day 3 Murals & their artists

LINK to video of Day 2 of the murals & artists

This mural is on Guerrero  around the corner & a lil north from the Super. The print  (by Tatiana Suarez) is available for $65 HERE  

 Ixchel (above) is on the north wall of the Palacio (town hall) along the pedestrian street.
 The mural below is on Guerrero, a lil farther north

Article about the mural project LINK  (In English...Huffington Post)

**July 20 or 24th -27 : Whale Shark Festival.  Includes a parade with floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more. (See schedule below)

Translation of news article.....
The seventh edition of the Whale Shark Festival will take place July 24-27 and will include an agenda of activities that are: cultural, artistic, touristic, and environmental; with participation by artists, musicians, speakers, and environmental experts. There will be contests of:  decorated golf carts, costumes, and sand sculptures; as well as parades, plays, lectures, performances by dance & music groups, photographic exhibitions, and other artistic activities.
       A group of international artists plan to paint murals focused on the themes of conservation and protection of whale sharks, in a project titled "SEA WALLS". All events will be completely free and will take place at venues including the Town Square, the Posada Beach, and Rueda Medina Avenue (main street). Municipal gencies who are coordinating this event include the departments of Culture, Tourism, Public Relations, Ecology, and Social Communication.

July 24-26 Miss Caribe de Mexico beauty pageant
Ten beautiful young women from the ten municipalities of the state will compete for the title of Miss Caribe de Mexico 2014 on July 24-26 in Isla Mujeres, and the winner will represent Quintana Roo in the national contest. The activities will take place on Hidalgo Avenue, and will begin on Thursday with the reception of the contestants and their official presentation. On Friday they will model swimwear, of the brand of the official sponsor, as well as jewelry and accessories. On Saturday the grand finale will be held, and the winner will be chosen. As part of the final competition, they will each present a topic about the place they represent, and the press will be in attendance.

 July 25, 26, & 27
Fri 6p Parade  Rueda Medina
      7p Costume contest  Town Square

Sat 8a Beach clean up  Playa Norte & Colegio Bachilleres
      5p Conference about whale sharks City Council room
      6p Recognizing "Sea Walls" mural artists  City Council room
       7p  Event with samples of Lion Fish dishes  Town Square

Sun 10a Sand sculpture contest Posada Beach
         4p Tour of the Sea Walls murals 

Jul 26 Saturday 6pm Town Square  Zumba event

 July 26, Saturday:  There will be 600 Mexican athletes competing on the island for the “Copa Isla Mujeres de Tae Kwon Do”, including about 40 athletes from Isla Mujeres.


 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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