Friday, August 1, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 1 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published early August!, 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 August...some have already been donated.
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 ....

Bringing "PrevenIMSS" to workers: CROC union

Llevan PrevenIMSS a obreros

Jueves, 31 de Julio de 2014 23:11

Por iniciativa de la CROC

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Román Maldonado Euán, leader of the CROC union, (Confederación Regional de Obreros y Campesinos) in Isla Mujeres said between 800 and 1000 workers and union employees are expected to benefit from the health program “PrevenIMSS”. The program offers vaccines for the prevention of diseases such as influenza and tetanus, and it also includes testing for problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or blood pressure. The health campaign will run for one month and is available at consultorio médico number 4 of the IMSS of Isla Mujeres.

East coastal beach becoming popular 

Crece bonanza playera

Jueves, 31 de Julio de 2014 21:28

Hasta las de la costa Oriente están llenas

During these summer holidays when many visitors are arriving on the island, the beaches on the east coast are becoming crowded, while previously they were virtually unvisited. Most of these swimmers and sunbathers are from the various colonias of the island who are avoiding the the crowded beaches downtown, and saving money on transportation. It has been requested that lifeguards be placed on this beach on the weekends during summer vacation, because (historically) there have been several cases of drowning this area.

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Agapito gives uniforms to municipal Public Services employees 

Agapito entrega uniformes

Jueves, 31 de Julio de 2014 20:45

Responde a empleados de Servicios Públicos Municipales

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Today the Mayor delivered 125 packages of uniforms for the Public Services Department employees, and symbolically presented some of them at the downtoan mercado/market "Javier Rojo Gomez".  Each package contained two pairs of pants, two shirts, boots, and jackets (casacas).
     Yesterday four vehicles were given to the directors of the following agencies:  Public Services, General Services, Civil Protection and Administration. (Servicios Públicos, Servicios Generales, Protección Civil y Oficialía Mayor.).

 Tvisla Mujeres

Child suffers broken femur & injuries from vehicle accident

Shortly before noon, a three year old child bolted  into Abasolo street and was struck by a Boyaguer truck. The vehicle was moving at a slow speed, but the driver,  Gaspar Antonio Pino Cervantes, was unable to avoid hitting the child. Witnesses said the small child ran out unexpectedly (salió intempestivamente)  from a store. The family of the child were visiting the island. The child never lost consciousness and suffered a broken femur. (thigh bone)
     The ambulance did not arrive in a timely manner because it was attending another emergency in Sac Bajo. The other accident occurred at the entrance of the Tortugranja (Turtle sanctuary-aquarium), when a motorcycle that delivers tortillas hit a golf cart, with no serious injuries.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Mobile vendors: New location

  • Ambulantes encuentran  nueva ubicación


    Ambulantes encuentran nueva ubicación

    0 01 de agosto de 2014
         After the City government insisted that mobile vendors relocate downtown, many have overcome adversity by moving to the perimeter road. Several have settled into the area in front of La Invasion (colonia Guadalupana), where hundreds of tourists stop to shop. They said they do not want problems from the authorities, but their income dropped drastically when the City removed them from their public venues downtown.  Some agreed to consensual relocation, and other decided to move to the colonias, or to the interiors of restaurants. Sales have improved now because there is more tourism, but they are concerned about what they will do in  15 days when the holidays are over and things return to normal.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Seeking certification of two Isla Mujeres beaches

The Mayor expects to be successful and to receive Blue Flag certification for Playa Norte and Playa Posada. 
Magana delivers vehicles to four agencies 

The mayor delivered four vehicles to Directors of city agencies, which cost 750,000 pesos, and urged the officials to look after them. He gave the keys of four trucks known as estaquitas to Mauro Rodríguez Velázquez, head of the Department of Civil Protection; Manuel Figueroa Cetina, head of the Department of Public Services; Melchor Briceño León, head of Administration, and Tomás Cárdenas Magaña, head of the Department of General Services.
New look for municipal park 

Tendrá nuevo rostro el parque municipal

  • Written by Diario Respuesta
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
The municipal Department of Public Works will renovate the municipal park in the Town Square with 1.2 million pesos in federal resources from Ramo 33. The improvements will include benches, stamped concrete, lighting, paint, and planters, to give the area a new appearance. Work began on Tuesday with the dismantling of the fountain, and is expected to be completed within 45 days.
Read more: Tendrá nuevo rostro el parque municipal

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Port Authority pier needs attention

Muelle de API, en el abandono [+] Ver mas
An employee of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo), who are in charge of maintaining the structure, called the pier a "white elephant".  It is located at the southern part of the malecon/street Rueda Medina.  The concrete pier was built two decades ago, and has damaged edges, holes in the planchones, deterioration of the structure,  and exposed, rusted rebar, which could cause an injury..
      It was built in response to requests by the business community who wanted a pier of this type to accommodate the arrival of small cruise ships. This plan did not materialize due to the difficulty of these ships to access the bay. That possibility was cancelled after the cruise ship "Leeward" ran aground in December 1997 in the bay between Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

Trip Advisor rates Playa Norte #1
Playa Norte, número 1 con fotos añejas[+] Ver mas
At the travel website "TripAdvisor" the rating of Playa Norte has climbed ten  points from last year to reach number 1. There are hundreds of photos of this attraction, which is described as having "perfect white sand, endless warm, shallow water, and an informal & relaxed atmosphere".
     There are also old images, which include a lifeguard tower that no longer exists, and whose replacement has been requested by tourism service providers, to ensure the safety of families, and especially children.  Among the recommendations of the visitors is to alter and improve the 'whales' that were installed in 2008 to address the erosion suffered after hurricane Wilma in 2005.
    In March, dozens of mobile vendors were removed from the area, and as a result the cases of robberies of tourists have fallen. The Tourist Police continue to provide security.
    Playa Norte adjoins with the beautiful Posada Beach. In 2008 the government increased the number of people cleaning and sweeping these beaches, and now there is a heavy machine, which removes hidden trash, like cigarette butts.
    Another website places Isla Mujeres in the 9th position in preference for locations to go diving   Additionally, at the following site, Isla Mujeres is rated at 10th in the world among islands of great natural beauty:

Harassment to whale sharks
Hostigamiento al tiburón ballena [+] Ver mas
Sources requesting anonymity said there are boats without permits who are taking tourists to swim with the whale sharks and allowing them to touch, ride, and take pictures with the animals, which is in direct violation of protocols. There are videos and photographs online that show hundreds of small boats in a circle, while the whale sharks are eating plankton. Propeller cuts are commonly seen and environmentalists say they "cannot bear to see this level of harassment of the species." Boats are arriving from from Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and the problem is occurring at the southern part of the reserve. Permit holders are complaining about the lack of intervention from the inspectors of PROFEPA, the environmental protection agency, and asking that the Navy assist with surveillance.  The season will conclude in 45 days.

Now it's Tropical Storm Bertha, and not heading our way...

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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
Karen Rosenberg's 
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/summer 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.  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)

July 24-26 Miss Caribe de Mexico beauty pageant

 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.


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

 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?


1 comment:

  1. The whale shark tours are getting out of control. It's been getting worse every year, and this will simply end up being another natural resource that gets abused for entertainment. Incredibly sad. I know that the whale sharks follow their food source, but it would not surprise me if they seek other routes. Leo


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