Friday, May 22, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 22

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine

Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Another distinguished islander passes away: don Cesar Osorio

Otro distinguido isleño

Lanrry PARRA
Dozens of islanders are mourning the death of Cesar Osorio Canché, which occurred today in the city of Cancun.
Don Cesar Osorio is remembered among the islanders as a friendly, enterprising and hardworking person.
The father of former local legislator, Enrique Osorio Magana, as well as aldermen Julio and Victor Osorio Magana aldermen, was commemorated on this island and will be buried Friday in the municipal cemetery after the funeral mass which will be held at the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception church, downtown.
May this person so dear to Isla Mujeres rest in peace.
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de mayo.-

Thousands of fish found dead along Salina Grande lake 

A orillas de la Salina Grande

Lanrry PARRA
Thousands of dead fish can be seen along the edges of Salina Grande lake, which have begun to emit a foul odor, therefore residents want authorities to intervene. It is recalled that this occurred last year around this time, and authorities intervened to have them removed and to determine the cause. Studies were conducted by PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection agency), and experts said the high temperatures and lack of oxygenation caused this phenomenon, which occurs year after year.  
     Fidel Villanueva Madrid, historian and former mayor and current trustee, said this body of water urgently needs oxygenation, for which it is necessary to open up the lake, to allow renewal of the existing water.
   An old fisherman said this usually happens annually and is natural, due to the heating of the water of the lake as it dries up, and that the fish die because there is no longer enough oxygen. He said it is important to remember that this is a salina or salty lake, which undergoes a process where it prepares to give up salt. He said for years of his life they worked to extract the salt, which was used to preserve seafood so it could be kept and subsequently sold.
      Historians say the Maya extracted salt from Salina Grande in pre-colonial times, when the lake was connected to the sea. It is thought they traveled to Panama-Honduras trading salt and other items. Salt harvesting was a commercial endeavor at times, ending in the mid 1900's.

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de mayo.-

Historic achievement: Beach receives one of the most important distinctions in world tourism 

Playa Centro recibió unos de los distintivos más importantes del mundo turístico

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de mayo.-

Human Rights Official investigates moving of prisoners

Visitaduría adjunta de Comisión de Derechos Humanos en Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 21 de mayo.-
The Deputy Inspector of the Human Rights Commission of the State of Quintana Roo (CDHeQROO) initiated an ex officio inquiry about the transfer of sentenced prisoners from Isla Mujeres to the Center for Social Reinsertion (Cereso) from the state capital that occurred yesterday. He filed an official document with the municipal police asking why the eight prisoners were transferred yesterday to the CERESO facility in Chetumal. A citizen complaint is not required to initiate an inquiry.
   The municipal police chief, Joaquin Poot Acosta, said the transfer is due to the new judicial system reform laws, which requires that sentenced prisoners should serve their time at CERESO facilities rather than municipal jails. He said this transfer is final and it is not up to him whether these prisoners can be returned to Isla Mujeres. 
   This is expected to affect the families of these prisoners who will incur high expenses for visits, so the visits will be less frequent. When these prisoners were on the island, their families could visit them frequently, at almost no cost.  


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

On behalf of all of the personnel of the City Isla Mujeres we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sr. Cesar Osorio for their loss. Rest in peace.
En nombre de todo el equipo del H.Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres enviamos nuestro más sentido pésame a la familia y amigos del Sr. Cesar Osorio por su pérdida. Descanse en paz.

There was an important moment in the history of Isla Mujeres this week, when this destination received one of the most important distinctions in the world of tourism: the Blue Flag.
This has been a priority since the beginning of this administration, for this downtown beach to gain this accreditation as a quality destination environmentally, and this week this was accomplishment was achieved.
   The water sampling and other preparations began in October 2014 to meet the 33 criteria for the Blue Flag, judged by the Playa Centro a Pronatura México A.C. These requirements include: : water quality sampling;  environmental management and maintenance (beach cleaning, placing bins for sorting waste, sweeping of the beach, registration of existing flora and fauna), security and services (construction of a lifeguard tower and area for  emergencies,  procurement of equipment for rescue and / or water rescue), information and environmental education (content development for signage on the beach and placement of a panel and information kiosk).
   Agencies who participated in this collaborative achievement include:  Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre, Ecología, Turismo, Servicios Públicos, Fiscalización, Tesorería y Oficialía Mayor. (Federal Zone, Ecology, Tourism, Public Services, Business Enforcement, Treasury, and the Mayor's office.) During the process of obtaining the Blue Flag, they carried out concrete actions within specific time periods for compliance in order for the process to progress and to meet the criteria for compliance. 
       The concession holders in the areas of the award cooperated and assisted with cleaning and improvements to the existing infrastructure. They were part of a positive, broad, and strong collaboration, and have been involved with the process from the beginning. 
    The start of the Blue Flag season is July 1st, when the beach must be operating according to the standards specified in the award. The City must open the Blue Flag kiosk to provide information for tourists, and they must develop environmental education activities, undertake periodic evaluations of beach cleaning efforts, provide facilities for seniors and an amphibious chair for those with disabilities, continually monitor the sea water quality, and operate in optimum conditions throughout the season, in order to maintain the award. 
   This achievement by the government and people of the Isla Mujeres represents a high value for tourism, which when added to all the promotional efforts of the state and municipality, should attract more economic benefit to this destination. 
     The Mayor acknowledged the dedication, commitment, and efforts of everyone involved in obtaining the Blue Flag award, and said the next goal is to duplicate these efforts on the beaches of the mainland, with the established protocols and procedures, in order to obtain similar awards. 

La semana en curso quedará inscrita en la historia reciente de Isla Mujeres, pues el destino recibió uno de los distintivos más importantes en el mundo del turismo: el Blue Flag

To commemorate the World Day Against Homophobia, the State Commission of Human Rights, in coordination with the city of Isla Mujeres, held a remembrance and discussion on this issue in order to raise awareness.
La Comisión Estatal de los Derechos Humanos en coordinación con el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, en el marco del Día Mundial de la Lucha contra la Homofobia, llevó a cabo una remembranza y plática sobre este tema con el objetivo de crear conciencia.

On the 120th anniversary of the birth of General Lazaro Cardenas del Rio, in Isla Mujeres we gratefully remember the laws and actions supported by this illustrious Mexican in the development of Quintana Roo, which are a fundamental part of our present.
En el 120 aniversario del natalicio del General Lázaro Cárdenas del Rio, en Isla Mujeres lo recordamos con gratitud; las leyes y acciones con que este ilustre mexicano apoyó el desarrollo de Quintana Roo, son parte fundamental de nuestro presente.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

México, D.F.- La Secretaría de Marina confirmó que personal de la Armada de México a bordo de la...
Officials with the Navy confirmed that yesterday the Naval patrol boat "California" rescued four Jamaican nationals who were in a boat that had been adrift in international waters since May 2nd. The rescue began on May 18th when a report was received by Naval Command about a boat of Jamaican fishermen who had suffered a mechanical problem, leaving them without propulsion due to their generator failing, located ~159 nautical miles (295 km) southeast of Cozumel.
   Therefore, Naval Command ordered the activation of the Naval Search and Rescue System, including an ocean patrol, aircraft patrol, and Persuader type maritime surveillance for the area of the report, to safeguard human life at sea.
    Yesterday morning, from data obtained using a search pattern generated by the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System, personnel from the Navy were able to assist the crew of the damaged boat, rescuing four male Jamaicans, aged 44, 49, 52, and 66. They showed signs of dehydration and were provided with medical care, food, and water aboard the Naval vessel. 
      They were taken to Cozumel and given medical attention in the Naval clinic. Later Naval personnel transported them to the National Institute  of Migration for the relevant procedures, acting at all times with care and respect for the human rights of the rescued foreigners.

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & see more photos)

Tourists "made their day" of children of the primary school Andres Quintana Roo when the tourists bought all the inventory of a popscicle vendor as a gift for the students.
21 de mayo.- Turistas “hacen su día” a los niños de la escuela primaria Andrés Quintana Roo, debido a que compraron todo el carrito de paletas de humilde vendedor, y el producto (paletas, saborines), los regalan a los educandos de dicho plantel educativo.

Whale shark tour providers receive training from CONAP, in the manangment of tourists in the area where this majestic animal swims in the island waters.
Prestadores de servicios de avistamiento del Tiburón Ballena de Isla Mujeres, reciben capacitación por parte de la Conap, para el manejo de turistas en el avistamiento de este hermoso animal, en litorales isleños.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

The first "Gotcha" Tournament in Isla Mujeres went well: Now planning another
El I Torneo de Gotcha en Isla Mujeres, bien recibido; ya preparan otros más[+] Ver mas
After completing the first "Gotcha" Paintball Tournament in Isla Mujeres, a meeting was held for pleased competitors, and plans were begun for another event, behind the Convention Center. No date was given, but it is expected to occur before the end of the year due to the positive level of acceptance locally.
      This is a popular recreational activity, practiced in several countries internationally, and is considered a good way to get rid of everyday stress, to enjoy leisure time, and to spend time with friends. It is considered a unique activity, in which high doses of adrenaline are released. It is ideal for all types of people to play, but it is especially popular among children and teens. .
  In other news, an athlete from Isla Mujeres left to represent Quintana Roo in the table tennis competition for the ON 2015 (National Olympics) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. On Wednesday evening, the basketball final competitions began in the men's Second League, with the following teams competing:  Seduction-Cañotal and Ayuntamiento-Elements.

"Blue Flag" at Posada del Mar Beach
“Bandera Azul” a Playa Posada del Mar[+] Ver mas

Training for those providing nautical tours
Capacitación a lancheros turísticos.. [+] Ver mas
The licensees, boat crews, and guides for the whale shark tours have been attending training classes that will conclude on Friday. These began last week in the auditorium at the Naval base, covering the theoretical aspects including the care and protection of the species, and laws and regulations that apply. This week is the practical portion, which is taking place in the bay, in front of the Naval Base. There are 450 people, in total attending the classes, which have been occuring in cycles.
   The practical portion included a mock swim using the appropriate procedures to avoid any physical contact with the animals. A series of photographs on the internet showed activities in conflict with the Management Plan, so it was emphasized that this must be adhered to by Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere.
    Verbal exercises taught how to start a dialogue with visitors about the intervention with consideration of the basic facts of human behavior according to the protocol. Details were given about how to correct faults, making sure that each participant is very familiar with the protective measures that must be taken for the good of these largest fish in the world that visit this part of the Mexican Caribbean during this season annually to eat plankton.

   The main points of the Management Plan, that were  published in the by the Wildlife Department, for the Blue Waters area, and in effect since May 15, although the permits haven't been delivered, are as follows:
   The crew of a vessel that participates in activities of  observing and swimming with whale sharks shall consist of a captain, a sailor-guide, and optionally, a translator who is identified as such and cannot perform the activities of the guide.
   When the boat is approaching the area where whale sharks are present, the captain should decrease the speed to less than 3 knots or 5.5 km/hr to avoid creating waves.

  One boat at a time
     There may only be one boat at a time near each whale shark or group of whale sharks with a distance of at least 5 meters for a maximum time period of 30 minutes. Other authorized vessels who are waiting to participate in activities of swimming with the whale sharks should wait at a distance of 100 meters, until the previous boat has completed its activities and withdrawn.
    When a boat approaches a whale shark, it should be done at a diagonal, only at the back part, advancing in a parallel course with the moving whale shark, maintaining at least 5 meters of distance from the shark, and stopping or reducing speed before the passengers begin swimming.
   Only two passengers per guide may go in the water, maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters from the whale shark. It is mandatory that all who enter the water (the 2 passengers & the guide) have a complete torax lifejacket or a neoprene wetsuit of at least 4mm thickness, snorkeling equipment, fins, and a mask.
    Each trip must be registered in a logbook, noting the date and hour of departure and return, number of people on board including the crew, number of whale sharks observed, and the names of the people who participated in swimming. The Habor Master records each departure and return in a corresponding logbook.
    Authorized vessels may make only one trip per day for these activities of observing and swimming with the whale sharks . It may only be done in daytime hours, beginning a half hour after sunrise in the morning; and in the afternoon, the final departure time will be 4pm, with the boat returning no later than 6pm.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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 traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival
Subtitles are in English

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mondays & Thurdays at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.
Discontinued for low season

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  (Updated mid May)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono) (Updated 5/21)
Sunday The Sol Rockers 730-930 , Isla-Cali 930-1130
Monday Isla-Cali  930-1130
Tuesday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30 
Wednesday  The Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30
Friday Rayan Rickman 7-9:30
Saturday Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

For June
Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30
Tuesday Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30,  Jazz from Toronto 9:30-11:30
Friday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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  (I'm not sure if this is still current

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays (Updated 5/21)

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated mid May)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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