Thursday, May 28, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 28

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

Two deaths from drowning in Isla Mujeres

Quincuagenario y un joven empleado

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de mayo.-
Two deaths by drowning were reported on Tuesday, with the first one near Punta Sur, (South Point) and the second at Media Luna (Half Moon) beach, near downtown. 
      The first death occurred near the southern tip of the island, where Horacio Nieto Resendez, 52, was apparently below a cliff and a wave pulled him along with his wife, but indications are allegedly that his wife sought his help so much, that she caused his drowning. According to the family, after he had drowned, she continued clinging to the body to avoid going farther from shore, until a fishing boar came by to rescue the woman and the body of the deceased. 
      The boat that rescued them was the "Balam", captained by Javier Antonio Rodeo Castro, with three crew members, who were returning from fishing. The body was taken to the premises of the Isla Blanca cooperative, and attended to by the personnel of the Red Cross, the municipal police, and ultimatles the experts of the state Attorney Generals office to record the facts and transport the body. 
   The second case occurred at 4pm at Media Luna beach where a young worker, Vincente Lopez Sanchez, 19, drowned, who had lived in colonia La Gloria, and was originally from San Juan Chamula, in the state of Chiapas. The young man was in the company of a woman, enjoying the wonders of this place, however he decided to go into the sea, although it is prohibited to go in to swim at this beach, because there are strong currents. He was pulled by a big wave, and another, until the young man lost his life.

American sailboat rescued

Mechanical failure left "Teresa Law" adrift 

Falla mecánica dejó a la deriva al “Teresa Law”

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de mayo.
Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that after receiving a distress call from the captain of the American sailboat "Teresa Law", in coordination with his office, the Navy organized a rescue procedure. This required the hiring of the boat "Huachisan" of Isla Mujeres, whose captain is Juan de Dios Garcia Povedana. The sailboat "Teresa Law' was anchored off of Isla Contoy, where it was given assistance and taken to Isla Mujeres.
    The boat had sailed from a port in the US and was bound for Panama. It was near Isla Contoy when it suffered engine failure and required assistance from the Harbor Master and Navy. The Director of the Isla Contoy park, Maria de Carmen Garcia Rivas, confirmed that her staff became aware of the problem and immediately contacted the Harbor Master to secure assistance, which was given without mishap.

Naval simulation of oil spill

A cargo de la Quinta Región Naval

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de mayo.-
  On Thursday at 10am, near the Naval pier,  there will be staff, who have been previously trained, carrying out a mock oil spill and response drill. They will be following protocols that would be used to collect any type of fuel or other harmful substances spilled at sea, to avoid contamination.
   It is expected that during the simulation, Naval personnel will stage the scene to have a practical simulation, permitting them to perform the exercise. Then other personnel will proceed to collect the fuel, using specialized equipment, with the intention of preventing pollution of the sea. It is anticipated that the commander of the base will be present for the inauguration of this exercise, and will supervise. 
       The exercise will be conducted according to  the Local Contingency Plan to Combat and Control Oil Spills and other Harmful Substances at Sea and will follow protocols including those of the Organization of the System of Command in Incidents of Oils Spills and other Harmful Substances at Sea.
   It should be noted that in addition to this demonstration, Naval personnel are preparing for the celebration of Naval Day, which is next Monday. Naval staff have been conducting training exercises including rappelling and lanzamientos en la tirolesa this week.

Need more trash collection trucks 

Para servicio de recoja

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de mayo.-
Although the Trash Transfer Facility of Isla Mujeres is nearly clean, there is room for improvement on the issue of trash collection. There are streets in various neighborhoods that are littered with trash along the curbs and medians that has been spread by dogs loose in the streets, which creates a bad image for tourists, in contrast to the work of promotion that is being done this year and previously. 
   According to employees of the Department of Public Services, they do not have enough trucks, and they are working three shifts to try and remove all the trash from all of the streets. Unfortunately, at each shift, they must wait for the collection trucks to be emptied from the previous shift before they can begin. They say it is  urgent that the municipality acquire more trucks to get the work done, and there is also the risk that at any moment the trucks in operation could break down. In addition to needing new trucks, they say it is important to provide timely maintenance for the existing trucks, or the result will be that at any moment the vehicles will become permanently unable to perform this service.


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

Enjoy the Maya Riviera Film Festival. Here is the schedule. May 28-30 Free
Disfruta del Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015.
Conoce las funciones y los horarios.
Del 28 al 30 de mayo

Sports is a way to have a healthy and harmonious life, which is a priority for everyone in Isla Mujeres; our objective is a healthy life for the children.
El deporte como una forma de vida sana y en armonía es prioridad para todos en Isla Mujeres; una vida para los niños es nuestro objetivo.


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

Two drownings in Isla Mujeres; one a 19 year old teen and the other was 52.
Dos ahogados en Isla Mujeres; un joven de 19 años y otro de 52

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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

American sailboat rescued
Velero estadounidense remolcadoía .. [+] Ver mas

This has the same info as translated above, additionally noting that the problem was reported at 10:25pm, when the boat was in the Bay of Contoy, after running adrift, and waited there for assistance in the form of a tow from the boat of fisherman Juan de Dios Garcia Povedano.
    The previous similar incident in this National Park occurred on November 28, 2014 when the sailboat "Chiron" arrived at the wee hours with a serious communication problem and their mast had broken in the Yucatan Channel in strong winds from a norte/cold front, and went aground and sunk in a sand bank south of the island, near the coral reef Ixlache. The storm destroyed the boat, but the Navy was able to rescue the crew. According to the offices of SEMARNAT and the SCT, the remains of the boat still need to be removed.

Drowning deaths
Mueren ahogados+] Ver mas

A couple originally from Quintana Roo (una pareja queretana) had an unhappy return to their place of origin, when on vacation they visited Punta Sur, where they went down from a cliff and a violent wave dragged them half a mile out to sea, where the man was found drowned. This was confirmed by the Ministerio Publico (prosecutor's office). Horacio Nieto Resendiz, 52, could not handle the rough water of the sea but his wife had better luck and was rescued by the fishing boat "Balam" of the Isla Blanca cooperative, and taken to the cooperative's pier. The distraught woman had the strength to carry out the legal procedures and went to Cancun with the body for the corresponding requirements.
   At the southern point of the island, you can only descend a staircase to a walkway near the sea, with the lowest level  at a height of more than one meter, but it appears this couple sought to walk over the rocks where the waves crash forcefully. Por Esto says City employees should be available to provide supervision in this area, and to prevent people from getting too close to the edges of the cliffs. PE notes that the railings of the walkway are outdated.

In another case

A young man from San Juan Chamula Chiapas, Vicente Lopez Sanchez, 19, ventured into the waters of the dangerous Half Moon beach, ignoring the warnings posted by Civil Protection and the strong whirlpools in this area that have suction. A lifeguard tried to save him, but the victim had fought desperately against the current, and drowned, surprising his colleague Lilana Colli Tun. He had worked in a department store, and had come to cool off in this dangerous place, not knowing how dangerous Media Luna beach is, which has claimed the lives of several victims in recent years.

Ingresarán a la Biosfera del Tiburón Ballena[+] Ver mas
Will be entering the Whale Shark Biosphere

The 'regularization' (completing of regulations...legalizing) of the licensees of the Whale Shark Biosphere has advanced 30 percent with the Harbor Master's office, and they still have five more days before they could miss the opportunity of entering that Reserve when it opens for whale shark tours. As of Friday, 91 permits will be regularized and have the right to enter these waters located north of the Isla Contoy National Park. The Whale Shark Biosphere consists of over 145,000 hectares and was created by decree in June 2009.
   The head of the Port Authority, Ismael Gonzalez Gil explained that these 91 permits belong to residents of Isla Mujeres, and will give them the right to enter the Biosphere. There are 44 permits for islanders to enter the "Aguas Azules" (Blue Waters) area, giving a total of 135 permits for islanders corresponding to these two locations.
   Those in the smaller group who were in a hurry to begin on May 15th (The Agua Azules area was scheduled to open on May 15th, while the Biosphere was/is scheduled to open on June 1st) and received their permits this weekend, have found that the whale sharks are scarce. According to data collected, all the permits from the two locations total to 320 licensees, who must conform to the controversial Management Plan by working every other day, and taking a day off in between. The permits are distributed among boats from Holbox, Chiquila, Isla Mujeres, and Cancun. The list of all of them has not yet been released by the Wildlife Department and CONANP (National Commission of Protected Natural Areas).
   The scarcity of whale sharks has caused the cancellation of reservations or refunds when tourists were promised they would see a whale shark and it didn't happen. There have only been a few spotted near Cabo Catoche and at the northeast of Isla Contoy National Park. According to those who know, the main amount arrive from July to August.

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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
Thursday's 'surprise film' has been announced. It's "Results"...which is in English. LINK 

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 or later

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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