Friday, June 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 19

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
 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

Work begins on paving Prolongation Rueda Medina

Inician trabajos de pavimentación en la Prolongación Rueda Medina

Lanrry PARRA
See the City section....
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.-.-

Regulating the hawkers working at the Maritime terminal 

Que operan en terminal marítima

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.-
      Starting next week, the tour sellers known as "comisionistas" will be regulated by the Port Authority (API), after an agreement is signed on Monday, June 23. This was announced by the API manager in Isla Mujeres, Jazmín Pérez Gaytán, who explained that these hawkers who work within the terminal facility must conform to the regulations, in order to better serve the hundreds of visitors who arrive daily. They must be properly dressed and cannot wear flip flops inside the terminal. They will rotate days according to an established schedule. 
  The boats who offer tours will also be required to adhere to the regulations and schedule and can only anchor at the dock on the days their cooperative is scheduled.


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

      Initiating the paving work on Rueda Medina with an investment of ten million pesos, creating direct and indirect jobs. Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez kicked off the public works project which is expected to take approximately 75 days, depending on weather conditions.
         The area being paved will consist of more than 13,000 square meters of pavement, with crosswalks, speed bumps, guardrails on the curve, storm grates, and paint. The section being paved is from the Mundaca Hacienda to the Naval housing area, and the company Aguakan will upgrade the water and sewer network.
   With this project, this administration will have constructed 30,000 square meters of paving, in addition to paving in the neighborhoods of Rancho Viejo on the mainland. The resources for this project come from FOPEDEM the Fund for Municipal Development and Paving 2015, with the goal of providing improved infrastructure and development to improve the quality of life for islanders. The mayor commented that there will be inconvenience and annoyance, but there will benefits for the residents and for this tourism destination and its image.
     The event was attended by students of the kindergarten "Isla Mujeres", students from the school Jean Piaget, residents from the neighborhood of La Gloria, and officials, including  Fidel Villanueva Madrid and members of the City Council: Mirian Trejo León, Bartolomé Pech Matú, Adriana Trejo González, José Magaña Gualé, Víctor Osorio Magaña and Eva Fani Quijano.


You are invited to participate in the First Rap Contest this June 25th "Yo me uno" ·
Les invitamos a participar en el 1er Concurso de Rap de la campaña "Yo me uno" este 25 de Junio.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

New golf cart rental concession granted
  • Llega nueva concesión de carritos de golf

    0 19 de junio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

     Despite previous objections and threats from the taxi drivers union, a new golf cart concession was granted by the DCT (sic) Department of Communication and Transport. It will operate from the beach club "“El Pescador”, under the company name "Caribean Funday" with at least 20 vehicles which will be offered with the support of a tour guide. These units are already in service, although they lack license plates. This company has been in business for years, renting bikes and ATV's on the southern part of the island, but now it appears they are offering a new service of routes with golf carts. So far, there has not been any reaction from the taxi drivers. 
    Bad weather paralyzed over three thousand fishermen in Quintana Roo


    Mal clima paralizó a más de tres mil pescadores

    0 19 de junio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

    The recent storms caused heavy losses for the fishing cooperatives.    The President of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in the state, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said the fishermen suffered heavy losses after a week without work, due to bad weather. Yesterday the Port Authority lifted the restriction on navigation for boats under 40 feet, allowing the fishermen to go out to try their luck. He said these weather changes often cause improvements in the lobster season, which begins July 1st


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Wanting geotubes for North Beach
Urgen geotubos en Playa Norte .. [+] Ver mas
         Southerly winds that affected the region in recent weeks have caused recovery of a large area of the  western part of North Beach, which had eroded during the winter, with the deterioration of the "geotubes". These five plastic tubes have deflated over the past three years, due to lack of maintenance. 
      In February, business manager Carlos Cervera. who has a concession in this area of the federal zone, hired a company with a plan to replace them, for consideration by the City. He said he is pleased that the sand has returned, but that when the winds change directions and come from the north, then the sand will go away, unfortunately. This area is adjoining the Posada del Mar beach and was being enjoyed by tourists on Thursday morning.

Not connected to the sea
Sin conexión al mar.. [+] Ver mas

     The Aeropuerto Salina, which is the third lake of the island, has no connection to the sea since the tube was closed twenty years ago after hurricane "Roxana", according to residents who live nearby. After the passage of hurricane "Gilberto" in 1988, a channel was opened at colonia Electrista for a stretch of about 300 meters to connect via a concrete tube about 30 inches in diameter to the navigation channel of Makax lagoon. But this connection, which crosses south Prolongation Rueda Medina and the streets "Isla Blanca" and "Independencia", is blocked by a wall that was built later for the marina Puerto Isla Mujeres, without any response from officials about this irregularity. With hurricane "Roxana" in 2005, the municipal government finished closing off the tube, to construct a section of low walls by the mangroves, on the shore of the water, in an attempt to prevent water flowing onto Independencia street, where a large trench had opened up when the island was hit by  hurricane Gilberto in 1988.
   In separate interviews, residents who live nearby, Manuel Tun and Hidalgo Pinto Cohuo, agreed that this connection needs to be open to prevent massive flooding, like that which occurred with "Gilberto", when the houses in that area had water up to their roofs. They say the line should not have been closed off.
     Manuel Tun said the mayor, Agapito Magana visited at the site of the closed tube three months ago, accompanied by  Naval officer Iván Villanueva. Constataron. He asked the council to support the proposal to reopen the tube, to speak with the executive administrators of the marina where it is sealed off and to achieve the reopening of this connection to drain the salina lake when its levels rise.     
       For now, that is that job has been accomplished for the past four years, since CONAGUA (the National Water Commission) financed the connection with Salina Chica lake which has a pump to evacuate excess water. "But that pump has limitations," said Sra Alina Velez, another neighbor who is familiar with this issue.  She said in the event of a strong hurricane, those pumps would not have adequate capacity, and therefore residents need to fight to regain that drainage tube.

Starting the work of repaving
Ponen en marcha obra de repavimentaciónl.. [+] Ver mas
The area being paved is about one kilometer in length. See translation in the City section.

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June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.
10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.
The first and last Ultramar ferries are cancelled.
The cargo ferry is running fewer crossings. (Departing the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and departing Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.)

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 
The Navy will have a booth showing their diving equipment as well as their rescue program to combat pollution at sea, and a conference that is open to the public entitled "Mangroves".
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) will have a exhibition of various ways to produce electricity, aimed at grade school children.
The Human Rights Commission will have a booth and the state Director will inaugurate the fair, with the Mayor.
The labor union CROC is supplying volunteers and had donated ornamental plants, to be used for reforestation.
 The DIF is participating and will be giving away discs showing how to conserve water.
 Aguakan will have a booth, who often work with NGO's.
The Maritime Terminal is organizing a Drawing Contest titled "A Child's View of Caring for Nature" ( “la mirada de los niños en cuidado de la naturaleza”), and the ferry company will be responsible for the prizes.
The Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres (La Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres AC) will have animals available for adoption and materials available about pet care.
The Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) will have a booth about the work they do as programs for reproduction and care for sea turtles.
The Municipal Ecology department are actively participating and will have a booth featuring the actions of their agency in favor of ecology.
The NGO Green Patrol/Paturlla Verde will present photographs from 15 years of educational work on the island.

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol has been sold in tourist bar-restaurants during past elections.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) on Rueda Medina, from downtown in front of the Ferry Terminal along Rueda Medina until the Unidad Deprotiva (colonia Salina Chica?), where they will go toward Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue, then to the intersection of Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria and over to the coastal road, to the southern part of the isle, stopping at the paths (dirt roads) in that area. After the horses drink water, they will take the same route back north to the chapel La Guadalupe and then gather at the El Pescador ballbark.(in front of Cheraui) The procession is expected to take about three hours. There will be a special brigade to remove the feces, and there will be collaboration with the Traffic police and Civil Protection to ensure a safe event. There will be entertainment at the park until 7pm, including the band "Laguna Verde". A donation of 20 pesos will contribute to the fund for the construction of a seminary being built in Bonfil.
  The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. Rain is forecast for Saturday, which could cancel the event.

June 13, Saturday   API pier or Magana (wooden) pier   Submarine tours begin in Isla Mujeres 300 pesos  "Discover the sea without even getting wet while enjoying a drink & appreciating the seabed of our beloved island. For all ages. 9841762052 Gabriel."  (From Merca Isla on FB)

June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day

June 25, Thursday  First Isla Mujeres Rap Competition, sponsored by the DIF. Salina Chica at the green dome. "Yo me uno" to put an end to violence against women. Register at the DIF Mon-Fri 9-4

June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada,   Organized by DIF. More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos

June 27, Saturday  Noche de Estrellas

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

Fridays Artes en Todas Partes events TBA

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November 

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Saturday, July 18 to Friday, July 24- Whale Shark Festival

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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 schedule (may need updating):
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 June 1)
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 (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update June 13: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p.

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music


 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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