Saturday, June 13, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, June 13

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

Tenants complain about delay in remodeling of municipal market parking lot

Del estacionamiento del mercado municipal

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de junio.-
      Tenants of the downtown market "Javier Rojo Gomez" are unhappy with the delays in work on the parking lot, which is affecting their profits, and some have closed for up to a week, since they are not getting enough business to pay an employee. The restaurants are most affected, who say the dust annoys diners, and some chose to close and give their employees time off. They say on hot days it is dusty and the work progresses slowly and on rainy days there was no dust, but there was bad flooding in the parking area. 

Cabalgata mounted parade planned in honor of Sacred Heart of Jesus church 

En honor a la iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de junio.-
 It is raining this morning, so this was probably cancelled. 

The best swimmers in the country arrive for "Isla to Isla" competition 

Presentan competencia “Isla to Isla”

Lanrry PARRA ISLA MUJERES, 12 de junio.-

    At a press conference about the open water swim called "Isla to Isla", organizers said registration will be limited to 300 swimmers, and they hope to make this an annual event. It is scheduled to be held on July 11, with the swimmers departing from the area of Flamingos in Punta Sam to the Posada del Mar beach in Isla Mujeres. This is a distance of 7.2 kilometers, of the clearest and most colorful water in the country. 
   They said in the past month, they have already registered over 150 participants from places like Mexico City, Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mérida, Playa del Carmen and Cancún, and they expect to meet the maximum in upcoming days. The event is backed by the  Federación de Natación y Triatlón (Federation of Swimming and Triathlons). 
     In addition to promoting sports tourism in Isla Mujeres, this event also aims to promote Isla Mujeres as a vacation destination, and there for there will be a food event on the Posada del Mar beach starting at 6pm. There will be samples of food from various restaurants and hotels of Isla Mujeres, made with fish and other seafood, encouraging the swimmers and their families and guests to stay and enjoy this holiday destination. 
      This event is expected to generate positive economic benefit with about 1500 people participating and attending including athletes, families, coaches, and friends.

City Council approves new regulations for Civil Protection 

 En materia de Protección Civil

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de junio.-
 See translation below in City section. It isn't about whale sharks, but it's a nice photo anyway.

Permittees dislike new Management Plan of Wildlife Department

No quieren acatar nueva disposición de la Dirección General de Vida Silvestre

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      Martin Trejo Manzano, representing the 160+ whale shark tour licensees of Isla Mujeres, said they are not willing to abide by the provision of the DGVS (Wildlife Department) that they should only work every other day. He said it will be respected until June 15 or 18, but that it has no sustento jurídico (legal basis?). He said their group proposed a Management Plan several weeks before the start fo the season, which was never considered by the DGVS.
      He said, "Our plan has sustento juridico; we have the knowledge because we perform this activity daily; we know all about their lives since before groups were organized. We also have support from biologists based on in-depth studies of the species, their behavior, and their habitat."
    He said under the federal agency's Management Plan, each licensee would only be able to work on 60 days of the season, plus you must consider days lost for bad weather, problems with the boats, and cancellations, which would surely encourage piracy.
     He said the counterproposal is to rest one or two boats of Isla Mujeres for a week, since supposedly the Domino project is an activity that was created in 2001 as an alternative for the fishermen of Isla Mujeres, Holbox, and Chiquila.
   Members of the group appeared before the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez at City Hall, who listened to their statements and promised to intercede with the federal authorities to achieve a consensus that will provide justice, a healthy solution, and successful development of tourism activities.
   Inconformidad de concesionarios leer mas


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

Friday morning the City Council approved the Regulations for Isla Mujeres Municipal Civil Protection agency unanimously, after it was read and discussed by the Commission of Sports, Police of  Seguridad Pública, and Policía Preventiva & Tránsito.
     The law establishes the protocols for coordinating the actions of agencies at a municipal level to prevent or respond to accidents or disasters. It increases civil protection and provides protocols for appropriate actions in the case of municipal emergencies, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs in this area.
     It will be published in the Official Publication of the state, and the version published March 31, 1998 has been repealed. The proposal for this law was originally presented by Mayor Agapito Magana on January 20.
La mañana de este viernes se aprobó el Reglamento de Protección Civil del Municipio de Isla Mujeres.

Rules for the 2015 Isla Mujeres poetry competition
Conoce la convocatoria para los Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2015

List of Hurricane Shelters for Hurricane season 2015
Conoce los Refugios Temporales para la temporada de Huracanes 2015

June 12 World Day Against Child Labor
Hoy 12 de Junio. Día Mundial ‪#‎ContraElTrabajoInfantil‬


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

150 swimmers will participate in "Isla to Isla"


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

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Level of Salina Grande lake rose
Subió el nivel de la Salina Grande. [+] Ver mas

June 12... The heavy rain that fell on Thursday brought relief to the Salina Grande lake, which has shown signs of toxicity with large numbers of fish dying after the recent weeks of drought. Preliminary unofficial estimates are that the water level rose about 10 centimeters.
      The rain that fell for a few hours was sufficient to cause thousands of cubic meters of water to fall on streets of the colonias of  La Gloria, Cañotal, Miraflores, Caridad del Cobre and Salina Grande. If more rain falls, the pumps may need to be activated which serve the two bodies of water (Salina Chica and Salina Grande) to prevent the lakes from overflowing.

Approval of Civil Protection Regulations
Aprueban Reglamento de Protección Civilq.. [+] Ver mas

Swimming across between El Meco & Isla Mujeres
Cruce a nado El Meco-Isla Mujeres [+] Ver mas

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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 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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