Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, June 30

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 westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Fishermen are ready for the start of lobster catching season

 Todo está listo para que inicie la temporada de captura de langosta

Lanrry PARRA
      The  ~250 fishermen of Isla Mujeres, who are part of the ~3000 fishermen of the state of Quintana Roo, are ready for the start of lobster season, which begins on July 1st and continues until the end of February, 2016. The three thousand fishermen of the state make up 23 cooperatives, divided into the regions of South, Central, and North, explained Baltazar Gómez Catzín, who is president of the cooperative “Por la Justicia Social” and president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives.
      He said that prior to the start of the lobster season, a series of requirements have been met, such as setting the price per kilo of live lobster and of lobster tail, ensuring that the hyperbaric chamber is in good working condition, and preparations have been made to their equipment, including maintenance to the boats and engines.
       Regarding the price of lobster, it was set at 460 pesos per kilo of lobster tail and 260 pesos per kilogram of live lobster.
        Regarding the hyperbaric chamber, it is in good condition after having had maintenance work done, which is assumed to include changing the oil and other parts in the compressors and equipment in general. In fact, the capsule has been used for alternative medicine treatments before the start of lobster season, such as for diabetics with foot problems and other cases.
         He said the fishermen are hoping for an improved catch this season, compared to last season when they harvested 20 tonnes of lobster tail and 30 tonnes of live lobster.
ISLA MUJERES, 29 de junio.-

City Council approves reforms to Article 23 of the state Constitution 

 Al Artículo 23 de la Constitución Política del Estado

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de junio.-
This amends aspects of the criminal code of the state constitution. 


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

We invite you to be part of summer program "Vacacionarte" from July 20th until August 7th
Drawings, arts and crafts, painting and lots of fun activities.

   It says..From July 20-Aug. 7 at the Mundaca palapa from 10a to 1p for children 7-12 years old, costing 250 pesos which includes materials and a tee shirt. Limited enrollment. This is a summer program by the City with the Institute of Culture and Arts.
Les invitamos a formar parte del programa de verano "Vacacionarte" del 20 de julio al 7 de agosto.
Dibujos, manualidades, pintura y muchas actividades divertidas.

On Monday morning, the City Council of Isla Mujeres approved the reform bill for Article 23 of the State Constitution, at the Council's Forty-Fifth Ordinary SessionIsla Mujeres - APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE 23 OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION.

For the safety of the Islanders, staff of the municipal Department of Civil Protection carried out a evacuation drill at one of the gasoline stations of the municipality; the training is ongoing with the different businesses of the island.
Para la concientización y seguridad de los isleños, elementos de la Dirección de Protección Civil llevaron a cabo un simulacro de evacuación en una de las gasolineras del municipio; las capacitaciones son constantes con las diferentes empresas de la ínsula.

My vacation in the library. A space for children, to learn and have fun at the same time this summer.
It says: A free program from July 20-Aug. 7, Mon-Fri, 10a-1p, for children 7-12 years old, limited enrollment. Inquire at the Library 17 de Agosto or at the phone number or email given on the poster. Includes field trips, crafts, activities and much more! A summer program by the City and Institute for Culture and the Arts.
Mis Vacaciones en la Biblioteca.
Un espacio para que los niños, aprendan y se diviertan al mismo tiempo este verano.

The municipal Baseball League of Benito Juarez was inaugurated in Isla Mujeres. During the event, awards were handed out to the athletes, and to Rene Santos Syala for his 25 years as an official baseball scorer in the state.
Inauguramos en Isla Mujeres, la Liga Municipal de Béisbol Benito Juárez; durante el evento se entregaron reconocimientos a deportistas destacados así como a Rene Santos Ayala por sus 25 años como anotador oficial del béisbol en el estado.

We give recognition for the hard work that was done to make the Second Women's Fishing Tournament La Dorada  2015 a success. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
Les mandamos un reconocimiento por el gran esfuerzo que hicieron para el éxito del segundo torneo de pesca femenil La Dorada 2015. Gracias a todos los que lo hicieron posible.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Preparations for capturing lobster

        Members of the fishermen's cooperative  “Patria y Progreso” declined to reelect the board of directors, and elected new candidates as follows: Jaime Osorio Sánchez as president, Vicente Celis as secretary; David Garrido Trejo as president of the Vigilancia committee, and Sergio Trejo as treasurer.

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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Lack of unity among licensees
Rebatinga entre lancherosv.. [+] Ver mas
   Ramón Guerrero García called for unity among the licensees who take tours to swim with the whale sharks, during an interview at a restaurant on Rueda Medina. He is el vocal de vigilancia nacional of the Consulting Committee of Whale Sharks (Comité Consultivo del Tiburón Ballena).
        He is in favor of doubling the price of the tours, noting that in Australia it costs $320 dollars to see two whale sharks, while here there are large numbers for $125 in June and August. He clarified that travel agents charge $230 dollars, but only give the operator a crumb, $60 dollars, which is separate from the scrambling between local promoters who even go down to 500 pesos. 
         Additionally, agencies have imposed their translators, allegedly violating Federal Labor Laws, being foreigners, (foreigners may work legally as translators) and el colmo que bajan hasta a nadar con la gente, (? this is the last straw...that breaks the camel's back?), for this reason Sr. Guerrero believes that a general strike by the licensees would require these agencies to adjust their rates accordingly.
       Regarding the request to reassign the permits that have been given to hoarders who've acquired up to a dozen for themselves, Sr Guerrero said it would be misguided to think that SEMARNAT would meet such a request at this time. He said the real need is to unite to fight together and to challenge the authorities with legal arguments.

"Patria & Progreso": Moving toward dissolution
Patria y Progreso, rumbo a su disolución [+] Ver mas
The Fishing Cooperative "Patria & Progreso" elected a new Board of Directors which included Jaime Osorio as President, to replace Luis Fernando G. Canton, and Sergio Trejo secretary, among others were elected by the 60 registered founders and members. They will have another meeting to consider selling their property.

Good expectations among lobster fishermen
Buenas expectativas entre langosteros.. [+] Ver mas

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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.
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.

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol can be sold with food to tourists.

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 culturaislamujeres@gmail.com

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. 

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 23, Tuesday 6p Jean Piaget School
 Presentation of a book of short stories by Miguel Manjarrez Torres "Nothing to Pretend"

June 24, Wednesday 7p  Salina Chica Green Dome "Certamen Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015” (Grandma & Grandpa contest Isla Mujeres 2015)

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

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  

Sunset ~7:30

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

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day

July 5 Poc Na Reggae concert

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

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

July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

 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 bullridersnider@yahoo.com, 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. 

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