Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 17

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

New administrator at the General Hospital

 Del Hospital Integral

Lanrry Parra
     The new administrator for the general hospital downtown, Hugo Alexander Aviles Perez, was appointed by the State Health Secretary, Juan Ortegon Pacheco, per instructions from Governor Roberto Borge Angulo. The new director is a native of the island and a graduate of the School of Economics & Finance. He previously worked as manger at Seguro Popular, and he replaces Jose Alberto Cortazar. 
       After the appointment, the State Secretary of Health, and other officials, toured the new hospital in La Gloria, noting the progress in finishing out the building and the installation of an autoclave to sterilize surgical equipment. He also noted the installation of X-ray equipment, the elevator, stair railings and a ramp, as well as the compressors for air conditioning and the stationary gas tanks. The contracts for light and water service are pending.
ISLA MUJERES, 16 de junio.-

250 boats stuck in port

Losses accumulating for fishermen due to bad weather 

Pescadores continúan acumulando pérdidas por mal tiempo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de junio.-
       In Isla Mujeres about 250 boats remain in port today because of navigation being prohibited for boats under 40 feet. The fishermen have been unable to work for over a week and are facing economic losses due to the weather.
      The treasurer of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said if the weather conditions had been favorable, during that time the fishermen of Isla Mujeres would have caught about three tons of fish.
      He estimates fishermen in the Northern Zone of the state have lost about one million pesos, due to the recent weather. Those most affected are upstate in Chiquilá, Holbox, Cancun and Isla Mujeres, because fishermen in the Southern Zone are solely engaged in preparing their equipment for the upcoming lobster season, which begins on July 1st.
    Boaters offering nautical tours and snorkeling were allowed to go to El Farito and the lagoon area.

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

The first Special Session of the Municipal Committee of Hydrometeorological Phenomena 2015 was held, during which the damage was listed and the issue of Natural Disaster Fund (Fonden) was discussed.
Se llevó a cabo la primera Sesión Extraordinario del Comité Municipal de Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos 2015 durante la cual se hizo un recuento de daños y se tocó el tema del Fondo de Desastres Naturales (Fonden).

The municipal director of Health, Tharin Vital Casique, accompanied by the state secretary of Health, Juan Ortegon Pacheco, and other officials, took a tour to review the progress and conditions at the new hospital. The state official said they are completing the final details for its inauguration.
El director de Salud Municipal, Tharin Vital Casique acompañó al secretario estatal del ramo, Juan Ortegón Pacheco, ambos funcionarios realizaron un recorrido para corroborar las condiciones y avances del nuevo Hospital General de Isla Mujeres.
El funcionario estatal informó que ya se encuentra en los últimos detalles para su inauguración.

Take part in the dance workshop.Don't miss this great opportunity to learn Caribbean rhythms!
Se parte del taller de baile.
¡No pierdas esta gran oportunidad de aprender los ritmos caribeños!

Here are the rules for the 2015 Isla Mujeres Poetry competition. Participate!
Conoce la convocatoria para los Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2015 ¡Participa!

Aquakan requested the removal of these branches which were interfering with the renovation and maintenance of this drainage well (catchment basin?) Isla Mujeres supportive municipality.
Poda de ramas solicitada por AGUAKAN, ya que interfería en sus maniobras de revisión y mantenimiento de pozo de alcantarillado. ISLA MUJERES, municipio solidario.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Changes announced at island hospital

  • Anuncian cambios en hospital de la ínsula


    Anuncian cambios en hospital de la ínsula

    0 17 de junio de 2015 by Carlos Gasca

    HUGO AVILÉS SERÁ EL DIRECTOR...  Hugo Aviles will be the hospital administrative director.
    Rejection of Management Plan


    No bajarán la guardia

    0 17 de junio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

    No bajarán la guardia       A group of islanders who are members of the civil association "Eco-Tourism" will travel to Mexico city on Thursday to attend a meeting the the Department of Wildlife (DGVS), because they are rejecting the policies of the Management Plan 2015 and want them changed. They particularly objecting to the provision that restricts them (whale shark tour licensees)  to working every other day.
          Last week they met with the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, to discuss their objections to the new policies of the DGVS. If they do not get a favorable decision, they want to work under the terms used last year.
          Martin Trejo Manzano, who has working in this sector for years, said, "We presented a proposal backed by biologists and properly supported, but they rejected our proposal and imposed this new management plan." The 160+ licensees of this activity are willing to face possible sanctions, but they are rejecting being subjected to this new Management Plan.


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

The director of Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres, Mauro Humberto Rodriguez Velazquez, said the salina lakes are at maximum capacity, but the pumps are working constantly to lower their levels, which should be achieved in the upcoming days .…/se-esta-trabajando-para-…/
El director de Protección Civil de Isla Mujeres Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez aseguró que los cuerpos lagunares o salinas se encuentran a su máxima capacidad, pero se trabaja de manera constante en el achique para tratar de bajar sus niveles, lo cual podría lograrse en los próximos días.

Removing the restriction on small boats after a week...
Isla Mujeres. – Luego de una semana de fuertes vientos y constantes lluvias, finalmente hoy la...


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Tropical wave #5 approaches
Se acerca la onda tropical número cincoVer mas
      Tropical wave #5 is approaching the Yucatan peninsula and the southeastern part of Mexico, which could cause rain on Wednesday, which could intensify on Thursday, and could persist at least until Saturday with winds of 30-40 kph, gusting up to 60 kilometers per hour.
        Currently the port is flying a yellow and a blue flag, indicating closure for smaller vessels, although the Harbor Master authorized snorkeling tours to el Farito where rough seas are almost nonexistent, and therefore navigation is allowed there.
     The Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said for safety, currently offshore activities are suspended including sports fishing, trips to Isla Contoy, and whale shark tours. He said when the weather situation is more definite, we will see if activities can be reactivated or if the restrictions will continue.
       For now, on Tuesday it will be a good day for nautical activities in the bay, and especially around el Farito, where various boats were seen including 40 ft catamarans from the Cancun hotel zone, and boats from the island tourism cooperatives. They were anchored while their clients enjoyed the reefs and the wonders a few meters under the sea.
     According to weather forecasts cloudy weather is expected with light to moderate scattered rains, as well as winds from the east and southeast of 40 kph gusting up to 50-60kph and waves of 2.5 meters off the coast of Quintana Roo.  (So far at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon, it is still sunny.)

Fishermen severely affected
Grave afectación a pescadores.. [+] Ver mas

Flooding, fallen trees & branches
Inundaciones, árboles y ramas caídaso.. [+] Ver mas

       Sunday, at the first special meeting of the Muncipal Committee for Hydrometeorological Phenomena 2015 they discussed the issue of obtaining resources from the Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN). In the area of health, it was reported there were 15 minor consults, where injections or other treatment was given, said the director of the General Hospital, Pedro Zapata Reyes. He said there were no accidents and no reports of any situations where lives were at risk. He said there was some runoff water in the hospital, and they needed to have more medicines on hand.
      Regarding the storm drains, on Sunday, there was too much rainfall to be absorbed, causing some failures, which caused the Committee to consider the need to improve the drainage in areas that are most likely to flood, such as the curve by the monument to the Fishermen, where there is still a puddle.
     Another point that was discussed is the importance of fogging around the island again, since the rains have cancelled the effect of anything done previously.
   The State Secretary of Health, Juan Ortegon Pacheco, said the new hospital in La Gloria will be inaugurated and begin operations no later than three months from now. It is noted that at this point no one gets excited because different dates have been announced over the past two years.

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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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