Thursday, July 16, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 16

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

Dispute over unauthorized use of Federal Zone

Disputa por el uso no autorizado de una zona federal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de julio.-
      There is a dispute over use of the federal zone by a bar which is located inside a freezer. Leonel Povedano Moguel explained that his brother Miguel Povedano Moguel rented a property to a foreign company which has the bar, but the leased property doesn't include use of the Federal Zone, which is in his name, and he had been paying for it in a timely manner with the appropriate authorities. He says the company is using the beach without authorization, adding that he has gone to the site at least five times with the intention of negotiating with the tenants for them to pay for use of the beach area, but has not gotten a positive result.
     He said in the absence of any agreement, he opted to fence the Federal Zone with barbed wire to prevent use of the beach, but the tenants, with the support of their landlord, cut the wire and continued to use the beach, charging 50 pesos to tourists for access to it. 
    He said when he came to the area of the Federal Zone concession last Saturday to reinstall the fence to prevent use of the beach, the landlord was waiting with a group of at least ten people, so he left the area. On Wednesday, he returned to the Federal Zone, accompanied by his workers and a couple of police officers. He exchanged a few words with the landlord without coming to any agreements. He said now he does not want any compromise because these people, who are foreigners, want to pay the amount they choose for use of the beach.
    He concluded that it is not his intention to create a confrontation, but to prevent them from invading the Federal Zone for which he pays punctually, and in fact, he already has had plans to start a business at this location, therefore he wants to avoid any sort of conflict.

Seeking to reduce the number of tourists going to Contoy to avoid environmental problems 

Muchos turistas en el parque genera problemas ambientales

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de julio.-
     A meeting was held yesterday to discuss proposals for ways to reduce the number of tourists visiting Isla Contoy, to reduce the impact on the environment and facilities of this Protected Natural Area. Some proposals have already been implemented such as reducing the number of passengers in each of the vessels that arrive there, depending on their size. They are planning a review of the permits that have been granted but are not in use, and to monitor these concessions to assure they are not being transferred or merged with other licensees.  
        Regarding access by private boats that want to visit Isla Contoy National Park, it was established that only one private boat will be accepted daily and that each of these boats may only have access once a month. Additionally, these private boats may not visit on Wednesdays or Fridays, they may not have more than eight passengers, and they must have a qualified driver who has taken the appropriate courses.
   Their intention is to regulate the usage of the public areas which are suffering a great deal of deterioration, including the dining area and the walking paths. One of the measures would include the regulation of prices per tourist who visits, in addition to reducing the number who visit.

Avoiding heat stroke

Three cases per day 

Se presentan hasta tres casos por día

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de julio.-
      This information has been translated, (link), additionally this article includes the symptoms: headache, decreased sweating, intense thirst, increased heart rate, increased body temperature, weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
    Municipal Health Director, Tarhin Sadat Casique said heat stress is a serious problem for residents and visitors, and staff have been trained at the information booths, as well as offering training to the employees of ZOFEMAT and Civil Protection to provide the appropriate recommendations and to detect any cases of heat stroke for transfer to the hospital.
      He noted that posters have been placed with information in English and Spanish, and this information is being disseminated by the City in social media and official outlets.


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

Given the high temperatures registered in recent days, the  municipal Health Director urges residents and tourists to be watchful and alert about heat stress.
Announcement for the King & Queen of Carnaval and the Queen of Diversity 2016
Deadline to register is September 30.
 It says
1. Residents and/or natives of Isla Mujeres may participate.
  The King and Queen of Carnaval: 17-26 years old, single, never married, without children, with permission available from parents or guardian when applicable, never having been king or queen of Carnaval
  Queen of Diversity: Over 18 years old

2. Method of Selection:
On January 16 2016
20% Personal presentation
30% Dance with troupe
50% Votes from audience
100% Total
The graphic says: Carnaval Isla Mujeres      International event      February  4-9

3. Deadline to register is September 30
4. Cost of registration is 3000 pesos. Contact information is given
5. The organizing committee has the final decision   


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Disagreement over property in Federal Zone

  • Pelean predio de zona federal


    Pelean predio de zona federal

    0 16 de julio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

          Leonel Povedano Moguel  said the conflicts with his brother over this property in Sac Bajo, which was known as "Playa Mexico",  began several years ago, and now involves litigation with the foreign company who rented from his brother. The property was divided in half between he and his brother, but the federal zone is under his name.
              He said, "On various occasions, I have tried to rent the Federal Zone to the owners of the Ice Bar, so they can offer better services, but they have rejected this. The worst part is they are charging tourists for use of the Federal  Zone, and they are paying nothing for this right, which I see as unfair."
        He said he decided to solve this problem by defining the federal zone with barbed wire to prevent use of this beach, but the tenants, backed by his brother, have cut the wire several times.
  • Buscarán acuerdos para limitar visitas a Contoy Seeking agreements to limit visits to Contoy

    Medio ambiente

    Buscarán acuerdos para limitar visitas a Contoy

    0 16 de julio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

          In addition to the information in the similar article translated above, this one notes that the agreements with the tour providers seek to reduce the number of tourists by 10 to 15 percent, and that the capacity remains at 200 per day. There are currently 36 boats with permits to bring passengers to Isla Contoy.
           They are considering increasing the hours, which are 9am to 4pm, which could be extended to 5pm. They also discussed care and maintenance for the bathrooms and agreed to attend to that.


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Training announced about "Heat Stroke"
Anuncian capacitación sobre “golpe de calor”+] Ver mas
      The municipal Director of Health,, Tarhin Sadat Casique, said they are training the staff of the municipal Civil Protection agency and of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Region) to provide information about heat stroke for tourists and residents, and to act appropriately when it occurs. The head of the General Hospital, Pedro Zapata Luque, said the heat affects two or three elderly tourists weekly so far during this hot season, and they have posted information around the island in English and Spanish, including in the Maritime Terminal, to reduce the incidence.
    Three cases a day are recorded among children and adults, who exhibit the following symptoms: headache, reduced sweating, intense thirst, acceleration of the heart, increased body temperature, weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, said Sadat Casique. He said if the symptoms persist, the patient should immediately be taken to the medical center, and the problem should not be underestimated.
     He recommended avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun or strenuous exercise, because they cause the body temperature to rise. He recommended wearing cool, light clothing in light colors, increasing fluid intake, avoiding consumption of alcohol as much as possible, and wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Dispute at beach
Playa en disputa (lacks link)

Dance event announced
Anuncian evento de danza.. [+] Ver mas

    On Sunday evening, there will be a dance event on the Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, including students from 3 years of age, of the Renatta Dance Studio (RDS). The free event is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm and will include performances of  La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen, among others.
      Renatta Andrea Rodriguez recently toured with her best students in Merida, performing on a professional level, and has prepared the new generation, bringing high praise from friends and strangers for the quality work they present onstage. 
    The general public is invited to attend and businesses are invited to encourage their customers to enjoy this festival which may feature more than two hours of dancing.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

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  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

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


Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

Update...Schedule just posted (& translated, but there were a couple entries that were difficult to read & will be updated when I get that info or a clearer copy)

Saturday July 17: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"

Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square

Monday July 20: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Manta Rays and other pelagics of the world by Dra Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays 

Wednesday, July 22: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Rafiel de la Parra, Coordinator of pelagic research in Mexico

Thursday, July 23:
5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Manta Ray research by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's contest of mural of recycled materials  (?the small print is distorted on my copy)
        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24
5p  Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Whale Sharks of the World by Dr Simon Pierce
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Fair featuring Lion Fish entrees
7:30 Family contest of  ??
        Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
         Cultural Festival

 There will be a photographic competition beginning Saturday, July 18, at the official municipal Tourism site on Facebook, (LINK ) and the photo with the most likes will be the winning image. 

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

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


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 July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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  

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 

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