Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 1

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

For the good of the fishermen

New leader of "Patria & Progreso" promises to work and bring order to the cooperative

 Nuevo dirigente de “Patria y Progreso” promete trabajar y poner orden en cooperativa

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-
  After the election of a new Board of Directors for the fishing cooperative "Patria & Progreso", the new administration plans to initiate the process for sale of the property occupied by the group, which is valued at 15 to 20 million pesos. This was confirmed by the newly elected president, Jaime Osaorio Sanchez, who said they will seek the best option or the highest bidder, with the intention that the proceeds of the sale will benefit the members of the cooperative.
       Regarding the sale of the facility, it is said that seafood buyer Alvaro Burgos Rios is offering 100,000 pesos to each of the members, which includes 70 or 80 fishermen, which would make a lump sum of seven or eight million, but the value  is estimated to be between 15 and 20 million pesos. The newly elected president said an offer of seven or eight million pesos is ridiculous when the Federal government just invested four million pesos in the construction of a pier. He said the improvements and property include an extensive area of the Federal Zone, a pier, and a large area, as well as the building with the offices, meeting room, and ice maker.
         The president-elect said the new administration plans to work for the welfare of the members and employees that work for them daily, producing for the cooperative. He clarified that there is an agreement that Sr. Burgos Rios will continue to buy their products daily, as long as prices improve, which they consider to be too low. Sr. Osorio Sanchez said,  "If prices improve, we will continue selling, while seeking the best prices from other buyers."
    Regarding use of the facilities by the seafood buyer, he said that during the previous six years they  never charged a penny, but now with the new administration things will work differently, and they will work on establishing a monthly charge.

Invitation to enjoy vacations

City offers summer courses 

Convoca Comuna a curso de Verano

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-
See translation in City section below....


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

Second state council of young environmentalists installed, in an environment of joy and enthusiasm.
    High schools students from different municipalities around the state responded to this invitation to attend the Second State Council of Young Environmentalists, which took place at the Community Center in colonia la Gloria. Young people are participating with the goal to unify efforts and create proposals to optimize the use of natural resources, while finding solutions to environmental problems in their communities.
     The event was attended by municipal treasurer Álvaro Magaña Galué, who was representing the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and by the municipal Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco. Each spoke about protecting the environment and offered appreciation to the participants and of their understanding of the importance of the issue and the meeting.
   The event was also attended by  Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente, (the director of Urban Development and the Environment) Josué Villanueva Vargas; el teniente Biólogo Marino (Lieutenant and marine biologist), Mariano Estrella en representación del Almirante de la Quinta Región Naval (who was representing  Navy Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha); Luis May Interian representante del secretario de Ecología y Medio Ambiente en Q. Roo (representing the state Secretary of Ecology and the Environment) and el director de Desarrollo Urbano del municipio de Solidaridad (and the director of Urban Development of the municipality of Solidaridad), Eduardo Moretín Ocejo.

The City of Isla Mujeres, via the municipal Department of Culture, invites children from 7 to 12 years old to enjoy two fun and recreational courses.
  Both will take place from July 20 to August 7th, and are called  “Mis Vacaciones en la Biblioteca 2015” and “Vacacionarte”.
    "My Vacation in the Library" is offered annually, giving children the option to enjoy books and reading in an fun manner. It is free and will be held at the municipal library "17 de Agosto" in colonia Salina Chica, behind las Gaviotas Park, on Monday thru Friday from 10am to 1pm. The municipal Director of Culture, Rubén Pérez Marín, said the activities offered will include crafts, reading workshops, field trips, and English classes, among other activities. 
     The other summer program, "Vacacionarte" will cost 250 pesos, which includes a tee shirt and materials for the artistic activities. It will take place from 10am to 1pm, Monday thru Friday, under the palapa of  the Hacienda Mundaca.
     Registration is open and those who are interested should go to the municipal Department of Culture in colonia Salina Chica, behind the las Gaviotas Park.

Important notice for the beneficiaries of academic scholarships or ferry transport scholarships.
Aviso importante para todos los beneficiados con beca académica o marítima.

You are invited to attend the Children's Baseball game this Saturday, July 4 at 10:30am at the "El Pescador" baseball stadium.
Les invitamos al encuentro de Béisbol Infantil este sábado 4 de Julio a las 10:30 am en el estadio "El Pescador"

Every month we join the fight against violence towards women and girls by participating in the Orange Day; with our friends and family in the Continental Zone who participated in this initiative.
Como cada mes nos unimos a la lucha contra la violencia hacia las mujeres y las niñas a través del Día Naranja; con nuestras amigas y amigos de la Zona Continental participamos de esta iniciativa.

With great joy we celebrate the graduation of the high schools students of Colegio Bachilleres at the Isla Mujeres campus in a graduation ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS AND WE WISH THEM SUCCESS IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS THAT BEGINS TODAY
Con gran alegría acompañamos a los jóvenes egresados del Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Isla Mujeres en su ceremonia de graduación. ENHORABUENA Y ÉXITO EN EL CAMINO PROFESIONAL QUE HOY INICIAN.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Fishermen: Underpaid

  • Pescadores, mal pagados


    Pescadores, mal pagados

    0 01 de julio de 2015 by Carlos Gasca

  • Está lista para operar la cámara hiperbárica


    Está lista para operar la cámara hiperbárica

    0 01 de julio de 2015

        Today is the first day of the lobster catching season, and the hyperbaric chamber is working optimally. It is recalled that there were 60 cases of decompression treated in the chamber last year, with no deaths, but there were a number of serious cases.
         The capsule has been used during the off season for lobster hunting, for therapies such as treatment of  skin ulcers or other problems such as those related to diabetes.  It is recalled that the fishing cooperatives have affiliations with the chamber, and these token payments can save the life of a fisherman. 


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

PROFECO gave training course to association of business owners
Profeco imparte curso de capacitación a socios de cámaras empresariales.. [+] Ver mas
     The Federal Consumer Protection agency (PROFECO) gave a training course to 28 representatives from businesses including restaurants, hotels, souvenir stores, and golf cart rental agencies. It was announced that although PROFECO does not have an office on the island, complaints can be filed online, with the guarantee that they will be processed.
      It was announced that there will be a PROFECO office installed at the API Terminal in Isla Mujeres that will be operational during the summer holidays to provide facilities for tourists to file complaints, and it is expected (hoped) that residents can bring their complaints also about local issues relating to service from companies such as Cablemas, Telmex, CFE, and Aguakan.
     Training was offered to members of the business community so they can be prepared for the inspections that are likely to occur during the summer holidays, to avoid penalties or even closure. The training was provided by Jazmin Garnica Ortiz, of the department of Educations and Outreach of PROFECO. The attendees listened attentively to the explanations and watched the presentations on the screen with interest. Among the topics she discussed were the obligations of those businesses who display their prices in pesos and dollars to include the exchange rate, the obligation to have scales properly calibrated, and that promotions must be honored, and abusive practices and methods must not be employed.
    The course focused on acquainting tourism providers of all types with the specifications required for the products and services they offer, and their menus and signs. In the case of restaurants, they should have a menu that can be seen, for food and for drinks, with prices in pesos, and dollars, if dollars are accepted, and then it should include the exchange rate that is being used. Businesses should have all products labeled and jewelry store items should have the proper stamps. Stores dedicated to selling clothing must meet specific standards such as labels that include the source and the instructions for washing. Regarding alcohol, the bottles should have the official seal and labeling as required by law.

Return to sea
Vuelven al mar . [+] Ver mas
   The president of the  Federación de Cooperativas de la Industria Pesquera, (Fishing Cooperatives Federation of Quintana Roo),  Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said that after four months of closure, the season for catching lobster is about to begin, and the 24 cooperatives of the state are expected to capture eight tonnes of  whole lobster and two tonnes of tails, on the first day alone. He said that on the first day of the season, production is higher in the southern part of the state. It is estimated that between the three cooperatives of that area, on the first day of July alone, they will return with a tonne to a tone and a half of lobster.
      The cooperatives are selling them for  "250 pesos el kilo de cola y 460 pesos el kilo de viva” (This is reversed & should say 250 pesos/kilo for live lobster and 460 pesos/kilo for tails). Sr. Gómez Catzín said that on the first days of the season, in Isla Mujeres, the product is usually quite scarce, and it is estimated that each cooperative will only capture 50-80 kilos and that among the five cooperatives they will capture a half tonne of live lobsters and a tonne of tails.
    He said that unfortunately lobster have been scarcer each season in the areas where the fishermen have traditionally encountered them, and now they must travel farther, which increases the chances of decompression, since they must dive to greater depths. He noted that the Management Plan for the Isla Contoy National Park allows the lobster fishermen to only free dive, using the air in their lungs, within the Park, while a mile and a half from Contoy they can use tanks or a compressor.
    He said regarding the fishing camps on the northern end of Isla Contoy, theoretically they can have access after September 2nd, but if the lobster are moving in that area, they could be given access anytime after July 1st, when the season has begun. However, the possibility of this sort of bonanza is not likely, because there are no indications that they are not moving in that area now.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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.

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

July 5 Sunday Poc Na Reggae concert

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 

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, 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

 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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