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IM al Dia has photos & a caption: The City provided the traditional celebration yesterday morning for the working mothers of the municipal government.
Noti Isla Mujeres
Noti IM has a photo of a golf cart of the rental agency Gomar II that broke in half when going over the speed bump by the Whale Shark monument yesterday.
IM Noticias reports: A boat and its crew, who are members of the cooperative Patria y Progreso, were detained by the Navy for about two and a half hours for having caught five dogfish shark, which are currently out of season. The three fishermen, who are known as Cahúm, La Vaca and Venado, said the five small sharks ("cazón o tiburones pequeños") were accidentally caught on their longline, and they decided not to get rid of them.
The boat, La Guajira IV" was detained around 10am at the point of capture and towed to the Navy pier. There was a discussion between the fishing authorities, the Navy, and the administration of the Patria & Progreso Fishing Cooperative, and it was determined that since the capture occurred incidentally, there were no grounds for assigning responsibility to the fishermen.
On the other hand, two irregularities were detected because the boat didn't have a certified copy of the fishing permit, and the Harbor Master had not been notified that the outboard motor had been replaced, which was previously 90HP and now is 150HP.
The boat and its crew were released, but now the administration of the cooperative must resolve these issues with the port authorities.
TVIM reports that 300 helmets were given to high school students of Colegio Bachilleres, and teaching and administrative staff. Over 1500 have been distributed so far. VIDEO
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Boat detained with five sharks on board
Detienen embarcación con cinco tiburones [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This article has the same information that is translated above, noting that an agent the National Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) was involved with the discussion, and that the boat is in the name of Raziel Rivero, the president of the Patria and Progreso fishing cooperative. The shark fishing ban began on May 1 and will end on June 30th, so there may be more shark deaths from those who use fishing lines with hooks, like Patria & Progreso. The two month ban on grouper fishing ended on March 31st, which was a difficult time for the fishing cooperative.
A good Mother's Day
Tuvieron un buen día de las madres.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
There was a high demand for flowers, whose prices and names are given. There is an interview with a young person, FAVP, who said s/he is thankful for the caring love from his/her mother, and s/he responds by being obedient, and helping with cleaning, so that when s/he grows up, s/he will be given a vehicle as a gift. Flowers ranged in price from 10 pesos each to 60 pesos each, and the arrangements ranged from 80 to 350 pesos.
The Isla Mujeres DIF held an event for hundreds of City employees, at the El Pescator tourist site, with raffles.
Concerns about trash
Isla Mujeres abarrotada de basura.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
There is trash downtown at an empty building on Juarez Avenue, near the Civil Registry office, and the building is not secured, which allows strangers to take refuge there, who generate garbage. There are empty water jugs on Juarez near the intersection with Madero, near an 'abandoned business'. There are concerns that this and similar problems are presenting a poor image to the thousands of tourists who visit Isla Mujeres daily. While the Public Services agency, with their old trucks, strive during the day and night to remove waste from the downtown area, there always seems to be some irresponsible businesses who leave their trash out to be seen in the streets, according to Por Esto.
Ready for the 30th edition of the Al Sol Regatta
Lista la 30ª edición de la regata “Al Sol” f.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nineteen boats are participating in the Al Sol Regatta, and the first boats departed Pensacola on Wednesday. The route is about 600 nautical miles The first boats are expected to arrive at the island on Saturday afternoon. HERE is the tracking site. See events section below.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.
|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. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. 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. 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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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May 2 9:44
May 3 10:35
May 4 11:25
May 29 7:37
May 30 8:29
May 31 9:19
Painting by Pamela Haase
Turtles begin mating and nesting in May. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. This is the dry season when farmers burn brush from their milpa-fields on the mainland, and salt was gathered at Salina Grande lake for hundreds of years, until the mid 1900's.
Wednesday May 2 Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Golf Cart Poker Run at 10a and Captain's party at the Casa del las Rocas & Crew party at Buhos both at 1p. (Happy hour schedules will be posted each day by 11am at the Race Headquarters. This is the 50th edition, they come annually from St Petersburg, Florida.)
|photo by Bruce Roberts|
Thursday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
Thursday, May 3 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 3 Private Sol al Sol Rega6ta Events: Cocktail parties at 12:30 and 3;30-5 at Ballyhoo's and Cabanas poolside
Thursday, May 3 at 7 Mayor's reception for the Sol al Sol Regatta
Friday, May 4 Amigo's Regatta for Islanders age 8-12. Skipper's meeting at 10a. Children board 10:30-11a at the Lima dock. Boats depart at 11:30, and the race starts at noon.
Friday, May 4 at 8p: Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Cocktail Party at 6p & Awards Ceremony at 8p at Buho's/Maria del Mar
Saturday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla against the French.
Saturday, May 5 Peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor showers (which began in late April and continue thru May 20). In the pre dawn hours, rates could reach 15-20 per hour.
Sunday, May 6 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Wednesday, May 9 Regatta Al Sol "Cruising" category yachts depart from Pensacola Florida. (This is the 30th edition. They come every other year.)
Thursday, May 10 Mother's Day
Thursday, May 10 Regatta Al Sol "Racing" category yachts depart
Thursday, May 10 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Satuday, May 12th 8am Guadalupania beach Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches
Sunday, May 13 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Sunday, May 13 5p Regatta Al Sol Arrival party at Buhos (private event)
Tuesday, May 15 Regatta Al Sol Private Beach party at noon and City Council reception at Town Hall at 7p
Tuesday, May 15 Dia del Maestro / Teacher's Day
Tuesday May 15 Whale Shark Season officially begins (if the permits are issued on time this year). Rays can also be seen enjoying the 'buffet' that attracts the whale sharks to this area. (There are abundant fish eggs and plankton in the areas where they congregate and feed).
|photo by Tony Garcia|
Wednesday, May 16 Regatta Al Sol Captain's party at the Rock House (private event). 5p Mardi Gras Parade from Ciros Restaurant. 7p Basketball game against Islander team on downtown court by the Town Square
Thursday, May 17 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 17 Regatta Al Sol Awards presentation at 7p at Maria del Mar (private event)
Friday, May 18 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Captain's Dinner 5000p registration. Catch & Release. Prizes for top ten.
Saturday, May 19 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day 1 from the Coopertive Caribe dock (#9)
Sunday, May 20 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day2 & Awards
Sunday, May 20 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 24 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Sunday, May 27 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 31 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres