Monday, May 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, May 21

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Point totals for Saturday in the Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament posted by TVIM:

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    
The Cocteleros of Picus won their home game against the Tomateros of Cancun with a score of 19-3 at the Pescadors stadium, and their next gave will be against the team from Bonfil.

VIDEO of the award ceremony for the Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament.

VIDEO of the crowd waiting for the awards ceremony after the tournament & of the trophies.

VIDEO of passengers disembarking with caption that says Every day more people travel on the Marinsa ferry.

VIDEO from the first day of the tournament.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of fishing tournament award ceremony.

VIDEO of interview with the tournament winner who was on the boat "El Diablito" . The photo below notes their point total was 9293.5. There are various photos and another video of the festivities.

IM Noticias   

"El Diablito" wins Isla Mujeres fishing tournament

The boat "El Diablito", from the city of Cancún, with captain José Pelfini, was proclaimed champion of the International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña 2018, and was awarded the prize 350,000 pesos, plus other prizes, with a total of 9,293.50 points.
The second place went to another boat from Cancun, the "Kianah", captained by Hector Ojeda, with 7,451.80 points, who a brand new 2018 pickup truck, among other prizes.
Boats from Isla Mujeres took the third, fourth and fifth places, who are the "Celeste", "Keen M" and "Sea Dreams", with captains Jesús Aguirre, Antonhy Mendillo and Sebastián Gil Marfil, whose scores were: 7448.70, 7215.40 and 7113.50 points respectively.
These three Isla Mujeres boats won 100,000 pesos for third place, 75,000 for fourth, and 50,000 pesos for fifth place.
The sixth place boat "Yaya", won 25,000 pesos.
The other winning boats were "Melissa", "Amigo I", "Billano", "La Botana", who each won a motorcycle.
There were surprise prizes awarded for the boats who placed eleventh to twentieth, which are: "Dawn", "Celtic Dreamer", "Big Bite", "Mari Nonis", "Covia", "Cuatro Vientos", "I See You Well", "Taz", "Reel Tings" and "Searena".
According to the organizing committee, during the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña 2018", a total of 45 sailfish and 17 White Marlins were captured.
There were a total of 120 boats that participated in this fifteenth edition of this international fishing tournament.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Fishing Tournament won by "El Diablito"
Arranca Torneo de Pesca Internacional [+] Ver mas
“El Diablito” gana el XV torneo de pesca+] Ver mas
 See IM Noticias above. This article notes that the catch of the winning boat included white marlin, sailfish, two bonito and tuna,and the captain was also awarded the prize for best fisherman. Three years ago this same crew took third place in the tournament. 
   There were a record number of billfish caught and released, with a total of 45 sailfish and 17 white marlin. 
   A crew member of the winning boat, Geraldo Gonzalez, said the weather was good both days and on Saturday they caught a white marlin for 3718 points, but the best fishing was on Sunday with a sailfish, bonito and tuna for 5575.5 points which brought their total to 9293.5 point, which was well ahead of the next contender.

Totally in love with Isla Mujeres  
Totalmente enamorada de Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver mas

      Lyla Mitchell, from Minnesota, is an artist who fell in love with Isla Mujeres 20 years ago, and was interviewed this weekend at a new taco restaurant "El Torito", where her work is on permanent exhibition. Her colorful paintings include a Catrina, colorful birds, and fruits on a table. She also includes use of paper mache with her paintings.
     She originally worked with a mentor in the US, and went to live in Florida, where her art included coastal landscapes, neighborhoods, and street scenes. She traveled in the Caribbean by boat, and came to Isla Mujeres 20 year ago, and living here up to nine months a year, as she does now.
     El Torito opened a week ago on Allende street, ten meters (east) of the main street of Rueda Medina. There is a score of paintings on the wall available for purchase at a cost of 850 pesos for the smallest (5x7) up to 7500 pesos for those of medium size (28 x 20). This is their second gallery. Their first is in another commercial center downtown that opened relatively recently.
     In El Torito, there are also two painting dedicated to three of his six sisters, who had cancer. Gratitude is expressed from the reporter to Ricardo Lopez Rivera, for assistance translating the interview. Together with Claudia Rosas Zavala, he adapted an abandoned space, converting it into a cultural area. Their goal was to create a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy typical Mexican dishes, made with traditional handmade tortillas. 
     Ms. Mitchell, 74, seems to have a lot of energy, and has painted some 800 works of art in her life. She joined in the adaptation of the space, at times, and enjoys being in contact with the people who visit the gallery. She has begun to master some words in Spanish, in order to be understood by those who don't speak English.
   She studied at Northern Michigan University, after she attended St Croix Falls High School. Currently, she lives in Sarasota Florida, south of Tampa for three months of the year, and in Isla Mujeres for the other nine months.

Don't use flashlights or flash cameras near the nesting turtles  
No usar linternas para ver el desove de tortugas [+] Ver mas
     The turtles have begun nesting on the eastern beaches of Isla Mujeres, and staff and volunteers with the Tortugranja have been collecting and protecting the eggs. Volunteer Kai Creamer reminds visitors and residents to avoid scaring them by using lights near the beaches.
     Ms. Creamer has been working with other volunteers on Saturdays cleaning the beaches were the turtles nest and invites more volunteers to assist.  (She works with Action for Isla, and the Plogging group that conducts clean ups around the island on Saturday mornings. LINK  LINK. )
     She adds this advice for residents and visitors: Remember, during the nesting season: turn off the beach lights at night, because they frighten the turtles during nesting and confuse the newborn hatchlings on their way to the sea; Keep your dogs leashed on the beach because they can smell a nest a mile away, and for them it smells like a tasty appetizer. 
       Also Federal Zone concessionaires (and residents living along the Fed Zone) are asked to store furniture, beach beds and beach umbrellas at night, because they can be huge obstacles for nesting turtles and can cause injuries. 
      Remove any trash that you see on the beach and decrease your production of garbage in general, because plastic pollution in particular is a great threat to the survival of sea turtles and ingestion of plastics can lead to injury or death. 
      If you see a turtle on the beach: keep your distance and be silent, be respectful of this incredible moment. Do not touch, mount or otherwise annoy the turtles. And do not illuminate turtles with flashlights or take pictures using the flash.

Residents left the occupied property voluntarily and peacefully 
Desocupan de forma pacífica predio invadido [+] Ver mas
May 19  Friday evening, about 80 anti-riot State Police officers arrived to the island, with a dozen patrol vehicles.  After a dialogue with police representatives, the residents who had 'invaded' an area of about 10,000 square meters left the property peacefully and voluntarily around 4am on Saturday. Before dawn, the area looked empty, where about 500 people had cut bushes and left trash behind.
    It has been confirmed that a legal action was filed and investigation was opened in regard to the 'invasion', which implies a crime was being committed by everyone involved, and they were encouraged to leave voluntarily.  Representatives said that at first the majority began to leave who did not wish to be involved with a confrontation with the police, and then the most radical, the minority, were outnumbered by the police and also opted to leave.
      The Head of the Mayor's office, Sebastian Escobedo, said that the position of the City is to stay on the sidelines. The disputed property is the responsibility of the state government, and  he was unaware of whether or not any individuals had filed a legal complaint in regard to the matter. He praised the conciliatory manner in which the problem ended, without violence.
    At 7am, there were a dozen patrol trucks beside the road to Garrafon, in front of the 'invasion' area, and many officers were inside the premises. Others watched the entrances to prevent the return of anyone. The state police will continue to monitor it for an undetermined amount of time.
     The police offered to consider a list of people who really need a property to live on, to give to the state government of Quintana Roo, via SEDUVI (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing), according to Luis Venegas, "Meneco". It is unclear exactly what was agreed upon for further progress on this issue, while the problem of families being overcrowded increases daily. There are still pending issues regarding  the Continental Zone where 200 hectares of  land were donated by the government for urban development by the first 1000 people, but there has been no progress in the eleven years since the donation.


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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.

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May Events
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
May 1   8:52
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
Sunset  ~7:15
Sunrise ~6:05
Tuesday, May 1  Labor Day  Official Holiday  Last year there were performers & raffle prizes for the kids at the Green Dome in Salina Chica.

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
Wednesday May 2 at 7p Annual Basketball game between Islanders & Sol al Sol regatta participants at downtown court by the Town Square.

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

 Saturday, 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
Tuesday May 15 Protection of the Nesting Turtles & Eggs begins, but Tortugranja staff usually begin watching for the Hawksbills in early May, who start nesting earlier, and are the least common here. The Greens are most common, by far, and the Loggerheads are second.

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 Cooperative Caribe dock (#9)

 Saturday, May 19 8am  Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches location TBA

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

Saturday, May 26 8am Plogging clean up location TBA

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   

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