Sunday, June 23, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, June 23

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The Mayor brings "Green Saturdays / Sabados Verdes" to the colonia neighborhoods of the island.
     The Mayor said that City employees will form crews to clean up and beautify the island every Saturday as part of an ongoing campaign "Sabados de Isla Verde--Saturdays for a Green Isle". More than 200 officials will participate on the island, and then in the Continental Zone.
       This campaign aims to take care of the natural attributes and tourist attractions of the island to maintain the urban image of this Pueblo Magico in optimal condition. Brigades will participate in intense campaigns that include washing and painting of curbs, trash and junk removal, and cleaning of the beaches and mangroves. 
     The Mayor said, "Keeping our tourist destination clean and attractive is important to continue increasing the arrival of visitors and, thus, the economic gains that udoubtedly benefit island families; but it is also priority that the locals feel happy with a clean, safe, healthy Isla Verde."
     The municipal General Secretary said it is important to raise awareness among the general population about the natural riches provided by the island. Islanders are strongly encouraged to participate and join the City employees in these campaigns to clean and beautify their neighborhoods.

Sabados de la Isla Verde

All Star Game today (Sunday) at the El Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui)  It doesn't say what time, but games usually start at 1p, sometimes pregame activities start at noon.

Photos from Saturday's clean up of the taxi union participating. There's also photos of large amounts of sargasso at Playa Fundadores in Playa del Carmen

From  Por Esto :

Whale shark tours: In chaos  

Tours de tiburón ballena, un caos

  A permit holder for whale shark tours said, "The current Management Plan is not being respected, everyone does what they want."  Some tour operators say better monitoring is needed by the governmental agencies PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency), CONANP (the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas) and the Navy (SEMAR).
   At midweek, a meeting was held among some of the tour provides, who are concerned about being put at risk by the irresponsible activities of others.
      They say the maximum of 120 boats isn't being respected, the visitors aren't complying with the requirement to stay at least 5 meters away from the whale sharks, nor ar the boats maintaining the required distance of 12 meters away. 
    They also say tourism has been decreased, so the boats aren't filling to the 12 person capacity, but this is expected to improve now that the summer vacation period is beginning.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   


The downtown cleaning campaign on Thursday included painting the curbs yellow, as they were a few years ago. Sidewalks and streets were cleaned and litter was removed. The Mayor reminded the general public to separate their garbage into organic and inorganic,and not to litter. He said these cleanup campaigns will continue.
The other brief has been translated about the Tourism Department teaching those in the tourism industry about "Guest Assist" and "Guest Locator" programs in event of a hurricane.

90% occupancy expected during the summer at hotels on the mainland part of the municipality  

90 % de ocupación durante el verano

  The small hotels on the island are expected to have more availability. The large mainland resorts have international promotion around the world on the internet.


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

June 17  8:00
June 18   8:52
June 19   9:41
June 20  10:26
June 21  11:07
June 22  11:45
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6a
June Events 
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On Saturdays at 8a-10a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In June,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Octopus, Shrimp, Conch & Shark Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game. .

Incubation pen Tortugranja (not 2019)

Turtle nesting season continues throughout June. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but the sand usually isn't deep enough. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

By Tony Garcia

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout June, ending in mid-September.

Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2: "Dry Law" is in effect for 48 hours, from the first minute on Saturday (00:00, just after Friday midnight) until midnight on Sunday (24:00) when "To Go" (package) sales of alcohol is prohibited. Foreigners in tourism areas, such as Isla Mujeres, may purchase alcoholic beverages, with food, at bars & restaurants. Citizens can't buy alcohol & businesses such as convenience stores cannot sell it.

Saturday, June 1 Clean Up with Accion Isla 8a-10a Meet up north of the gas station

  Saturday, June 1st Dia de la Marina. Events begin with a 5 kilometer race in men's and women's divisions, and another for teens and children, starting in front of Playa Centro at 7am and 8am, with more than 17,000 pesos in cash prizes. Limited to 150 runners in the 5k, and 150 in the youth and children's event.

The official ceremony for National Dia de la Marina will take place at 11am, with a procession of boats in the Bay and placing of a wreath.
On Playa Centro, a beach soccer tournament will start at 11am, with teams of eight people and prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos. It will be followed by a beach volleyball tournament at 1pm with teams of two men & two women competing for prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos.The festivities will come to a close at 2p, with a Palo Encebado contest.

Events for Dia de la Marina

Wednesday, June 5 World Environmental Day

Saturday, June 8 World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 16 is Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June)

Sunday, June 16 at 8pm on the Town Square: Performance by the "Estudio Dance Latino". Free.

Friday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sunday June 23 Performance at 8p on the Town Square by Latin Dancers Dance Studio

Saturday, June 29  La Dorada Women's Fishing Tournament (Captain's dinner is Friday night)

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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