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.


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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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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 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   

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 19



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Video (LINK)  from TVIM of ~60-70 state police officers arriving on the island this evening and going to the Isla Mujeres police station with about ten patrol vehicles, in response to the occupation of property at the southern part of the island by a group of residents.

Video (LINK) from earlier in the evening of group members with signs saying they want a dialogue, not violence.

There is a photo of state police officers at the Maritime Terminal whose caption says there are 60 to 70 officers and it is presumed that they will go to the site of the 'invasion'.

There is an appeal for blood donations for Oscar Raymundo Pérez Rueda.

There is a video of the area of the "invasion" this morning. According to a uniformed state police officer, the dialogue took place and the people left voluntarily.

There's photos from the start of the Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    
Video of the daughter of Ligia Palma, Valeria, negotiating with a state police officer and discussing a meeting between about five people and governmental authorities. Then the reporter talks to members of the group, returns to the negotiation, then follows Valeria back to the group, where she explains about having a meeting (the audio is too soft to hear what she is saying). https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresAlDia/videos/764942073894838/

In this video, the discussion continues between an officer and group representatives. He is explaining that this is an illegal action, and asking them to pursue the legal options and to leave the property. The representatives are saying there is no property available for them, that authorities have ignored this problem, and they are asking him questions. https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresAlDia/videos/764960090559703/

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Number of "invaders" increase  
Invasores acrecientan su número .. [+] Ver masFull article at this list
  May 18  It is  estimated that in two days, the number of people doubled from ~200 to ~400. Supporters & representatives of the 'invaders' are saying that this property is an example of land that politicians have taken for themselves that should have been distributed to the islanders.Ligia Palma said that the lots were assigned to politicians and former Mayors, giving names. The Catastro director said the property isn't in the municipal deed registry/database so must still be under the responsibility of the State. The City's hands appear to be somewhat tied by legal limitations associated with the upcoming elections, including currently having no Mayor in office while he runs for reelection. The 'invaders' are asking for a dialogue with the Governor, but it appears he sent negotiators and dozens of state police officers. See translations above...the group left voluntarily and peacefully. 

SINTRA operation against illegally rented golf carts 
Inicia Sintra operativo contra carros de golf en arrendamiento irregular.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
During the operation yesterday, several golf carts were stopped with tourists on board, and the vast majority were allowed to leave. However, the same fate did not happen to the blue vehicle, whose driver had no explanation, since apparently, for two weeks it had been passed to several foreign "friends". (ya llevaba dos semanas paseando a varios “amigos” extranjeros.). 
     It also says: According to official data there are ~830 golf carts that operate from 27 rental agencies, but, according to Rene Contreras, head of the Cart Renters Association, a similar amount of carts would be in the hands of private individuals, with plates for their own use, with about 120 to 150 being used for tourism. (Usually the estimate for privately owned carts is ~400). And one of Wato's taxis is still impounded for alleged 'cloning'...they're still trying to sort out the paperwork about which of the two taxis is legit, apparently


Tenth "Water Rally" held
Arrancó el Décimo Rally del Agua [+] Ver masFull article at ths link
   
  The 10th annual "Water Rally", sponsored by Aguakan, took place on Friday afternoon with 18 teams participating from the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad. The event began at 3pm on Playa Centro, for the young people between the ages of 16 and 18, who were accompanied by an adult.
      This is an activity that teaches young people, in a fun manner, about water conservation and taking care of the environment. After the opening ceremonies, they competed at various physical and mental tests, using strategic skills.
     Participants included students from the following schools: Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (Conalep), Colegio del Caribe, Centro Universitario Anglo Mexicano (CUAM), Universidad del Caribe, Xel Baalam, and Colegio Bachilleres high school of Isla Mujeres,
    Companies that sponsored the event included: Ultramar, Dolphin Discovery, Perifel, Sunset World, Tarima, Showco, Bargo Group, and JG Perforaciones.

The Navy is ready to safeguard human lives in the event of a hurricane  
La Semar, lista para salvaguardar la vida humana ante eventual tormenta. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The Navy is prepared in the event of a hurricane, with the season beginning on June 1st. The usual advice is given to residents, with emphasis on advice for boaters.

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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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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 Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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   

Friday, May 18, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 18



This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
 Isla Mujeres History on Facebook or Website   

MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach on Facebook or Website

Isla Mujeres Charities on Facebook  

CHECK OUT THE MAY EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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Has a video of the SINTRA director in Isla Mujeres explaining that the investigation continues regarding the 'cloned' taxis circulating with the same number, to determine which ones documentation is valid, and meanwhile they are not in operation LINK 
 TVIM has a photo of some of the prizes for the Cosme Magana International Fishing tournament, and videos about the "invasion", the tournament, and the Harbor Master explaining about the permissions needed by the whale shark tour operators from his office.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    
Isla Mujeres al Dia has a video from the 'invasion' showing tents, hammocks, and people clearing brush. There is also a video of people milling around in front of Chedraui after an accident between two golf carts and a Red Cross paramedic is assessing a person sitting at the bench. There is a video of a SINTRA operation near Bachilleres to detect private carts that are being illegally rented to tourists.

Noti Isla Mujeres   
SINTRA conducted an operation near the Bachilleres high school yesterday, and the Director announced that they impounded the first private golf cart being offered for rent, imposing a sanction of 800 daily minimum wages. A total of 12 tickets were issued for infractions by taxi drivers, cargo transport concessionaires, and permit holders (the latter probably refers to golf cart rental agencies). Reported by Noti Isla Mujeres.
The DMW is ~88 pesos so that amounts to a fine of fine of ~70,500 pesos or ~$4000usd.

IM Noticias   
License holders for Whale Shark Tours lacking a required document from the Harbor Master
IM Noticias reports: Out of the 240 boats with licenses to offer tours for swimming with and observing whale sharks, only one of them has completed the "Extension of Route" (“Ampliación de Ruta”) process at the Harbor Master's office.
Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that this is a permission granted by the Harbor Master-Navy of Mexico to travel to the area of the whale shark tours. He also explained that is a different procedure than the Dispatch of Departure ("Despacho de Salida").
He explained that there is a review required by the Harbor Master-Navy of the minimum maritime safety equipment, the Extension of Route document, and the Dispatch of Departure document to ensure that this has all been carried out, before taking tourists on tours.
However, the whale shark tour operators must have previously obtained permission from CONANP (National Commission of Protected Natural Areas) to enter the whale shark sighting area, and then they must go to the Harbor Master's Office. To obtain the permission of CONANP, the permit holders should have contacted DGVS (Wildlife Department), whose agency issues permissions to interact with the whale sharks.
Mr. Gonzalez Gil explained that what is currently delaying the permit holders is the lack of the "Extension of Route" permission from the Harbor Master, which is required and could have been processed since last September.


The Captains Dinner will be held tonight for the Cosme Magana fishing tournament. 
   Abut 150 boats are expected to participate, and the Captains Dinner is scheduled for 6pm at the restaurant Albatros-Marbella, next to Playa Lancheros.  Registration will be closed at 6am on Saturday, and the competition will begin at 8am.  The first day of the tournament will end when the scales close at 5pm, and resume again on Sunday at 8am. The scales will close at 4pm on Sunday and the award ceremony will begin at 6pm. 
   The prizes are already available, including a surprise for those who win the Grand Slam, and are on display on Rueda Medina avenue.


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Middle school "Benito Juarez" to compete in drill team competition 
Secundaria “Benito Juárez” a certamen estatal de bandas de guerra y escoltas[+] Ver mas
  Thirteen students from the Isla Mujeres middle school, Benito Juarez, will compete in Bacalar at the “Primer Copa de Bucaneros UPB 2018” drill team (bandas de guerra y escoltas) competition on May 26 & 27. The two groups of students will travel there on May 25th, with a group of about ten teachers and parents. They are paying most of their own expenses, and the City is helping with the travel costs.

Ligia Palma leads invasion  
Ligia Palma encabeza invasión.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    May 17 Dozens of residents conducted an invasion of a property near the  Hurricane Refuge and La Lomita condominiums on Wednesday, after rumors for a few days, and then more people came to the location. Ligia Parma estimated that are about 200 people involved in the occupation, and she invited islanders who do not have housing space to participate.
       Ms. Parma participated in the failed invasion that occurred in 2008 on a much larger property near this area, which was located at the edge of the wastewater treatment plant. That group was evicted after a complaint was filed by the owner of the property. Ms. Parma now is leading this invasion. She said,  "We want a dialogue with the authorities so that they give us the land to buy it and build homes for ourselves and our children."
        Sources at the state Prosecutor's office indicate that no complaints have been filed as of noon today (May 17) by alleged owners. The Director of Catastro (the deed office), Josue Francisco Villanueva Vargas, said the invaded lots are not in the cadastral data base, so he couldn't identify the property, and he is not familiar with what document the group has. 
     It is noted that this is the third invasion in 13 years, with the first occurring in 2005, which gave rise to Colonia Guadalupana, on two hectares of land that was never claimed by the owner and had been abandoned for four decades.
     The map shown to the media by Ms. Parma indicates a property of 4980 square meters, which they have occupied. The property corresponds to blocks 197, 199, and 002, according to that document. The Director of Cadastro, said that since the property isn't in the municipal database, it would be considered to be under the responsibility of the Government of Quintana Roo. 
     
No sign of an invasion
Sin señal de invasión    [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   May 16  Despite rumors of an invasion of some private properties at the southern part of the island, near the Hurricane Refuge, there has been no confirmation, according to the police chief, Jaime Ongay Ortiz. A reporter visited the location and spoke to neighbors who had not seen anything except a police patrol on Tuesday afternoon. With hurricane season beginning in two weeks, the temporary shelters are in good condition to be used, according to the Isla Mujeres Civil Protection Department.
    Historically, during the most powerful hurricanes, Gilberto in 1988 and Wilma in 205, not even a fifth of available space was occupied. In both cases, the hurricane shelter at the southern part of the island was not filled to capacity.  It has a capacity for 350 people and at the end of last year, an investment was made of 510,000 pesos for improvements and equipment. This included masonry, renovation of hydraulics and electrics, carpentry, 'canceleria', accessories, and signage.
     The majority of families with houses in the lower parts of the island, were usually invited into homes on the higher parts, or went stay with relatives, near or far, in accordance with the solidarity that manifested during those events.
    Hurricane season official begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. The US National Hurricane Center recently predicted a total of 15 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes this season. The names being used this year are: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Raphael, Sara, Tony, Valerie and William.

There are 11 hurricane shelters on the island 
  Son 18 refugios anticiclónicos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  There are 11 hurricane shelters on the island with a combined capacity for 1700 people, with the majority being located in schools, as well as local organizations and one on the Naval base with a capacity for 200 people.


Official recognition to the Regatta participants
Declaración de “Huéspedes distinguidos”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 May 17   The Captain's Cup event for the 30th edition of the "Al Sol" was held at the Casa de las Rocas and the participants were given special recognition as "Distinguished Guests" by Sebastian Escobedo, who is in charge of the office of the Mayor (because the Mayor is currently running for reelection). After that event, the participants and their families and friends traveled to the Town Square in decorated golf carts to reenact a "Carnaval" in the downtown streets. They gave out treats and some presents to children along the route.
     It is recalled that this Regatta generated strong economic benefits when the number of inhabitants on the island barely exceeded one thousand adults, and that there were no colonias populares in 1965 when the first competition was organized. It helped motivate the construction of motels at that time, that are now old. The first luxury hotel in the region, the Zazil-ha with 60 rooms, had opened the year before, as had the airfield that later served as the connection by air for the public and private executives behind the macro Cancun project.
    The traditional basketball game was also held Wednesday evening. The awards event is scheduled for Friday evening at Playa Norte, and it is expected that the participants will being returning to their homes on Saturday.

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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.

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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