Saturday, June 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, June 23



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A summer workshop for children ages 7-10 called "Vacation Safety" with recreational activities, sports, and games on July 6th from 9a-1p, free, limited to 40 children. It is by the municipal police department for crime prevention.


Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

There are eight photos with a caption saying "Isla Mujeres, free of sargasso". They're photos of the streets & tourists, palms & blue skies, and the photo op sign & panorama.

Fixing potholes and repairing the streets continues at various places around the island by the Department of Public Works. (photos). 

VIDEO "Isla Mujeres free of sargasso" (repost)

Noti Isla Mujeres   


The 2017-2018 school year will end on June 29 for more than 5800 basic level students (preschool thru middle school), according to the Director of Education in Isla Mujeres Yeni Tuz Dzul. VIDEO 

The 2017-2018 school year ends in the "Tlaloc" preschool-kindergarden as reported by the principal, La Maestra Rita Osorio. VIDEO  

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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Ultramar discontinued free tickets for urgent medical care 
Ultramar puso en riesgo la vida de tres personas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Not only has Ultramar ferry company suspended its agreement with the DIF social service agency to provide free tickets to islanders with disabilities, it has also discontinued the similar agreement with the Red Cross to provide transport for patients needing urgent care, according to islanders who were affected Wednesday night.
    Three patients arrived by Red Cross ambulance, and employees would not provide free tickets for them, nor for the doctor who was attending them, saying they were following instructions from their supervisors. One patient had a respiratory problem, another had peritonitis, and the problem of the third person was not specified. They requested assistance from the maritime ambulance that is operated by APIQRoo for transport to Puerto Juarez.
      The company has alleged that it cannot continue paying the "high costs" of fees on the tickets required by the Port Authority (APIQRoo), claiming they are up to ten pesos per ticket. Howevery the Director of the Maritime Terminal in Isla Mujeres, Elena Ríos Fernández, said they barely pay the 50 centavos per passenger.
    This because Ultramar has a special ten year agreement that was signed in 2011 under a previous APIRQRoo Director, so they only pay a 'symbolic iguala' (token payment) each month, while the new ferry companies pay one pesos per passenger from Quintana Roo and five pesos per tourist. 
     (In yesterday's article, it explained that Ultramar's special agreement allows them to pay 50 centavos per passenger during some months and 25 centavos during the rest of the year.)
       Previously, during the hours when the ferries are running, the sick and injured were transported to Cancun hospitals for free, but now they must pay. After midnight and during the early hours, the maritime ambulance operated by APIQRoo is used.

Complaints about the ISSSTE clinic in Isla Mujeres 
Problemas en el ISSSTE de Isla Mujeres

While the Director of the Family Medicine Unit (UMF) of the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) of Isla Mujeres is on vacation, there is no doctor available to see patients in the morning, since currently there is only one doctor when normally there are two. There have also been complaints about lack of medicines. (This article is incomplete with the 'jump' cut off.)


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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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 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.

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June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition


Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
 
  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 22



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VIDEO with caption saying: In the agreement between Ultramar and the DIF, social service agency, the Apiqroo was never included: Rosa Ríos Fernández

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    
VIDEO from Playa Centro, showing the beach is clean and without seaweed, and the tourists are enjoying themselves.

       SEMA (Ministry of Ecology and the Environment) and SEDETUR (Ministry of Tourism) issued a press release about the saragasso that says: Sargasso is composed of macroalgae mainly of two varieties, which often comes from the Sargasso Sea, which is why it affects the Caribbean coasts. In recent years, as a result of the contribution of nutrients from the fluvial tributaries of the Amazon and phenomena such as climate change, global warming and current marine currents, a strong presence of sargasso has been detected in the northern part of South America. . 
     In 2018, we have been informed through satellite monitoring of a greater presence of sargasso in the Caribbean sea and therefore a greater probability of atypical arrival of sargasso to he coasts of the State of Quintana Roo. 
        Therefore, the Federal and State authorities are working together and coordinating various actions, which include monitoring, containment of sargassum at sea, containment on the coasts, collection on the beaches, use and exploitation, and final disposal of waste.
         The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA) of the Government of Quintana Roo has processed special resources to deal with this issue and on Friday, June 22, we will start the cleaning and collection works at various public beaches of Quintana Roo.
         At the following link http://www.qroo.gob.mx/sema we have provided: the "General Guidelines for the Removal of Sargassum, the Beaches of the Mexican Caribbean", and the "Technical Guidelines for Blocking and Removal of Sargassum" in Marine Areas " regarding the management of seaweed at the coasts of Quintana Roo. 
         Additionally, the following telephone numbers are provided to advise those who perform this work in particular 01 (983) 835 0500, 835 0650 and 01 (998) 881 9000 or (983) 835 0860. Ext 43634. 
      Sargassum is a natural atypical phenomenon, and is a concern of all because in large volumes can affect the image, tourist activity and health of our coastlines.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Nice drone VIDEO of Punta Sur.


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Posted ~ noon yesterday: There is a video interview with the Harbor Master whose caption says:  The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres has joined in the work of locating the fishing boat of Puerto Juarez, "Mis 3 Amores", which went to work at 6am on Wednesday, and there has been no information since. 

Two hours later: The three fishermen from Puerto Juarez who are crew members of the 28-foot boat "Mis 3 Amores", have been located in Boca Iglesias, all of them in good health, according to the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Ultramar suspends agreement to provide free tickets for islanders with disabilities  
Fue otra mentira de Ultramar. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Ultramar has suspended its agreement with the DIF social service agency to provide free tickets for 140 people with disabilities, in wheelchairs, for round trip passage to Pueto Juarez.  They said this policy change was due to the state Port Authority continuing to charge fees on these tickets. However, this fee is only a 'symbolic collection' of 50 centavos per person, according to data provided by APIQRoo.
     The person in charge of the APIQRoo Maritime Terminal, Rosa Elena Rios Fernandez, said this change of policy by Ultramar is regrettable, and she said only about ten people per month utilized this free service.
   She said that under these circumstances, they will try to find another ferry company to provide this service, and that APIQRoo would absorb the cost of the fees, in order to benefit these vulnerable people.
   The Director of the DIF social service agency, Hilda Gomez Avila, said the agreement signed with Ultramar is officially in force until the end of the year, and she hopes to get in touch with executives of the company to learn more about the situation, since on Tuesday Ultramar employees began notifying beneficiaries of the program that the company would no longer absorb the 'high costs' of transporting these people, saying that APIQRoo charged up to 10 pesos per person.
   Ms. Rios Fernandez said this was not true and that Ultramar is charged a 'symbolic' amount, according to a ten-year agreement signed in 2011, which is 51 centavos per passenger from September to December and 25 centavos from January to August, although the 'real' tariff is one peso per state resident and five pesos per national or foreign tourist.
   That agreement will expire in 2021, and in the case of the new ferry companies Marinsa and Navento, the current amount is being required, of one peso for state residents, including islanders, students, seniors, etc). This is very advantageous for Ultramar, because before this agreement (which Por Esto calls 'suspicious' and 'advantageous') the fee was 1.5 pesos for state residents and 2.5 pesos for tourists..
       In 2017, five million passengers were received (sic APIQRoo's statistics count each passenger twice. They report passenger 'movements'; one movement for coming and one movement for departing, so it's five million 'movements', of half that many passengers), which means at least 20 million pesos to be paid for this right, except the agreement changed the amounts.
     She said that from January to August the 'iguala' charge represents 307,000 pesos per month, and is applied to all people using the island terminal, coming from Puerto Juarez and the Cancun Hotel Zone, and from September to December, the amount drops to 153,000 pesos per month.(~$16K and ~$8K usd. monthly.)  (sic At the beginning of the article, it says the higher amounts are charged September to December.)
       The headline actually says "Another lie from Ultramar"

Concerns among the fishing cooperatives  
Preocupación en cooperativas pesqueras. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The executives of five fishing cooperatives in Isla Mujeres estimate that out of every 10 small fishing boats (bote ribereños), six do not meet the safety conditions because their engines that have finished their useful life. It is urgent that they be renewed, but the fishermen don't have money, now that the cost has risen and is quoted at a rate of  21 pesos to the dollar.
   The eight month lobster catching season begins in little over a week on July 1st. Depending on the amountnof use, engines need to be renewed every three to four years, which has become especially difficult with the reduced catches of fish, and the seasonal bans on lobster and grouper also make things complicated. 
  The fishermen used 60 horsepower motors which are offered on the internet for $6530 usd, plus VAT tax, which at an exchange rate of 21 pesos is nearly 160,000 pesos, plus the costs of shipping. Unfortunately there are currently no subsidy programs for boats and engines, in an extended manner, a support from the municipality that no longer exists, according to a member of the Isla Blanca cooperative. 
    The fishermen are also repairing and renewing their other gear, including nets and the air compressors they use for diving. Last season lobster tails were being sold for 600 pesos/kilo and it is expected that this amount will be negotiated to a higher price.


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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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 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.

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June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition


Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
 
  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 20



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Federal funds for cleaning beaches LINK  
Chetumal, June 19 More that 62.5 million pesos have been authorized from the Natural Disasters Fund to clean beaches from the effects of Tropical Storm "Alberto", which occurred between May 21 and 28. Coastal areas in ten municipalities of the state were affected. The money was approved by the Damage Assessment Committee after their Delivery of Results Session.
      In accordance with the survey of damages in the coastal zones caused by the subtropical storm "Alberto", Governor Carlos Joaquín, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning, requested "Immediate Partial Support (APIN)" of 62,573,045 pesos for cleaning beaches. Considering the severe damage caused by the rains to the tourism sector, and after examining the Civil Protection analysis as well as the technical opinion, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) confirmed the approval of the amount requested, which will be executed through Banobras from the Trust Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN).
     This work will be done in the next 30 days, starting on June 18in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Othon P. Blanco, Solidaridad, Tulum and Bacalar, and the Ministry of the Environment will be in charge. This funding is important because it will allow Quintana Roo to maintain one of its main attractions, its beaches.


Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

5th International Women's Fishing Tournament is this weekend. First prize is 100,000 pesos, second is 50,000, third is a scooter, fourth is 15,000, fifth is 10,000, and sixth thru tenth are surprise prizes. Best Captain wins a scooter. The band "Fulanitos" will perform on the awards day. Registration is 2000 pesos until it increases to 2500 on June 23.


VIDEO of the director of Civil Protection and his staff, who had just removed a large boa from a palm and are taking it in the truck to relocate it to its habitat. They are by the walkway around the Salina Grande lake. The director said they are taking it to the Mundaca hacienda area of the island to be released, and it is estimated to be about two meters long (between one and a half and two and a half meters.) It appears to be longer than the height of the woman holding it.

VIDEO by reporter of the area behind the Casa de la Cultura where the photo op Isla Mujeres sign is located, walking past Media Luna beach, el Riito, and Playa Norte to Playa Centro.

Photos of municipal Traffic police installing signs

Services of a nutritionist are available for islanders at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9a to 1p, provided by the City of Isla Mujeres.

There is a photo of one of the new Marinsa ferries with a caption saying: What do you think of the new Marinsa Turismo boats?

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO whose caption says: Officers with the municipal Traffic police installed signs at the homes of people with disabilities to prevent cars from parking there and to provide them with better access and mobility.


  Officers are installing a disability sign and reporter explains that they are in colonia Canotal. He questions one of the officers who explains they are installing this sign on the request of the resident with disabilities to ensure access, and that they are installing 80 signs around the island, both downtown and other areas.

Ultramar not accommodating people with disabilities  See Por Esto section below. 


With more than 100 thousand pesos in prizes this June 22nd and 23rd, the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" will take place in Isla Mujeres on June 22 and 23 with more than 100,000 pesos in prizes, as reported by Mauro Rodríguez, organizer of the event, VIDEO  

VIDEO of one of the new Marinsa ferries arriving at the dock, with the reporter saying it began operations today. (These two boats are renovated Magana ferries, with new engines & second level seating. They can make the crossing quicker & more directly than the other Marinsa boats, which must follow the navigation channel by Playa Centro, due to their deeper drafts.)

IM Noticias   

There is an article about Ultramar not accommodating people with disabilities 
 See Por Esto section below.

Women's fishing tournament this weekend
See translation in the Isla Mujeres al Dia section above. Two days before this event takes place, 15 boats have registered, but the event coordinator, Mauro Velazquz explained that like the Isla Mujeres International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña", many participants wait until the day of the captains dinner to register. He said about 50 boats are expected to participate, and they hope to match the number of participants as last year, if not exceed it. The Captains dinner will be held on Friday, June 22, and the starting shot for the tournament will be fired on the morning of the 23rd at 8am. Participants are hoping for cooperative weather.

Municipal traffic police putting up signs
Isla Mujeres on June 20, 2018.- With the intention of improving road 'culture' and respect for traffic signs, the Isla Mujeres municipal Police Department spent a day installing and repairing signs in various parts of the island.
   The Director General of Public Safety and Traffic of Isla Mujeres, police chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Galué, explained that these actions are intended to raise awareness among drivers and the community in general to respect the traffic the newly installed traffic signs and those already in place.
With the installation of these signs, throughout the island, it is intended that motorists and other people be more respectful, especially when driving, said the head of Public Safety of Isla Mujeres.


The municipal police ask that traffic signs be respected VIDEO 

Faster Marinsa ferries begin operation VIDEO  
  In this IM Noticia video the reporter says the Marinsa ferries will be departing Isla Mujeres 15 minutes after the hour and departing from Puerto Juarez 15 minutes before the hour.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Another intransigence by the Ultramar company  
Otra intransigencia de la empresa Ultramar+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Disabled persons must now pay Ultramar 32 pesos for a round trip ticket, and their companion must pay 52, when previously only the companion was charged, due to an agreement that the company had with the DIF social service agency. The company officials said they withdrew the courtesy tickets because of APIQRoo, the state Port Authority, who had previously not charged their 10 peso fee on these tickets, but are now collecting that.
   The reporter spoke to the municipal DIF Director, Hilda Cristina Gómez Ávila, who said they were surprised by the change and concerned about the effect on 140 disabled persons of all ages who benefited from the courtesy tickets. She said the program began during the previous administration, to provide free tickets for persons with disabilities and half price tickets for their companion, and the current agreement was signed legally, and has three more month until it expires.
  She said, "We were not informed previously, it took us by surprise and we learned from several people who came to the DIF to complain, there are people who have a lot of difficulty paying for the companion ticket and having to pay another 32 pesos, although it does not sound like very much, for these people is a lot, and it means sacrificing other necessary expenses."
       Gómez Ávila said that she sent a letter to Alicia Ricalde Magaña, Apiqroo's general director, on Monday, asking for a waiver of payment of the wharf to people with disabilities, at least until the agreement expires, and she hopes to have a prompt response.

Hotel occupancy at 67% 
Ocupación hotelera del 67% [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  June 19 The port was open for general navigation, and the temperature was  29C, which felt like 34C, which was conducive for all types of outdoor activities, including relaxing at the beach or taking tours, such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, or observing and swimming with the whale sharks.
   There was an overall hotel occupancy rate of 67 percent of which 79 percent is attributed to the Continental Zone.
   Nautical activities were back to normal on Monday morning at 7am when the port was reopened for general navigation. On Tuesday, there were winds from the southeast at 15-20 km/hr with variable gusts up to 30 km/hr, and waves of one meter in height. These conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the week and on Thursday the winds may increase to 20-25 km/hr with gusts up to 33km/hr, which would not merit a port closure, but it would be at the operational limits for small boats.
   Passengers were noted on the ferries, including some with luggage, as well as visitors who just planned to spend a few hours, in addition to the locals and workers. There were a moderate number of diners at the restaurants on Hidalgo, and the golf cart rental agencies reported that demand was good. Cooperatives offering tours, travel agencies, and others in the nautical tourism sector reported that sales were improved, but they are hoping for improvement with the arrival of the summer holiday season, when many Mexicans visit the island.

Memorial for Rosely Magana  
Homenaje póstumo a Rosely Magaña] Ver masFull article at this link
    A memorial and a Mass were held on Monday for Resely "Chely" Magana, who passed away after receiving multiple bullet wounds during a political meeting at her home in colonia San Antonio, in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. (See yesterday's translations).

Operating at last  
Por fin las dejaron operar[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The Marinsa ferry "Jetway 2" passed the docking tests and began operating after receiving its authorization, offering passage every hour and fifteen minutes, which will mean that a Marinsa ferry is departing every 30 minutes, because they are continuing to use the two original boats.
   These two new boats, "Jetway 1" and "Jetway 2" were acquired from the local company Maritima Magana, who withdrew from the market because they couldn't compete with Ultramar. More than one resident is celebrating the return of these boats that used to transport passengers to Puerto Juarez when there was no other option. (They were renovated with new engines & second level seating.) Magana was unable to compete with Ultramar, when demand lessened daily, because many preferred the modernity and comfort, despite complaints about poor treatment from Ultramar personnel.

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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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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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 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.

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June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition


Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
 
  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)