Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cleaning Culverts & Lowering Lakes, Cloudy Weather Affects Tourism, Police Clearing Brush, Attacking Skeeters In Sac Bajo, Poker Invitation & A Spa Special, Seso's Menu & Spiked Watermelon, Uneventful #2 Was Overcast, Nat'l Geo & Betsy's Brush With Fame In Isla Mujeres News Wednesday June 19 Today's Articles & Events: The Final Edition

North Beach/Playa Norte In Real Time  In Isla Mujeres  

LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the Playa Norte webcam


Tropical Depression #2 is not near Isla Mujeres, it is in the Bay of Campeche. From NOAA this morning, we aren't on the graphic anymore. Monday morn was sunny, the it clouded up and we got an hour of rain around noon, then it was overcast Monday afternoon & Tuesday.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 3-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center  The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for portions of southern Mexico. Tropical Depression Two is centered over the Bay of Campeche. It's forecast to strengthen a little during the next day or so, and is expected to become a tropical storm prior to landfall. The main threat continues to be heavy rainfall, which could cause significant flooding over portions of Central America and southern Mexico.Get the latest on this tropical cyclone, including warnings and graphics, on the NHC website

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Cleaning of culverts to prevent flooding

Limpieza de alcantarillas para evitar inundaciones

Miércoles, 19 de Junio de 2013 00:50

Manuel VALDEZ  ISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.-
Leer más.LINK..
  The personnel of the Civil Protection department are continuing their work to prevent flooding, after there were forecasts of heavy rain. They began on Monday morning, cleaning drains in colonias Meteorológica, Salina Chica and Salina Grande, to prevent them from becoming clogged. The public needs to support these efforts by not leaving trash in public areas where it can go down the storm grates and impede the flow. 
    Since Monday the agency has been operating the pumps to lower the lake levels, to prevent overflowing, which occurred 15 days ago. These actions are the first step to address the Hurricane Season of 2013, and the agency director acknowledged that the islanders are accustomed to taking preventative actions. The next step will be collaborating with the public to clean their yards and rooftops.
  With respect to the flooding that occurred two weeks ago, the director explained that employees of the company Ramejor, who were constructing the Municipal Rehabilitation Center in La Gloria, broke the strom drain pipe and its protection. Leftover mixture (restos de mezcla.) was thrown over it and the weight of the mixture and the debris broke the tube and obstructed the circulation of the rainwater, causing flooding in areas surrounding the lake, resulting in serious inconvenience to the residents, but.. (and then it ends.)

Trash Transfer Station has only  300 tonnes of garbage

Waste generation remains at low levels with low season for tourism

Estación de transferencia sólo tiene 300 toneladas de desechos

Miércoles, 19 de Junio de 2013 00:41

Temporada de baja afluencia turística ayuda a que la generación de basura se mantenga en sus niveles bajos

 Manuel VALDEZISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.- Leer másLINK...
The Municipal Director of Public Services, Aceves Gerardo Velazquez, said the trash transfer station currently has ~300 tonnes of garbage, which is the remainder of the more than a thousand tonnes that had accumulated. He said the amount collected daily has dropped from 25-28 tonnes to 18 tonnes, due to reduced tourism. On Friday they resumed transferring trash to the landfill on the mainland. The rains had softened the dirt road and the machinery could not pass safely upon it, and on one occasion one nearly turned over. Now they are transferring 60 tonnes of trash daily, whereas before it was 30, so they expect to have the Transfer Station free of debris before the summer holiday season begins again and increases the production of trash.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de El Quintanarroense

Alarming presence of mosquitoes
Alarma pre­sen­cia de mos­qui­tos   Ovidio Lopez 

 In Sac Bajo the proliferation of mosquitoes is causing complaints from representatives of companies that have tourism activities at night, who are fumigating the beaches regularly. They say this is a never ending effort that only mitigates the problem, because the mosquitoes come from nearby. Construction workers who are building sidewalks in the area, said that at dusk the mosquitoes come out massively, making it impossible to remain after 6pm. The problem was caused by the recent rains, and it was announced days ago that the Vectors teams would be using their chemical sprayers to stop the proliferation.

Preventing flooding
Previenen inun­da­cio­nes

Noticias de  Quequi......

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Awaiting intense rains with the passage of a tropical depression

Esperan lluvias intensas por el paso de depresión tropical 

This info that was already translated, and now most of that storm is in the Bay of Campeche, on the other side of the Yucatan peninsula.

Esperan lluvias intensas por el paso de depresión tropical






Clearing vacant lots

Limpian lotes baldíos

 Five officers were seen clearing brush from lots in Colonia Electicistas, after complaints that vagrants were using the lots because the brush hid their activities. Some residents support these efforts while others complain that this is not the responsibility of the police. They say the Department of Urban Development should administer notices to the owners, which is within the power of that agency.
  This past weekend, on Prolongacion Rueda Medina, police officers were using a sophisticated "gun" that measures the speed of motorists, to assist in compliance with respecting speed limits.

Working to avoid flooding in the future in Isla Mujeres
Personal realiza trabajos de reparación de tubería de desagüe en la colonia La Gloria. (Lanrry Parra/SIPSE)Municipios | Tratan de evitar futuras inundaciones en Isla Mujeres  Lanrry Parra/SIPSE) 

Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad

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Escasa afluencia de bañistas en las playas+] Ver mas LINK

Low number of people at the beaches
Due to the cloudy weather and the forecasts of rain from Tropical Wave #3, there were fewer people at the beaches. Early in the day when the weather was stable, tourists came out to visit the beaches, but as it got cloudier at mid day, some preferred to return to their rooms. Navigation for boats under 40 feet remains restricted, which may continue for the next two days.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B
 Mama turtle visited & dug a nest last night, that is not very clear in this soft light.

 In real life, the sun behind the clouds was looking moon-ish.

From MVC B&B :  June Events

Friday June 21: Summer Solstice
Fri-Sun June 21-23:  Whale Shark Festival  See below for events
Sat & Sun June 22 & 23 : Super Full Moon (6:50, 7:50, & ~hour later nightly)

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. BTW the serpent shadow moving on the steps of Chichen Itza occurs with the Equinoxes.

Super Moon of June: The biggest brightest moon of the year
This year the Supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigree — the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. During perigree on June 23 the Moon will be “only” about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). Source link  

Whale Shark Festival Parade Friday....

Turismo De Isla Mujeres  Te invitamos a participar al Festival del Tiburon Ballena, decora tu carrito con motivos marinos este viernes 21 de junio a partir de las 4:30 pm. Informes al tel. 8770307. We invite you to participate in the Whale Shark Festival by decorating your golf cart with sea themes this Friday June 21st at 4:30pm, for more info call 877 0307

Turismo De Isla Mujeres Festival del Tiburon Ballena, participa en el desfle alusivo al pez mas grande, dandole su bienvenida. Ademas concurso de disfraces infantil
Participate in the parade for the biggest fish, welcoming you! Also a child's costume contest. 
The poster says..
5p Parade - starting at Mateo Lopez Avenue, down Main Street Rueda Medina and ending at the Town Square
6:10p - Inauguration at Town Square Stage
6:20 - Children's Costume Contest with 2 categories: CENDI (nursery school age) and Kindergarten  
7:45 Live Music at Town Square Stage
9am  Sand Sculpture Contest & DJ at Posada Beach
11am Sports Activities at Posada Beach

Live Music Wednesday In Isla Mujeres

Casa de los Suenos 4-7  Banda Sin Nombre   Half priced appetizers LINKwebsite LINKfb

Iguanas 6:30-8:30   Jazz       Tapas Special  LINK   Fb

Bahia Tortuga 6-8 Open mic
  (or Karaoke)   LINK

Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals  LINK


El Patio 8:30-11  La Guera & Willys Blues    LINK 

Cafe del Mar  8 -10 (?)    LINK LINK

Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis

Faynes Banda Sin Nombre 10:30-12:15   LINK

Critter events...
In June the whale sharks (and rays) are visiting. Three species of turtles are nesting on Caribbean beaches & breeding offshore (The honeymooners are more obvious by Punta Sur, but we are seeing them here off the Bachilleres area beaches, too.) 
There are little red crabs migrating to and from the sea, mostly with the full moons.  (Watch out for them on road at the southeastern end of the isle at night.)

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera shared Gwen Cervantes's photo
Victor's Havana Cafe Paladar on south Juarez near the Naval base & La Lomita 
 salad and shrimp  ensalada y camarones,escondidos pero ahi estan.....provecho.

Tony Garcia  Windy,cloudy,wavy,glad not rain.. (posted ~7a)
Isla MujeresThis is all I need... Esto es todo lo que necesito...
Roots Clinic's photo. Reminder! Our promotion is valid through this THURSDAY, June 20th!: *****Treatments are heavily discounted to 375pesos each.***** This special price applies to everyone, whether you are a first time or returning client. You may use the discounted price as many times as you like! Book your appointment today! 998-105-5610 or It has been great to meet new clients the past few days as well as see regular clients. Thank you!
Hello all! I am happy to announce a very special promotion for one week only!!
*****JUNE 13-JUNE 20 treatments are heavily discounted to 375pesos each.*****
This special price applies to everyone, whether you are a first time or returning client. You may use the discounted price as many times as you like within one week! This is a great opportunity to try acupuncture and/or shiatsu for the first time or to tackle chronic issues in multiple treatments. Please check out my page to see all of the benefits acupuncture/shiatsu have for your body. Feel free to call or email with any questions: 998-105-5610, Treatments are conveniently located mid-island at Casa Ixchel.
I look forward to hearing from you-Have a beautiful day!
Open invitation to all ladies and gentlemen to join the Isla Poker Club. We have two impromptu tournament style games scheduled for Thursday June 20th and Monday June 24th. We usually play every Monday and Thursday during high season. Penny Deming and her staff at El Patio Caribbean Grill on Hidalgo have graciously hosted our game for the past high season. This is a great way to meet new folks, locals or long term residents of the island. Also a good way to learn how to play in very laid back friendly environment for only $100 pesos buy-in.

Betsy is quoted by National Geographic! :  LINK
 Photograph by Martin Strmiska, Alamy

Picture of a diver and whale shark in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiffany Yenawine Wareingposted toBarlito, bakery & market cafe and Sonrisas Catering on Isla Mujeres, MXHeading to the beach or the ferry? Swing by Barlito for some food to go! We can send you off w/ bagels, sandwiches, paninis, salads, you name it, if it's on the menu it can be packaged up to go! We hope to see you at Barlito!

Squaloadventures Isla Mujeres SUPER FULL MOON DIVE JUNE 23rd BOOK TODAY!!

By Jackie Conlon
 Sesoloco Delivers...I am adding this menu link to their delivery listing that is always at the top of the blog...with more than a dozen other restaurants in Isla Mujeres that deliver. Most have no fees, so feel free to tip well! Thanks Jackie!

Parmesan fish at Seso Loco

Photo from Erin's food files LINK

 From Recipe Girl, LINK, adapted from Martha Stewart

Tequila- Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Yield: 4 servings  Prep Time: 20 min + time for chilling
watermelon wedges 1 in thick: enough to lay flat in two 9x13 baking dishes
1 c sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
sea salt
1. Arrange watermelon wedges in a single layer in 2 (9x13-inch) baking dishes.
2. Prepare Spiked Simple Syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in tequila and Triple Sec. Set aside to cool.
3. Pour cooled syrup over watermelon and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (longer if you wish).
4. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over the watermelon and sprinkle with sea salt.
*An alternative way to serve these: you can use a melon scooper to scoop out round balls of watermelon to soak in the syrup, then place two watermelon balls on a toothpick and serve them that way (more like an appetizer)...or put them on a cocktail twizzler & add to drinks, with a warning!

 Here is a graphic about hurricane history In Isla Mujeres from NOAA: At this LINK, it is interactive.  
For this version I chose. "Isla Mujeres, Q Roo" and  filtered it to show hurricanes of all categories (eliminating Tropical & SubTropical Storms), within 65 nautical miles.
 On the interactive version you can click on each track for info about that hurricane.

In Isla Mujeres Daily News....
The Early Edition has headlines & newspaper photographs.
This Final Edition has translated articles, events, and original photos with the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section.
Both always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if  there is a headline, but no translation, the information was probably already translated, recently. 

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