Sunday, June 5, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, June 5

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Strong winds & rains restrict 500 boats to port  

Ante los fuertes vientos y lluvias que imperan a causa de fenómeno meteorológico

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de junio.-
   The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, reports that restrictions for boats under 40 feet are expected to continue on Sunday, with heavy rains and strong winds forecast until Monday. The rains began on the early hours of Saturday, and were expected to continue during Saturday, with the heaviest rain expected on Sunday. There are concerns that this low pressure system could become a hurricane at the start of the week,  while it is moving across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida peninsula

While shark tour operators want officials to intervene against boats without permits  

 Solicitan intervención de autoridades

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de junio.-
   Whale shark tour operators are requesting intervention of authorities against boats without permits, and noting that on some days there are no whale sharks found, in these early days of the season. Sanctions for offering tours without a permit can be applied by SEMARNAT (Department of the Environment and Natural Resources) equivalent to 30-50,000 days of Minimum Salary (72 pesos/day or ~$4/day). 
    Factors for determining the fine include:  Gravity of the infringement and the damage which occurred or could occur; the benefit or profit obtained from the activity,  whether it was intentional and what was the consequence of committing the infraction, if there was recidivism, and what security measures were required to impose enforcement. 
      In 2015, there were three administrative procedures relating to whale shark tours, by PROFEPA. Permit holders say suspicious boats should be reported immediately, and they expect authorities to act. They say everyone with permits should protect each other, and it is important to protect and conserve the whale sharks, in addition to their economic dependence on this activity. 


Big procession for Sacred Heart of Jesus festival  

En honor al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de junio.-

  On Friday night in colonia La Gloria, there was a large procession of hundreds of parishioners dressed in white and carrying candles, as part of the annual celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church. This event took place after the 8pm Mass, during which parishioners were encouraged to forget their political differences, and to have a peaceful election process.
      The festival continues from May 29 through June 9, and coincides with the celebration of Corpus Christi. The festival is expected to conclude with confirmations of youths and children by Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo. The celebrations are led by priest Raul Sanchez Alonso.

Guarantees of a peaceful election 

Ayuntamiento dispone de operativo policiaco para la jornada electoral de mañana

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de junio.-

Para atender arribo de turistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de junio.-

  With increasing demands for service, the car ferry company has put both ferries into operation, which should decrease the waiting times at the Punta Sam terminal. When there is enough cargo to warrant it, they will load a second boat, as needed.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Advisory from Civil Protection regarding Tropical Depression #3 (Issued at ~noon today):
Regarding its developments and path, the low pressure system has developed into Tropical Depression #3, located NE of Cozumel, and it does not represent a risk of hurricane formation for the state of Quintana Roo, confirmed the head of Civil Protection.
It is causing scattered rain and cloudiness across the state in general, and especially at the northern zone.
It is located at latitude 21.9° North and longitude 88.1° West, which is 200 kilometers northeast of Cozumel, and 175 km to the East-Northwest of Progreso, Yucatan.

A weather bulletin was issued by Civil Protection on Saturday, for the period of 3pm to 10pm, which advised that in Isla Mujeres cloudy skies were expected with moderate to strong rain from electrical storms, with occasional squalls and winds from the east-southeast at 25-35kph, gusting to 50kph. This is from a system of unstable tropical air which has a 70% probability of development into a tropical storm or hurricane within the following 48 hours off the coasts of the state, therefore vigilance is advised. (It is expected to organize and develop as it moves away from the Yucatan peninusla, into the Gulf, toward the Florida peninsula)

Taking care of the infrastructure of our wonderful island home is the responsibility of every. Don't litter in the streets, in order to allow our drainage systems to work properly & to avoid bigger problems.
Cuidemos la infraestructura de nuestro gran hogar que es la isla, es responsabilidad de todos, no tiremos basura en la calle para que los servicios de drenaje funcionen óptimamente y evitemos problemas mayores.

Meeting of the Hurricane Committee prior to its installation  
A meeting was held on Saturday morning, prior to the scheduled installation of the Comité Municipal Especializado en Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos 2016 (Municipal Hurricane Committee) which was scheduled for June 9th, because prevention is important when addressing any weather situation or potential storms.
     It was emphasized that people should be attentive to avoid hazards and major problems, and they should ignore rumors and unofficial, irresponsible information and misinterpretation of the weather bulletins. The credible, trusted source of information is the official information which is provided from the specialized agencies, experts, and personnel of Civil Protection and the Weather officials.
         The coordinator of Civil Protection for the Northern region of the state, Guillermo Morales, emphasized that not being aware & ready is more dangerous than being highly alert, and people should be aware that this is one of the most visited areas of the state and it is our obligation to safeguard the citizens and visitors.
       Regarding the current weather conditions, there are forecasts for intermittent rain, with some heavy rains expected , but according to the current satellite view, the system is not organized, and not creating other types of problems, and they are monitoring it and will advise people to make any preparations, if necessary. Members of the committee are listed, and they report that they are ready to serve within the scope of their duties, in any weather situation, and are currently working to assure the necessary internal coordination and preparations to provide services.

Information from Civil Protection.
 The first page is emergency phone numbers and the locations of the hurricane shelters.

The second page says:

  • Stay clam, be informed,
  •  know where your hurricane shelter is, 
  • ignore rumors and don't spread them, 
  • ignore unofficial information, 
  • prepare drinking water and nonperishable foods,
  •  secure objects which could be blown by the wind,
  •  know your evacuation options, 
  • put your personal documents in a plastic bag.
Be Informed

  • Pay attention to the Media and monitor the Internet
   In this way you can know the strength of the hurricane, its expected trajectory, and when it is likely to hit.
  • Don't listen to rumors and speculation
   It is common to hear rumors and speculations about the intensity or strength and the trajectory of a hurricane, therefore it is important to pay attention to the Official Bulletins which are released in the Mass Medias of Communication and on the internet. 

    After you have been informed about the conditions, predictions, and probabilities, you should consider your options and make decisions in order to protect yourself and your property, and you should coordinate this with your family, your friends, or your neighbors.

  • Decide whether to evacuate or to stay in your home
    You should consider whether your home is in a high risk area and whether it is strong enough to resist the extreme winds and rain of a hurricane. Consider whether your house is made of strong cement blocks in good condition, whether your house is generally in good condition, and that you are not on the coast or in an area of high risk.

  •  Always stay calm, for the benefit of yourself and your loved ones  
     Stay calm so that you are able to make important decisions wisely, to safeguard your life and the lives of your loved ones.

  • Be Prepared: ACTIONS
     Prepare drinking water and nonperishable food. Be aware that the potable water system is likely to be compromised during a hurricane, with problems associated with contamination or ruptures in the lines, or suspension of power to the pumps. Therefore, it is recommended to be prepared for these circumstances. Stock foods that do not need refrigeration in case there is a lack of power for an indefinite time, and stock up on canned goods.
  • If you decide to stay in your house
  1.      Make repairs to the roof, windows and walls to avoid major damage
  2.      Put an "X" on your windows to reduce shattering in case the glass cracks or breaks.
  3.      Move fertilizers and pesticides to areas away from water, to avoid possible contamination.
  4.      Close and secure your propane tanks!
  5.       Find a place to protect your animals and work tools.
  6.       Prepare transportation in case there are sick family members or senior citizens.
  7.       Put fuel in your vehicle because supplies may be short after the hurricane
  •  Keep the following items at hand:
  1.       Personal documents: Have them secured and available in case of evacuation
  2.       Radio and batteries to monitor the advisories
  3.       Extra batteries.

   At all times:
  1.      Stay CALM
  2.      Ignore rumors and speculations
  3.      Ignore unofficial information
  4.      Stay inside a secure place
  5.       Do not go out for any reason
  6.       Secure your personal documents and put them in a backpack so your arms will be free
      Have a working, battery powered Radio in a special location to enable you to monitor the Official Bulletins and information released to the media       Stay calm and keep your loved ones calm

      Disconnect all your appliances and the electrical energy cut-off. 

RED ALERT: Maximum Danger
BLUE ALERT: Minimum Danger

Prepare your family plan for Civil Protection
Islanders with  Awareness & a Culture of Prevention

 Security ensured during Sunday's elections  
 Security is assured at the voting locations throughout the municipality on Sunday, June 5, with 70 police officers overseeing these activities in the three areas of the municipality: the island, the Continental Zone and the Agricultural Zone. They are patrolling with 7  vehicles and 7 motorcycles. Alcoholic beverage sales are restricted from 7:30 am Saturday to midnight on Sunday, with the exception of establishments in tourism areas, which may sell alcoholic beverages with food, if they have the appropriate licenses.

June 24 & 25 Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe"

Important notice.
  A tropical disturbance is predicted to affect the coastal and sea areas near Quintana Roo, starting in the early hours of Saturday, June 4. At 8pm on Friday night navigation was restricted for boats under 40 feet, including trips to Isla Contoy, Sports Fishing, Whale Shark tours, snorkeling and diving, and parasailing, they are allowed tours near the island and boats over 40 feet would be allowed to bring tours to Isla Mujeres.
  The general population is advised to be aware of the development of this system which is predicted to cause increasing winds, waves, and heavy rains with thunderstorms starting around 4pm on Saturday with winds from the E-NE switching around to the E-SE at 40-60 kph, with stronger gusts, continuing Sunday and Monday.

Para que juntos logremos una jornada electoral ejemplar, compartimos esta información importante.

So that together we can achieve an exemplary election day, we share this important information.
 Dry Law for Election
This says that except in tourist businesses, in tourist areas, alcohol cannot be sold from 7am Saturday until midnight on Sunday.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a video of islanders waiting in the rain to vote, and a comment that the rain will be a factor in this election, and photos of officials, candidates, and others casting their votes.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tropical disturbance
Perturbación tropical casi encima.. [+] Ver mas Full article & photo at this link 
  June 4    This thunderstorm is currently poorly organized, with a broad low pressure area forming over the northern Caribbean Sea, which is expected to gradually develop Saturday night and Sunday. It is expected to pass over or near the Yucatan Peninsula and the southern Gulf of Mexico. It has a high risk of developing in to a hurricane when it moves across the Gulf at the start of the week. It could generate heavy rains locally in parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and Florida.

Early installation of Hurricane Committee
Adelantan instalaciónn .. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link

Prepared for the election on the island and mainland  
En isla y continente, preparados por l.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
 June 4    On the island the voting locations are: “Andrés Quintana Roo” grade school, the former (now closed) Hospital Integral, the Special Ballot Box at the Maritime Terminal; the Middle School Benito Juárez, the primary school “César Mendoza”, the park“La Jaula” in colonia Salina Grande, the preschool-kindergarten “Tláloc”, the grade school “Julio Sauri” and the Red Cross.


Advisors supervise voting areas  
Consejeros supervisan área de votación [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

June 3      Advisors will be overseeing the voting areas during Sunday's election. There are 28 polling stations in the municipality, of which 10 are basicos, 17 are contiguas, and one special one in the port to receive votes for Governor. There have been 18,175 ballots provided for voting for Governor and an equal number for the Legislators. For the City of Isla Mujeres, there are 17,407 ballots available.
         On the island, there will be five ballot boxes at the primary school "Julio Sauri, and most of the voting will be done in colonia La Gloria, where long lines are expected at the intersection of Isla Contoy street and Pargo, starting in the early hours of Sunday, based on past experiences.

Some businesses unaware of Dry Law Rules  
Algunos ignoran entrada en vigor de ley seca. [+] Ver mas
June 3   As of Friday afternoon, some establishments were unaware of details regarding the prohibition of alcohol sales, which begins early on Saturday, and continues all day Sunday. The Ministry of Finance and Planning issued a statement on Thursday advising owners sales of alcoholic beverages were strictly prohibited from 7:30 am Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

Risks of an electrical short at Middle School 
Riesgos de un “corto” en la “Benito Juárez”. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
June 3    An insulator had broken for one of the three electrical lines providing power to the Middle School, Benito Juarez., which was noted by members of the neighboring cooperative "Patria & Progreso". They say the insulator broke and is just hanging from the cable, and a strong wind could cause a short circuit, which could burn out the transformer. The middle school is a voting location for this election, when voters will be choosing a Governor, legislators, and City governmental officials.

Monitoring low pressure system  
Sistema de baja presión bajo observación.. [+] Ver mas

June 3  Staff with Civil Protection reported that Isla Mujeres is ready to cope with heavy rain, with the storm drains cleaned out, and all three Salina lakes are at low levels, and rain will help them regain normal levels. On Friday, at 1pm, the storm was located 583 km southeast of Tulum, moving west-northwest, and its effects should be felt throughout Saturday. It is likely that small boats will be restricted, with heavy rains expected, with electrical activity, reduced visibility, and the possibility of sudden squalls causing increases in winds and waves.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are 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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

June events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
June 20   7:48
June 21   8:38
June 22   9:27
June 23  10:03
June 24  10:58
June 25  11:42

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

June 1 Dia de la Marina  Usually there is a ceremony in the morning on the Bahia

June 2 Thursday 4-9  Casa de Cultura  Taste of Isla & Artist Fair 

June 5 Sunday Election Day  (Alcohol sales are usually limited to selling to tourists with food, in tourist oriented businesses)

 Pueblo Magico Nights events are usually held on Sunday evenings, often featuring dance troupes performing on the Town Square.

June 5 World Environment Day  

June 8 World Ocean's Day 

June 19 Sunday  Father's Day

June 20 Solstice

June 24 & 25 Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe"

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