Friday, March 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, March 2

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Celebration of World Civil Defense Day 

The government of Isla Mujeres is working to keep the beaches clean  Link    Video  
  Staff with ZOFEMAT carry out cleaning of the beaches to avoid accumulation of seaweed.  This clean up work is done 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by 32 employees of this Federal Zone agency. They remove the seaweed manually, without the use of machinery, as stipulated by federal regulations. The cleaning brigades focus on the area between Media Luna Beach to Playa Centro, which includes North Beach, and is the equivalent of more than a kilometer of coastline. The Director of ZOFEMAT in Isla Mujeres estimated that between 2 and 3 tons of seaweed are being removed weekly.
     In regard to the beaches beside the malecon and along the Caribbean Sea coastal road, he said they remove seaweed and trash at least once a week, while at the wetlands of Sac Bajo and Salina Grande, clean-ups are done once a month, on average.
   He clarified, "It is important to emphasize that we do not work alone, but we rely on other agencies such as the Department of Environment and Ecology, in the case of cleaning the wetlands, and that it is due to the coordinated efforts that we can keep our environment clean."
       Thanks to these efforts, the City of Isla Mujeres guarantees that the beaches are clean and suitable for recreational and human activities - through monthly monitoring of water quality - but also that islanders and visitors can enjoy them in full tranquility through surveillance work by the Coordination of Civil Protection and the Tourist Police.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The representative for SINTRA in Isla Mujeres was Mr. Jorge Martin Alvarez, and now the position is occupied by Ms. Iris Morales LINK  
  No advance notice or explanation was given about the change, and Wilian Conrrado Alarcón, Secretary of Sintra in the State confirmed the change, ensuring that the new staff will be on an interim basis until the official appointment. It is noted that there is a pending review of golf cart concessions.

Two bombs found on different Barcos Caribe boat   LINK 
    Two bombs were found by a worker of the Barcos Caribe company, who was inspecting the hull of the anchored vessel in front of the facilities of the Guarnición Militar (Military Garrison), who alerted the civil and military authorities of the "Island of Las Golondrinas " (Cozumel), this Thursday afternoon. 
      A week and a half after the discovery of an explosive device on the Cozumel coast, which was detonated in a manner according to protocol by Army personnel at a Cozumel Marina, and eight days after the explosion on one of the boats of this  company owned by the father of ex-governor Roberto Borge Angulo, who is detained in Mexico City, on Thursday two more bombs were found attached by  the propellers of a boat that is anchored by the island. 
      The images leaked to the social networks of the devices also caused an alert among the authorities such as the Harbor Master, Civil Defense, and the Navy-Armada of Mexico, so that other vessels near the boat "Barcos Caribe II" were evacuated, and civilians were prohibited from approaching. 
      So far it is unknown if the devices can explode, but because of the characteristics of the bomb found by fishermen 10 days ago, it is feared they are high risk, since on that occasion, the military decided to detonate them in the FONATUR Marina, to avoid a incident during a transfer to their facilities. 
    The images of these two bombs were leaked, which were made with the same materials: A PVC tube and inside the explosive connected to a detonator 'por tiempo' (lit. 'by time'). 
    It is expected that this Thursday the State Attorney General of the State will more information. It should be noted that eight days after the explosion on the Barcos Caribe ferry, while it was docked at the dock in Playa del Carmen and passengers were deboarding, when 24 were injured - one of them seriously - there is still no final assessment, discarding the first version of a mechanical failure, as was said at the time by the Director  the Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña. 
     For the time being, the vessel is guarded by Naval personnel.

There is no special situation of risk for tourists in Cozumel: SEDETUR  LINK   
       Cozumel, as one of the most important tourist destinations  for the State of Quintana Roo, does not present any special risk situation for visitors arriving by sea or air. 
      This is confirmed by the normality with which the visits of the 778,000 tourists visiting Cozumel, or those who stay in one of our 4, 400 rooms. The occupancy of this destination remains at 67.8% and the satisfaction rates of our visitors remain among the highest. 
     Although some incidents have been reported, all related to the same company, the last of them involving some devices, it should be noted that this vessel was out of commercial service for more than 10 months and was moored several hundred meters from any docks. 
     An investigation of the facts is being done with the utmost speed and the state and federal prosecutors are involved in it, as well as other assistance that is available, including the collaboration of international agencies, such as the FBI, has been accepted to provide greater certainty to the international audience.  They are still waiting for the results of official expertise and recent findings to strengthen some lines of investigation, including that the incidents are exclusively related to internal, inherent situations and specific to the affected ferry company, which is no longer providing commercial service. 
      In accordance with the permanent commitment of this Ministry and the Government of the State of Quintana Roo to make the experiences of all our visitors as pleasant and safe as possible, we regularly update and increase the security measures for visitors and the residents of our State . By virtue of the above, users of maritime and air terminals will be able to find the highest security standards and the application of international protocols within these facilities. 
    The Secretary of Tourism of the State of Quintana Roo reiterates an invitation to visit our destinations and their mission to provide a satisfactory and safe experience.

 TVIM article about the advisory from the US Embassy in Mexico City for Playa del Carmen ferries LINK  (See article and link below)

Port Authority minimizes alleged bombs on a different Barco Caribe boat 
     Through an official statement, it was announced that "a preliminary report from the Integral Port Administration of the Government of the State of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) announced that the comments made today on social networks regarding the Barco Caribe vessel, identifying it as a carrier of a supposed explosive device, was only used to transport parts, was located 500 meters from the coast of Cozumel, and has been out of operation for 10 months, because it does not have the required navigational permits "
    This vessel of Barcos Caribe did not represent, nor  does it represent, any danger for the daily passengers of Cozumel nor for the tourists that visit our tourist destinations. The State Government works to preserve the tranquility of the inhabitants of Quintana Roo, as well as the visitors. 
     There is a coordinated effort between the three levels of government, including involvement of the Army and the Navy, to reinforce the security measures in the docks. 
       The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo has opened an investigation into this event and the one that occurred on February 21, both of Barcos Caribe. LINK 


Yesterday the US Embassy in Mexico City issued a Security Alert prohibiting US governmental employees from using the tourist ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, after undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican Law enforcement on a ferry, according to the Alert.
This Milenio article says the two devices were attached to the boat "Barcos Caribe 3". The Governor says the Barcos Caribe boat represented no danger to passengers nor tourists to Cozumel & other tourism destinations. (Note: Barcos Caribe company does not operate in Isla Mujeres).
The moored boat had been used to transport spare parts and was out of operation for 10 months, as well as having no permit for navigation. The boat is the property of the ferry company, Barcos Caribe, of ex Gov. Borge (who is in jail awaiting trial).
A week ago, there was an explosion on a Barcos Caribe ferry at the Playa del Carmen dock, with 18 injured. Barcos Caribe was ordered to suspend operations when it was found during the investigation that their passenger insurance policy had expired in January and they lacked other documents.
The Governor gave reassurances that the three levels of government, including the Navy and Army, are working together and have increased security at the docks.

Link to yesterday's Security Alert (in English):…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Lack of attention to the water leak at the Tourism office  
Nula atención a la fuga de agua en la oficina de Turismo[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Businessman Victor Roman said the water has been leaking for months and causes decomposition of leaf-litter, which he personally cleans up, as part of the business sectors efforts to raise awareness and take responsibility for maintaining a good image of this Pueblo Magico. He also cleans by the Casa de la Cultura. He wants the municipal authorities to take care of this leak. He said the water constantly leaks from the roof, going into the parking lot of the Casa de la Cultura, showing a lack of maintenance to the water supply system at the offices for Tourism and of PROFECO. (This refers to the former CRIM building on Guerrero, not the offices on Rueda Medina).
   He also complained that most of the lights on Hidalgo aren't lit at night, which could provide opportunities for thieves.

CFE guarantees electrical service during high season  
La CFE garantiza el servicio durante temporada alta. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     March 1   In the midst of widespread power interruptions in recent days, Orlando Roque Flores, superintendent of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), however, said that the service is guaranteed during the current high season of tourism. 
     Last night, (Wednesday) there were two new cuts, shortly after 8:00 pm; the first lasted one minute, and then 100 seconds later, a second interruption lasted four minutes. This was preceded a blackout on Friday that lasted half an hour. (This one was after dark and that one was during daylight). 
        Consulted on this matter, the official responded that the CFE is guaranteeing service to satisfy the thousands of visitors that arrive daily, but eventualities occur since the supply comes from Cancun.  
      He said that the incident last Friday was not caused by a fault in the substation of Playa Norte. The submarine wiring connection was inspected for that substation, and there were no irregularitiesHowever, the alleged explosion at the connection of the manhole at the Rueda Medina boardwalk was not that, but they detected a cluster of gases and there was heat. 
       As is known, last year, the underground lines were replaced, which start at that point and go to the substation located on Hidalgo Avenue, and no problems were detected during the review last weekend. 
      Regarding the question of the useful life of the submarine line, the official said that it was recently given maintenance and there are no plans to replace it. It has the capacity to provide service for sufficient time, but  one of the causes of the inconvenience of an interruption could be if a boat unfortunately damaged it with its keel, if the vessel crossed the lower part of  North Beach, which could also happen between Punta Sam and Cancún.  
      Regarding the replacement of electrical poles, he said yesterday they replaced one on Rueda Medina by the intersection with Abasolo, on Friday they will replace two by the community Hospital, and on Wednesday of next week one will be replaced in front of Playa Centro.

Literary contest in Spanish announced  
Alistan convocatoria para concurso literario en español] Ver masFull article at this link
The director of the Institute of Culture of Isla Mujeres, Rubén Pérez Martín, announced that the call to celebrate the fourth edition of the "International Poetry Prize 2018" is ready and its release is scheduled to take place in April, with a prize of 50,000 pesos and publication of the winning submission. The contest in Spanish includes authors from the Caribbean and Florida, as well as from Mexico. The rules are the same as the previous competition, which took opened on March 24 and closed on July 14, 2017. 
    On Sunday evening, there will be a special Noches Magicas event to commemorate the visit of the first Europeans, led by Spanish navigator Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, as well as the 101st anniversary of the birth of island composter Virgilio "Chino" Fernandez (RIP). 
   On Monday, there will be another event to commemorate the first European visit to Isla Mujeres with a civic ceremony on the Eastern Malecon at 9am, at the monument to Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba. There will be more commemorative events this month, and an exhibition of paintings and photographs is scheduled for mid-month. 

      On Saturday afternoon in Ciudad Mujeres (on the mainland) a Carnaval festival will be held at the urban dome at 4:30 and all the families of the colonias are invited.

Club Tiburoneros FC, an opportunity for young soccer players to develop their potential
Club Tiburoneros FC, semillero de futbolistas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link  

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 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.

March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  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   

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