Friday, May 18, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 18

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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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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   

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