Thursday, May 10, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 10

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SINTRA detected cloned taxis in Isla Mujeres LINK   
    May 9 After an anonymous complaint about "pirate" taxis working on Isla Mujeres, today (yesterday) the SINTRA representative, Issis Morales Melendez, led a surprise operation and detected the first four. "Pirate" or "cloned" taxis are when two taxis are in circulating with the same concession number.
     Before mid-day, SINTRA agents had detected eight taxi drivers who are using four concessions. Both vehicles were impounded and the documents collected to find out which vehicle was 'cloned'. She said there is a list of at least five vehicles who are conducting this illegal practice, but it is suspected that there could be more. She acknowledged that while doing this operation, the taxi drivers have already spread the word and surely others have hidden themselves. She extended a warning to the concessionaires, to avoid working in this irregular manner. She also explained that this problem is not exclusive to the taxis and has also been detected among the golf carts.

Installation of the Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles  LINK  
  The installation of the Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles is scheduled to take place at the Town Hall on Wednesday at 5pm, and equipment will be presented to the members of the program so they will be prepared for surveillance of the nesting beaches for protection of the eggs left by the turtles. The Director of the program, Deline Garcia Canto, said there are about ten beaches that are monitored in Isla Mujeres, during the season which concludes on October 15th.  The season lasts five months and the staff will give special emphasis to the beaches of "Hangar" and of the "Invasion" (the latter is by colonia Guadalupania, and I would guess the former is by Aeropuerto.).
   She said that during the 2017 season, a total of 93,247 baby turtles were released, of the species loggerhead, greens, and hawksbills. Although the season for surveillance officially begins on May 15, they being the tours on May 10, since previous experience indicates some turtles start arriving on that date.
Photo of mama turtle nesting at MVC by Bruce Roberts

Pipeline damage incident could be resolved soon   LINK  
   Responsibility has not yet been determined in the incident of damage to the water pipe that supplies Sac Bajo. It has not been confirmed but the boat that is presumed to have caused the damage could have insurance which might pay for it, however the Harbor Master's office and the owner and/or crew of the vessel argue that the pipeline isn't marked on the navigational charts and has no signage.
      The boat, "Mama Cucha", is about 45 feet long and is moored at one of the marinas in Makax lagoon. Aguakan filed a complaint with the Attorney General's office, and it is possible that there could be a resolution within 24 hours, since the boat is insured, or there could be a legal dispute. 

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Another fisherman with decompression 
  This information has already been translated except this article notes that the fisherman who was treated for decompression before the most recent one was "El Chaneque" of the "Isla Blanca" cooperative, and it is presumed that fishermen are poaching lobsters, including juvenile ones, during this ban when it is the spawning season for the crustaceans. Eight fishermen have been treated in the two and a half months since the season ended at the first of March. 

"Cloned" taxis detained   
After a series of complaints were received, inspectors with SINTRA impounded two taxis who were apparently working with the same concession/placa and are considered to be 'cloned' taxis. The operation was carried out on Rueda Medina avenue, near the (car) ferry. According to SINTRA personnel there are between five and eight 'cloned' vehicles, which represents between 10 and 16 taxis on the island that are involved with this practice. 
 During the operation, more than 20 vehicles were detected with some type of irregularity. The Isla Mujeres SINTRA representative, Isis Morales, said that two taxis were impounded for operating in a cloned manner, and when there is clarification by presentation of documents, one will be released and the illegal vehicle will be retained. She also noted that there are also golf carts operating in this illegal manner and she encouraged the concessionaires to continue working to have their vehicles in order.


 POR ESTO  Isla Mujeres articles

Duplicate taxi plates   
Placas de taxi duplicadas.. [+] Ver masLINK to POR ESTO article
   Most of the information in this article was translated above, and it notes that the taxis that were impounded for cloning both have the number #320, and the same placa/plates (A-086-TMM). In an interview,  SINTRA representative in Isla Mujeres, Isis Morales Molina, said that the former leader of the taxi union, "Wato",  had recently come to her office to discuss this issue, seeking authorization from SINTRA to operate that vehicle, claiming that he had already filed a 'recourse' in court.
     Both sets of plates were confiscated by SINTRA and their documents were collected. Sergio Castillo Pacheco, "Caramelo", a supporter of Wato", presented a notarized legal document and pointed out that it is already in the hands of the courts. That document corresponds to the private lease contract that the union held in favor of Mr Castillo when "Wato", Eduardo Peniche, was union leader, but it is not recognized by the new leader, Jose Magana Galue. Both vehicles had passengers on board when they were impounded.
     Ms. Morales Molina said she expects to locate the other five vehicles that are also operating in this manner on the island, and she hopes these types of operations will gradually 'regularize' the transportation services on the island. Since she has been in charge of SINTRA on the island for two months, significant breakthroughs have been made.

Access blocked  
Refuerzan bloqueoVer masLink to POR ESTO article
    The blockade of an easement located at the far north end of Sac Bajo, which was installed in the summer of 2017, has recently been reinforced. The easement contains cables and lines for electricity, water, and telephone, as well as providing an access for properties along the coast. It has been blocked before in recent decades, but this seems to be an attempt to block it permanently since concrete and sharp wire fencing have been installed.

Destruction of mangroves on the island   
Inconscientes devastan manglares de la isla[+] Ver masLink to POR ESTO article
    In 2010,the  four species of mangrove in Mexico were changed from the category of "special protection" to that of "endangered species". They are red (Rhizophora mangle), black (Avicennia germinans), white (Laguncularia racemosa) and the botoncillo (Conocarpus erecta). Cutting into the mangroves has been observed recently near the business "Broncos", according to neighbors. In recent years, there have been reports in the media about mangroves being cut along the periphery of Makax. Cuts have been made in the Sac Bajo are to give access to docks. There have been complaints about the lack of intervention by PROFEPA,  Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection. 

Lack of sidewalks in most of Sac Bajo  
Un riesgo recorre a pie la zona verde Sac-Bajo. [+] Ver masLink to POR ESTO article
    There is a sidewalk along the first 500 meters of Sac Bajo, but none for the other three kilometers. There are no plans to extend the sidewalk at this time, in spite of the potential risk to pedestrians walking along this street.


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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

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 Coopertive Caribe dock (#9)

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

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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