Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 1

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In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Investigating damages to the Aguakan underwater line caused by a vessel
 The damages didn't affect the tap water supply because the line is for use in cases of emergency of maintenance to the line that supplies Sac BajoLINK  
The damage occurred at the underwater section that crosses the Canal of Puerto de Abrigo. The line is protected and at a necessary depth to allow the entry of large boats, but it is suspected that the anchor of some vessel could have caused the break in the water pipe. It is a six inch pipe and was broken at its deepest part, which suggests that an anchor caused the damage.
   On Wednesday, April 15, the Harbor Master reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents) as a result of strong effects from Cold Front #44, with the exception of the dragging (Garrio ; arrastre) of a sailboat as a consequence of the strong winds. There is no direct accusation that it was that particular sailboat, but there is a suspicion that it was responsible for the damage to the pipeline, which is only used in cases of emergency or maintenance to the main line. It is important to point out that this problem didn't affect the tap water supply.

Young fisherman died from decompression on Sunday evening LINK 
    The young man of 27 who died from decompression on Sunday evening lived in Puerto Juarez, but provided seafood for the Isla Blanca Cooperative. He was brought to the Community Hospital Emergency room at 3pm, but there is no Hyperbaric Chamber there, because it is still located downtown. They tried to stabilize him and it was after 5:30pm when he was transferred and put into the capsule. His friends from the Cooperative said he died around 8pm.
      They lamented that there was not a doctor in Isla Mujeres to attend this type of emergency, since timely care was decisive in this case, and could have made the difference between live and death.
     Members of the cooperative said that even when the lobster season is over, there are many fishermen who scuba dive with spear guns who are not necessarily catching lobster.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Opposing the North Beach bungalows  
Echarán atrás los bungalows de Playa Norte .. [+] Ver mas
    A group of six university students who comprise the board of the Committee in the Defense of the Environment of Isla Mujeres plan to visit the area where construction of 20 bungalows has been proposed near Playa Norte, to document sensitive issues of environmental and social impact. They plan to collect evidence and request an opinion of rejection from the nearby businesses. They want to support the process of obtaining an indirect injunction (amparo) from the Poder Judicial court to stop and definitively cancel the project.
   The work was stopped a week ago after social pressure, but there are concerns that it could resume after the elections. The group also plans to address two other issues which are the accumulation of garbage at the Trash Transfer Facility and the issue of the lot which was sold at the overlook by Garrafon Park.
   The members of this group are: : Julio Aldair Osorio Yam, president; Cuitlahuac Hernández Aguilar, general director; Alfredo Poot Andrade, deputy general director; Juan Manuel Valdez, social director; Amairany Vázquez Martínez, educational director; Julio César Osorio, legal director; Agapito Magaña López, Sports Director; and Ulises Ramos Ortiz, Director of agriculture, cattle ranching and fishing.
  (The proposed site for the bungalows is off the pier at Yunque Islet where Mia is located, which is different from the bridge that connects the hotel to Isla Mujeres). 

"Merlin" arrived first in the 50th edition of the Sol al Sol regatta  
“Merlin” gana la edición 50 de la regata del “Sol al Sol”.. [+] Ver mas
 April 29   The boat "Merlin" cross the finish line at El Yunque at 7:59am, followed two hours later by Sgt. Reckless at 9:51 am,  who then veered off out of concern for the deep draft of his boat, but those in charge advised the captain that the El Yunque canal is almost 7 meters deep, which is enough for the five meters of his keel. Both boats belong to the Spinnaker A category and are large vessels, with the latter being the largest of the four in the category at  75, 4 feet long, while the Merlin is second largest at 68.5 feet.
   Enrique Lima ZUno, Commodore of the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club estimated that between 10pm Sunday night and the early hours of Monday, the other 27 boats should arrive. The judges will meet on Wednesday to determine the corrected times of each boat, and to establish the winners in each of the six categories.
    This competition was one of the fastest, with the first boat completing the crossing of more than 500 nautical miles in less than 45 hours, and the second yacht arrived in less than 47 hours. According to historical data, in 2010, the boats "Muñequita" and "Sweet Melissa", were given corrected time of 44 hours, 19 minutes; and 46 hours and 16 minutes, respectively. In 2013, "Sweet Melissa", was given a corrected time of 49:57 and 25 seconds and "Mango"'s was 49:57 and 13 seconds.

Young baseball fans celebrated  
Festejan a los pequeños amantes del beisbol [+] Ver mas
  The baseball game on Sunday featured raffles and surprises for the children, in honor of Children's Day on April 30th. No large events were planned for Monday.

Lack of responsibility about keeping the walkway clear 
Nula responsabilidad para mantener limpio el paso peatonal y sus alrededoresja.. [+] Ver mas
  This information has already been translated about complaint about the hostel "Balu", and it is also noted that there have been complaints about noise at night which is affecting two nearby hotels.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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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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