Friday, June 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 15

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Uber to return on Sept. 12
The Mobility Law has been officially published and will go into effect in ninety days, and then Uber can provide service. LINK   
   After controversy caused by drivers with the 17 taxi unions, leaders negotiated with governmental officials and it was agreed that participants entering the public transport system using digital platforms would be required to obtain concessions, and not just a permit.
    The concessions will be granted, under strict state regulations, by the State Mobility Institute, which will be created and endowed with technical and managerial autonomy. The Institute will be responsible for the planning, design, execution, evaluation and monitoring of the mobility policy.
     The state union organization of taxi drivers, FUTVQROO (Frente Unico de Trabajadores del Volante en Quintana Roo) announced that they reached an agreement with the State Government, through the Legal Department, so that transportation services that are contracted through digital platforms are considered as a public service, provided via concessions and not permits. This will give real control of their operation by the transportation agency, and should ensure the rights of taxi drivers in Quintana Roo.

    The taxi drivers will also continue to earn their daily livelihood though a concession, as it has been to date, which guarantees their economic security and respect for their source of employment. 
      With this approval and official publication of the Mobility Law, the Uber platform will be able to return on September 12th,  and operate with the same (legal) security that it has in other states of Mexico and in other countries.

Operations by the new Marinsa ferries were scheduled to begin on Friday, but at the last minute it was decided to postpone until further notice. Some people guessed that it might be due to bad weather, while others thought it might be due to a lack of authorizations. The two boats will make the crossing in 30 minutes between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, and are (renovated versions of) boats that once served this same routed under the name  Transportes Marítimos Magaña.
   It is recalled that the Marinsa company began operations with two large vessels that take 40 minutes to make this crossing. 

Port remains closed for small boats LINK  
  This affects more than 300 fishermen, and is the result of poor weather and rain. The fishermen are hoping for improved weather when the lobster season opens on July 1st. The Harbor Master said the rains could last a few days, even until Tuesday, which concerns the seamen.  Meanwhile, the fishermen are using this time to improve their boats and prepare their equipment for the upcoming lobster season.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

VIDEO of Harbor Master talking about the port being closed for boats under 40 feet due to the weather.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

The two newly renovated ferries of Marinsa should begin operations on Friday. LINK  (See TVIM article above saying this was postponed.)

The fourth semester students at the Colegio Bachilleres are painting a mural on the perimeter fence of their campus for their ESEM course taught by Víctor Pérez. (Photos)  

VIDEO of Harbor Master, yesterday, talking about port being closed for the second day

IM Noticias   

Two renovated Marinsa ferries should begin operations on Friday. (See TVIM article above saying this was postponed.)  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Poor weather affects seamen 
Mal clima afectó a los hombres del mar+] Ver masFull article at this link
June 14   On Thursday, the effects of the tropical wave affecting Quintana Roo caused the closure of the part for boats under 40 feet for the second day. About forty boats for tourist use arrived with half capacity, coming from the Cancun Hotel Zone, which was fewer visitors compared to the number they brought on Wednesday.
   It was cloudy all day, with moments of drizzle during the morning, and it wasn't until nearly 3p when the sun appeared, which was appreciated by the ~2000 tourists visiting the beaches or touring to areas of interest on the island in golf carts.
   At 11am, the Harbor Master allowed the Isla Mujeres lancheros (small boat crews) to take tourist to the coral areas of El Farito (lighthouse) and in the interior lagoon, where the poor weather wasn't having an effect. The Ministry of Communications and Transport reported southeasterly winds of 25 km/hr.
   Conditions are not expected to improve on Friday, and by 7pm the easterly winds are forecast to have gusts of 35 km/hr, and the recreational tourism boats may be restricted on Saturday, including the larger tour boats from Cancun.
     According to the National Water Commission (Conagua), Tropical Wave #3 is in the southeast of Mexico, interacting with an area of ​​instability over the Yucatan Peninsula, causing a large area of ​​cloudiness in the center, south and southeast .For Friday, that system "will be absorbed by the zone of instability or possible tropical depression, which will be located off the coast of Guerrero. At the same time, a new tropical wave will approach the coasts of Quintana Roo causing warm and humid air to enter the Peninsula. " Por Esto notes that development of the storm, if any, will be slow due to the strong upper level winds.
  Then the article quotes from yesterday's NHC report, instead here's what the NHC just published this afternoon:

From the NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion at 1:26p (12:26p "Isla time"

A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the 
northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan Peninsula is associated
with a surface trough. While significant development of this 
system is not anticipated, heavy rain and strong gusty winds are 
occurring across the Yucatan Peninsula today, and will overspread 
the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and reach portions of the 
Texas and southwestern Louisiana coasts by Sunday. A diffluent 
pattern aloft is currently helping to induce this convective 
activity. Scattered showers and tstms are also seen over the SW 
Caribbean just N of Panama. Two tropical waves are moving westward
across the basin. Please, see Tropical Wave section for details. 

Recent scatterometer data provided observations of fresh to strong
winds across the central Caribbean, with seas of 10-11 ft. The
aerial extent of the strong trades, roughly between 70W and 83W, 
will slightly diminish this weekend. However, fresh to strong 
winds will persist across the Gulf of Honduras and the NW 
Caribbean over the next couple of days in association with the
surface trough.
HERE is the link to the full discussion.  

Hotel occupancy at 70 percent  
Ocupación hotelera al 70 por ciento [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
  Hotel occupancy in the mainland part of the municipality, in Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, which has remained above 70 percent in the last two months, on the eve of the start of the summer season. It is noted there are some 5000 rooms there with more being built, where zoning is permitted for about 25,000 in the next five years.
    Hotel occupancy on the island is around sixty percent, however the small hotels report lower rates, with some reporting they barely have twenty percent occupancy.
    Occupancy is expected to be good during the upcoming summer holiday season, with executives of luxury hotels and governmental officials expecting rates above 90 percent. 

Cleaning the storm drain system 
Limpian red de desagües pluviales+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Civil Protection personnel have removed about 20 tons of sediment and garbage from the storm drain network in the Isla Mujeres colonias, in order to prevent overflows during the rains, according to agency director Ulises Berman. 
        This volume of waste has been collected over several days of work so that the storm drain network would be in good condition in the colonias of La Gloria, Salina Chica, Meteorológico and Salina Grande, as well as downtown. He said they were not going to wait for rain to get the entire network in good condition.
    They also replaced grates that were in poor condition. It is noted that the rains in recent days have not caused any problems, including in areas where problems previously occurred, due to the results of these efforts. 
    Regarding the lakes, Salina Grande is 40 centimeters below critical level and Salina Chica is half a meter below. They do not present any risk of overflowing, and the last pumping which occurred two weeks ago was sufficient.  The situation at Salina Grande was verified (by the reporter) and infact the level marker is below the number one. Before engaging the pumps, the level would need to rise by 30 centimeters, "and for that it would need to rain cats & dogs ("a cántaros") for 15 hours in a row," said a Civil Protection employee.


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

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.

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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.

June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition

Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
  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")
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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