Monday, July 30, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 30

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Chapel on Isla Contoy urgently needs maintenance  LINK  
   With less than a month until the boat procession it Isla Contoy, fishermen are asking municipal authorities to renovate the Chapel of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre that is located the fishing camp there. The roof of the chapel is broken and in poor condition.
       Baltazar Gómez Catzin, president of the cooperative "For Social Justice"said they will present photos to the Mayor of the chapel. He said an investment of about 40,000 pesos is needed, since in addition to the roof, the chapel needs painting and maintenance.
    He said that the procession is scheduled for the first or second Saturday in September, depending on the weather conditions.

Removing sargasso from the beaches of Quintana Roo LINK  
In state news...Chetumal... Between June 19 and July 29, crews removed 106,000 square meters of sargasso from 41 coastal beaches of Quintana Roo, cleaning 38,400 linear meters according to Alfredo Arellano, head of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA). This work has created 520 temporary jobs, and the sargasso is expected to continue arriving during the month of August, according to satellite monitoring, and the Governor has made arrangements with the Federal Government to continue this work. This is an unprecedented amount, compared to previous years
        Mr. Arellano explained that the sargasso is a brown marine macroalga of the genus Sargassum, an important component of the marine flora of tropical and subtropical zones. It provides a habitat for a great diversity of marine species. The movement of sargassum is important for connectivity in the marine system, as it transports larvae of a large number of species. 
  He explained that the massive arrival of sargasso to the coasts is a relatively common phenomenon that has increased in quantity, frequency, extension and duration since 1970. During the summer of 2011 an anomalous sargasso arrival occurred as an event of "oceanic scale", encompassing the eastern coasts of the Caribbean Sea and West Africa. 
      In of the summer of 2013 and throughout 2014, Arellano said there were high amounts of sargasso on the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean. At the beginning of 2015 the presence of large quantities of sargassum on the beaches became constant. These arrivals to the beaches of Quintana Roo continued until December of that year. The atypical event affected 74.6 km of beaches in five municipalities. 
      Mr. Arello said that in 2016 and 2017 the Mexican Caribbean received significant amounts of sargasso, and in 2018, the largest volume in history has occurred, which is 3 to 4 times more than in 2015, the authorities of the three levels of government, tourism sector, academic sector and volunteers, joined efforts to face the natural phenomenon of the arrival of sargasso to the beaches in abundant quantities.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

There's a sunset photo & two photos of a fellow and a lizard.

Residents in colonia Miraflores are complaining about the installation of an electrical transformer which they say is dangerous. (photos)

There is a photo of two men, Fernando Cedillo García y Cristian Cedillo de la Paz, who have been missing for more than four months and were allegedly last seen in Isla Mujeres, with a link to contact someone if you have info. 

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Hurricane wall continues to deteriorate  
Muro antihuracán continúa debilitándose [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Below the hurricane wall that protects downtown, there are metal cages holding rocks (gabions) which are deteriorating from the effects of the salt and waves. As the gaions deteriorate, the wall will become susceptible to the effects of the waves.

Low water levels at Salina Grande lake due to the hot weather   
Salina Grande baja de nivel por calor [+] Ver masFullarticle at this link
   Due to the recent hot weather causing evaporation, the water level of Salina Grande lake is lower than average, and if this continues there could be another fish die-off event, which has occurred in recent years, because of a lack of oxygen. A strong rain could raise the level 10 to 15 centimeters, and currently it is 60 centimeters below the maximum level. If it drops several more centimeters, it may begin to generate the bad odors that usually precede the shortage of oxygen that causes the fish to die.
   More than a month ago, Civil Protection activated the pumps to discharge water into the sea, after heavy rains, and there is currently a chance of rain at any time, according to the forecasts, but no torrential rains are expected in upcoming days.
   Many birds, including migratory species, spend time at the lake, including pelicans and comorants. It is also noted that there is litter along the walkway around the lake, presumably from walkers who don't carry their trash to the garbage cans where it belongs.

Taking care of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre   
A cuidar la virgen de la Caridad del Cobre [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 This has the same information as the TVIM article above, noting that the chapel where the wooden image is kept during lobster season was constructed twenty years ago, and that the transfer of the icon traditionally takes place in early September, so the work should be done during August. Hundreds of families accompany the procession, and during the lobster season, the fishermen give thanks to the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre and ask for her protection.

20,000 people arriving to Isla Mujeres  
Llegaron unas 20 mil personas a Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  According to the Port Authority, about 20,000 passengers arrived on Saturday, despite the hot weather with temperatures of 32 degrees in the afternoon. The beaches began to fill up at 11am, with even more people that previous days. The majority of tourists are visiting for the day, and depart later in the afternoon. The main streets downtown were also full of visitors and traffic was affected by the 800 rental golf carts, and well as a lesser number that are privately owned, as well as taxis, scooters, and pedestrians.
  The National Hurricane Center in Miami reports that the Atlantic basin remains calm and no hurricanes are expected in the next five days. CONAGUA (National Water Commission) reports that Tropical Wave #22 will travel through the Yucatan Peninsula and southeastern Mexico, based on information from the National Meteorological Service, with forecasts of mostly cloudy skies, with thunderstorms at points, and warm winds from the east at 20-35 kph, gusting to 45kph. Tropical wave #23 is expected to arrive to the coastal area of Quintana Roo on Monday, causing effects in the afternoon and nighttime. (We had some rain for a little while, and temperatures are a little cooler). Conagua says the first cold front of the season could arrive in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

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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.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
July  1  10:14
July  2  10:53
July  3  11:31

July 27   7:32
July 28   8:14
July 29   8:54
July 30   9:32
July 31  10:09
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05

July Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Sunday, July 1 Election Day Polls open 7a-6p Alcohol will only be sold to foreigners with food purchase at businesses with a food license, until the 48 "Dry Law" expires at midnight. Mexico will electsa president for a single six-year term, and 628 members of the national congress, who for the first time in nearly a century can be reelected. Voters are also choosing nine governors, ~1600 mayors, and thousands of state and local lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2 Mexico vs Brazil 9a  World Cup  Islanders can watch at the large screen on Playa Centro provided by the Posada, or at a variety of bars.

Wednesday, July 4  US Independence Day, may be celebrated in some bars

Friday, July 6th at 8pm at the Convention Center. Renatta Dance Studio would like to invite you to our 6th annual end of school year show!
The theme is ‘Mexico Without Borders’ and the show includes more than 50 dancers and special performers. Join us for this wonderful dance and musical tribute to Mexico! Local island children from 4 years up to their teens will be performing, as well as professional dancers and special performers from the island and Cancun.
Tickets are $50 pesos for adults and $30 for children in advance. And $70 pesos and $50 pesos at the door.

 July 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday  Barracuda Fishing Tournament

July 20-22  Fri, Sat, Sun. 11th Annual Whale Shark Festival 
Friday, July 20
6:30p Inauguration of the Festival on the Town Square
7p  Presentation by Biologist Pamela Vasquez of Saving Our Sharks on the Town Square
8p  Performance by the Municipal  Folklorico Troupe of Palenque Chiapas Latin Dancers Dance Studio

Saturday, July 21
6p Artisans Exposition and tasting of regional dishes
7p Presentation by Biologist Karen Fuentes of results of monitoring Manta Rays in the Mexican Caribbean
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupes Al Son del Corozon de Isla Mujeres and Mestizas de Agua Salada de Isla Mujeres

Sunday, July 22
4p Children's Basketball Lightning Tournament at the court on the Town Square
7p Conference by Biologist Rafael de la Parra about Whale Sharks
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupe of Silao Guanajuato and comedian Miramelindo
  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 GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
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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