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Adrián Martínez Ortega, State Coordinator of Civil Protection (Coeproc) reported that based on the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the two zones of instability (rain) that formed on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 3 in the Atlantic Ocean, do not represent danger for the state of Quintana Roo; constant monitoring will be maintained.
CFE: There won't be another power outage LINK
July 3 Yesterday evening, the CFE issued a brief press release confirming that a failure in the submarine cable was responsible for supplying electricity to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo.
On the social networks there were rumors that tonight (Tuesday) there will be another blackout, however the Federal Electricity Commission denied this a few moments ago and gave assurances that the problem had been resolved. It is noted that the prolonged power outage interrupted Telcel phone service, but not AT&T, and others were affected because they were unable to charge their phones. Electrical service was restored after 2 in the morning. There are concerns about outages becoming more recurrent, and some residents have purchased flashlights and generators.
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There are graphics for children's workshops in soccer on Playa Centro July 2-20, and for a children's safety workshop by the police on July 6th. They have previously been posted and translated.
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There is a video of the president of CANACO, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, who expects and hopes for a successful summer vacation season in 2018.
There is a video whose caption says: More than 2300 helmets have been delivered by the group "Isla Mujeres Helmet for Children". Today they delivered 350 more helmets for children!!
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Some hotels anticipating 100% occupancy
Se agotan las reservaciones[+] Ver masFull article at this link
While hotel occupancy is currently reported at about 60%, some hotels are expecting 100% occupancy between mid July and mid August, based on their reservations. The Director of Tourism said that the overall occupancy of the municipality has reached 73 percent, of which about 84 percent corresponds to the hotels of the Continental Zone, while the occupancy on the island is at 58 percent.There are almost 2000 hotel rooms on the island, ranging from hostels to five-star hotels whose managers expect their rooms become occupied in the upcoming weeks, especially the owners of small lodging centers, who in many cases must wait for the big ones to fill up to receive overnight guests.
In addition, there are an indeterminate number of houses and private rooms available for rent for tourism, which are usually offered among the foreign community thru internet sites.. Although there is allegedly a pattern of housing with these characteristics, which are registered with the Treasury and paying the corresponding 3 percent lodging tax, construction is occurring on the island at a rapid pace, with new houses appearing in the blink of an eye. This means that in Isla Mujeres, officials are unable to determine the number of tourists who are staying overnight on the island.
The port remained open for general navigation, with good weather, and many tourists arrived to enjoy the touristic activities on the island and in the nearby waters.
Rents have become "sky high"
Las rentas “por las nubes”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
It has become very expensive to rent a house, apartment or room in Isla Mujeres, because their prices are focused on tourism, making them out of the reach for workers and residents who lack their own home. This is why it is not surprising that, when the opportunity arises, island families are willing to invade land in order not to continue paying high rents.
The high costs cause a predicament for many people who live in Cancun, but work in the island, whose salaries do not allow them the luxury of paying them; since on the island a small room in the colonias rents for 3000 pesos and a similar rental downtown costs 5000 pesos.
Availability in the market varies, but possibilities are minimal except for tourists with plenty of dollars in their wallet, since the rents are beyond the reach of the working class, even if their income is two or three minimum wages, then, the dilemma is to pay the rent or the utilities, and to eat with what is left over. (The Daily Minimum Wage is 80 pesos, which is $4usd/day. 3000 pesos is $150usd or about 38 Daily Minimum Wages and 5000 pesos is $250usd which is about 63 DMW.)
Those who most resent the effect of the high prices are the hundreds of workers who daily are forced to cross by ferry from Cancun to fulfill their work commitments, as is the case of Carmen Lara, who is employed as a housekeeper at a hotel in the beach area.
Although the company she works for pays for her ferry boat tickets, she would have liked to move to Isla Mujeres for convenience and above all for safety, but the cost of living is more expensive than in Cancun, and she finds herself limited by her income.
She said, "If I could move here I would, I really like the island as a place to live and I would not have to get up so early, but the rents are very expensive, I've been searching for some time and the cheapest thing I found was a little room, minimal, without ventilation, with only a very small little bathroom, without a patio, for 3000 pesos a month, while in Cancún you can find a room with these characteristics for about 1,000 pesos or less."
She explained that she rents a house in the Paseos del Mar subdivision, which she characterized as a very dangerous area where there have even been some executions, so she would feel more calm and comfortable living in Isla Mujeres.
The reporter also spoke with Olga Cabello, who, like the previous interviewee, works in a hotel, who said: "Half of the island is already owned by foreigners, who build large houses and apartments to rent to tourists. Meanwhile, the local people who have rentals, also prefer to rent to tourists and they request rental amounts that can only be afforded by vacationers. There is no one thinking about the workers, certainly there are people who have rooms for rent that are not for tourists, but even those seem too expensive, especially if you compare them with the rentals in Cancun, because on the island downtown, they ask 5000 pesos for a tiny apartment, while in Cancun for that amount, I can rent a house with at least three bedrooms, a patio and a garage."
Power outage for about 12 hours
Apagón por varias horas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See yesterday's translations.
From the NHC this morning:
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located within a few hundred miles to the south of Bermuda are associated with a trough of low pressure. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some development of this system, and a tropical depression could form before the end of the week while the system moves west-northwestward and then northward between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States. The system is then forecast to interact with a frontal system on Sunday, which would limit any additional development. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent. 2. A small area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is producing a concentrated area of showers several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some additional development of this system is possible during the next few days while the low moves westward at 10 to 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for development by this weekend when the system approaches the Lesser Antilles. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
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July 30 9:32
July 31 10:09
Painting by Pamela Haase
July EventsProvided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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 Schedule TBA
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 This link is currently not working.
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)