Saturday, August 4, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 4

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International "3 Nations" basketball tournament begins LINK  
The two first games of the 2nd edition of the Three Nations Basketball Tournament began on the island with the Ingeniería team from Cancún losing to the Tequileros of Jalisco with a score of 69 to 88, and the Docta of Argentina beating the Marlins of Isla Mujeres with a score of 66 to 61. Teams from Mexico, Argentina and Belize are participating in the tournament. Municipal and state sports authorities have been the main promoters of this international event, and were present at the opening ceremony.
    There will be (were) games in Cancun on Friday between the Ingenierias and the Running Rebels from Belize at 6:30p and between the Tequileros and the Docta of Argentina at 9:30p. On Saturday, the games will be in Cancun in the morning and in Isla Mujeres in the afternoon. The tournament will conclude on Sunday in Cancun with a game between the Cancun Ingenierias against the Isla Mujeres Marlins at 11:30am and the final game will take place at 1:30 between the Tequileros and the Running Rebels of Belize.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Residents request more trash cans  (photos of full receptacles with bags of trash next to them)

VIDEO of Playa Centro, without sargasso, and tourists enjoying the sand & water. The reporter says the geographic position of the island helps prevent the arrival of sargasso to the beaches of Isla Mujeres. He mentions the Playa Norte is also free of sargasso.

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Complaints and concerns about truck the large truck full of construction materials that is parked on the beach of the cooperative "Caribe", which is an 'emblematic' beach that islander would miss. (VIDEO of truck and beach)

VIDEO of post-accident scene along the road to Garrafon Park, with the reporter explaining that the golf cart flipped when it hit the curb avoiding a motorcycle, and two young children were injured.

VIDEO whose caption says: Everything is in order at Colegio Bachilleres to to start the 2018-2019 school year on August 15th, with a total of 160 new entrants, divided into four groups, according to Ms Maria Inés Alcocer Burgos, director of the educational staff at the high school.

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More cases of decompression  
Aumenta el número de descompresionados+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Although it has only been just over a month since the lobster catching season began, there have been eleven cases of decompression already. Last season ended in February with more than 70 cases of decompression, according to the board that has managed the hyperbaric chamber for 19 years, and there are concerns that the number this season could be this high or higher.
      The most recent lobster diver who was treated was Oscar Ismael Colorado, 32, of the Caribe cooperative, who was diving on Monday to a depth of 120 feet, at a location several kilometers south of Isla Mujeres.  He arrived at the capsule at 4 o'clock that afternoon when part of his body felt numb, and he felt drowsy with difficulty breathing. He was evaluated by the medical team and admitted to the capsule to remove from the nitrogen that was lodged at several points of the body.
     He required a single session and it was recommended that he not dive for a certain time until he fully recovers. His situation is similar to that of other patients who have been treated at the hyperbaric chamber, who dove to the seabed twice to the same depth, with an interval of 20 minutes rest. These divers, like Oscar, carry out heavy work, using hooks to capture the lobsters, which is done not only in Mexico, but also in  several parts of the Caribbean, but international recommendation for divers are sometimes not followed. 
     Among those who cared about this issue and worked at prevention, was documentarian-diver Ramon Bravo, who is now deceased.

Fall weather could affect North Beach  
Otoño podría afectar a Playa Norte ] Ver masFull article at this link
       When the end the summer gives way to the fall season,  the period begins when the strong "norte" winds occur, which can be very damaging to North Beach, causing deterioration at its two edges, with the eastern aspect having been most affected with a loss of more than 10,000 square meters, according to Civil Protection.
        Workers from hotels near the area that previously had extensive sand and was preferred by local residents and foreigners said, "The beach wasn't able to recover during the spring and summer, and when the winds arrive, the site will be affected more."
          There is also not much sand on the south side of Mia Hotel's wooden pier, in the "Riíto" area, where hundreds of cubic meters of sand were lost. Now that this area doesn't have very much sand, visitors have sought other areas to enjoy themselves.
        Last year, the municipal Director of Urban Development and Ecology announced a North Beach rehabilitation project with federal support to recover eroded sites, which could mean about  3 000 square meters of sand. 
             However, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) did not issue an opinion about when it would occur, and there was no funding to address the issue of renovating the dozen large geotubes, half of which have already been deflated due to lack of maintenance. 
         The two technologies that have been utilized on North Beach to retain sand are the palisades (wooden stakes) installed by the concessionaires and the geotubes or "whales" that were installed by the government.
           While loss of sand has occurred on North Beach, the opposite happened at Playa Centro, where sand accumulated  for more than a year to such a degree that it expanded five meters further toward the buoy line and the navigation channel.
     It is assumed by some Federal Zone concessionaires and by some municipal employees that the next federal administration could replenish the geotubes that have deflated and possibly install more in the eastern area by el Riito. To recover the area that was lost from North Beach, the federal government could authorize the removal of thousands of cubic meters from Playa Centro, moving it to that area, and solving two problems at the same time. 

Vehicle ferry transferred to Campeche   
Barco de carga fue trasladado a Campeche . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The vehicle ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" is expected to return in about three months after it received preventative maintenance and renovations, which will include replacing several steel plates in its structure, such as its hull and surface. At the beginning of April, the two boats of the Maritima company were required to comply with updated Maritime Navigation and Commerce Law, and they were restricted from transporting tourists, which caused annoyance among those who were attracted by their lower rates (and the Isla Blanca ferry was taken out of operation).
       A little over a week ago, the "Sergio Gracia" had a mechanical problem at Punta Sam, and SEMAR (the Department of the Navy) granted permission for the "Isla Blanca" ferry to return to service and to transport passengers. Once the "Sergio Garcia" returns, the "Isla Blanca" could receive more attention, since specialist with SEMAR said it wasn't 100 percent in compliance with the regulations.  
          Meanwhile, the "Ultracarga III" ship of Ultramar remains in its docking area, waiting to compete on the route to Punta Sam, which could occur at the end of summer or in the fall. The modern ship arrived at Isla Mujeres from the Mediterranean in January and has not been able to enter into operation because the unloading site is not usable by the large ferry.   
          The vessel was built without considering the available infrastructure of the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo).

Playa Centro is popular  
Playa Centro, una de sus favoritas [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Thousands of bathers are daily occupying Playa Centro which  has become preferred by both foreign and domestic tourists, according to service providers. There were no incidents in the area, according to the lifeguards, the Red Cross and the Naval personnel who work at a first aid module there. .There has been a "saldo blanco" (no serious incidents) at both Playa Centro and North Beach, and no rescues, during these last weeks of the summer holiday season, which it is hoped will continue.
Colegio Bachilleres is ready to resume classes on Wednesday, Aug. 15 with 160 new students divided into four groups, according to the school director Inés Alcocer Burgos.
Construction work on the University of the Catholic Church has been delayed and will not be completed as scheduled in August, so the opening of the facility may not occur until January. Construction on the second part is about to begin and should be done in October, when they will start to equip it, with plans to provide courses in subjects related to the tourism industry.

The municipal Director of Traffic police, Carlos Pech, said there is a "saldo blanco" on the roads of Isla Mujeres so far this summer, with no problems in this sector. Workers with the municipal Department of Landscaping and Gardens removed brush and pruned weeds in the area of Devil's Curve, to provide full visibility for drivers at this dangerous location. 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 
Aug  1  10:45
Aug  2  11:23

Aug 26   7:32
Aug 27   8:10
Aug 28   8:46
Aug 29   9:24
 Aug 30  10:02 
Aug 31  10:42
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25 to ~7:05 (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~6:20 to ~630
August Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Saturday, August 4 The Plogging volunteers will meet at the Mundaca Hacienda at 8am, and clean up from there until they reach Zama Beach Club, where they will enjoy soft drinks and fruit. A reminder to bring you reusable water bottle and to wear gym shoes.

Sunday, August 5 on the Town Square at 8p Dance troupes and singers from Isla Mujeres and Cancun....Noches Magicas!

Friday, August 17   Events  celebrating the founding of the town TBA. Isla Mujeres was founded on August 17, 1850 as the town of Dolores, which is celebrated annually with events which include placing a wreath at the Cross in the Bay, and performances on the Town Square.

Sunday, August 26  The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others.

      The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') element of the four races, which take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
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Last year the Gastronomic Competition for Lionfish was held at the end of August.

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.

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