Saturday, August 18, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 18

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VIDEO whose caption says: In Isla Mujeres we keep our traditions alive, today we made the annual wreath offering at the Cross in the Bay. 168th Anniversary The video says: Today, we made the traditional wreath offering at the Cruz de la Bahia, which was submerged 24 years ago off the southern coast of the island.

There is an invitation to attend the event on the Town Square commemorating the 168th anniversary of the founding of the town, with the special City Council meeting. It lists the City Council members.

We are celebrating 168 years of history and tradition in Isla Mujeres, since the founding of the town of Dolores in 1850.


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Golf cart rental agencies are doing well on the final weekend of the vacation season LINK 
    The clean beaches of Isla Mujeres, free of sargasso, have been a magnet for vacationers during this summer season. Among the growing demand for services, golf cart rental agencies have benefited the most, and their inventories are often rented out by noon. One of the agents said that demand began increasing on July 10th, and was even higher by the end of the month. Boat tours have also been popular.

Unexpected changes of four Harbor Masters LINK 
  At least four Harbor Masters are being changed, which include Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Morelos, which was unexpected. This change in the norther zone of Quintana Roo is said to have come from central Mexico, but details haven't been released.
    The Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael González Gil, said that he left the service after 20 years of work, of which more than 10 collaborated as head of the port captaincy in Isla Mujeres. In a message on his social network account, he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of serving in Isla Mujeres without giving more details about the changes in the Harbor Masters offices.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Clean beaches free of sargasso (photos)  
       During these summer holidays, thousands of tourists visited Isla Mujeres, whose beaches were especially popular for their cleanliness, despite the atypical amount of sargasso that has affected destinations in the Caribbean.
        The Municipality of Isla Mujeres, headed by municipal President Juan Carrillo Soberanis, increased the work at the beaches of this destination to ensure they are in optimal state to receive national and foreign tourists since the vacation season began in early July.
      "Tourism is the main economic force of our municipality, so it is important to keep the streets, beaches and tourist areas in the best possible state; that the beaches have remained free from sargasso has made us excel among other beach destinations in Quintana Roo, resulting in important economic benefits for all the island families," said the Mayor.
       He also explained that the Director of Public Service, the Director of the Federal Zone agency (ZOFEMAT), and the municipal Police Chief have increased work to make islanders and visitors safe during the holiday season and so they could enjoy the beaches without any problems.
      "Every day, from a very early hour, municipal workers clean the beaches, which consists of raking the sand and collecting litter and trash, while in other tourist areas they sweep streets and prune the green areas," he said.
     "Our commitment is for island families to have a better quality of life, and for this it is necessary to take care of tourism; thanks to coordinated work between the three levels of government, we were able to keep our beaches completely free from sargasso", he said.
     The City of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to keep the beaches of this vacation destination clean and to comply with all guidelines to preserve the recognition they have been given.

The taxi union donated 600 packets of school supplies to the children of the taxi union partners and drivers, on the island and in the Continental Zone, at a cost of 170,000 pesos (photo). Taxi union provides low cost and free eyeglass and vision services. VIDEO   

Sunset photos whose caption says: Greetings from colonia La Gloria on the 168th anniversary of our beautiful Isla Mujeres.

Graphic with aerial photo of the isle saying Congratulations on the 168th anniversary of Isla Mujeres.

Photos & article about the wreath offering for the Cross in the Bay.
In the evening a special City Council meeting was held on the Town Square which included giving the annual awards for Tourism and Citizenship, and the Youth Award.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Lifeguards with the Department of Civil Protection set a good example by cleaning up the seabed off the beaches of this Pueblo Magico   VIDEO 

Congratulations to all the men and women who forged this beautiful land, little piece of heaven.
168th anniversary of Isla MujereVIDEO 

On Sunday at noon (another notice said 1p), the season will begin for the baseball league of the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo, at the Isla Mujeres baseball field "El Pescador", with a game between the island's two teams, the Pescadores and the Cocteleros, according to Hector Gil Chable,  manager for the latter team.  VIDEO   

 For the first time in the history of this Pueblo Magico, a woman has been named as Harbor Master, with Ana Laura López Bautista replacing Miguel González Gil. VIDEO  

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Erosion threatening coastal road and sidewalk  
Erosión amenaza vía perimetral. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The unstoppable advance of the erosion of the cliffs of Isla Mujeres not only threatens a dozen tourist properties but there is a risk of collapse of a section of the Caribbean Coastal road, where a stretch of five meters of the walkway is unsafe due to its proximity with the cliff.  A powerful hurricane could put the whole section of road at risk that is located in front of Isla 33, whose neighbors have accused the previous municipal government of imprudence regarding that construction.  There has also been damage to the cliffs below that malecon walkway, due to general erosion throughout the year, but especially in autumn and winter, because rocks of all sizes detach and fall.
    The residents say it was irresponsible to allow the Isla 33 building to be twice as tall as originally expected, and to let them create an underground parking area, which makes it more vulnerable to an eventual collapse in a powerful hurricane, since it is only 15 meters from the cliffs, at its closest point. Historically, Isla Mujeres is a target for hurricanes, and in 2005 "Wilma" caused serious damage to that coastal road, affecting a 200 meter stretch in front of colonia La Gloria.
     Some owners of private houses and tourist rentals at colonia Meteorologica, located about 500 meters from the Caribbean malecon-walkway, have built walls in the cliffs to prevent collapse of the cavities.

"Privitization" of pedestrian access  
“Privatizan” vía peatonal. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Residents are complaining about a private individual blocking a 100 meter access which connects two streets with the sea in colonia Meteorologica. When visiting the area, it can be observed that the access from the Caribbean Coastal road (Perimetral Oriente) is occupied, and that the land has been leveled for an eventual construction, beside the restaurant "Brisas Grill". The residents want an explanation from the government about allegedly giving authorization to a private individual to take over the access which connects the main Caribbean Coastal road to Emilio Zapata street, and from there to the cliffs above the Caribbean Sea.  
     "Allowing them to occupy the southern section of the malecon walkway is the same as authorizing the other sections to be occupied by ambitious people, under the protection of indolent officials," said one neighbor who was annoyed by these events. It is not known who is responsible for the leveling of the land, which has already begun, however, an alleged "opposition politician" was mentioned. The neighbors have begun organizing themselves to prevent the taking of this land.
     Although the malecon walkway has lacked maintenance, it is used by some workers and families to cross thru and get to their homes on Emilano Zapata street, without having to go around. It is noted that during one previous Mayor's administration, authorization was given to block the dirt road parallel to the road to Garrafon, on the Bayside, during a hotel construction, and the access was lost forever. And that during another previous Mayor's administration, a similar event occurred in Punta Sam.

New Harbor Master 
Nuevo titular de la Capitanía de Puerto [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     , August 17.- Yesterday, there was a change in the head of the Harbor Master's office of Isla Mujeres, when Ana Laura López Bautista arrived from Veracruz, to replace Miguel Ismael González Gil, who had been in charge of the agency for 10 years . 
      The new official said that she came from Veracruz where she had been for six months and did not have a comment at this time, but would talk to the media later.  
      Mr. González Gil sent a digital message saying, "Good morning to all of you, just to inform you that an important cycle in my life is over, having served 20 years in the Naval Merchant Marines, with ten of those as the island's Harbor Master." He added that live give new challenges and directions, saying, "We will open a new door to take on a new destiny and begin this new cycle, blessings to all ..." 
      The changes announced by the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) for the ports of Quintana Roo, including Isla Mujeres, was part of the change of personnel in all ports in the interests of better service opportunities for the nautical sector.
      This is the first time a woman has been given this position of maximum responsibility in the Harbor Master's office, where Ms. Lopez Bautista will exercise this responsibility in accordance with the new regulations, under the command of SEMAR.


Shoring up the cliffs 
Apuntalan acantilados [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Several individuals who own homes built on the cliffs of colonia Meteorologica have been shoring up the cavities that have formed in recent times because of the strong erosion, which Por Esto attributes to hurricanes,  in anticipation of preventing the collapse of property and homes, which they rent to tourists. 
       When visiting the location and descending down those dangerous cliffs, which are about 10 meters above sea level, it was possible to see walls built to prevent the collapse of the buildings "Casa Perla", "Casa Jimbo",  and "Delicias House", among others on Emilio Zapata street.
         More people are anticipating the same problem, and a construction worker was seen whose job it is to prop up the cliff where the parish house and the church "Guadalupe" are located.According to Mr. Bruno Rubio, construction foreman, there is a cave south of the built walls, below the two story building "Piolin", and he said that although erosion in this area is advancing by leaps and bounds, the house that he is a caretaker for has no problems at this time.

Schools have many needs  
Escuelas con muchas necesidades. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The middle school "Benito Juarez" lacks 200 chairs, which are needed from the state educational authorities. The 60 year-old school is operating at capacity with 540 students, divided into class groups of 37 to 42 students each, with six first year groups, five second year groups, and another five groups of third year students. There are also two private middle schools on the island. 
    The middle school has experienced some problems with its electrical infrastructure, as the facility has expanded over the years, and a request has been made to the state authorities to provide a transformer for the school. Due to these problems the library and computer lab are out of service. 
    There are plans to improve communication with the parents thru meetings and educational outreach, and hopes to improve the qualification rating of 8.2 by a tenth of a point for the upcoming school year, when a new educational model will be released, subjects will be adjusted, workshops will be canceled, and other interactive programs may be launched instead.
     On the island and in the Continental Zone, about 5000 students will be returning to class including pre-school, primary, and middle school, with 2500 of them attending the primary schools. 
   As of Tuesday, the textbooks for first and second grade had not arrived, and the municipality was lacking 40 percent of its teachers, which was expected to, or hoped to, be resolved on Friday. 

Celebration of the Virgin of Assumption concludes  
Concluye la fiesta por la Virgen de la Asunción.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The icon was returned to its niche in the church and will be taken down next during the Patron Saint festivities at the end of November. There was a fireworks display in the clear skies, just before 8:30pm over the Town Square, where many tourists and residents had gathered to enjoy the evening. Novenas were made to the Virgin of Assumption for nine days.
   This icon came from the abandoned church of Boca Iglesia, and although it represents the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, for many years it was thought to be the Virgin of Assumption, so both are celebrated, in August and in November-December.

168th anniversary of Isla Mujeres on Friday  
Cumple este viernes 168 años Isla MujeresVer masFull article at this link


 Today there are no advisories from the NHC....

From NHC:
1. A tropical wave located about 400 miles east-southeast of the
Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and
thunderstorms.  Environmental conditions are only marginally
conducive, and significant development of this system is not
anticipated.  This disturbance is moving westward at about 15 mph
and is forecast to move through the Windward Islands on Saturday,
where it could bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the
Lesser Antilles during the next couple of days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.
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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
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug 11, 12, 13 
Mars is visible in the night sky (it's red) to the southeast (until ~4:30a)
On Aug. 15 & 16, look west at the Crescent Moon & see Jupiter to the left & Venus to the right
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!   Cancelled and you are invited to enjoy Noches Magicas next Sunday at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, August 8 Inauguration of the Dog Friendly Beach at 4:30p, below the cell tower and municipal slaughterhouse.

Sunday, August 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square at 8p

(See August 15-19 Founder's Festivities below)
 LINK to an historical article about the town being founded by war refugees. 

 Friday, August 17 at 7pm ..Eight rounds For the 168th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres at the Pescador Beach Club, just inside the entrance to Sac Bajo

Saturday, August 18  Plogging Day Clean-up  8am  Location TBA   

Saturday, August 18 Youth Rally at the Posada Beach (aka Playa Centro) at 9am with surprise prizes. Teams of three people. Commemorating World Youth Day

Saturday, August 18: at  Muelle Azul is Orquideas Pasarela Isla Summer 2018 Fashion Show which will feature designers from Cancun, Merida, and Isla Mujeres, as well as spotlighting new talent in the fashion industry from Estudio Creativo Cancún. It begins with a Cocktail Party at 7:30 and the Runway show starts at 8:30.Pre-Sale Tickets are available for $200 or $250 pesos at the door. and a portion of the proceeds are going to help a local woman who is battling cancer. Get your tickets at Muelle Azul, by messaging Jul Isla or calling 9981176871
Note: Muelle Azul is on the wooden pier formerly known as the Magana dock, next to the taxi stand.

 Festivities for the 168th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres

 Wednesday, August 15 at 8p: Night of the Assumption on the Town Square at the conclusion of the Parish program. Dance troupe performances featuring Las Mestazas de Agua Salada, Al Son Del Corazon, Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres, and Ballet Folklorico de Isla Mujeres

Thursday, August 16 at 2p Conference with the town historian: Fidel Villanueva Madrid at the Casa de la Cultura (Guerrero at Abasolo)

Friday, August 17 at 8:45a: Wreath offering at the Cross in the Bay commemorating 24 years since its submersion, departing from the dock at the Maritime Terminal at 8:45am, limited capacity.
At 7p: Special City Council meeting recognizing the descendants of the founders and presenting the annual awards for citizenship and tourism, as well as a youth prize, on the Town Square

Saturday, August 18 at 8p:  "Danzarte" dance encounter featuring troupes from around the state on the Town Square

Sunday, August 19 at 8p: Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres featuring performances by Grupos Artisticos and the comic "Madame Yaxchilan" 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.
See website for more information:

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.

  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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