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Festivities began celebrating the 168th anniversary of Isla Mujeres.
The celebration last evening of the 168th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres as the town of Dolores began with a Mass in honor of the Virgin of Asuncion (Assumption), a procession, and a night of cultural events. The festivities began on Wednesday and will continue thru August 19th, and will include various cultural activities. (See the events schedule below).
Father Raul Sanchez Alonso let the procession thru the streets of downtown. Afterwards, on the Town Square, folklorico dance troupes performed including the "Mestizas de Agua Salada", "Al Son del Corazón", "Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres" and the "Ballet Folclórico",
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From Mahahual...state news...Isla Mujeres isn't being impacted by the sargosso like the rest of the coast.
A brigade of more than 50 people removed 15 tons of sargasso from 3 kilometers of waterfront in Mahahual, with support from five trucks. On Monday & Tuesday the Secretary of Ecology & the Environment (SEMA) met with hoteliers & business owners of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Mahahual to announce that in the next 15 days between 6 and 7 barriers will be installed.He added that the cleaning of beaches is important and urgent, and it is the opinion of experts that containment at sea with ecological meshes and sargaceros boats also works. They are forming groups Unidos por Quintana Roo en Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancún and Mahahual seeking participation by entrepreneurs, hoteliers, NGOs, educational institutions, teachers, young people, nautical service providers, Rotarians, and members of the community who are interested in participating, with a plan for attending to a beach every 15 days. It is noted that the sargasso is a natural product, and monitoring of the water and beaches indicates they are in good condition, and suitable for recreational use, despite the atypical presence of sargasso. LINK
|Photo credit TV Isla Mueres|
More CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) generators began arriving to Isla Mujeres on Wednesday, and company employees have announced that about 24 generators are being distributed and installed around the island. In addition to these, a Mega electrical generator is coming from Baja California, in case of a more serious emergency. Some of these generators have been deposited along public roads, and others are part of a three-ton truck, which has already been connected to the power line.
CFE employees denied that the problem is due to an overload or overheating of the island's overhead lines caused by the increased demand, explaining that situation has not occurred because the overhead lines meet the specifications necessary to support the demands of the citizenry.
They said the overheating has occurred in the submarine line which comes from Punta Sam, which is what caused the recent blackouts, but with the installation of transformers of 400 and 500 kilowatts, these problems should be avoided. In addition, if blackouts occur, this should be counteracted with the 24 generators which are being placed at strategic points, and by the Mega generator which is expected to arrive in Isla Mujeres in the upcoming days. With this equipment, they intend to reduce the electrical charge in several areas of the island and to avoid the recurring blackouts.
The poor condition of power line and problems from overloading causing recurring blackouts in Isla Mujeres have become well known and the residents and business owners have insisted that the CFE ensure the power supply. The generators operate on diesel fuel.
Raciel Rivero Cobá, president of the cooperative "Patria y Progreso", one of the main exporters of shark, said that now they will stop killing sharks and will enter the sea and interact with bull sharks, which they intend to promote as a sustainable tourism activity. He said they are planning to start with the bull sharks, and then with the mako or tiger sharks, which are the most coveted, but of course at a higher cost to the tourists.
He said that all these species are found in an area about three or four nautical miles from the island, which can be traveled in about 20 minutes,which is also an advantage. He said the types of sharks in this area include the lemon shark, bull shark, tiger shark, and hammerhead shark, among others.
The two shark encounter points they have established will be "Los Cuevones" and "El Chairel" which are three to four nautical miles out and they would be diving to a maximum depth of about 80 feet. They are preparing to minimize the risks during this activity and to maximize the experience and keep the tourists happy.
It should be noted that this activity will be done without cages, by direct diving, where the divers will only be delimited by a line, so that the tourists in the background will watch from the line, while a person feeds the sharks in front of them.
He said, "It seems that the sharks, somehow already know what the activity consists of and they line up to be fed."
He said that this activity has already been carried out by several of the cooperatives and it has seemed magical, changing to being able to make use of the sharks without having to kill them.
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VIDEO: A truck rear-ended a golf cart, which was traveling from north to south, which caused the driver to lose control and hit a table at Oscars restaurant, where several people were eating. The police arrived, and the Red Cross paramedics attended to one of the diners.The two vehicles were taken to the impound yard until responsibilities are determined
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Punta Sam ferry ramp is challenging for the elderly or disabled
Terminal del ferrry impropia para discapacitados. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The 20 meter ramp is narrow and lacks a railing on the sides for support, which causes concern and difficulties for the elderly and those in wheelchairs, who say this is a form of discrimination and they want authorities to remedy the situation or force the ferry company to fix this long standing problem.
Rain in the forecast for Thursday
Pronostican lluvia este jueves] Ver masFull article at this link
Since it's after 4:30p and still sunny, I'll skip translating that part of the article, which said Tropical Wave #28 could trigger heavy rain on Thursday.
It also says that large numbers of tourists, estimated at 30,000/day by the Tourism Department, are still arriving although it is the last week of the summer vacation season. They also report that occupancy was at 75% from Aug 7 to 13 in the municipality. It is noted that the beaches are busy, and the lifeguards reported there were no incidents. Many tourists were enjoying the island, including areas of interest such as Punta Sur and Tortugranja, as well as Playa Tiburón where hundreds of Mexican families, and a few foreigners, dined on grilled fish and chicken, after arriving on boat tours.
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|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.|
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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
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
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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
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: https://www.circuitomaya.mx/
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)