Monday, September 17, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 17

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News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

208th anniversary of the start of the fight of Independence of Mexico  

The future is built with actions. We achieved blue flag recertification on Playa Centro and White Flag recertification of North Beach.

Let's continue working together for the future. Transforming Isla Mujeres. Second governmental report. This summer we received 25% more visitors than in 2017. 2nd municipal governmental report

We opened a pet friendly beach where islanders and visitors have an alternative place to enjoy in the company of their pets. It is the second pet friendly beach in Quintana Roo.

In Isla Mujeres we have been working hand in hand with island families, with effort and dedication, and we will continue to provide results. 2 years of results for Isla Mujeres.

Two years after having started the transformation of Isla Mujeres, the results are in sight of all the islanders. Two years of work and results.
Transforming Isla Mujeres. Working together for our future.


 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

Mayor Juan Carrillo announces there will be many changes in personnel after October 1st. LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Preparations for the Grito for Independence VIDEO 

Photos from Mayor's page of him with the flag for the Grito Saturday night 

Noti Isla Mujeres  

"Saldo Blanco" (No serious incidents) for the Independence Day celebrations in Isla Mujeres VIDEO  

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Concern over the rock cages below the hurricane wall  
El muro, cada día más débil [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The rock cages (gabions) that provide protection for the hurricane wall downtown have suffered from deterioration and erosion. They were built less than a decade ago, and were expected to have a useful life of at least 20 years.

Beaches at the mercy of erosion
Playas a merced de la erosión [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Businesses who own concessions in the Federal Zone of Playa Norte have been using wooden structures to protect the beaches from erosion, especially since the dozen geotubes that were installed in 2007 have deteriorated. These breakwaters have produced good results, and sand has been regained. The geotubes and other structures were installed in response to the loss of sand caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
    Playa Centro has gained a large amount of sand in the past two years, to the point where the increase in sand was affecting the Navigation Channel, which is just past the buoy line.

Cutting of mangrove plants at Maritime Terminal parking lot provokes controversy  
Corte de mangle en la terminal marítima[+] Ver masFull article at this link
       There were some mangrove plants cut at the bay side of the parking lot by the Maritime Terminal. Two bushes were pruned and others were cut from the base. There is no construction work planned for this area. This goes against the trend to plant native plants, and mangroves are in danger of extinction. A bystander said, "In reality, that bush didn't not affect any of the vehicles parked in the lot, all the green area should be conserved."
      At first, it was thought that this could indicated that work might begin soon to expand the terminal. However that work will not take place in this area, and will only occupy one third of the parking lot. It is planed to occupy part of the the Naval property, located at the southern side of the building, according to a plan released by APIQROO, the port authority.

Independence celebrations without incident  
Fiestas Patrias con saldo blanco[+] Ver masFull article at this link

    The Independence Day celebrations concluded with a "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents). There were no traffic accidents and just some arrests for excessive drunkenness, (por estar “pasado de copa”) with the dance for the Grito de Dolores on the Town Square that ended at dawn on Sunday and was attended by thousands of residents and tourists. There were 120 police officers participating in the security operation.
    In the past two years of the Mayor's administration, the number of municipal police officers has tripled and due to the implementation of the Recruitment and Personnel Selection Program, who have been screened, trained and evaluated by the State Center of Control and Trust. (El Centro Estatal de Control y Confianza). The Mayor said one of his most important achievements has been participation in the program of FORTASEG, Strengthening for Security,which provided 12 million pesos in federal funds for vehicles and motorcycles for patrolling, as well as uniforms and salary increases. 


No increase in taxi rates 
No habrá alza de tarifa taxista[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The state government is not authorizing rate increases for taxi drivers in Quintana Roo in 2018, which includes the Isla Mujeres union. The union leader, José Magaña Galué, said The state government had no plans to authorize and adjustment to the rates without prior analysis and authorization. 
    Analysis is planned for 2019, and therefore, no increases will be approved during this fiscal year. He said the need for an increase is not as urgent on the island as it is in the Continental Zone.

Excellent weekend weather  
Excelente clima del fin de semana+] Ver masFull article at this link
  It was nice weather, and still is. Today, Monday, it's hot & sunny with calm seas. Many tourists visited the isle to enjoy the Independence Day weekend, with many renting golf carts, visiting the beach, going diving or taking trips to Isla Contoy. The lancheros offering tours to El Farito and such were only operating at about 30 percent, because they have competition from the Puerto Juarez lancheros, whose services are more attractive because their clients don't have to pay the rather expensive ferry fares.

Good news for the Mexican Caribbean  
Buenas noticias para el Caribe mexicano+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This article is about yesterday's NHC announcement that Issac had dissipated. See today's update below.

Police detain "Rex" at Playa Norte  
Detuvieron a “Rex” en Playa Norte, el mendigo acosador de turistas del arenal+] Ver masFull article at this link

    At an early hour on Saturday, police arrested a person who frequents Playa Norte and apparently even sleeps there, for allegations of misdemeanor crimes, according to the Police Chief, Jaime Ongay. It is presumed that he was the one responsible for the theft of belongings of a Chinese tourist who was left "en pelotas" on Thursday at 6am. (While the tourist was skinny dipping at dawn, his bag was stolen from the beach, which contained his clothing and the keys to his rental car. Pelotas means balls.)
   However, there has been no formal complaint made for that or other events that he has been accused of, and if none is filed, he can only be held 36 hours and would be released by the judge on Sunday at 6pm, since he was arrested Saturday at 6am.
    There have been complaints to the Tourism office and on social media recently from visitors, especially women, that they have been harassed by a tattooed man named "Rex" at Playa Norte, and warning others about how he approaches women.
     When he was arrested, "Rex" was coated in sand, and it is said that he has already served some years in jail for serious crimes, but it is presumed he has not been rehabilitated from his addiction which causes him to beg from foreigners, and results in discomfort and fearfulness. There are concerns among business owners, but no one has filed any formal complaints.


Today the NHC has reduced the chances from 20% to 10% of the remnants of Issac developing, with conditions becoming even less conductive to redevelopment as the system moves toward the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday. Rain is expected over Hispanola, Jamaica and eastern Cuba for the next couple days as the system moves west-northwest across the northwestern Caribbean.

From the NHC this morn:
A broad area of low pressure associated with remnants of Issac is expected to cause heavy rains and gusty winds across portions of Hispaniola, Jamaica, and eastern Cuba, with the possibility of it undergoing some slow development over the next day or so as it moves north-northwestward toward the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Afterward, environmental conditions become less conducive and re-development appears unlikely.
 * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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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 

Sept. 24   6:46
Sept. 25   7:24
Sept. 26  8:02
Sept. 27  8:42
 Sept. 28   9:25
  Sept. 29  10:11 
 Sept. 30  11:02
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p to ~6:30p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~630
September Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). September is the Mes de la Patria/patriotic month, celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain

Saturday, Sept. 1 Boat procession to Isla Contoy taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the Fishermen's camp there departing from the concrete pier at 8am after the Mass at 7am and the procession from the Church of Immaculate Conception. 19th annual edition.

Saturday, Sept. 1 Weekly plogging event to clean up litter, meeting at the park "Hormiguitas Oberas", to continue cleaning at Salina Grande lake 8a-10a.

Sunday, Sept. 2 RESCATE skating event on the hill by Julio Saury grade school 10a-3p, followed by a drone video then a BBQ at the RESCATE site in Sac Bajo, at the old Cristalmar hotel next to Playa Tiburon, with a raffle for youth, live music, and circus performers until 8p.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 Last day to register for the lionfish competition

Friday, Sept. 7 Lionfish culinary competition at the Town Square starting at 6pm

Saturday, Sept. 8  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 8 Rockabilly Festival from Cancun at Mayan Beach Club starting at 2p

Friday, Sept. 14 Independence Day parade on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's monument. Starting around 8a, maybe 9a.  Traffic will be detoured to Juarez for a couple hours.

Saturday, Sept. 15  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 15 Celebration on the Town Square for Independence with the reading of the Grito by the Mayor who rings the bell. Probably with fireworks, performers, live music & dancing, and crowning of Miss Independencia. Schedule TBA
      The bands playing for the Independence celebrations on the Town Square on Saturday night will be Grupo Mojado & Megaboom. Tables are on sale at the Office of Public Relations from 10a to 4p, and there is a phone number & extension for more information. Your entire family is invited to come and celebrate! Grito at 11p, fireworks, then live band & partying all night long.

Sunday, Sept. 16 Independence Day There is usually a parade on Rueda Medina starting at 8a. It was Friday.

Monday, Sept. 17 End of the Whale Shark tour season. The licensees and their families usually have a celebration on the weekend after it closes and a Mass to express their gratitude.  

Wednesday, Sept. 19   The Mayor's second municipal Report will be given on Sept. 19th at 4pm on the Town Square, according to the caption with this graphic, which says the City Council will have a special session at 4:30 on the Town Square. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19 There will be a national earthquake simulation, preceded by a moment of silence for the victims of the 2017 earthquake, and afterwards you are invited to raise your right fist as a symbol of unity and brotherhood among the people of Mexico
Saturday, Sept. 22  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox

Thursday, Sept. 27 World Tourism Day  There may be an event to commemorate the anniversary of becoming a Pueblo Magico

Saturday, Sept. 29 Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

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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