Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, April 30

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In honor of State Sea Turtle Week & Children's Day, the Tortugranja will present puppet shows tomorrow, May 1st at 9a, 11a, 1p, and 3p.

Happy Children's Day!
Tomorrow is Labor Day / Día Internacional de los Trabajadores when banks, schools, and many 'normal' businesses will be closed & many folks will have the day off. Chedraui & most tourism businesses will be open.

Love this video...filmed on the isle, featuring Quentin & friends, dedicated to Shane (RIP)

Effort to reduce golf cart piracy & accidents
Starting Monday, the 28 registered agencies offering any of the 1028 golf carts legally available for rent will be required to display cards issued by the Mobility Institute, with registration information on one side and instructions for tourists on the other.
The front of the card includes the name of the agency, their concession number, and the number of units they are permitted, which can be read with a QR code. There is also a hologram & phone number for complaints.
The tourism information, in Spanish & English, includes: No driving while drinking, while using mobile devices or by minors; Don't litter, drive recklessly or speed; Yield to pedestrians; and Maximum capacity is four. It also warns that violating traffic regulations will result in fines, which can be paid at the Municipal Transit offices or through the rental company.
The delegate for the Mobility Institute for Isla Mujeres says her agency has identified about twenty cases of vacation home owners, apparently mostly foreigners, who are illegally renting privately-owned golf carts to tourists by including them with the rentals, as well as some legal establishments offering carts that aren't registered for commercial use.
On Wednesday & Friday, a dozen carts were confiscated and taken to the impound yard in Cancun, which included four from vacation rentals, three from rental companies, and five others with private plates, because they were being used as tourist rentals without permits. Ms. Castillo Dzul says her agency will continue these unannounced inspections.
Photo credits: IM Noticias

The Community Hospital has a new Director, Dr. Leyli Guadalupe Osorio Mares. Source:  Noti Isla Mujeres 

There will be an ongoing enforcement operation against mobile vendors from other areas who lack permits to sell on the isle, especially during holiday periods, when this problem increases. No permits are being granted to vendors who arrive to the island, and it is noted that there have been problems with outside vendors violating rules, vending where it is prohibited, mistreating tourists and residents, and becoming aggressive. This enforcement will be continued to ensure the tranquility of the tourists, said Ulysses Berman Graniel, Director of Fiscalización y Cobranza (Enforcement & Permits). Source:   IM Noticias

There are no press releases on the Municipal FB site until after the election, in compliance with the law. 

From   Por Esto :

Family planning health event  

Anuncian jornada de planificación familiar

  A Tubal Ligation (BTO) session will be held Friday May 3, starting at 9a, ind information is given for registration and pre-surgical analysis, as well as general information about the procedure and its effectiveness and purpose. 
  Students have returned to school and complaints continue about the lack of urban transport, noting that there are not enough taxis, and/or drivers who pick up students (who receive a discounted rate).
  There is information about the new cards with QR codes for rental carts from (see above).

Tourist skidded & hit student   

Turista derrapa y arrolla a estudiante

    On Monday around 1pm, tourist Michael Belly was driving a rental scooter from north to south, when he lost control before the Curva del Diablo, and hit a middle school student, Victor P., who walking home from school on the sidewalk. Victor, who is in the third year at Benito Juarez middle school, suffered an injury to his left knee, while the other student who was walking with him managed to jump out of the way.
     Friends and family of young Mr. Belly, who is from New York, said he lost control of the scooter when he tried to adjust (or latch) his helmet, and then he skidded on the pavement. It is alleged that he was traveling at a relatively high rate of speed when he lost control. Red Cross paramedics immobilized his left arm for an apparent fracture of the collarbone, and he had abrasions on his knees, arms, and forehead. Both victims were taken to the hospital.
     The tourist offered to be responsible for the young man's medical treatment, and he could see that the scooter which was rented from Pepe's had suffered considerable damage to its front faring, whose plastic was detached.
    In response to this incident, a mother in the family asked that the municipal government accelerate the process of obtaining public transportation so that the students don't have to walk long distances, which in this case resulted in suffering from an accident. She wants the Mayor to keep his campaign promise to provide urban transport service so the students can arrive safely, on time, and return home as soon as possible.

No serious incidents at beaches during Easter holidays  

Saldo blanco en Semana Santa

        Although there were no serious incidents over the Easter Holiday season, there were hundreds of warnings given to prevent accidents, according to Civil Protection. Reports from the lifeguards at Playa Norte, Playa Centro, and Playa Media Luna indicate there were seven rescues of people at risk of accidents in channels where there are currents and inexperienced swimmers couldn't handle them.
    These risky areas are by the Hotel Mia, by ChiChis, and at Media Luna, where swimming isn't allowed due to the high risk and there is a permanent red flag, however tourists enter, who are attracte by the large sandy area, and some dare to swim. It has claimed many lives over the decades.
   The lifeguards who are installed at the beaches gave first aid to seven people for hypertension, burns, and minor foot injuries caused by falls or scrapes on rocks.There were at least 700 cases of warnings for swimming beyond the buoy line. The Navy also reported a "Saldo Blanco"

Irregular golf carts impounded

“Redada” de carritos de golf irregulares

On Wednesday the Mobility Institute impounded nine golf carts, and confiscated three more on Friday, because they were being rented to tourists without any documentation of having a concession (permits). This information has already been translated.

Bungalow project remains suspended while documents are under review  

Insisten con los bungalows de Playa Norte

 There is no new information about this project by Mia Hotel that plans to build 23 bungalows over the water near El Yunque islet, that the City has opposed for four years.

International Health office relocated 

Trasladan Módulo de Sanidad Internacional

 This office reviews crew members from foreign boats before they disembark to detect any carriers of diseased and to review their migratory status. They work in coordination with with the agencies of Immigration and of Customs, which are located in Harbor Master's facility and the Maritime Terminal of APIQRoo (state port authority). respectiviely. The International Health Agency has requested to be moved from the Community Hospital to a more convenient location for two years, and on Friday they were relocated to the APIQRoo Maritime Terminal.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 

May 18   7:20
May 19    8:19
May 20   9:16
 May 21   10:10
 May 22   11:01
 May 23   11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:15p-7:25
Sunrise ~6:15a-6:05
May Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

On Saturday's at 8a-10a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting, usually discontinue around this time of year

In May  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Octopus, Conch & Shark Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

Tuesday, April 30 Children's Day

Tuesday, April 30 Comedy event in Spanish benefiting several local children battling cancer.

Wednesday, May 1 Labor Day. International Dia de los Trajabadores. Banks, schools, government offices, and similar businesses will be closed. Most tourism businesses will be open, as will Chedraui.

Wednesday, May 1  In honor of State Sea Turtle Week & Children's Day, the Tortugranja will present puppet shows tomorrow, May 1st at 9a, 11a, 1p, and 3p

Sunday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" commemorates a battle against the French in Puebla & is mostly celebrated in bars by folks from the US.

Monday, May 6  Civic ceremony on the first Monday of each month, usually on the Town Square at 9a..

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 8,9 & 10: 1st  Isla Mujeres Bird Festival with artistic events, bird watching, mangrove cleaning, children's workshops, book donations, and providing results. More info will be available next week.

Friday, May 10  Mother's Day 

Wednesday, May 15 Whale shark tour season begins and continues until  mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19:  Cosme Magana International fishing tournament with over a million pesos in prizes.  Deadline for registration is the Friday night Captain's Dinner. (The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.)

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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