Sunday, May 26, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, May 26

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Isla Mujeres is ready to receive blue flag designation for three beaches   LINK  
  Playa Centro will be recertified from July 1 2019 to June 30, 2020, and Blue Flag certifications are expected for North Beach and Playa Albatros. It is noted that the later was an initiative of the owners. The head of ZOFEMAT in Isla Mujeres,  Keren Pinto Aguilar, provided this information and spoke about the groups of workers who start at an early hour every day, removing all types of trash left by visitors on the beaches, from cigarette butts to plastic bottles. An information center is being constructed a the entrance to North Beach, in compliance with the criteria for this award.

The first 40 permits for whale shark tours were released on Friday, of a total of 240 permits, ten days after the season was scheduled to begin. LINK  
  Authorities will continue to release permits on Friday, which is expected to conclude on Saturday, although some are scheduled to begin on Monday. Since Thursday, there have been long lines outside the offices of CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas). Thorough inspections of the boats have been conducted, but little has been said in regard to the propeller protector requirement, but that is expected to be suspended after the recent tests by the Harbor Master, who is awaiting an official response from the regional authorities.  During the tests on May 17th, one of the two boats suffered damage and had to be towed.

Thieves have been stealing from churches in Isla Mujeres LINK
 During his sermon last Sunday, Priest Raul Sanches Alonzo spoke about five thefts from Isla Mujeres churches, which he said are largely by people who are strangers and not from the island. Two days previously, a person wearing a blanket to hide their identity stole alms from a box by the entrance of the church of Immaculate Conception. (There is a security video online). The priest said this is the third time this has happened at this church.
     At the cemetery in colonia La Gloria, in the chapel of San Judas, a large crucifix was stolen, then sold, and the person who bought it returned it to the Church. A keyboard and microphones were stolen from the Guadalupe Chapel.
     He said that in some cases the police have intervened and they have determined who the thieves are, but they are always outsiders.

From  Por Esto :

Trash accumulating again  

Vuelve a acumularse la basura

  More than 1000 tons of trash have accumulated at the Transfer Facility, whose odors cause complaints from tourism businesses in the area, and other neighbors. There are also concerns about the leachate contamination the beaches and sea, which are nearby.
   The bad odors affect the Loma Isla Bonita condominium, Playa Indio, the María Elena hotel, Casa de los Sueños, Playa Lancheros and Playa Albatros, among others. In December, the goal was to clean up the entire facility, and the trash was reduced to 500 tons, but it has accumulated again.

Observation of turtles at Punta Sur  

Avistamiento de tortugas en la Punta Sur

   It is breeding season for sea turtles, and with the help of binoculars, many residents and visitors are watching them mating off Punta Sur. Tony Garcia has been posting photographs on social media. The species who mate and nest at Isla Mujeres are the Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills.

Fallen wall at the house of Ramon Bravo (RIP) 

Se cae la barda de la casa de Ramón Bravo

    A fence on the property of Mexican documentary-maker Ramon Bravo (RIP) has fallen, which is located along the road to Garrafon,about 100 meters from Plalya Lancheros. The northern side of the concrete fence has begun to fall apart, and on the property is an abandoned wooden house, facing the Bay. The name "Villa Sirenia" on the entrance arch is barely visible. The has been litigation over the property, and the beautiful palapas built by architect Eduardo Juanes Peon have not been maintained.
  Mr Bravo received the National Prize for Journalism in 1979 (He was also an Olympic swimmer, environmentalist-conservationist, and underwater videographer.), and died from an electric shock in his home on Feb. 21, 1998, when he was 72 years old.


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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 
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On Saturdays 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   

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 

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
Friday, May 3- Día de Santa Cruz/ Día del Albañil

Saturday, May 4 The Caribbean beach "Playa Guadalupana", near the cemetery, is one of the main turtle nesting beaches & you're invited to help clean it up at 9am for the mamas who will start arriving any day now. 

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

Sunday, May 5  The First National Women's Extreme Roller Skating Festival of the Maya Riviera 2019 will be in Isla Mujeres on Sunday, May 5 from 1p-5p. Free. Schedule:
1p at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria: Recreational Games.
2:30p Awareness Competition "Roll & Pickup".
3p at the Skate Park in Salina Chica: Skating Exhibition by Chicas Roller Mexico, Live music by Playa Sol, Cypher of Freestyle, Mural painting, Environmental talk by Accion Isla, Skate Workshops, games & more, with food by Santo Taco.

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

Thursday, May 9 The 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics competition for the stae of Quintana Roo for open water swimming, in 5, 7, and 10 kilometer distances. They will swim between the concrete pier by the vehicle ferries and the pier of the former Kawama marina to its south. 8am-5pm 

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, May 8, 9 & 11:

3-Day Schedule for the First Isla Mujeres Bird Festival 2019
Wednesday, May 8
9a-Inauguration in Salina Chica at the library "17 de Agosto" & you're invited to donate a book.
9:15-Cleanup in the mangroves of Salina Aeropuerto and around the Library.
11a-Mural of Birds of Isla Mujeres on the library wall.
6p-Presentation: Celebrating Urban Birds by Green Jay Mayan Birding at the Library.

Thursday, May 9
11a-Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day at the middle school "Benito Juarez" by Green Jay Mayan Birding with a presentation at 11:50a by Amigos de Sian Ka´an and another at 12:45 titled "Birds & Wetlands" by Hidrobios.
6p-Presentation at the City Council room in the Town Hall of "Tourist Guides & Bird Watching".
Saturday, May 11
6:30a-Bird Watching UPDATE-Meeting at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa .
9:30a-Presentation at the Library: Results of Bird Monitoring in Chacmochuc Lagoon in the Isla Mujeres municipality (on the mainland).
5p-Close of Activities at the Gaviotas Park in Salina Chica with Activities for Children & a neighborly gathering.

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 Tours will begin after the permits are distributed.

Friday, May 17 Clean up at Isla Contoy beaches for turtle nesting season. Departing at 7a.

Saturday May 18  Red Cross fundraising dinner-event

Saturday, May 18 Miss Gay Quintana Roo competition on Town Square at 8p.

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.)
Sunday, May 19 Miss Dia de la Marina will be chosen on the Town Square at 8p. (Dia de la Marina is June 1st

Saturday, May 25, there will be a sailboat race and beach party to benefit Isla Animals, at Capitan Dulche's from 10a-7p, where a $5 donation includes use of swimming pool, snorkeling, kid's games, music, and a raffle. Food & drinks available for purchase.

Saturday, May 25  at 7p in colonia Salina Chica,  four soccer teams will participate in a competition for the start of the Telmex Cup, with two Isla Mujeres teams representing this municipality at this stage. The first game will be Trilanda vs Lobos and the second game will be Novatos vs Juventus, at 9pm.

  Saturday, May 25 at 8pm on the Town Square events begin for Dia de la Marina, (which is June 1st). The Queen will be crowned and there will be a dance with live music provided by "Mega Boom" on the Town Square

Sunday May 26 Plogging Clean up in the mangroves, meeting at Zama beach club 8a-11a.

Sunday, May 26 there will be a Children's Fishing Tournament, 8a-12p on the dock at the Villa Vera Merina, at the Makax Lagoon, for children 6-12 years old. (First prize is a fishing pole and a whale shark tour for the winner and parents. Second and third place winners receive a fishing pole and a dinner with their parents.)

At noon there will be a baseball game between local teams at El Pescador field in front of Chedraui.

At 7:30p the Town Square, the Symphony Orchestra of the Quintana Roo police will perform for a special "Noches Magicas".

Sunday, May 26: The 14th edition of the "El Cruce 2109" will be held, starting 'at an early hour', when competing swimmers will cross the Bay, swimming 10 kilometers from Playa Caracol in Cancun to El Pescador beach in Sac Bajo. This year's edition will include 1200 competitors and events on the day before; the "Cancun Mile, and an "Iron Swim" of 3.8 kilometers. Participants include athletes from 24 states of Mexico, and from 18 countries
Also participating will be the dog of Cesar Barrios, who has been trained to ride in a tire-float, while being towed by her master, who will be wearing fins. They are raising money for sterilizing dogs in Cancun and will be accompanied by a veterinarian in a canoe, carrying drinking water.

Sunday, May 26 at 1pm at the El Pescadores baseball field the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play the Jaguars from Playa del Carmen

Wednesday, May 29: Dia de la Marina events resume with a children's tricycle contest at 8pm in front of Playa Centro on the Rueda Medina sidewalk-malecon, with the trikes decorated as ships navigated by kids age 4-7 and prizes of 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos.

  Saturday, June 1st Dia de la Marina. Events begin with a 5 kilometer race in men's and women's divisions, and another for teens and children, starting in front of Playa Centro at 7am and 8am, with more than 17,000 pesos in cash prizes. Registration deadline is limited to 150 runners in the 5k, and 150 in the youth and children's event.

The official ceremony for National Dia de la Marina will take place at 11am, with a procession of boats in the Bay and placing of a wreath.
On Playa Centro, a beach soccer tournament will start at 11am, with teams of eight people and prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos. It will be followed by a beach volleyball tournament at 1pm with teams of two men & two women competing for prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos.The festivities will come to a close at 2p, with a Palo Encebado contest.

Events for Dia de la Marina

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 Mujere

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