Thursday, May 30, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 30

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"Dry Law" on Saturday & Sunday this weekend
Sunday is an election day for state legislators, so "To Go" alcohol sales are prohibited by the Dry Law (Ley Seca) for a 48 hour period, beginning at the first minute on Saturday (00:00), until midnight on Sunday (24:00). Foreigners in tourism areas, such as Isla Mujeres, may purchase alcoholic beverages, with food, at bars & restaurants.
In other words, stores aren't selling alcohol on Saturday & Sunday, but foreign tourists can buy drinks at bars & restaurants, and technically a food purchase is required. If you want to buy "To Go" alcohol, do it today or Friday...or wait until Monday.

The program for protection of sea turtles relocates their eggs to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. So far in May they have protected 16 Loggerhead nests with 1553 eggs, seven Hawksbill nests with 1021 eggs, and one Green turtle nest with 133 eggs.

"Against All Odds" is currently on Netflix (in Mexico) & features scenes in Isla Mujeres from 35 years ago (and Tulum, Cozumel & Chichen Itza). Isla first shows up at ~32 minutes when Jeff Bridges' character arrives to find the girlfriend of a mobster (James Woods)...until she (Rachel Ward) makes a quick escape on the old 'slow' Magana ferry, "Sultana del Mar". #1 is from the film, whose title in Spanish is "El Poder y La Pasión". The film is in English.

TVisla Mujeres    

   Nearly 800 swimmers participated in the 14th edition of "Crossing 2019" open water swim between Isla Mujeres and Cancun, who were from 24 states of the Mexican Republic and 18 countries. The overall winners of the 10 km event, in the men's and women's categories, were Mexican Arturo Rosales and the American Sandra Frimerman.
     It is noted that the"Cancun Iron Swim"  took place on Saturday, with 2000 swimmers participating of which 45 percent were foreigners.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

From Governor Carlos Joaquin:
Today our state made environmental history. The Congress of the State of Quintana Roo approved the Law of Solid Residues, which prohibits single use plastics such as straws, bags, and styrofoam items, among others. A link is provided to a Congressional press release that says:

Congress approves new law for trash management

May 29, 2019
The Congress of the State of Quintana Roo unanimously approved the Law for the Prevention, Integral Management and Circular Economy of the Residues of the State of Quintana Roo, which will create a new integral management scheme to reduce, reuse and recycle trash, as well as regeneration of natural resources and the environment.

With this law, Quintana Roo prohibits the use of plastic materials and utensils such as straws, plates, glasses, cups, cups, trays, cutlery, among others, as well as derivatives of Styrofoam. 

In addition, disposable plastic bags for the transfer of merchandise used in stores and supermarkets, self-service stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, restaurants and the like should also be discontinued.

Equipment and materials used for the construction industry, packaging of goods and products used for medical purposes are exempt from this prohibition.

This law seeks to promote sustainable development and consolidate a circular economy, through the prevention of the generation and integral management of urban solid waste, bio-waste, special handling waste and hazardous waste of local competition.

It also has the purpose of promoting, inducing and, where appropriate, ensuring the selection and separation of Waste and its by-products.

This norm was the result of various legislative initiatives and proposals collected in meetings on the subject, which were carried out in various cities of the entity.

The replacement of prohibited plastic products must be carried out in the exclusion zones (islands, islands, keys and vulnerable zones) in six months from the entry into force of the aforementioned reform (that is, after 30 days from being published in the official publication). For the rest of the state there will be 12 months for the application of the new regulation, which does not allow the use of the aforementioned plastic products. LINK  

VIDEO of Jesús Contreras director of SATQROO saying that businesses who don't comply with the Ley Seca will be closed immediately.

Complaint about Aguakan not repairing road after doing work (photo)

Offer of free whale shark tour for two for return of a pet bird who was lost near the Cablemas office.

VIDEO of coronation of Queen for Dia de la Marina.

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      
Meeting for Whale Shark Tour operators (see Por Esto section)
VIDEO of men freeing a turtle who was stuck among the rocks after coming ashore to nest on the beach near Colegio Bachilleres high school.

Photo of Maritime ferry hours (car ferry between the island and Punta Sam)

VIDEO of turtle eating a jellyfish with caption saying Turtle sighting in Isla Mujeres

Photos from accident between a taxi and motorcycle, with caption noting the injured motorcyclist was taken to the Community Hospital and the vehicles were taken to the impound yard until responsibilities are determined. (May 28)

     IM Noticias    

The Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano, said that due to problems with two of the trash transfer trucks, about 7000 tons of garbage have accumulated at the Transfer Facility. They are expected to be repaired by Monday, June 3rd, when the process of removing the backlog should begin. It is expected to be completed in June, before the summer season of July and August, when it is expected to be clean.

   La Tertulia  
VIDEO of municipal historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid talking about Don Cristino Pacheco, who was captain of the "Nieves" and Don Fabián Magaña Rodríguez who was captain of the "Venís".

Fishing cooperatives with legal issues  

Cooperativas frenadas por problemas legales

     The legal problems faced by the fishing cooperatives "Isla Blanca" and "Makax" have prevented public financing of their infrastructure, but the former cooperative has  submitted its request to the federal government for renovation of its dock, which is falling apart. This project includes a palapa at the end of the pier, but there is still the litigation with the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) to define the use of the area of water that is in front of the Federal Zone where the coop has a concession.
      The wooden pier of the Makax cooperative should have been replaced some time ago, but their area of Federal Zone (concession) was sold to a private individual six years ago. The cooperative acquired another property (concession) about 200 meters away,  but some members of the group say the sale was a bad deal. 
    A few weeks ago, Baltazar Gómez Catzin, president of the Federation of Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, announced that the regularization of each of the five fishing groups of Isla Mujeres should be accelerated in order to process requests for governmental assistance from  the National Fisheries Commission.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

    A turtle was rescued after it became stuck among the rocks while attempting to find a spot to nest, and a video was on social networks. Assistance was provided by members of the crew who provide nighttime surveillance to protect the nesting turtles.  There was a rescue last year of a turtle who was stuck in the rocks, and the general public are reminded to report problems like this so that specialists can intervene.
   The meeting of the Maritima company, who provide car ferry service between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam, has been rescheduled again, for June 1st. The Marinsa company wants to discontinue their association with Maritima, and there are plans to discuss whether the ferry "Sergio Aguilar Gracia" should be sold to pay off the large debts that the company is carrying.

Whale sharks have arrived  

Ya llegaron los tiburones

 On Tuesday, authorities completed the delivery of permits for whale shark tours, and several whale sharks were spotted on Wednesday. On Tuesday, only a couple whale sharks were seen north of Isla Contoy. On Thursday, the tour operators will be attending the “2º Encuentro por el Tiburón Ballena”, where the topics of discussion will be "Tourism and the Whale Sharks" and "Profiles of the Exploiters in the Mexican Caribbean", and "Results of community inspection and surveillance". The meeting will take place at the Cancun planetarium “Ka’Yok” today (Thursday) from 8:30 to 2p. 
  Critics say authorities should make more conservation efforts, noting that fewer boats should be allowed to offer tours at the beginning of the season when there are fewer whale sharks, and that they should have the permits available sooner.

Children's competition of tricycles decorated as boats  

Concurso infantil de barcos

Prizes were awarded to the first three places, with Verónica Velázquez Pool in third place, Luna Valery Rodríguez Aguilar in second place and Saory Renata Barrera Silva in first place. About half a dozen children participated with five boats copied in a smaller scale, including the sailboat  “Cuauhtemoc” (which serves as a sailing school ship for Naval cadets.)   The event was attended by municipal and Naval authoriies.


Fishermen affected by sargasso   

Pescadores en momentos críticos

  The reporter spoke to a fisherman with the Caribe cooperative as he was filleting fish, while customers were waiting nearby. He said they are affected by sargasso, but not as much as the fishermen to the south. The sargosso interferes with their capture of bonito for bait, when they troll for them, and it interferes with their longlines, because it wraps around the hooks and bait.  It also interferes with diving to catch fish because it gets into the caves and the fish don't enter.

Commemoration of Dia de la Marina

Conmemorarán el Día de la Marina

    Everything is ready to commemorate the CII Anniversary of the National Navy Day and LXXVI Anniversary of the Nationalization of the Mexican Navy on June 1st. Below is a diagram of the boat procession. See events section below for other activities.

Family planning available 

Invitan a planificación familiar permanente

   Tubal ligation for permanent sterilization will be offered for free on the first Tuesday of the month, after the patients have been registered and evaluated. This was offered recently and three women had the surgery. Up to ten women can have the procedure at the Hospital during one of these days, but that many are not expected at a time. There are no fees and the women are able to go home the same day. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


   This information has already been translated regarding the letters have been removed from the photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura, to be replaced. See above regarding the number of turtle eggs being protected.


Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

   The volunteers with Accion Isla cleaned the mangroves on Sunday, removing a considerable amount of plastic and they decided to hang plastic bags from the bushes so that those who go thru this area can dispose of their plastic trash. The do weekly cleanups and have recently been cleaning the turtle nesting beaches.
   The Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres continue to lead in their league after beating Los Chuchos of Playa del Carmen, with a score of 4-2.
    The vet Delfino had to put a dog to death who had been neglected and abandoned by a private individual, due to the extremely bad health of the animal, but no charges against the owners were made by the municipal Ecologia Department. 

Reinforcement of Mundaca palapa 

Apuntalan palapa de Mundaca

   Posts to help support the Mundaca palapa have been added to prevent effects from the strong southern Surada winds. The palapa is only four years old, and has received similar maintenance previously. It was built with federal funds also financed the perimeter fence of the hacienda. It is recommended that the palapa not be used for large events when the weather is very windy.

Urban Development Department suspends work on North Beach   

Desarrollo Urbano clausura obra en Playa Norte

  The municipal Urban Development department put closure seals on work by the Luxury restaurant and bar, because their papers were not in order. It has been rumored that Ultramar has plans to use their dock to disembark passengers, which would save the company from paying the per passenger fee for use of the Maritime Terminal.

Lack of attention from Aguakan  

Grave falla de Aguakan

  Last weekend, there were water problems in two different parts of Hidalgo Avenue, with one being an overflow of sewer water causing foul odors from a storm drain, which deterred potential dinersin that area. The other was a tap water leak, so the water was turned off to that section and businesses were dependent on the water in their rooftop storage containers.  


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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.

Saturday, May 25 Baseball game "cuadrangular"

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

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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