Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Isla Mujeres News & Events Tuesday, July 23

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City improves urban image in seven colonias of the municipality with the Isla Verde campaign  VIDEO  
      The "Isla Verde" program is taking place twice a week on the island and once a week on the mainland with the goal of maintaining a good image of the municipality. This includes trash collection, painting curbs & crossings, sweeping and cleaning, working together, and raising awareness among the community who are helping beautify this Pueblo Magico.
   During this campaign, 7-9 tons of junk and garbage have been removed, and the Mayor has participated in this work, along with other officials and citizens, taking care of the environment and the municipality. Work has been done downtown and in Amplificacion La Gloria and colonia Cañotal.
    It is noted that there are six trash collection routes, of which 4 are nocturnal, with one of those collecting from the beaches and Sac Bajo after midnight (in the madrugada--wee hours). 

Transforming Isla Mujeres (Before & After photos from La Gloria)

TVisla Mujeres    

Hosting Regional Baseball Events for Children's League LINK  
   Isla Mujeres will host a regional baseball tournament for players in the 11-12 year old category, from the states of  Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán & Quintana Roo, including players from the island. About 100 participants are expected to arrive, accompanied by their families. The date isn't given and more information will be available at the press conference on Thursday at noon.

Raising "Blue Flags" over three beaches of Isla Mujeres on Wednesday LINK  

Fire in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria VIDEO  

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
There was a rupture of the six-inch tap water line on Juarez Avenue (Jesus Martinez Ross aka prolongacion Aeropuerto) near the Hotel Ikal Ocean View which could affect the water supply to the colonias of Ampliación La Gloria, Meteorológica, Bachilleres, Salina Chica and Guadalupana. Personnel with Aguakan immediately began working to repair the problem, which is expected to be completed Monday evening. Photo by Noti Isla Mujeres.

Fire in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria   VIDEO  

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

After receiving a 911 call, the firefighters of Civil Protection responded to a fire which only caused material damages and was caused by a short circuit inside a home in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria  LINK  

From  Por Esto :

Road torn up for installation of wastewater pipes  

Rompen vía sur por instalar red residual

  Although island traffic is increased during this summer vacation period, the Aguakan company is installing dozens of connections to the wastewater system in the southern part of the island, causing inconvenience for the hundreds of golf carts traveling on this road. Currently about two kilometers of the street are affected and the problem isn't expected to resolve soon, since the road will be dug up to install the lines, after the connections are finished.
   Work to install wastewater lines and connections to this part of the island began about a year ago. The wastewater plant was expanded to a capacity of 60 liters/second, which is expected to be adequate to meet the demand in upcoming decades.
   Last year connections were installed in colonia Metrologica and a major sewage line was installed between the cemetery and colonial La Gloria, connecting all of those residents to the system. This is expected to occur at the southern part by the end of the year, or in 2020 at the latest, according to unofficial estimates. It is noted that work schedules are generally extended, based on previous events.

FGE is investigating execution  

La FGE investiga ejecución

    The state Attorney General's office opened an investigation into the execution of a man on Juarez Avenue early Sunday morning, shortly after 1am, on Juarez Avenue, near Matamoros street, in front of a recently opened bar. The victim, Francisco P.C., 28, was allegedly shot multiple times, and it is unknown by the press whether there was one assailant or two, or what caliber weapon was used. Tourists are expressing concerns on social media about safety and some business owners are asking for increased municipal, state and federal police patrols.

Rationing of tap-water deliveries to hotels

Aguakan raciona el agua en IM

  One of the three Aguakan pumps that send tap water to the isle via the submarine line was damaged a few days ago, causing levels to drop in the storage tanks on the island and decreased water pressure in some areas. Water consumption is currently high and the company has reduced its deliveries to hotels, who use this method to ensure their supply during high seasons. Private homes located at higher elevations have also been affected because their tinacas don't fill when the pressure is low.
   The company has ~2000 cubic meters of water in four tanks, and with water rationing this would be a week's supply, with consumption increased. It is recalled that the water supply to the island was interrupted for several weeks in 1988, when the submarine pipeline was broken during hurricane Gilbert by a ship.
   On Monday afternoon, there was a break in the six-inch pipeline along southern Juarez (Jesus Martinez Ross, aka prolongacion Aeropuerto) neak Ikal Ocean View 'hotel', affecting the colonias of Ampliación, Meteorológica, Bachilleres, Salina Chica and Guadalupana”,  who may continue to have some low pressure problems until everything is repaired and back to normal.  Repairs began immediately and were expected to be concluded Monday evening, when the water supply would be turned on again.


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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 

July 16  7:35
July 17   8:22
July 18   9:04
July 19   9:43
July 20  10:20
July 21   10:54
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6:10a
July 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 July,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Octopus, Shrimp, & Conch  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout July. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout July, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season begins July 1st, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo; whole dead-350 to 400; and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 12-August 23, peaking in late July

Saturday, July 6 Barracuda Fishing Tournament with a scooter for first prize, TV's for second and third, and cash for fourth and fifth places. It's sponsored by the political party PRI and will have a DJ & other activities starting at 11am.

Saturday, July 6th at 4p, Connor Williams, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs & do photo-ops with fans at the soccer field in Salina Chica. Then the "Isla Mujeres Bowl 2019" will be held in two categories of players up to age 13; and those of 15 years and up in separate male & female teams. Free. This will be "touch football", played according International Flag Football rules.
Sunday, July 7 at 8p on the Town Square--Four Dance Troupes. The seniors & kids troupes of "Al Són del Corazon", a senior women's troupe & "El Corazon de Conchi". (Són is a style of dance & music, Corazon means heart. Conchi is a nickname of Isla's patron saint.)

Saturday, July 13 Plogging clean up 8a-10a Sac Bajo
Saturday, July 13 Town Square at 7p--Folklorico dancers from the state of Nuevo Leon. Free.

Firday, July 19 You're invited to the 1st International Festival of Children's Folklorico Dancing on Friday on the Town Square at 8p featuring troupes from Mexico City, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, Nuevo León, Guerrero, Tabasco, Nayarit, & Jalisco, as well as from Colombia.

Fri-Sun, July 26-28- 12th Annual Whale Shark Festival
   The events whose locations aren't given are probably on the Town Square, the talks in Spanish are probably inside the Palacio-Town Hall.

 Friday, July 26 
6p Motorcycle Clubs Caravan 
6:30 Inaugural Event on the East Malecon Esplanade, Downtown 
7p Grand Opening of the new tourism attraction "El Malecon del Sabor" Food Park
8p Folklorico Dance performance by "Mestizas de Agua Sallada" 
9p Performance by "Renatta Dance Studio Academy" 

 Saturday, July 27 
6p-8p Children's "Lightning" Basketball Tournament on downtown court by Town Square
 7p Presentations (in Spanish) on the topics "Acoustic & Satellite Telemetry of Whale Sharks" and "Estimations About Whale Shark Behavior" by specialists Emilio de la Parra Galván, Eugenio de la Parra Galván & Rafael de la Parra. 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo"
 9p Folklorico Dance performances by the troupes "Al Son del Corazon", "Abuelitas de INAPAM", & "El Corazon de Conchi" 

 Sunday, July 28 7p Presentation (in Spanish) by Pamela Vazquez of Saving Our Sharks organization 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo" 
8p Noches Magicas performance by "Latin Dancers Dance Studio"

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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