Thursday, September 19, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 19




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As part of the City's commitment to ensuring the safety of visitors and residents, the Department of Civil Protection installed warning signs on the beaches to help prevent accidents. Swimmers are reminded to follow instructions from the lifeguards.

Today is National Civil Protection Day, Sept. 19, and there will be an emergency simulation drill at the Casa de la Cultura at 10am.

Municipal Volleyball League  
Resident volleyball teams are invited to participate in the Municipal Volleyball League Season 2019 which will begin Sept. 20th. Registration is free and they can sign up at the offices of the Department of Sports and Physical Culture from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday thru Friday. The categories are primary school children from 7 to 12 years old, secondary school youths from 13 to 17 years old, and for those 17 years and older-- males, females, and mixed teams.
   They will be required to fill out a registration form, to provide their own ball, and to wear uniforms to each game they attend. There will be gifts and surprises at the end of the season. Games will be held 2-3 times per week until the end of the year.

TVisla Mujeres    
       In Isla Mujeres, a Seguro Popular health insurance campaign began on Wednesday to register and renew beneficiaries LINK    The module is at the Community Hospital, and personnel are touring different locations on the island. The required documents are a photo ID, a CURP, and proof of address. The policies are good for three years and renewal is free. In 2017, the beneficiaries increased to 13,600.   
     Residents are invited to participate in a free campaign to detect breast and cervical cancer on Thursdays 8a-1p for free.

VIDEO of firefighters and the Red Cross participating in an Emergency Simulation as part of National Civil Protection Week.

   La Tertulia  
Interview with veterinarian Delfino Guevera and the Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco  LINK   

From  Por Esto :

One peripheral bus route   

Concesión de transporte para cuatro rutas


     The 25-year contract for a public transportation system is still awaiting approval by the state Congress. There will be one route around the perimeter of the island (see photo).  It is presumed that the ten vehicles on the island will depart near the municipal Mercado downtown, traveling west on Mateos (in front of the cemetery) to Rueda Medina (main street), going south on prolongacion Rueda Medina to La Gloria, before returning north on the Caribbean coastal road, and west to Medina by the Naval base.
      The hours of service will be 6am to 10pm, every half hour. Unofficial sources indicate the fee may be about 8 pesos. The Mayor has estimated that it should begin operating in November. (The headline says there are four routes; the other three are on the mainland.)

Broken covers on new Aguakan installations  

Caen turistas en registros recién instalados

   Aguakan is installing new drainage connections over a four-kilometer stretch at the southern part of the island, where there are many tourists traveling in golf carts or on foot. There are open trenches and broken concrete covers, which is causing concerns about potential accidents.


Storm drainage system is in good shape  

En buen estado la red pluvial de la isla

    Personnel with Civil Protection reported that the entire network of storm water drainage is in good condition and ready in case there is heavy rainfall in upcoming days. A report is given based on the NHC information on Wednesday, noting there are currently no threats to the coast of Quintana Roo, but weather is being monitored that is some distance away.
  It is noted that tourism activity has diminished on the island, which is expected to continue over the next sixty days. 

 Here's this afternoon's NHC graphic & update...
The front X  is a tropical wave with only has a 10% chance of development over the next five days, because of upper level winds hindering it.
  The X behind it is a tropical wave with a 30% chance of development by early next week. 
 The orange system  has a 40% chance of development and could form a tropical depression early next week.
As they get closer to land and if they develop,  NHC will publish their probable tracks. 
Tropical Storm Jerry will be tracking up the east side of the Leeward Island and Puerto Rico.


Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

This information has been translated above about the emergency simulation by Civil Protection and the municipal Volleyball league.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

September 13   6:56
September 14   7:30
September 15  8:04
September 16  8:38
September 17   9:14
September 18   9:51
September 19  10:33
September 20  11:18
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:00-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:30-6:36a (start-end/mo)
September Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In September,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

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

By Diane Daniel
Protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October and the eggs are collected and taken to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. Releases of the hatchlings are done by personnel with the facility at sunrise or sunset when there is less heat and fewer predators. Three species nest on the island, with the most nests being from Green turtles, second are the Loggerhead, and third are the Hawksbill.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
By Tony Garcia

Whale shark tour season ends in mid-September. September tends to be one of the busier months for storms & hurricanes.








Sunday, Sept. 8-Soccer at 5p at the field in Salina Chica--Club Isla Mujeres vs Noh Bec

Saturday, Sept 14-8a Boat procession taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy from the Marine Terminal pier, after the 7a mass and a procession to the dock. About 1200 participants are expected, and about 120 small and medium sized boats.

Independence Day Celebrations:

Sunday, Sept. 15- MegaBoom will perform. Festivities start at 10p & include DJ Dani, and the Mayor reading the Grito & ringing the bell. Tables on sale at the Town Hall from 12p-8p.

Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8. It usually goes from South to North from the Naval base, with a reviewing stand in the vicinity of the 7-11.

Friday, Sept. 20- Dance to salsa, cumbia and more under the stars on the Town Square starting at 8p, performed by the Naval band “El Galeón”. Enjoy a Noche de Paz Magica! Free. And check out the new food trucks on the nearby malecon at the Paso de la Trigueña.
Saturday is the International Day of Peace.

Monday, Sept. 23-Equinox-Autumn begins 
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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
LINK to NHC 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 18




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There are graphics with information about registering for scholarships on the island, in the Continental Zone and in the Agricultural Zone.

A Green Isla is a sustainable Isla, continuing to be a secure & safe island with the installations of solar lights, so that residents and tourists can enjoy better lighting that is environmentally-friendly.




Carlos Barranco, head of the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment said he intends to resume the plan to conduct a pet census and apply the animal protection regulations. This was reported during a recent meeting with volunteers and members of local organizations who perform animal rescues. The meeting was held at Dr. Delfino Guevara's clinic, who provided the official with a comprehensive report about the work that has been done over the past two decades. In an interview, Dr Delfino spoke about the need for residents to assume full responsibility for each of their pets, to sterilize and care for them in accordance with the laws. He also considers it important to resume awareness-raising efforts with the students, starting at the preschool level, so they understand that animals require medical care, and appropriate housing, as well as carrying out the census.

The whale shark season ended and was a good season with favorable weather 95% of the time during the four months, and now many of the boats will be receiving annual maintenance. The general public is invited to attend the Mass that will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8pm, which is held annually at the whale shark monument, to express gratitude for a season without incidents.



From  Por Esto :

Exact date unknown for taxi rate increase   

Sin fecha para el incremento a tarifas 

   Years ago, when the taxi rates were increased, the minimum rate was held at 13 pesos, but the taxi union leader at that time, Eduardo "Wato" Peniche Rodríguez reached an agreement with former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, with a simple handshake and without any document, for a fee of 15 pesos, which has been applied since then, irregularly.
   Recently, the Mobility Institute announced they had approved an increase, but in Isla Mujeres, this new rate was 16 pesos, which was only a one peso increase over the rate the cabbies were already charging. There was dissatisfaction in other municipalities also, and the Mobility Institute agreed to review the amounts for each municipality. The Isla Mujeres taxistas are hoping for a minimum rate of at least 18 pesos. (This is the 'colectivo' rate for residents between downtown and the colonias. It doesn't apply to tourists or other destinations.) 
   One taxi driver complained that 11 years ago, the cost of a fare was similar to the cost of a liter of gas, but now it is barely 60 percent. He said that a liter of gas on the island is over 21 pesos, while the fare is 15 pesos, but to take a passenger to the Community Hospital uses nearly two liters. (If you use nearly 2 liters to go ~4 miles, your vehicle is only getting ~8 miles per gallon.)
Another complained that when a rate increase is approved, within two weeks the bosses raise their fees another 100 pesos, and paying them and filling up the tank, they end up with even less take-home pay, especially in low season.

Residents concerned about crime   

Vecinos temerosos y furiosos

  Residents are increasingly concerned following the armed robbery in a private home on Sunday, where about a million pesos were reportedly stolen, along with jewelry and other items. Home intruders who are armed and who tie up their victims had previously been unheard of on the island, where simple home burglaries were very rare until about fifteen years ago. Now burglaries have been occurring at an alarming rate among residences in the colonias, as well as vacation homes. More residents and businesses are installing security cameras and requesting that police patrols be increased, especially in the colonias.
   Islanders also express concerns that the suspects often aren't caught, and those that are arrested are usually set free by the Prosecutor's office.  (The Peace Index for Mexico reports: only formal investigations were only conducted for 7% of the crimes in 2017 and less than 3% ended with a sentence, which resulted in an impunity rate of 97% LINK  .)

Announcement to register for scholarships   

Vengan por las becas

  The deadline to register is September 26th, and registration has been open since Sept. 13th for scholarships in the categories of academic excellence, maritime transport, special education, and sports. Preference is given to families whose income is less than two minimum daily wages (minimum daily wage=102pesos), and there is a maximum of two scholarships per family. In the case of special education scholarships, the grade average isn't considered, but the other criteria are applied of socioeconomic status and a maximum of two scholarships per family.

Whale shark season closed at 95%  

Temporada del tiburón ballena, cerró al 95%

  See translation above. It is noted that there are about 180 boats with whale shark permits, and about 40 of them went out on the last day of the season, which is an average number since the start of September. In July and August, they were working at about 80-90 percent. It is also noted that this year permits were given for a period of two years, with a probability for another two year extension, provided the permit holder didn't commit any violations during the first two year period.

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MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

September 13   6:56
September 14   7:30
September 15  8:04
September 16  8:38
September 17   9:14
September 18   9:51
September 19  10:33
September 20  11:18
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:00-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:30-6:36a (start-end/mo)
September Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In September,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

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

By Diane Daniel
Protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October and the eggs are collected and taken to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. Releases of the hatchlings are done by personnel with the facility at sunrise or sunset when there is less heat and fewer predators. Three species nest on the island, with the most nests being from Green turtles, second are the Loggerhead, and third are the Hawksbill.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
By Tony Garcia

Whale shark tour season ends in mid-September. September tends to be one of the busier months for storms & hurricanes.








Sunday, Sept. 8-Soccer at 5p at the field in Salina Chica--Club Isla Mujeres vs Noh Bec

Saturday, Sept 14-8a Boat procession taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy from the Marine Terminal pier, after the 7a mass and a procession to the dock. About 1200 participants are expected, and about 120 small and medium sized boats.

Independence Day Celebrations:

Sunday, Sept. 15- MegaBoom will perform. Festivities start at 10p & include DJ Dani, and the Mayor reading the Grito & ringing the bell. Tables on sale at the Town Hall from 12p-8p.

Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8. It usually goes from South to North from the Naval base, with a reviewing stand in the vicinity of the 7-11.

Friday, Sept. 20- Dance to salsa, cumbia and more under the stars on the Town Square starting at 8p, performed by the Naval band “El Galeón”. Enjoy a Noche de Paz Magica! Free. And check out the new food trucks on the nearby malecon at the Paso de la Trigueña.
Saturday is the International Day of Peace.

Monday, Sept. 23-Equinox-Autumn begins 
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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
LINK to NHC 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 17




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This storm is now Tropical Depression #10 & heading up the eastern Caribbean, posing no threats to the Yucatan. (There's also a storm on the Tx coast that could get up to TD level today/tonight, before it loses umph by landing, and bringing rain.)

On Sept. 14th,  the annual procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, Patron Saint of Fishermen, took place, followed by a Mass at the chapel there. She'll stay there for the remainder of the lobster season, which ends Feb. 29th. More than 100 boats and 1000 islanders were expected to participate.
The lobster season is off to a rough start with 59 cases of decompression illness treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber since July 1st, in addition to two fishermen from separate incidents who died en route to the island. There were 16 cases in 15 days, which are generally caused by divers going down deeply, often for an hour or so, then ascending too rapidly.


Photos from the Monday morning parade and the Sunday night Grito festivities.The parade went up Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Monument to the Fishermen, and included students from island schools, the Navy, the DIF group, the Red Cross, Civil Protection personnel and firefighters, and an exhibition of antique cars.











 (From Sunday)... Celebrating Mexico's Independence from Spain with dancing, drinking, dining, bell-ringing, fireworks, a parade & El Grito! (Not in that order.) Tables go on sale at noon, expect an epidemic of La Cruda mañana. 😉The parade will affect traffic in the morning. ¡Viva la Independencia! ¡Viva México!

 Article I wrote on Sunday, Sept. 15th...
Tonight & tomorrow, Mexico celebrates her revolt against Spain in 1810, which began with the "Grito of Dolores"--a passionate speech by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla that is commemorated simultaneously by millions of Mexicans, led by the President and by Mayors on their Town Squares. The President rings Hidalgo's historic church bell, followed by a chant-response with the crowd, the national anthem and fireworks. In Isla, this will be followed by dancing to the band "MegaBoom". The chant goes something like this, with the crowd responding--¡VIVA(N)!:
"¡Mexicanos! ¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Víva Hidalgo! ¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez! ¡Viva Allende! ¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva la independencia nacional! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! (Long Live Mexico!)
"Dolores" is the name of the town where Don Miguel Hidalgo was sent by the Church when he was fifty, for his questionable reputation of reading prohibited books and fathering children. When Isla Mujeres was founded, it was named in honor of this historic location.
Hidalgo was a former college professor & considered one of the country's leading religious minds. He was beloved by his parishioners for his tireless efforts on their behalf, and fifty-seven years old when he sparked the war.
In addition to seeking independence from Spain, thousands of Creoles (Mexican-born Spaniards), mestizos and natives were rebelling against the ruling class of Spanish-born aristocrats, the Gachupines. Loyalties were divided in New Spain (Mexico) after the Spanish king Ferdinand VII was taken captive by Napoleon, who replaced him with his brother, Joseph Bonaparte. Hidalgo was among the Creoles who had remained loyal to Ferdinand. He wanted independence, racial equality, and redistribution of land.
As Hidalgo marched toward Mexico City under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, his untrained, poorly-armed followers swelled to nearly 100,000 civilians and campesinos. They captured various cities along the way, but were forced to retreat from the capital. They were defeated in January, 1811, after encountering an army of 6000 well-armed and well-trained Spanish troops. Hidalgo fled north toward the border, but was betrayed, captured, and executed by a firing squad, ten months after his "Grito"- Cry for Independence. It took Mexico a decade to gain her freedom.
The Sept. 16th parade usually starts around 8-9am going up Rueda Medina, usually starting from the Naval base.
#1 Festivities start at 10p & include DJ Dani & Megaboom. Tables will be on sale today at the Town Hall from 12p-8p. (Graphic-it's in the events section below)
#2 Hidalgo, "The Father of Mexican Independence", is on the 1000 peso bill with the Dolores church & bell.
#3 Hidalgo is on the new 200 peso bill released this month, with Morelos
#4 Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the Battle of Puebla where the French were defeated in 1861, which didn't stop their invasion, resulting in Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota ruling Mexico for a few years.
#5 Bell of Dolores was moved to the National Palace.

 (From this weekend)...
Watch out for the crabs at night & try to avoid running them over!! During September's full moon, the Blue Crabs move between the mangroves and the ocean to spawn, so they're crossing the roads that get in their way, like in Sac Bajo. The City organized a campaign to assist them.

Personnel with Civil Protection removed two swarms of bees from the cemetery, which prompted me to write this article about our native, imported, and invasive bees.

Bees in the Yucatan--From stingless Mayan bees to fat European bees to aggressive Africanized bees

    "Honeybees" (Apis mellifera) aren't native to this hemisphere and were introduced to the New World by European settlers in the 16th century. In the Yucatan, cultivation of European honeybees began in the late 19th or early 20th century. The introduction and exploitation of these bees reportedly caused a 90% decrease in hives of the native stingless (Melipona beecheii) honey-producing bees.
      In 1986, Africanized honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellata) arrived to the Yucatan Peninsula. They quickly began interbreeding with and displacing the European bees, and are now well established throughout the region. The native stingless "Melipona" bees are a separate species and don't interbreed with the European and African "Apis" honeybees
      One study found that when African bees first expand into a new location, within 5-10 years the African genes predominate and European genes decrease to less than 10 percent. This scientist stated: "The colonization of much of the Western Hemisphere by the African honeybee in the last 60 years is one of the most rapid and impressive biological invasions in recent history." African bees in the tropics swarm up to 16 times per year, compared to 3-6 times for wild European colonies.
Mayan Melipona Stingless Bees
      The Yucatan peninsula is home to a unique type of stingless bees that have been cultivated by the Maya for thousands of years. In addition to being ingested as a sweetener and used as a medicine, Mayan honey and beeswax were used as currency, as offerings to deities, and to pay tribute (taxes).    These stingless milipona bees are still kept in log-hives ("jabons"), but this ancient beekeeping tradition is dying out. Wild milipona bee populations have reportedly decreased by as much as 80% in recent years. However, beekeeping cooperatives have recently been established to preserve 'meliponicultura' and the state of Yucatan has a new program to assist these beekeepers.
       Melipona bees only produce a liter or two of honey annually, compared to 50-70 liters by typical (Apis) honeybees. Their honey has exceptional antibacterial properties, and is used for treating wounds and eye infections, in addition to being ingested. It has a unique flavor and a thinner consistency than 'regular' honey. .
       A two thousand year-old Mayan ceramic "jabon" (melipona beehive) in Guatemala was firmly dated from the late Pre-Classic period, 300 BC- AD 200. Illustrations in the 1100 year-old Madrid Mayan Codex show male & female deities harvesting honey and conducting various rituals associated with beekeeping. The Aztec Mendoza Codex includes drawings of towns giving jars of honey to the Aztecs as tribute, and the Aztec Florentine Codex mentions the stingless bees and their honey, as does the Matricula de Tributos (Indigenous Tax-Tribute Records)
      The Spanish also demanded tax tributes of honey and wax, and in 1549, over 150 Mayan villages paid 3 tonnes of honey and 281 tonnes of wax to the Spanish. Early chroniclers reported seeing apiaries of 1000-2000 log-hives, with well made entrances and stone plugs (panuchos) on each end. During colonial times, wax & honey were exported to Europe.
       On Isla Cozumel, archeologists found round structures that could have been apiaries and pairs of round coral and rock objects that may have been "panuchos", which are used to plug beehive-logs ("jabons"). At various sites throughout the region, apiculture artifacts, such as incense burners in the shape of beehives have been found. There are images of the "Descending God", who is believed to represent the Bee God "Ah Mucen Cab" on various Mayan temples. There is a depiction of this deity on a temple in Tulum. (Photo #3, from Wiki.)

Modern Honey Production
Mexico’s honey exports initially dropped by more than 50% when the Africanized bees arrived in the mid-80's, but production has since recovered considerably. In 1992, Mexico was the fourth largest honey producer world-wide, producing 60,000 tonnes of honey and 4200 tonnes of beeswax. Eighty percent of Mexico's beehives were kept by small farmers or households as a subsidiary or hobby crop.
In 2012, the state of Yucatan produced the most honey in Mexico, but by 2017 their production had decreased by 58%, (from >10,000 tons to 4350 tons). During that five year period, honey production in Quintana Roo increased by 41%, (from 2160 tons to 3045 tons). This is partially because honey produced in Quintana Roo has often been sold in Yucatan, and counted in their statistics.
Most of the beekeepers in Q Roo still work on a relatively small scale, with an average of 35 hives each. There are approximately 3400 beekeepers, and a total of 119,000 hives. The hives produce about 30 kilos each, and about half the honey is sold domestically and the other half is exported. Ninety-five percent of the honey is harvested in the first half of the year.

Bee Families
There are ~20,000 species of bees in the world, divided into seven families. Of those seven families, only one, Apidae, contains honey-making bees. The most well-known of the honey-makers are in the genus Apis, aka “honeybees”, of whom all but one originated in southeast Asia.
Although they are less well-known, the stingless Melipona are by far the the largest group of honey-making bees, with over 500 species found throughout the tropics. There are 46 stingless species registered in all of Mexico, of which 16 are native to the Yucatan Peninsula Of these 16, six can be cultivated for their honey and wax, but due to their social characteristics, the "Melipona beecheii" are strongly preferred. Their name in Mayan is Xunán Kab (La Señora Bee).
The other cultivatable Yucatecan Melipona species are: Tsets (Melipona yucatanica), Kantsac (Scaptotrigona pectoralis), Sacxic (Trigona nigra nigra), Us-cab (Plebeia frontalis) and Bo'ol (Nannotrigona perilampoides). There are also ancient beekeeping traditions in the highlands of Puebla, where tiny stingless melipona bees ("Scaptotrigona mexicana") are kept in small clay pots.
The Mayan Melipona beechii bees construct small 'honey pots' within their nests, unlike the combs of typical stinging honeybees. These stingless bees may be tended by women & children, and thought of as pets. Housewives say if there is fighting and discord in a home, the bees will leave. Generally, the hives are permanent, because once the queen has been fertilized, she can't fly. They are resistant to many of the parasites and diseases that affect the Apis honeybees.
A 'guardian bee' stations itself at the small opening, and meliponas defend themselves by biting, like ants. They are pickier than their European and African counterparts about which flowers they visit, which makes them vital to keeping our tropical forests healthy. There are plants that can only be pollinated by these bees.
Oddly, Melipona beechii bees have migrated to Cuba where wild populations are thriving and they're now being cultivated. In 2017, the Cuban Society of Beekeepers changed its name to the Cuban Society of Beekeepers and Meliponiculturists.




Sept. 14--Reduction in crime statistics
   The City continues working a being the safest municipality in the State, and there have been significant decreases in crime which are attributed to ongoing crime prevention work. This year home thefts have decreased 38%,  thefts of tourists belongings reduced by 71 percent, and vehicles thefts are 43% less. LINK  

TVisla Mujeres    
Classic cars from different countries and various states of Mexico participated in the Independence Day parade LINK   The seventh edition of the Rally Maya will take place May 16-24, 2020 with 110 classic cars. They plan to begin in the state of Campeche and finish in Isla Mujeres. (photos)

VIDEO-Whale shark season concludes today (interview)

Armed robbery  LINK  
  Sept. 14.   Shortly before 2am, three armed burglars, with their faces covered, entered the private home of Martin Trejo Manzano  and his family in colonia  “Cañotal” and stole their savings. Mr. Trejo, of Minino's, said he got up shortly after 1:30 am to charge his phone, and went to the bathroom after sending some messages. He said he didn't hear the thieves enter because he had been sleeping alone in a locked bedroom. The intruders first came upon his wife, who was in another room, and then they came for him, knocking on the door several times. He went, thinking it was his wife or one of his daughters, but it was the intruders. He struggled with them, but was unsuccessful and received a blow to the head with one of the weapons that required four stitches. He decided to not to resist and he and his wife were tied up.
   The thieves searched the house from end to end, taking money they found in a safe, which was on hand for replacement of some outboard motors, and some jewelry. After the intruders left, Mr. Trejo freed his legs, went to his wife, and they helped each other get free. The municipal police and personnel with the Prosecutor's office arrived, but nothing is known about the thieves and the 'loot'.

Naveganto ferries increased their schedule for the Independence holidays LINK  

Sept 13th was the 31st anniversary of Hurricane Gilberto  LINK 
       Known as the "hurricane of the century', in 1988 the storm was a tropical wave off the coast of Africa on Sept. 3, a tropical depression on Sept. 8, becoming Hurricane Gilbert on the 10th. It passed Jamaica on the 12th with winds of 240 kph, and increased in strength, becoming a category 4 on Sept. 13th in the Cayman islands, and then increasing to Category 5. On Sept. 14th it hit the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula with record-breaking low pressure and an historical impact. It crossed the Peninsula that day on its way to the Gulf, where it regained strength and hit Mexico a second time as a Category 3, on Sept. 16th, causing damages in the state of Tamaulipas. Governmental statistics indicate Gilberto took the lives of 300 people and caused 800 million dollars in damages, which exceeded Paulina who hit Mexico in 1997 and took the lives of 250 people.


Motivating entrepreneurs to comply with tax obligations   LINK    
The director of the Tax Administration System of Quintana Roo (SATQ), Jesús Contreras Gómez, said that it is necessary to motivate and encourage entrepreneurs to comply with their tax obligations. He said that despite this situation, in Isla Mujeres there is a good amount collected, because compliance is good from hotel chains and companies that have moved into the municipality. These entrepreneurs generally meet their obligations punctually, because they hire staff for this purpose.
  He explained that many people who reside on the island or in the Continental Zone don't understand how to make their payments. Businesses who don't meet their obligations are often companies that have less economic activity, and are among the so-called "RIF",  Régimen de Incorporación Fiscal, who don't comply out of ignorance. 
   He said that in order to attract these taxpayers, the SATQ has installed a service module, whose staff are responsible for clearly informing and facilitating payment of tax contributions and all the related administrative procedures, which can also be done at SATQ's website and social media site. (In Spanish, SATQ = Sistema de Administración Tributaria de Quintana Roo).

Next week the new taxi rates will become official   LINK 
       Sept.13   The head of the state Mobility Institute,  Jorge Pérez Pérez, said the newly authorized taxi rates will become official next week, which have undergone changes in each municipality, from the increase that was initially announced. He said the changes vary between the municipalities and the different routes, noting " pero quedó muy chula, ya verán” ("It's very cool, you'll see."). They will be announced next week.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Photos of the classic cars with announcement about the Maya Rally 2020 (see above) VIDEO of the classic cars that visited for the parade.

 VIDEO of a golf cart that had flipped at the roundabout with the Memorial to Ramon Bravo, at the entrance to Sac Bajo, causing contusions to one of the tourists.

Photos of the "Champions"--Cockteleros baseball team with their trophy, who won the league competion on Sunday.

Photos from the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre procession and celebration on Isla Contoy.



The state Civil Protection agency announced that the Tropical depressions in the Gulf and in the Atlantic represent no risk to the coasts of Mexico.

Free pap tests and HPV testing (age-dependent)

On Sept. 19 at 10am, there will be nationwide emergency simulations--announcement from the state Civil Protection agency   VIDEO 

Exactly fifty years ago today, on September 17, 1969, the Governor of the Territory of Quintana Roo announced that more than a billion pesos would be invested in the area of the Cancun lagoon. (Q Roo became a Mexico's youngest state five years later, in December, 1974).

The Pescadors baseball team of Isla Mujeres beat the Cancun Taxistas 4-0 at a home game (on Sunday), who are competing in the league "Libema".

Photos of the classic cars taken behind the Casa de la Cultura, by the photo op sign, and other photos of them.

Photos with caption that the Cocteleros of Picus won the league championship, beating the Cancun Rockies 3-0, at the Isla Mujeres "Pescadors" stadium.

Article about the discovery of the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks.

Announcement of invitation to participate the 1st Municipal Veteran's Basketball Tournament and for those planning to participate to attend a meeting  on Friday Sept. 20 at 6p at the Las Hormiguitas basketball court


   La Tertulia  

On Sept. 13th, about 80 students from the preschool-kinder "Maria Enriqueta Carmarillo y Roa" marched thru colonia Salina Chica dressed in white & carrying Mexican flags, celebrating the 209th anniversary of the Grito of Dolores, in advance of the Civic Parade.
They began their march at Comex and it terminated at their school on the northern edge of the colonia, where they enjoyed games & festivities. (photos)

Photos of flipped golf cart, noting it was caused by imprudent driving and occupied by three Mexican tourists, two women and one man. One of the women, who appeared to be driving, suffered a hard blows to her body and a wound to her head which was bleeding. The cart is #93 of the Joaquin agency, and the police and Red Cross provided assistance.

From  Por Esto :

Celebrating the 209th anniversary of the start of the Mexican War of Independence  

Amaneció la festividad del grito

   There was a "saldo blanco" (no incidents) for Sunday night's Grito celebrations and dance on the Town Square, which featured the bands "Megaboom" and "Armageddon" with DJ Dani. One hundred tables were placed on the Square for families, and the celebration continued until dawn on Monday. The parade began at 8am on Monday and ended within an hour, which avoided traffic jams for the tourists who arrive later. Traffic was detoured down Juarez during the parade, and Rueda Medina was reopened at 8:50am. The next patriotic celebration will be held on November 20th for Revolution Day. More than a dozen classic cars participated in the parade, and were seen touring the roads on Sunday.

Many participants in the Independence Day parade  

Nutrida participación en desfile conmemorativo

   The Mayor led the parade, which closed the road for only two hours, to reduce inconvenience to motorists and tourists.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  The head of the Mobility Institute said the changes will be minor from the announcement of taxi rate increases that was made a month ago. Cabbies disagreed with the increase of the resident fare from the colonias from 15 pesos to 18 pesos.
  Naval personnel and vehicles participated in the Independence Day parades in Cancun and on the island.

Violent robbery

Violento robo en pleno festejo

  This information was translated above.  It is noted that one of the Mayor's campaign promises was the installation of surveillance cameras on the island, and many families are hoping this occurs soon.

Baseball champions  

Reyes del diamante

   The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros won the team championship in the Puerto Morelos League on Sunday when they defeated the Cancun Rockies 3-0. The game took place at the el Pescador baseball field from 10am to 1pm.

Security operation instituted   

Instalaron operativo de seguridad

  A security operation was instituted for the large number of tourists expected to arrive for the Independence Day celebrations, and a "saldo blanco" was reported as of Sunday afternoon at the beaches, where the lifeguards had no rescues that day. However there was a rescue on Friday at the dangerous Media Luna beach. A visitor ignored the "No Swimming" signs and got caught up in a 'remolino' (washing-machine current) and was rescued thanks to timely intervention by lifeguard  Francisco Alberto Martínez Pacheco.
  Nearly all of the ~800 rental golf carts were leased and the taxi dirvers were busy.

A "Cry" of hope  

Un “grito” de esperanza

Occupancy rates and sales have been sharply declining since the end of August, and those in the tourism industry hoped for an improvement over the Independence Day weekend. Occupancy was 44 percent on the island from August 30 to September 5th. The overall rate, including the mainland, was 58% , which is a 30% decrease from the summer high season.


Campaign begins to protect blue crabs   

Inicia campaña de protección del cangrejo azul

   The locations where crabs cross the roads (particularly during the full moon) is at the northern end of the Sac Bajo road, and several areas of the road to Garrafon. It is noted that the red crabs also migrate during the summer-autumn period, and that protecting them from cars invovles educational awareness as well as physical assistance such as this campaign. The City and police promote this awareness, and it is noted that hunting blue crabs is banned between August 15th and September 30th.  Citizens and local governements are encouraged to protect them while they are migrating to the sea to spawn.

Decreasing crime rates  

Baja el índice delincuencial

  See translation above. The Mayor announced crime rates have significantly decreased in Isla Mujeres as follows--38% for home robbery, 71 % for thefts of 'transeúntes' (lit-passersby), and 43% for vehicle thefts, due to crime prevention work that is being done by the municipal Department of Public Safety. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

   On Friday, bees were removed from the cemetery, because bees in this area are Africanized and could pose a threat to residents and visitors. Personnel with Civil Protection removed them after receiving a report from a resident on 911, who feared the bees might attack someone. Civil Protection personnel encourage the community to report any bee swarms. It is recalled that two years ago a swarm entered an apartment that is rented to the Red Cross, in colonia La Gloria.
   There were two baseball games scheduled on Sunday, at the El Pescador field, at 10am and 1:30p.
 There are two categories in the children's baseball league, and the Isla Mujeres team in the 5-6 year old category won the opening game, defeating Puerto Morelos. The other category is 7-9 year olds. There will be a competition on the island in two weeks.   

20th procession for the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre   

XX procesión de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre


  After the 7:00 mass at the downtown Catholic Church, the procession went to the Maritime Terminal and the icon for Our Lady of Charity of Cobre was transported aboard the boat "Regina". Dozens of fishing and tourism boats participated, with more than 1000 parishioners, for the 30 kilometer trip to Isla Contoy that takes about an hour. Another mass was celebrated at the Contoy chapel,that was built 20 years ago. She will remain in that chapel until the lobster fishing season concludes on February 29th.
   There was good weather and a "saldo blanco" (no incidents) for this event, which included involvement and coordination by various agencies including the Harbor Master, Civil Protection, the Navy and the municipal government. The event attracts many children and some Catholics from other municipalities, who enjoy the traditional event which also offers an opportunity to visit this very regulated reserve, which is protected by a Management Plan. (Normally, visitors aren't allowed on that section of Isla Contoy, where the fishing camp and cabins are located). Normally, a maximum of 200 people are allowed to visit the island. Each year about 70 tourists join the event.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

September 13   6:56
September 14   7:30
September 15  8:04
September 16  8:38
September 17   9:14
September 18   9:51
September 19  10:33
September 20  11:18
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:00-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:30-6:36a (start-end/mo)
September Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In September,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

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

By Diane Daniel
Protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October and the eggs are collected and taken to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. Releases of the hatchlings are done by personnel with the facility at sunrise or sunset when there is less heat and fewer predators. Three species nest on the island, with the most nests being from Green turtles, second are the Loggerhead, and third are the Hawksbill.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
By Tony Garcia

Whale shark tour season ends in mid-September. September tends to be one of the busier months for storms & hurricanes.








Sunday, Sept. 8-Soccer at 5p at the field in Salina Chica--Club Isla Mujeres vs Noh Bec

Saturday, Sept 14-8a Boat procession taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy from the Marine Terminal pier, after the 7a mass and a procession to the dock. About 1200 participants are expected, and about 120 small and medium sized boats.

Independence Day Celebrations:

Sunday, Sept. 15- MegaBoom will perform. Festivities start at 10p & include DJ Dani, and the Mayor reading the Grito & ringing the bell. Tables on sale at the Town Hall from 12p-8p.

Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8. It usually goes from South to North from the Naval base, with a reviewing stand in the vicinity of the 7-11.

Monday, Sept. 23-Equinox-Autumn begins 
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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
LINK to NHC