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Our region remains in the Orange status June 22-28, and the beaches continue to be closed. The Governor should give the next update on Thursday (the last two have been at 8pm) The southern part of the state was upgraded from red to orange.
June 17-The municipality of Isla Mujeres now reports a total of 24 cases of Covid-19 with 2 deaths and 17 recuperated, leaving 5 active cases.
On Thursdays, Isla animals provides free sterilizations to a maximum of 15 pets, with one person accompanying the animal using personal protection against Covid-19 such as a face mask and/or face shield. The veterinary team is headed by Dr. Arturo Dzul.
June 18 Thirty-three tons of junk were removed during a campaign in colonia La Gloria yesterday. You can contact Civil Protection with WhatsApp at 998 143 1548
June 17--On behalf of the PC "Farm" (Civil Protection), we wish you a good night (Photo by director Merced Ortiz)
On Wednesday, the US State Department, via the North American embassy, issued a Travel Alert to avoid sea travel in the Bay of Campeche and the southern Gulf of Mexico, due to the high presence of members of organized crime. The report says, "Commercial criminal groups are known to have attacked commercial ships, oil rigs, and oil tankers in Campeche Bay and in the southern areas of the Gulf of Mexico." The rest of Mexico remains at travel level two. LINK
The Navy rescued three people, whose yacht "Dragon Fly" was adrift due to engine failure, 66 nautical miles (122 km) northeast of Isla Mujeres. The Navy received an emergency call from the boat, which had sailed from Honduras with two females and a male of American nationality. A Naval Coastal Patrol boat was immediately dispatched, which located the boat and towed it to Isla Mujeres Bay were the three people underwent a medical check-up from Naval personnel, who used sanitary measures. The International Health personnel ruled out symptoms of Covid-19 before they were received by the Harbor Master and Immigration officials. LINK
Naval rescue of "Dragon Fly", photo published by Isla Mujeres al Dia.
Dolphin Discovery announced it will reopen on Tuesday, June 23, with protocols to prevent the contagion of Covid-19.
From Por Esto :
June 17- Por Esto reports ten days after the gradual reopening of Isla Mujeres, the economic recovery downtown is slow, where about 20 percent of businesses have begun to reopen their doors, with very slow sales, according to their managers. LINK
On Rueda Medina, of a total of 92 establishments, there are 26 souvenir stores, four restaurants, four golf cart rental agencies, two jewelry stores, two hotels, a large souvenir store and a convenience store operating. Before Covid-19, during high season, at least 5000 tourists visited this street, who arrived by ferries, sailboats, yachts, and tour boats, and many were coming for the beach. Therefore, the merchants are awaiting the reopening of the beaches and authorization to operate the marinas, which is expected to cause a considerable growth in the number of people visiting the island.
On June 12th, APIQRoo (Port Authority) reported transporting 1255 local passengers and 88 non-locals, with many of the local passengers being workers who come from Cancun to work in the island's tourist industry. The 'barrier' of 100 visitors a day has been reached, but the merchants believe the closed beaches are discouraging more people from arriving.
Of the 48 businesses on Juarez Avenue, 12 have opened which include four souvenir stores and two large establishments. On the pedestrian street, Hidalgo, which has a reputation for being crowded with nightlife, this is a difficult time. There are more than 100 businesses on this street, but only about a dozen are open. Businesses that remain closed include restaurants, hotels, dive shops, bars, and souvenir stores, among others.
Por Esto says the business that did the best on Tuesday only earned 1500 pesos which the merchant said is not enough because they need to sell three times that much to pay utilities and taxes, as well as wages. Restaurants reported poor sales, golf cart agencies said although they managed to rent up to five vehicles, that is not even ten percent of the 800 units that were previously being mobilized. Of the few hotels that are open, most don't have guests.
Other businesses are continuing to make preparations and almost all reported that their staff are ready, and each has taken the course provided by the IMSS, Mexican Institute of Social Security about the New Normality with social distancing in the economic recovery to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The lobster catching season resumes July 1st and Baltazar Gómez Catzin, president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, said that the situation of the fishermen of Quintana Roo is much more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the economies of consuming countries, which is why then little demand, although he hopes that there will be no major consequences in the fishing industry.
The price of fish has dropped up to 40 percent during the contingency, which created losses for the fishermen who were seeking product for daily consumption, in addition to the fact that demand fell significantly with the closure of the restaurants, due to the lack of tourism.
A meeting to determine lobster prices, among other issues, was cancelled, because the southern part of the state was experiencing high levels of Covid-19 infections. Mr. Gomez Catzin said twenty cooperatives will have to make their sales agreements directly with the buyers, with whom they were working when the season finished at the end of February. On the agenda was a discussion of the price per kilo of lobster tail and whole lobsters, in hopes of holding the prices at the rate they were when last season closed, which was 700 and 400 pesos respectively. LINK
June 17. Although the lobster catching season resumes in two weeks, the majority of the Isla Mujeres fishermen haven't implemented the safety measures required by the Port Authorities to grant them navigational permits. Of the five cooperatives, only "Justicia Social" has complied with all the documentation of its crews and boats, which is not the case with "Makax", "Isla Blanca", "Patria & Progreso" and "Caribe". Together, they represent an estimated 150 boats, according to Baltazar Gomez Catzin, president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives. In addition, there are about 100 independent boats who are not affiliated with a cooperative. All of the fishermen would like assistance from the municipal and state authorities to comply with sanitary requirements since the sanitation of each requires an expense of 300 pesos, which they lack.
A fisherman with the Caribe cooperative explained that requirements by the Harbor Master for a safety certificate include life vests for the crew, lifebuoys (rings), flares, compass, VHF radio, fire extinguisher, 'internal heliograph', first aid kit, anchor, searchlights, navigational lights, and a bilge pump. He said these items total more than 30,000 pesos, and when renewing these items, most of the equipment is imported and priced in dollars, but the majority of the fishermen have had no income during confinement.
Manager of the Isla Blance coop, Martin Puc, explained, "Of those who received the 7200 pesos of federal support, many allocated it for food and have no way to acquire money for the equipment, and the cooperatives don't have reserves for this contingency." Also, there are fishermen need to renew their cards which are valid for several years, but many expired during the contingency, and the cost of the renewal course which is scheduled for the first week in July, has increased by 400 pesos since last year, and now costs 1200 pesos.
There are also several boats need "rectification" or renewal of their engines, but there is no federal program to help finance motors and boats. Each cooperative is also preparing their facilities to meet the requirements of Civil Protection, and the Isla Blanca cooperative has spent more than 70,000 pesos preparing its lobster reception site, which must comply with the new health requirements. LINK
The two main private schools on the island, “Francisco Hernández de Córdova” and “Jean Peaget” are experiencing reduced levels of re-enrollment for the upcoming school year. These two private schools are not expected to close, and the directors believe that by 2021, enrollment will gradually recover.
At "Francisco Hernandez de Cordova", there are 35 preschoolers, 62 elementary students and 40 middle school students who completed the school year with distance learning, and are about to begin vacation. The school is offering a 20 percent discount on registration fees and tuition. Personnel have estimated that that enrollment will be decreased by about one fifth, because many parents have suffered economic setbacks due to the health contingency.
At "Jean Peaget", there are currently 64 students, of whom 15 will graduate from primary school, 17 from middle school and six from high school. They don't offer preschool education. They are also offering discounts and expecting decreased enrollment.
The Director of the public middle school "Benito Juarez" said they received more students than usual during this cycle that is about to end, and indications are that they are students coming from private schools. That caused the opening of another classroom for first year students, and an additional classroom for the second year students. LINK
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Four rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white
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neighborhood of Bachilleres,
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
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|A large slider
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
| Just after Sunset--June 5 7:36 (sun sets 7:27p)|
June 6 8:38
June 7 9:37
June 8 10:30
June 9 11:17
Sunset 7:25-7:33pm (beginning vs end of month)
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
The season for swimming with the whale sharks normally takes place during June, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas. Photo by Tony Garcia
In June, there are fishing bans on Lobster (fishing resumes July 1st), Octopus (resumes Aug.1), Shrimp (resumes Oct. 15), conch (reusmes Nov.1) and shark.
Monday, June 1 Dia de Marina / Naval Day
Friday, June 5 World Environmental Day
Monday, June 8 World Oceans Day
Saturday, June 20 Summer Solstice
Sunday, June 21 is Father's Day
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