Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 18

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     Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another new case for a total of 121, with 7 deaths and 70 recovered.

      The NHC is giving the tropical wave 97L a 60% chance of formation thru five days, as conditions are likely to become more conductive to development into a Tropical Depression at the latter part of this week, in the western Caribbean. The conditions affecting its development and direction are discussed in the first six minutes of this video by Tropical Tidbits.  The next two names coming up for tropical storms are Laura & Marco.

Dolphin pod swimming by MVC B&B yesterday.

Press Release--August 17 from the state "Enlaces de Participacion Social" page
      The General Coordinator of the Program "Social Participation Liaisons" (These are the "Yellow Caps")  expresses their support and concern for Mr. Evaristo Pool Chan, who in the fulfillment of his work of citizen orientation was unjustifiably attacked by a visitor yesterday in Isla Mujeres. We condemn this regrettable fact and trust in the fulfillment of the law so that the person responsible is punished. We are keeping an eye on the situation of our companero Evaristo Pool Chan. Likewise, we declare that all Liaisons are supported by the municipal government and the State, since their exemplary work deserves the respect and appreciation of the community. It should be noted that the program has been positively adopted by the majority of the population. Due to this important work, Quintana Roo society has adopted the habits for this New Normality, and thus we are able not only to achieve economic reactivation in a responsible way, but also to protect society by reducing the contagion of C-19.

        La Tertulia   reported on that on Sunday a visitor physically assaulted a member of the "Yellow Caps" program, who are dedicated to raising awareness about sanitary measures to prevent the contagion and spread of Covid-19. He was performing his job of advising that the beaches are closed, which apparently angered the aggressive tourist. The incident occurred at the beach known as "Posada del Mar" (aka Playa Centro), where the young "Yellow Cap" had approached tourists to invite them to retire from the beach, which is closed in accordance with the epidemiological light. Their closure is posted on large banner-signs that were put up by the authorities, that some tourists, and even locals, pretend to ignore. The appropriate authorities are expected to take legal action on the matter, in which the young man was taken to the Community Hospital for treatment of the facial injuries he reportedly suffered, while only doing his job of raising awarenesss about the pandemic. Screenshot from the video published by La Terulia. Other Video

      For his outstanding work in favor of the whale sharks, being a leader and promoter of their management and conservation, Marcelo Cupul received the Medal of Merit in Tourism. VIDEO 
The video says..  He has also saved the lives of 39 tourists and locals who were shipwrecked or lost at sea

    The head of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone Agency) in Isla Mujeres, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, said that crews continue working 5a-10, Monday thru Friday, raking and screening the sand, and removing sargasso, so that the beaches will be in optimal condition when they are reopened in accordance with the state epidemiological light. She explained that when the beaches are reopened, access will be limited to staying no more than three hours, healthy distancing of 2.5 meters must be respected, as well as the spaces delineated, and beach-goers must wear face masks and use hand gel. She also explained that groups of more than five people will not be permitted, nor may they bring and consume alcohol, and they must bring a degradable plastic bag to collect the garbage they generate.
   ′′Taking care of our health and that of our loved ones is everyone's work, that's why it will be important to follow these health measures attached to our New Normality, so that we can have responsible and safe economic reactivation while reducing Covid-19 infections," she said. 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in August, 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

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

Monday, Aug. 17-170th Anniversary of Isla Mujeres

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   

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