Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Tuesday, September 22


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Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres continue to report 193 positives with 13 deaths, and there are 140 recovered.         

The state geoportal reports active cases by colonia as La Gloria-8, Salina Chica-3, Salina Grande-3, Ampl la Gloria-2, Aeropuerto-1, El Canotal-1, and  none on the mainland.

On the national map for 9/21, the municipality reports 3 suspicious and 81 negatives (and 193 confirmed with 13 deaths).

      The municipal police are inviting drivers of all vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, and cargo vehicles, to get their documentation in order. The collaboration of the general population is requested in order to prevent criminal acts where irregular vehicles could be used, as happened in the municipality where unfortunate events occurred and the motorcycle of the criminals was found, but without official documentation or license plates.  Therefore, in order to continue to strengthen the security of Isla Mujeres, it is important to keep up with these documents.

     The anti-rabies campaign continues. The campaign plans to administer 1200 vaccinations on the island and in the Continental Zone. (see yesterday's edition for the schedule).

Isla Mujeres continues its economic recuperation in a gradual, orderly and responsible manner

This destination has the best occupancy rates in Quintana Roo

   For its warm beaches, water parks, incomparable marine wildlife, its delicious cuisine, in addition to being the only island a Pueblo Magico designation, Isla Mujeres is the destination par excellence among the most desirable of the Mexican Caribbean, and proof of this is its legitimate economic recovery after the havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
      Within only two weeks of the Northern Zone advancing into the yellow phase on the epidemiological light of the "Plan Reactivemos Quintana Roo", there has been an increase in the influx of visitors, generating an occupancy rate of about 40 percent throughout the municipality. It is hoped that in October, these figures will improve further, while in accordance with the state epidemiological light, now that North Beach and Playa Centro, which are both beaches that have earned the distinctive Blue Flag.

     The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said that the arrival of the Covid pandemic has changed tourism, and now you have to obtain and maintain health certification of tourism areas such as hotels, restaurants, tourist service provider sites, etc. The municipal government has been working hand-in-hand with the business sector to provide the visitors with confidence, which has caused Isla Mujeres to increase occupancy, and put it in the lead above other destinations in the state.        

      He said, "With the commitment of everyone to continue to take care of ourselves, to continue to follow sanitary measures, soon we will be closer to a greater economic recovery of the municipality, which will certainly benefit the island families, who mostly depend on tourism."


PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) advised that violations of laws protecting the whale sharks can result in administrative procedures and fines of up to 4 million pesos. The season for swimming with the whale sharks ended Sept. 17th. The potential  fines are equivalent from 50 to 50,000 times the UMA (Unit of Measurement and Update), which is currently 86.88 pesos. Fines can amount up to 4,344,000 pesos, both for service providers and for users who practice watching or swimming with whale sharks. 

     That is not the limit of the potential sanctions since those who incur this offense could be subject to criminal charges for the crime of causing damage to threatened or endangered species which are under special protection or are regulated by an international treaty signed by Mexico. Whale sharks are in the category of threatened species in the Official Mexican Standard (NOM) 059-SEMARNAT-2010 and classified as vulnerable to extinction by the Red List of the International Union for Nature Conservation. Whale sharks are also included in the Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
      National regulations restrict any activity that may cause discomfort, tension, suffering, trauma, pain or changes in the natural behavior of the whale shark, either directly or indirectly through third parties or with objects, equipment or boats.

          This fish, the largest in the world, whale sharks feed by filtration on zooplankton, small fish and squid, so despite its large size it is harmless to humans. Its distribution covers all the tropical and temperate seas of the world. They travel great distances and make long migrations in search of food. Their average length is 10 to 12 meters, but they can reach 20 meters and 34 tons. They are distinguished by their flat heads, long transverse mouthes and coloration of light spots and lines on a dark background. LINK 


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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 
 After Sunset--Sept 2 at 7:42
  Sept 3      8:15 
 Sept 4      8:48
Sept 5       9:21
Sept 6       9:54
Sept 7     10:30

 Sunset  7:02-6:35pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:31-6:38am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in September. 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.

Swimming with the whale sharks ended Sept. 17. 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

Wednesday, Sept. 16--Independence Day  (The Grito is read by the Mayor each year on the night of the 15th, which will presumably be done virtually this year.)

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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