Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 2

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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I'll add today's C-19 report after it comes out, after midday. 
Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 8 new cases for a total of 163, with 11 deaths and 90 recovered.
The state geoportal reports 29 active cases by colonia for 9/1 as La Gloria-8, Ampl. la Gloria-4, Canotal-3, Colonia #5 (Sac Bajo)-2, Salina Chica-2, Guadalupana-2, 23 de Noviembre-2, Downtown-1, Meteorologico-1, Salina Grande-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, Miraflores-1, Colonia #6-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 9/1, the municipality reports 15 suspicious and 67 negatives (and 155 confirmed with 11 deaths).

     Yesterday at 5p, personnel with the municipal Department of Fiscalizaci√≥n & Auditing placed closure seals of the municipal treasury on part of the Ultramar ticket office, but operation of the ticket office was not interrupted. After placement of the closure seals, the company made sporadic crossings, which generated chaos and long lines at the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal. Ultramar is currently the only ferry service to the island since Naveganto suspended service in mid-August.
   Last week, Ultramar passengers began complaining about the company's failure to limit capacity or block out seats to allow for healthy distancing, which they had done previously. Ultramar's response was: "Being an essential service that is governed by protocols of the Federal authorities, little by little we will increase the capacity of our ferries in order to return to the 'New Normality'." Manager Arturo Baez compared this to airplanes, where healthy distancing does not apply. Ultramar issued a new schedule with fewer crossing, to begin on Tues. Sept. 1st.
  On Saturday, a resident was "invited" to leave the ferry when he declined to give up the seat next to him, because he said that violated healthy distancing. This was recorded and shared on social media.  On Monday, he filed a complaint with the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). Notidigital claims Ultramar could face a fine of up to 100,000 pesos for evicting the passenger.
       On Monday, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, sent a letter to the Harbor Master asking him to exercise his authority and ensure that Ultramar respects and enforces preventative health protocols such as healthy distancing between passengers. 

Tropical Storm Nana is expected to become a Hurricane later today or tonight before reaching the coast of Belize, which is now under a Hurricane Watch, and our capital city of Chetumal is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Nana is moving westward at 18 mph, with TS force winds extending outward up to 60 miles, and sustained winds near 60 mph. Its track is expected to move near but north of the coast of Honduras today, and to approach the coast of Belize tonight and early Thursday.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Completion of the installation of surveillance cameras in Isla Mujeres is taking place, in which they will be installed in a total of 34 locations with four cameras each. Previously, 20 locations had been completed and now the other 14 are being done. VIDEO of installation by Guru, at the start of the Mia bridge-pier. 

VIDEO with caption--~10a--Closing stickers remain on the ticket offices of the Ultramar company of Isla Mujeres, and we are awaiting an official announcement from the Director of Fizcalizacion who placed the seals (One counter is open with the sticker on the plywood below the counter, tho during the video no one is seated in the chairs...but their walkie-talkie is there & the computer is on--ticket sales weren't closed.  The other counter is closed with the closure seals on its metal 'curtain'. )


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"Reverse Sunset" (looking east from MVC)
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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 ends 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

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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