Saturday, January 16, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 16

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Today, Isla Mujeres reports another case of C-19 for a total of 251 with 23 deaths and 206 recovered. The state geoportal for 1/16 reports six active cases by colonia with 1 in La Gloria, 1 in Salina Grande, and 4 in Meteorologico. On the national map for 1/15, Isla Mujeres reports 183 suspicious and 151 negatives.

 Cold Front #26 has been somewhat stationery (that's what the red means) and affecting our weather lately. Now arriving is Cold Front #27. There's less rain in this one's forecast.


Did you know that coconut palms were introduced to the Caribbean and Mexico by Europeans who carried them from West Africa?

When they first explored the New World, Europeans found coco palms on the PACIFIC coast of Central America (whose arrival history is unknown), but none in the Caribbean or along eastern coasts of what is now Latin America. 

Coconuts are divided into two genetically distinct groups. The coco palms brought by Europeans to Mexico and the Caribbean originated from Indian Ocean group. Around 1549, Spaniards brought them to the Mexican ports of Campeche and Veracruz from Africa's Cape Verde Islands and Santo Domingo. (Those found growing on Panama's Pacific coast originated from the Pacific Ocean group.)

When development of Cancun began in January 1970, the three people who resided there were caretakers of coconut farms whose owners lived on Isla Mujeres. (Puerto Juarez was a fishing village with ~120 residents & Isla Mujeres had over 2600 residents.)

In the mid 1980's a lethal disease disease struck the coconut palms of Quintana Roo, putting hundreds of families out of work and killing many of the coco-palms on Playa Norte & around the island. They were replaced by a hybrid type of palm with less susceptibility to the disease. In addition to the hybrids, local palms include the tall "Giants", whose coconuts are primarily used for their meat, and the short 'dwarf' or 'yellows', whose coconuts are popular for their sweeter water.
In 2017, Quintana Roo reported 1,066 hectares of coconut palms planted in three municipalities in the southern part of the state, with a production value of approximately 64.3 million pesos. Mexico mainly exports copra (the dried "meat") and copra oil, while producers in Quintana Roo also focus on sales of coconut water. Coconut flour can be extracted, which is used as livestock feed. The husks are used to produce activated charcoal, the leaves are used for forage, and the coconut fiber is used in sandy soils to improve texture and water retention. The trunk is used for lumber to construct houses, furniture and artisanal items.
Written by Ronda Winn-Roberts, sponsored by Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Photo--"Damage caused by 'Lethal Yellowing' disease"


We aren't doing our annual January auction since businesses are already hurting so this is a call out for donations:

For those of you canceling your trip due to the new Covid CDC rules, please consider donating to the

so that we can continue our work of serving Islenos with diabetes. This patient population has been greatly impacted by Covid and we continue to serve the community with a year round office mid island.

  Noti Isla Mujeres

    Thanks to efforts by the nautical community, two divers were found who had been lost at sea. They were brought safe and sound to the dock of the Social Justicia cooperative at 6:25pm on Friday. They had been lost at approximately 2:50pm from the fishing boat "Mayrin" and found at approximately 5:25pm by the boat "Amairany".
     The search and rescue effort involved Naval boats and the Harbor Master's boat. The coastal fishing boats who participated include: Omar, Charal I, Virginia I, Gloria Judith I, Marlin I and Amairany. The nautical tourism boats who participated include Duve de Nef, Alma Luisa, Mechi Fely I, Keen M, and Outliet.
       The Search and Rescue Unit of the Fifth Naval Region base monitors the VHF channel 16 at frequency 2182 on the Marine band 24 hours a day, and the phone 998 877 1000.


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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  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, but it's very possibly suspended 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


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