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Our Northern Zone remains in Orange next week, August 16-22, as does the Southern Zone. Our Zone's Contagion Rate remains at 1.12, which means each case is infecting more than one other case. While most of the municipal graphs show an increase (aumento) in new cases for the 15 day period, the Governor was pleased that most, including Isla Mujeres, ended with their curve declining. Benito Juarez in Cancun, Solidaridad is Playa del Carmen, Holbox is in Lazaro Cardenas. Our Zone's hospital occupancy is at 54%.
The deadline closed yesterday at 1pm for nominees for the annual Medal of Merit for Tourism and the Citizen Merit Medal, with two candidates for each honor. The municipal committee el Consejo de Adjudicación for the medals will meet soon and determine the winners of the Tourism award, which is named in honor of Lic. José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, and the Citizen award, which is named in honor of Don Alfonso Ríos Azueta. The medals will be presented at the special session of the City Council on August 17, which is part of the celebration of the 171st anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres, and will be held virtually due to the pandemic.
WEDNESDAY/YESTERDAY NIGHT....Residents in colonia Salina Chica were concerned that a transformer near Mamá Lolita was emitting sparks & they wanted personnel with the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) to intervene.
WEDNESDAY/YESTERDAY....The Mayor-elect of Isla Mujeres, Atenea Gomez Ricalde, met with the manager of the Federal Electrical Commission (CFE) National and other officials, including Directors of the municipal Departments of Urban Development and Catastro (Deeds), to discuss solving the problems of the recurrent power outages affecting the families and businesses of the island and of noise from the electrical generators. She said people want to know the current status of the underwater electrical line.
Ultramar has added a late ferry departing the mainland at 11p, and leaving the island at midnight....probably in response to Jetway offering later service than they'd been providing.
Personnel with the municipal Department of Parks & Gardens continue to provide maintenance for the landscaped public areas of the island including the parks, planters, shoulders and medians. Last week they worked on the shoulders and medians in various areas including the avenues of Rueda Medina & Paseo de los Peces, along the airfield strip, and in the colonias of La Gloria, Ampliación La Gloria, Electricistas, Caridad del Cobre, Lol-Beh and Salina Grande.
WEDNESDAY/YESTERDAY....Nearly 84% of state's adult population have received their first C-19 vaccine. In Isla Mujeres, 81.5% have gotten their first dose and 58.5% are fully vaccinated, with a total of 20,846 doses administered
.TUESDAY....The Naval Search & Rescue boat responded to an emergency call to assist a man who was about half a mile (one kilometer) from Isla Mujeres after currents moved his stand-up paddle board farther and farther from the coast of Punta Sur. They transported the Brazilian male to the Naval pier where a medical examination found him to be in good health and he departed by his own means.
This VIDEO (LINK) is about the manatee that emigrated to Isla Mujeres from Florida, which is a different species than the manatees here. Mexican authorities contacted the US Fish & Wildlife Service who were able to identify this individual manatee by his propeller scars. In February, experts found him to be in good health when he was captured in order to give him a medical check-up, then they released him with a tracking device. They estimated his age to be about 40 and expect his life-span to be around sixty years. The advisory says not to touch or pursue him and not to give him food or water. These are screenshots from the video by
WEDNESDAY /YESTERDAY MORNING....Tropical Storm Fred isn't threatening our region, which is expected to affect the Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico today, Cuba & the Bahamas tomorrow & the US on Friday. A Tropical Depression could form early next week from that tropical wave moving westward across the Atlantic at nearly 20mph producing disorganized showers & thunderstorms. Our four-day forecast looks good & it's sunny this morning!
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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, 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.
Public events have been suspended due to C-19, mostly. Some holidays have featured online competitions and events.
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 US National Hurricane Center