Saturday, May 12, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 12

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CONANP conducting inspections of the whale shark tour boats LINK  
  See translations below

Preparations for upcoming hurricane season LINK  
   The Director of Civil Protection said that the Municipal Committee for the hurricane season should be installed on May 25, after the national and state committees are installed. He said training has already begun for his staff and they are assisting the schools to provide training for all of their staff, so they are familiar with the interpretation of the different alerts and weather reports. He clarified that the fact that the Committee has not yet been installed, does not indicate a lack of preparedness for this phenomenon. He said that all eleven shelters have been reviewed. He declined to give a forecast for this season.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    
On Sunday,  at 1:00 p.m. at the "El Pescador" baseball stadium in Isla Mujeres, the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros de Picus will play against the Tomateros de Cancún, in the league "Arturo Herrera. The teams who have already qualified for the semifinals are:  Cocteleros de Picus, Azulejos de Cancún, Tigers of region 10. The Tomateros are seeking the fourth spot.  

Preparations for hurricane season

The whale shark sighting and swimming season begins on May 15, so the concessionaires are already ready to give the swimming tours with the largest fish in the world, until the season ends on September 15.

Isla Mujeres hosted the second crime prevention meeting, which was held at the Town Hall, and attended by police from the other municipalities of the state.  

Noti Isla Mujeres   
The whale shark tour operators are nearly ready for the upcoming season 
See translations below. Noti IM reports that the number of permits that are granted have beenreduces from 300 during the 2016 season, to a standard of 240 permits during this season. It is estimated that there were about 250 permits issued in 2017, more or less.

300 helmets were distributed to the students of Coletio Bachilleres VIDEO  

VIDEO of the celebration of Teacher's Day at the Monument to the Teachers in Amplificacion La Gloria.

IM Noticias   

Whale shark tour boat inspections to conclude on Saturday
See Por Esto translation below. IM Noticias notes that the permit holders have until Saturday, May 12 to pass the mandatory review by CONANP, which is the deadline for the permit process. As of Friday, it is estimated that about 40 percent of the boats had already passed, which would be more than 90 of the 240 boats that are expected to provide tours this season. The reviews began on Thursday, continued on Friday, and will conclude on Saturday May 12, for the Isla Mujeres and Cancun area. The same operation is taking place on Holbox. The season is scheduled to begin on May 15th.

Boats from the Al Sol regatta should begin arriving on Saturday
  This regatta visits every other year, departing from Pensacola, and traveling ~600 nautical miles. On Wednesday, their Mardi Gras cart procession departs from Ciro's restaurant at 5p and the basketball game against islanders is scheduled to begin at 7p on the court by the Town Square.
   This is the tracking website  LINK.  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

CONANP inspection of whale shark tour boats  
La Conanp revisa embarcaciones menores. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The staff of CONANP are conducting a reiew of the entire fleet of 240 small boats that will begin providing whale shark tours on May 15th. The operation began on Wednesday at Punta Sam, which will be one of the three points of departure and return during the four month season for tours. By Friday, more than 50 percent of the fleet should have been inspected and the operation should conclude on Tuesday afternoon.
    The permit holders agreed to the inspection process, which is focused on the condition of the boats, and its adjustments, settings, and motor ( ajustes, adecuaciones y los motores), and being carried out prior to the delivery of their permits to provide tours to swim with the whale sharks. Everything must be in accordance with the Navigation Laws and the safety protocols, to protect the whale sharks (and ensure the safety of the tourists).
    CONANP holds meetings in Punta Sam of groups of permit holders to collate their documents and review the safety status for tourists. Staff also review the boats in Holbox. The three points of departure for whale shark tours are Punta Sam, the dock in Isla Mujeres, and in Holbox.
   Travel agencies already have reservations to take visitors to the sighting area to swim with the whale sharks on the first day that the permits allow (May 15), but there is too much overselling to guarantee they will see the animals, since at the beginning of the season, there are not always enough sharks, but the population should increase in June.
    There are concerns by environmentalists that the experience of previous years will be repeated when the first whale sharks arrive to feed, and find themselves in the midst of dozens of boats queuing up to get close, for the hundreds of tourists who are eager to see the animals.

"Protect your life" with helmets 
“Protege tu vida” con cascos +] Ver masFull article at this link
This information has already been translated. The link to organization Isla Mujeres Helmets for Children is HERE.   Por Esto notes that another give away for minors is planed for June and July. Helmets are required for all motorcycle rides for the past 15 years, but there are times when people don't wear the type of helmet that meets the requirements to provide adequate protection to the skull in an accident.
   With more than 2000 motorcycles circulating on the island daily, they are the main means of transportation for workers, families, and young people over 16 years of age who are granted driving permits to go to school. Not everyone has the ability to buy a helmet, such a students with limited economic resources.
    There are still some children without helmets who ride in the company of their parents, and this group of volunteers is working to ensure their safety, and see that they go to and from their schools with this protection.

Four-axle truck tipped over 
Volquete de cuatro ejes volcado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    A large dump truck with a capacity of 20 cubic meters tipped over while unloading gravel at a private construction site on Friday morning around 7am. The truck was unloading on 'loose ground' (un suelo suelto) when the wheels sank and the truck 'lost its balance' and fell over.
    There were no injuries, since the workers had time to move away, and most of the material had already been unloaded. There was no apparent damage to the box or the systems that make it operate, although the final determination will be made by a specialist. There was no environmental impact.
   The construction site is in the vicinity of the Trash Transfer Station, and the red and white truck is owned by the former truck union leader, Luis Canto. The truck was on its side for some time before receiving attention from machinery to return it to its original position.
     This truck usually provides assistance to the municipal government by not returning to the Continental Zone empty, but rather with garbage. This cooperation has been carried out for some time, according to the Director of Public Services, Jose Rios Chale, who also noted that his crew was not involved in the incident.
    Por Esto notes that at noon, the Director of the Traffic Police, Carlos Pech, and the Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman, said they were not aware of the incident, according to sources.

First sailboats of the Al Sol regatta will arrive 
Arribarán los primeros veleros de la regata Al SolVer masFull article at this link

LINK to tracking site. See translation above, and events section below.


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In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.

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May Events
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
May 1   8:52
May  2   9:44
May 3  10:35
May 4   11:25 

May 29   7:37
May 30   8:29
May 31  9:19
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:15
Sunrise ~6:05
Tuesday, May 1  Labor Day  Official Holiday  Last year there were performers & raffle prizes for the kids at the Green Dome in Salina Chica.

Turtles begin mating and nesting in May. 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. This is the dry season when farmers burn brush from their milpa-fields on the mainland, and salt was gathered at Salina Grande lake for hundreds of years, until the mid 1900's.

Wednesday May 2 Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Golf Cart Poker Run at 10a and  Captain's party at the Casa del las Rocas & Crew party at Buhos both at 1p. (Happy hour schedules will be posted each day by 11am at the Race Headquarters. This is the 50th edition, they come annually from St Petersburg, Florida.)
photo by Bruce Roberts
Wednesday May 2 at 7p Annual Basketball game between Islanders & Sol al Sol regatta participants at downtown court by the Town Square.

Thursday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Thursday, May 3 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo

Thursday, May 3 Private Sol al Sol Rega6ta Events: Cocktail parties at 12:30 and 3;30-5 at Ballyhoo's and Cabanas poolside

Thursday, May 3 at 7 Mayor's reception for the Sol al Sol Regatta

Friday, May 4 Amigo's Regatta for Islanders age 8-12. Skipper's meeting at 10a. Children board 10:30-11a at the Lima dock.  Boats depart at 11:30, and the race starts at noon.

Friday, May 4 at 8p: Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Cocktail Party at 6p & Awards Ceremony at 8p at Buho's/Maria del Mar  

Saturday, May 5  "Cinco de Mayo" Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla against the French.

Saturday, May 5 Peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor showers (which began in late April and continue thru May 20). In the pre dawn hours, rates could reach 15-20 per hour. 

Sunday, May 6 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Wednesday, May 9 Regatta Al Sol "Cruising" category yachts depart from Pensacola Florida. (This is the 30th edition. They come every other year.)

Thursday, May 10 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 10 Regatta Al Sol "Racing" category yachts depart

Thursday, May 10 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo

 Saturday, May 12th 8am Guadalupania beach Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches
Sunday, May 13 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Sunday, May 13 5p Regatta Al Sol Arrival party at Buhos (private event)

Tuesday, May 15 Regatta Al Sol Private Beach party at noon and City Council reception at Town Hall at 7p

Tuesday, May 15 Dia del Maestro / Teacher's Day

Tuesday May 15 Whale Shark Season officially begins (if the permits are issued on time this year). Rays can also be seen enjoying the 'buffet' that attracts the whale sharks to this area. (There are abundant fish eggs and plankton in the areas where they congregate and feed).
photo by Tony Garcia
Tuesday May 15 Protection of the Nesting Turtles & Eggs begins, but Tortugranja staff usually begin watching for the Hawksbills in early May, who start nesting earlier, and are the least common here. The Greens are most common, by far, and the Loggerheads are second.

Wednesday, May 16 Regatta Al Sol Captain's party at the Rock House (private event). 5p Mardi Gras Parade from Ciros Restaurant. 7p Basketball game against Islander team on downtown court by the Town Square

Thursday, May 17 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo

Thursday, May 17 Regatta Al Sol Awards presentation at 7p at Maria del Mar (private event)

 Friday, May 18 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Captain's Dinner 5000p registration. Catch & Release. Prizes for top ten.

Saturday, May 19 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day 1 from the Cooperative Caribe dock (#9)

 Saturday, May 19 8am  Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches location TBA

Sunday, May 20 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day2 & Awards

Sunday, May 20 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, May 24 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo

 Saturday, May 26 8am Plogging clean up location TBA

Sunday, May 27 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, May 31 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
  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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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