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Video (LINK) from TVIM of ~60-70 state police officers arriving on the island this evening and going to the Isla Mujeres police station with about ten patrol vehicles, in response to the occupation of property at the southern part of the island by a group of residents.
Video (LINK) from earlier in the evening of group members with signs saying they want a dialogue, not violence.
There is a photo of state police officers at the Maritime Terminal whose caption says there are 60 to 70 officers and it is presumed that they will go to the site of the 'invasion'.
There is an appeal for blood donations for Oscar Raymundo Pérez Rueda.
There is a video of the area of the "invasion" this morning. According to a uniformed state police officer, the dialogue took place and the people left voluntarily.
There's photos from the start of the Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament.
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Video of the daughter of Ligia Palma, Valeria, negotiating with a state police officer and discussing a meeting between about five people and governmental authorities. Then the reporter talks to members of the group, returns to the negotiation, then follows Valeria back to the group, where she explains about having a meeting (the audio is too soft to hear what she is saying). https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresAlDia/videos/764942073894838/
In this video, the discussion continues between an officer and group representatives. He is explaining that this is an illegal action, and asking them to pursue the legal options and to leave the property. The representatives are saying there is no property available for them, that authorities have ignored this problem, and they are asking him questions. https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresAlDia/videos/764960090559703/
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Number of "invaders" increase
Invasores acrecientan su número .. [+] Ver masFull article at this list
May 18 It is estimated that in two days, the number of people doubled from ~200 to ~400. Supporters & representatives of the 'invaders' are saying that this property is an example of land that politicians have taken for themselves that should have been distributed to the islanders.Ligia Palma said that the lots were assigned to politicians and former Mayors, giving names. The Catastro director said the property isn't in the municipal deed registry/database so must still be under the responsibility of the State. The City's hands appear to be somewhat tied by legal limitations associated with the upcoming elections, including currently having no Mayor in office while he runs for reelection. The 'invaders' are asking for a dialogue with the Governor, but it appears he sent negotiators and dozens of state police officers. See translations above...the group left voluntarily and peacefully.
SINTRA operation against illegally rented golf carts
Inicia Sintra operativo contra carros de golf en arrendamiento irregular.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
During the operation yesterday, several golf carts were stopped with tourists on board, and the vast majority were allowed to leave. However, the same fate did not happen to the blue vehicle, whose driver had no explanation, since apparently, for two weeks it had been passed to several foreign "friends". (ya llevaba dos semanas paseando a varios “amigos” extranjeros.).
It also says: According to official data there are ~830 golf carts that operate from 27 rental agencies, but, according to Rene Contreras, head of the Cart Renters Association, a similar amount of carts would be in the hands of private individuals, with plates for their own use, with about 120 to 150 being used for tourism. (Usually the estimate for privately owned carts is ~400). And one of Wato's taxis is still impounded for alleged 'cloning'...they're still trying to sort out the paperwork about which of the two taxis is legit, apparently
Tenth "Water Rally" held
Arrancó el Décimo Rally del Agua [+] Ver masFull article at ths link
The 10th annual "Water Rally", sponsored by Aguakan, took place on Friday afternoon with 18 teams participating from the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad. The event began at 3pm on Playa Centro, for the young people between the ages of 16 and 18, who were accompanied by an adult.
This is an activity that teaches young people, in a fun manner, about water conservation and taking care of the environment. After the opening ceremonies, they competed at various physical and mental tests, using strategic skills.
Participants included students from the following schools: Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (Conalep), Colegio del Caribe, Centro Universitario Anglo Mexicano (CUAM), Universidad del Caribe, Xel Baalam, and Colegio Bachilleres high school of Isla Mujeres,
Companies that sponsored the event included: Ultramar, Dolphin Discovery, Perifel, Sunset World, Tarima, Showco, Bargo Group, and JG Perforaciones.
The Navy is ready to safeguard human lives in the event of a hurricane
La Semar, lista para salvaguardar la vida humana ante eventual tormenta. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Navy is prepared in the event of a hurricane, with the season beginning on June 1st. The usual advice is given to residents, with emphasis on advice for boaters.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
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.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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Painting by Pamela Haase
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|
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 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|
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