Thursday, May 24, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 24

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The NHC is watching this storm ("Invest 90L") for development in the Gulf, after it finishes raining in the Caribbean & Yucatan coastal area. The first three images are from this morning from Mexico's National Weather site, the state Civil Protection weather site, and the NHC. The fourth is yesterday, from Tropical Tidbits site.
Advisory from the NHC: 740 AM EDT Thu May 24 2018, For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
1. A broad, stationary surface low pressure system centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined.
Although showers and thunderstorms, along with strong gusty winds, are confined primarily to the adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, gradual development of this system is expected during the next couple of days as it drifts northward near the Yucatan Peninsula. Environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for development through early next week, and a subtropical
or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. In addition, the threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the Gulf coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend. For more information on these threats, please see products issued by your local weather office.
The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 200 PM EDT this afternoon.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.


Mornings are generally exceptional along the eastern coast of the isle, with ever-changing sunrises that can take your breath away, but at this time of year, we often wake up to special scenery in the backyard...turtle nests!! If they hit rock while digging, they crawl elsewhere and start again, leaving tractor tire-like trails every which-a-way, interspersed with minefield-like holes. I hope you enjoy this Turtle Tale & pics from MVC B&B!!
Turtle nesting season is here again! They nest in the wee hours & can be spooked by lights or flashes, so we only take pics of the tardy mamas who are still here at dawn. The second pic is us & guests watching the mama in the first pic.
The next two pics are a turtle we nicknamed "Wrong Way Mama". She got all the way to digging the 'egg tube' before quitting due to rocks, and then her tracks go the wrong way. I went down to see why the neighbors' dogs were in our yard barking & found her by the patio, heading up the alley. I chased one dog home & temporarily stuck the other inside, while she rested. I quietly stood between her and the rest of the alley, and she turned around & headed back toward the coast.
She went the wrong way again, toward the neighbor's rocks, where there's a drop off, while we unsuccessfully tried to 'herd' her. We were able to keep her away from the steepest drop & Andy helped her so she stayed right side up and didn't get lodged. Here's a video of her swimming off as the sun rises in the background. (Link to video)

The next two photos show a mama laying & Tortugranja staff collecting eggs. Spectators are allowed to approach once the mama is laying, but before that she can be easily spooked by humans, which can cause her to depart and release her eggs in the sea.
The eggs are incubated in labeled nests at the Tortugranja and >100,000 eggs were protected during a recent season. They must be collected within 24 hours and when the occasional nest is missed, it becomes obvious how important this work is. Other mamas dig up the nests, breaking & scattering the eggs, which are enjoyed by the iguanas. When the occasional out-of-the-way nest survives & hatches, the birds appear out of nowhere & it's heartbreaking how few hatchlings make it past the breakers.
Odd fact...the temperature of the sand determines/affects the sex of the babies. The males never come ashore again, and the females return to the coasts where they were born. You can often observe the couples mating off Punta Sur, at this time of year.
Video & photos of Wrong Way Mama, & hatchling by Diane White Daniel. Others by Bruce Roberts & me, all from previous seasons.


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Eight prisoners transferred out of the Isla Mujeres jail LINK

At the Fifteenth City Council session, Jesica Contreras was sworn in VIDEO  

There is no risk whatsoever of the formation of any natural phenomenon (hurricane): Civil Protection VIDEO  

14 Turtle Nests Protected 
From TVIM LINK  - Deline García Canto, who is in charge of the program for protection of sea turtles, reported that 14 nests have been protected, as of Wednesday, which consist of 12 Loggerheads, one Green, and one Hawksbill. She said there are a total of 1599 eggs which are expected to hatch in about fifty days.
Ms. Garcia explained that the Marine Turtle Protection Committee was installed on May 9th, and on that same day the arrival of the first turtle was detected. She said there are ten beaches on the island which are being monitored until the program concludes on October 15.
She explained that expectations are not high for this season, since according to statistics that the program has collected, one year the number is high and then the next year there are fewer, which can be up to fifty percent less.
During the 2017 season, a total of 93,247 baby turtles were released, and this season they hope to protect and release more than fifty percent of that number.

The Director of Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres, Ulises Bermán Graniel, confirmed that even with the recent rain, the water levels in the Salina lakes remain low and there is no need to begin using the pumps. He said there is a measurement system that indicates when it is wise to start the pumps, but this hasn't been necessary, so far.
He said despite the amount of rain that has fallen recently, there weren't flooding problems on Hidalgo Avenue, and when flooding was detected in some areas, it was attended to in a timely manner. He said that much of the flooding is caused by excess trash that is left in the streets and ends up in the drains.
Today a crew of workers were cleaning one of the drains that is half a block from the fire station. Reported by TVIM: LINK 

TVIM reports: The Marinsa ferry company intends to change its fleet, bringing in two smaller, faster boats, which were formerly owned by the Magana company. As far as is known,after their sale, the aluminum boats were reconditioned, which included changing to more efficient engines and adding seats on the upper deck.
It was possible to find out that Marinsa has already notified the offices of the Harbor Master and of APIQRoo, (state Port Administration agency) about bringing in these two ferries.
Although it has not been confirmed, it is possible that the two boats could be arriving in the near future and begin conducting docking tests. This could enable the Marinsa company to compete more efficiently on the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route, where Ultramar transports a majority of the passengers.

Electrician receives shock while working on a roof
On this VIDEO: The TVIM reporter says that a report was received from Amplificacion La Gloria, at what appears to be the casa of dona Claudia, where someone received a strong electrical shock while on the roof. Civil Protection is there, and work is being done to rescue this person, who is a male. The Red Cross and the municipal police are also present. The neighbor thinks the person living upstairs is from Mexico City. The other neighbor says the victim is stable and things are calm. The reporter talks briefly with the head of CP & others, then explains it was an electrician who was shocked, in the head, and he suffered some burns.

1400 swimmers are expected to participate in the 13th edition of the Open Water Swim between Isla Mujeres and Cancun
The competition, "El Cruce 2018" is scheduled to take place Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27. On Saturday, there will be a 3.8 km competition that begins in the open water and ends at Playa Caracol, on the mainland.
The main event will take place on Sunday when the participants will swim 10 kilometers from Playa Caracol to the Caribbean Carnaval Beach Club on Isla Mujeres.
International swimmer Nora Toledando will be competing this year, as well as providing clinics for the participants. Various authorities and special guests will attend, as well as participants from 24 states of Mexico, and from the countries of the United States, Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Panama, Martinique and Colombia.
Reported by TVIM

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Noti Isla Mujeres   
VIDEO of the incubation pen at the Tortugranja, yesterday morning when there were eleven nests.

Video from Noti Isla Mujeres about progress being made on the new University in Isla Mujeres which is located in colonia La Gloria, across from the Catholic church. (It will offer courses in careers that are useful on the island such as AC repair and tourism-related jobs.)

Video from the afternoon of May 22 of municipal Director of Civil Protection predicting three days of rain.

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

These were published yesterday morning. Por Esto usually publishes by 5am, but still has these stories on their site at 11:30 am.

Decline in hotel occupancy  
Descenso en la ocupación hotelera.. [+] Ver mas
   May 22  Hotel occupancy rates have decreased, with a rate of 65.7% on the island, and 86.5% on the mainland for an overall rate of 77.8% in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.  Rates are higher on the mainland were the tourism developments have high levels of purchasing power. Hoteliers on the island reported that rates have decreased since this weekend when they were bolstered by participants in the Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament.
   Tuesday morning was cloudy, with the sun shining brightly at times, until past two in the afternoon when there was a heavy downpour, that ended most tourist activities and caused the visitors to evacuate the beaches. Before that, the ferries reported a good number of passengers, including some overnight visitors with suitcases. However there was a greater number of tourists visiting for the day, some of them equipped with coolers, who were obviously intending to enjoy the beaches. Merchants and other businesses were doing well until the rain began.

Eight prisoners transferred out of the Isla Mujeres jail 
Reubican a ocho reos [+] Ver mas 
May 22 
   In the early hours of the morning, officers with the Procedural Police (Policía Procesal) appeared in Isla Mujeres and went to the General Directorate of Public Security and Municipal Transit, (the police station) where the municipal jail is located, to take charge of the eight inmates.With the support from officers with the Municipal Police, the inmates were transferred together with their custodians municipal patrol vehicles to the Maritime Terminal of API, where they boarded a ferry to Cancún.
    It was reported unofficially that six of the inmates were transferred to the Center for Social Reintegration (Cereso /Centro de Reinserción Social) in Cancún and the other two were transferred to the Municipal Retention Center (Centro de Retención Municipal) of Playa del Carmen. It was unofficially heard that among the eight inmates, one was prosecuted for robbery and another for injuries, but no information was obtained about the other six.

Areas without street lights due to theft of copper
Amplio sector a oscuras por robo de cobre[+] Ver mas
   The section of road between the whale shark monument and the restaurant "El Comejen" lacks lighting because criminals stole several meters of cable, presumably to extract the copper. Residents of the colonias Caridad del Cobre and Lol-Beh have been left in the dark after a vandal cut the supply cables for the streetlights, on Friday night or early Saturday morning. Residents are concerned that this may have been done by a burglar with plans to rob their homes or steal from people who are out late.
  On Sunday night, the other act of vandalism took place, affecting the area where many tour providers and fishermen leave their boats. They are concerned that thieves will take advantage of the darkness to steal motors, transmission or other items.

Navigation restricted for small boats due to weather 
Navegación restringida por el temporal.. [+] Ver mas 
May 22   Due to the weather boats under 40 feet in length were restricted to port, however tours were allowed to el Farito, Cuevita, and the lagoon area. The Harbor Master explained that suspended activities included Parasailing, fishing by the small boats, and nautical tourism activities for boats under 40 feet for trips to Isla Contoy,  whale shark tours, diving and sport fishing, due to the weather.


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.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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.

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 will include two Isla Mujeres Dance Troupes and singers from Cancun.

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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