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Campaigning began yesterday (there's a legal limit for its dates) and most of the Isla Mujeres FB news sites are covering that. Since foreigners are constitutionally prohibited from involvement in Mexican politics, I don't translate these articles.
Concerns about trash problems LINK
Due to a mechanical breakdown of the garbage collection truck, trash hadn't been picked up since Saturday. It was still out in the streets on Monday morning, presenting a poor image, and when it becomes rained on, the problem becomes more complicated because the trash gets washed into the drains, blocking them and causing flooding. There are also problems from stray animals spreading the trash around when it is out for longer periods of time. One of the trash collection workers explained that the City is using rented trucks and they are also old and in poor condition. One garbage truck, full of trash, towed the other.
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"Pirate" golf carts: A problem
Carros de golf piratas, un problema+] Ver masFull article at this link
A few days ago, SINTRA (Secretariat of Infrastructure and Transportation) conducted a second operation to detect "pirate" golf carts that are being rented illegally. The SINTRA delegate, Isis Morales Mendez, estimates that there are hundreds of units operating illegally, although the 27 agencies who rent a total of ~800 carts are already complying with the regulations.
Representatives of the rental agencies claim there are ~400 golf carts being rented illegally. Ms. Morales Mendez didn't discuss the new concessions that former governor Roberto Borge Angulo issued, since there had been talk of canceling several because there is already serious traffic congestion on the island.
Regarding the "pirate" golf carts, it has been said that legal agents are needed to solve this complex issue that SINTRA wasn't attending to in recent years, which resulted from the state Treasury Department granting private plates in the last decade. (Ms Morales took over the position a couple months ago.)
It has been suggested that the community could cooperate by recording video and photos of this illegal activity. Ms. Morales admitted there is a lack of sufficient staff to solve this problem, but that a photograph of a parked golf cart ready to be rented isn't strong enough evidence to use in a legal case.
The vehicular saturation in the island is such walking around the historical downtown area has become complicated because the sidewalks have become invaded by businesses and the streets are full of parked scooters and the golf carts of rental agencies.
Holding a Youth Conference
Dan conferencia “Hablando las netas” a jóvenes. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This occurred on the mainland part of the municipality.
Some of the boats still haven't arrived: Regatta Al Sol
Aún no llegan todos.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 13th The 30th regatta of "Al Sol", could become the slowest race in its 50+ years of history, when last night only one boat had arrived, the escort boat "Hello Dolly VII". It arrived at night and isn't part of the competition. The last boat, the "Belefonte" may not arrive until Tuesday evening, since it was still not very far from Tampa, behind the second to last sailboat, "Claud 9.1." There are fifteen boats participating. This information is according to the tracking site on Sunday morning noon when the boats expected to arrive on Sunday night and Monday morning included "Lady Gray", "Skylark", "Rhumbline", "Parlay" and "Navigator". At that time, they had completed four days at sea. They left Pensacola on Wednesday at 11am, and the four boats in the racing division left on Thursday, also at 11am.
LINK to tracking site.
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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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
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