Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 30

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Peaceful protest by Isla Mujeres taxistas against the approval of the Mobility Law allowing Uber VIDEO 

Whale shark tours suspended due to poor weather LINK  
  The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael González Gil, confirmed that the whale shark tours were suspended on Tuesday, May 29.  Trips to Isla Contoy by the smaller boats were also restricted due to the winds from the east-southeast at 25-35 km/hr with gusts up to 50km/hr. The small boats were allowed to operate in the bay and the ferries continued normally. He said attention should be paid to the forecasts for Wednesday and Thursday, when the wind is expected to increase. Meanwhile the rains are expected to continue in an isolated manner, but not constant nor copious.

The Isla Mujeres Vectors Department is ready to continue anti-mosquito actions and conduct nebulization in the colonias, but rain has delayed these actions LINK  
  May 29    One of the workers with the municipal Department of Vectors explained that while many of the mosquitoes are not carriers of diseases such as zika, or dengue, they are causing annoyance in the colonias. However, their work has been interrupted, since they cannot work when it is raining because the chemicals are neutralized by the rain. He said there are 180 ovitraps around the island which are constantly monitored. He said they had planned to fumigate this afternoon (yesterday) but that was postponed due to the rain. He explained that the problem isn't exclusive to Isla Mujeres and a general increase in mosquitoes has been registered due to the recent rains.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Payment of March-April scholarships in various categories including academic excellence, sports, and transportation. There were 262 scholarship paid in the island part of the municipality. Payments for the Continental Zone will be made May 30 and 31.    

Leaders and representatives of the different unions of taxi drivers in the state request a meeting with the Governor to talk about the Mobility Law.

The taxi drivers union of Isla Mujeres, "Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz", joined the peaceful protests of taxi drivers around the state to express their dissatisfaction with the Mobility Law, approved by the state Congress, allowing Uber to operate in Quintana Roo.

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VIDEO of peaceful protest by Isla Mujeres taxi drivers against the Mobility Law.

     There has been a notable increase in mosquitoes in Isla Mujeres. The colonias located in the vicinity of the salina lakes and marshes of Sac Bajo are suffering from the presence of these insects, which were "attacking" tourists and islanders this afternoon. The reporter went to the Vectors office and were told that 160 ovitraps have been placed in different parts of the island, and they were waiting for the rains to end so they could fumigate all the colonias of Isla Mujeres.

May 29  The rain disrupted tourist activities in Isla Mujeres and Harbor Master Miguel González Gil announced that the port is partially closed to navigation for small boats who were only allowed to operate in the lighthouse and lagoon area, with extreme caution. VIDEO    

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Isla Mujeres taxi drivers join the demonstrations against the approval by the State Congress of the Mobility LawVIDEO   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Low pressure system reduces tourism 
Baja presión rebaja el turismo [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   On Tuesday, there were cloudy skies and intermittent rain, which reduced tourism and caused the port to be partially closed for boats under forty feet, who were allowed to operate in the Bay. The winds and swells are expected to increase on Wednesday and Thursday, so it is anticipated that the restrictions will continue, and activities in the bay by small boats could also be prohibited. When the fishermen are unable to go out, many restaurants and hotels have no choice but to obtain seafood from other sources.
   There were fewer tourists visiting for the day or staying overnight and the ferries were less than half full. The owners of small hotels said they didn't agree with the official statistics saying that hotel occupancy is 65%, since they say they are lucky to have five rooms rented. 

Anti-Uber demonstration

Isla Mujeres taxi drivers joined the anti-Uber demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction with the approval of the Mobility Law, which will allow the operation of Uber in Quintana Roo. Around four in the afternoon and for more than half an hour the island was practically without taxi service, which left dozens of users unable to travel to their jobs, homes or other activities, since there is no other type of public transportation service except taxis, which eliminates the option of waiting for a bus.
The complaints were immediate: both downtown and in the colonias, since islanders and tourists who lack their own vehicle had no choice but to wait until the taxi drivers concluded their demonstration against the Mobility Law and returned to the sad reality of the difficult 'roulette' to earn money to pay for gasoline and daily expenses.

The other Por Esto articles are related to political candidates.


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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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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