Friday, June 8, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 8

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APIQRoo, (Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo) gave recognition to six workers with seniority within the agency, for the Day of the Port Employee, three of them with ten years and three with fifteen years. LINK   

 On Sunday, June 10, at the island's "El Pescador"baseball stadium, Los Cockteleros de Isla Mujeres will play Los Tigres from Region 95 of the municipality of Benito Juárez in the Grand Final of the  League of Primera Fuerza of Cancún. Out of 17 teams, these two have come out on top and will compete for the championship.  
     The series of the grand final will be played to win two of three games, which means that after playing this weekend in Isla Mujeres, the second match will be played in the city of Cancun, and depending on the results, the final series could return to Isla Mujeres on Sunday, June 24. It is hoped that the weather will be good, although rain is in the forecast.  LINK

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Day of Freedom of Expression, June 7  

Noti Isla Mujeres   

 On Sunday, June 10, Los Cockteleros de Isla Mujeres will play Los Tigres from Region 95 of the municipality of Benito Juárez at the island's "El Pescador" baseball stadium, in first game of the Grand Final of the League of Primera Fuerza of Cancún. VIDEO  

IM Noticias   

 Los Cockteleros de Isla Mujeres will play the Los Tigres from Region 95 of the municipality of Benito Juárez on Sunday, June 10, at the island's "El Pescador" baseball stadium, in first game of the Grand Final of the League of Primera Fuerza of Cancún. (Photos & article)


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Cargo ferry should be transporting passengers by the end of the month  
A fines del mes el ferry subirá pasajeros[+] Ver masFull article at this link 
    The process of "regularization" of the two ferries of the company Maritima Isla Mujeres, has advanced 80 percent, so that by the end of June, they will again be transporting passengers, after two months of suspension for lack of safety compliance (seguridad), according to information obtained from the Maritime Authority that is overseeing the case. 
   The problem detected was the result of the application of the amended Navigation Law, regarding "navigation in inland water" such as the Isla Mujeres bay, therefore these two vessels must be adjusted to cabotage with strict guidelines to be followed to ensure passenger safety. They were not in compliance with regulations in the reformed law, which became valid in June 2017. This was disregarded, and following an intentional explosion of a Cozumel ferry in Playa del Carmen, the Department of the Navy (SEMAR) and the head of the Harbor Master's office, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, proceeded to suspend passenger service on the "Isla Blanca" and "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" ferries. This caused annoyance among the hundreds of visitors who had already bought their tickets in the final stretch of Easter holiday season. 
   Only one ferry is providing service, for vehicles/cargo only (and the drivers), which cut off the flow of visitors arriving from Punta Sam, from the hotels located at Isla Blanca. But according to executives with the company, passenger service should resume before the end of the month. 

Ultramar won't enter cargo service soon
   Regarding the ferry "Ultracarga III", it could take more time to enter into competition on the route between Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres, because the dock at Punta Sam is unable to accommodate the ramp of the boat, which is much larger, and an extension is necessary. This would require authorization and approval by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), of a request which would need to be submitted by APIQRoo (Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo). However, Ultramar has a lot to the south of the APIQRoo terminal in Punta Sam, and it is presumed that they will have their own terminal within a short time.

Reduced swimming area at Playa Centro 
Se reduce espacio de nado en Playa Centro. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The swimming area at Playa Centro was reduced when the beach extended itself, gaining more sand, and since there is a history of 'cyclical' changes in the beaches, it was anticipated that this would be temporary. However, that has not been the case, and there are only six to ten meters of swimming area along the 300 meter stretch of this "Blue Flag" beach.
   Due to the small size of the swimming area, some visitors cross the buoy line, which separates the swimmers from the navigation channel, exposing themselves to smaller boats that are moving quickly, as well as the ferries, yachts, and sailboats. Fortunately, there have been no incidents, although on a daily basis about a half dozen swimmers are reprimanded by the lifeguards of Civil Protection .
   Regarding suggestions to move the buoys farther out into the canal, the Harbor Master explained that this isn't possible because it would involve several federal agencies such as SEMARNAT, SCT,and SEMAR. It is also anticipated that the seasonal cycles of the wind will take back the surplus sand.
   The rest of the article explains the "Blue Flag" designation, which has been awarded to 4154 beaches and marinas worldwide, in 49 countries.  It is operated by PRONATURA, an environmental organization whose mission is to conserve ecosystems, flora and fauna and to promote the development of society in harmony with nature. Mexico has 27 beaches and one marina that have earned the award.
     To apply for the Blue Flag program, interested parties must register with the Coordinación Nacional to review their case and subsequently, they visit and review the beach or marina. 
       Then an evaluation is made by the jury, headed by the Ministries of Tourism, of  SEMARNAT (Environment and Natural Resources); of SCT (Communications and Transportation); of SEMAR (the Navy) and SSA (Health); as well as CONAGUA (the National Water Commission).      Once the jury approves the candidacy of the participant, the information is sent to the coordinators and international jury, who may or may not grant the Blue Flag designation.

Foreign woman fell off cliff without injury 
Cae extranjera en acantilado+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Wednesday evening, a female foreign tourist fell off the cliffs by the Caribbean Sea, in the vicinity of Isla 33 Condos, who fortunately landed on the sand without serious injuries, just scrapes and a scare. The cliffs have an average height of 5 meters,and this is the third fall in the past two years, all without bad consequences. 
       There was an article Monday in Por Esto about the deteriorated wooden handrails along that walkway, which were installed five years ago. It reported that the highest, most dangerous area in front of Isla 33 was replaced with a concrete railing. It also noted that vandals have thrown some of the rocks over the cliff that were meant to provide barriers to keep people away from the edge, and that they stole hundreds of meters of copper cables, which had provided lighting.


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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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June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition

Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
  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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