Thursday, June 28, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Thursday, June 28

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Ready to receive more than 10,000 daily  
Listos para recibir a más de 10 mil turistas al día[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The tourism industry is ready to receive more than 10,000 tourists every day during this summer season, when an average occupancy of over 90 percent is expected, according to the municipal Department of Tourism's Director of Promotion, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. He said the Department of Civil Protection and the Tourism Police are ready to provide security for the vacationers on the beaches of the island and in the Continental Zone. 
   He said although the school holiday season began last weekend, classes continue to end (Isla Mujeres classes end Friday), and the high tourism season for summer will formally begin in mid-July.
     Regarding the issue of large amounts of seaweed arriving to the entire coast of Quintana Roo, in Isla Mujeres does not occur as much and it is under control. There are many people paid by the municipal government, as well as staff with the businesses with beach concessions, who clean the beaches daily, which is why Playa Centro is clean.  There are minimal problems with accumulation of the sargasso, and that is solved with diligent cleaning efforts.

Ultramar reverses suspension of courtesy tickets  
Marcha atrás de Ultramar+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The Ultramar ferry company has resumed honoring its agreements with the DIF and the Red Cross to provide courtesy tickets to sick or injured patients being transported by the Red Cross and to islanders with disabilities who are registered with the DIF social service agency. There are 145 islanders registered to be eligible for this service, but it is estimated that only about ten people are making crossing once or twice a month, and the rest only use the service from time to time.  (Marinsa offered to provide this service, after Ultramar unexpectedly discontinued it recently.)

Fishermen ready for shark season to begin on July 1st 
Pescadores se alistan para la captura de tiburón[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The fishing cooperative, "Patria y Progreso" have their fishing gear ready for July 1st when the ban will be lifted on hunting for shark. Regarding the detention of a boat of the cooperative in May, the "Guajira 4", for having a juvenile cazón shark on board, (dogfish), which were caught on their (longline) fish hooks, they were not given sanctions, since it was caught accidentally.  The president of the cooperative explained that the shark was accidentally hooked on hooks that were meant to catch regular fish (escama/fish with scales).  He said this situation will continue in upcoming closure periods, but now there is better communication with the authorities, to avoid further detentions or any fines.
   The  Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo has proposed to the National Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) and to the Department of the Navy, (SEMAR) that the type of longlines used for catching fish (escama...with scales) be revised. They are hooking this species of shark (dogfish/cazon), which, incidentally, the five specimens captured in May were small, said "Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the aforementioned state organization,  after that incident. The closure began May 1st and ends June 30th. 
   From October 2012 to March 2015, the catches of the fishermen of Chiquilá and Isla Mujeres were monitored, registering a total of 1,710 individuals belonging to 16 shark species."

Unknown when passenger service will resume to Punta Sam  
Para luego, el traslado de turistas desde Punta Sam .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   It has been three months since ferry service for tourist passengers has been available to Punta Sam, since the suspension began due to the application of regulations by the Department of the Navy, for safety purposes regarding the two boats, "Isla Blanca" and "Sergio Gracia Aguilar". The suspension occurred at the beginning of April, during the Easter holiday season, and there are concerns about inconvenience for the many tourists are staying in hotels by Punta Sam and Isla Blanca. It is unknown when the passenger service will resume. (Currently, vehicles are being transported to and from Punta Sam by Maritima, with their drivers, and no other passengers.)
    It is also noted that the Ultramar ferry, for vehicles and passengers,  that was going to compete on this route to Punta Sam, the "Ultracarga III", has been at the dock since January, waiting for the docking area in Punta Sam to be altered.


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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.

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

Fri & Sat 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

Saturday, June 30 & Sunday July 1: "Ley Seca" Tourists can only buy alcoholic beverages at businesses with a food license, and they must buy food. Citizens cannot buy alcohol & businesses such as convenience stores cannot sell it. Ban ends midnight on Sunday, after the election.
  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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