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Federal funds for cleaning beaches LINK
Chetumal, June 19 More that 62.5 million pesos have been authorized from the Natural Disasters Fund to clean beaches from the effects of Tropical Storm "Alberto", which occurred between May 21 and 28. Coastal areas in ten municipalities of the state were affected. The money was approved by the Damage Assessment Committee after their Delivery of Results Session.
In accordance with the survey of damages in the coastal zones caused by the subtropical storm "Alberto", Governor Carlos Joaquín, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning, requested "Immediate Partial Support (APIN)" of 62,573,045 pesos for cleaning beaches. Considering the severe damage caused by the rains to the tourism sector, and after examining the Civil Protection analysis as well as the technical opinion, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) confirmed the approval of the amount requested, which will be executed through Banobras from the Trust Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN).
This work will be done in the next 30 days, starting on June 18in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Othon P. Blanco, Solidaridad, Tulum and Bacalar, and the Ministry of the Environment will be in charge. This funding is important because it will allow Quintana Roo to maintain one of its main attractions, its beaches.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
5th International Women's Fishing Tournament is this weekend. First prize is 100,000 pesos, second is 50,000, third is a scooter, fourth is 15,000, fifth is 10,000, and sixth thru tenth are surprise prizes. Best Captain wins a scooter. The band "Fulanitos" will perform on the awards day. Registration is 2000 pesos until it increases to 2500 on June 23.
VIDEO of the director of Civil Protection and his staff, who had just removed a large boa from a palm and are taking it in the truck to relocate it to its habitat. They are by the walkway around the Salina Grande lake. The director said they are taking it to the Mundaca hacienda area of the island to be released, and it is estimated to be about two meters long (between one and a half and two and a half meters.) It appears to be longer than the height of the woman holding it.
VIDEO by reporter of the area behind the Casa de la Cultura where the photo op Isla Mujeres sign is located, walking past Media Luna beach, el Riito, and Playa Norte to Playa Centro.
Photos of municipal Traffic police installing signs
Services of a nutritionist are available for islanders at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9a to 1p, provided by the City of Isla Mujeres.
There is a photo of one of the new Marinsa ferries with a caption saying: What do you think of the new Marinsa Turismo boats?
Noti Isla Mujeres
VIDEO whose caption says: Officers with the municipal Traffic police installed signs at the homes of people with disabilities to prevent cars from parking there and to provide them with better access and mobility.
Officers are installing a disability sign and reporter explains that they are in colonia Canotal. He questions one of the officers who explains they are installing this sign on the request of the resident with disabilities to ensure access, and that they are installing 80 signs around the island, both downtown and other areas.
Ultramar not accommodating people with disabilities See Por Esto section below.
With more than 100 thousand pesos in prizes this June 22nd and 23rd, the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" will take place in Isla Mujeres on June 22 and 23 with more than 100,000 pesos in prizes, as reported by Mauro Rodríguez, organizer of the event, VIDEO
VIDEO of one of the new Marinsa ferries arriving at the dock, with the reporter saying it began operations today. (These two boats are renovated Magana ferries, with new engines & second level seating. They can make the crossing quicker & more directly than the other Marinsa boats, which must follow the navigation channel by Playa Centro, due to their deeper drafts.)
There is an article about Ultramar not accommodating people with disabilities
See Por Esto section below.
Women's fishing tournament this weekend
See translation in the Isla Mujeres al Dia section above. Two days before this event takes place, 15 boats have registered, but the event coordinator, Mauro Velazquz explained that like the Isla Mujeres International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña", many participants wait until the day of the captains dinner to register. He said about 50 boats are expected to participate, and they hope to match the number of participants as last year, if not exceed it. The Captains dinner will be held on Friday, June 22, and the starting shot for the tournament will be fired on the morning of the 23rd at 8am. Participants are hoping for cooperative weather.
Municipal traffic police putting up signs
Isla Mujeres on June 20, 2018.- With the intention of improving road 'culture' and respect for traffic signs, the Isla Mujeres municipal Police Department spent a day installing and repairing signs in various parts of the island.
The Director General of Public Safety and Traffic of Isla Mujeres, police chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Galué, explained that these actions are intended to raise awareness among drivers and the community in general to respect the traffic the newly installed traffic signs and those already in place.
With the installation of these signs, throughout the island, it is intended that motorists and other people be more respectful, especially when driving, said the head of Public Safety of Isla Mujeres.
The municipal police ask that traffic signs be respected VIDEO
Faster Marinsa ferries begin operation VIDEO
In this IM Noticia video the reporter says the Marinsa ferries will be departing Isla Mujeres 15 minutes after the hour and departing from Puerto Juarez 15 minutes before the hour.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Another intransigence by the Ultramar company
Otra intransigencia de la empresa Ultramar+] Ver masFull article at this link
Disabled persons must now pay Ultramar 32 pesos for a round trip ticket, and their companion must pay 52, when previously only the companion was charged, due to an agreement that the company had with the DIF social service agency. The company officials said they withdrew the courtesy tickets because of APIQRoo, the state Port Authority, who had previously not charged their 10 peso fee on these tickets, but are now collecting that.
The reporter spoke to the municipal DIF Director, Hilda Cristina Gómez Ávila, who said they were surprised by the change and concerned about the effect on 140 disabled persons of all ages who benefited from the courtesy tickets. She said the program began during the previous administration, to provide free tickets for persons with disabilities and half price tickets for their companion, and the current agreement was signed legally, and has three more month until it expires.
She said, "We were not informed previously, it took us by surprise and we learned from several people who came to the DIF to complain, there are people who have a lot of difficulty paying for the companion ticket and having to pay another 32 pesos, although it does not sound like very much, for these people is a lot, and it means sacrificing other necessary expenses."
Gómez Ávila said that she sent a letter to Alicia Ricalde Magaña, Apiqroo's general director, on Monday, asking for a waiver of payment of the wharf to people with disabilities, at least until the agreement expires, and she hopes to have a prompt response.
Hotel occupancy at 67%
Ocupación hotelera del 67% [+] Ver masFull article at this link
June 19 The port was open for general navigation, and the temperature was 29C, which felt like 34C, which was conducive for all types of outdoor activities, including relaxing at the beach or taking tours, such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, or observing and swimming with the whale sharks.
There was an overall hotel occupancy rate of 67 percent of which 79 percent is attributed to the Continental Zone.
Nautical activities were back to normal on Monday morning at 7am when the port was reopened for general navigation. On Tuesday, there were winds from the southeast at 15-20 km/hr with variable gusts up to 30 km/hr, and waves of one meter in height. These conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the week and on Thursday the winds may increase to 20-25 km/hr with gusts up to 33km/hr, which would not merit a port closure, but it would be at the operational limits for small boats.
Passengers were noted on the ferries, including some with luggage, as well as visitors who just planned to spend a few hours, in addition to the locals and workers. There were a moderate number of diners at the restaurants on Hidalgo, and the golf cart rental agencies reported that demand was good. Cooperatives offering tours, travel agencies, and others in the nautical tourism sector reported that sales were improved, but they are hoping for improvement with the arrival of the summer holiday season, when many Mexicans visit the island.
Memorial for Rosely Magana
Homenaje póstumo a Rosely Magaña] Ver masFull article at this link
A memorial and a Mass were held on Monday for Resely "Chely" Magana, who passed away after receiving multiple bullet wounds during a political meeting at her home in colonia San Antonio, in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. (See yesterday's translations).
Operating at last
Por fin las dejaron operar[+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Marinsa ferry "Jetway 2" passed the docking tests and began operating after receiving its authorization, offering passage every hour and fifteen minutes, which will mean that a Marinsa ferry is departing every 30 minutes, because they are continuing to use the two original boats.
These two new boats, "Jetway 1" and "Jetway 2" were acquired from the local company Maritima Magana, who withdrew from the market because they couldn't compete with Ultramar. More than one resident is celebrating the return of these boats that used to transport passengers to Puerto Juarez when there was no other option. (They were renovated with new engines & second level seating.) Magana was unable to compete with Ultramar, when demand lessened daily, because many preferred the modernity and comfort, despite complaints about poor treatment from Ultramar personnel.
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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, 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 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.
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Painting by Pamela Haase
|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")
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)