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There is a reminder about alcohol sales being prohibited on Saturday and Sunday for the elections with a photo on a store refrigerator door saying to remember to buy alcohol in advance.(Note: Restaurants in tourism areas, such as Isla Mujeres, may sell alcoholic beverages to foreign tourists, with food.)
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
There is a drone video of sargasso arriving at a beach in Cancun, from Noticaribe, with a caption saying the massive amount arriving is driving tourists away and making the beaches unusable, but 62 million pesos have been allotted to deal with this problem and clean the beaches.
There is a reminder about the 'Ley Seca' banning alcohol sales during the election which begins Saturday, June 30 at 00:00 and ends Monday, July 2 at 00:00. (with the exception of businesses located in tourism areas who can only sell alcoholic beverages with food to foreign tourists.)
Summer soccer workshop at the Posada beach (Playa Centro) from July 2-20 from 5-6:30p for kids 5 to 12 years old. (Mexico is playing in the World Cup today against Sweden at 9am 'isla time' (EST). The Posada has broadcast the previous Mexico games on a big screen at Playa Centro.)
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There is a reminder about the 'Dry Law" for this weekend for the election.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Fewer sea turtles arriving
Baja arribazón de tortugas marinas .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Deline Guadalupe García Canto, director of the Tortugranja and coordinator of the Marine Turtle protection program said that this is a less active year for turtle reproduction. She said that so far this season, they have rescued 75 nests of hawksbill, cahuama and green turtles, with a total of 8920 eggs being protected at the facility.
The team who monitor the nesting areas have detected six hawksbill nests with a total of 827 eggs; 47 loggerhead nests with 5370 eggs; and 22 green turtle nests with 2723 eggs.
She said, "During the 2017 season, there were 1198 nests rescued and 93,247 hatchlings were released, and for this season we expect about 400 nests and less than half as many hatchlings as last year."
When asked about the problem of sargasso which is affecting the entire northern coast of Quintana Roo, Ms. Garcia Canto said that fortunately for the sea turtles, the largest accumulation of sea grass is found at the Riíto beach area and North Beach, while on the Caribbean beaches where the turtles traditionally come to spawn, the amount is not enough to hinder the maneuvers of the turtles. She said, "In addition, the patrols that monitor the arrival of turtles are provided with rakes and the necessary equipment for removal of excess sea weed, so that the turtles can spawn without major inconvenience."
Photo of Turtle Nest at MaraVilla Caribe beach on Monday....this was the first one of the season at our beach.
Advisory about the "Dry Law"
Atentos a la Ley Seca. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Director of the Recaudadora de Rentas (Revenue Collection agency), Jesus Contreras Gomez, said the sale of alcoholic beverages are prohibited at minisupers, convenience stors, bars, cantinas, and breweries, during the 48 hour period of the 'Dry Law', from 00:00 hous on Saturday, June 30 to the first minute of Monday, July 2nd. However, hotels with restaurant service are exempt, where foreign tourists may buy and consume alcoholic beverages, with food. The prohibition also extends to passengers on boats, including foreign tourists who may not be offered alcohol.
He said, "I want to make this clear, peanuts, chips with pico de gallo, potato chips or some type of junk food-snacks are not foods, it must be prepared foods. We hope we do not to find anyone in flagrant violation of the law, as they would be subject to a fine between 50 and 80 thousand pesos, in addition to the closure of the establishment."
(Note: It is not only hotel restaurants who are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to foreign tourists, with food, other restaurants may also sell alcoholic beverages, with food, to foreign tourists.)
Training hoteliers in case of a hurricane
Capacitan a hoteleros en caso de huracán.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Personnel with the Ministry of Tourism provided training to representatives from about 66 hotels on the island and in the Continental Zone, so that they are aware of the protocols for evacuating tourists during a hurricane threat. Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, director of the municipal Department of Tourism, explained that there is a program called "guestlocator" installed on the computers of hotels, so that in case of an emergency, a system is activated to monitor the location of the guests before, during and after the hurricane. He said, "In case of a hurricane, each hotel has a code that is immediately communicated to SEDETUR (Ministry of Tourism) regarding the evacuation or transfer of tourists to hurricanes shelters, so that the location of each of the hotel guests is know, which is very important so there aren't people who are lost."
He explained that all information is uploaded to a database to which foreign embassies have access to know that their nationals are well or, if appropriate, if they require some support.He added that bilingual lawyers will be available for the guests, who will provide assistance in case of death, loss of documents and other belongings, robberies, or any problem that the tourists may have.
"This is so that the tourists feel protected and, when problems occur, they feel they are being attended to and followed up on, especially in case of accidents, loss, theft, etc., and this will give them more confidence and they will perceive us as a safe destination," he concluded.
On Tuesday the port was open for general navigation, with caution advisories, and the few sporadic squalls didn't disrupt tourism activities on land or sea. Many tourists arrived on the ferries and on the tour boats, with some coming for the day and other bringing suitcases to spend the night at an island hotel.
The winds were favorable for nautical navigation, from the east-southeast at 15-25 km/hr, and the cloudy skies and occasional rain didn't prevent the boating cooperatives from selling tours to the reefs of El Farito. The Harbor Master said similar weather is expected in upcoming days with intermittent showers, from Tropical Wave #8 which is located in the southern part of the state, and causing some showers here in the northern part.
He said that it is expected that the port will remain open in upcoming days, unless there is an increase in the winds, and then nautical activities would be temporarily suspended.
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.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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June 28 8:03
June 29 8:49
June 30 9:33
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)