Monday, July 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 2

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Mexico didn't make it into the World Cup quarterfinals after today's loss to Brazil 2-0.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

After dark, there was a power outage for about a half an hour. There are photos captioned General blackout in #IslaMujeres, people start to gather in the polling places where they voted 

There are photos captioned: At the closing of the voting boxes, personnel with the Navy and police guarded each of the boxes during the counting of the ballots, in order to avoid any possible disturbances.

There are photos of candidates and citizens voting.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

 The Mayor was reelected 
With a difference of more than 2000 votes, ahead of his closest pursuer, Juan Carrillo Soberanis was declared the winner of the electoral contest in Isla Mujeres. Photo by Noti Isla Mujeres

VIDEO with caption that says: Blackout in all Isla Mujeres, in the offices of  Ieqroo (the election officials) a generator was employed so the blackout only lasted 10 minutes.

There are videos of candidates and voters.

IM Noticias   

Video of voters and one of the candidates.    


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Good voter turnout in Isla Mujeres
Votaron isleños de forma masiva [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Officially, the election day starts at eight in the morning, but the first few voting sites opened at 8:15am in Isla Mujeres, while the later ones began to receive voters after 9:00am hours and the last ones opening at nearly 9:30am, which annoyed the people who were waiting, including some who arrived at 6:30am.  Some of the early risers brought chairs to wait in more comfort, while the most prepared brought their umbrellas to protect themselves from the strong sun.
     The absence of polling station officials was another factor that affected the voting sites that didn't open on time, which happened at the school Julio Sauri Espinoza. 
   The night before the elections, police patrols were increased to prevent any potential disturbances. 

Respecting the "Dry Law" restricting alcohol sales  
Expendios de bebidas alcohólicas respetaron la Ley Seca[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Jesús Contreras Gómez, head of the Revenue Collection agency, reported that inspectors with his agency had not found any violations of the Dry Law as of noon on Sunday. He said that in the days prior to the Dry Law going into effect, he held a meeting with the presidents of the business organizations CANACO and CANIRAC, as well as representatives of other associations, in which he explained the restrictions and the potential sanctions if they violated the regulations. He listed the types of businesses that were subject to the law, including cantinas, minisupers, bars, and others, and explained that restaurants associated with hotels were allowed to sell alcohol with food to foreigners.
       The inspectors began continually monitoring businesses at an early hour, who could be subject to fines of 50,000 to 80,000 pesos, in addition to closure, if they violated the law.

Good turnout of tourists on Sunday 
Bonito domingo, buena afluencia. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  July 1 With pleasant weather, large numbers of tourists visited the island and the port was open for general navigation, so activities were taking place at sea also. The cooperatives offering boat tours reported fewer clients than expected, which they attributed the reduced demand to the elections, because many nationals prefer to vote where they live. They expect business to increase by mid-week, which they hope will continue thru mid-August, weather permitting.
       The meteorological report from the Navy forecasts increasing winds, which could cause some navigational restrictions. (The ocean is calm at midday Monday.)

Mishap by election official  
Descuidada funcionaria electoral. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   An official with the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo (IEQROO) who  was supervising the opening of the polling station at the former hospital downtown, left his car parked with the engine running and it began moving on its own. 
      The silver compact car, with Mexico City plates, was in the parking area on Guerrero by the entrance to the malecon (by the Paseo de la Triguena) when it began moving and advanced several meters and hit the sidewalk curb. 
      A resident tried to stop its advance, and suffered mild injuries to his knees, which didn't require medical attention.  The official appeared about three minutes later, as traffic was backing up, and moved the vehicle. Then he resumed his responsibility of opening the ballot box by 8am, and things returned to normal in the streets.

CANACO is optimistic about the summer season  
Canaco optimista este verano+] Ver masFull article at this link        The president of the National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) in Isla Mujeres,
Juan Carrillo Figueroa, expects a good summer season, with shops and restaurateurs offering special promotions. During summer high season, about 10,000 visitors are expected daily, on the ferries and other boats, with a 15% increase anticipated, unofficially, due to the addition of the Marinsa and Naveganto ferries. There are concerns that the Punta Sam cargo ferry Maritima remains unable to provide passenger service, and that the Ultramar cargo ferry hasn't gone into operation.  

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.


Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
July  1  10:14
July  2  10:53
July  3  11:31

July 27   7:32
July 28   8:14
July 29   8:54
July 30   9:32
July 31  10:09
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05

July Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Sunday, July 1 Election Day Polls open 7a-6p Alcohol will only be sold to foreigners with food purchase at businesses with a food license, until the 48 "Dry Law" expires at midnight. Mexico will electsa president for a single six-year term, and 628 members of the national congress, who for the first time in nearly a century can be reelected. Voters are also choosing nine governors, ~1600 mayors, and thousands of state and local lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2 Mexico vs Brazil 9a  World Cup  Islanders can watch at the large screen on Playa Centro provided by the Posada, or at a variety of bars.

Wednesday, July 4  US Independence Day, may be celebrated in some bars

Friday, July 6th at 8pm at the Convention Center. Renatta Dance Studio would like to invite you to our 6th annual end of school year show!
The theme is ‘Mexico Without Borders’ and the show includes more than 50 dancers and special performers. Join us for this wonderful dance and musical tribute to Mexico! Local island children from 4 years up to their teens will be performing, as well as professional dancers and special performers from the island and Cancun.
Tickets are $50 pesos for adults and $30 for children in advance. And $70 pesos and $50 pesos at the door.

 July 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday  Barracuda Fishing Tournament

July 20-22  Fri, Sat, Sun. 11th Annual Whale Shark Festival  Schedule TBA

  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 This link is currently not working.    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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