Saturday, July 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 21

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     Today we celebrate the CRIM Isla Mujeres (Municipal Physical Rehabilitation facility) for fulfilling two years of work full of love and dedication for more than 600 patients assisted so far. Our commitment is to make Isla Mujeres an accessible and dignified municipality for everyone.


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Closure seals placed to stop fencing of beach by Privilege Aluxes hotel LINK  
   July 20   This morning the municipal Department of Urban Development, in coordination with the ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) placed closure seals on a fence that was constructed by Privilege Aluxes hotel in the beach area. The closure was carried out very early, with the intention of avoiding privatization of the beach.
    Kerem Pinto Aguilar, director of ZOFEMAT, said, "Once the installation of the fence was detected, we proceeded accordingly, since the Law says that concessioned areas can not be fenced in and thereby prohibit the free passage of people. The official explained that the closure seals were placed by the Department of Urban Development, since there are no permits for the fence. They have been sited to present construction permits, as well as for delimitation (fencing) of the Federal Zone.
    According to neighbors, the work started very early and appeared to have the intention of extending the construction until the beach was closed, a situation that was prevented thanks to the placement of the closure seals.

80% of the emergency patients at the hospital are due to traffic accidents  LINK
     The Director of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres Ángel García Albarrán said that 80 percent of emergency care received in the hospital is caused by accidents involving motorcyclists and people in golf carts. He said the other 20 percent are being treated for illnesses and general care. He said an average of 45 accident patients are treated monthly, mostly from skidding (derrapes) or golf cart collisions. 
    In June, they treated 46 cases of road accidents, which has been the usual number throughout this year, mostly motorcycle accidents and accidents in golf carts. He urged drivers to use accident prevention, since the vast majority are caused by imprudence. He said preventative measures are even more important in July, when the number of visitors increases.
    Regarding motorcycle helmets, he said even if they aren't certified, they are functional, and their use has helped avoid cases of fatal accidents. He reiterated his emphasis on prevention, moderation of speed, to moderate the way of driving and to moderate the state in which carts and scooters are driven. 
    He said that for prevention, some signs should be installed about driving carefully, especially at golf cart agencies since those vehicles are very unstable. 

New schedule for the car ferry "Isla Blanca"  LINK 
  See yesterday's translations

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Sunset & ferry photos

Photos of available jobs posted at the CROC union facility  

The demand has already exceeded the service of taxis on the island, and everyday you can see long lines of clients at the taxi site. Similarly, the island can no longer accommodate more cars, so other transportation alternatives will have to be taken. (Photo of taxi stand with many people waiting)

Privilege Aluxes is trying to privatize the beach in Isla Mujeres. We must not allow it! 
Say NO to the Privatization of our beaches in Isla Mujeres (photo)

 The ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), in coordination with the municipal Urban Development Department, made a preventive closure of a fence that delimited the Federal Zone and limited free passage across the Privilege Aluxes beach. (Photos and VIDEO of fence with closure signs on it). 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO and VIDEO of commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of CRIM  (Municipal Physical Rehabilitation Facility

Sunrise photos 
IM Noticias   

Notice of basketball game in Cancun between the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros and the Trojans from Belize, which took place last evening.  


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"Isla Blanca" ferry resumes operations, but isn't "100%"  
Entra en operación el “Isla Blanca”.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
   The "Isla Blanca" ferry has resumed vehicle and passenger service between the island and Punta Sam with a new schedule of six round trips daily, except Sunday when there are four. Yesterday, the ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" entered maintenance, in compliance with the safety measures required by the maritime authorities. (And because it broke down on Thursday.)
        The "Isla Blanca" is not yet "at 100 percent", and  80% of the list of the requirements from the authorities having been met.. The other requirements must be complied with in upcoming weeks, while the "Sergio Gracia" is receiving attention for the mechanical failure it experienced at noon on Thursday in Punta Sam, which resulted in authorization being given for the return to service of the "Isla Blanca" ferry, which was previously prohibited for safety reasons.   
           When the Department of the Navy conducted an inspection (during the Easter holidays) they found there were many issues that needed attention, such as the lack of an anchor, the bilge system, needing new life jackets, and the crew not knowing how to use the radio communication system, among others. 
    From Monday to Saturday, the departures from Isla Mujeres will be: 5a. 8a. 11a. 2p, 5:30p and 8:30p with the returns from Punta Sam at: 6:30a, 9:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p, 7p and 9:30p. On Sunday, the departures from Isla are at 8a,  11a, 2p and 7p and the returns are at 9:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p and 8:30p.

Fence constructed in the Federal Zone 
Palizada en plena zona federal marítima+] Ver masFull article at this link

Heat wave affects tourists 
Golpes de calor afecta a turistas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
         The thousands of tourists who arrive daily in this summer season are suffering from the high temperatures and some have been victims of heat stress in public spaces and on the beaches, according to Red Cross personnel and security forces.  
         The lifeguards have been attending to eight to 10 cases daily, in addition to the Naval first aid module that is installed on the beach. Most of those affected are children and the elderly, which included an 86 year old man who collapsed just before entering Playa Centro. His right clavicle was fractured when he fell to the pavement, and he was taken to a hospital in Cancun for immediate hospitalization.     
      Thousands of vacationers arrived on the boats of the three ferry companies, to visit the attractions of Isla Mujeres, and no incidents were reported among them. Visitors from Punta Sam began arriving, after service resumed yesterday (Thursday). The number of arrivals could reach 15,000 daily, according to Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of the Municipal Tourism Department.
        Mr. Rodriguez said that there has been no security problems in the beach area, with no reports of cases of theft or mistreatment of customers. Regarding the incidence of traffic accidents by golf carts, it is low; meanwhile, a case was resolved in which a vehicle of this type jammed its accelerator and hit two motorcycles parked on the Rueda Medina. The damages were minor and those involved agreed to take responsibility.

Removal of artificial turf from soccer field concluded  
Concluye retiro de pasto sintético en cancha.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Personnel with company from Monterrey who are renovating the soccer field in colonia Salina Chica said the removal of the artificial turf should be completed on Tuesday. The previous turf lasted nearly a decade. Athletes are impatient for the work to be completed, since there is no other soccer field to use as an alternative.
        The field is the venue for national tournaments of 4th and 5th divisions, as well as regional events. For the children's teams the property is divided in two.

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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
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 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 
Friday, July 20
6:30p Inauguration of the Festival on the Town Square
7p  Presentation by Biologist Pamela Vasquez of Saving Our Sharks on the Town Square
8p  Performance by the Municipal  Folklorico Troupe of Palenque Chiapas Latin Dancers Dance Studio

Saturday, July 21
6p Artisans Exposition and tasting of regional dishes
7p Presentation by Biologist Karen Fuentes of results of monitoring Manta Rays in the Mexican Caribbean
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupes Al Son del Corozon de Isla Mujeres and Mestizas de Agua Salada de Isla Mujeres

Sunday, July 22
4p Children's Basketball Lightning Tournament at the court on the Town Square
7p Conference by Biologist Rafael de la Parra about Whale Sharks
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupe of Silao Guanajuato and comedian Miramelindo
  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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