Sunday, July 29, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 29

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Merchants invade the sidewalks  
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  Many of the downtown sidewalks, where visitors wander, are occupied by merchants, and serve as parking lots and places for trash. This is occurring on Juarez Avenue from Allende street, and on the streets of Morelos, Madero, Abasolo, and Matamoros. Commercial merchandise displays invade the pedestrian areas, as well as vehicles. Each year the problem is worse, although there is parking space at the Casa de la Cultura. It has been proposed that the 8000 square meter area of the former hospital be used for parking, although that is state property which hasn't been transferred to the municipality.
      Where there is no merchandise exhibited during the day, there are rows of motorcycles, compact vehicles, golf carts, and other vehicles, that prevent pedestrian traffic. When the sidewalks are occupied, pedestrians must walk in the street and risk being run over, and it all becomes more chaotic at time when there are greater numbers of visitors. 
      Tourism providers say the most vulnerable are the elderly and children. Everyone must hurry up because behind them are golf carts, taxis, scooters, and compact cars, which are also parked on and by the curbs and sidewalks, as well as merchandise blocking the pedestrian areas. 
      This is occurring while the high temperatures are causing exhaustion and susceptibility to heat stress, and according to the Red Cross, there are about a dozen cases daily.

Public Prosecutor (Ministerio Publico) closed this Saturday  
Inoperante el MP los fines de semana [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This isn't the first time the Prosecutor's office in Isla Mujeres has been closed on Saturday, when those who want to file a complaint must wait until Monday.
  At this time, it is not known who will replace the two agents who were shot in a criminal attack on Friday night, which occurred in Puerto Juarez. Both had been working in the Isla Mujeres office for some time. The commander of the Prosecutor's Office Héctor J. Ch. B. was injured and hospitalized, and agent Juan C. M. L. was killed by gunmen at an attack at a private property (marina restaurant-bar) in Puerto Juarez. Four employees also died in the attack, and a employee was injured.  The gunman weren't found.
Beaches are full of visitors
Disfrute pleno de las playas .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    On Saturday, Playa Centro and North Beach were being enjoyed by thousands of visitors, and dozens of tourist boats are anchored near the buoys. There were no problems, just minor incidents, with the lifeguards monitoring the buoy line to prevent people from going past the swimming zone and entering the dangerous area.
   On land, many of the 800 available golf carts were rented, which is often the case during this vacation period. There were no problems in Punta Sur, Garrafón, Tortugranja, Sac-bajo, Mundaca and the Caribbean malecon (sea walkway). The Tourist Police and Tourism Office report there have been no complaints of thefts of belongings of tourists this season.

Renovation resumes of the wooden pier  
Reanudan renovación de muelle de madera [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
     Work has resumed on the wooden pier that served as the gateway to Isla Mujeres for a century, after it had been discontinued for several months by the construction company that was doing the job. The APIQRoo state Port Authority has taken charge of the job directly and expect the work to be finished in less than a month.
   It has been more than two years since the Magana ferry company discontinued service to Puerto Juarez. The work is expected to be completed before the end of this holiday season, and then recreational boats will be able to moor there, such as catamarans, which was occurring before the renovation work began.

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 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.
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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.

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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