Thursday, July 19, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 19

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 School Supplies Donation Program
With the participation of the islanders in the program "We are all useful"/ "Todos somos útiles"  children of families with limited income in the municipality will have school supplies when school resumes. VIDEO  whose captions say The municipal government reaffirms its commitment to education with the program Todos Somos Utiles the children and youths will be happy returning to school.


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 Residents are annoyed about poor coordination of road repairs     LINK  VIDEO     
Workers are waiting for material to arrive from Cancun to continue with the street patching and repair work. Be careful.  (photo)
      There could be a delay in the completion of the road repair work that began about a month ago, because the material didn't arrive early Wednesday morning, as expected, after a crew had removed a section of asphalt from prolongacion Rueda Medina near the beer business (cervecera) on Tuesday night. This caused traffic chaos, especially among the golf carts, although traffic was able to proceed in both directions.
     The work is being done by MD Constructions, whose workers didn't know why the materials hadn't arrived from Cancun as expected. These workers who apply the material were not the same ones who removed the old asphalt the night before, and they didn't know the whereabouts of the engineer in charge. 
      There have been some complaints from residents that this work is taking place during the summer high season. The new director of public works, Ángeles López, was unable to supply statistics regarding the amount of money invested, square footage of the repairs, or projected completion date. (See article below in Isla Mujeres al Dia). 

 INE module was at the Casa de la Cultura (Election Institute agency) (photo)

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Street repair program is 90% complete 
The work is being carried out in a timely manner and should be completed on the stipulated date(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, July 18, 2018) 
        The Director of the Department of Public Works, Ángeles López Barrientos, reports that the Street and Pot Hole Repair Program in Isla Mujeres is 90 percent complete and it is expected to be finished on July 27 as scheduled. 
       The patching work is 90 percent complete, and began on June 6th. It has gone on continuously since then, and a request has been made to residents asking for their understanding about the inconvenience caused by the repairs. 
          Mr. Lopez explained that in this program consists of the identification of the potholes, cutting and removal of the road surface, compaction of the earthen base, and supply and placement of an asphalt mix of 3 to 5 centimeters thick, at a cost of 1.5 million pesos in federal funds from the Municipal Strengthening Fund (FORTAMUN). 
         In total, 3,000 square meters of streets are being repaired on the island, in Rancho Viejo and Punta Sam. On the island, patching work is taking place in the colonias of La Gloria, Ampliación La Gloria, and Caridad del Cobre, as well as along prolongacion Rueda Medina Avenue, Jesús Martínez Ross Avenue, and the Caribbean Coastal (perimetral) road.

Although tourism services in Isla Mujeres are busy, hotel occupancy does not exceed 85%: Leonel Povedano, Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes. (photo of ferry dock)

The City is collecting school supplies for students of families with limited income for the campaign “Todos somos útiles”
        The packages of school supplies will be delivered at the start of the school year to students in the Continental Zone, Francisco May and the Agricultural Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality). Donations are being accepted until August 10th, Monday thru Friday, 9a-4p at the offices of the Municipal DIF and from 11a-4p at the Town Hall. 
       Those who wish to contribute can donate notebooks, colored pencils, pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue, scissors, and other items.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Providing free medical services VIDEO  
See Por Esto section below.

Spectacular sunrise on Isla Mujeres  VIDEO  

Giving recognition to the men and women who clean the beaches of Isla Mujeres every day, for the enjoyment of tourists and Islanders, because their work is often not acknowledged. (photo)

IM Noticias   

Road repairs causing problems for drivers   VIDEO     


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Ultramar has preferential contract with Port Authority   
A la Apiqroo sólo le interesa Ultramar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The General Director of APIQRoo, the state port authority, has declined to try to cancel the ten-year contract with Ultramar that was made in 2011, permitting them to pay a fee of 50 centavos per tourist in low season and 25 centavos in high season, rather than the usual fee of 5 pesos.
        It is estimated that this agreement has caused a loss of about 100 million pesos to date, which could have been used for maintenance. In 2017, there were 5 million tourist mobilizations (each tourist is 'mobilized' twice, arriving and departing), with Ultramar providing 90 percent of this service. It is estimated that the other ferry companies may provide 20 percent of the passenger service in 2018.
      There are some who say the Port Authority should provide better maintenance for the agency's pier and for their 200 meter-long seawall, which some say should be 50 centimeters taller to provide better protection in the event of a hurricane.

Rehabilitation of Norte Beach will have to wait 
Rehabilitación de Playa Norte tendrá que esperarVer masFull article at this link
       Regarding the problem of erosion of North Beach, in 2017, the municipal Department of Urban Development had said that the federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) was about to approve the request to provide federal resources to pay for the replacement of at least six giant geotubes known popularly as "whales", which had previously provided protection. However, now municipal sources have reported that this will be delayed until the next state administration. 
    The biggest erosion problem is at the west end of North Beach, where it meets Playa Centro. There have been suggestions that sand should be moved there  from Playa Centro which has expanded in the past two years, causing the buoy line to be much closer to the beach, and sand has added to the navigation channel just beyond the buoys. 

Delay in street repairs  
Retraso en bacheo [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Over 100 turtle nests are being protected  
Nidos de tortuga recuperados [+] Ver masFull article at this link

      "Nearly" (sic More than) 100 turtle nests have been collected and protected at the Tortugranja as part of the sea turtle conservation program during this season, which will be complete in October, when the number of nests could triple. They are the species hawksbill, loggerhead, and green.
    The Tortugranja is popular with tourists who visit 365 days a year, and has achieved worldwide recognition for its conservation efforts.

NOTE: On July 13th it was reported that the Tortugranja was protecting 59 Loggerhead nests with 6819 eggs, 54 Green nests with 6612 eggs, and 7 Hawksbills nests with 975 eggs. Nesting season began in May and continues thru October.

Free Medical Care 
    There is a mobile medical unit providing free care to islanders, at various locations around the isle from July 16 to July 19th. Wednesday it was at the IEEA facility and Thursday it will be at the Casa de la Cultura, providing services that include glucose testing, general consultations, screening for glucoma, nutritional counseling, pulmonary function testing, and mammograms, from 9am to 5pm.


Whale Shark Festival July 20-22 
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

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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  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     
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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