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Fishermen of Isla Mujeres are on alert concerning a rumor about the possibility of extraction of sand from the "La Ollita" area again, as one more attempt to rebuild the beaches of Cancun
LINK Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in Quintana Roo said the fishermen would be against another extraction, since the first one caused serious problems for the fishermen.
He said that although it is only a rumor at this time, the fishermen and many people from Isla Mujeres would be against this action which would directly impact the seabed.
He said that the extraction of sand from the area known as "La Ollita", which was done about 10 years ago, affects them not only as fishermen, but also would put the Island at greater risk in the event of a hurricane.
He said that the authorities should not consider this option, since otherwise, in a very short time they will no longer see corals or anything on the seabed, since they are destroying everything.
He said he has received information about some plans to recover the beaches of Cancun, for which they intend to take sand from the same area of "La Ollita", which is close to Isla Mujeres, so he called on all the fishermen to be vigilant.
It is noted that about 10 years ago, hundreds of tons of sand were extracted from the area known as "La Ollita", with the intention of recovering the beaches of Cancun, and now there is a rumor that they want to repeat this.
The Municipal Health Directorate urged families to keep informed through official means and to take preventive measures to prevent the spread of this virus LINK
The municipal Director of Health, Leily Guadalupe Osorio Mares encouraged island residents to keep calm and stay informed via official sources, because the flu virus currently remains within the normal parameters of expected infection rates, however it is important to maintain this low risk and act in accordance with the recommended measures for prevention.
These include, frequent hand washing with soap and water, use of hand gel disinfectants, cleaning of exposed surfaces such as computers, doorknobs, etc, as well as remaining hydrated. Those affected by the virus should avoid crowded places such as schools, jobs, and areas where the general public is concentrated, as well as not giving greetings with handshakes, kissing, or hugging. They should wash their hands very frequently, and sneeze by covering their faces and using the inside of their elbows. She recommended that people at higher risk obtain the preventative vaccine.
She said there is no epidemic in the municipality, but basic preventative measures are important, and if you experience symptoms, she encourages you to go to a health center and not to self-medicate. Flu symptoms include Fever of sudden onset higher than 39C, dry cough, sore throat, severe headache, joint pain, and difficulty breathing.
With these actions, the City of Isla Mujeres seeks to protect, not only families, but also visitors, by preventing the spread of influenza between states.
Solution is in the hands of CONAPESCA, not the Harbor Master LINK
After complaints by the fishermen of Isla Mujeres about the invasion of the Cuban fishing fleet into the zone of contiguous waters in the Caribbean, it is a subject that is under the jurisdiction the National Commission of Agriculture and Fishing (Conapesca), which was confirmed today by the Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Ismael González Gil.
Interviewed this morning, he explained that the controversy lies specifically within the scope of the international agreement, and Cuba has managed to make the most of it. Unfortunately what for many could be an excessive fishing, for others it is completely sustainable.
He said that in this case the Harbor Master has no jurisdiction because it is a matter of limits established in an international agreement, for many years. He said that in addition to the area of contiguous waters, there is also the exclusive economic zone of Mexico and this is where there is interference by authority (CONAPESCA).
As is known, the fishermen have complained that the Cuban fishing fleet has entered Mexican waters, ignoring the established limits. The conflict over limits for removing species from the sea, has led to planning of a protest demonstration at sea on Tuesday about 12 nautical miles from Isla Mujeres.
Mexico has 11,593 kilometers of coasts, of which 8475 correspond to the Pacific coast and 3118 correspond to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, including islands; its continental shelf is approximately 394,603 km², being higher in the Gulf of Mexico; it also has 12,500 km² of coastal lagoons and estuaries and has 6500 km² of inland waters, such as lakes, lagoons, dams and rivers.
In 1976, it was established that there are 200 nautical miles of "exclusive economic zone", with 2,946,885 m² of national marine region remaining under national jurisdiction.
With the establishing of the exclusive economic zone, Mexico has tried to reorient policy in relation to international fishing matters, with the objective of obtaining the elements that contribute to the development of Mexican fishing.
Although there are regulations for the operations of foreign fishing fleets, the local fishermen say this has left much to be desired, mainly in areas of national jurisdiction, where there are agreements with some countries, such as the United States and Cuba.
Hoyo de dona=(lit) Donut hole
Oriental, aun sin delimitar=Eastern, still hasn't been delimited
Limites fijados=Limits established between the US & Mexico in 1978
ZEE=Exclusive Economic Zone of Cuba
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< 12 naut. miles ><12 naut. miles >... ... ... .<
Interior <TERRITORIAL ><CONTIGUOUS> < OPEN SEA
waters < SEA >< ZONE >
MARINE RESOURCES <
< THE ZONE ________________________________________ seabed
Underwater Continental Shelf
Reports about the protest note that the Cuban fishermen left the area prior to the protest demonstration, presumably having heard about it.
The Director of Public Services of Isla Mujeres, Pablo Moreno Povedano said that the most serious problem that exists around the issue of garbage is the lack of social culture among the inhabitants themselves, because even when there are established hours, people are leaving trash out in the street (rather than only taking it out shortly before the truck comes). LINK
He said that people know the schedule determining what time the collection truck goes thru their neighborhood, which was established under the previous director. However, some people find it difficult to store trash inside their house and wait for the truck to pass. He said, "The truck goes by and minutes later they take out more garbage, so that the streets in some colonias there always seems to be trash."
He said that currently there are four trucks covering all the routes and two 'helper' trucks, so that garbage is collected every day at different schedules, depending on the colonia. For Sac Bajo and the colonias of la Gloria, Cañotal, Miraflores and Lolbé, the truck passes between 1 pm and 8 pm. There are two collections for the downtown area, with one at five in the morning, and another between 8pm and 5am.
He said the trash problems are always a sensitive issue, which gets worse during holiday seasons, such as this one. Currently, 60 tons of trash are generated daily, with 53 tons being transported to the mainland each day, via two trips on the ferry. He said there are 480 tons of accumulated trash at the Transfer Facility.
In response to questions, he said that the colonias with the most trash problems are "La Gloria", "Cañotal" and "Miraflores", which he attributed to residents taking their trash out at frequent intervals. He said it is necessary to have a meeting with the municipal Director of Enforcement (Fiscalización) and review the regulations, because he has not ruled out the possibility of implementing fines, which would be subject to the regulations.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
Taking precautions to prevent flu (article & photos)
Sargasso continues to arrive along the eastern coast of the island, without affecting the swimming beaches (photos)
Photos of Punta Sur and VIDEO
Noti Isla Mujeres
VIDEO: Fishermen planning a protest at sea
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Increasing numbers of visitors
Repunta el arribo de visitantes.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Actions to prevent AH1N1 flu
Acciones preventivas contra la influenza AH1N1.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Iconic lighthouse is deteriorating
Icono de Isla Mujeres, en franco deterioro [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The iconic lighthouse of Isla Mujeres has been abandoned by the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), who aren't providing maintenance and its poor condition contrasts with the beauty of its environment. Its use was discontinued a decade ago when hotels were built that are taller than the lighthouse, and the signaling system was moved to the hotel on El Yunque islet (which is now the Mia).
Tourism service providers say it has been five years since the building received any paint, and members of the business organization CANACO said the could be advancing deterioration of the interior metal due to corrosion from salt, which could cause detachment of part of the building which served as a navigational guide for a century.
Representatives of some foreign agencies have recommended that it be rescued and painted to provide a 'welcome' that can be seen in the bay, to thousands of tourists who visit daily. It is located near the end of the Rueda Medina malecon, which gives it historical significance, as well as it has represented an important signalling device, with its height of more than 20 meters allowing it to be seen for several miles by sailors. It was an important signal near the Yucatan Channel area for cargo ships from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
Increased security at Maritime Terminals
Refuerzan la vigilancia en terminales marítimas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
During the holiday period, security is increased at the Maritime Terminals, including Naval personnel with trained dogs monitoring the increased amount of cargo and passengers with suitcases arriving and departing, to ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors. This takes place at the areas of the cargo/vehicle ferry to Punta Sam, as well as the areas of the passenger ferries between the island and Puerto Juarez and the Hotel Zone.
There are also security forces patrolling the beaches, who are prepared to respond to any emergencies, with coordination between the organizations which include the Red Cross, Civil Protection, Tourist Police and others. It is noted that security cameras still have not been installed along the main roads, which has been encouraged by business owners.
|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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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Painting by Pamela Haase
July EventsProvided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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)