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Removal of fence completed by Privilege Aluxes LINK
July 24 This morning the company Privilege Aluxes withdrew its fence that delimited its Federal Zone, thus allowing the free passage of people.
It is recalled that on Friday the municipal Department of Urban Development placed closure seals on this wooden fence, to prevent them from continuing to work. This was confirmed this morning, by Kerem Pinto Aguilar, director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) in Isla Mujeres. She said that after a conversation with the people in charge of the work, the company decided to voluntarily withdraw the fence, since there also were no permits from the municipal authorities.
However, the official said that as a result of this, an operation has also been initiated to identify those concessions that are enclosed in a similar manner. It is recalled that this is not the first case and it is expected that officials will act with the same rigor in the other cases.
Closure seals also placed on fence at Playa Sol (aka Playa Luxury). LINK
Other businesses holding concessions in the Federal Zone of the northern part of Isla Mujeres hope that the law will be applied evenly, regarding the enforcement of removal of the wooden fence at the beach by Privilege Aluxes.
When making a tour of Playa Norte, other concessionaires explained that the Urban Development Department not only placed closing stamps at Privilege Aluxes, but also at Playa Luxury, formerly known as Playa Sol, owned by former mayor Jorge Cárdenas Bazán.
It was found that there are recent closure seals, (placed since last Friday) but unlike the first case, as of today, the withdrawal of this fence had not been achieved. It should be noted that the Luxury concession is not only fenced from a northern aspect, but also at the other end, where closure seals were also posted.
One of the neighbors of Luxury said, "I think that if the first concessionaire was forced to withdraw their fence, it would be fair for the others to be held to the same rules." It is recalled that Luxury closed its area after a conflict between individuals more than two years ago, however, even after the conflict ended, the fence has remained in place.
Five fishermen have been treated for decompression in the hyperbaric chamber LINK
Since the seasonal ban on lobster fishing ended nearly two months ago, five fishermen have been treated for decompression, which they suffered while pursuing this activity, because they didn't respect the 'dive tables'.
There are concerns that the hyperbaric chamber needs maintenance, because some fishermen say it isn't operating at one hundred percent, and among its more urgent needs is a multipurpose manometer, which controls the supply of oxygen to the capsule.
According to the staff of the hyperbaric chamber, of the five fishermen who have been affected with decompression so far this season, all have been able to be treated without any long term consequences, and it is said that they have already recovered, although some of the them have not completed their sessions.
Of the five injured fishermen, three are members of Isla Mujeres fishing cooperatives and the other two are from Puerto Juarez or Cancun cooperatives. One of the affected fishermen is Rafael Maldonado, 33, of the "Caribe" fishing coop, who arrived at the treatment capsule with symptoms in his right leg, and Table 5 treatment was applied to him, and he was able to leave after the application of a single session.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
Maintaining Isla Mujeres as the most secure municipality in Isla Mujeres
Thanks to the joint work of the three levels of government; at the local level, special attention has been given to police training and certification.
To ensure the welfare of the families of Isla Mujeres and visitors to this municipality, the government led by Juan Carrillo Soberanis, through the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, under police chief Jaime Ongay Ortiz, is working to maintain this tourist destination as the safest in Quintana Roo.
The police chief said that under instructions from the Mayor, the police officers are receiving ongoing training, so that in upcoming months they can obtain the Certificado Único Policial, which is granted to officers who have the knowledge and basic training to respond efficiently to emergencies.
He said, "Isla Mujeres is one of the safest municipalities in the entire state and that is thanks to the fact that we have reinforced our police force and redoubled our efforts to maintain constant vigilance. It is important that each officer is trained and prepared, so that citizens can be certain that their police have the capacity to respond promptly and appropriately to calls for assistance."
He explained that each officer in the police department must pass tests (exámenes de control y confianza) and when entering the ranks of this unit, rigorous filters are applied to select those who are the most qualified and prepared to serve the citizenry.
Currently more than 40 municipal officers are in training courses, so that they will be more prepared to provide island families and visitors with the security they deserve and need.
Canicula (Dog Days)
Noti Isla Mujeres
Video of Community Hospital Director giving advice about symptoms and prevention of heat stress during the heat wave of "Canicula" (Dog Days). (This information has been translated previously).
There is a graphic about how to fold a hammock (It's like tying up an electrical cord. You start at one end, fold several loops, and wrap the other end around and thru.)
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Tourism industry benefits from weather
Sector turístico beneficiado con el clima . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Weather conditions have been excellent for all types of nautical activities, and the port has been open for general navigation without any restrictions since June 18. This is expected to continue at least until the first week of August.
However the nautical cooperatives offering tours have not achieved 100% capacity. They attribute this to the entry into the market of the two other ferry companies, which has caused many tourists to go to the Maritime Terminal in Puerto Juarez, where they buy tours from the nautical tourism cooperatives located at that Terminal. (Since the Magana Ferry went out of business, tourists have gone to the Gran Puerto Maritime Terminal to catch a ferry, not the Puerto Juarez Maritime Terminal, until Naveganto and Marinsa began operations.) The cooperatives in Puerto Juarez are operating at capacity, and the customers they turn away are advised to take a ferry to the isle and to purchase a nautical tour once they reach the island.
From an early hour on Tuesday, the ferries of the three companies were nearly at capacity and Ultramar increased the frequency of its crossings, with up to three of its boats at the dock at times. It is alleged that they are forcing visitors in Gran Puerto to buy a round trip ticket, because they are aware that many would return on another company's boat to take advantage of the lower rates offered to national tourists.
Now that the "Isla Blanca" ferry has received authorization, it is transporting hundreds of visitors, in addition to vehicles and cargo (from Punta Sam). Some tourists arrive carrying backpacks and suitcases, who intend to stay overnight, but most are just visiting for the day, to enjoy a few hours on the beaches which are practically free of sargasso.
The beaches weren't busy in the early morning hours, but there were many people enjoying the sand and water in the afternoon, especially Mexican tourists, who arrived in long lines, then quickly spread out across Playa Centro, with some choosing to rent an umbrella and lounge chair, or table and chairs on this Blue Flag beach. It is noted that that this should not be allowed, because one of the conditions of the Blue Flag designation is to have free palapa services, in addition to bathrooms and showers, which are non-existent, according to Por Esto.
The travel agencies and modules reported very good demand for the tours to observe and swim with the whale sharks, as well as fishing, diving and snorkeling tours, which are requested almost equally by national and foreign tourists.
Tourists were observed walking thru the streets and shopping for souvenirs. The restaurants are doing a good business, especially in the evenings, when few tables are left empty, according to the headwaiter at a well known local restaurant.
Ensuring tranquility during the vacation season
Garantiza tranquilidad en estas vacaciones [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Weather helps nautical tour operators, but not lobster fishermen
Hombres del mar desfavorecidos .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
While this calm, hot weather is beneficial for nautical tourism, and the port has been open for general navigation, these conditions don't favor the lobster fishermen. In this weather, the crustaceans remain hidden among the rocks, and the fishermen must dive deeply to find them, which puts them at risk for decompression illness. This has happened to five divers since the season began at the first of this month, of whom three were from the island and two were from Cancun. This occurs when they surface in a hurry and don't respect the diving tables.
The lobster fishermen are waiting impatiently for the arrival of the nortes, (fronts from the north that occur later in the year) whose winds and currents cause the lobsters to migrate and move, making them more abundant and easier to capture.
The weather has been predominately hot, with clear or partly cloudy skies, and some sporadic rainfall in June and early July. The port has been open for general navigation without restrictions since June 18th, and this is expected to continue at least until the first week in August. The calm seas have been favorable for providers of nautical tourism services including snorkeling, observing and swimming with the whale shark, and diving. The most requested tours are to the reefs of el Farito, as well as the Underwater Museum, MUSA. They return very pleased by the clarity of the water, and the tranquility of the waves.
Temperatures have been around 32 degrees, with the sensation of feeling like 37 degrees, which was the case on Tuesday.
Isla Mujeres is internationally famous
La fama de Isla Mujeres rebasa fronteras [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The fame of Isla Mujeres goes beyond borders and there are several producers, both national and foreign, interested in using the stunning scenarios offered by this vacation destination to record reality shows, advertising spots and programs "de divulgación" (lit. 'of divulgation', which is defined as publishing, disclosing, raising public awareness)
These activities began last month, with the recording of the reality show "Beachfront Bargain Hunt", produced by Riviera Maya Films, which took place in the beach area from June 19th to 26th.
Yesterday, the production company WabiProductions came to the island to shoot a spot for the "Gillette" brand, with locations at the eastern malecon sea walkway and at Sac-Bajo.
On June 28, (sic) the production company Fonk Town plans to shoot a "EuroJackpot 2018" television spot, focused on the National Lottery in the Czech Republic
And finally, the production company Riviera Maya Films, in collaboration with the National Geographic channel, will shoot the Explorer series, which will take place August 1st thru the 20th.
The offices of the State Human Rights Commission in Isla Mujeres is closed from July 23 to August 3, and will be open to the public on August 6th, but the official Martha Patricia Ku will be available via the emergency number 075.
|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
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)