Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 7

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Our commitment is that children, young people and adults of Isla Mujeres are protected during the high temperatures during the dog days of summer (canícula), therefore we are offering three medical clinics where they may receive free medical consultations and medicines. VIDEO  Captions say: We've provided three medical clinics for the community

Tuesday, August 7 at 4:30p: Inauguration of the Pet Friendly Beach  On the coast below the Telmex tower. Captions: Don't miss the opening of the first beach where you can safely take your pet!


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North Beach & Playa Centro remain free of sargasso, it's an increasing problem in other areas of the state.
TVIM reports: This week the first barrier will be placed by Punta Nizuk in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) to divert the arrival of sargasso, and then they will be installed at the coasts of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual, and Puerto MorelosLINK 

        According to research centers, academics and the government, the best way to address the sargasso situation is to divert and contain it at sea, to prevent it from reaching the beaches, said the Director of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA) Alfredo Arellano. Following an announcement by Governor Carlos Joaquín, this week the first barrier will be placed on the coastline at Punta Nizuc in Benito Juárez.
         Mr. Arellano said that on Monday, August 6, a meeting was held between his agency, SEMA, and the Commission of Natural Protected Areas, and the private company that will place the barriers which will allow diverting the sargasso, to prevent it from arriving to the coast. At the meeting, locations of the installation of the first barrier were specified. Later, other barriers will be placed along the coast of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual and Puerto Morelos.
         He explained, "By returning the sargasso to the currents through the barriers, we will avoid the excessive arrival of this vegetation, which, when it makes contact with the sand of the beaches and with the passage of time, can cause changes in the balance of the exposed ecosystems. In this way, by protecting the beauty of our coasts to have a healthy environment, we ensure there are more and better opportunities for the residents of Quintana Roo "
       "We are doing an updated analysis of the marine currents, of the crosscurrents and of winds, with which we've produced models to find the most vulnerable zones and the barrier will be placed based on this information. It will be anchored to the marine subsoil, but with the possibility to remove it to be used during the next seasonal arrival of sargasso," he said.
        It is noted that the collection of sargasso will continue on the beaches, and from June 19 to August 6 there were 124,030 cubic meters collected.

In State news: Official certification in governmental offices to improve service and security LINK 
Certification levels are Silver for offices that meet 80 to 95 percent of the parameters; Gold for those who get less than 100 and up to 95 percent; and Platinum for those who meet 100 percent.
     Due to complaints about governmental offices during previous administrations, accusing them of   opacity,  and of having services whose procedures, requirements, response time and costs were not accessible, nor in a format that was easy for users to understand. 
        Therefore, the State Comptroller will check that the offices of the different departments and agencies of the state government, inspecting whether they are in compliance with a series of parameters such as: location, access and accessibility; visible institutional signage, availability of signs in Braille ; informative signs with data of the holder by administrative unit; suggestion box, complaints and satisfaction of the service. They will also consider the availability of services and attitudes of the public servants, the hours and days they are available to the public, and an organizational chart with the complete information and photos of the public servants, as well as placing ads, posters or notice about the Complaint Line.

Hoteliers want information from CFE about the status of the submarine cables  LINK 
          Gerardo Magaña Barragán, Vice President of the association "Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres" said that the situation in Isla Mujeres is worrisome, where the blackouts have become a common problem and it is worse that there has been no response from the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission). He said that 95 percent of the hotels in Isla Mujeres do not have emergency power plants or generators, thus making them the most harmed during the power cuts.
    He explained that the summer season is not really very good for them, since it is mostly tourists who visit for the day, therefore it is impossible to consider spending the money to acquire a generator.

Authorities were mobilized after two tourists went swimming at Punta Sur. Fortunately nothing bad happened. (photos)

The second edition of the"3 Nations" Basketball Tournament concluded successfully LINK
   The tournament took place Thursday thru Sunday in Cancun and Isla Mujeres between five teams. The guest teams were the Running Rebels from Belize; the Docta from Córdoba, Argentina; and the Tequileros from Jalisco, México, while the hosting teams were the Ingenierías from Cancún, who were champions of the First Level Municipal League and the Marlins of Isla Mujeres, who are champions in the Quintana Roo Basketball League.
     During the tournament, the five teams each had two victories and two defeats, and it was a friendly tournament, in which all were given recognition. At the final games, the Isla Mujeres Marlins beat the Cancun Ingenierias with a score of 79-72, at the stadium in Cancun, Kuchil Baxal.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos of the stairway and palapas being built by the city for the Pet Friendly Beach whose captions says: For island families to enjoy and to have more alternatives for their healthy leisure, the City of Isla Mujeres provides a space on the beach located in front of the municipal slaughterhouse, which will have palapas and an access ladder for greater comfort of users.

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The papeleria stores of Isla Mujeres are expecting an increase in sales, with classes about to resume. VIDEO   of an interview with a merchant at a papeleria, who says business is still slow and the lists of required supplies for the primary schools haven't been released yet, and he explains their discounts, which are available for all from primary to high school and are a 20% discount for the list of supplies, and credit card payments with 3 to 6 months interest-free.

VIDEO of the procession with the icon of the Patron Saint of Isla Mujeres whose caption says: The beginning of a celebration in honor of the assumption Virgin of Immaculate Conception, after she was taken down from her niche and the procession went around downtown.  In the VIDEO, Father Raul explains that there are two celebrations, one on the 15th of August and the other on the 8th of December.

IM Noticias   

   INAH needs to preserve the historical ruins in the municipality of Isla Mujeres  (article & photos)
  Isla Mujeres historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid said it is unfortunate that the cultural heritage of the community is about to be lost, and nothing is being done by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Of particular concern is the convent of Boca Iglesias, which is about to collapse, as well as the Mundaca Hacienda on the isle which lack 70 percent of its archeological rescue, and the Punta Sur ruin which is only used by tourists to climb on for photos, and he says El Meco is simply been abandoned. He says there are also about 50 archeological or historical remains in the jungle around Rancho Viejo and Francisco May (in the Continental Zone of the municipality) which are also neglected and unidentified. 
   He said a meeting was held with INAH a year ago, where many good intentions were expressed, but so far none of them have been achieved. He said, "Hopefully we will not have to regret the collapse of the convent of Boca Iglesias, which was built for more than 500 years ago, since it is an important part of the history of Isla Mujeres."

 Controversies concerning outages and their causes  (article & photos) 

Increasing complaints about taxi service   (article & photos, and there are many complaints in the comments under the previous article about a proposed increase in rates awaiting approval from SINTRA.) 


Isla Mujeres Hoy / Juan Manuel Valdez Sanchez reports:

Pet Friendly Beach in Isla Mujeres will open Tuesday
    The Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), Kerem Pinto Aguilar, reported that as an initiative of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis and in order to put Isla Mujeres at the forefront, a Pet Friendly Beach will be opened where islanders can take their pets to enjoy the sea. It will be located along the coast below the Telmex cell tower, and the inauguration will take place on Tuesday, August 7th at 4:30pm.
  Ms. Pinto Aguilar said, "It fills us with great pride that Isla Mujeres is one of the few beach destinations in all Mexico and the second in Quintana Roo, after Cancun, to feature a special beach for pets."

   The officials said that this destination is at the forefront in offering its inhabitants and visitors inclusive beaches where they can spend time enjoying natural attractions while experiencing healthy recreation.
   On this beach for pets, users will be able to enjoy an area for games and a area area where they can rest while watching their pets. For more security, there will be regulated hours when it is open and when it is closed.
      The Municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to work to offer citizens beaches that are suitable for everyone, and the importance of this is demonstrated by having one beach with the Blue Flag award (Playa Centro) and another with the White Flag designation (North Beach).

The City is providing three palapa "umbrellas" for shade, as well as stairs for access, trash cans, and a sign.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An advisory from IMN&E: When you enjoy this beach with your family, it is a good idea to your shoes on & be careful to avoid contact with sand that may be contaminated from feces. Here in the tropics, you can catch a parasitic skin disease from contaminated sand, called Cutaneous Larva Migrans. The incubation period can be a month or longer, but usually the creeping, wavy 'track' appears within a week after penetration by the hookworm larvae. There is often intense itchiness and mild swelling along the migrating track, which usually occurs on feet and buttocks, but any skin surface having contact with contaminated sand can be affected.
It's considered self-limiting, since the migrating larvae usually die within 5-6 weeks, but secondary infections or cellulitis can cause complications. It's diagnosed by it characteristic appearance, and is effectively treated with Albendazole. Prevention is by wearing shoes, protective clothing, and using barriers such as towels when sitting on the beach.
This information is from the CDC:


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

CONANP expresses appreciation to volunteers who assisted in the fin whale rescue  
Agradece la Conanp apoyo en rescate de ballena[+] Ver masFull article at this link 
The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) thanked the more than 40 people who were involved in the recent rescue of a young fin whale, that was18 meters long and became stranded in the shallow water in front of  the fishing camp of Isla Contoy National Park.These volunteers, he said, participated in the rescue of the specimen, which required special care because of its enormous size. "After 15 minutes of swimming, the whale reached a speed of 20 knots and moved away from Isla Contoy".The specialists also confirmed the optimum state of health of the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), in collaboration with elements of the Network for Stranded Marine Mammals of Quintana Roo.
  The rest of the whale information in this article has already been translated. 
 Por Esto notes: The National Park (PN) Isla Contoy is the most important refuge of marine birds in the Mexican Caribbean, its lagoons and low jungles are home to more than 152 species of migratory birds. Among its emblematic species are:  red and black mangroves; the leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles; frigates;  brown pelicans,  tricolored herons (I think, "garza roja"),  and laughing gulls.In 1998, the island was declared a National Park and since then human activities are only allowed in 5 percent of its surface, which includes a fishermen's camp, the Visitor Center and the Naval camp.

City to inaugurate "Dog Friendly Beach"
Prepara el municipio nuevo balneario popular] Ver masFull article at this link
See translation above about the Dog Friendly Beach. Por Esto notes:  It will be necessary for Civil Protection to cordon off the swimming area and to warn that the waves are much stronger in front of the open sea, and when the seasons change, swimming becomes difficult. It would only open in summer, because generally, during the rest of the year, the sea currents are often unsafe for swimming.

Large numbers of tourists are arriving  
Llegada masiva de turismo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Good weather continued on Monday   
Se mantiene el buen clima[+] Ver masFull article at this link

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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 
Aug  1  10:45
Aug  2  11:23

Aug 26   7:32
Aug 27   8:10
Aug 28   8:46
Aug 29   9:24
 Aug 30  10:02 
Aug 31  10:42
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25 to ~7:05 (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~6:20 to ~630
August Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Saturday, August 4 The Plogging volunteers will meet at the Mundaca Hacienda at 8am, and clean up from there until they reach Zama Beach Club, where they will enjoy soft drinks and fruit. A reminder to bring you reusable water bottle and to wear gym shoes.

Sunday, August 5 on the Town Square at 8p Dance troupes and singers from Isla Mujeres and Cancun....Noches Magicas!     Cancelled. You're invited to attend next Sunday at 8p.

Friday, August 17   Events  celebrating the founding of the town TBA. Isla Mujeres was founded on August 17, 1850 as the town of Dolores, which is celebrated annually with events which include placing a wreath at the Cross in the Bay, and performances on the Town Square.

Sunday, August 26  The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others.

      The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') element of the four races, which take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
See website for more information: https://www.circuitomaya.mx/

Last year the Gastronomic Competition for Lionfish was held at the end of August.

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.

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