Saturday, September 8, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Sept. 8

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For the sixth year we are having a very successful Lion Fish Culinary Competition!
Congratulations to all the participants! VIDEO  

NOTE:  A surprise this of the first place winners was a dessert!!
(There are two categories, whole fish & filet.) Not a ceviche, a cake!
From the chefs of Changuich, a new food cart in Salina Chica, whose sandwiches & weekend ribs (7p-12a) have quickly gained a following.


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Burglary of new lottery business in Isla Mujeres LINK  
 When an employee of the new lottery business downtown business arrived on Friday morning, she found that the door was partly opened, and when she entered, she found that about 1000 pesos had been taken and some scratch off lottery tickets. The events seem strange since the padlock on the front door was not forced and was closed, however there are security cameras. As of noon, a report had not been made with the police or the prosecutor's office. It is noted that no arrests have been made from the recent robbery at the gas station.

Month for making wills (discounts for citizens) VIDEO  

Increased tourism at Pueblos Magicos such as Isla Mujeres  LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Tomorrow, Sunday, at 12:30p, the Isla Mujeres "Cocteleros" will play the team from the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas at the baseball field in front of Chedraui.(Photo w caption)

Photos & article about the 6th Lion Fish Culinary competition on the Town Square last evening (no results given)

Photo showing trash which was left near the Town Hall.

Street scenes from yesterday with blue skies & tourists, captioned "Come & enjoy Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico" 

VIDEO for International Day of Manatees 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

PRI party president VIDEO saying they will provide workers with free coffee and bread in front of their office at 7:30 am.

VIDEO of the president of the business owners organization (CANACO) saying during this low time for tourism some 20 businesses have closed temporarily.

VIDEO with caption saying Cablemas plans to increase rates for internet and TV in Isla Mujeres by 5.5% on October 1st.
IM Noticias   
Burglary of new lottery business in Isla Mujeres (article & photos)

Restaurants with reduced business (article & photos)  

Schedule of events for Independence Day celebrations to be announced in upcoming days (article & photos)  See Events schedule below for the usual events...and watch it for an update.   

Business owners organization says second vehicle ferry is good for the community (photos & article) 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Restaurateurs feel effects of low season  
Golpeado el sector gastronómico+] Ver masFull article at this link
      The owners of small hotels also report they are experiencing the annual "slump". 

There is no excuse  
Ya no hay pretexto. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Por Esto says that now that Ultramar is also providing cargo-vehicular service to Punta Sam, the municipal Public Services department should accelerate removal of the accumulated garbage at the Trash Transfer facility, saying they can no longer use the excuse that there is a lack of sufficient space on the Maritima ferries. It is noted that after the increased trash production of the summer holiday season, there is now about 1000 tons of accumulated trash, and Por Esto suggests that cargo vehicles be hired to carry out a final cleaning as was previously done several months ago, by the municipal authorities.
   The Ultracarga II and Ultracarga III are providing service to Punta Sam, in addition to the "Isla Blanca" ferry of the company Maritima Isla Mujeres. It is noted that there is space on the ferries and the waiting times have reduced.
       There are concerns about the odors from the accumulated trash, as well as the risk of contamination of the subsoil by leachates, and then the potential risk to the nearby beach, which is visited by more and more tourists.

Cahuameros preparing for upcoming basketball season 
Cahuameros se prepara a todo vapor [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The season is tentatively expected to begin on October 6th, and competing teams will be from Merida, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen, among others, for games which will take place at the Convention Center, where the support of the fans will help meet the expenses for the away games.

November clinic for Isla Mujeres diabetics  
Preparan atención masiva a diabéticos [+] Ver masFull article at this link

    A volunteer group that has been helping Isla Mujeres diabetics for nine years is preparing for their event in early November, when they will use the facilities of the municipal DIF social service agency to provide greater coverage for this altruistic program.
       During the first week in November, the "Isla Diabetics Clinic" group plans to hold one clinic on the island at the Center for Attention to Domestic Violence (CAVI), and another at the DIF facility in the Continental Zone on the mainland.
     This is the second year that this group of foreign and Mexican volunteers have received municipal support, which helps the program reach out farther into the community, to help residents of all ages who are affected by this disease. The nonprofit organization has held clinics over the past nine yeas at several sites, including the Red Cross, Community Hospital, and facilities of the DIF. During that time, the group has provided assistance and treatment for more than 1400 diabetics of Isla Mujeres.
     At the two clinics held in November of last year, more than 500 patients were treated. The volunteers include nurses, paramedics, doctors,social workers, and nutritionists, who offer glucose testing and education, as well as providing free glucometers, testing supplies, and reading glasses. They have also distributed meters and testing supplies to the island's EMT's, ambulances, professionals in training, and to the Community Hospital.
      They have a great need for donations, especially meters & strips for the brands "Contour", "Contour Next", and "One Touch". They accept donations to buy test strips, with $75us paying for 300 strips, which is enough for one patient for one year. There is more information here: LINK to Isla Diabetes Clinic on FB.  LINK to website


Blocked access to be inspected  
Inspeccionarán andador bloqueado+] Ver mas
    An access to the coast near Punta Sur was recently blocked by an individual, causing controversy, since it had previously been public. In the public data base of the Urban Development Department, is does not appear as having been sold, and therefore it would still be considered public, according to the head of that department,  Nivardo Fernández Martínez.
       While he confirmed that his agency had recently intervened in a similar case in colonia Meteorologica to regain a public access from an individual claiming it as theirs, he said he was not familiar with the case of the cross street/access known as "La Tortuga", which connects the Bay with the perimeter road, the road to Garrafon. In Meteorologica, the residents complained to Por Esto, and when Mr. Fernandez was advised, his agency closed the work by a private individual who had begun to level the land, and full access was recovered. 
          When the official was shown the photographs concerning this section of about 100 meters, which apparently an individual is claiming as his property, with the entire Federal Zone, the Mr. Fernandez offered to act accordingly.
         Residents in the area are concerned and complain about a nearby road in Punta Sur which they say was sold by former Mayor Paulina Adame. There is another lot in that area that nearby residents want defined, to designate exactly where the public access areas are located. 
Collision between two golf carts
Choque entre carros de golf rentados [+] Ver mas
  The accident occurred on the road to Garrafon, with minimal damage and no injuries, and the Traffic police were called to the scene, where initial reports indicate it was caused by one of the drivers being distracted, hitting the other vehicle whose driver had reduced speed for a speed bump.


Currently, there are no threats to our region, but of the three storms, it's #9 that's going westward, and expected to develop into TS Issac today and a hurricane by Sunday, while it's too early to guess his track into the Caribbean.

This morning, NHC has advisories for TS Florence, TS Helene & TD #9. Regarding #9 (presumably soon to be Isaac), the NHC says: DEPRESSION EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY OVER THE EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC...The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected later today, and that general motion at a slightly faster forward speed is forecast to continue through the weekend and into early next week.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today and a hurricane by early next week.
Here's a discussion of the factors that could influence Issac's track ("Friday evening Sept. 7", starts at minute 1:10 to 7:30): (This is from an individual, not the NHC)
(Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday, but isn't predicted to come westward, & the US east coast is watching Florence.)
Currently, there are no threats to our region, but of the three storms, it's #9 that's going westward, and it's too early to guess his track into the Caribbean.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Sept. 24   6:46
Sept. 25   7:24
Sept. 26  8:02
Sept. 27  8:42
 Sept. 28   9:25
  Sept. 29  10:11 
 Sept. 30  11:02
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p to ~6:30p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~630
September Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). September is the Mes de la Patria/patriotic month, celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain

Saturday, Sept. 1 Boat procession to Isla Contoy taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the Fishermen's camp there departing from the concrete pier at 8am after the Mass at 7am and the procession from the Church of Immaculate Conception. 19th annual edition.

Saturday, Sept. 1 Weekly plogging event to clean up litter, meeting at the park "Hormiguitas Oberas", to continue cleaning at Salina Grande lake 8a-10a.

Sunday, Sept. 2 RESCATE skating event on the hill by Julio Saury grade school 10a-3p, followed by a drone video then a BBQ at the RESCATE site in Sac Bajo, at the old Cristalmar hotel next to Playa Tiburon, with a raffle for youth, live music, and circus performers until 8p.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 Last day to register for the lionfish competition

Friday, Sept. 7 Lionfish culinary competition at the Town Square starting at 6pm

Saturday, Sept. 8  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 8 Rockabilly Festival from Cancun at Mayan Beach Club starting at 2p

Saturday, Sept. 15  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 15 Celebration on the Town Square for Independence with the reading of the Grito by the Mayor who rings the bell. Probably with fireworks, performers, live music & dancing, and crowning of Miss Independencia. Schedule TBA

Sunday, Sept. 16 Independence Day There is usually a parade on Rueda Medina starting at 8a

Monday, Sept. 17 End of the Whale Shark tour season. The licensees and their families usually have a celebration on the weekend after it closes and a Mass to express their gratitude.  
Saturday, Sept. 22  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox

Thursday, Sept. 27 World Tourism Day  There may be an event to commemorate the anniversary of becoming a Pueblo Magico

Saturday, Sept. 29 Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

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.

  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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