Sunday, September 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Sunday, September 2

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During this holiday season we received more than 584,000 visitors in our Isla Mujeres representing 25 % more than last year. VIDEO  


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Photos of the procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre.

Video of playa el Riito (in front of hotel Mia) and North Beach, noting that tourists from many places, near and far, are enjoying the beach and that the beaches are free of sargasso.

Street scene VIDEO, with the reporter explaining he is showing some of the various services available in Isla Mujeres.  VIDEO    

VIDEO from inside a Marinsa ferry.

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  A group of people arrived at Isla mujeres to perform different activities, such as cleaning of beaches and prayer, among others. VIDEO  

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Procession for the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre  
Procesión a la virgen de la Caridad del Cobre [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Most of this information has already been translated. It is noted that the wooden icon was sculpted by a Cuban artist and donated by the government of Cuba in 1998, when Isla Mujeres became a sister city with Old Havana.
   The congregation  were given bracelets to wear as part of the security system instigated by Civil Protection. Members of the procession returned shortly after noon, and included Catholics from other parts of the area who participate annually, as well as local islanders.
     Also, a group of about 200 young people, and several parents, traveled to Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen and Cozumel to pass out literature about their religion, share prayers, and clean up the beach on Sunday. They are from a Presbyterian church and visiting for two days.

Concerns about coastal road due to erosion and risk in a hurricane 
Camino al borde del precipicio[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    There are concerns because the coastal road is very near to the cliffs in some areas, which are eroding, and could be damaged in the next hurricane. The areas near the propane station is mention, as well as the road in front of the Isla 33 condos. In general, there is a section of about 1.5 kilometers at risk, which needs shoring at several points, according to Por Esto, and the effects of the strongest hurricanes, Gilberto & Wilma are noted. 

25% more visitors during summer vacation season 
El verano recibió 25% más visitantes. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The increase in tourism during this summer vacation period was  25% higher than the same period last year, which was influenced by the fact that the two swimming beaches of Isla Mujeres were free of sargasso, while others in the Mexican Caribbean were full of seaweed. 
   It is reported that during this period, Isla Mujeres received 584,499 passengers, which is an increase of 25.6% over the same period in 2017, when there wee 465,499.
   There was an increase in hotel occupancy with 3405 occupied rooms, which is 4% more than last year.  Currently hotel occupancy is over 50 percent.

Senior citizens dance for Grandparents Day  
Bailan los abuelos en su día [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   Members of the Senior Citizens group, Glub de la Gente Grande, danced at the Town Square on Friday, to commemorate Grandparents Day, at an event organized by the City and enjoyed by hundreds of local families. There was a competition with different categories, and the names of the participants are given. The winners are: "Abuelito and Abuelita Isla Mujeres 2018" are Hermelinda Martínez Pastrana and Vicencio Pech Cruz. "Abuelito y Abuelita Fotogénicos" are Clemente Baena Martínez and Edilta Del Socorro Polanco. And "Abuelito and Abuelita Simpatia" are Vicencio Pech Cruz and Delia Graniel Chalé.


Remember last hurricane season when Harvey went south of us across the Yucatan Peninsula, Irma & Maria caused devastation among the isles of the eastern Caribbean, and then Nate passed between Isla & Cuba?

The NHC has named the sixth Atlantic storm, Florence (which is not a threat here & well to the east). It's been a quiet hurricane season, so far, as we move into the busier months, storm-wise, of September & October. (Meanwhile, in the Pacific, they're already up to their 13th named storm, with Hurricane Miriam.)
Last year, Harvey (#8) missed us on Aug. 22, intensifying in the Gulf to Category 4 & spending the rest of that month causing havoc in the US. (Second graphic). On today's date, Irma was intensifying into a Cat 5 hurricane, and spent early September mowing across the eastern Caribbean islands.
On Sept, 6th, for the first time in history, there were three Atlantic hurricanes at the same time, which continued for three days. There was a lot of activity in mid-September, and then Hurricane Maria formed & devastated the northeastern Caribbean, as the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide of 2017. She was the thirteenth named storm, eighth consecutive hurricane, fourth major hurricane, second Category 5 hurricane, and the deadliest storm of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
In early Oct, Nate passed between Cuba & Isla Mujeres as a tropical storm, to become the last hurricane in this region when he attained Category 1 status in the Gulf. The final Atlantic hurricane was Ophelia, who lost her tropical status when she headed east toward Ireland in mid-October.
The hurricane prep graphic doesn't mention that it's also handy to have gloves, masks, duct tape, extra plastic tarps or large bags, candles, lighters & matches, plenty of batteries & wet wipes, snacks, backpacks for evac, coolers (and fill baggies & containers w water & freeze), spare water for cleaning/flushing in buckets & bathtubs, portable grill & propane, and items to combat boredom like games, cards (& booze, ha). It's been 13 years since Wilma (when we had 3 hurricanes in two years). The next one will be the first hurricane for many of the residents who've moved here since then.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 

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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