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The captions says Isla Mujeres is a paradise and we work day by day so that the island families can count on the support of physical therapy with nursing services at home.
The caption says, "The Medico in your colonia program has helped more than 2400 people (on the island and the mainland). There are still many challenges ahead, we continue to work for the well-being of all and making future for the families of our municipality."
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Photos & it says Congratulations to the Cahuameros who beat the UADY basketball team 76 to 43.
The artificial turf for the soccer field has arrived and is expected to be installed this week (photos).
The graphic says our brothers in the northeast need our help. Donations needed include nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, bottled water, and diapers. Collection centers are Chedraui, Super Aki, and the municipal CRIM facility. Monday-Friday 9a-4p.
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The director of the Isla Mujeres Institute of Sports & Recreation, Vladimir Acosta, said installation of the synthetic turf on the soccer field will now begin, since the materials have arrived. VIDEO
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Hyperbaric chamber has exceeded its useful lifetime
Cámara hiperbárica “se venció” [+] Ver masFull article at this link
There were nine decompression events this week, for a total of 31 so far this lobster season, although this is only the third month of the eight month season. None of these divers faced serious consequences after they received treatment in the hyperbaric chamber, according to those responsible for the treatments. They said this is the first time they have treated so many fishermen in a single week and called it "alarming". The most recent diver who was treated is the president of the "Isla Blanca" fishing cooperative, who arrived with a mild case of decompression with pain in one arm.
The hyperbaric chamber recently received maintenance, but there are concerns because it has passed its useful lifetime. It was installed in 1999, with funds provided by state and municipal authorities.
At the end of the last lobster season, more than 60 decompressed fishermen were treated, which could be surpassed this year. There are concerns that the increased usage of the chamber could raise the risk of an accident, because the iron with which the capsule is made could be affected or broken by the pressure to which it is subjected.
Welcoming autumn to Isla Mujeres
Bienvenido el otoño a IM[+] Ver masFull article at this link
The good weather is expected to continue on Sunday. (It is.). On the part of North Beach where sargasso had arrived, there was an intense cleaning effort from Sept. 17 to 21, with support from three machines, a backhoe, a beach sweeper and raker. Throughout the week, personnel worked to clean 120 linear meters of beach, removing 80 tons of brown sargasso. They started very early and worked late into the night.
The head of ZOFEMAT (The Federal Zone agency) in Isla Mujeres, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, explained that it was necessary to rent three dump trucks to remove all the sargasso, and although the beaches are in optimal conditions for the time being, she said that the work to keep them clean will not stop. She expressed her gratitude to the municipal workers who participated, who included personnel with the DIF social service agency, and to the volunteers who helped.
See weather section below regarding TS Kirk &Tr opical Depression #11.
Mundaca hacienda in poor condition
Desvalijan la hacienda Mundaca [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The lighting system isn't functioning at the Mundaca hacienda because the cables have been stolen, presumably for their copper. It is assumed the thieves entered the property near Playa Lanchero, where the mesh-wire gate has appeared to have been broken into, for quite some time. The bathroom facilities are not in condition to be used, and the alternate road at the southern part of the property is overgrown with weeds and litter, which provides access to the main garden of the pirate Fermin Mundaca.
Tour guides who show visitors around downtown complain that this potential tourist attraction is in bad shape, and lacks an orientation map or staff to provide information. The hacienda consists of 15 hectares and includes some foundations of Mayan ruins, as well as the arches and wells built by the Spanish pirate and slave-trader. It is presumed that the Mayan buildings were dismantled so their stones could be used for the construction of Mundaca's home and ranch, about 175 years ago. They have also located some underground Mayan (water) storage containers called "Chultunes".
In 2014, the federal government spent 15 million pesos for a fence around the perimeter and construction of a palapa. At that time, field work was carried out by the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History), the Mayan foundations were discovered. Nine years ago there were some statues installed of a Mayan family hut and a woman kneeling in natural childbirth. The City has stopped charging the 20 peso or $2 dollar entrance fee.
Anti-bullying & other awareness programs at middle school
Conciencia colectiva contra el bullying[+] Ver masFull article at this link
During "Adolescent Week" various awareness programs were carried out at the middle school, Benito Juarez, including anti-bullying and healthy eating, among others. Specialists participated in interactive meetings with the school's 16 groups, and violence prevention contests were held, as well as talks about healthy eating. Other topics included prevention of bullying, sexting, child-grooming, misdemeanors & crimes, and included providing training tools for the students about these issues, according to the director of the school, Carlos Canto.
Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to weaken in the mid to late part of the week, after strengthening during the next day or two. It's moving west at 18 mph with minimum sustained winds of 40 mph, extending outward up to 70 miles, according to the NHC this morn.
Tropical Depression #11 is poorly organized & expected to dissipate in the next day or so.
We're having blue skies, sunshine & calm seas this morn on the isle.
Discussion of TS Kirk (excerpts):
.Low- to mid-level ridging over the eastern Atlantic is expected to cause Kirk to move faster toward the west during the next couple of days, reaching speeds of at least 25mph in 24-36 hours. A reduction in speed is likely after 48 hours, once Kirk moves south of a large central Atlantic trough, but it should still be moving along at a pretty good clip.
The biggest limiting factors for intensification would be the cyclone's fast motion and possible entrainment of dry air. Like every other tropical cyclone which has approached the Lesser Antilles from the east this season, Kirk is expected to run into strong westerly shear in 4-5 days, resulting in weakening as the cyclone gets closer to the islands.
It is possible that Kirk may open up (weaken) into a trough as it is approaching the Lesser Antilles and moving into the eastern Caribbean Sea, but for now the official forecast maintains Kirk as a tropical storm through day 5.
|View from the rooms.|
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|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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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
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
Friday, Sept. 14 Independence Day parade on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's monument. Starting around 8a, maybe 9a. Traffic will be detoured to Juarez for a couple hours.
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
The bands playing for the Independence celebrations on the Town Square on Saturday night will be Grupo Mojado & Megaboom. Tables are on sale at the Office of Public Relations from 10a to 4p, and there is a phone number & extension for more information. Your entire family is invited to come and celebrate! Grito at 11p, fireworks, then live music & partying all night long.
Sunday, Sept. 16 Independence Day
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 The Mayor's second municipal Report will be given on Sept. 19th at 4pm on the Town Square, according to the caption with this graphic, which says the City Council will have a special session at 4:30 on the Town Square.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 There will be a national earthquake simulation, preceded by a moment of silence for the victims of the 2017 earthquake, and afterwards you are invited to raise your right fist as a symbol of unity and brotherhood among the people of Mexico
Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox
Saturday, Sept 22 Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs UADY in a basketball game at the Convention Center 8p
Sunday, Sept. 23 Isla Mujeres Cocteleros will play the Puerto Morelos Baseball Boys at the El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui) at 1pm
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
Sunday, Sept. 30 Installation of the new City Council at 3:30p outside the Casa de la Cultura, which is on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.
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)