Thursday, September 13, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 13

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Ensuring the safety of citizens and tourists visiting Isla Mujeres is our greatest commitment.
Since the beginning of the current administration we have trained and equipped our policeLINK    
  Juan Carrillo Soberanis promotes police training to ensure the safety of island families
City press release: 

(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, September 12, 2018) .- Thanks to the coordinated work between the three levels of government, the Municipality of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, has delivered positive results in terms of security, thus ensuring the protection of all island families. 
    Since the beginning of the current municipal administration, the activities of the Department of Public Safety and Traffic, under the charge of Jaime Ongay Ortíz, have been reinforced; which has kept Isla Mujeres among the municipalities with the lowest incidence of crime in the state. 
     "Working hard and in coordination with the state and federal governments, we have facilitated our police becoming better trained and equipped; our main objective is that citizens are safe and that those who visit us can walk the streets with full confidence," said the mayor of the island. 
     Thanks to the efforts of Carrillo Soberanis and the support of the federal and state governments, the municipality was included in the assistance project of the Strengthening of Security Program (FORTASEG). 
    This allowed the number of officers in charge of maintaining security and caring for the heritage of island families to triple and incorporate more patrols, motorcycles and electric bicycles to expand surveillance coverage. 
    Likewise, in order to reinforce security throughout the municipality, constant training actions are carried out to the police officers, in addition to improving their working conditions with uniforms, tactical equipment and better salaries. 
     "For the officers of Public Security to perform a better job, they have been provided with the necessary equipment, and trained in Human Rights, attention to vulnerable groups, protocols for the attention to victims of family violence and gender, as well as about prevention," he said. 
     In addition, he explained that, in order to guarantee the correct citizen protection and the prevention of crimes, the elements that enter the Public Security and Traffic Directorate are subject to control and confidence assessments. 
      "Our goal is to favor the reconstruction of a strong and healthy social fabric through practices with the islanders that contribute to having a low incidence of crime in the municipality, and that our police conduct ongoing dynamic monitoring, intelligence work and have a strategic presence to preserve the public order and guarantee social peace," concluded Mr. Carrillo Soberanis.

The Mayor's second municipal Report will be given on Sept. 19th at 4pm on the Town Square.


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Article about police from City press release (see above), with photos.

Video of east coast of the island yesterday afternoon

The port was closed for small boats (photos)

Photos of whale shark statue.

Graphics for Sept 15 event and the Mayor's informe report. See events section 

There will be a national earthquake simulation on Sept. 19, 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 Mexicans.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of the Caribbean sea yesterday (It's much calmer today).

IM Noticias   

There is an article & photos about the PROFEPA operation...see the Por Esto section.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Navigational restrictions for small boats  
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  For the third consecutive day, on Wednesday the port was closed for small boats due to strong winds and waves of more than two meters at sea, due to a low pressure system affecting the Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico region. It is expected that the same restrictions could be applied on Thursday. If the effects are weaker in the Bay, trips may be authorized for the interior waters of the island.
  There is information about the system that has moved past us into the Gulf of Mexico, from the NHC, which is being monitored with chances of increasing in strength in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Pumps were activated for both Salina lakes  
Bombas de achique en las dos lagunas Salinas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     For prevention, the personnel of Civil Protection activated the two pumps on the Salina lakes on Wednesday at noon, to avoid flooding due to the rains caused by a low pressure system moving thru the area since Monday. It was expected that the pumps would run on "medium" for about 24 hours, since the water levels didn't indicate any risk of overflow and had only risen to 3 centimeters above the "zero" level. There was rain until about 2pm when it subsided. The pumps each remove about 20 liters per second, so about 144 cubic meters would be moved to the sea per hour, by each one.  The Director explained that they were operating at half capacity as a preventative measure, and that the current levels aren't risky. The pumps are activated when the levels reach 15 centimeters.
    Civil protection isn't expecting more rainfall, only some showers on Thursday. (At 10am, we're having blue skies, sunshine, and a pretty day, with a few whitecaps off the east coast). More rainfal could arrive next week from the effects of "Issac", and there is rain in the forecast for Saturday & Sunday, according to CONAGUA (National Water Commission).

Island affected by poor weather  
Mal tiempo afecta a la isla . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  There were no problems with absenteeism at the school for the morning shifts because there was no rain at an early hour. Visitors and local residents were using umbrellas and wearing rain coats to go about their routines.
      The afternoon shift of the Julio Sauri primary school was reduced because there was rain at 1pm. There was a medium amount rainfall in the morning at 11am, which was constant for 20 minutes, causing flooding on Rueda Medina, but not at the Hidalgo-Abasolo intersection, where the drainage network was working well. There was also no flooding in the low parts of the colonias of  La Gloria, Cañotal, Meteorológico, Salina Chica and Salina Grande, due to the preventative cleaning of the network done by the personnel of Civil Protection in recent times.
        There were some people on the beaches after the rain, but generally tourism activity was reduced, and few visitors were arriving on the ferries, in addition to the frequent users and workers. Only about 50 percent of the golf carts were rented, which is the main means of transportation for tourists wanting to visit the natural attractions of the island. At 2pm, there were only about 50 people on Playa Centro, then things improved and by 5pm there were hundreds of people on North Beach, according to "online monitoring".

Consumer Protection Agency conducts operation 
Operativo de la Profeco en la isla. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The Quintana Roo Delegation of the Federal Consumer Attorney's Office  conducted a two-day operation which concluded on Wednesday, and resulted in suspension seals being placed on three franchise stores and the propane vendor. The chain stores were fined for failure to exhibit their prices and failure to post the exchange rate for foreign currencies. These verifications are being done prior to the celebrations for Independence Day. 
     The operation consisted of six verification visits which resulted in at least eight suspension of sales stamps being placed at four businesses for failing to comply with the provisions of the Federal Law on Consumer Protection, with the main irregularities being that they did not display prices in view of the consumer. and did not exhibit the exchange rate of foreign currency. 
    This is part of a national effort which "aims to verify the correct commercial behavior of suppliers of goods and services related to this holiday such as restaurants, hotels, shops selling handicrafts & souvenirs, convenience & department stores, and tortillerías, among others "
    The operation began on Tuesday, with immobilizing sections of the franchise department stores of Electra, Dunosusa, and Chedraui, as well as "Z Gas". The operation concluded with a review of several domestic propane tanks, which found a detriment to the consumer of nearly 6 kilos per cylinder, and resulted in the immobilization of six cylinders which were being marketed at 20 kilograms. It was found that consumers are being charged up to 140 pesos for a product that is provided in incomplete cylinders. 
      The police supported the operation on Wednesday evening which took place on Adolfo Lopez Mateos Avenue, by the Post Office. The fine for the propane tanks could be between 44,180 pesos and 320,000 pesos according to the regulations. The PROFECO phone number and Facebook page name are given.


NHC says Tropical Storm Issac has weakened and may open up into a trough, becoming a tropical wave in upcoming days. There is a chance of regeneration in the western Caribbean, but at this point that's not predictable. It's moving west at 17 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. (It's no longer a Tropical Storm when maximum sustained winds drop below 39 mph.)
From the NHC this morn (excerpts):
 Data from a NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft that departed the
storm shortly before 0600 UTC indicated that the tropical storm has
weakened a little more. Wind measurements from the
plane also suggested that Isaac is close to opening up into a
tropical wave and its circulation is likely barely closed at the
surface.  Another P-3 mission is scheduled for this morning.
   Isaac is nearly completely devoid of deep convection at the moment.
Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continued
gradual weakening is expected. The dynamical guidance is now in fairly good
agreement on the intensity of Isaac for the next few days, and
nearly all of the models depict Isaac opening into a trough between
48 and 96 h.(Saturday to Monday)
  The NHC forecast conservatively maintains Isaac
through day 4 in an attempt to maintain some continuity, but it
is very possible that Isaac will open into a trough sooner than
indicated.  Some of the dynamical models suggest that regeneration
could occur in the western Caribbean, however the predictability of
such an event is too low to explicitly show in the forecast at this
   As long as Isaac remains a shallow cyclone, it should continue to be 
steered westward by the low-level trade wind flow, even if, or when, 
it opens up into a trough. 
(There are warnings & watches for the Lesser Antilles.Tropical-storm-force winds
 extend outward up to 160 miles from the center.)
INIT 13/0900Z 15.4N 59.7W 40 KT 45 MPH
12H 13/1800Z 15.5N 61.8W 35 KT 40 MPH
24H 14/0600Z 15.5N 64.8W 35 KT 40 MPH (Fri)
36H 14/1800Z 15.5N 67.8W 35 KT 40 MPH
48H 15/0600Z 15.4N 70.4W 35 KT 40 MPH(Sat)
72H 16/0600Z 15.6N 74.8W 35 KT 40 MPH (Sun)
96H 17/0600Z 16.9N 78.5W 30 KT 35 MPH (Mon)
120H 18/0600Z...DISSIPATED (Tue)

There's more graphics & links (including to the NHC advisories, discussion, etc) HERE  

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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
      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!

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.

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 the people of Mexico.
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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