Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 5

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Maritima vehicle-cargo-passenger ferry to Punta Sam announced new hours (see yesterday's edition) LINK  

Concerns that hyperbaric chamber has passed its useful life (see yesterday's translation) LINK  

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Installation of Pueblo Magico Citizen's Committee VIDEO  

Maritima ferry schedule (see yesterday's edition)

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Installation of Pueblo Magico Citizen's Committee (article & photo)
- In compliance with the rules of operation of the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR), on  Tuesday Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, along with the Director General of Destinations of SECTUR, Alberto Colorado Estrada, swore in the Citizen Committee of Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico for the next three years.  Diana Martínez Marquez is replacing Gerardo Magaña Barragán as president of the Committee. 
   It is noted that the number of visitors coming to Isla Mujeres increased by 24% (during the summer vacation period, compared to that period during 2017.) This is attributed to the warmth and quality of services by the tourism service providers, as well as the close working relationship of the three levels of government. It is also noted that Isla Mujeres was the first Pueblo Magico to receive recognition for the "First Productive Chain" ( ‘Primera Cadena Productiva’ ), and has maintained the Blue Flag & White Flag designations. 
   Names of officials at the event are given, as are the names of the Committee members.

The Director of the Reproductive Health Department of the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital, Leily Guadalupe Osorio extends an invitation to the citizenry to participate in the breast cancer screening campaignVIDEO   

Concern over privatization of former public street & access VIDEO  

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Concern over privatization of former public street & access (article & photos)

Maritima ferry schedule (see yesterday's edition)

Women are invited to participate in cancer screening campaign (article & photos)     


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Concerns that Ultramar is returning to its old practices 
Ultramar vuelve a sus viejas prácticas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Ultramar has put a second cargo-vehicle-passenger ferry into operation on the Punta Sam route, with low prices, in an attempt to put Maritima Isla Mujeres out of business, according to Por Esto, who notes that the company has been sanctioned twice in the past by COFECE for monopolistic practices. in 2009 for the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route, as well as the Cozumel-Playa del Carmen route. The three companies that covered that route were sanctioned for more than 20 million pesos by the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transportation)
   After a mechanical failure by the Maritima boat last week, the officials accelerated the entry of the Ultracarga III to serve that route, with a cargo rate that is 50 percent less than the competition, which Por Esto says it to annihilate the competition, take over the route, and then raise prices.

Privatization of another sea access 
Reclaman otra vía de paso al mar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   There is a street called "Tortuga, adjacent to the La Joya Hotel, where an access appears to have been privatized, and a steel barricade has been installed.  Neighbors say they have heard that the municipal government, sold the entire stretch of about 100 meters to the sea. They said they have heard that the owner is a real estate agent. There is also controversy over another road, where Hotel La Joya is located, among other businesses, that is parallel to the road to Garrafon, which was blocked during the 2002-2005 administration, and sold to a hotel, which angered the neighbors. That hotel is now in 'obra negro' (lit black work, unfinished & not in progress), for more than a decade, and some neighbors want it demolished to free up the road and recover the access to the north about 300 meters further. They blame officials who sold the property without prior consultation, who they say include former Mayors Paulino Adame and Manuela Godoy.
   It is noted that an access was recently recovered in colonia Meteorolgica, according to the Department of Urban Development, who ordered the cancellation of the leveling work that was being done on land there which would have been sold to a private individual, but the neighbors asked for its full restoration, and to allow the path to be available for use by the general public.

Businesses receiving more extortion calls 
Aumentan llamadas de extorsión a empresarios [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Por Esto reports that recently there have more extortion calls to businesses asking for protection money, and one of the numbers has been reported to the Federal Police who specialize in this type of crime. (The number is given, which has been blocked and is said to belong to a residence in Cancun.
   It is recommended that business owner not answer any suspicious calls, and they are advised to proceed in reporting those numbers, which can be done anonymously. . People can report any calls directly to federal agencies.
     Calls have been received by businesses downtown, in the colonias, and by foreigners living in Punta Sur. Several have recorded the messages, which include threats, and are said to be from members of a particular cartel, whose name is given.
   The family of one business owner said they were going to reside in Canada because these calls made the whole family uneasy. The municipal police confirmed that several extortion calls have been received in the past two years, and the phone numbers were reported, and in many cases they are made from the interior of the country. But now the numbers appear to be from this region.
   Por Esto notes that there is increased insecurity on the island in recent weeks after there were two incidents of execution in the public streets

Women's health campaign begins  
Arranca campaña de salud para las mujeresVer masFull article at this link
  The campaign for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer has begun and will last two weeks, according to the head of the Department of Reproductive Services, Leily Osaorio Mares. Women between the ages of 25 and 65 years are invited to attend. Two free tests will be available, which are the pap smear and the papilloma virus test, and breast exams will be available.
  Information is given about the incidences of these cancers, and the survival rates according to which stage they are detected.


The first part of the turtle nesting season was unusually quiet, but the mamas have been much busier lately. Photo of MaraVilla Caribe backyard this morning...

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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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