Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 12

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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!


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Poor weather could benefit lobster fishermen LINK  

Quintana Roo is the main tourist destination in Mexico LINK
          The state received nearly 16 million visitors (15,978,225) and collected nearly 11 billion dollars ($10,779,280,000), from August 2017 to June 2018, an increase of 4.3% and 1.5%, respectively, from the same period last year
During this period, the largest number of tourists came from the United States, at 53.7%, while 17.7% were from Canada, 14.8% from Europe, 11.2% from South America, and 2.6% were from other countries.
        Twenty-three new international flights have been added at the Cancun airport, including Vancouver, Baltimore, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Nashville, Orlando, St Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Newark, Indianapolis, Salvador, San Francisco, Columbus, Munich, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis, Austin, Pittsburgh and Raleigh, as well as domestic flights from Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Torreón, Cozumel, and Monterrey.
          The hotel infrastructure has grown at an annual rate of 3.4% with 1067 hotels. The number of rooms has increased by nearly 11% with 100,997 rooms, and a statewide occupancy rate of nearly 80%. The state was also visited by over 5 million cruise ship passengers.
Over 3 million tourists visited the Archaeological Zones (3,118,193), which represents an increase of 9.6%. The Archaeological Zone of Tulum was the third most visited in the country and Coba occupied the fifth position.
        The Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo will invest over 200 million pesos this year on 116 promotional campaigns for the Mexican Caribbean.
         This past year, SEDETUR (Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo) has invested more than 62 million pesos in various projects including the first stage of Parque Cancún, improving the urban images of Tulum & Cozumel, the "Yum Balam" Parador Turistico, the WIFI project for various tourist destination of the Mexican Caribbean, the underground electrical network in the Puerto Morelos tourist zone, The 7 Lagoons & Coastal Corridor executive projects, and improvements at the Tulum public beaches and archaeological zone.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The City is providing informative seminars throughout the week  in honor of World Day for the Prevention of Suicide. They will be available at the CAVI (Assistance Center for Victims of Violence) Monday thru Friday fro 9a-10a and from 12p to 2p, free of charge. (article & photos)

There is a VIDEO of Isis Morales the SINTRA delegate, that is difficult to understand due to background noise and echoing. She talks about a program of six months, about the taxis, mentioning the taxis naranja (orange) program, about documentation, the union for cargo vehicles, about concessions and vehicles being operated irregularly, and working with another agency concerning this problem.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

There is a VIDEO of a PROFECO (Consumer Protection Agency) agent placing a suspension notice on the outside of the Electra-Banco Azteca building. In the comments a "FC Rosa Elena" says that the bank is still operating.  There is a VIDEO and a VIDEO  of PROFECO agents and the Zeta gas truck that delivers cylinders.

There is a VIDEO of PROFECO agents checking the calibration of the gas pumps downtown.

There is a VIDEO captioned "Rain in Isla Mujeres... at this time" (~11am yesterday)

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Rain affected tourism 
Lluvias estropearon la jornada[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The beaches lacked tourists, except a couple who were feeding the seagulls. Although the weather improved around two in the afternoon, providers of tourism services lacked business, generally.  Passengers on the ferry who lacked raincoats or umbrellas hurried thru the section from the boat to the terminal when it was raining, trying to avoid getting wet. The restaurants did a little better with moderate numbers of diners, who were waiting out the morning rain with a meal or a hot drink. There was some puddling on Hidalgo avenue, but the water subsided very quickly, which pleased the merchants. The Civil Protection personnel cleared the drains near the Casa de Cultura, where water often accumulates, and they removed litter and leaves. Flooding occurred near the Fishermen's Monument, causing waves to lap onto the sidewalk when vehicles passed by. (Another article noted that this drainage was blocked when the City was seeking Blue Flag status for the Playa Centro beach).

Port closed for small boats  
Puerto cerrado para embarcaciones menores [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The port was closed for small boats and remained open for the ferries, but on Monday some crossings of the cargo ferries were suspended by the ferry captains due to the force of the winds. Increased swell can make docking maneuvers complicated, especially at Punta Sam.
    The port was closed for all kinds of nautical tourism, commercial fishing and small boats in general, due to heavy rain with reduced visibility, as well as the waves. The adverse weather conditions affected about 600 tourist, fishing, and private vessels, who were unable to go to sea due to the restrictions.
Verification of calibration at the downtown gas station  
Verifican litros de a litro en gasolinería[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    PROFECO (Federal Consumer Protection Agency) carried out a calibration of the downtown gas pumps. On Tuesday and Wednesday, in relation to the upcoming patriotic holidays, they will review businesses selling alcoholic products, products related to the holidays, and restaurants.
    Merchants on Hidalgo are complaining about a concrete cover that was broken by staff with the local cable company and left in that condition, which creates a risk to pedestrians. They have advised the Civil Protection agency, who took photos. It has been in this condition for more than two weeks, and there are concerns about the image it presents as well as the potential for an accident. A couple small plants have been placed on it, to act as a warning, which seems to help.

Little demand for handicrafts
Escasa demanda de artesanías[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Due to the rain and it being low season, vendors of souvenirs and handicrafts did little business. Although the catamarans were unable to come to the island, merchants complained about the tour guides on those boats who direct customers to certain shops and who tell the tourist to avoid businesses along the beach claiming they sell fake silver, give low exchange rates, and other accusations to try and discredit the businesses who don't have an agreement with the tourist guides.


Good news this morning from the NHC, who are forecasting that TS Issac will dissipate this weekend in the central Caribbean sea. And here's today's forecast & an update on "Invest 95L":
The NHC says (excerpts):
Isaac is a poorly organized tropical storm.The satellite intensity estimates have been decreasing and gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days.The NOAA Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to investigate Isaac later this morning, and that data should provide a better assessment of the storm's intensity and structure.
Isaac continues to move due westward at about 13 kt (15mph). A fairly strong mid-level ridge to the north of Isaac should steer the system westward at about the same forward speed during the next several days. Isaac is feeling the effects of wind shear, and the global models suggest that the shear will likely remain moderate to strong during the next couple of days. These hostile winds combined with nearby dry air will likely cause Isaac to gradually weaken during the next several days.
Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday, into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night, and into the central Caribbean Sea by Friday or Saturday. Here's the forecast for the next 5 days/120 Hours, tracking West, with decreasing winds:

INIT 12/0900Z 14.5N 53.5W 50 KT 60 MPH
12H 12/1800Z 14.8N 55.7W 50 KT 60 MPH
24H 13/0600Z 15.0N 58.6W 45 KT 50 MPH
36H 13/1800Z 15.2N 61.5W 45 KT 50 MPH
48H 14/0600Z 15.4N 64.8W 40 KT 45 MPH
72H 15/0600Z 15.3N 70.6W 40 KT 45 MPH
96H 16/0600Z 15.2N 75.0W 35 KT 40 MPH
120H 17/0600Z...DISSIPATED

Meanwhile, "Invest 95L" is moving into the south-central Gulf of Mexico. The NHC says (excerpts):
Showers and thunderstorms have not become any better organized during the past several hours in association with a trough of low pressure located over the south-central Gulf of Mexico. In addition, satellite data and surface observations indicate that there is still no sign of a surface circulation. An Air Force reconnaissance plane is scheduled to investigate the system later today, if necessary. (It is expected to develop into a TD tomorrow or Friday, before hitting the US Gulf coasts).

Today's forecast for Isla Mujeres from the state Civil Protection Agency: Cloudy, moderate rain with squalls (chubascos) accompanied by electrical activity, hot. Winds from the east and southeast at 15 to 25 kph (10-15mph) with occasional stronger gusts.


The Tren Maya/Mayan Train route will begin in Cancun and end in Palenque, covering 1500 kilometers (932mi) over two routes. It is expected to be completed in 2022, at a cost of 120 to 150 billion pesos, with both private & public investment.
In the first graphic, the solid lines represent track that already exists and the broken lines are track that will need to be constructed. There are concerns about potential damage to the natural reserve areas and the archeological zones.
The dots represent the 17 stations. The green line is the Jungle Route, orange is the Gulf Route, and blue is the Caribbean Route.
There will be 324 miles of track in Q. Roo, 198 mi. in Yucatan, 337 in Campeche, 63 in Tabasco, and 26 in Chiapas. The President-elect plans to begin work on December 1st.

This graphic is from El Yucatan
Translation of the Graphic:
Proposed Route
The Tren Maya construction project is supported by the  President-elect and Governors & Governors-elect of the southern states of Mexico.

Key to Symbols:
1. Existing tracks (solid line)
2. Tracks to be constructed (broken line)
3. Jungle Route (green)
4. Gulf Route (orange)
5. Caribbean Route  (blue)

Track per state:
Chiapas: 42km/26mi
Tabasco: 102 km/63mi
Campeche: 542km/337mi
Q.Roo: 521km/324mi
Yucatan: 318km/198mi

This graphic is from El Universal
Translation of graphic:
Cultural, Environmental, Touristic System.
   The route will begin in Cancun and end in Palenque, covering 1500 kilometers over two routes. The cost will be between 120 and 150 billion pesos, and it is expected to be completed in four years.
 Symbols..1.Proposed Route. 2. The 17 Stations 3. The Archeological Zones

(There is a typo near Cancun with 38 listed twice and El Meco, is omitted,, which is near Punta Sam in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.)

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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

 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.  
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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