Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 26

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The swearing-in ceremony for the new municipal administration of 2018-2021, elected on July 1st, will take place on Sept. 30 at 3:30pm outside the Casa de la Cultura. LINK  

VIDEO of Playa Norte sargasso free

Thursday the City will host an event giving recognition to the tourism providers, promotors, and entrepreneurs. (That is International Tourism Day). LINK
 Recognition of promoters of tourism VIDEO   

More than 42,000 turtle eggs have been rescued LINK  
   See article below. Ms Garcia Canto noted that although the figures are low, there is still some time left for the turtle nesting season, noting it ends on October 15. (Por Esto mistakenly reported these as the end of season statistics)

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

On Wed, Sept. 26 the City will carry out a junk pick up and removal campaign, from 1p to 5p, to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. This is an ongoing program which the Mayor began in 2016 (article & photo).

 There is a list of players who will participate in Sunday's All Stars game at the El Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui).

The young Islanders who will represent the state of Quintana Roo in a national handball tournament  to be held October 4 - 7 October in the city of Zacatecas, are asking for support from the community to be able to attend the tournament. (photo)

On Sunday, the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros beat the Baseball Boys of Cancun, by a score of 8 to 4, in a game here on the isalnd. (Reports before the game said they were the Baseball Boys of Puerto Morelos).  Both teams belong to the Northern League of Quintana Roo. phogos. (This makes five wins and one loss for the Cocteleros, who were tied for the league lead with the team from Lazaro Cardenas (Holbox) who also had four wins and one loss going into the weekend. I don't know how they fared.)

CRIM/DIF graphic saying new specialist services are available in orthopoedics, psychiatry, and cardiology with a number for more information. (CRIM is the physical rehab facility and DIF is the social service agency.)

The swearing-in ceremony for the new municipal administration of 2018-2021, elected on July 1st, will take place on Sept. 30 at 3:30pm outside the Casa de la Cultura. (article & photos)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO  Caption: On International Tourism Day the City plans to celebrate by giving recognition to businesses who have supported this Pueblo Magico, noted the Director of Municipal Tourism, Jesus Castillo Magana.

 At the request of parents, 16 surveillance cameras were installed at the middle school"Benito Juárez". VIDEO  

 The sea turtle nesting season in Isla Mujeres continues with good numbers, according to biologist Deline Garcia Canto, Director of the Tortugranja.
 Hawksbill: 10 nests & 1466 eggs
Loggerhead: 80 nests & 9002 eggs
Greens 365 nests & 42,699 eggs
VIDEO  (of young hatchlings in one of the Tortugranja pools)

That is a total of  455 nests and 53,167 eggs so far this year.
Below are some stats from previous years that I've assembled. The season began in May and ends in mid-October.

The Loggerheads are the largest, the Greens are the most abundant, and the Hawksbills are the least common, whose shells were once internationally popular for accessories & trinkets. Very occasionally, a Leatherback mama will try to nest on the isle without laying, presumably because the sand isn't deep enough. They are even larger than loggerheads.

Year      Nests   Released         Hawksbills         Loggerheads      Greens 
2010      715      39,989          220(Released)        3796 (R)          29,973 (R)

2011      851      68,226

2012                  84,405         100(R) / 1 Nest       6305(R)           78,000 (R)

2013    1405    155,000            840 (Eggs)           6738 (E)         157,773 (E)
                                                  6 Nests                64 Nests          1335 Nests

2014     722        64,989

2015 ~1630    ~135,000 / ~160,000 Eggs

2017   1198       93,257         

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

SINTRA agency: Hands tied for now   
Sintra, atada de manosVer masFull article at this link
   Under the new state Mobility Law, the Mobility Institute will be created and its Director appointed by October 12, at the latest, but until that occurs, the local agency of SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation) is unable to carry out procedures, according to its local director, Isis Morales.
   She said that in accordance to instructions from the head of SINTRA, William Conrado Alarcon, no new golf cart concessions will go into operation until the Mobility Institute becomes operational, which leaves three new concessions on the "waiting list". They have not been activated and are not included in the registry of the SINTRA agency. She said it is not guaranteed that they are or will be legal, noting that there are currently about 900 rental carts.
   She didn't release the names of the holders of the three reserved concessions and Por Esto notes that if they are authorized, this would further increase the traffic disorder and vehicular oversaturation by this type of vehicle, which are considered disruptive to other drivers, in addition to increasing the problem of limited available parking. 
    Regarding fines that have been imposed during SINTRA operations, she said they range from 10 to 400 Daily Minimum Wages, with the former being imposed on (public transport) vehicles (taxis) that are polarized (have overly tinted windows) and the highest fines are charged to private golf carts that are rented to tourists without any type of permit. (The DMW is 88 pesos / nearly $5 usd, so the maximum fine is nearly $2000 usd)

In the middle of low season   
A medias de la baja temporada [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    At this time there are fewer tourists, and tourists with lower purchasing power take advantage of the reduced rates for hotel and transportation to enjoy a vacation, which helps support the economy of hotels and restaurants who feature affordable prices. September and October are considered the slowest months of the year for tourism, which routinely increases in November when visitors from the US and Canada begin arriving, fleeing the cold weather that is starting in their homelands.
    The weekends are busier than the weekdays. Some businesses close temporarily to save money or to do maintenance or renovations, and may re-open in mid-October, others will wait until November. This may leave some workers on vacation or between contracts, to be rehired in the upcoming season.

Electric company is trimming trees 
Ahora sí podan los árboles. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Pruning of the trees by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) is done routinely, but with more regularity during hurricane season. The work began last week and will include the entire island, along the streets and even over private properties in the colonias where the branches grow enough to touch the lines, which can cause risks of short circuiting to the occupants. The vegetation is taken to the Trash Transfer Facility where it is deposited in a special area, without being mixed in with other garbage.


No leads on the double crime  
Doble crimen, como al principio.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Investigators have interviewed the occupants of the ten rooms of the former Martinez hotel, and the local prosecutor reported that some heard noises from Room #3, where the two bodies were found, but no description has been obtained regarding the clothing or physiques of  those responsible. There are no surveillance cameras at nearby businesses and the investigation continues.
      Regarding the allegations of hearing shots fired on Bravo street in the wee hours of Sunday morning, no casings were found, and after the initial investigation found no evidence, no case was opened. 

Whale shark tour licensees propose June 1 - October 1 season 
Náuticos proponen cambios. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Most of the information in this article has already been published. This season went from May 15-Sept. 17, and the change would be considered beneficial to the whale sharks, since there can be crowding by the boats in the early days of the season when there are fewer of the animals, as well as being beneficial to the local tourism industry in general.
     According to the objectives of the 2018  Management Plan, the goal is to limit the number of smaller boats with permits to a maximum of 120 at a time. The timeline for achieving this goal is 70% short term, 90% medium term, and 100% long term. This means allowing half of the 240 boats currently registered. Rather than reducing the number of permits by half, the capacity was limited by  imposing a day of rest alternating between half the boats, which will apply for 2019.
      This article also notes the construction of a banking branch of Banjercito, which began on Monday Sept. 17, within the Naval base facilities. It will be the third bank in town, with HSBC and Banamex.


 There are watches & warnings for Tropical Storm Kirk as it approaches the Windward Isles with winds of 45-50mph,  but it is expected to decrease into a remnant low pressure system by Friday or Saturday, as it moves north into the Caribbean sea to be rapidly weakened by shear conditions.

Here in the Yucatan, as you can see by the satellite picture, the rain is mostly to our south. Skies are currently getting bluer after a smattering of rain, and some thunder, just as many kids were getting to school around 7am. The photo is at ~8:30a from the North Beach webcam.


The remnants of Kirk have a medium chance for redevelopment into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, so the Windward & Leeward islands are monitoring that, and then the system will move into an area of upper-level winds that are highly unfavorable for development, as it approaches the Caribbean sea.

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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.Celebration was relocated to Playa Norte after the group was evicted from the Sac Bajo site on Saturday.

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 There is usually a parade on Rueda Medina starting at 8a. Parade was Friday.

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  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place in front of the cemetery on the Caribbean coastal road.

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)

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