Saturday, March 30, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 30

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Presentation of soccer team "Club Isla Mujeres" LINK  

New dates for rabies vaccination campaign (free) on April 2 & 3. Must be over 3 months & not pregnant or lactating. (9a-2p) LINK  

Lifeguard training for the safety of swimmers LINK  

It is the responsibility of owners to clean up their dog's feces

The City is keeping the beaches clean of sargasso  LINK  

City campaign about conservation and care of sea life
 (This information has already been translated.) 

"Noches Magicas" on Sunday, March 31 at 8p on the Town Square with singers and a dance troupe. (From Cultura Isla Mujeres FB page)


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Video of preparations for the Sonora Dinamita performance

Video of a police checkpoint on Rueda Medina near the middle school and interview with an officer who says they are reviewing registrations for public, private, and cargo vehicles.

Trash removed from cemetery
A video showing two discarded coffins at the cemetery caused concern on social media: Gravedigger explains they were trash left by the families LINK  

A cemetery worker explained that the cemetery is very crowded and to make room for a new burial, families request that a relative be respectfully re-interred, taking up less space in the plot. He said the metal caskets cannot be broken down, so they are more difficult to remove.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Complaints about tourist guides directing visitors to particular stores, who pay them commission

Two boats with powerful outboard engines are located at the Naval pier 

Complain that there are many Telcel public phones that don't work and should be removed from the sidewalks and other areas because they present a bad image.

Video complaint about cemetery having two old coffins that needed to be removed

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video of accident scene with injured motorcyclist and the reporter says it is a worker at Garrafon park, who was hit by a golf cart.

Video about preparation for the Sonora Dinamita concert  

City is keeping the beaches free of sargasso 

Sunrise video  

IM Noticias   

There have been no formal complaint filed yet, but police confirmed that there are complaints about loans with high commissions being offered to entrepreneurs with small businesses and vendors, called Gota a Gota (drop by drop), by foreigners from Colombia. The police are encouraging residents to file complaints against this illegal activity, which is usury. The chief of police notes that this group has been operating in other municipalities, and he said, "A few months ago we arrested a person who was surprised in the act and was placed at the disposal of the public prosecutor's office, but then was released." They have also been detected in the Continental Zone.
       The chief of police said in addition to usury being a crime, the vast majority of foreigners offering this kind of loan entered Mexico with tourist visa and cannot do this type of thing.
    It is noted that violent acts have occurred  in other municipalities, such as a vehicle fire, when payments weren't made. 

Photos and article about three empty, old coffins needing removal from cemetery

Photos from rabies vaccination campaign   

La Tertulia


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Improved security for ferry terminals  

Mayor seguridad en terminales marítimas

This information has already been translated.

No date for moving overhead cables underground  

Sin fecha para sustituir cableado aéreo

This information has already been translated about a stretch of Rueda Medina, downtown, of 1100 meters from the Fishermen's monument to the Naval base. This project was abandoned in 2010, due to work that didn't comply with criteria.

Ready for XVI Sport Fishing Tournament  

Alistan XVI Torneo de Pesca Deportiva

 More than 100 boats are expected to participate in the XVI International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez", when billfish will be caught and released. Fish which earn points are:
white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, sierra, dorado, tuna, bonito and barracuda. Over 1 million pesos in prizes will be awarded.
  First place will win 350,000 pesos; second place, a truck; third place, 100,000 pesos; fourth place, 75,000 pesos; the fifth site, 50,000 pesos; the sixth place, 25,000 pesos and, from the seventh to the tenth will win motorcycles.
    There will be 25 tournaments around the coast of Quintana Roo, and fishermen are already signing up for the first one on April 12-14 in Cancun. 

No rate increase at Punta Sam  

No hay incremento de tarifa en Punta Sam

  There are no plans for price increases in passenger or cargo ferry service from Punta Sam, and the company Maritima Isla Mujeres offered discounted prices a few days ago. Their fees include everyone in the car and for a compact car they have been discounted 41 pesos one way (from 298 to 250 pesos) and discounted 119 pesos for the round trip (from 381 to 262 pesos). This rate will be continued throughout the holidays, and prices are given for a truck or if billing is required. 

Minimal presence of sargasso at North Beach  

Mínima presencia de sargazo en Playa Norte

 There are 30 workers of the ZOFEMAT federal zone agency who work Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 10:00 and weekends from 7:00 to 10:00 am to clean up the swimming beaches, where minimal amounts have arrived. Monitoring of sargasso is carried out by satellite,  and when it arrives, it is removed promptly. The head of the ZOFEMAT agency in Isla Mujeres said that between trash and sargasso, one ton is collected daily and removed to the Transfer Facility.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Plogging day volunteers on Saturday were scheduled to clean in public spaces in La Gloria, starting at 8am, which includes many foreigners, as well as minors, who work for about three hours.
   A group of junior high students visited the Naval base and learned about the functions of ships, boats, and helicopters of the Navy.
   The CFE generator plant for emergency use in electrical outages is operational with a capacity for 25,000kW.

Good weather returns  

Regresó el buen clima

Navy confirms arrest of 10 undocumented Cubans  

Confirma la Semar la detención de 10 cubanos

This information was already translated.

Summary of recent news & upcoming events

Ten undocumented Cubans were arrested last week as they landed on a beach between Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam, after a security guard 'blew the whistle on them'. The captain of the high powered boat, which was flying a US flag, was also taken into custody. Earlier this month, the Navy evacuated an American passenger from a cruise ship that was 3 miles offshore, who was having symptoms of a heart attack. Last week, the Navy conducted a simulation of rescuing a dozen people near the Naval dock, and other safety-rescue training activities. They saved a Mexican tourist a few weeks ago who had become separated from a group at the National Marine park, and rescued a fellow who fell off a jet ski while crossing the Bay.

Three junked coffins were removed from the cemetery by the City after a video was circulated on social media. A cemetery worker explained that the cemetery is very crowded and to make room for a new burial, families request that a relative be respectfully re-interred, taking up less space in the plot. He said the metal caskets cannot be broken down, so they are more difficult to remove.

The City will begin soliciting bids for urban transportation service once the state Congress gives approval to the criteria. Residents have been complaining about long waits for taxis and being passed by for tourists, particularly in high season, and are eager to have affordable quality public transportation to get to school, work, etc. The Turican company supplied bus service for nearly 15 years, beginning in 2001, but it deteriorated toward the end of the contract. Authorities with the new state Mobility Institute have said they plan to approve requests for taxi rate increases, in accordance with increased gas prices in recent years.

The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive on Wednesday, April 6th, when municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily, with a maximum of 12 calls in one day, during high tourism season. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. There are also many false calls. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year, based on their operating expenses of 198,166 pesos from May 2017 to June 2018.

The regional director of the new Mobility Institute promised to address the problem of 'pirate' golf carts being rented to tourists. There are currently 830 golf carts registered to the rental agencies and an estimated 400 others, including some being rented illegally. The Director warned that high fines will be imposed upon the cart owners for this activity, in accordance with the state Mobility Law. She also advised taxi owners about an annual fee and the upcoming implementation of new regulations that require cabs to have air bags and to be manufactured no later than 2014.

The free rabies vaccination campaign that began on March 24th will continue on Tuesday, April 2 at the La Gloria park & Wednesday at the park in colonia Electristas, 9a-2p. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Unfortunately, the Canadian diver, Cameron Donaldson, wasn't found after he didn't return when diving with his mother near Cozumel on Saturday, March 16th. The search included divers, planes, helicopters and boats, with help from a GoFundMe effort that raised nearly $62,000.

A "Mega Generator Plant" has been installed on the airfield to provide electricity for the island in the event of any blackouts. It has a capacity for 25,000 kW, while the island's average usage is 12,000 kW. There are also two semis full of diesel fuel to supply it. Upgrades were done to the high power lines nearby, along the road east of the runway, detouring traffic for several days, and causing some power interruptions in that area. The CFE said they are planning to move the overhead lines underground along Rueda Medina downtown, but didn't give a date. They said it will take about a year to manufacture a new underwater cable, which goes from Punta Sam to the north end of the island.They estimate its replacement will cost about 30 million pesos, and they don't plan to remove the old line, which has become encrusted with flora and fauna.

At the beginning of April, security measures similar to those at airports will be implemented at the ferry terminals, including metal detectors and a 'red light' for passengers to push a button to determine if their possessions will be inspected. Authorities estimate over 20,000 passengers will arrive daily during the holidays, and they anticipate last year's Easter season record of 27,000 will be broken.

The City organized activities to commemorate World Water Day which included a clean up at Salina Grande lake with more than 100 volunteers, and educational talks about conservation and water management at two schools.

Earlier this month, sports fishermen caught a 340 pound swordfish about ten miles south of the island. Promotions have begun for the Cosme Magana fishing tournament on May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.

Prior to the busy Easter holidays, Naval personnel with the Isla Mujeres base have been training lifeguard staff with the Civil Protection departments of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, and Cancun, to improve their performances during rescues. Easter vacation begins Saturday, April 13 and ends when the students return to school on Monday, April 28th.

Visitors are enjoying clean beaches, with minimal sargasso arriving to the island's swimming beaches, and crews who clean them daily.

The monument in front of the Naval base has been removed for safety reasons, and is expected to be relocated. It honors cadets who died in 1847 when the US occupied Mexico City, and two who died in defense of Veracruz in 1914. The base of the structure protruded into the roadway, and currently there are hazard barrels where it was demolished. (There is also demolition work being done inside the former "Senor Frog" store by the 7-11, downtown.)

The Cahuameros are no longer in the basketball playoffs and the Cockteleros baseball team will play tomorrow at 1p to determine if they will be in third or fourth place. Last Saturday, islanders enjoyed professional baseball (and free beer!) when the Q Roo Tigres played a preseason exhibition game against the Campeche Piratas.

A new bicycling group are hosting Wednesday night bike rides around the island, and inviting folks to join them for some healthy, free recreation. Lights required, helmets recommended. More info:

You're invited to join the ploggers on Saturday mornings at 8a, bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water & bags, at a location announced here:

On Wednesdays, the little yellow school house is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, 11:30-1p, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. Memorable, fun experience, tasty affordable food & a good cause.

On Thursdays, you'll find the Artists Fair in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, 3p-8p, weather permitting.

On Saturday, March 30 (Today) there should be a good turnout for Sonora Dinamita at the "Magana" Baseball field at 9p. Tickets start at 370 pesos.

On Sunday, March 31 Noches Magicas returns to the Town Square with singers and a dance troupe performing at 8p, free.

On Sunday, April 7th at the Mundaca Hacienda, there will be a free running competition for kids at 7am and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200 m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.

Personnel with the Tortugranja are conducting talks at the primary schools about conservation of marine flora and fauna and the environment of Isla Mujeres. Staff with the facility will be protecting nesting turtles from mid May to mid October, and transferring their eggs to the incubation pen (as many as 100,000, it varies year to year.)

The state Port Authority (APIQRoo) is renovating their concrete pier to accommodate recreational boats, including the ferries that serve Garrafon, El Pescador, and Dolphin Discovery. They have already renovated the wooden pier for recreational boats (that formerly served the Magana ferries). The concrete dock renovation is expected to be completed within three weeks. There are rumors that Ultramar plans to dock ferries from the Cancun Hotel Zone at the Playa Sol dock, near Luxury Beach Club.

Police have been teaching students about crime prevention and avoiding delinquency. The City is conducting campaigns on social media about wearing motorcycle helmets and being a responsible pet owner and cleaning up after your dog. The evening trash collection schedule has been a success and residents are asked to begin separating organic and inorganic trash. (Collectors will also recycle separated aluminum.)

Here's a group with info about Isla charities & their events, eco-friendly businesses, & similar topics. You can read without joining, and are encouraged to join & post about charities you support or businesses with eco-friendly products or practices. Did you enjoy an awesome lunch by the LYSH chefs (or want to know what that's about?), walk a dog, visit the HALO cats, get a really cool piece of art or vacation deal at a charity auction? Feel free to share & join the community of folks giving back to the island! At the left margin, in 'files', are Isla Charities with links to their pages & sites.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

March 20   6:51
March 21   7:54
March 22    8:55
March 23   9:55
 March 24   10:53
March 25   11:50
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:50-7
Sunrise ~7:05-6:40
March Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings 8-11,  meetup locations at this LINK . Volunteers welcome!  Here's the Accion Isla LINK

The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly on Wednesdays 11:30-1p, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. Memorable, fun experience, tasty affordable food & a good cause. More info: LINK 

Saturday, March 2 at 8p and Sunday, March 3 at noon at the Convention Center: Basketball Playoffs  (They lost and are out of the playoffs)

  On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square. 

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Grouper and Octopus in March. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

Carnaval Schedule
Friday, March 1st Noche de Gala/Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens in all categories
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music byYerbabuena
Town Square 8:30p

Saturday, March 2 Noche Cubana/Cuban Night
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music by Grupo Junior Klan
Town Square 8:30p

Sunday, March 3 Carnaval Parade-Fantasy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Fishermen's Monument at the Traffic Circle
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Afternoon of Fantasy
Bouncy houses, Children's Costume contest, dance troupe performances and show for kids
Town Square 5p

Night of Fantasy
Presentation of the Queen of Diversity, Performances by dance troupes, Performance by Silvanna Show
Town Square 8:30p

 The parades are Sunday & Monday at 3p from the Naval Base to the Monument to the Fishermen, so Rueda Medina will be closed. Although the map doesn't show it, traffic is usually detoured down Juarez & the section of Hidalgo that is south of the Square (which usually affects where parking is allowed on Juarez, temporarily.)
It says...Due to celebrations for Carnaval 2019 in Isla Mujeres, March 1-5, there will partial, temporary road closures for the performances of the dance troupes.
On March 3 & 4, Rueda Medina will be closed during the parade. Please plan ahead, and thank you for your understanding

Monday, March 4-Carnaval Parade-Regional & Comedy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's Monument at the traffic circle.
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Comedy & Regional Night
Costume Contest for Adults
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Comedy by Macta
Town Square 8:30p

Tuesday, March 5-Fat Tuesday
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Tuesday Night of Carnaval (Fat Tuesday)
Presentation of Dance Troupes, The Will & Burning of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Caribbean Kings
Town Square 8:30p

On or around March 4th, there is usually a ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres. The expedition of 110 men and 3 boats sailed from Cuba and and sailed around the coast, battling with the Maya, until all but one were injured, and over 50 had died.

Thursday, March 7 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Friday, March 8 International Women's Day. These are the women of LYSH, providing education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids.

Saturday, March 9 Downtown at 8p on the court by the Town Square

Saturday, March 9 Casa de la Cultura at 8p, jazz-funk-rock fusion band Sr. Mandril. Free. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sunday, March 10 Pescador baseball field 1p Cocteleros vs Cancun Rockies 20p 

Thursday, March 14 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day   

Monday, March 18  is a day off for the birthday of Benito Juarez, which is on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 19 is Dia de San Jose which may be celebrated with a dance on the Town Square

 Wednesday, March 20 is Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo   

Thursday, March 21 at 8p on the Town Square. Music of Isla Mujeres

Saturday, March 23 The Quintana Roo Tigres will play the Campeche Piratas at the El Pescador baseball field oat 1p. This is a preseason game & the field is in front of Chedraui.

Rabies vaccination campaign at the following locations & dates 9a-2p. Free, Pets must be at least three months old and not pregnant or lactating.

 Wednesday, March 27 at 9p bike ride around the island, meeting up at Abasolo & Juarez.

Thursday, March 28 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo    

 Saturday, March 30 Sonora Dinamita 9p At the other "Magana" Baseball field  Tickets on sale.
 Sunday, March 31 at 8p Noches Magicas on Town Square with singers and a dance troupe

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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