Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, April 16

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Cold Front #51 could cause small boats to be restricted to port LINK  

Although it hasn't been officially confirmed, construction has begun on two pedestrian crossings on Rueda Medina to facilitate passage by Naval personnel LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Port could close for small boats on Monday evening due to the arrival of Cold Front #51 which is expected to cause increased wind and waves.  (photos)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Candidates have begun their campaigns for the congressional election 

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia


COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Sanitary Risk Protection) analyzed 1600+ water samples from 269 beaches in 17 Mexican states, including 65 tourism destinations, and found all but one (Sayulita, in Nayarit) are suitable for recreational activity. In accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, the level used to establish that a beach implies a health risk is 200 Enterococci in 100 ml of seawater.
Isla Mujeres was ranked among the bottom ten with Playa Centro at 89 per 100ml, and North Beach at 94/100ml. Here are results from recent years, with Playa Centro first and North Beach second. 200 is considered acceptable.
53, 51 in Feb-March
76, 59 in June
146, 128 in November
11, 16 in March
63, 59 in June
18, 20 in November
16, 16 in Feb-March
11, 11 in June
17, 12 in November
11, 10 in March
10, 16 in June
10, 15 in November
12, 13 in April
15, 18 in June
14, 17 in November
<10, 20 in March
10, 10 in June
42, 28 in prevacation December
Source: https://apps1.semarnat.gob.mx:445/…/desti…/isla-mujeres.html & La Jornada


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

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

Two pedestrian crossing are being installed near the Naval base. Golf cart agencies are encouraged to ask customers to drive carefully and not 'race' the carts. Scooter drivers are reminded to obey the speed limits and cyclists are advised to ride in single file.

Isla Mujeres beaches passed water analysis 

Aptas las playas de Isla Mujeres

See article above.

Poetry competition 

Abren convocatoria a concurso de poetas

 This will be the 5th Caribbean-Isla Mujeres poetry competition for writers in the Caribbean basin and Florida, submitting works in Spanish. The contest will take place this summer  with a prize of 50,000 pesos for works between seven and twelve pages, which have not previously been published. Submissions will probably be accepted from this month until August. The winner of last year's contest is still awaiting the prize, which is expected at anytime.

Teen committed suicide  

Suicidio de un menor de edad

News & Events summary:

The first Ultramar ferry now leaves the island at 6am, and the last ferry departs Gran Puerto at 11:30p, even on weekends. Two early morning round trips for students and workers were also cancelled. 

More than three dozen actors will participle in the Via Crusis reenactment of the Stations of the Cross on Friday, which begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria at 10:30a and goes to the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica. It continues to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square, where the representations of the crucifixion will be staged at 3p. The Last Supper and washing of the feet will take place at both churches on Thursday at 7p and 9p. The representation of the resurrection will take place on Saturday (See schedule). There's a video on the IM News & Events page of Sunday's reenactment of Palm Sunday, thanks to Tony Garcia.

The Easter holidays continue until the students return to school on April 29. The island is a popular vacation destination for Mexican tourists, and the number of passengers arriving on the ferry can exceed 25,000 per day. It is usual to see more patrols and checkpoints during this holiday. A red light-green light security system and metal detector were installed at Gran Puerto at the beginning of the month.

A clean-up is being done at the Mundaca Hacienda, along with topographic studies for the analysis of proposed projects concerning restoration of archeological site which was dedicated to the goddess Ixchel, as well as restoration of the hacienda, which was dedicated to "La Triguena".

The new state Mobility Institute (INMOVEQRoo) has established offices to oversee the Isla Mujeres taxis, golf cart rental agencies, and cargo vehicles, ensuring all vehicles providing these services to the public are operating legally. At the start of next year, renewal of plates and registration for these vehicles will take place at their offices. The regional director has agreed that eliminating "pirate" golf carts on the isle is a priority. Taxi union members are concerned about new fees, and awaiting approval of a rate increase.

Sculptor Reynaldo Bolio Suarez performed maintenance on two of his sculptures at Punta Sur, which was financed by former Mayor Alicia Ricalde. He restored the goddess Ixchel to her former state (she is once again offering a fish), and renovated the large iguana sculpture.  He is also responsible for creating the Marlin and Barracuda on Rueda Medina in front of Playa Centro,  the life-sized turtles where Bravo becomes Guerrero (by Rocamar), the whale shark, and La Triguena, at the eastern malecon (by the old hospital)

Last month, the City sent a proposal to the state Congress seeking approval to solicit bids for public transportation service on the isle and the mainland, but I haven't seen any updates on this topic. Election laws limit what governments can publish until after June 2, so the municipal FB page has been suspended since campaigns for state Congress began yesterday.

Ten receptacles for cigarette butts have been installed at various points of Playa Centro and North Beach. The workers of ZOFEMAT sift two to three kilos of butts out of the sands of North Beach and Playa Centro every day, which are considered one of the more toxic pollutants.  An innovative Mexican company will manufacture them into pots for plants, allowing them to disintegrate within a year, rather than the ten years they normally take to degrade.

On Sunday night, a "Noches Magicos" performance was presented featuring a folklorico dance troupe and singer Carlos Pat.

  Fifty-nine people completed a basic sign language course and six completed the interpreter's course, while ten finished a course in braille. The classes were provided at the CRIM rehabilitation facility by the DIF social service agency.

Starting today, fees will be charged at the Trash Transfer facility for trash such as construction materials and brush from clearing yards or pruning trees. There will be no charges for normal domestic trash.

This weekend a 16 year old, originally from Chiapas, committed suicide by hanging at his humble home in Sac Bajo near the Tortugranja. His brother said he had threatened to hang himself without giving the reason, but unfortunately they didn't think he would do it.

Sunset is ~7:05p and on Friday, April 19 the full moon will rise at 7:36p. On Saturday, it rises at 8:36, on Sunday at 9:36, on Monday at 10:33, and on Tuesday the 23rd at 11:28p. Sunrise is ~6:25a.

 You're invited to join the ploggers on Saturdays at 8a-11a to clean up the island. Meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags.   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for Sunday's Earth Day coastal and seabed clean up.LINK

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

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite you to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

The Red Cross began their annual donation drive earlier this month. There are receptacles at hotels and other businesses and students will be collecting donations. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily, which is twice as many as 2016.

A police commander for the Continental Zone, Sergio Leyva Córdoba, 42, who had been an officer for 12 years, was killed in the line of duty in Puerto Juarez last Tuesday. Three suspects were arrested, as well as nine others.

More than 50 people participated in a clean up of the banks of the Makax lagoon, and more efforts are planned. Participants included City personnel, private businesses, volunteers and the general public.The Vectors department of the Ministry of Health planned to follow the clean-up with a fumigation, to prevent mosquito borne diseases. The community is invited and encouraged to participate in future clean-ups and to avoid littering. 

During the Easter holidays, a free day daycamp is being held for children ages 5-11 at the CAVI facility from 9a-1p on April 22-25.  Breakfast and lunch are provided and activities include picnics, reading workshops, drawing; ecological workshops, crafts, sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and various games.  

A girls drill team at the middle school has advanced to the national competition after winning first place in a recent event at Bacalar. The City will assist them with traveling expenses to participate in the competition in Mexico City on April 30 and May 1st. 

Automated propane dispensing is available at the Zeta Gas plant, located on the southern part of the island allowing customers to fill their propane tanks quickly and efficiently. The service is available six days a week 7a-6p and 7a-2p on Sundays. The company has two trucks which provide service to stationary tanks.

The island participated in a National Campaign Against Arboviruses April 4-12, with fumigations to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, and with participation in the Patio Limpio campaign to eliminate breeding areas in residential yards.

PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) placed closure seals at two locations in Sac Bajo for removal of mangrove plants, which are a protected species.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

April 19   7:36
April 20    8:36
April 21   9:36
 April 22   10:33
April 23   11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p-7:10
Sunrise ~6:40a-6:15
April Events 
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On Saturday's at 8a-11a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, 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. More info: LINK Last lunch of the season was April 10

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting.

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

At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected. 
Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.

Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.

Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids 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 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.

Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is  a reenactment  Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church,  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, April 18 There is  a reenactment on the Town Square of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. 

Friday, April 19 The Viacrusis/Passion of Christ reenactment begins at the Sacred Heart church on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria at 10:30a, goes to the Guadalupe Chapel overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica, then downtown to the Town Square in front of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church.

Sunday, April 21 Easter

Sunday, April 21 Earth Day Cleanup of the seabed and coast. Volunteers & sponsors needed. .LINK  
Monday, April 22 Earth Day  

Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays

Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day

Thursday, May 1 Labor Day

Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be 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.

   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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