Saturday, April 6, 2019

Isla Mujeres News & Events Saturday, April 6

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 

Personnel with Civil Protection put out a forest fire in the Continental Zone of approximately 10 hectares in the community of Francisco May, in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Thirty-five trained fire fighters extinguished the fire. There was support from the staff of the municipal Public Services Department, the Department of Public Safety and Traffic (municipal police), National Forest Commission (Conafor), the Cancun firefighters Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cancun,  the Mexican Red Cross, and volunteers from the community and from the Agricultural Zone.  
  Firebreak gaps were created to prevent the spread of the fire and to give access for combating fire, and monitoring continues since a change in wind could cause more problems.


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Maritima in economic difficulties  LINK  
Porfirio Martínez Pastrana, one of the four directors of Marítima Isla Mujeres, recognized that the only way to rescue the company's crisis is to invest more resources and make a "pact of civility" with the company Ultramar, since both companies are reporting large losses due to the low prices being charged.
  Due to the economic situation, the ferry "Isla Blanca" has been suspended from service. He said that there is not enough business for four ferries, and the best thing would be to reach an agreement with Ultramar so only two ferries are operating, reducing the losses for both.
  He said,  "We have a deficit of just over two million pesos each month, due to the low charges that are applied due to the unfair competition caused by the company Ultracarga," He said that if the Marítima Isla Mujeres company is losing two million, Ultramar has to be losing more than double since its ships are larger and consume more fuel.
   "We have tried to reach an agreement with the Ultramar company to agree on costs and even suspend two ships (one from each company) but there has been no response from them," he said. He said the Maritima company has debts to APIQRoo (state Port Authority), for gas, and remaining on the purchase of the ferry Sergio Gracia Aguilar.
   He said the press will not be allowed to attend the meeting on April 13, but there will probably be a press conference about the results. He said that of the 27 years that the company has been operating, for the first seven they operated as a community service, with important losses, but now with the entrance of Ultracarga, things have become more complicated. He said that if Maritima is to continue operating, more money will need to be invested, because the ships cannot operate without fuel.

Power outage across Peninsula 
A fire for burning cane fields located between two electrical transmission towers caused a power outage that affected 1,632,908 customers, representing 85% of customers in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Campeche. LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The municipal government organized activities in honor of International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, which included lightning volleyball, a skating exhibition, and a game of cachibal (similar to volleyball) for the senior citizens.

Isla Mujeres will host the pageant competition for “Señorita Quintana Roo Gay 2019”. Registration ends April 30, and the company “Carlos y Meche” expressed their gratitude to the municipal government and invited the community to participate and attend.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

The Isla Mujeres Club soccer team will play the Tulum team Dos Ojos (two eyes) in a league competition on Sunday at 4p at the field in Salina Chica. Last week the Isla Mujeres team defeated the Puerto Morales team with a score of  5-1, and are currently the league leaders, for the number of goals scored (not for the number of games won, which is tied.) 

La Tertulia


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

Invasion of Federal Zone confirmed 

Confirman invasión de zona federal

Photo provided by Por Esto

     The municipal Department of Urban Development and Environment confirmed that the Federal Zone was invaded by a private individual along the malecon of the downtown eastern seawall and that the Rodriquez family did not have a building permit to expand his house. The initial invasion of the walkway along the sea occurred over a decade ago, and construction on a second story began recently, causing more complaints, and the neighbors have contacted PROFEPA with their concerns,  have hope that the new Federal administration will take action to  recover the public access,  and/or the municipal government. 
  Due to the invasion, pedestrians must walk thru a small space, with a precipice at its side, to access the last kilometer of the walkway.

No complaint filed after the fight between merchants and tourists

No hubo demanda contra agresores de turistas

   The tourists didn't file charges against the two local residents who were arrested following a fight on Abasolo near a store at the Hotel Berney, so the accused were released after being fined by the judge (juez calificador municipal, Typically suspects are released after 36 hours if no complaint is filed.)
 Por Esto says the two merchants were arrested tourists in a golf cart and broke some merchandise accidentally and the tourists refused to pay after the merchant wanted $20, because they thought it was twice the amount that should be charged. The visitors became offended and upset, and the situation became heated.  There is a video of part of the events, showing the tourist swearing in English, yelling over and over that he will get them arrested, and challenging them to a fight, with people trying to calm the situation, which came to blows. (see yesterday's translations, under TVIM)
   The Tourism Department said the tourists did not want to file charges and left the island.  The men arrested were a father and son, and Civil Protection closed down "Artesans Dany", because apparently the store is irregular. (doesn't have its legal documentation). The Tourism Department noted that this is bad for the image of the island.

Restructuring of Maritima Isla Mujeres  

Reestructuración de Marítima Isla Mujeres

See translation above.
Isla Mujeres News Briefs  


The information about street lighting has already been translated.
 The other brief is about this morning's plogging event, 8a-11a, with the meeting place of "Las Hormiguitas Obreras" and the clean up of the one kilometer path of Salina Grande.

Power outage across Yucatan Peninsula yesterday afternoon  

Apagón peninsular en la tarde de ayer

The cut occurred shortly before 3:00 p.m., and was restored on the island at 6:45 p.m. The cell phone and Internet service were restored two minutes later. It is noted that a generating plant was installed on the island a month ago for contingencies such as this, and there are plans to replace the underwater cable, as well as to move the overhead lines of 1.1 kilometers  on Rueda Medina underground. 

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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

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 usually a reenactment  Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church,  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, April 18 There is usually 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, 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

Monday, April 22 Earth Day  Probably the fourth annual Earth Day clean-up, removing debris from the seabed and beaches, and inventorying it.

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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