Friday, May 3, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 3

The Isla Mujeres live webcam is still out of order. Meanwhile I'll post new pics here intermittently. This is last Saturday's sunrise from MVC.
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 It's Día de Santa Cruz when the construction workers erect crosses at the top of the site & their bosses are supposed to show appreciation by serving them a meal or some other gesture on this Día del Albañil.
The origins of this celebration are found in the story of Empress Elena of Constantinople, mother of Constantine, who traveled to Jerusalem seeking the cross on which Jesus had died. Excavations were carried out at Calvary & three crosses were found on May 3, 326.
To identify the correct one, the Empress chose a seriously ill woman & touched her with each of the crosses, with no result until the third one, which miraculously healed her.
Our neighboring island to the south, Cozumel, was named "Santa Cruz de la Puerta Latina" by the first Spanish expedition who landed there on May 3, 1518. (The previous year, the first expedition to the Yucatan & what is now Mexico landed on Isla Mujeres & visited the coasts to the north & west.) It's said that Cozumel's Mayan name was Kosom Lumil, "land of the swallows" which were abundant there & considered to be a gift from the goddess Ixchel.


For the second time, Privilege Aluxes has made an unsuccessful attempt to construct a wall in the Federal Zone of North Beach. The municipal Director of Urban Development & Ecology explains that they have no municipal permits for this construction because blocking passage thru the Federal Zone isn't allowed. The wall is being taken down & fines are being imposed. Other inspectors on the site include the municipal ZOFEMAT representative and the municipal Director of Fiscalizacion (Enforcement). ArticleVIDEO from Tvisla Mujeres and VIDEO from Noti Isla Mujeres

Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament with over a million pesos in prizes, May 18 & 19. Deadline for registration is the Friday night Captain's Dinner.

The malecon overlooking the Caribbean, south of Media Luna beach,yesterday from Isla Mujeres Pueblo Mágico

VIDEO from Noti Isla Mujeres of beach captioned: 
"Unlike other beaches of Quintana Roo, those of Isla Mujeres don't have sargasso."

>>The Caribbean beach "Playa Guadalupana", near the cemetery, is one of the main turtle nesting beaches & you're invited to help clean it up tomorrow at 9am for the mamas who will start arriving any day now. It's state Sea Turtle Awareness Week! 

3-Day Schedule for the First Isla Mujeres Bird Festival 2019
Wednesday, May 8
9a-Inauguration in Salina Chica at the library "17 de Agosto" & you're invited to donate a book.
9:15-Cleanup in the mangroves of Salina Aeropuerto and around the Library.
11a-Mural of Birds of Isla Mujeres on the library wall.
6p-Presentation: Celebrating Urban Birds by Green Jay Mayan Birding at the Library.

Thursday, May 9
11a-Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day at the middle school "Benito Juarez" by Green Jay Mayan Birding with a presentation at 11:50a by Amigos de Sian Ka´an and another at 12:45 titled "Birds & Wetlands" by Hidrobios.
6p-Presentation at the City Council room in the Town Hall of "Tourist Guides & Bird Watching".
Saturday, May 11
6:30a-Bird Watching at the Aeropuerto Salina area near colonia Salina Chica & nearby areas.
9:30a-Presentation at the Library: Results of Bird Monitoring in Chacmochuc Lagoon in the Isla Mujeres municipality (on the mainland).
5p-Close of Activities at the Gaviotas Park in Salina Chica with Activities for Children & a neighborly gathering.

 Isla Mujeres Al Dia has a VIDEO of the Youth City Council day with students sitting in for the Council.

  IM Noticias   reports that a new ambulance service was launched on the island last week, "Heart Ambulance" with the group Amerimed. A company representative said they don't charge for emergency transfer of islanders and are focused toward tourists who may require this service. They already have agreements with some hotels and companies including international cruise lines, Quálitas , Dolphin Discovery, and Axxa asistence. They are a new option for transfers of patients or for the injured, both on the island and in the Continental Zone. 
    The Amerimed Heart Ambulances have advanced life support  and will support the Red Cross of Isla Mujeres, since they will only provide services that the Red Cross cannot or when assistance is required. 

  Isla Mujeres Al Dia  has photos of potholes with a caption noting that despite the recent pothole repair program, there are potholes that urgently need attention.  It also has photos of potholes being repaired on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue (prolongacion Aeropuerto). And a beach VIDEO captioned: This is how North Beach you have any memories of this paradise?

   Noti Isla Mujeres has a VIDEO of soapy water on Rueda Medina Avenue (main street) saying that neighbors were complaining that merchants dumped it the public street.
There are no press releases on the Municipal FB site until after the election, in compliance with the law.

From  Por Esto : 

Isla Mujeres is ready to host the National Open Water Swimming Competition for the state 

IM se alista para sede nacional de natación

 See yesterday's translations. This article also  notes that the distance between the concrete Fiscal pier and the private peir is 570 meters.

New hospital director plans improvements in service 

Ofrecen eficiencia en servicio hospitalario

  The new Director of the Community Hospital, Dr. Leorio Osorio Mares, said she plans to offer improved service at the facility and hopes to regain the trust of the public, noting that her office door will be open. She is the first Isleña  to take charge of the new Hospital, which has received complaints from the community since it opened in December 2015 when it was said the hospital would provide an area of ​​hospitalization with 13 beds, an operating room, a trauma room, gynecology-obstetrics services, digital X-rays, doctor's offices and a blood bank".
    There has been a lack of specialists at the facility, and complaints about the medical services and the attitudes of the providers. She said this bad image will be fought will new attitudes by the medical team and more efficient service. 
     Dr. Osorio Mares has been working in the hospital for 14 years, therefore she is very familiar with the medical colleagues, nurses, administrative & general staff of all the shifts. She has a reputation as a capable, serious professional.

Number of tourists at the beaches hasn't decreased very much  

No disminuyó mucho el turismo en la playa

   Although the Easter holidays have ended, many tourists continue to visit the beaches of Isla Mujeres, which are free of sargasso, and many are also enjoying recreational boats and tours at the island. There are also many visitors touring the island in golf carts.
   In Puerto Juarez, the boat tours offer their services for 500 pesos which includes crossing to and from the island, lunch, snorkel equipment and snorkeling.  Visiting the island and these tours are especially attractive because seaweed is affecting other areas of the Quintana Roo coastline. Isla Mujeres beaches are spared due to the geographical location of the island. Beach businesses are reporting good sales. Many hotels are reporting occupancy above 60 percent, but some of the smaller hotels complain that they are half empty. It is noted that there will be no regatta this year, and that the four month whale shark tour season will begin May 15th
Isla Mujeres new briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The basketball team, "Trigueños de Isla Mujeres" took second place in the 2019 Campeche Cup, whose competitors were born in 2003 and 2004. 

Students with the primary school "Cesar Mendoza" visited the Tortugranja on Thursday as part of the commemorations of the "3rd State Sea Turtle Week 2019", and they learned about sea turtle conservation and the protection program which takes place for the next six months for the turtles that nest on Isla Mujeres: Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The Municipal Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles will be officially installed next Wednesday.


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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 

May 18   7:20
May 19    8:19
May 20   9:16
 May 21   10:10
 May 22   11:01
 May 23   11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:15p-7:25
Sunrise ~6:15a-6:05
May Events 
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On Saturday's at 8a-10a,  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

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, usually discontinue around this time of year

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

Tuesday, April 30 Children's Day

Tuesday, April 30 Comedy event in Spanish benefiting several local children battling cancer.

Wednesday, May 1 Labor Day. International Dia de los Trajabadores. Banks, schools, government offices, and similar businesses will be closed. Most tourism businesses will be open, as will Chedraui.

Wednesday, May 1  In honor of State Sea Turtle Week & Children's Day, the Tortugranja will present puppet shows tomorrow, May 1st at 9a, 11a, 1p, and 3p

Sunday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" commemorates a battle against the French in Puebla & is mostly celebrated in bars by folks from the US.

Sunday, May 5  The First National Women's Extreme Roller Skating Festival of the Maya Riviera 2019 will be in Isla Mujeres on Sunday, May 5 from 1p-5p. Free. Schedule:
1p at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria: Recreational Games.
2:30p Awareness Competition "Roll & Pickup".
3p at the Skate Park in Salina Chica: Skating Exhibition by Chicas Roller Mexico, Live music by Playa Sol, Cypher of Freestyle, Mural painting, Environmental talk by Accion Isla, Skate Workshops, games & more, with food by Santo Taco.

Probably Sunday, May 5 at 5p (?)-Isla Mujeres vs team from Jose Maria Morelos at Salina Chica soccer field. Last Sunday, the Isla Mujeres team beat the formerly undefeated team from Playa del Carmen.  Currently Isla Mujeres has two wins, one loss, and one tie, at the close of the fourth round,
Photo from IM Noticias
Monday, May 6  Civic ceremony on the first Monday of each month, usually on the Town Square at 9a..

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 8,9 & 10: 1st  Isla Mujeres Bird Festival with artistic events, bird watching, mangrove cleaning, children's workshops, book donations, and providing results. More info will be available next week.

Friday, May 10  Mother's Day 

Wednesday, May 15 Whale shark tour season begins and continues until  mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19:  Cosme Magana International fishing tournament with over a million pesos in prizes.  Deadline for registration is the Friday night Captain's Dinner. (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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