Sunday, May 5, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, May 5

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The mama turtles have begun coming ashore to nest & yesterday volunteers removed 36 kilos of garbage & plastic trash from one of the main nesting beaches. Thanks!! Photos from Acción Isla

The new Director of the Community Hospital, Dr. Leily Guadalupe Osorio Mares, announced that as of  Monday, the hospital will have an obstetrician-gynecologist, which will complete the basic specialties of general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and  anesthesiology and should decrease the frequency of transfers to the Cancun General Hospital. LINK  

Ambulance service at no charge for residents
  Executives with the "Heart Ambulance" said they will offer free transport service to residents, both for emergency transport or for transfer to Cancun, as long as it is to a public hospital. He said, "Our ambulance has advanced life support and will only cover services that the Red Cross cannot, or when they need assistance; we want them to be able to count on us and feel more secure having this new ambulance option." 
    They have contracts with hotels and companies including international cruise lines, Quálitas, Dolphin Discovery, and Axxa Asistence, and will offer coverage during the upcoming Olympic competition. (The open water swimming events are Thursday at the concrete pier.)
       The emergency number is 998 240 5899      LINK   - Tvisla Mujeres   

There are no press releases on the Municipal FB site until after the election, in compliance with the law.

From  Por Esto :

Requests at Children's City Council meeting  

Piden escolares más vigilancia en escuelas

  For Children's Day, there was a Children's City Council meeting and the students requested more police surveillance in the vicinity of the schools, particularly when they are arriving and departing. They want orderly development in the municipality and safe spaces for recreation. They said the Continental Zone needs an ambulance and fines should be imposed on those who violate traffic regulations.
   Although it wasn't addressed at this meeting, parents say there is a need for urban transport so the students can arrive to their classrooms on time, and be transported home afterwards.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 


On the mainland, firefighters with the Civil Protection agencies of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun) put out a fire at the old sanitary landfill on Friday afternoon.  A few days earlier a larger fire was put out near Francisco May, and it is noted that there is a high level of alert advised during this season and citizens are asked to cooperate.

The other brief is about adding an Ob-Gyn at the hospital, see translation above.

Port closed for small boats  

Cierran puerto a la navegación menor

May 4   Starting at 10pm on Friday, the Harbor Master closed the port for small boats, which was expected to continue thru Sunday, when the intensity of the 'surada' winds (from the south) is expected to decrease, but to continue gusting up to 50 km/hr. On Saturday, nautical tours were allowed to El Farito and Makax lagoon after 10:30am.  As of 3pm Saturday, there had been no problems with the car ferries docking, but if these occur, departures would be postponed. There were no tours to Contoy Island nor scuba diving, and no recreational or commercial fishing. Tours within the Bay continued. The beaches of Isla Mujeres were full of people, and are attracting many visitors because they are clean and free of sargasso.

Protecting the whale sharks 

Profepa protegerá tiburón ballena

 Various whale shark permit holders say that the most effective way to protect the whale sharks is with the presence of the personnel of the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), the Mexican Navy and CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Aras). Over the past 14 years of this activity, it has been seen that the absence of federal inspectors has encouraged the presence of boats without permits and bad practices among unconscientious licensees.
   It is noted that propeller protectors are required this year, and the recommended speed for boats in the observation zone is four knots, which is 7.4 km/hr or the speed of a human walking without haste. It has been suggested that the boats use electric motors for this, saying it is more effective than using propeller protectors.
    Because the whale sharks are less abundant in May, it has been suggested that the season should begin on June 15 and end August 31st, while others say the activity should be limited to the months of July and August, based on data collected over the past three decades.


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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   

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

Friday, May 3- Día de Santa Cruz/ Día del Albañil

Saturday, May 4 The Caribbean beach "Playa Guadalupana", near the cemetery, is one of the main turtle nesting beaches & you're invited to help clean it up at 9am for the mamas who will start arriving any day now. 

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.

Thursday, May 9 The 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics competition for the stae of Quintana Roo for open water swimming, in 5, 7, and 10 kilometer distances. They will swim between the concrete pier by the vehicle ferries and the pier of the former Kawama marina to its south.

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, May 8, 9 & 11:

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.

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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