Thursday, May 23, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 23

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Events for Dia de la Marina include contests, running competition and a dance LINK   (see events section below)

Playa Centro recertified as a Blue Flag Beach LINK  

Tired of waiting for an answer from the Department of Ecology, today the veterinary doctor, Delfino Guevara announced that his clinic will continue to function as an animal care center, even though this is the responsibility of that municipal department. LINK    

Entrepreneurs approve of the Mando Unico VIDEO    

Video of security video of a theft at the church 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Playa Centro recertified and a Blue Flag Beach & North Beach receives first Blue Flag award  (I'll translate this and the church burglary story manana)

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

Open water swimming event scheduled

Anti-bribery campaign

Aguakan job fair graphic

Citizen complaint about entrepreneur obstructing pedestrian area with merchandise 

From  Por Esto :

Hurricane shelters are ready

Listos todos los refugios anticiclónicos

  Of the 12 hurricane shelters in the municipality, seven are on the island and they are all in good condition and ready for the start of of the hurricane season in about a week. On Thursday, May 30, the state and city Civil Defense committees for hurricane preparedness will be installed. Civil Protection works in coordination with the schools, the Navy, the Red Cross, Aguakan, the Harbor Master's Office, shipping lines, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), and Public Safety, among others.
 The general public is encouraged to pay attention to official information such as The National Meteorological Service (SMN) and the National Water Commission (CONAGUA),  whose information will be relayed by the State and Municipal Civil Protection agencies.

Decreased hotel occupancy  

Desciende ocupación hotelera

  Hotel occupancy in the municipality has declined since the beginning of the month, by three points, from 72% during the period from April 29 to May 5, to 69% from May 13-19th. It is expected to continue declining until the next holidays start on June 22.
   Occupancy is better among the more than 4000 hotel rooms on the mainland part of the municipality, at 76%, and it was up to 82% on May 16th & 17th. The island had 59% with its best day of 65% on May 18, and its worse day of 55% on May 13th. The small hotels are reporting less than 30% occupancy.
   There were more than 50 recreational boats at Playa Norte on Wednesday. The volume of tourists who come to visit for a few hours has also declined a little, but sales are good in the commercial areas and at the beaches. Many golf carts are circulating.  The weather has been good for activities on land and at sea, which is expected to continue for the rest of the week.

Events scheduled for Dia de la Marina   

Arrancan actividades por el Día de la Marina

   There is a schedule of a dozen events beginning this Saturday until June 1st, Navy Day. The Queen for Dia de la Marina has been chosen,  señora María Belem García Náhuat, and she will be crowned on Saturday, when there will be a dance on the Town Square, and former queens will  join the catwalk at 8pm.
   On Sunday, there will be a Children's Fishing Tournament, setting sail at 8a from the Villa Vera Merina, at the Makax Lagoon. At noon there will be a baseball game between local teams at noon. Sunday evening on the Town Square, there will be a performance by the  Noche Mágica Symphony Orchestra.
   On Wednesday, May 29 at 8pm, there will be a children's tricycle contest on the Rueda Medina sidewalk in front of Playa Centro (with the trikes decorated as ships, kids age 4-7.)
   June 1st begins with a race in men's, women's and children's categories, starting in front of Playa Centro. The official ceremony for National Dia de la Marina will take place at 11am, with a procession of boats in the bay and placing of a floral wreath. At that same time, a beach volleyball tournament will begin at Playa Centro, which will last for two hours and conclude with a celebration. The festivities will come to a close at 2p, with a Palo Encebado contest.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   


 A campaign against "morditas" (bribery) and corruption within the police force has begun. The first meeting with the officers was held to inform everyone that they should avoid acts of corruption in the municipality, as part of the coordination plan with the State Police on security matters. Rules will be enforced regarding those engaging in this activity.

The 14th edition of the open water swim between Isla Mujeres and Cancun will take place May 26 with 1200 competitors, both Mexican and foreign. The swimmers will depart from Playa Caracol in Cancun, swimming across the bay to El Pescador Beach in Sac Bajo. "El Cruce 2019" is 10 kilometers, beginning at an early hour on Sunday, May 26. However on Saturday, May 25 there will be two events, the "Cancun Mile, of 1.6 kilometers, and the "Iron Swim" of 3.8 kilometers, with dozens of competitors.  
  Participants include swimmers from 24 states of Mexico, and athletes from 18 countries including 
the United States, Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Panama, Martinique and Colombia.


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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 Saturdays 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 

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.

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. 8am-5pm 

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 UPDATE-Meeting at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa .
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 Tours will begin after the permits are distributed.

Friday, May 17 Clean up at Isla Contoy beaches for turtle nesting season. Departing at 7a.

Saturday May 18  Red Cross fundraising dinner-event

Saturday, May 18 Miss Gay Quintana Roo competition on Town Square at 8p.

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.)
Sunday, May 19 Miss Dia de la Marina will be chosen on the Town Square at 8p. (Dia de la Marina is June 1st

Events for June 1 Dia de la Marina

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 Mujere

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