Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 7

While the webcam is out of order, I'm posting new pics here intermittently. Bruce took this at Sunday's Skating Festival.
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From  Tvisla Mujeres :

Whale shark regulations updated
    At the recent meeting with the authorities. whale shark tour operators were reminded to respect the life jacket requirements and that tourists will now be limited to two swims each, and may only enter the water twice.
   The tour operators said they are preparing a letter to the authorities opposing the propeller-protector requirement because of the long distances and sargasso, saying it is counterproductive to use them and engine damage is likely. Roberto Arias, president of the Isla Blanca cooperative, said he believes these devices aren't designed for long distance use and are meant to be used in lagoons and for short distances. LINK   

VIDEO of whale shark tour operator talking about the recent meeting concerning the upcoming season which begin May 15th. 

Turtle Protection Committee hasn't been installed yet & three dead turtles have washed up in Punta Sam.
  The Turtle Protection Committee will be installed on Wednesday. Tortugranja Director Deline García Canto, who is responsible for the marine turtle protection program, said that two nests have been detected so far. One was a loggerhead nest with 207 eggs and the other was a hawksbill with 110 eggs.
    Three dead turtles have washed up at Punta Sam, with badly damaged shells that apparently had been broken in half by propellers from large ships. It is noted that this type of damage couldn't be done by propellers from small boats.  (There was also one near Bachilleres on Easter.)     LINK  


Preparations begin on Tuesday of the Olympic swimming competition
On May 9th, Isla Mujeres with host the state competitions for the 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics for open water swimming, when athletes will compete for gold medals 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.
More than 11,000 athletes in the state will compete thru May16th in 18 sports at 14 locations. The official inauguration of the events took place on May 2nd at the state capitol of Chetumal.
In Isla Mujeres, there was a work meeting for assignments of responsibilities and agreements about development of the event. On-site preparations will take place on Tuesday to adapt the space where the competition will take place and to work on the logistics. On Wednesday, the organizers will have another meeting and a practice session be held at the competition area. The open water competition will take place on Thursday.
From IM Noticias 

  Noti Isla Mujeres reports that everything is ready for the whale shark tour season to begin on May 15th & also has a video from the motorcycle-truck accident labeled that it has graphic content. 

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

From  Por Esto:

Whale shark tour licensees object to propeller protector requirement  

Rechazan uso de protectores de hélice

 Some of this information has already been translated. The complainants say,  "Those grills are not suitable for the strong currents of the Yucatan Channel, they limit maneuvers to15 - 20 nautical miles (24 to 32 kilometers per hour); they don't  protect the whales, in a contact with wooden driftwood between mats of sargasso, and they damage the transmission of the outboard motors. This could leave the boat adrift with tourists aboard. There was also a lack of support for the protectors at the meeting in Holbox. The licensees say they also don't support the proposal limiting the number of boats at the site to 120 per day.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Complaints continue about cell phone and internet service on the island from Telcel and Telmex, saying that problems are more common in the evenings and at night when there is more usage, while others say it is a problem throughout the day. Some residents are switching to AT&T.

The Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) plans to ensure all the tourist guides for observing and swimming with the whale sharks are  Mexican and not foreign, as has occurred in recent years. These actions take away the "power" of certain CONANP (National Commission of Protected Natural Areas) officials with responsibility for validating guides.This promotes respecting the Federal Labor Laws, in order to prevent companies from using foreigners as their guides, instead of hiring local labor.

The other two briefs are about candidates in the upcoming election. 


Private ambulance "competes" with the Red Cross  

Ambulancia privada “compite” con la Cruz Roja

  See article below. & other information in this article has already been translated. It is noted that the Amerimed ambulance has permits to operate on the isle, but currently lacks a facility. 

Motorcyclist collides with a truck

Motociclista se impacta contra un camión

A woman on a scooter collided with a "Construrama" construction materials delivery truck when she was traveling from north to south on Rueda Medina. Her white scooter was nearly under the truck when it stopped and she complained of pain while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The Red Cross and Amerimed ambulances both arrived, and the latter took her to the hospital.Responsibilities will be determined.

Mini soccer tournament for children & youths  

Mini torneo de futbol infantil y juvenil

 On Sunday, there was a mini soccer tournament for children & youths at the Salina Chica field which took place from 9am to noon. The municipal Sports Department donated casacas and five soccer balls. The teams included the Rayas, Tigers, and Trilanda FC, and the event included a visit by Franco-Canadian Matias Garcia.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Information from the first brief has been translated about beginning preparations on Tuesday for Thursday's open water competition.

The second brief says the Benito Juarez Technical middle school #1 held a contest for  “Señorita Técnica 2019” with seven contestants as part of the activities commemorating the schools 60th anniversary. Names of the winners are given, and gratitude was expressed to the parents of the participants for their support. This was the first time in eight years that this event has been held.


Photos by Bruce of Sunday's event at the skate park..


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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 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
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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