Monday, June 17, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, June 17

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From the City government page
Crime prevention program
Tania Galera, director of the crime prevention agency of the municipal police department said there is a list of more than 20 topics to be taught, especially concerning prevention of being a victim of fraud and extortion. She said the courses include holiday safety, peaceful handling and resolution of conflicts, road safety education, telephone extortion prevention, prevention of petty theft,  empathy in the work area, and others. 
   She said, "Our duty is that all people know what to do, how to act, how to ask for support immediately in case of being a victim or being in danger. We take our experience and information to companies especially so that they are not "easy targets" of fraud or extortion. Likewise, we maintain contact with society in general through fairs held in the neighborhoods where children, youths and adults can learn to distinguish the characteristics of a risky situation, as well as strengthen confidence in the officers of the department."

TVisla Mujeres    

Photo of rescue of tourist who fell from a cliff at Punta Sur, by TV Isla Mujeres  VIDEO   VIDEO  

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
VIDEO of manhole-register leaking wastewater with caption saying that has gone on for 48 hours, noting it is near the Salinas lake.

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      
Quick intervention for the tourist who fell from the cliffs of Punta Sur
    Personnel with Civil Protection quickly intervened to rescue a tourist who went past the security limits and fell over a cliff at Punta Sur. His name is Bernard and he suffered blows from the rocks and was taken to the Community Hospital for medical evaluation by the Mexican Red Cross. Photo VIDEO  VIDEO of rescue  

Wastewater continued to drain into the street due to a manhole-register in poor condition, which Aguakan hadn't repaired.  (photos)

A second course in Sign Language will be offered at CRIM, rehabilitation facility, with basic and intermediate levels. It will begin on August 28th with the deadline for registration on August 23. It lasts 10 weeks and information is given about registering, class times, and that the fee is 500 pesos for materials. Fifty two people completed the first course.  A five week course in Braille begins on August 31st, for the same fee, and registration & class information is given.

   La Tertulia  

VIDEO of rescued tourist being taken to the ambulance, with a woman at his side. She indicates he is complaining of pain in his lower back-sacral area (and a paramedic asks her if she speaks English). VIDEO of rescuer & cliffs saying the tourist fell 12 meters,  and photos.

From  Por Esto :

Tourist miraculously survives fall from cliffs  

Turista sobrevive de milagro

     A sexagenarian tourist miraculously survived a fall of more than 10 meters from the cliffs of Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres, and was taken to the Community Hospital for medical evaluation after a difficult rescue by paramedics and Civil Protection. Bernard Plance, 60, had crossed the (stone) fence bordering the tourist area at Punta Sur to take a "selfie" when he lost his balance and fell from a rocky area 15 meters above sea level, and landed among rocks below, according to reports by the rescuers.
   The accident occurred around  2:20p and after a rescue that took nearly an hour, rescuers were able to load him into the ambulance at 3:15p, with spectators expressing joy and relief.  The visitor was conscious and complaining of pain from the blows he suffered, with visible scrapes on his legs. His French family members, especially his wife, were waiting anxiously and expressed their gratitude to the rescuers. 
  It is noted that practice rescues have been carried out on these cliffs, due to the difficulty of this procedure, and that service providers have asked that the wooden railings along the lower parts of the cliffs be renovated.

Invitation to attend courses in Sign Language and Braille  

Invitan a los cursos de señas y Braille

See translation above

Cleanup of islet "La Carbonera"

Limpian el islote “La Carbonera”

  On Earth Day, volunteers organized by Accion Isla removed 700 kilograms of trash from Islote La Carbonera, and last weekend for World Oceans Day about 1400 kilos were removed. Another clean up took place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, with 67 volunteers participating. The Navy assisted during the week. Participants & sponsors included  Scuba MUSA, México Divers, Pocna Dive Center, Contoy Adventures, Wingdiving Isla Mujeres, Centinelas del Agua A.C., The Ritz-Carlton Cancún, Manta México Caribe, SV RELA, Diego’s Tours, cooperativa Adolfo López Mateo, Apiqroo Isla Mujeres, Capitanía de Puerto Isla Mujeres, Semar, Barracuda Board Co. & Everything Isla Mujeres.

Note:  From Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook on Sunday:
    The cleanup continues today at Islote Carbonera to remove the remnants of two "bottle islands". One ("Joysxee") was a tourist attraction for many years, but collapsed from neglect while the second was being built for a documentary. Last year, one floated loose during a high tide, endangering other boats & strewing pieces. Then the owner left Mexico & abandoned them, leaving them moored at the islet, which is part of a Protected Natural Area.
      They continued to fall apart, with pieces washing up in nearby marinas & becoming entangled in the mangroves. Concerns increased among residents about the >200,000 bottles & the deteriorated structural elements, especially with storm season approaching. Last weekend, volunteers organized by Acción Isla removed more than a ton of trash from the Islote & this week authorities offered assistance. Thank you everyone!! 

     In 1997, Mr Sowa's first "bottle island" was destroyed by Hurricane Pauline, after he abandoned it on Mexico's Pacific coast in Oaxaca, saying authorities forced him to leave. The second lasted seven years before it was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005. It was located in nearby Puerto Adventuras, Q Roo & consisted of >250,000 bottles, which were strewn along the coast & cleaned up by others.
      He came to Isla Mujeres after receiving $40,000 dollars to rebuild, according to Green Travel Life blog, where "Joysxee" received considerable international media attention & was a popular tourist attraction for about a decade. He provided tours in return for donations & offered overnight rentals, which are still listed on Airbnb for $479/nt.
      A Kickstarter campaign raised $9500 for improvements to relocate "Joysxee" from the lagoon into the Bay. It was less accessible for tours & rentals there, and collapsed from neglect while a smaller "island" was built for a documentary project.
       This and other campaigns say it is Mr. Sowa's vision to see thousands of these 'islands' all over the world; touting it as " a truly pioneering ecological project with a global mission to show what we can do with garbage". However, the history of these projects tells another story & we would like to express our appreciation to the activists, volunteers & authorities who took on this messy job & prevented our reefs, mangroves & beaches from being contaminated by all that trash.

Photos from Accion Isla:

High levels of reservations reported  

Las reservaciones ya alcanzan el 90%

  Hotel executives and managers say a high level of occupancy is expected this summer in Isla Mujeres because of the cleanliness of its beaches, compared to other destinations that are full of sargasso. A large number of reservations and activity are reported by nautical service providers including whale shark tour providers, dive shops, and the recreational boats such as the catamarans and trimarans.

One less parking lot  

Un estacionamiento público menos

     The parking lot by the Rocamar hotel and Catholic church, next to the Turtle monument, has been used by the public for two decades, but it is privately owned and no longer available for parking. A construction license has been posted, which is valid throughout the year. On Friday, construction began on a fence to delimit the property of 679.5 square meters.
    Individuals and civil servants who have been parking there will presumably be parking at the Casa de la Cultura parking lot.     
     The Traffic Police have been carrying out an ongoing campaign to 'clean' high traffic roads such as Rueda Medina and are encouraging the use of parking lots, although the number available is insufficient. It has been suggested that the area of the former hospital be converted to a parking lot.

   On Sunday morning, foreign residents reported on Facebook that there was a fire at the Trash Transfer Facility, with a photo, but it hasn't been reported in local media. 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

June 17  8:00
June 18   8:52
June 19   9:41
June 20  10:26
June 21  11:07
June 22  11:45
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6a
June 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 June,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Octopus, Shrimp, Conch & Shark Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game. .

Incubation pen Tortugranja (not 2019)

Turtle nesting season continues throughout June. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but the sand usually isn't deep enough. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

By Tony Garcia

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout June, ending in mid-September.

Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2: "Dry Law" is in effect for 48 hours, from the first minute on Saturday (00:00, just after Friday midnight) until midnight on Sunday (24:00) when "To Go" (package) sales of alcohol is prohibited. Foreigners in tourism areas, such as Isla Mujeres, may purchase alcoholic beverages, with food, at bars & restaurants. Citizens can't buy alcohol & businesses such as convenience stores cannot sell it.

Saturday, June 1 Clean Up with Accion Isla 8a-10a Meet up north of the gas station

  Saturday, June 1st Dia de la Marina. Events begin with a 5 kilometer race in men's and women's divisions, and another for teens and children, starting in front of Playa Centro at 7am and 8am, with more than 17,000 pesos in cash prizes. Limited to 150 runners in the 5k, and 150 in the youth and children's event.

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 wreath.
On Playa Centro, a beach soccer tournament will start at 11am, with teams of eight people and prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos. It will be followed by a beach volleyball tournament at 1pm with teams of two men & two women competing for prizes of 3000, 2000, and 1000 pesos.The festivities will come to a close at 2p, with a Palo Encebado contest.

Events for Dia de la Marina

Wednesday, June 5 World Environmental Day

Saturday, June 8 World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 16 is Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June)

Sunday, June 16 at 8pm on the Town Square: Performance by the "Estudio Dance Latino". Free.

Friday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 29  La Dorada Women's Fishing Tournament (Captain's dinner is Friday night)

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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