Saturday, June 22, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, June 22

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Before-After  The caption thanks our friends with the City for the cleaning work done in the streets of our beautiful island.

Working as a team for a clean island 

Enjoy our beaches that are free of sargasso 

The Director of Tourism, José de Jesus Castillo Magaña, reports that tourism has increased by 14 percent since last year, which he attributes to promotion, being a Pueblo Magico, offering a safe, clean, green destination with good cuisine & many water activities, and always taking care of the environment. He says the beaches are in optimal condition and free of sargasso, as well as being listed as the ninth best beach in the world by TripAdvisor. Soon both Playa Norte and Playa Centro will have the blue flag award, indicating excellence in cleanliness and services. He said the work of various municipal departments responsible for the care of tourist attractions is very important, as well as the support and participation of Islanders, to continue the increase in visitors and the increase in economic benefits for island families.

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

Members of the Taxi Union were out early this morning (Saturday) cleaning up the island. The caption says they were about to be joined by the workers from ZOFEMAT (who clean the downtown beaches daily 5a-10a, and other coastal areas intermittently).  photos.

Photos of the personnel who clean the beaches & the clean beaches, noting this is an admirable job and they are doing good work, with a reminder to put trash in the appropriate receptacles, for a Clean Green Isla. Isla Limpia. Isla Verde.

The President of Mexico will be in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres on Monday, conducting his usual Monday morning press conference from the Ciudad Militar (military base) there. He plans to talk about the Tren Maya (Mayan Train) project, sargasso, and social development programs. He'll be visiting Tulum & Playa del Carmen tomorrow. LINK  

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres  

This information has already been translated..about the Mayor of Bonita Springs receiving postcards from students of Isla Mujeres as part of our sister city relationship, about the "Isla Verde" campaign & cleanups, and that it was false news that there would be a water suspension this weekend.

Nighttime monitoring of beaches where sea turtles nest  

Vigilancia nocturna de arribo de tortugas marinas

  There has been increasing surveillance by staff with the Tortugranja of the eastern beaches of the island where sea turtles are nesting, to collect and protect the eggs. These people have been trained to carry out this work and to assist in raising awareness about protecting sea turtles. Residents are encouraged to call the police if they see anyone committing crimes such as stealing eggs or trying to capture or harm the turtles.
   Volunteers, independent of the Tortugranja, have been cleaning the turtle nesting beaches recently, and it is noted that the beaches are free of sargasso, and the turtles are able to come ashore with no impediments.
    Turtles are mating in the waters off the southern end of the island, and many tourists arrive with binoculars.

Some want warning signs for cliffs  

Urgen advertencias en los acantilados

   Despite a tourist recently falling from a cliff while taking a photograph, visitors continue to pose for pictures on the edges of the precipices. (The French tourist fell more than 10 meters, but luckily landed in a sandy area.)
   Some golf cart agencies have begun advising customers to stay away from the edges and avoid risk of collapse, such as t e Caribbean Malecon and Punta Sur, which are locations visited by hundreds of tourists daily.  (Tourist also drive their carts near the edges of some cliffs).

Alleged "pirate" taxi impounded   

Aseguran taxi “pirata” en operativo

   A taxi with a "superimposed" license plate and no number was impounded in an operation by IMOVEQROO (State Mobility Institute), and its driver was arrested due to his behavior with the officials. The owner of the taxi is Eduardo Peniche, aka "Wato", former head of the taxi union. He presented the ownership documentation, and explained that the vehicle is 'deregistered' and cannot operate as a taxi. He said it is still red & has its taxi plates because it was discharged in recent days.
     Its 'superimposed' plate is 46-65-TRY (which is a taxi plate number, not a private plate). The officials said this is an irregularity, and the agents with the Prosecutor's office said it is grounds for detention and impounding. However, it may be a misdemeanor (administrative) crime.
    It was the only vehicle impounded in this operation, which took place near the curve by the Mundaca Hacienda. On June 6th, IMOVEQROO reported that in the previous two months, 13 golf carts and one taxi were impounded.


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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

Sunday June 23 Performance at 8p on the Town Square by Latin Dancers Dance Studio

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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