Thursday, June 13, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, June 13

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Looks like the Navy is cleaning up the abandoned "Bottle Islands". Ingi Fragata took the first two photos today, explaining that two men are cutting it up. This month for World Oceans Day, volunteers in boats removed some of their trash entangled in nearby mangroves. The rest are "Before" photos; #4 is "Joysxee", which is still listed on Airbnb for $479 night (#5). It has >150,000 bottles, which are at risk of contaminating the seabed in our next big storm, in addition to the deteriorated wood. The newer one was built as a documentary project.




City delivers uniforms to Public Service employees   LINK  (photos in yesterday's edition)

 About 170 municipal employees, on the island and the mainland, received more than 1000 pieces of uniform to ensure their safety and protect them from cuts and burns. The items included trousers, shirts, vests, boots, gloves, caps and other safety items that are required to protect them from accident. These are being given to the workers of Public Services (including those working in the areas of collection and transfer as well s sweeping & general cleaning),  Public Lighting, and Parks & Landscaping.

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Navy assists boat that turns out to be "cloned" LINK  
      Tuesday afternoon, the Navy assisted a fishing boat that had a mechanical failure, whose four crew members were in good health. After the boat was towed to the Naval pier, it was impounded for irregular documentation. The boat "Los Cuatro Hermanos" (The Four Brothers) is not the same boat by that name that is registered with the Isla Mujeres fishing cooperative "Por la Justicia Social". Its crew members are from Puerto Juarez, and it is presumed the boat is dedicated to poaching. The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres said the case is being investigated, and the boat's captain had been advised to appear on Friday with the documents for boat ownership & registrations, fishing permits, and other documents.

More than 20 cases of decompression since lobster season ended Feb. 28  LINK   
   More than 20 cases of decompression have been treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber since lobster catching season ended three and a half months ago. The Director of the Hyperbaric Chamber said there is constant recidivism, due to ignorance about the diving tables and requirements.They often descend beyond 40 meters, and don't respect the safety stops when ascending, which can have fatal consequences.
       In addition, they use motor oil rather than vegetable oil in their compressors, which often lack filter changes before & after usage. In addition, some fishermen have risk factors such as poor nutrition, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as dehydration from using alcohol or drugs the day before diving.  One fisherman died from decompression, who had been advised not to go back to diving.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Installation of solar lights continues   
    Thirty-five solar lights are being installed along the malecon of the Caribbean coastal road between the Guadalupe Chapel and Isla 33 at a cost of over 2.9 million pesos.

From  Por Esto :

Water heater fire extinguished     

Conato de incendio genera pánico

   Just after midday on Wednesday, the firefighters of Civil Protection put out a fire near Juarez avenue, behind the Contreras-Gomez family's home. It was caused by a leak in a propane water heater and a spark, which generated smoke that was observed from the second floor of the Harbor Master's offices, whose staff promptly evacuated the building.
    The firefighters entered the home and quickly extinguished the fire, which occurred in an apartment that is rented to a tenant. Traffic was temporarily stopped on Juarez, and resumed shortly after the fire was extinguished. Employees of a nearby golf rental agencies expressed concerns about a potential explosion because the gas cylinder was only one meter from the water heater.
    To avoid propane-related accidents, Civil Protection recommends testing lines with soapy water to ensure there are no leaks, including at the connections, where teflon tape should be applied. Pipes that are bent, dented or deteriorated should be replaced, as well as regulators that are damaged. Plastic hoses should never be used, instead pipes should be of copper of coflex.
   Cylinders should be at least three meters from appliances, in open, well ventilated areas, with no combustible materials nearby. They should not be dented, corroded, welded, and must have intact heads and handles.

Electric company guarantees power in summer  

La CFE garantizará el abasto en el verano

   This winter the Federal Electrical Commission installed a mobile power generator plant at the side of the runway, near the area where the Naval helicopters land. Now they are constructing a foundation and building walls, which appears to be about 250 square meters, to provide a secure area for the unit. The plant is available to respond to any emergency, including a hurricane, and it is noted that there has previously been flooding on the runway during hurricane Gilberto in 1988.
   It is noted that the CFE is preparing for a project to replace the submarine power cables from Punta Sam, because there have been power failures in the past two years.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


  A competition was held at the middle school with exhibitions about bird diversity, care of ecosystems, and the importance of putting trash where it belongs.

A teacher has been provided for high school students in Isla Mujeres who need 'regularization' of Mathematics III, who will teach from noon to 5pm on July 1-12, so that students don't have to commute to the mainland.

Wednesday was "Day of the Bureaucrat" and more than 1000 municipal employees enjoyed a day off, although those who collect trash and keep the streets and beaches clean continued to work. Federal employees worked, but state offices were closed.


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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 

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)

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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