Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, June 4

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Everything is ready for hurricane season: Harbor Master  VIDEO  

Complaint about environmental damage VIDEO showing backhoe clearing a lot and moving dirt, in front of Colegio Bachilleres, along the Caribbean road. 

Commemoration of Dia de la Marina on June 1st with the Governor attending LINK 

Security ensured on Sunday for the elections: Chief of Police Ongay  LINK  

Second telemedicine consult LINK

Removal of campaign posters from the voting areas prior to the election  LINK  

Whale sharks found in the area known as Aguas Verde  LINK    
   The "Green Area" is closer to Holbox and causes higher fuel costs for the Isla Mujeres tour providers, at an average of about 4000 pesos for boats with two engines. They found a good number of whale sharks, with more than 50 seen at a single location, which indicates a good season.

   Noti Isla MujeresBackhoe VIDEO with caption: With total impunity, they cut mangrove, put fill on the beach and use heavy machinery on the dunes

  Isla Mujeres al Dia:  Photos of motorcycle under a golf cart & then the moto in the back of a police truck, with an officer behind, driving the cart. The caption explains that a tourist put a golf cart in reverse, accelerated, and accidentally ran down the parked motorcycle, causing material damages, and no injuries. The cart is a rental from the Gomar agency, and the accident occurred on the main street near a popular restaurant. Officers with the Traffic Police came to the scene and the vehicles were taken to the impound yard until responsibilities are determined.

VIDEO of closure seal with caption: On Monday morning, the Department of Urban Development and the Environment closed work that was being done in front of the high school, Colegio Bachilleres. The reporter was told that there were no permissions given to perform work with heavy machinery, which included filling in part of the beach.  Photos with a similar caption note that on May 24th an inspection revealed they lacked the proper permits and hadn't followed appropriate procedures for brush removal, which ultimately led to closing the site. They had been warned that using heavy machinery wasn't allowed in that area, which they ignored, according to the Director of the Department of Urban Development and the Environment. 

Photos of Monday's Civic Ceremony for the month of June (held on the first Monday of each month).

Playa Centro, North Beach, and Playa Albatros have met the 33 criteria for the Blue Flag designation from July1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 . The Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) in Isla Mujeres, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, said that an audit was carried out reviewing environmental management, security, services, implementation of environmental education activities, and the quality of the water and sand were verified. In compliance with the criteria for this international award, this designation will be renewed for Playa Centro, and the other two beaches will receive their Blue Flags. 
 At Playa Centro and North Beach, there are 10 receptacles for cigarette butts at various points so that smokers can deposit their waste, because cigarette butts cause considerable environmental damage, especially at the beach. There area also services and facilities provided for disabled people, so these are inclusive beaches, allowing everyone to enjoy the blue seas of Isla Mujeres.  .
     One of the main services is the "amphibious chairs" which will move thru the sand without bogging down and some have floats on the side which allow people with reduced mobility to enter the water. There are also ramps and a wooden runway. This is a free service and there is a visible booth where a chair can be obtained. Ms. Pinto Aguilar said there are two amphibious chairs at North Beach,which are used about twice a day, and a lifeguard tower is under construction. 
   She urged visitors to the beaches to put their trash in the receptacles, noting there are 15 trash cans on North Beach and nine at Playa Centro. She said there are crews of 15 people on North Beach and on Playa Centro who work from 5a to 10a raking and filtering the sand, removing sargasso, and picking up trash. She said the cleaning of Playa Albatros will be carried out in a coordinated manner with the concession holder.

   La Tertulia  
 May 31  The National Hurricane Center in Miami is monitoring a low pressure system near Belize which poses no risk to the state of Quintana Roo. They are monitoring it for development after it crosses land, when it reaches the Gulf, and it is likely to cause heavy rains in that part of Mexico in upcoming days.

Isla Mujeres drill team takes fourth place in national competition in Mexico City.

VIDEO of a motorcycle under a Gomar golf cart, showing the front wheels aren't touching the ground. The caption notes the cart was driven by a foreign tourist, who said the accelerator pedal stuck after the cart was put in reverse. The cart ran over the parked motorcycle, dragging it several meters, stuck under the cart. The accident occurred around 5:30pm on Rueda Medina in front of the Mirimar restaurant. Police officers came to the scene and responsibilities will be determined in regard to the damage to the motorcycle. Fortunately, since it was parked, no one was injured.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs   
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

  On Monday afternoon, HSBC bank was unable to operate because they lacked internet service, and expected Telmex to resolve the problem during the afternoon.
  The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros continue to lead in the Third Puerto Morelos tournament, after beating the Chuchos of Playa del Carmen, on their field, with a score of 4-3.

Destruction of dunes, mangrove, and turtle nesting area  

Destruyen dunas, mangle y zona de anidación

  See translation above. This article also notes that the area where the work was being done is a turtle nesting area, and that the rocks provide protection from hurricanes. It says the backhoe was working within five meters of the sea, destroying mangrove. It is noted that it appears that there is other construction in the area that has not respected the 20 meters of the Federal Zone.

Armed robbery at gas station  

Violento asalto en gasolinería

 June 3   The State Attorney's office confirmed that 320,000 pesos were stolen from the gas station along the Caribbean road on Monday around 2:30am. The employees said there were at least three armed men, whose faces were covered.
   Fernando O.J., who dispatches gas, said he was preparing for the end of his shift and went up to the office when someone came up behind him, whose face was covered by a cloth. The man put a gun to the head of the employee, told him not to turn around, and to stand with his hands on his head. Then they took him to the receipt area and put industrial tape on his hands, feet, and mouth. 
     The thieves spent about an hour and a half with the safe, which they removed from the wall. Fernando said after everything was quiet he crawled to the bathroom where he found the other employee bound with tape. The freed themselves and went to the office where they saw the hole in the wall where the safe had been, which held the receipts from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. totaling about 320,000 pesos. No one had been detained at the time of this report and the investigation is ongoing. Isla Mujeres al Dia notes that the gas station is open and operating normally.  

Enforcing new traffic regulations 

Aplican nuevo Reglamento de Tránsito

    Traffic police have begun enforcing regulations concerning parking at public building accesses, and removing license plates from motorcycles who violate the rules. The measure is not rigid, given that there are not enough spaces in nearby public parking lots. However, many people leave their vehicles parked along the main street, Rueda Medina, without regard about whether they are blocking wheelchair ramps, so it was decided to apply the regulations to clear access to banks and public buildings, and to ensure that the signs are respected.
     A traffic officer confirmed that drivers are allowed to leave their motorcycles a few meters away, for a limited time of 15 minutes, until they finish their procedures quickly, and then vacate the spot.It is noted that if more people would park in the lot by the Casa de la Cultura, and walk farther to their place of work, the streets would be less congested, especially at the busiest hours from midday to sunset.


Weekend occupancy rate at 56% 

Ocupación al 56% este fin de semana

  Good weather continued on Sunday and the Director of Tourism Promotion, Gustavo Rodriguez estimated that hotel occupancy at the beginning of June was between 53 and 56 percent. The rest of the article is about how many tourists were visiting the beaches, beach clubs, and touring in golf carts to visit the many tourist attractions. The police were patrolling the island to ensure everyone's safety. Visitors were also taking tours at sea to swim with the whale sharks, visit Isla Contoy, or go diving or snorkeling.

Increased absenteeism    

Ganó el abstencionismo

  This article complains about poor voter turnout at Sunday's election of state legislators, noting there were no incidents but some polling stations opened a little late.

Public Security on patrol 

Seguridad Pública estuvo al pendiente

 This article says the police were conducting patrols on Sunday to ensure tranquil elections.

Businesses comply with "Dry Law": Lose profits 

Perdiendo, pero acatan Ley Seca

  During the 48 hours of the Dry Law, from the first hour of Saturday to the first hour of Monday (basically, Friday midnight to Sunday midnight) stores were not allowed to sell alcohol, and the beer coolers were covered with black trash bags, or had signs on them. Restaurants and bars were allowed to sell drinks with food purchases, to tourists.One convenience store owner in colonia La Gloria estimated they lost about 30,000 pesos in sales over the two days. He said on a normal Saturday, he sells about 20,000 pesos worth of beer and other products, but on Saturday he only sold about 8000 pesos.
    No one was caught violating the law, which would have resulted in immediate closure and fines of 45,000 to 90,000 pesos.

Lifeguard towers for summer 

Torres de vigilancia para el verano

   A new lifeguard tower is being built on North Beach, in the same location as the one that was removed, at the end of Hidalgo avenue, by the businesses owned by the Briceño family. A new tower is also being built on Media Luna (Half Moon) beach, where the old structure was. Swimming is not allowed on the beach, due to dangerous whirlpools and rocks within a few meters of shore, and many rescues have been conducted on this beach, despite the warning signs and flags indicating swimming is prohibited.  The lifeguard towers are expected to be completed in time for the summer tourism season.

Remembering the island's great seamen  

Recuerdan a grandes navegantes isleños

  On Friday at the Town Hall, forty outstanding captains were recognized at a commemorative ceremony for Dia de Marina Mercante (Merchant seamen). Some of them have passed away, but their relatives were present. They navigated the waters to  New Orleans, the Panama Canal, Cuba, and even in Europe.

Floral wreath placed at sea  

Depositan ofrenda floral en el mar

 Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez led the commemoration of the 102nd Anniversary of the Nationalization of the Navy, which included a procession of boats in the Bay of Isla Mujeres and placement of a wreath in memory of those who died in the line of duty. The work of fishermen, boatmen and other tourism service providers was acknowledged, as well as the efforts of oilmen, researchers, environmentalists, workers in the Naval industry, and merchant and Naval seamen.

Many cases of conjunctivitis  

Brote de conjuntivitis en la isla

   Recommendations include frequent handwashing with warm water & soap for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, don't share makeup, glasses, contact lenses or their cases.This is a very common, treatable condition that causes inflamation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eye. The inflammation causes redness, swelling, and increased tearing, with a discharge that can be transparent, yellow, white or green. Other symptoms include itching, irritation, and burning.  Conjunctivitis caused by viruses or bacteria is very contagious, and can be transmitted between people quickly and easily. Conjunctivitis caused by allergies or irritants isn't contagious. Pharmacies confirmed they are dispensing more ophthalmic medications lately.

Celebrating Dia de la Marina  

A celebrar el Día de la Marina

Telemedicine in Isla Mujeres  

Llegó la telemedicina a Isla Mujeres

  On Tuesday, a remote cardio-obstetric consultation took place for minor with a cardiac condition, from the Community Hospital to the telemedicine program at the General Hospital in Cancun. The program uses technology for patients with complex conditions to have remote video consultations for diagnosis and treatment. Before the consultation, the patient's information is sent to the specialists and the consultation is scheduled and takes place via monitors.  The program also involves patients with degenerative diseases.


Posted by Tony Garcia with the caption: "Isla Mujeres memories, 1966". The train in the first photo took passengers to the bridge of the Zazil Ha Hotel, located on the islet Yunque. Built in the early 60's, pre-Cancun & tourism development, the hotel went bankrupt, then was El Presidente Caribe, & now the Mia is there. #8 is the Town Square (aka "El Parque").


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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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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