Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 10

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We're improving the image of our isle  The caption says: An #IslaVerde, cleaner to attract more visitors-we're working as a team to continue these changes on our island.

Even the youngsters are helping to have an #IslaLimpia-clean Isla. Participate in these activities & invite your friends & neighbors to join in. 
This Saturday, July 13th the Isla Verde meeting point will be the entrance to colonia Guadalupana at 7:30am
The City announced the "Super Summer/Verano 2019" day camp for kids promoting recreation and education to promote and encourage good values, with space for more than 40 children ages 7-12. Activities will take place from 10a-1p in different locations & will include football, basketball, table tennis, boxing, in addition to guided tours, movies and topics of ecology and recycling.

The City will host a Job Fair tomorrow, Thursday July 11th at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria from 10a to 3p with about 25 companies including Aguakán, Naveganto, Hotel Mía, Wizz, ET&T (sic), Hotel Posada del Mar, Hotel Palace, El pescador, and Rolandis. There will also be booths of various municipal agencies offering their services and procedures, such as the Civil Registry for documents like birth certificates, and the police for licensing procedures and tickets, who will provide discounts on fines, as well as the departments of Civil Protection and Payments (Ingresos).

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Security is ensured during the vacation season: Police Chief Ongay LINK

Fuel storage tanks installed near emergency generators on airfield LINK  The article notes the tanks generated concerns and complaints from some of those living nearby, who also have had complaints about noise from when the generators are operating. Most of the comments weren't especially sympathetic noting the tanks didn't seem to present a danger, that there is also a gas station nearby, and that the island has a need for backup to prevent electrical outages.

Harbor Master reports they are ready for this vacation season VIDEO  

City closed construction of a small palapa in the Federal Zone at Makax Lagoon, near Villa Panchita, apparently for a lack of permits LINK   It is noted that there are a half dozen other buildings in the vicinity made with cement and blocks, in an area that is supposedly protected, some of which are completed and others are still under construction or in the starting stages. This closure was done by the municipal Department of Urban Development.

A tourist from the state of Mexico drowned  LINK   
   The tourist, Abiran M, 34, was vacationing with his daughters and wife on the beach between Luxury and Chichis, where there are strong currents. Various people said he had been drinking alcoholic beverages, then went out to swim beyond the swimming area, outside the buoys. It appears the current dragged him where he couldn't touch the bottom and he ended up drowning. His wife and daughters witnessed the unfortunate event.

In state news--Increased efforts to contain sargasso  LINK 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Tourist drowned while swimming outside the buoy line  (photo). The captions says he was Aullam Murillo Ibañes who drowned after going past the buoy line that marks the swimming area, where he took in to much water and lost his life. Witnesses said people aboard a catamaran saw him and took him aboard the boat to provide first aid, but unfortunately he had already passed away.  In the comments it said tourists attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate him on the beach, but it was too late.  VIDEO   (It shows: Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him & his widow was inconsolable & very distraught. She also said it was the birthday of their daughter.  In the comments. a waiter who works near the site explained that it occurred after the hours when the lifeguards are on duty, and another posted a photo of the hours of the lifeguards, which says 9a-4p.

VIDEO of hospital director saying the hospital has a sufficient supply of medicines  

VIDEO with caption saying a vehicle was impounded which is presumed to be in relation with an crime in colonia La Gloria that the Prosecutors office is investigating. 

In state news--VIDEO of Navy working on containment of sargasso along the (mainland) coasts using barriers and boats, as well as a plane and three helicopters monitoring its presence to direct the surface units to the areas of highest incidence.
     The logistics for the operation are based at the Isla Mujeres Naval base. There is a Research Ship, as well as an Ocean Patrol vessel and the Defender-boat that are available to assist.

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This article about the tourist who drowned notes that he was from Mexico City visiting with his family and the incident occurred about 5pm near Luxury Beach when he went 'a considerable distance' outside the buoy line, and people aboard a catamaran tried to help him by getting him onto the boat, but he had already passed away. It is unknown whether he was under the influence of alcohol. (photo)

Motorcycle accident  Photo (of motorcyclist laying on pavement being assisted, with his motorcycle on its side at his feet) with caption saying he only had scratches and didn't need an ambulance, and after a few minutes he stood up and left on foot, leaving his motorcycle by the scene, which was in colonia La Gloria near the Julio Saury grade school. It notes he had lost control of the vehicle and was apparently under the influence of alcohol.

"Canicula" (Dog Days) begins July 12th and continues thru August 20th. It is the hottest time of the year in Mexico, according to the National Weather Service, who note temperatures may exceed 45C in some areas of the country. 

VIDEO...In state news: 26,369 tons of sargasso have been removed from the sea and beaches of the state. In the Land Operations, Naval personnel are collection sargasso with shovels and trucks, that was contained by barriers placed along the coastline. On the sea, specialized personnel are laying barriers and making relocations according to need and in coordination with other crews, making use of boats, a plane and three helicopters.
     In this operation at sea, 155 tons have been collected, which is 204 cubic meters. On the beaches, in the coastal municipalities of Quintana Roo, 26,213 tons have been removed, by a total of 5811 people.

From  Por Esto :

Hotel occupancy at 53%  

Ocupación hotelera del 53%

   The municipal Department of Tourism reports that hotel occupancy on the island is at 53 percent, and on the mainland area of the municipality it is at 80 percent, for a combined rate of 69 percent.  There are more than 2000 hotel rooms on the island and an indeterminate number of private homes and rooms for rent to tourist, including accommodation on the Airbnb website, all of which are considered as unfair competition by the hotel industry. (Note: A majority of them are unlicensed but not all.)
  The rest of the article notes the harbor is open for all navigation & from an early hour tourists were departing on boats for tours to the whale sharks, diving, fishing, snorkeling, and to various destinations including el Farito, MUSA, and Isla Contoy. The ferries were busy, and the beaches became busier as the day progressed. It says there are taxi drivers who are concerned about tourists parking near the whale shark monument for photos, noting there may have been a safer place to put the attraction, where there is less traffic.  It calls the monument 'a slice of watermelon with a shark on top'.

Immigration Operation at Maritime Terminal   

Operativo de Migración en terminal marítima

 July 10.  An operation took place took place at the Maritime Terminal around 11am by the National Migration Institute, assisted by personnel with the Navy, which lasted about an hour and resulted in detention of two visitors of Israeli origin, who did not have their documents on them to prove they were staying in the country legally. They were intercepted after disembarking from the ferry, while walking thru the Terminal toward the street. However, another Israeli arrived to clarify their status.
   The activity attracted attention since this isn't very common, and the tourism providers who offer services to visitors were watching the immigration agents and naval personnel observing the passengers and any people wandering thru the Terminal facilities, requesting identification at various times. It is noted that there has been a history of undocumented Cubans arriving without detection, dressed as tourists.

Annual summer vacation security operation are in place  

Operativo por vacaciones, en marcha

     The vacation security operation by the Navy and Harbor Master takes place from July 6-August 25th, and includes patrols by land and sea. The Navy has a first aid booth by Playa Centro, with an ambulance, and special boats to carry out rescues at sea. There are more than 1000 Naval personnel serving the main tourism destinations of the Mexican Caribbean.
    There are more than 200 municipal police officers protecting the safety of visitors, which include bilingual staff working in the beach areas, in coordination with the other agencies including the Department of Tourism and the state Attorney General's office.
    It is noted that there are certifications and guidelines for all boats involved with tourism services, to avoid accidents.

Maritima ferry company concluded liquidation of personnel  

Concluye liquidación del personal de naviera

   Maritima began providing vehicle/cargo ferry service between the island and Punta Sam in 1992 when they took over operation of the Frontera I and Frontera II ferries from the compandy Servicios de Ferradores (SETRA). One of those ferries then went to provide service in Holbox. About thirty workers were laid off when the company went out of business recently, which is presumed to be associated with competition from Ultramar during the past ten months, among accusations that the latter had support from APIQRoo, the state Port Authority. There are also accusations of blame leveled at Marinsa, who invested in Maritima a year ago. 
     The Maritima company was heavily in debt when they stopped operating, and some of the nearly 30 workers are dissatisfied with their payouts, noting that only a maximum of 10 years was considered. One employee who had worked as a mechanic for 27 tears said he was initially offered 70,000 pesos but after mediation he was given 100,000 pesos. He said it was unfair to only consider ten years of service, but the agreement was preferable to filing a lawsuit, and he is seeking another job.

Tourist drowned near North Beach  

Muere ahogado un turista en Playa Norte

  This has the same information as translated above, concerning the drowning that took place of a Mexican tourist while swimming in deep water (beyond the buoys). It notes that North Beach is distinguished for its safety because of its shallowness and lack of currents, but this particular point has a channel with currents and erosion, where there have been several drownings over the past several decades. Authorities will investigate, but it appears the visitor didn't swim well and was out of his depth, which would have caused fear and panic. Paramedics with the Red Cross attempted to revive him on the beach after he was rescued, without success.

Isla Mujeres news briefs    


   The Cocktelero baseball team had already qualified to compete in the championship, when they broke their undefeated winning streak by losing to the Baseball Boys 6-3 in the eighth game of the season. There are two games left in the regular season, with two slots left for the finals, which could go to the Baseball Boys or to the Tomateros.
  The other brief is about the Agricultural Zone of the Isla Mujeres municipality on the mainlnad, noting the school year has ended, which was celebrated at one of the schools.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

July 16  7:35
July 17   8:22
July 18   9:04
July 19   9:43
July 20  10:20
July 21   10:54
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6:10a
July 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 July,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Octopus, Shrimp, & Conch  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.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" haven't been announced yet.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout July. 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. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout July, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season begins July 1st, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo; whole dead-350 to 400; and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 12-August 23, peaking in late July

Saturday, July 6 Barracuda Fishing Tournament with a scooter for first prize, TV's for second and third, and cash for fourth and fifth places. It's sponsored by the political party PRI and will have a DJ & other activities starting at 11am.

Saturday, July 6th at 4p, Connor Williams, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs & do photo-ops with fans at the soccer field in Salina Chica. Then the "Isla Mujeres Bowl 2019" will be held in two categories of players up to age 13; and those of 15 years and up in separate male & female teams. Free. This will be "touch football", played according International Flag Football rules.

Sunday, July 7 at 8p on the Town Square--Four Dance Troupes. The seniors & kids troupes of "Al Són del Corazon", a senior women's troupe & "El Corazon de Conchi". (Són is a style of dance & music, Corazon means heart. Conchi is a nickname of Isla's patron saint, tho I don't know if that's the reference in this case.)

Fri-Mon, July 19-22- Whale Shark Festival 

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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