Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 24

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Two new Ultramar ferries are on their way from the UK, with a capacity for 450 passengers each, on three levels. The Port Authority says >20,000 passengers have been arriving to the island daily on weekends, now that summer vacation season is in full swing.-photo from Ultramar FB site

Yesterday's Sunset (from Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach by Bruce).

12th Annual Whale Shark Festival on the Town Square this weekend.--schedule below in the Events section. Photo by Arturo Peña-Thanks!

Yesterday's calm seas & at Flying Gurnard--photos from Jim Silver with Agua Adventures EcoDivers

From the City....

The caption reminds you to yield to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.

North Beach has earned the Blue Flag designation & will raise the flag at an event today at 11:30a. This international award involves meeting 33 criteria related to cleanliness, safety, access, and environmental concerns. VIDEO  

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VIDEO-Gerardo A. T., 27, died from decompression yesterday afternoon.

An increase of 8.7% at Maritime Terminal in Isla Mujeres LINK  
      From January to June 2019 Quintana Roo received almost six million passengers in six ports.
        In June 2019, there were 37,046 more passengers in the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal than June 2018, which is an increase of 8.7 percent, according to the Port Authority, APIQRoo
        In the case of the Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ferries, there was a 51.83 percent increase in vehicle transport. "In these months, we had a movement of 183 thousand 325 vehicles, which exceed 120 thousand 742 that were reported from January to June last year,"

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

There will be an All-Stars game of the Libema league on July 28th at the El Pescadores field in Isla Mujeres, in front of Chedraui. Participating teams include Selección de Isla Hol-box, Taxistas de Cancún, Piratas de Bacalar, Selección de Kantunilkin, Piratas de Chetumal and the Pescadores de Isla Mujeres. (Time isn't mentioned, they usually start at noon or 1p)

Civil Protection is installing warning signs on beaches where swimming is prohibited. VIDEO  

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

Municipal workers are restoring the photo-op "Isla Mujeres" sign behind the Casa de la Cultura, which will be made of materials that are salt-resistant, and should be ready in early August. (photo) 

The municipal government is working hand in hand with the state and federal governments on the issue of sargasso.
  At a meeting in the City Council room, the Director of ZOFEMAT (the Federal Zone agency) in Isla Mujeres, Keren Pinto, said that although Isla Mujeres is free of sargasso, we are on alert and not lowering our guard. We continue to work constantly, seven days a week. She said they are working in coordination with the three levels of government, following the instructions of the Mayor and in coordination with the Navy. Isla Mujeres is an organized municipality with ongoing cleaning work of the beaches so that tourist who visit us enjoy clean beaches that are free of sargasso. (photo from City Council room) 

The Red Cross gave first aid to a woman and transported her to the Community Hospital who was suffering from symptoms of heat stress and 'acute colitis' while she was downtown on the main street. (photos of woman standing on sidewalk, in front of chair, being assisted by Red Cross personnel, in front of a souvenir shop)

Civil Protection is installing new warning signs on Media Luna beach where swimming is prohibited (photo)

  A fisherman with the cooperative Patria & Progreso passed away before getting to the Hyperbaric Chamber after three dives to depths of over 120 feet. (photo)

From  Por Esto :

Fisherman-diver dies from decompression  

Fallece un pescador

  On Tuesday afternoon, fisherman Gerardo A.T., 27 suffered severe decompression and passed away, after diving three times to a depth of more than 120 feet, according to preliminary information. He was a member of the Patria & Progresso cooperative, and died before reaching the Hyperbaric Chamber.
     It is noted that while this season of hot weather ("la canícula) and calm seas are beneficial for the nautical sector of the tourism industry, it is a different situation for the lobster fishermen, because the lobsters don't emerge in these conditions. When the divers become more desperate to find lobster, they dive deeply and don't pay careful attention to taking the required time to ascend, which puts them at risk of suffering decompression.
   (There have been at least a dozen cases of decompression since the lobster catching season began at the first of this month. In the previous eight-month season, a record-breaking 74 cases were treated, & there were another 20 cases during the off-season.
    A class was held at the beginning of the season about avoiding decompression illness, which is caused by nitrogen dissolving in blood & tissues from ascending too rapidly. Other factors that can increase risk include use of alcohol or drugs (including the previous day), overexertion/fatigue, dehydration, and poor physical condition.

New warning signs & red flags for Half Moon Beach/ Playa Media Luna  

Renuevan letreros en playa La Media Luna

    The Media Luna beach, located behind the Casa de la Cultura, is considered one of the most dangerous beaches, and swimming is prohibited there. Personnel with Civil Protection are replacing the old warning signs with new ones, and will install new red flags on Wednesday.
    The Civil Protection Director said that the lifeguards have been dealing daily with people who ignore these safety instructions, and he hopes the new signs will help. He said, "Prevention will always be the best weapon for the lifeguard team, so that their lives or those of any other person won't be put at risk.”
   In response to a question, he said that they intend to install similar signs along Caribbean beaches, which are increasingly frequented by tourists and local people, particularly the inhabitants of the colonias of La Gloria, Amplificacion La Gloria, and Guadalupana, because they are also dangerous. He said that since they are not considered as public beaches, the presence of lifeguards isn't being contemplated, which is why users will be at their own risk if they decide to swim there. 
   He said,  “What we want to make clear with the signs that are placed on the beaches of the Caribbean Sea is that it is forbidden to swim in the absence of lifeguards, it is not a public beach as such and therefore, I repeat, whoever does, will be at their own risk".

Hundreds of visitors every day  

Centenas de visitantes cada día

Taxis: Worse than ever  

Taxis, peor que nunca

   Last year in December, the City Council approved the Regulations for the Provision of the Public Service of Urban Passenger Transportation on Established Route Buses, which became law after it was officially published. Once this was in place, it was only necessary to establish the process for bidding, which authorities said would take place during March, to determine the winning company that could begin operating within a month, that is, in April. 
   However, now it is the summer holiday season, months later, and tourists and residents must chose between walking or using the monopolistic taxi service, which lends itself to abuses by the cabbies. Many taxistas pass by local residents because rates are higher for tourists, ignoring the needs of the daily customers. Frustration reaches its peak during high seasons, when taxi drivers will pass by locals (whose rates are discounted 50%) to pick up foreigners who are a few meters beyond. 
    There are taxistas who charge as tho they are a collective, according to the number of people, although this is not how their concession says they should operate. Others will pass by two or more people, preferring to pick up single passengers to earn 60 pesos from four (resident) passengers, each paying 15 pesos to travel between downtown and their colonia. 
    Many taxistas prefer to spend their day at the siteos (stands) in front of Garrafon and Dolphin Discovery waiting for the higher fares, rather than going to the downtown siteo, where ferry passengers are lining up waiting, who include locals returning from Cancun, as well as tourists. In addition,  before midnight, taxis 'disappear as if by magic', leaving dozens of people waiting for a long time, until the increased nocturnal fares apply, which in the case of tourists, increases 'exorbitantly'. 
   It has been three years since the concession for the Turicun Isla bus company expired, but really they stopped operating at the end of 2015, after fifteen years of service that had many ups and downs. The City Council still hasn't issued an announcement seeking bids for bus service on the island, despite citizen complaints and promises made by officials during their political campaigns.


Rest in Peace Don Eloy, aka 'Dollar'--you will be remembered fondly & missed greatly.


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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" hasn'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.)

Saturday, July 13 Plogging clean up 8a-10a Sac Bajo
Saturday, July 13 Town Square at 7p--Folklorico dancers from the state of Nuevo Leon. Free.

Firday, July 19 You're invited to the 1st International Festival of Children's Folklorico Dancing on Friday on the Town Square at 8p featuring troupes from Mexico City, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, Nuevo León, Guerrero, Tabasco, Nayarit, & Jalisco, as well as from Colombia.

Fri-Sun, July 26-28- 12th Annual Whale Shark Festival
   The events whose locations aren't given are probably on the Town Square, the talks in Spanish are probably inside the Palacio-Town Hall.

 Friday, July 26 
6p Motorcycle Clubs Caravan 
6:30 Inaugural Event on the East Malecon Esplanade, Downtown 
7p Grand Opening of the new tourism attraction "El Malecon del Sabor" Food Park
8p Folklorico Dance performance by "Mestizas de Agua Sallada" 
9p Performance by "Renatta Dance Studio Academy" 

 Saturday, July 27 
6p-8p Children's "Lightning" Basketball Tournament on downtown court by Town Square
 7p Presentations (in Spanish) on the topics "Acoustic & Satellite Telemetry of Whale Sharks" and "Estimations About Whale Shark Behavior" by specialists Emilio de la Parra Galván, Eugenio de la Parra Galván & Rafael de la Parra. 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo"
 9p Folklorico Dance performances by the troupes "Al Son del Corazon", "Abuelitas de INAPAM", & "El Corazon de Conchi" 

 Sunday, July 28 7p Presentation (in Spanish) by Pamela Vazquez of Saving Our Sharks organization 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo" 
8p Noches Magicas performance by "Latin Dancers Dance Studio"

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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