Friday, August 30, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 30

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Egret looking at the salina.  Before the roads to the south end were constructed, there was a large lake in the middle of the isle that connected with the sea & was affected by tides. Salt was collected there for centuries & was a commercial operation in the early 1900's. Now there is Salina Grande, Salina Chica, and Salina(s) Aeropuerto, where rainwater collects from torrential tropical storms. They are connected to two pumps to control their levels by moving water to the sea when necessary.

Funds raised at the DIF "Breakfast of Flowers" event will be used for the programs of the agency that assist the most vulnerable members of the community. More than 150 women attended, and entertainment at the event included an award ceremony for the best floral attire, group, and headdress-hat.

A youth forum titled "Uniting Voices" was held at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, dome as part of the program “República Joven” to give youths an opportunity to provide solutions for problems facing young people in the state. About 90 youths attended, and those who expressed their proposals will help generate new public policies for the creation of comprehensive youth development programs.

 At the 9th Special Session of the City Council, approval was given for the provider of the Urban Passenger Transportation System to ensure users have a service that is of high quality, safe, and efficient. (See TVIM section below).

September is the Patriotic Month. The monthly patriotic civil ceremony will be held on Monday, Sept. 2 at 9am on the Town Square.

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The Mayor announced that the company chosen for the public transportation concession is “Consorcio Empresarial del Sur” whose proposal included 25 vehicles, of which seven will operate on the island. The selection will be sent to the State Congress for approval and official publication. The Mayor said the process will take a month at the most and then acquisition of the vehicles will begin.
Last week, the Mayor said the the vehicles cannot be used junk from other places, that they should be new, air conditioned, and suited to the narrow streets of the island. He also said that the concession will last for 25 years.

- Leonel Povedano Castillo, President of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres said that for many members, their high hopes for the summer season were not met. LINK 
 He said that according to SEDETUR (Ministry of Tourism) hotel occupancy improved various percentage points, but he says this in insufficient when you take into account the hundreds of new rooms and the growth of unregulated vacation rentals. He said this has caused an unfair competition that directly affects hoteliers. The rate competition has harmed income and even customers with high levels of purchasing power are always on the hunt for bargains, leaving the hoteliers in a difficult situation. 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
There have been 43 cases of decompression treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber since lobster season began on July 1st, which is alarming. VIDEO

The municipal police work in coordination with the National Guard on the island and in the Continental Zone to ensure the well-being of the residents and visitors. (photo) 

The small boat owners and crews who offer tours are complaining about a lack of demand for their services at this time. (photo)

Photos of Hidalgo with caption noting the lack of pedestrians now that the slow season has begun. 

   La Tertulia  

A biking-skating event for youths tomorrow, Saturday, at the skate park at 7am, with bikes available for rent to benefit the organization. (On Wednesdays at 8:45p Isla en Bici meet on Juarez to ride around the island.)

From  Por Esto :

Additional classroom opened at the middle school

Abren aula adicional

45 cases of decompression treated in two months  

Imparable descompresión, ya 45 casos en 2 meses

Paralizada media flota langostera

Exhorto para cubrir cuota de cámara hiperbárica

  The lobster fishermen are diving deeply & finding only a few kilos of lobster tail, which is expected to improve when the cold fronts arrive in the fall. There have been an alarming number of cases of decompression since the season began on July 1st. The fishermen say they aren't earning enough money to pay the Hyperbaric Chamber fees, especially since they are currently trying to pay student fees for their families.

Tardy students due to lack of buses  

Impuntualidad escolar por falta de transporte

   Taxi service is insufficient to meet the needs of students trying to get to and from school, especially since many taxistas prefer to transport tourists who pay higher fares. The City Council requested bids from companies interesting in providing urban transportation and on  Sept. 27th they approved one of the two companies who participated who should begin providing service in the fall. (See TVIM above)

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

This information has already been translated about the youth forum and the Second National Week Against Mosquito-borne diseases. Flood prevention work was done in the Continental Zone 


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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 

August 15  7:42
August 16   8:20
August 17  8:55
August 18   9:29
August 19  10:03
August 20   10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower thru August 23, peaked in late July Perseids peaks Aug. 12, but  nearly full moon will interfere.
August Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In August,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  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.
Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. 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.

Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.
 Whale shark tour season continues throughout August, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season thru the end of February, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Thursday-Sunday August 8-11:  At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of  Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected. 

Monday, August 12:  Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.

Events celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of the island as the town of Dolores:

Thursday, August 15
11am Photographic Exhibition at the lower level of the Town Hall "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear"
1p Conference at the Naval Auditorium (in Spanish) "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today"
7p Night of the Assumption at the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
9p Special "Isla Fest 2019" Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas & the Coronation of the Foundation Ambassador with performances by the dance troupes Mestizas de Agua Salada & Ballet Tuumeen Kiin

Friday, August 16
6p Special City Council Session on the Town Square honoring the 169th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, recognizing the founding families and awarding the medals of Citizen Merit and Tourism Merit and the winners of the XXII Artisans Competition 2019, "Let my hands speak to you", will be announced
9p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas "Bohemian Night with Nicho Hinojosa"

Saturday, August 17
8a Wreath ceremony for the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay departing from the wooden pier
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas featuring the Latin Dance, Dance Studio

Sunday August 18
7a Islanders 8K Run
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas  with performances by the dance troupes Al Son del Corazon, Senior Citizens Group, & El Corazon de Conchi

The City will hold an Art Fair ("Primera Feria del Arte") on the Town Square at 7:30p on Friday, Saturday & Sunday featuring more than a thousand pieces. There will be 29 local artists and 20 from other parts of the state. An invitation is extended to visitors & locals to attend & to become familiar with, appreciate, and acquire artisan products that preserve techniques learned from previous generations, which strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability of the island.

Sunday, Aug 25  Pescador Baseball Field (in front of Chedraui) 9:30a thePescadores of Isla Mujeres will play the team from Balacar in a state tournament. At 1p the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play Los Chuchos of Playa del Carment for the grand final in their league.

Sunday, Aug 25  The third "All Day Bowl" is taking place today on Playa Centro with teams from Tabasco, Campeche & Playa del Carmen, among others. (It's played with a football).

Friday, Aug. 30  The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invited residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline was Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes should be provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote their business or themselves & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discovery, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three. Last year, Changuich entered a lion fish cake & placed in the top three in the filet category! (Not a fish-cake...a dessert cake!)

 They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.

Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7am at the Skate Park-Youth bike & skate event with bikes available for rent to benefit the organization
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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