Saturday, August 3, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 3

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The summer camp Super Verano 2019 that was offered by the City was successful with good participation by more than forty children. The activities took place from 10a to 1p at various locations and included soccer, basketball, table tennis, and boxing, as well as guided visits to sites such as the Tortugranja, Naval facilities and various beaches of the island.

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A group of families who have lived at "La Curva" for eight years are seeking connection of utility services from the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) and Aguakan. LINK  

Closure of work at "Playa Marabell" LINK  

Volunteers assisting with the Sea Turtle Protection Program  LINK  
   This is the first year of the Turtle Protection Volunteer program, which is having a good response. During the month of July, there were ten student volunteers, from various parts of Mexico including  Monterrey, Chihuahua, León Guanajuato, and our capitol city of Chetumal. Although they receive no salary, they are guaranteed food and a place to sleep. The six students who have volunteered for the month of August are already here, including specialists studying marine biology. Volunteers aren't required to be from Mexico, but must be of legal age. (and speak some Spanish).

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VIDEO of residents from "La Curva" at CFE seeking electrical service

VIDEO of installation of photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura, which is made out of more weather-resistant materials and taller to make it less likely that tourists will climb on them.

From  Por Esto :

Residents of colonia La Curva seeking electrical service 

Habitantes de la colonia La Curva solicitan servicio eléctrico a la CFE

  A group of 20 residents of colonia La Curva, who have been living there for about a decade, went to the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) to request electrical service. Two representatives of the group met with the CFE personnel and the media weren't allowed at the meeting. There are about 50 families living on the private property at this time, with authorization from Ms. Maria de los Ángeles Novelo Torres, who says she inherited the property.  She and Martin Trejo Manzano also met with the CFE officials concerning the request, which would prevent any 'hacking' of electrical power, as sometimes occurs with irregular housing. There is a legal dispute in the courts concerning ownership of the land.
   The residents are also requesting water service from Aguakan.  It is noted that after a decade of struggle, the colonia "Guadalupana", which was irregular, has received recognition and service from the CFE, Aguakan,and the INE (National Electoral Institute) and other governmental agencies. 

Need to open new area at regional landfill on the mainland  

Piden revisar convenio de relleno sanitario regional

 Members of the Commission for the Environment and Tourism of the City of Isla Mujeres have requested that the landfill agreement from 2012 with the municipality of Benito Juarez be reviewed before considering the construction of a fourth section to expand the capacity of the regional landfill, which serves both municipalities and is located in the continental area of the Isla Mujeres municipality. It is also noted that there are environmental concerns which must be fulfilled to prevent leakage and contamination.
   The agreement includes payments of 200,000 pesos which have been due for years. (The amount past due is over 10 million pesos, and by now may be considerably higher.)

Closure order at west side beach "Marbella"

Clausuran escollera en “Marbella”

 On Friday, officials with PROFEPA (Federal Office for Protection of the Environment) closed work being done to install a breakwater at the tourist beach "Marbella". The company responsible for the work didn't have documents for the 100 meters of breakwaters that had been built on the north side of their pier,nor for the 20 meters on the south side. The structures are made of bags of high strength plastic nets, filled with stones, to a height of about one meter, almost at water level, and are damaging the sea grass.
   This technique has been used by some Federal Zone concessionaires in response to beach erosion, and it is presumed that they are trying to fill in and expand the Marbella beach. Holes were also observed at the end of the docks from dredging, which could be used for palapa supports. But there is also a sand extraction hose, which could be used to remove sand from the holes in the protected area, to gain beach on land.
  Closure seals were placed and there has been obvious environmental damage, including to the seagrass which is a vial part of the underwater environment. The inspection took place because of an anonymous complaint, according to Arturo González, deputy director of the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun. The company responsible was unable to present documents authorizing the project or an Environmental Impact Statement.

25,000 tons of sargasso removed from coastlines of Quintana Roo  

Levantan 25 mil toneladas de sargazo

  This is state news. Beaches in the municipality of Isla Mujeres haven't been affected by sargasso, nor have those in Solidarida, Puerto Morelos, and Benito Juarez. The level of beaches being affected at the other municipalities are: Othón P. Blanco 70 percent, Tulum 60 percent and Cozumel 40 percent.
      The Navy reported that during the month of July nearly 25,000 tons of sargasso were removed from the state's coastlines, in a joint effort between civil society and institutions that involved 10,701 people. In addition to manual removal, equipment has been employed. In this manner, from May to July, 57,603 tons were collected and 287 tons were collected at sea, which represent a volume of 376 cubic meters.

Section of road was temporarily closed to prevent accidents  

Se accidentan varios motociclistas

   City personnel with the Civil Protection department cleaned up soapy, oily water that had been poured out by a family in colonia Miraflores, along the road to Garrafon. The road was closed for nearly an hour while they worked, and motorists were directed to detour down the streets of Fragata and Garza Blanca. They threw gravel dust on the liquid, and then swept it away.
   It is noted that the family who were responsible have large cooking pots, because they sell large quantities of tamales to tourists, and when they wash the pots to remove the burned oil, they use soap and water abundantly, and the neighbors say this is creating risk, particularly for motorcyclists.

July ended with good statistics   

Con buenos números cerró julio

   The municipal Tourism Department reported that occupancy for July 25 to 30th was 57.5% on the island, and 82.5% in the Continental Zone, where many large hotels are located, for an overall total of 73.6%.  On the island, the best day was Saturday, with 62%, while Monday and Tuesday were the lowest with 55%. However, there are some small hotels who say their situation is critical because they have less than 10% occupancy.
  On the mainland, lowest occupancy occurred on the 27th at 79% and highers was on the 28th with 85%.  It is noted that there are only three weeks left for the summer vacation season.


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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 July 12-August 23, peaked in late July
August 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. (Tho they didn't post meet-ups for July 20 & 27  )  Here's the Accion Isla LINK

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).

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

Saturday, August 17: Commemoration of the Founding of the town (of "Dolores") in 1850.  There may be a "Cabalgata" horse procession, but that is more likely at the Patron Saint commemorations and the Revolutionary and/or Independence Day parades. There are events on the Town Square recognizing the founding families, reading the founding declaration, and folklorico dance troupe performances, as well as live music and dancing. Many residents will dress in traditional clothing for the dance.

The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid
The Lion Fish Culinary Competition may be held in August. 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.

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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