Thursday, August 1, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, August 1

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On July 26th, the International Day for Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems, the City conducted a cleaning campaign in the mangroves and green areas in colonia La Gloria, behind the Bicentennial Dome and areas near the Mundaca Hacienda from Playa Albatros to Playa Lancheros. About 150 kilos of trash was removed which included plastic (PET) containers, cans, glass, and plastic bags. The 45 participants included volunteers, residents, and employees of the municipal government, Club Albatros, and Aguakan.

With teamwork, we can keep our island clean  
The caption says: Working together, we can achieve a lot. Let's keep adding more people to the Isla Verde days and let's keep the streets free of trash

Photos from yesterday's Isla Verde campaign along prolongacion Rueda Medina from the car ferry to the Naval Hospital.

TVisla Mujeres    
The City invites islanders to sign up for the free training classes program, “Capacitando Juntos 2019”, for residents over the age of 15. The 20-hour courses will begin on August 6 and include a self-makeup course, basic baking, basic techniques in applying gel-nails, and a course in making felt figures.Residents are invited to learn a trade to improve their quality of life and that of their families. Information is given about registration, which can be done at the Economic Development office in La Gloria. LINK  

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
The Mayor says the new "Isla Mujeres" photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura will be installed today, with letters made from materials that are more weather-resistant and larger, at 1.5 meters tall (nearly 5 ft.). He said there are plans to put a similar photo op sign at Punta Sur. VIDEO  

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      
VIDEO of interview with the municipal Director of Civil Protection about an upcoming meeting with hoteliers about their responsibilities to their guests in the event of a hurricane and informing them about the hurricane shelters and other information.
   La Tertulia  
Video of personnel with Civil Protection cleaning up the road where soapy water caused a scooter accident.  VIDEO from accident scene of moto on its side and a young woman laying in the street being assisted by others, with caption saying this occurred near the Macax cooperative, the paramedics were on their way, and advising caution.

From  Por Esto :

Homeowners battling cliff erosion in Meteorologico  

Continúa reforzamiento en acantilados

    Owner of houses along the cliffs in colonia Meteorologico are experiencing ongoing erosion, and they are continuing to attempt to re-enforce the cliffs to protect their homes, which will be at particular risk in the event of a hurricane.
    Homeowners along Emiliano Zapata street have constructed reinforcements.  Several of these homes are used for vacation rentals, and it is presumed that this allows them to have funds for this work. These include the vacation rentals "Perla", "Jimbo & Karen" and "Piolin". Business owners say they took those measures in order to preserve the integrity of the buildings, because rocks were falling steadily and their property was reduced.  Those who lack the economic means for this are continuing to lose pieces of their property. Among those still at risk is the chapel "La Guadalupana".
    It is noted that nearly all of the cliffs along the central and southern part of the island are subject to erosion, losing land inch by inch every year, and then large sections crumble away, without any official commentary on the issue.

Small hotels having worst year   

Pequeños hoteles viven su peor año

   The vice president of the association of small hotels, "Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes de Isla Mujeres", Gerardo Magaña, says his hotel has less than 10% occupancy, along with others. The situation is expected to worsen in September thru mid-December, making it difficult to pay employees, utilities, and taxes. He complained that they haven't received the governmental support they need, and says the 3% Lodging Tax should be used more effectively to attract overnight visitors.
   He said the small hoteliers long for the times when their hotels were packed with customers and Isla Mujeres didn't need publicity. He claims this is the worst season of this era and the small hoteliers downtown are keeping their prices low for the remainder of the year, hoping to attract families who are looking for comfort and tranquility in hotels that are not filled to capacity.

Mangrove cleanup and awareness  

Limpiando, fomentan el cuidado de manglares

Increased security at Maritime Terminals  

Apiqroo invierte para garantizar la seguridad

  The state Port Authority has spent over 12 million pesos improving security at all the Maritime Terminals in Quintana Roo. This includes the two metal detectors that are in operation at the Cozumel Terminal and the two that will be installed in Isla Mujeres, which cost 8,150,000 pesos, including the equipment and hiring of special surveillance for its operation.
     This also includes system of 217 high resolution cameras that operate in real time will be installed at a cost of 2.5 million pesos in the terminals at Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juárez, Punta Sam, Puerto Morelos and Cozumel.


Yesterday's sunset from MaraVilla Caribe B&B

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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 July 12-August 23, peaked in late July
August Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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).

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.

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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