Thursday, August 22, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, August 22

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Today is Firefighter's Day  & the City recognizes and admires their heroic work & says Thank You!
Commemoration of Firefighter's Day included public recognition & a breakfast

Trash Collection Awareness campaign reminding residents to put out their trash for the 8p collection.

Preventative work by the City avoids consequences from the rain  LINK  

Free pet sterilization every Thursday

Isla Verde Program is part of the Municipal Development Plan 2018-2021  LINK  

Warriors against Sargasso  --  Working to keep our beaches clean   We're proud of your work!

DIF social service agency invites you to the Breakfast of Flowers on August 29 at ZAMA beach club, tickets on sale at the DIF offices 

City campaign to raise awareness about being responsible pet owners & cleaning up your pet's feces

Successful “8KM Isleños” Race held as part of the 169th Anniversary celebrations

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  The Navy rescued two minors near the Mahautal fishing pier after their kayak sank about a 100 meters from the dock. The Naval personnel were in a boat when they saw the young men asking for help. The young Mexicans were returned to their families after they were given a medical exam and found to be in good health. LINK    

Update on Public Bus Service by Mayor Juan Carrillo VIDEO  
At today's commemoration for Firefighter's Day, the Mayor told the media that the new public transportation service should be operational within two months. He said Islanders deserve a first class service featuring new, air conditioned vehicles that are suitable to the narrow streets of the island, with special prices for the islanders and for the students, who need transportation at accessible prices.
In response to the reporter's questions, he says he doesn't think it will take long to become operational, and when the reporter asks "In two or three months?", he replies, "Not that long, a MAXIMUM of two months".
In regard to size, he says not microbuses nor autobuses. He explains that while we need something compact, microbuses have only about 20 seats, which is too few & something slightly larger is needed, but still compact & suited to the characteristics streets of the island.
He also explained the involved legal process that began in December of getting approval from the Legislature, with transparency throughout & in compliance with the law, that is now in the bidding stage.

The grade schools have received ~9000 textbooks   LINK 
    The opening ceremony for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at Adrea Quintana Roo elementary school. The grade schools on the island have recevied about 9000 textbooks, for free, whose delivery was concluded on Wednesday. The textbooks are for the subjects of Spanish, mathematics, history, natural sciences, and reading, among others.  

Taxi union distributes school supplies, as it does each year  LINK  
  The packages of school supplies will be delivered on Saturday for both the island and Continental Zone, which are estimated to be about 500 packages at an investment of about 150,000 pesos, to help with the family budgets of union members.

The Port Authority, APIQRoo said not many changes are expected in security at the Isla Mujeres terminal, but they held a meeting to discuss where walk-thru metal detectors would be placed. They are still working on this and have no dates when they will be installed LINK  

The Port Authority, APIQRoo said they expect the number of passengers transported during this holiday season to exceed last year's statistics. LINK  

From  Por Esto :

Cleaning out the Trash Transfer Facility in the next three weeks  

Limpiarán Estación de Transferencia

  A new plan is underway to remove all the trash from the Transfer Facility before the national holidays (in mid-September). The plan began a week ago in coordination with the Port Authority, APIQRoo, and Ultramar, granting a special trip in the early morning to transport trash in a dozen contracted trucks, as well as the City's.
  During this first week, close to 50% of the overall volume was removed. An estimated 2000 tons will be transferred to the regional landfill on the mainland. It is estimated that 80% will be removed by the end of August, and that it will be completely cleaned out by September 13 & 14th. They are removing all the organic and inorganic trash to present a better image of the island, to address concerns of the residents & businesses, and to avoid the risk of contamination of the water table and the sea.
    In a agreement between various state agencies and Ultramar, it was decided to hire 12 trucks for the transfer plan, to avoid the setbacks that occurred with the two previous plans to empty the facility. The first attempt was announced in October 2018 with a December 8th deadline, but while the goal to empty it wasn't met, the volume was reduced. Then the amount of trash grew again, and a similar plan was launched in May to clean it out before the summer vacation season, but that goal wasn't met.

Minimal effects from rain  

Mínimas afectaciones por la lluvia

   Personnel with Civil Protection carried out prevention work on the storm drains to minimize any potential flooding from the rain associated with Tropical Wave 31. There has been ongoing maintenance to ensure the collection wells, culverts, storm drains and other aspects of the drainage network are able to flow freely and are functioning well. Residents are reminded to take their trash out for collection at the correct times and to keep the fronts of their homes free of trash, and to avoid littering.

Work could begin in 2020 to adapt soccer field for Third Division professional competition 

Adaptarán campo de futbol para tercera división

   The work would include building stands for more fans (it says "para 500 mil" which means 500,000, but I suspect it should say "mil 500" which is 1500), and locker rooms for two teams, which are requirements of the FMF, Mexican Soccer Federation. This would involve an investment of 1 million pesos, and is taking place because there are two soccer clubs who intend to acquire a franchise with headquarters in Isla Mujeres, according to Oswaldo González Barredo.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


Preparation have begun for the new school year, including meetings and tours with students and parents. At the middle school, students have already been assigned to their classrooms, and have toured the campus and received advice about choosing their technologies.
On Sunday, there will be two games at the El Pescador baseball park. At 9:30 am the Pescadores 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.

Nautical tour operators say they are working at 60%  

Cooperativas náuticas trabajan al 60%

  They were operating at nearly 100% at the peak of the summer vacation season, and now there is a decreased demand. They aren't too pessimistic about September, which they say is usually better than October.  On Sunday, nautical activities on the Caribbean Sea were restricted by the weather including trips to Isla Contoy and to the whale sharks. On Monday, permission for general navigation resumed, which continued until Tuesday afternoon around 4pm when the port was closed for small boats. It is noted that there are fewer passengers arriving on the ferry, especially those with suitcases, than earlier in the summer vacation period.

Fewer tourists as summer vacation season is coming to an end  

Los turistas cada vez son menos

For August 9th, occupancy on the island was at 59% and 78% on the mainland, for an overall total of 70%. Owners of small hotels on the island say their occupancy rates are lower, and in particular Gerardo Magana Barragan says his hotel is at 5% occupancy. He says the other small family hotels are empty or renting only one or two rooms.  He said the presence of national tourists has decreased dramatically, and the few clients the small hotels have are of foreign origin.

Working together to collect school supplies  

Únete a la recolecta de útiles

 The DIF social service is conducting a campaign to collect school supplies for families of limited income in the Continental Zone. They are also conducting a campaign for inclusion that includes painting the wheelchair ramps, providing signage, and activities among families.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


Although it is beginning to feel like low season among many segments of the tourism industry, the CROC labor union still has jobs available.
 The Isla Verde program is part of the Green Future element of the Municipal Development Plan to ensure the protection and sustainable use of the municipality's natural resources. The Isla Verde program includes organized efforts by City Directors and employees to conduct clean ups around the neighborhoods and other areas of the municipality twice weekly.  

Sign claims Ramon Bravo property is for sale  

Ponen a la venta predio de Ramón Bravo

 Although there has been controversy associated with the property of Ramon Bravo (RIP), there is now a "For Sale" sign posted on the newly built fence. The property is located along the road to Garrafon, and its possession is under dispute. Businesswoman Laura Patricia Rodríguez Macías has a legal claim in a court in Guadalajara, Jalisco, saying she bought the real estate in 2010 for 10 million pesos. There is also a claim in Quintana Roo by the Mr. Bravo's widow, María de los Angeles Vallejo Bernal. 
    Recently Ramon's daughter Deborah announced that she has plans to turn the property into a museum, and she says the only current owner is Ms. Laura Patricia Rodríguez Macías. Deborah says the property was sold in 2010 to Ms. Rodriguez by joint agreement of all involved, including Ms. Maria de los Angeles. Details are given about division of the property in 2008 and documents filed in 2009. It consists of 7737 square meters. 
   The lawyer for Ms. Rodriguez says the phone number on the fence isn't valid and no one answers, and he says it is a ruse and part of an attempt to take over the land.

Concerns about quality of manholes     

Mala calidad en tapas de registros de Aguakan

  Since last year, Aguakan has been working at installing the wastewater network in the southern part of the isle, and there are some concerns about the effects this is having on the sidewalks and streets and the incovenience it has caused. There are also complaints that the quality of some of registers could be better. The work is taking place between the Trash Transfer Facility (on the east coast) and Playa Lancheros (on the west coast) which is a stretch of 4 kilometers at the southern part of the isle.
   Aguakan hasn't yet finished renovating the half-kilometer of tap water line they are replacing near the airport, where they are replacing the old lines that were becoming clogged with minerals with new six-inch lines. 

Successful "8Km Islenos" Run   

Realizan la carrera pedestre “8KM Isleños”

  About 35 athletes participated on Sunday in the race which began along the eastern malecon, who included children, women, and men, with families and friends cheering them on in this event that was part of the celebrations for the 169th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres. In the men's category, the winners and their times were:  Samuel Antonio Silva (29 minutes),Félix Licona Cruz (31’20) y Eliseo Duran (34’06). For the women's category: Beyra Hadad (36’04), Lupita Cupul (39’54) and Maritza Flores (44’27).

Ready for the new school year   

Listos para el siguiente ciclo escolar

Two companies will bid on transport concession   

Dos empresas participarán en licitación de transporte

This information has already been translated...the companies are Scandar Tour and Consorcio Empresarial del Sur TPE, S.A. de C. V. It is noted that the previous concession ended three years ago and was held by the company Isla Turicun, who only invested in three 35-seat vehicles for the island and never fulfilled the requirements of their contract. Toward the end of their operations, there were junky buses circulating sporadically.


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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 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.

Friday, Aug. 30  The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invites residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes must by provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote your business or yourself & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discover, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three.

 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.

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
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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