Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 28

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Yesterday around 1p, Islander were invited to join in an Isla Verde campaign at 5p in colonia La Gloria.

The Director of the municipal Public Services Department, Pablo Jesús Moreno Povedano, said they have been working day and night to empty the Trash Transfer Facility, removing an average of 300 tons per day. They are making 21 daily crossings, in addition to special crossings that the municipal government organized, in coordination with a private organization, at 10:30pm from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres and another at 4:30am with 13 large trucks. 
   More than 4000 tons have been moved to the landfill in the Continental Zone of the municipality, which is 80 percent of the accumulated organic and inorganic waste. This intensified effort has been going on for 17 days. Mr. Moreno Povedano said, "The goal is to remove all the garbage accumulated at the facility and sanitize it completely. We hope to complete this in the next few days for the organic and inorganic garbage, as well as the PET plastic, aluminum, iron, and cardboard; and to continue with the removal of the vegetative trash." 
    He said the Mayor is committed to the site being a Transfer Zone and not a dump or landfill. Therefore, the objective is to collect the trash from the homes and to take it directly to the large trucks for transfer to the landfill on the mainland. They are committed to having zero trash remain and to remove the 45-50 tons of trash that are collected daily. In conclusion, the official reminded residents to comply with the trash collection schedule of 8p-10p, which prevents bags of trash from sitting in the streets during the day, giving the island a poor image and helps maintain this as a destination that is environmentally friendly.

On Monday, 5811 students returned to the basic education system (preschool/kinder-primary-middle school), as well as nearly 500 teachers, in the 33 schools in the municipality of this Pueblo Magico. There was a symbolic presentation of books, uniforms, and backpacks for students at the preschool and primary levels, and during the course of this week these items will be delivered to each student, directly in their classrooms. There will be an announcement in September concerning renewal of municipal scholarships.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

The Hyperbaric Chamber could be closed due to a lack of payment of their dues by various fishing cooperatives. VIDEO   (See Por Esto article below)

VIDEO of interview with senior citizen--the reporter asks how they will be celebrating Grandparent's Day and she responded--Playing cachiball (similar to volleyball), and other games-activities and getting healthy exercise.

It is Grandparent's Day, Wednesday, Aug 28

Controversy and confrontations continue concerning a property at Devil's Curve, and Mario Alonzo reports his cell phone was taken when he was recording the security guards and that he is concerned about further retaliation, so he has notified the prosecutor's office and he tagged the Governor.

The Isla Verde campaign continues, which includes sweeping, painting of curbs & crosswalks, and picking up trash. The most recent event took place in colonia La Gloria, starting at Jurel street and finishing at the "Las Tortugas" park. Participants included various municipal department directors.

   La Tertulia  
In colonia Salina Chica, an electrical wire broke and was reported to CFE, who hadn't arrived within an hour, which caused concern among some residents who think it may be a high tension wire. (photos)

From  Por Esto :

The Hyperbaric Chamber needs financial support  

La cámara hiperbárica podría cerrar

   The Hyperbaric Chamber could close temporarily due to a lack of money to operate if the fishing cooperatives don't respond financially with their shares. Officials with the board that manages the Chamber called a meeting about this issue with the leaders of the cooperatives, for 11 am. Participants included Director Policarpo Pastrana Partillo, and the presidents of the Isla Blanca, Social Justicia and Makax coopertives, with the latter arriving late. The president of Patria & Progreso communicated with them to say he was unable to participate, but would support the agreements that were made at the meeting. (The fifth fishing coop is "Caribe").
   Mr Pastrana Portillo explained that there are five local cooperatives and two outside coops registered with the Board of the Hyperbaric Chamber, who are not all paying their fees, which is causing serious financial problems, since the treatments given to the fishermen for decompression illness cost more than the fishermen are charged. He explained that a tank of oxygen costs 800 pesos, in addition to the costs of keeping the capsule functioning and everything else, for which the fisherman only pays a fee of 400 pesos per month, which would be adequate if everyone contributed their share.
   He said the cooperatives who are not paying their share are also the ones who use the facility the most, such as Makax, Isla Blanca, and Caribe. It has been agreed since previous (lobster) seasons that there would be a payment of 400 pesos per fishermen, with twenty fishermen registered with the Board. He said it must be clarified that if there are 20 fishermen affiliated, they pay 8000 pesos per month, but if there are 40 affiliated fishermen, they must pay 16,000 pesos per month. However, they only want to pay 8000 and that doesn't work, he said.
    He said there is also a problem with the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission because the consumption on the property is higher than the meter is registering, and they were granted a five-day period to upgrade the wiring. So regardless of whether or not the fishermen pay, service will be suspended for a few days during the repairs.
   The former Director explained that when the hospital was open, they paid for the electricity, but now that it has moved to colonia La Gloria, that situation has changed.

Request for increased monitoring of mainland lagoon  

Piden vigilancia permanente en la entrada de la laguna Chacmuchuc

   Due to poaching, members of the fishing community of Isla Mujeres are requesting that the Navy maintain ongoing surveillance at the entrance to the Chacmuchuc lagoon. They accuse the fishermen who are permanently camped in the Boca Iglesias area, who are from Tabasco, mostly, saying this has been going on for years.  They say those fishermen don't respect the closure seasons or size limits, catching lobster when they are full of eggs, they catch too many octopus, and they lack fishing permits. For lobster the regulations are a minimum of 400 grams for a live lobster and 16.5 cm for a tail (That's 14 oz and 6.5 inches--which is longer than a US bill or any of the Mx bills.)

Decreasing numbers of tourists

Los turistas cada vez son menos

More than 4000 tons of trash transferred  

Trasladan más de 4 mil toneladas de basura


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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.

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 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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