Friday, September 6, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 6

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An Isla Verde is a more ecological island. Let's help keep our beaches clean and free of trash. Let's take care of our environment.

Educating children about the importance of conservation of Marine life LINK  
    Because September 1-7 is the state's Fifth Week of the Manatee, primary school children of the island are taking tours of Dolphin Discover to learn about these animals that are in danger of extinction and observe them. This included a group of 29 students from the Julio Sauri Espinoza Elementary School who visited the park from 9:30 to11:30am. Students from the  “César Mendoza Santana” and “Andrés Quintana Roo” Elementary Schools will visit Sept. 4-7th.

In response to a citizen complaint, the City removed tourist wristbands littering Punta Sur bushes.  

An Isla Verde/Green Island is an Isla free of sargasso  thanks to the crew who rise early every morning to clean the beaches so that we may enjoy them.

TVisla Mujeres    
Mayor reports that Isla will soon have an urban transportation service LINK  
  The Mayor has presented the urban transportation proposal and contract to the State legislature, and is waiting for its official publication, and then the contract with the company will be signed. He explained that once the contract is signed, the transportation service could begin in a couple of weeks. He said he understands there is an urgent need for this service, but it is necessary to comply with these legal procedures.

Navy rescued a small boat with three crew members near Isla Mujeres LINK
   Naval personnel from the base in Isla Mujeres (of the Fifth Naval Region) rescued three Mexicans who were in a small boat that was adrift approximately 1.5 nautical miles (2.8km) from the southern tip of Isla Mujeres. They had suffered an engine failure, and were assisted after the Naval Search and Rescue unit was notified, who towed them to the Naval dock. They were found to be in good health. The small boat didn't have a name on it.

Security VIDEO of an armed robbery of the mini-super convenience store "Karenpool" in colonia Salina. (Por Esto says colonia Meteorológico).

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

The Trash Transfer Facility is almost completely cleaned out: VIDEO of Mayor

Third edition of the Senior Citizen Walk-Run event   
Sunday, Sept. 8 at 5p at the soccer field in Salina Chica--Club Isla Mujeres vs Noh Bec

Citizen complaint about Aguakan needing to quickly repave an area of sidewalk they damaged where many middle school students walk.  (photos).

Firefighters continually attend training workshops  VIDEO  
   They are personnel with the Civil Protection Department & they are called the Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de Isla Mujeres. The drills took place at the fire station, which is located next to the police station.

The state Civil Protection agency released announcements that Tropical Storm Ferdinand was far away and represented no risk to Quintana Roo.

Citizen complaint about broken Telmex manhole located in front of the Mama Lolita tortilleria that urgently needs repair because it is a hazard. (photo)
Citizen complaint about neglected dogs (photos) 

Governor: Planting more than 200,000 corals  LINK 
     The Governor gave the green light to the "Reef Restoration Project" which is planting corals in ten locations in the areas of Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Akumal. The program intends to plant 228,000 corals in six years.
      The Governor gave the green light to planting more than 9000 corals produced at CRIAP (Regional Center for Aguaculture and Fisheries Research) as part of the "Coral Restoration Program of Mesoamerican Reef". Governor Carlos Joaquin is promoting this massive planting of corals in the Isla Mujeres National Park as part of his promise "One vote, One coral". He received 228,000 votes and it is his goal during his six year administration to plant 228,000 corals, before the year 2022.
     At the event on Thursday at Playa Caracol in Cancun, the Governor said this planting project is a decisive step for reef conservation, and the Isla Mujeres National Park is the tenth location where these actions were carried out. Corals have been planted at Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Akumal, where a 95 percent survival of planted reefs is reported.
Through an agreement -signed between the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), the Ministry of Finance and Planning (SEFIPLAN) and the National Fishing Institute (INAPESCA) -, with the "Reef Restoration Program", in two years, 34,771 corals of 13 species have been produced.
       The Governors said that with this large planting of corals in the MesoAmerican reef, "We join the national goal to sow 20,000 corals with INAPESCA along the entire Quintana Roo coast.
The Secretary of Ecology and the Environment said that due to activities associated with tourism, recreation, and other services, it has been estimated that the total annual benefit of the coral reefs has been 100,000 to 200,000 dollars per square kilometer of beach. He noted that the MesoAmerican Reef is international important and prominent for its quality and biodiversity, which generates the white sand and natural landscapes that are enjoyed by all and support tourism development.
      Other officials and representatives of nongovernmental associations spoke about the importance of involving the community in the conservation of ecosystems and said this project is of vital importance, with a significant ecological and economic impact. They are involving the student community to raise awareness about preserving the natural resources of the region.

North Beach Isla Mujeres

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs    
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

A dozen municipal firefighters participated in a class and drill held at the fire station focused on effectively extinguishing fires caused by propane gas leaks.
  The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros team will travel to Puerto Morelos seeking victory against the Cancun Rockies in the III Baseball Championship in the first game of the final series of three games.
  On Friday, Sept. 6 the third Race-Walk for Seniors will take place starting at 7:30am at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria.

Virgin of Caridad del Cobre procession to Isla Contoy on Sept. 14th   

Procesión de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, el 14

    Although the festival for the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre concludes on Sunday, Sept. 8th, the traditional procession to Isla Contoy is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 14th, weather permitting. There will be a mass at 7am and a procession at 8am, which will depart from the pier of the Maritime Terminal. About 120 small and medium sized boats are expected to make the 30 kilometer journey, which takes a little over an hour.
    This is the 20th edition of this procession and about two thousand people are expected to participate. The icon of the patron saint of fishermen will be carried in the boat "Regina" owned by islander businessman Javier Ayala Rejón. It will remain in its niche in the Isla Contoy chapel at the fishing camp until after the lobster season ends on February 29th.

Tax discount program approved by City Council 

Aprueban programa de descuento tributario

  The City Council approved a tax discount program for two months Sept. 15-Nov. 15, which doesn't include property taxes, whose discount program is traditionally from December to February. These discounts apply to taxes and fees owed to Municipal Transit (traffic police), Civil Protection, and Urban Development, among others.

Navy rescued three fishermen whose boat had mechanical problems

Tres pescadores rescatados en altamar

Concluding the emptying of the Trash Transfer Facility   

Por concluir el desalojo total de desechos

  The Director of Public Services reported that all the organic and inorganic garbage that has accumulated at the Trash Transfer Facility will be transferred to the regional landfill on the mainland before September 13th. The majority of the accumulation was removed last week, when 5500 tons were taken in 550 trips by the large semi-trucks.  He said they have removed 90% within the past month, when the City hired a dozen semis to carry out this effort. He also noted that most homes are complying with the trash collection schedule, to take they garbage out from 8p to 10p, but there are still some isolated cases who are non compliant.
   The junk collection campaigns should be resumed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, he said. City officials and their subordinates are participating in this and in the municipal Isla Verde campaign. 

Parent Associations forming at schools  

Se integran sociedades de padres de familia

   Parent Associations are being established in the schools to be responsible for managing federal resources to meet the needs of each of the schools in the municipality.  The Boards of Directors of all the parent associations will be updated. It is noted that enrollment is increasing rapidly on the mainland due to families moving there, and extensions for those schools are needed.
    There was a meeting on Wednesday for the parents of the first level students at the middle school, Benito Juarez, and the advisors for the five groups of students were presented. Topics included the tardiness policy, which allows late students to enter, but they must go to the library to read until the end of the class period, when they may go to their next class.
Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The first brief is about Manatee Week (see above) and the second is about staff with the Tortugranja removing hundreds of wristbands placed on the bushes near the temple to Ixchel at Punta Sur/South Point, in response to a citizen complaint. The wristbands don't degrade easily and because of the winds, they could potentially damage wildlife, including marine life such as sea turtles. 

Another robbery on the island  

Sin freno la ola de robos en la isla

 Nine thousand pesos were stolen from the "Karenpool" convenience store in colonia Meteorológico  by an armed man wearing a black hood at 11:57pm. A security video showing the robbery, which only took 19 seconds, was circulated on social media. The minisuper is located at the intersection of Javier Rojo Gómez street with Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez street.
   The owner of a black Yamaha "Krypton" motorcycle reported its disappearance on Friday, and asked on social media for assistance locating it.

Course given: "How to react to aggressive people"

Imparten curso: “Cómo reaccionar ante personas agresivas”

  A workshop titled "How to React to Aggressive People" was taught to 20 members of the municipal police force. Advice included the importance of controlling your body language, remaining calm, not invading their physical space, listening carefully to the person's complaint or concerns, and asking questions to better understand the problem. 

Punta Sur properties for sale  

A la venta predios en Punta Sur

   There are concerns about the amount of residential construction that is being approved by the City, in particular relating to the sale of a large lot of land at the left of the path to the tourist area at Punta Sur. The concerns include loss of beautiful landscapes, green areas, and views, as well as the effects on the environment. This impacts residents as well as tourists.
      It is noted that construction has been allowed along cliffs that are subject to erosion. Homes are being built very close to the overlook near Garrafon, and near Punta Sur. There is a sign advertising lots for $130,000usd without specifying their size.

Punta Sur without barriers  

Sin medidas de precautorias en Punta Sur

   It has been two months since a tourist fell off a cliff at Punta Sur (landing on a sandy spot and only suffering abrasions and a dislocated shoulder) and no barriers have been constructed. It is noted that there is a cliff whose tip appears to be weak and cracking, and that warning signs or railings are being considered, and re-installation in areas where they have deteriorated or disappeared.
   The municipality is carrying out remodeling work in the area of the former sculptural park, and no admission is being charged at this time. Tourists were observed approaching the edges of the cliffs, and it is noted that signs should be installed advising them not to leave the paths, and to stay away from the dangerous cliff edges.

The port remained open for navigation

El puerto sigue abierto a la navegación

 Sept. 3  The port remained open for navigation with favorable weather, while demand has decreased for recreational activities since high season ended. This region was not affected by the tropical depression #7 which became tropical storm Fernand, which caused rain in Tamaulipas and Veracruz (and near the Texas border). Officials are very attentive to weather conditions during September and October, monitoring for the development of storms during this time that has the highest probability for hurricanes.
   Now the "septihambre" (hambre=hunger) has arrived, there is less demand for tourism products and service affecting the hotels, eateries, nautical services, and other commercial enterprises. The golf cart rental agencies do better than most, however, in some cases the rentals are purchased on the mainland, due to Ultramar offering them over there. Overnight tourism has dropped off, which is evident by the reduced number of people on Hidalgo in the evenings, although there are more on Friday and Saturday nights, when residents go out to have fun. The presence of Mexican tourists in the hotels has dramatically decreased and most of the occupants are foreigners. The ferries are well below capacity, with few people arriving carrying suitcases.
   There is a medium amount of people at the beaches, mostly foreigners, and the clear blue waters are calm and inviting.


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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 

September 13   6:56
September 14   7:30
September 15  8:04
September 16  8:38
September 17   9:14
September 18   9:51
September 19  10:33
September 20  11:18
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:00-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:30-6:36a (start-end/mo)
September Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In September,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" still hasn't been announced.

By Diane Daniel
Protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October and the eggs are collected and taken to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. Releases of the hatchlings are done by personnel with the facility at sunrise or sunset when there is less heat and fewer predators. Three species nest on the island, with the most nests being from Green turtles, second are the Loggerhead, and third are the Hawksbill.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
By Tony Garcia

Whale shark tour season ends in mid-September. September tends to be one of the busier months for storms & hurricanes.

Independence Day Celebrations:

Sunday, Sept. 15-Town Square in the evening-celebrations & "Grito" before midnight read by the Mayor and ringing of the bell

Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8a

Monday, Sept. 23-Equinox-Autumn begins 
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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