Friday, September 20, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 20

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National Civil Protection Week-- A simulated emergency evacuation drill was carried out at the Casa de la Cultura, with participation by personnel from various municipal agencies, as well as the private sector and volunteers. These types of activities are carried out on September 19th across Mexico, in commemoration of the earthquake that devastated Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985. The drill included 30 civilians and 15 employees of the Civil Protection and Firefighters Department, in coordination with the Red Cross, municipal police, and other departments and individuals.
    The drill was successful and the property was evacuated within two minutes. The entire exercise with the arrival of the emergency and rescue vehicles took seven minutes. 
      Businesses were encouraged to conduct drills, and hoteliers on the mainland and on the island practiced fire and evacuation drills, ad water rescues. Appreciation was expressed toward the participants and the Director of Civil Protection reminded citizens about the emergency 911 number and his Department's number is 877-0106. 

Isla Mujeres al Dia      

On Thursday, the state prosecutor's office, with assistance from the municipal police, implemented an operation to detect stolen vehicles. (photos)

The City provided uniforms for personnel with the Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters (photos)

A motorcyclist was injured in a accident with a golf cart and both vehicles were taken to the impound yard while responsibilities were determined. The golf cart was going the wrong way down Matamoros and collided with the scooter, which was traveling from south to north on Juarez Avenue. (Traffic on Juarez has the right-of-way, and there's a stop sign for Matamoros, facing traffic going the correct direction.) VIDEO 

Sunday, Sept. 22 at 5p at the soccer field in Salina Chica--Isla Mujeres vs Cozumel

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

  The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros just won their league's regional baseball tournament, and they are ready for the next competition. There will be a preparatory meeting meeting on September 25th for the fourth edition of the Puerto Morelos league. There were eight teams who competed in this past season, and they are hoping to have twelve teams in the upcoming competition.
   Increased winds from the northeast were gusting up to 33km/hr, but the port remained open for all boats. The first erosion of the season was noted at Playa Norte, were sand has been recovered near the beach known as "Playa Sol", which lost about a fifth of its size in the afternoon. Some sargasso began arriving on Wednesday, according to the workers who clean the beaches. There is a potential for rain when Tropical Wave 41 arrives to the shores of the state.

Emergency simulations for National Civil Protection Week 

Simulacros por Semana Nacional de Protección Civil

 See translation above. . 

Residents concerned about construction project  

Obra preocupa a vecinos

   Residents have expressed concerns about a hotel project that is in the vicinity of the cliff by La Gloria that suffered a large rockfall two weeks ago, because construction machinery has been brought in to begin drilling to install the foundation piles.  There are also concerns that the large trucks traveling that perimeter road carrying construction materials are causing vibrations that affect the eroding cliffs.
     A worker said they are installing piles to support a building with four levels of rooms, on a 2000 square-meter property. The property has 42 meters along Pargo street & and 47 meters along Sierra street. This is near the area of the rockfall, where Civil Protection installed hazard tapes. The other property line is 40 meters. It's located south of the FOVISSSTE housing development.       
     This construction project is in block 195, whose zoning is designated as "high density residential" (H4-P), with a capacity of 60 homes per hectare. It is across from block 190 where there is a four-story tourist-use building, with an equally high density designation.

Signs updated warning about dangerous swimming areas  

Señalizan áreas y playas peligrosas para el nado

   Personnel with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) and the Civil Protection Department reviewed the multi-lingual warning signs, to keep swimmers away from hazardous areas, including Media Luna (Half Moon) beach were the most recent rescue of a tourist took place.
    Personnel with Civil Protection were installing new signs on Wednesday, including near the end of Medina by Chichi's, where the most recent drowning occurred this summer, when a tourist when beyond the buoy line. The signs warn to respect the buoy line, because there are dangerous currents beyond it. Lifeguards are on duty 10am-5p, and the signs include an English translation.
   The sign on Media Luna beach has translations in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese, because this is a high risk area, with very dangerous currents that have dragged many visitors into the dangerous rocks at the bottom. In the past sixty years since tourists began coming to Isla Mujeres, the site has claimed about a dozen lives, but with increased surveillance and warnings, more have been rescued in recent years.
  On Playa Norte, advisory signs were installed to inform swimmers about the colors of the flags before they enter the sea, to keep an eye on children at all time, to avoid drinking alcohol before entering the sea, to respect the buoy lines and safety instructions, and that the lifeguards are on duty 10a to 5pm daily. 


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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 

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.

Sunday, Sept. 8-Soccer at 5p at the field in Salina Chica--Club Isla Mujeres vs Noh Bec

Saturday, Sept 14-8a Boat procession taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy from the Marine Terminal pier, after the 7a mass and a procession to the dock. About 1200 participants are expected, and about 120 small and medium sized boats.

Independence Day Celebrations:

Sunday, Sept. 15- MegaBoom will perform. Festivities start at 10p & include DJ Dani, and the Mayor reading the Grito & ringing the bell. Tables on sale at the Town Hall from 12p-8p.

Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8. It usually goes from South to North from the Naval base, with a reviewing stand in the vicinity of the 7-11.

Friday, Sept. 20- Dance to salsa, cumbia and more under the stars on the Town Square starting at 8p, performed by the Naval band “El Galeón”. Enjoy a Noche de Paz Magica! Free. And check out the new food trucks on the nearby malecon at the Paso de la Trigueña.
Saturday is the International Day of Peace.

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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