Monday, September 23, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 23

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Discounts of 50 to 100 percent on many municipal fees, fines and surcharges continue to be available thru Nov. 30th.

Earlier this year, the state passed a law banning single-use plastics, giving the islands six months to implement it, which would be around the start of 2020. The rest of the state was given a year to make the change.

The City is developing strategies to reduce single-use plastics
The Director of the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment, Carlos Barranco García, said the City will join in the application of the state law for the prevention, integral management and circular economy of single-us waste products which prohibits using these types of materials that damage the environment.
   He said, "For the island government, led by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, it is very important to keep the municipality as an Isla Verde (Green Island) where the environment is preserved and cared for. Therefore, we will be implementing strategies to raise awareness among the population about the damage caused by materials such as straws, plastic cutlery, to-go containers, and Styrofoam products, and to eradicate their use."

   He explained that education being carried out in the schools and among the general population of Isla Mujeres about the importance of this change, since single-use plastics have become one of the most harmful things on the planet, due to the disproportionate relationship between the useful life of the product and the time they take to degrade. 
   He said that his agency, as well as the municipal Department of Public Services and the Federal Zone agency, ZOFEMAT, are working together to have a successful transition, so that little by little, the use of these products, which are harmful to the environment, will be eliminated

Caption--We are concerned about students dropping out of school, therefore the City is assisting students with scholarships. Together, we move forward to a better future. 

Sept. 21 was International Day of Peace, which was commemorated with various activities among the students to promote security, tranquility, and a better island community. At the "Benito Juarez" middle school, 150 students participated in games and recreational activities about avoiding violence and resolving high-risk situations in a peaceful manner, as well as dealing with day-to-day conflicts.
  To raise awareness about the importance of caring for the environment and living beings, 30 kindergarten students from the "Babriela Mistral" kinder-preschool were given a tour of the Tortugranja, where they observed, listened and learned about the sea turtles who inhabit the waters around Isla Mujeres. 

TVisla Mujeres    

Students with the  Centro Escolar Balam participated in the International Beach Cleaning Day on Sunday, which they do annually, by cleaning the beach behind the Casa de la Cultura, while other students cleaned a beach in Cancun. This year, the students also sifted the sand to remove the smaller pieces that often end up being eaten by fish. They worked on assigned sections and later, there will be an analysis at the school. LINK  

The Director of Public Services said more than 7800 tons of trash have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility  LINK   He noted that this wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of the Mayor, as well as cooperation from Ultramar. The semi-trucks continue to work to ensure this will be maintained.

On Thursday, agents with the Ministerial Police conducted an operation on the island, in coordination with the municipal police. LINK  
   A dozen officers arrived on the island shortly after noon, and set up a checkpoint to review vehicles, near Colegio Bachilleres. Then a checkpoint was established in colonia Salina Chica, by the "La Tablita" carpentry shop, where they reviewed vehicles. A third checkpoint was set up around 8pm on Rueda Medina, in front of the Naval base, which randomly reviewed documents of drivers.
  Although no information was released, indications are that no vehicles were impounded nor drivers arrested, and the operation did not resume on Friday.  

Three hit men were sentenced for the execution and attempted murder last year on December 30th, in Isla Mujeres. José Genaro Herrera Martin, Francis Gamaliel Herrera Martin and Alejandro Ramos Ay Tuz, were found guilty for killing RQG, and putting the life of JAES at risk. The judge issued a sentence of 37 years and 6 months for those charged with homicide, and 12 years and 6 months for the attempted homicide, in addition to a fine of 241,800 pesos and payment of damages of 447,101 pesos. 

Seguor Popular public health insurance is conducting a sign-up campaign on Isla Mujeres LINK  

Free rabies vaccinations for your pet today in the La Gloria park (photo)

From  Por Esto :

Ultramar dredging at Gran Puerto  

Dragado ilegal de Ultramar

  Ultramar was conducting dredging work at Gran Puerto on Saturday night with a specialized barge, and Por Esto accuses them of doing this clandestinely and without permits. On Sunday morning, three buoys remained where it is presumably shallow, and it is thought that the dredging will continue in that area.
      It is noted that this company controls 95% of the passenger movement, moving about 6 million passengers yearly between the island and the mainland (counting each individual twice--coming and going), a statistic that has doubled in just five years.

Some businesses close temporarily during low season  

Inicia cierre temporal de negocios

   Some businesses close during this slow season, while others reduce workers hours by applying "Solidarity Days". The three and a half months of low season include September, October, November, and part of December, when sales and hotel occupancy are reduced. This is a cyclical problem, and is complicated by the fact that expenses continue such as taxes and replacement of equipment, which is frequently damaged by salt residues.
    Restaurant-bars that have closed temporarily include "Tres Mentiras", "Olivias", "Chacha Grill", "Bistro", "Faynes", and "El Topaz". (The latter wasn't temporary.) Currently, hotel occupancy is around 30 percent among some and less than 10 percent among others.

Preparations for Breast Cancer Prevention Month  

Se alistan voluntarios para conmemorar el “Mes Rosa”

  As part of the preparations for the "Pink Month", a breakfast was held at the Mia Hotel to raise funds--“Desayuno de Embajadoras del Mes Rosa”/ Breakfast of the Ambassadors for Pink Month". The event included volunteers from the Naval base and organizers with the municipal DIF. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, and one in six deaths in the world are caused by breast cancer. More cancer-related statistics are given from the WHO (World Health Organization).  

Isla Mujeres news briefs    

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Sept 21   The DIF, social service agency, participated in a promotion of peace at sunrise on Saturday at Punta Sur.
  Later, it rained briefly but intensely, and remained cloudy for most of the day, allowing visitors to continue their recreational activities.

Controversial construction near cliffs accused of breaking rules   

Polémica obra por acantilado, incumple reglamento

   The construction work that is planned on Block 195 in colonia La Gloria doesn't meet the regulations for construction of a four-level building, according to concerned neighbors who oppose it for the presumed risk to the nearby cliffs, which already suffer from erosion and rockfalls.
   According to the zoning laws on the island, for this H4-P type of land use in a residential area for multi-family high density housing, the minimum front dimension of the lot is required to be at least 60 linear meters, while this property at its largest is 47 meters, along Sierra Street.
     It is also noted that the Land Occupancy Coefficient indicates the buildable area cannot occupy more than 45% of the lot, and the Land Use Coefficient says the buildable area cannot occupy more than 40% of the lot. It must have a minimum of 40% as green area, the maximum height of the four levels cannot exceed 14 meters, except for palapas or artistic elements, The parking area must comply with regulations, and other restrictions are given.

Renovation of tap water line to Punta Sur   

Rehabilitan abasto de agua en Punta Sur

 On Saturday morning, Aguakan placed a 100 meter line of 3-inch tubing to "bridge" a section of tap-water line that needs cleaning. There have been complaints of drops in water pressure and high charges which users attribute to being caused by air pressure. Two months ago the company renovated the line near the airfield, which supplies two storage tanks located in colonia La Gloria with a combined capacity of 1300 cubic meters, which is sufficient to replenish 60% of the population of the island.
 Work to install sewage lines is being carried out on the southern part of the island, over approximately 3.5 kilometers to connect them to the wastewater plant, that has doubled its capacity from 30 to 60 liters per second.

Makax Lagoon cleanup by Zoetry employees  

Empleados del hotel Zoetry Villa Rolandi apoyaron en esta importante actividad

  On Saturday, a dozen workers from Zoetry Villa Rolandi hotel worked to remove trash from the Makax lagoon. Municipal authorities have been continuously urging people not to litter, in an attempt to prevent the lagoon's contamination by food and drink containers. The "Plogging Group" also resumed their cleaning efforts on Saturday, working in the vicinity of North Beach.
   The trash removed from Makax included plastic bottles, beverage cans & bottles--especially beer, plastic wrappings, plastic buckets, fishing gear, and surprisingly, an ironing board. Personnel with the ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone) agency have been visiting businesses in the Federal Zones to encourage them to join in the clean up campaigns.
   As part of the "Isla Verde" campaign, City personnel cleaned the walking path around Salina Grande, which included a great deal of to-go containers, straws, cutlery, beverage containers, and styrofoam.

Operation on the island by Ministerial Police  

Policía Ministerial realiza operativo en IM

Mega-brigade registration for Seguro Popular public health insurance 

Megabrigada de afiliación al seguro popular

  The sign-up operation by 18 brigades began on Wednesday and continued on Thursday and Friday in all of the colonias of the island, and there is a module at the Community Hospital. The main focus is the people who joined in 2016 who need to renew their policies, to maintain their health insurance. They are processing applications for people so they can sign up without them having to leave their homes. It is expected that more than 3000 policies will be renewed during these three days, among the more than 13,000 beneficiaries of Seguro Popular in Isla Mujeres.
  The module at the hospital is open from 8am to 5pm, and the required documents include CURP, proof of recent address (ie electricity bill, original & copy), and official photo ID of the policy holder (examples are listed). For newborns, a birth certificate is required. 

International Day of Peace commemorated by students  

Conmemoran Día Internacional de la Paz


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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.Cancelled due to weather.
Saturday is the International Day of Peace.

Saturday, Sept. 21 Cleanup 8a-10a meeting by North Garden (near Sea Hawk Divers & Buhos).

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

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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