Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 18

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There are graphics with information about registering for scholarships on the island, in the Continental Zone and in the Agricultural Zone.

A Green Isla is a sustainable Isla, continuing to be a secure & safe island with the installations of solar lights, so that residents and tourists can enjoy better lighting that is environmentally-friendly.

Carlos Barranco, head of the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment said he intends to resume the plan to conduct a pet census and apply the animal protection regulations. This was reported during a recent meeting with volunteers and members of local organizations who perform animal rescues. The meeting was held at Dr. Delfino Guevara's clinic, who provided the official with a comprehensive report about the work that has been done over the past two decades. In an interview, Dr Delfino spoke about the need for residents to assume full responsibility for each of their pets, to sterilize and care for them in accordance with the laws. He also considers it important to resume awareness-raising efforts with the students, starting at the preschool level, so they understand that animals require medical care, and appropriate housing, as well as carrying out the census.

The whale shark season ended and was a good season with favorable weather 95% of the time during the four months, and now many of the boats will be receiving annual maintenance. The general public is invited to attend the Mass that will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8pm, which is held annually at the whale shark monument, to express gratitude for a season without incidents.

From  Por Esto :

Exact date unknown for taxi rate increase   

Sin fecha para el incremento a tarifas 

   Years ago, when the taxi rates were increased, the minimum rate was held at 13 pesos, but the taxi union leader at that time, Eduardo "Wato" Peniche Rodríguez reached an agreement with former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, with a simple handshake and without any document, for a fee of 15 pesos, which has been applied since then, irregularly.
   Recently, the Mobility Institute announced they had approved an increase, but in Isla Mujeres, this new rate was 16 pesos, which was only a one peso increase over the rate the cabbies were already charging. There was dissatisfaction in other municipalities also, and the Mobility Institute agreed to review the amounts for each municipality. The Isla Mujeres taxistas are hoping for a minimum rate of at least 18 pesos. (This is the 'colectivo' rate for residents between downtown and the colonias. It doesn't apply to tourists or other destinations.) 
   One taxi driver complained that 11 years ago, the cost of a fare was similar to the cost of a liter of gas, but now it is barely 60 percent. He said that a liter of gas on the island is over 21 pesos, while the fare is 15 pesos, but to take a passenger to the Community Hospital uses nearly two liters. (If you use nearly 2 liters to go ~4 miles, your vehicle is only getting ~8 miles per gallon.)
Another complained that when a rate increase is approved, within two weeks the bosses raise their fees another 100 pesos, and paying them and filling up the tank, they end up with even less take-home pay, especially in low season.

Residents concerned about crime   

Vecinos temerosos y furiosos

  Residents are increasingly concerned following the armed robbery in a private home on Sunday, where about a million pesos were reportedly stolen, along with jewelry and other items. Home intruders who are armed and who tie up their victims had previously been unheard of on the island, where simple home burglaries were very rare until about fifteen years ago. Now burglaries have been occurring at an alarming rate among residences in the colonias, as well as vacation homes. More residents and businesses are installing security cameras and requesting that police patrols be increased, especially in the colonias.
   Islanders also express concerns that the suspects often aren't caught, and those that are arrested are usually set free by the Prosecutor's office.  (The Peace Index for Mexico reports: only formal investigations were only conducted for 7% of the crimes in 2017 and less than 3% ended with a sentence, which resulted in an impunity rate of 97% LINK  .)

Announcement to register for scholarships   

Vengan por las becas

  The deadline to register is September 26th, and registration has been open since Sept. 13th for scholarships in the categories of academic excellence, maritime transport, special education, and sports. Preference is given to families whose income is less than two minimum daily wages (minimum daily wage=102pesos), and there is a maximum of two scholarships per family. In the case of special education scholarships, the grade average isn't considered, but the other criteria are applied of socioeconomic status and a maximum of two scholarships per family.

Whale shark season closed at 95%  

Temporada del tiburón ballena, cerró al 95%

  See translation above. It is noted that there are about 180 boats with whale shark permits, and about 40 of them went out on the last day of the season, which is an average number since the start of September. In July and August, they were working at about 80-90 percent. It is also noted that this year permits were given for a period of two years, with a probability for another two year extension, provided the permit holder didn't commit any violations during the first two year period.


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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.

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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