Saturday, October 5, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 5

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A course on Animal Welfare was held in coordination between municipal authorities and the IBANQRoo state agency, to train public officials on issues of animal abuse so they can respond more effectively to complaints presented under the Animal Protection and Welfare Act. Representatives from NGO's were also invited and in attendance.

The municipal Director of Ecology and the Environment said from Sept. 2019 to September of this year, there have been 866 dogs and cats sterilized on the island and 1124 on the mainland, for a total of 1990. He reminded residents that free sterilizations are available on the island every Thursday. Each year a massive sterilization campaign is carried out on the mainland part of the municipality at Rancho Viejo.

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The campaign to renew Seguro Popular health insurance policies in Isla Mujeres was successful, with 1150 polices renewed on the island and in the Continental Zone. The policies have a three year term. This was part of a state-wide campaign. There is also an ongoing program for people who lack social security to register and process their affiliation to benefit from this Seguro Popular insurance.

The Director of the Community Hospital said pediatric care will be available on the weekends, starting this weekend. Previously, this care was only available Monday thru Friday.  She said it is important that the surgical team for caesarean sections is complete, and as of Oct. 5th, they will have one more pediatrician among the staff specialists. With a complete team, cases of births by Caesarean section will no longer need to be transferred to Cancun. 

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Municipal police are conducting an operation removing polarized film "smoke three" from private vehicles and those in public service, in compliance with the law.

Another chunk fell off one of the eastern cliffs this week, near Punta Sur. This article says there was a similar rockfall in this area last year, and that there have been about four rockfalls in recent months from the cliffs between colonia Salina Chica and Punta Sur. About two weeks ago, a large chunk fell near colonia La Gloria, where hazard tape was placed. A year ago, there was a similar rockfall near the Isla 33 condos, which is considered one of the most fragile sections, where the erosion is approaching the perimeter road. (photos)

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres  
  This information has already been translated, about lighting the Town Hall pink for Breast Cancer Month; the Animal Welfare meeting with state officials about implementing the state law protecting animals; and the sterilization statistics are given. 

Less than a dozen businesses closed for slow season

Canaco confirma cierre de negocios

  The head of the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) estimates there are about 10 businesses temporarily closed while business is decreased, of whom some are doing renovations or maintenance. Some are reopening in mid-October.
     Hotel occupancy is decreased to about 30% on the island, with smaller hotels complaining of being vacant at times, and it is noted that occupancy is higher on the mainland, and at about 50 percent.Tourists continue to visit, but there are an estimated 30% fewer compared to the summer. Businesses are offering significant discounts.
      With the threatening weather on Friday, there were fewer visitors, and it turned out that the sun was shining most of the day.

Installing wastewater network at Punta Sur  

Inicia introducción de red residual en Punta Sur

   Installation has begun on a six-kilometer wastewater pipeline at the southern part of the island from Playa Lancheros to the sewage treatment plant. Contractors are opening a 4.2 meter ditch during a two week period, which began on Wednesday near the plant. By Friday morning, the work had advanced 500 meters (half a kilometer). They expect good daily progress to meet the deadline, although there are many telephone and electrical lines that prevent rapid advancement. There is also potential for interference from the weather, which could extend the work to three weeks, completing it by the end of October.
   A 12-inch high resistance tube will be placed and immediately covered, with the intention of facilitating traffic and reducing inconvenience, particularly for visitors touring in golf carts. A section of road was blocked from the Cemetery in La Gloria to the Trash Transfer Facility, which caused annoyance among drivers. There are hopes that Aguakan will be responsible and repair any sidewalks and curbs they damage during the installations.

Half-hour electrical outage  

Nuevo apagón de media hora

   On Friday, there was an island-wide electrical outage from 6:32am to 7:01am, and no official explanation was released by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission). The seven-kilometer submarine line will be replaced in the summer of 2020.
  It is noted that this outage affected the thousands of students getting ready to start their school day, but may not have been noticed by a significant portion of the population. Two weeks ago, on Sept. 25, there was an outage that lasted for two hours in the afternoon (3:25p-5:20p) due to damage to the underground line by Punta Sam, where hotel construction workers damaged it. The CFE activated the generators while repairs were made.


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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 

October 13   6:39
October 14   7:14
October 15   7:52
October 16  8:32
October 17   9:16
October 18  10:04
October 19  10:58
October 20  11:55
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:35-6:10p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:35-6:45a (start-end/mo)
October 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 October,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Conch, and Shrimp until the 15th.  LINK 

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

By Diane Daniel
Officially, protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October, but monitoring for nests continues until the end of the month. 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.They are expecting there will be a total of 1500 nests by the end of the month, which will be a new record.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
Sunday, Oct. 6 on the Town Square at 8pm--Two folklorico dance troupes & a singer. Free.

Isla Mujeres celebrates the Month of Quintana Roo
Sunday 6th--Town Square 8p Noches Magicas with two folklorico dance troupes and a singer
Monday 7th--Town Square 9a Monthly Civic Ceremony
Friday 18th--Casa de Cultura Esplanade 7p Concert Electone Arte en Movimiento
Thurs 31st-Town Square 8p Presentation of Hanal Pixan altars & the Festival of the Living for the Dead

(The events on the 14th are at schools on the mainland and on the 21st at the City Council room is a contest of oral presentations in Spanish)

Oct 8-9 Draconid Meteors peak (with some interference from the moon)

Oct 9-10 Southern Taurids peak (with some interference from the moon)

Oct 21-22 Orionid Meteors peak

Oct. 31-Halloween is celebrated on Hidalgo street with foreigners & businesses passing out candy and small items after dusk.There's also a procession thru the colonias.

Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos  There's usually a candlelit procession around nightfall from the cemetery down HIdalgo to the Casa de la Cultura where there is usually a Catrina contest and displays of altars from different regions of Mexico. The procession participants are dressed in black and white, or catrina-garb, or regional clothing.
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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