Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, October 15

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The City Council passed an initiative clarifying one of the boundaries of the municipality of Isla Mujeres with the neighboring municipality of  Lázaro Cárdenas,  because the boundary has been from the lighthouse at Cabo (Cape) Catoche to Punta Sur of the island, as designated by the Constitution. However, in 2015,  due to damage, the state relocated the lighthouse 200 meters farther inside the island, decreasing the municipal territory. This initiative clarified the boundaries so that the territory of the municipality is not reduced. That lighthouse had been a guide for sailors and merchants since 1899. 
   Also during this session, Dancey Geisler Fernández Loria, as the eighth councilor, was sworn in to replace José Faustino Uicab Alcocer in the Public Health and Social Assistance Commission

       In response to the proliferation of potholes caused by recent rains, the City is conducting an ongoing pothole repair campaign on the island. So far, repairs have been made on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue by the Colegio Bachilleres high school, by the Viejo Oasis, and near the malecon in colonia Salina Chica. This work will continue around the island in the upcoming days, on Monday thru Friday between 9am and 4pm. Residents are encouraged to help point out potholes in their colonias that need attention. (That pothole they're repairing in all but one of the pics was left by Aguakan who tossed gravel in it rather than repave it, and it was hazardous, especially for motos)

The City holds various types of crime prevention workshops and activities, and recently taught a class on the mainland part of the municipality at the hotel "Dreams of Playa Mujeres"concerning the prevention of "robo hormiga", whose best translation I can think of is "ongoing pilfering". It refers to employees, vendors, or other people with access to company supplies and goods who steal small items or amounts, often hiding them on their person or in their belongings. Literally, robo is robbery and hormiga is ant.

The DIF will hold a talk about prevention and detection of breast cancer (in Spanish) on Wednesday at 9a at the Naval Auditorium

Official Weather Report from the state Civil Protection Agency this morning...

Due to the distant location and the trajectory of Tropical Depression #15, it represents no risk to the coasts of Mexico. (At 5a, it was located at 15.6 degrees North and 20.9 degrees West, which is about 335 kilometers east of the Cape Verde Isles of Africa, moving northwest at a rate of 19kph, with maximum winds at its center of 55kph, with gusts.

The NHC reports that the Tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea that covers an area east of Puerto Rico to eastern Venezuela is moving west causing cloudiness and rainfall, and conditions are not favorable for its development into a tropical system.

The extensive low pressure system over the Caribbean sea with a center near the northwest corner of Honduras continues to move west-northwest toward Belize and Guatemala, with a zero chance of evolving in the next 48 hours, while it moves across land, and a 20 percent chance in the next five days, once it is over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is associated with a low pressure 'channel' (vaguada) over the state of Q Roo, with a wide peripheral circulation that is driving tropical maritime air with moderate moisture content from the Caribbean Sea to the Peninsula, including the state of Quintana Roo, causing cloudiness and storm clouds with moderate scattered showers accompanied by electrical activity, mostly in the south-central areas.

Isla Mujeres forecast--Partly cloudy, chance of occasional showers, very hot, with variable winds from the southwest at 15-25kph with occasional gusts.

Photos with caption about Aguakan not repairing an area where they did work, which requires that the middle school students walk in the street because the sidewalk is obstructed.

The CFE is inspecting meters at businesses, hotels and other rentals, and residences for irregular hookups and "diablitos", and they have detected several cases already. It is unknown how long this campaign will continue. (photos)

Work by Aguakan at the southern part of the island temporarily interrupted the tap water supply to some of the colonias (photo)

Third Pink Run, 1km and 5km on Sunday, Oct 20 at 7:30 starting near Playa Centro & the Fishermen's Monument  

The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros, who were league champions last season, beat the Puerto Morelos Barracudas in the first game of this season with a score of 6-2 on Sunday at the Pescadores baseball field on the isle.

   La Tertulia  

On the mainland,  the State Mobility Institute (IMOVEQROO) conducted an operation that surpassed the goal of removing 2500 vehicles from public service, because they don't comply with the current regulations. They were mostly taxis manufactured before 2013, with the majority being Tsuru models. A total of 2794 vehicles were removed from the streets, of which 2643 were from the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) and 151 were from the municipality of Isla Mujeres (a majority of the taxis operate on the mainland). The Mobility Act also requires that taxis have air bags and abs brakes.  Next year, no concessions will  be granted for vehicles manufactured before 2015.

From  Por Esto :

They've turned the street into a garbage dump 

Convierten calle en basurero

  The street "Javier Rojo Gomez", which intersects with the Caribbean Coastal road has become a trash dump, with the most recent case involving a vehicle from a business in Sac Bajo, who were dumping debris on Monday (sic-Sunday). Both sides of the street are full of trash, on lots that are part of Block (Manzana) 091, and are zoned for commercial use of up to 80 houses per hectare.
   The old barbed wire fencing has deteriorated, and people are taking advantage by throwing all sorts of rubble and organic waste, in view of many visitors, one of whom documented the most recent case on social media (sic-it was a foreign resident, and the posts I saw were on resident groups). This resulted in controversy and comments that aren't favorable for Isla Mujeres.
   Workers in a truck from Tiburon Beach Club were seen tossing debris and trash from the vehicle, rather than taking it to the Trash Transfer Facility, because that involves a payment, which they apparently opted to avoid by dumping it in this location, as others have done.
  Por Esto notes that on this street, aka Antiguo Oasis, the section that connects with the Caribbean Coastal road doesn't appear in the island's Urban Development Program for the Isla Mujeres municipality, which was created in 2009. Por Esto accuses the former administration of Alicia Riclade, at that time, of 'strangely erasing many points'.
   It is illegal to litter on public roads or empty lots, and Por Esto notes that the authorities aren't applying sanctions, and no one has renewed the fences on these properties. There are similar problems on other streets, such as in the mangrove areas of Sac Bajo, and along the road to Garrafon where litter is affecting the mangroves. Neighbors in other colonias have complained about this problem also.  (Photo by Curtis Blogin)

Volunteers clean the beaches

Voluntarios limpian las playas

  Seventy volunteers participated in a beach cleaning campaign this weekend at Playa Media Luna, and other areas, removing about 70 kilos of trash, and two kilos of smaller waste such as cigarette butts. The campaign was organized by the Public Relations Association of the Mexican Caribbean (ARPCM), and coordinated with Ocean Conservancy, with assistance from personnel with Dolphin Discovery, who provided transportation. Local and foreign volunteers participated, as well as staff with the City government. The ARPCM president noted that while cleaning the beaches is important, it is even more important that people recycle and don't litter, so there is less to clean up each time. Protocols of the Ocean Conservancy organization were followed, and appreciation was expressed toward the participants and the sponsors, who included the Isla Mujeres municipal government, Cancun ICC Foundation, ARSA Caribe, Sustentur , Deep Blue Condos, Skal Isla Mujeres-Puerto Morelos, Acotur and Dolphin Discovery.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

This information has already been translated above about clarification of the municipal boundary in relation to the Cabo Catoche lighthouse and the victory by the Cockteleros baseball team in their first game of the season. There are more details about the game and the other teams in this article.

Alarming number of lobster fishermen treated for decompression 

Alarmante cifra de descompresionados

 As of midday on Monday, Oct. 14th, 98 lobster fishermen have suffered from decompression illness, since the season began on July 1st. There are four and a half months remaining until the eight-month season concludes at the end of February.  This statistic includes one death, and already exceeds the number of cases for the entire previous season, which was seventy-six. 
   This is very serious, because decompression illness can cause consequences that are long-term or permanent, despite treatment in the Hyperbaric Chamber. Lobster divers are entering deeper and deeper waters of 40-60 meters, and staying for long times of up to an hour, despite the fact that international protocols recommend a special air mixture at those depths which the fishermen don't use. (They may also ignore other protocols about the length of time for pausing while surfacing and abstention from alcohol or drugs for a specified number of hours before diving. Exertion from the stronger currents and colder temperatures at those depths also increase their risk factors. )
   In the past 30 days, there have been about 30 cases treated in the Hyperbaric Chamber. The month of September was very active with nearly 40 cases. The fishermen say there is nothing to catch in the shallow waters near the island, so they must go 45-55 kilometers east and northeast of Isla Mujeres to la orilla de (edges of) los 'cantiles' .
(Note-Once the norte cold fronts begin, the lobsters begin migrating and are caught in much larger numbers, including with nets and traps.)

Por Esto didn't publish any articles yesterday in the Isla Mujeres section.


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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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