Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 21

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Rainbow & sunset (to the east) yesterday...from MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach

  Showers and thunderstorms have become better organized in 
association with a low pressure system located about midway between 
the west coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles.  Environmental 
conditions are expected to be somewhat conducive for development, 
and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two 
while the low moves westward at around 10 mph over the tropical 
Atlantic.  By the weekend, however, less favorable conditions 
should limit additional development.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.
If you're wondering about the other system, not heading our way, it says: 
A tropical wave is producing a large area of disorganized showers 
and thunderstorms over western Cuba, the northwestern Bahamas, 
southern Florida, and the adjacent Atlantic and Caribbean 
waters.  Gradual development of this system is possible while it 
moves west-northwestward during the next few days.  This system is 
expected to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico later today,
the central Gulf on Wednesday, and the northwestern Gulf on 
Thursday and Friday.  An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft 
is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon, if 
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


The total number of reported cases of Covid-19 in the municipality of Isla Mujeres remains at 60 with 3 deaths and another recovery for a total of 29.
The reported 23 active cases in Isla Mujeres are located as follows: Downtown-5, Salina Chica-1, Salina Grande-2, Amp. la Gloria-3, Miraflores-1, Isla Blanca-1, Canotal-2, La Gloria-7, Guadalupana-1, and zero on the mainland.
The federal map for July 20 reports zero suspicious cases and 39 negatives (& 60 confirmed/3 deaths).
As of July 20, the reported Incidence Rate for the municipality of Isla Mujeres remained at 6.67 (per 10,000), which is the third worst in the state behind OTB (Chetumal) at 22.8 & Tulum at 8.25. Cozumel is second best at 2.55 and the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas (Holbox) is at 5.87.

Here's the schedule for fogging against mosquitoes this month from the Secretary of Health~~ (Good news for La Gloria !?!)

Announcement from the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital
If you have two of the following symptoms: Fever of 38C (100.4F), cough or headache and at least one of the following symptoms: muscle pain, joint pain, thoracic pain, sore throat, difficulty breathing, runny nose or conjunctivitis: Call this new number COVID-19 (exclusively for Isla Mujeres) (998) 407 5442 and one of the emergency center medics will respond and indicate if it is necessary to go to the hospital, and give you instructions to follow
Don't leave your house unless it is really necessary. Help us to avoid saturating the health services. Always wear your face mask.

Yesterday, friends and family of shooting victim Maria Jose Torres demonstrated downtown, holding signs asking for justice for her. This is from the City's page--
In response to the events of this weekend, in which a young woman beloved by the island community lost her life, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis received the families of the victim in the Town Hall and presented his stance on the regrettable incident. "First of all I want to tell you, as I expressed to your family, that this heinous event pains me a great deal, and I also have to say that I am angry that a responsible and hardworking person has died at the hands of criminals."
He pointed out that since the events last weekend, work has been carried out in a coordinated manner by the appropriate authorities, however, no further details can be provided to avoid violations of due process that could violate the course of the investigation.
To the family of the deceased, the Mayor reiterated that everything is being done to ensure justice. He added, ′′It is not right when innocent people are victims and their families suffer the insensitive handling of photos and videos by unscrupulous people."
He said that patrols have increased throughout the island, in coordination with the three levels of government, who are aware of the facts, and he also asked for the collaboration of the island community, to report any suspicious movement perceived around them.

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Video from the section of Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, just north of the Town Square, showing various stores are open.

Video of a Naval helicopter taking off, noting that it is near the diesel fule stored for the CFE electrical generator (both shown in background).

Thru the office of the Harbor Master, it was confirmed that permits can now be extended, thru July 26th, to expand nautical activities in the following manner:
 Commercial fishing activities will be restored without restrictions.
 There will be restrictions of 50% on the authorized activities permitted for these nautical services:  Transporters of Tourists, Tourist Marinas and Nautical Activities Public & Private, Diving Operators & Aquatic Activities ("Transportadoras Turísticas, Marinas Turísticas y Actividades Náuticas Públicas y Privadas, Operadoras de Buceo y Actividades Acuáticas").
    It is required that sanitary prevention measures must be observed at all times: Frequent hand washing, mandatory use of face masks, and maintaining 1.5 meters of healthy distance whenever possible. They must also provide proof of sanitation of their boats, completion of the training courses provided by the IMSS, as well as all the usual required documents. 
   According to TV Isla Mujeres, this expansion of nautical activities, which is part of the "Plan to Reactivate Quintana Roo", is intended to "inject oxygen into the industry, at least in the northern region", which remains under the orange light.  LINK   


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.


Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)
  July 5      8:18 
 July 6      9:09
July 7      9:53
July 8      10:34
July 9      11:10

 Sunset  7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:09-6:20am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in July. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight,  and continue thru August 23rd.

Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.

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
LINK to NHC   

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