Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 15

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Today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another new case for a total of 50 with 3 deaths and 25 recovered.

Canícula 2020 has begun, which means we're in the "Dog Days" of summer, featuring hot temperatures, clear skies, and little rain. You're advised to stay hydrated, disinfect your produce and avoid physical activities in the heat of the day.   (A reminder from the
Protección Civil y Bomberos Isla Mujeres)

      In order to oversee the cleaning of the beaches and the withdrawal of sargasso, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, accompanied by the Naval Rear Admiral, Enrique Flores Purado, coordinator of the strategy for the management of sargasso in Quintana Roo, toured various beaches in the municipality, which they found in optimal conditions. 
     The tour began at Playa Centro, followed by Playa Norte, Media Luna and Caribbean Sea, where the Controller/ Contralmirante, Flores Morado, who is also deputy general of Oceanography, Hydrology, Meteorology, accompanied by Mariana Garcia, coordinator of vinculación and liaison with the state government. They reviewed the sargasso situation, which has been constantly addressed with work to remove it immediately from the island's shores when atypical amounts arrive, since the season began in May. 
   The tour also included Kerem Pinto Aguilar, director of the Federal Zone agency in the municipality, who said that dealing with the sargasso issue is a coordinated work between the municipality, the state government, the federal government, and the concessionaires, and that it is very important to unite effort and use teamwork to continue presenting a good image to the world.  
   She said, "The beaches of Isla Mujeres will play a very important role in the economic reactivation of our island and we must have them impeccable for when it is time to reopen them. We must also bear in mind that the reactivation of these activities will be carried out gradually and must be done responsibly when allowed by the state government. For now they are closed to the general public."

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Some Islanders request more drastic measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 LINK
 It says...  As of Monday, there was a total of 49 cases reported in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, which has become on of the municipalities with the highest rebound of the disease. A tour by the reported on Monday confirmed that there are checkpoints at various points of the island, however there are a large number of people who have taken the recommendations very lightly. They say that many tourists arrive, rent vehicles, and move around the island freely, without any type of protection.
   A Community Hospital employees said, "Not everyone is heeding the recommendations and sanitary measures, which is why more cases continue to appear on the island." They said that currently the police only make recommendations on the use of masks or shields, but there are many people who are not conscientious.
      It has also bee requested that surveillance be done to make the taxis respect the minimum quota per vehicle, because it has been observed that they continue to operate at full capacity, and the limits are not being enforced.
       On Sunday, there was a total of 46 cases reported in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, and on Monday, there were three more.

The Civil Protection Directorate closed access to the beach known as ′′ La Joya ", to avoid the concentration of people and eradicate the spread of the COVID19, virus, this was done in response to multiple complaints that many people were concentrated in the place, both locals and tourists, who arrived in golf carts or bicycles. (photo of parked cart, bike & motos)

Article by Fabiola Treviño says there has been a 20% increase in day-visitors riding the ferries to Isla Mujeres and ferry personnel say about 20% are foreigners and 80% are Mexicans. It says the ferries may carry 50% of capacity with space available for healthy distancing protocols. They are operating at about 30%, with 11 to 13 crossings, spaced every hour and a half. It says in most cases, visitors comply with regulations, but there are those who are resistant to wearing face masks, and requests are made continually by employees for compliance with health measures. 
   The cost for a round trip is 300 pesos, with a fifty percent discount for state residents. (photo of ferry line)

      Stranded at sea & rescued
     When Captain Benito Villaseca Castro and his crew consisting of Francisco Zamudio Gómez, Miguel Ángel Olzin Gómez and Eduardo González Martinez left Puerto Juarez at 3am on Tuesday in the fishing boat ′′ El Yohan ", they were unaware they would be adrift for several days and rescued. 
   They arrived at the Isla Contoy fishing camp around 8am, and working 12 hours, they caught about 200 kilos of fish. On Wednesday, they caught another 200 kilos. Having reached their goal, they began their return to Puerto Juarez. But after an hour, and traveling about 15 miles, the engine died.  Eduardo said, "“I thought when they see that we haven't arrived, they would come looking for us. The communication radio was no longer reaching frequency so we were only with God's blessing." They continually made requests for help, announcing their location 20 miles from the Contoy lighthouse, trying to pick up a signal. 
   The captain instructed them to anchor and put up tarps for protection from the sun. Night soon arrived and they only had one liter of water left. They had brought another gallon, but hadn't realized that the container they used had previously contained gasoline. When they became thirsty, they attempted to drink it, but the taste and smell were too strong. There was a storm nearby, and they hoped to catch some water in the tarps, but it never rained in their area. 
     At night, there were also concerned about the large cargo ships. They said, "Although we had light they are on autopilot; many time the boats are not seen and every night we ran the risk of being run over and dying because we were in a passage (lane) for ships." The hours passed with anguish and frustration because every time they sighted a ship and made efforts to be rescued, they were undetected and unseen. 
   Miguel Angel said, "On Friday night I tied several rags to a stick and set them on fire. There was a ship about a mile and a half away and I thought it saw us, but it didn't, and I though I would never see may wife and children again."
    The crew of "El Yohan"  improvised oars, hoisted sails, but nothing worked to get them moving. They also worked at starting the engine and removing water that was beginning to accumulate. On Saturday, they got the engine to start, but it quit after they traveled about 5 miles. Their radio was now able to detect a signal and they received a response from the Navy who said they were on the way to rescue them, and they wept and hugged with happiness. 
    The Naval boat arrived half an hour later and gave them food, water and electrolytes, and towed them to the dock where their families were waiting. Eduardo said his family is in Veracruz, and he spoke to his wife, children and mother, and they all cried with happiness. His wife asked him to come back, but he said he needs to work and send them money. 
    However, the repair of the engine will cost 50,000 pesos, and they lack the money. They also lost about half of their catch during the days at sea, and they also need to pay their companions who spent about 1000 pesos per boat searching for them, which totals about 9000 pesos. The expressed their gratitude to the Navy for rescuing them. They humbly asked the Mayor of Cancun and the Governor of Q Roo for support if possible, explaining that they are independent fishermen with permits, who are paid half-price per kilo and didn't have any support during the ban season.
 ~Summary of an article by Fabiola Treviño from an interview with crew members Miguel Ángel y Eduardo by Periódico Digital Cambio 22.

An article from, shared by Isla Mujeres al Dia 
Hotel occupancy in the Mexican Caribbean is at 30%
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The 128 hotels in operation in Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres have an occupancy rate of around 25 percent, which is close to the 30% maximum capacity allowed in the Orange phase of the state epidemiological traffic light.
      The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ) explained that the average overall occupancy is at 25.07 percent. In the Riviera Maya  it is 19.17 percent, while in the tourist areas of ​​Cancun and Puerto Morelos it reaches 25.10 percent according to Excelsior. 

     The Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Associations report 128 hotels open with 32,623 rooms, of which 58 are located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, 48 in the center of Cancun, 15 in Puerto Morelos and seven in the continental zone of Isla Mujeres. 
     Just a few days ago, the reopening of the Moon Palace Nizuc, Soberanis and Pa’Xa Mama Boutique hotels in Cancun were reported, in addition to the Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun and Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort, all with healthy distance measures.
      In addition, the Southeast Airport Group (Asur) today resumed operations of Terminal two of the Cancun International Airport (AIC), with 50 scheduled operations, between national and international flights, mainly from the United States.
      Meanwhile, the southern area of ​​Quintana Roo is reporting a significant increase in the number of infections by Covid-19. (See report above for today's statistics).

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO   of the incubation pen at the Tortugranja whose caption says...An excellent sea turtle nesting season in Isla Mujeres with almost 400 turtle nests at the tortugranja. (Screenshot from video)

   La Tertulia  

VIDEO from this morning, provided by a resident to La Tertulia, of soapy water draining from this building providing rentals to the beach by el Riito, across from the Casa de las Piedras (& Mia, south of their bridge pier). Photo is a Screenshot from video


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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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