Saturday, August 29, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 29

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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I will add today's covid statistics later....

The Tropical Wave in yellow has a 20% chance of development in two days and 30% in five days, with some gradual development possible during the next several days while it moves westward at 15mph toward the Lesser Antilles. It is producing disorganized showers & thunderstorms, and is likely to produce gusty winds & locally heavy rainfall across portions of the Windward & Leeward islands on Sunday. It's currently ~600 miles east of the Windwards.
This morning's sunrise from MVC B&B.

Yesterday was Grandparent's Day

VIDEO-′′ Actualidades del Covid-19 ′′ / News of C-19 Discussion

VIDEO    -A conversation: The Challenges of Entrepreneurship and Local Consumption for youth and the general pubic, in coordination with local government, on the Cultura Isla Mujeres FB page via ZOOM

   Isla Mujeres Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis conducted a tour of the beaches with other officials, who found it free of sargasso. They included the Coordinator of the Strategy for the Care of Sargasso in Quintana Roo, Rear Admiral of the Secretary of the Navy, Enrique Flores Morado, Liaison Coordinator of the state government, Mariana García Perez and Captain Isaías Vadillo Rosales.  VIDEO    

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    Playa del Carmen plans to extend the trial opening of the beaches to September 1-10, which has been successful. There has been a positive response with beach-goers complying with measures of hygiene and healthy distancing. More than 5000 people enjoyed the beaches Xcalacoco, Punta Esmeralda and Playa 88 during the first eight days since the trial began on August 20th. The Blue Flag beaches were open from 9am to 4pm.
    This initiative of the mayor, had the support of fishing cooperatives, hoteliers, businessmen, restaurateurs, tourism service providers and the citizens themselves, to take a first step in the reactivation of Solidaridad's tourism activity and contribute to the mental health of its inhabitants due to the stress caused during confinement.
    A maximum of 500 people were allowed at  Esmeralda and at Playa 88, while 150 was the maximum at Xcalacoco. Beach-goers are limited to groups of four or less, who must wear masks, may not bring coolers with food and alcohol, and must arrive on foot or by bike, since access of motorcycles and other vehicles is prohibited. LINK  

The Ricalde Magaña family received tragic news of the death of Joaquín Ricalde Magaña, older brother of Alicia and Julián Ricalde, in a plane crash yesterday (Friday) morning in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Florida time and according to authorities, the small aircraft had only been in flight for nine minutes when it crashed. Several emergency teams were mobilized to the scene, but nothing could be done to help the two crew members of the aircraft, including the pilot from Isla Mujeres.
    For almost two decades, Joaquin Ricalde had worked in aviation, first in Mexico and later abroad. According to reports, they took this plane because "he had to go by a large plane which was protected by the threat of the hurricane", (porque tenía que ir por un avión grande el cual se resguardó por la amenaza del huracán,") however, on this flight something went wrong and the small aircraft crashed, causing damage to a building.
 Miami television stations recorded the events, showing that the aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Pembroke Rd and S Park Rd, in what appears to be a warehouse area in an industrial zone of ​​Broward County. Personnel with Fire Station #74, based in Hollywood, tried to help the crew of the aircraft, who died at the scene. At this time, the identity of the second crew member is unknown.
   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating. (photos)  LINK 

 Passengers on the Ultramar ferry are complaining that the company is not restricting the number of passengers per crossing to allow for healthy distancing on the boats. Ultramar manager Arturo Baez explained that their permits for passenger transport are Federal,  unlike the boats with tourist tour permits. He said, "We are considered an essential activity and we are obliged to comply with the sanitation protocols, which we comply with, but the capacity of the vessels is not limited, ” He commented that unfortunately many people are unaware of this fact and he noted that the same thing happens on airplanes, where the healthy distance between seats does not apply.  LINK  

 NOTE--Photo by IMN&E reader Ana Cecilia Paredes who received the following response to her complaint (translated): Being an essential service that is governed by protocols of the federal authorities, little by little we will increase the capacity of our ferries in order to return to the 'new normality'. However, we assure you that you do not have to worry, we are implementing all prevention and security actions to guarantee the well-being of our users.We ask you to follow all the indications of the dock and boat personnel and comply with the mandatory mask use protocol. Remember that if you take care of yourself, you take care of everyone."

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
About 120 new high school students participated in the diagnostic entrance exam, with sanitary measures and healthy distancing at Colegio Bachilleres, whose students will begin their classes virtually on September 21st. (Photos)

                                                                   La Tertulia   

 VIDEO  and article about the Ultramar passenger ferry's failure to block out seats and limit capacity to facilitate healthy distancing. 


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"Reverse Sunset" (looking east from MVC)
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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--August 3 at 7:47
  August 4      8:29 
 August 5    9:07
August 6      9:42
August 7     10:16
August 8     11:22

 Sunset  7:25-7:03pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:21-6:30am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in August. 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 August, 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

>>Meteors!! The Perseids are currently active & one of the most popular showers. They will peak in the early mornings of the weekend of August 11,12 & 13, but the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase and interfering. However, the Perseids are bright & you may see 3 or 4 dozen when they are peaking, if you're patient. They continue thru the 24th. The Alpha Capricornids are going on now (thru Aug. 15) with only a few meteors per hour, but they are known for producing bright fireballs when active. (They peaked Tuesday & moonlight will interfere with visibility.)

Monday, Aug. 17-170th Anniversary of Isla Mujeres

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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