Sunday, August 30, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 30

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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That Tropical Wave is now showing signs of organization & has a 50% chance of formation in the next two days and 60% chance within five days. A broad low pressure system has formed in association with it, and a Tropical Depression could form in the next couple days as it moves westward at 15mph. NHC advises that Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala & the Yucatan peninsula monitor its progress.
Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports four more cases for a total of 155, with 10 deaths and 85 recovered.
The state geoportal for 8/29 (still) reports 22 active cases by colonia as: La Gloria-11, Ampl. la Gloria-3, Meteorologico-2, Downtown-1, Salina Chica-1, Salina Grande-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, Canotal-1, Colonia #6-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map of 8/29, the municipality reports 6 suspicious and 67 negatives (with 151 confirmed and 10 deaths).

There is an article about trash collection that reminds the residents to "stay tuned" for new temporary schedules, and if there is a C-19 patient in the household to spray the trash bags with water & bleach, and advise the collectors. It is noted that the current temporary schedule is published at the City sites. (Photos of trash collection on the mainland).

Avoid agglomerations

As part of the commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the founding of the town, an online discussion was presented titled "The importance of Isla Mujeres in the musical identity of Quintana Roo". Participants included the composers-lyricists of the Isla Mujeres anthem,  Ramón Iván Suarez Caamal and Marcos Ramírez Canu. It was moderated by Isla Mujeres historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid, with other officials. 

   On Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Awards, North Beach is #1 in Mexico and #17 internationally in the Best Beaches category. (It is currently closed until the state epidemiological traffic light changes from Orange to Yellow or Green, for the Northern Zone of Q Roo.)  It is noted that North Beach has up to 100 meters of beach between the level of the tide and the beginning of the dune vegetation and that it was the first point touched by Spanish conquerors in the year of 1517, of what is now Mexico.
     As its name indicates, it is located in the northern sector of this Pueblo Magico, with gentle turquoise waters that give the feeling of being in a huge blue pool, North Beach has spectacular sunsets, known for their beauty and splendor.
        This is how travelers around the world have written about it on the world's largest platform, Tripadvisor, ′′ Amazing place, unique in its kind, magical Mexico, sand like talc, the warm sea, unique colors, family atmosphere, looks like natural pool , amazing, highly recommended for singles and family ", to quote the first comment on the website.

Due to the Covid-19, the 8th edition of the Lion Fish Culinary Contest will be done via videos, with the participating restaurants and independent chefs providing demonstrations of various methods of preparation. Nivardo Fernández Martínez, municipal Director of Urban Development and the Environment, said it is very important to continue this type of activity because the presence of this fish has caused an ecological imbalance in the marine environment and can damage other species as well as the reefs, therefore each year actions are taken to remove it from the waters and protect the ecosystems by promoting various dishes in local restaurants. The event promotes the fishing and consumption of lionfish, and supports the reactivation of the economy. He noted that lionfish can be prepared in various forms such as grilled, ceviche, in tacos, on skewers, or fried, noting it has exquisite white meat that works in a variety of dishes. (One of the winners a couple years ago was a cake made with lionfish...not a fish-cake...a dessert-cake. (!) )


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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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