Friday, September 4, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 4

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Today, the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 164 cases with 11 deaths and 94 recovered. 
For 9/3, the state geoportal reports 29 active cases by colonia as:  La Gloria-8, Ampl la Gloria-4, Canotal-3, Salina Chica-2,  Sac Bajo (#5)-2, Guadalupana-2, 23 de Noviember-2, Downtown-1, Caridad del Cobre-1,  Meteorologico-1, Salina Grande-1, Colonia #6-1, Tallers-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 9/3, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports 4 suspicious and 71 negatives (and 164 confirmed with 11 deaths).

>The "bottom" system (orange w X) has a 40% chance of formation within 5 days. It is a broad area of low pressure producing disorganized showers & thunderstorms while moving little. Gradual development is possible early next week once the larger Tropical Wave passes to the north of the system on Sunday.
>The Tropical Wave in red has a 70% chance of development within 5 days. Development is expected to be slow during the next couple of days as it moves WNW at ~15mph. After that, a Tropical Depression is more likely to form early next week over the central tropical Atlantic, where environmental conditions are expected to be more conductive for development.
>The other Tropical Wave in orange has a 40% chance of formation through 5 days. An area of low pressure is expected for form from the wave next week, then gradual development is expected and a Tropical Depression could form as it moves westward over the far eastern tropical Atlantic.
(Onda Tropical=Tropical Wave. On #3, being encircled forecasts rain)

Sept.2--Five people traveling in the sailboat "Zatara" from Isla Mujeres to the port of Yucalpeten were rescued six nautical miles between that port and Las Coloradas. After they left Isla Mujeres, the sailboat's mast broke, said Felix M Teran, 36. They continued on, using the boat's motor, but it failed, leaving them stranded. An SSP boat rescued them and took them to the harbor safely. Also aboard the sailboat were Raúl Bisbal P., 39; Paula Núñez P., 31; Rodrigo Pérez A.,31, and Miguel Á. Aguilar M., 33 years old. Source--La Crónica de Oriente

Our Northern Zone is YELLOW on the state epidemiological light for September 7-13. The Governor says Congratulations! And to continue with precautions & protocols & to not let your guard down. The Southern Zone continues in Orange.
Starting Monday, thru Sunday...Open at 70% will be gyms & sports clubs in open air. In enclosed spaces at 50%.
Open at 60% will be hotels, restaurants, historical sites, theme parks, golf courses and tourism services.
Beaches (with restrictions) and Public parks.
Theaters & cinemas, Religious services, Commercial centers, Department stores, Hair salons & Manufacturing.

Not open-Schools; Bars, nightclubs, discotheques, show centers.

What restrictions apply when the beaches reopen Monday, in addition to the 60% capacity limitation?
      Access will be limited to a maximum stay of 3 hours, masks or face shields will be mandatory, beach-goers must respect healthy distancing and delineated spaces, They cannot bring alcohol to the beach and should bring a degradable bag to collect any garbage they generate. Groups of more than five people will not be permitted. This excerpt is from an interview with the head of ZOFEMAT (the Federal Zone agency) in Isla Mujeres, Kerem Pinto Aguilar, published on the City's official FB page on Aug. 18. The City is likely to publish an update, which I'll share.
      Also, note that the beaches are opening for the week of Mon-Sun, Sept. 7-13 and the situation is week-to-week. There will be an announcement on Thurs. Sept. 10 regarding the color status for Sept. 14-20. They only remain open if the Northern Zone continues in Yellow (or improves to Green), not if it reverts to Orange (or Red).


      A hotline for complaints and suggestions has been established thru the municipal office of the Comptroller, titled "Express Yourself, Islander" / “Exprésate Isleño” at 998 441 1421 on Whatspp and via the City website  and the FB page  “Exprésate Isleño - buzón de quejas”. Residents will be able to make their complaints and requests with a simple process of filling out a form, which will be channeled to the corresponding department.     

   La Tertulia  
      At the Gran Puerto terminal in Puerto Juarez, the Ultramar company is not enforcing or respecting healthy distancing, inside and outside its boats, exposing both islanders and visitors to the possible contagion of covid-19.
       In response to the ongoing posting of videos and photos on social media denouncing these facts, COFEPRIS (Sanitary & Health Risks Authority) will take up the matter , according to its Director, Miguel Alejandro Pino Murillo, who has scheduled a meeting to discuss the topic, (today) on Friday at 11:00am. in the facilities of the Regional Harbor Master, which will include the Navy (SEMAR), the office of the Secretary of Communication and Transport, and ferry company representatives.
         The API (state Port Authority--she supervises Isla's Maritime Terminal) coordinator Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández explained that on Wednesday afternoon Ultramar seemed to come to their senses (grasp the situation) and implemented extra runs to avoid congestion of passengers, which is why the day ended smoothly. She said they are able to control the capacity of their boats and change the frequency of their crossings in accordance with the influx of passengers, but they should give advance notice on Mondays, listing the departures. 

      Islanders hope that a solution can be found at the meeting, and that Ultramar will be forced to respect health protocols both inside and outside the boats, and to implement more frequent departures. (photos)
The search continued yesterday for the body of the tourist who disappeared in the waters of Media Luna / Half Moon Beach on Wednesday afternoon, without success. (photos)


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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 
 After Sunset--Sept 2 at 7:42
  Sept 3      8:15 
 Sept 4      8:48
Sept 5       9:21
Sept 6       9:54
Sept 7     10:30

 Sunset  7:02-6:35pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:31-6:38am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in September. 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.

Swimming with the whale sharks ends 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

Wednesday, Sept. 16--Independence Day  (The Grito is read by the Mayor each year on the night of the 15th, which will presumably be done virtually this year.)

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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