Thursday, September 3, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 3

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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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. I will publish the photos of the graphics in tomorrow's edition. 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 & Manufacturing.

Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case of C-19 for a total of 164 cases with 11 deaths and 94 recovered. It has been 25 weeks since the first confirmed case in Q. Roo, in Cancun on Friday, March 13.
On the state geoportal for 9/2, 30 active cases are reported by colonia as: La Gloria-8, Ampl la Gloria-4, Canotal-3, Sac Bajo-2, 23 de Noviembre-2, Guadalupana-2, Salina Chica-2, Salina Grande-1, Colonia #6-1, Meteorologico-1, Caridad del Cobre-1, Talleres-1, Miraflores-1, Downtown-1, and none on the mainland.
On the national map for 9/2, the municipality reports 3 suspicious and 71 negatives (with 163 confirmed and 11 deaths)

Tropical Storm Nana is weakening after making landfall south of Belize City as a Category 1 Hurricane, and is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Friday. Heavy rainfall is forecast for Belize, Guatemala, and portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and SE Mexico.


Yesterday, the Mayor continued addressing the issue of Ultramar's non-compliance with healthy distancing protocols by appealing to the new Harbor Master for assistance. The former Head of Regional Navigation in Puerto Juárez, Mario Martínez Martínez, has replaced Roberto Edmundo Ramos Mendoza as Isla Mujeres Harbor Master.
In the letter, the Mayor welcomes and congratulates the Harbor Master, then he writes, "As you know, in Isla Mujeres, as in the entire state, we have suffered from the spread of COVID and measures have been taken to avoid a greater number of infections. However, we don't have jurisdiction over Federal waters and the spaces that connect the rest of the municipality, and put at risk the health of our inhabitants and visitors."
The Mayor explained that residents are complaining about Ultramar's discontinuance of safe distancing measures, which could initiate a greater contagion. He respectfully requests the Harbor Master take control and implement better protocols for the company and all its representatives, to prevent an increase in Covid cases in the municipality.
Ultramar implemented a new schedule that reduced the number of daily crossings starting Sept. 1st. Company Manager Arturo Baez said the company would no longer limit capacity or implement healthy distancing on their ferries because they are not required to follow state guidelines since their permit is federal.
On Tuesday at 5pm, the municipal government placed closure seals on the booth of Ultramar's administrative offices (the other ticket booth remained open). There were lines and delays in the Maritime Terminal, until the Harbor Master intervened and the company provided another ferry to transport passengers to Puerto Juarez. The Director of Operations of the Maritime Terminal, Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández, said Ultramar intentionally affected ~200 Isla Mujeres passengers, until the Harbor Master required the company to send an extra boat. She explained that the problem began in the afternoon, because Ultramar suspended their extra crossings, which resulted in delays in transferring people.
#1 is the new schedule for September & #2 is the previous schedule. Photo courtesy of Ana Cecilia Paredes.

From Terri Ferrero Tywan
"Our dear friend, Ruben Chavez Martinez, has been hospitalized with Covid 19. Ruben has been the champion of fundraising and distribution during this trying time. Providing food, paying water bills, electric bills, rent and disinfecting houses for those in need.
Now it is time for us to help him. His hospital stay will be approx. 40,000 pesos per day (that does not reflect the cost of meds)
I know this is a hard time for everyone, but if you could donate even $5.00, it will be greatly appreciated.
To know Ruben, is to love Ruben. Thanking you in advance for any support you can give. Please keep him in your prayers.
Ruben's Restaurant isla mujeres is still open for business. His staff has been holding down the fort for the last 2 weeks. All sanitation protocols are in place. If you have the chance to visit the restaurant, please do. All of his delicious food is waiting for you to enjoy.

You can PayPal me (US dollars please): LINK    "

During this full moon and the next one, the Blue Crabs will be crossing the roads while migrating to the sea to spawn, therefore drivers are reminded to watch out for them and to allow them to cross. The municipal Department of Urban Development and Environment has been conducting a campaign on social media to raise awareness, and personnel have assisted the crabs, while observing the C-19 prevention protocols, and planned to help again last night.  VIDEO

Informational signs are being placed in the medians of the streets in colonia La Gloria, where native plants have been planted. The municipal Director of Urban Development and the Environment, Nivardo Fernandez Martinez said "Teamwork is important and everyone's support is required to continue having a clean and green island. Signs have been installed on the median to raise awareness and provide relevant information about how to take care of our public spaces." Approximately 70 native plants were planted along Isla Contoy Avenue, as well as at other locations around the island, and residents are encouraged to help care for them, and to help keep the streets clean.

   La Tertulia  

     The search continued after darkness fell, but personnel with Civil Protection and the Navy were having no success attempting to locate the missing tourist who had entered the water at Half Moon Beach around 5p with two other companions, who were able to get ashore safely. (Swimming is prohibited at Playa Media Luna because of it treacherous currents. A comment on FB noted they were searching for the body this morning.) VIDEO  


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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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