Sunday, January 3, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 3

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 On Jan 3rd, Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 242 cases of C-19 with 21 deaths and 199 recovered. The state geoportal for Jan 3 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria. For Jan 2, the national map continues to report 171 suspicious and 142 negatives.

On Jan 2nd, Isla Mujeres continued to report a total of 242 cases of C-19 with 21 deaths and 199 recovered. The state geoportal for Jan 3 continues to report 2 active cases by colonia, with one in Amp. La Gloria and the other in La Gloria. For Jan 2, the national map continues to report 171 suspicious and 142 negatives.


Due to Alcohol & High Speed a Motorcyclist Crashed into Two Parked Vehicles 

 From Cambio 22  LINK    Yesterday (Saturday) at 10:35pm on the western perimeter road near the Makax cooperative, 20 year-old M.A.S.C. was allegedly driving his black Yamaha Krypton motorcycle at excessive speed while under the influence of alcohol, when he hit another motorcycle and and a moto-cargo vehicle, which were parked. There were no serious injuries, but there were material damages, and M.A.S.C. was taken to the municipal jail and placed at the disposal of the Public Ministry for determination of responsibilities, and the involved vehicles were taken to the impound yard. 

    According to the traffic officers, the driver was (allegedly) 'notoriously' drunk and lost control of his motorcycle and hit a black Honda Duo scooter sideways, whose driver, P.J.V.P., 34, had just dismounted. Then M.A.S.C. hit the moto-cargo vehicle, a white Dinamo Heavy Cab motocarro which was parked with furniture in its cargo area, while its driver was providing a moving service.  Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, which was confirmed by the Red Cross paramedics who arrived at the scene minutes after the accident and assessed all three drivers. 


Cambio 22 reports that the  “Isleños Bus” company is not planning to raise their rates, despite the announced increase in fuel costs. A company representative said that the cost of 10 pesos for local users and Quintana Roo state residents will be maintained throughout 2021, in addition to the 50% discount for elderly and people with disabilities. There was a lowering of the price of four dollars or 80 pesos for visitors who want to visit Punta Sur and Sac Bajo by bus, which the article says allows greater contact and knowledge of the culture and customs of the islanders who use this means of transport. (See graphic for clarification of was posted Dec. 14.)

   Company Director Iván Fierro said that for the first time the routes that serve Punta Sur and Sac Bajo are being considered as urban passenger transport for the benefit of employees who work at the hotels and beach clubs that cater to tourists. It is noted that in the fall of 2019, the municipal government granted the urban transport concession tho this company for up to 70 units, of which 60 would be in the Continental Zone and 10 would remain on the island.

   The expansion in the Continental Zone was postponed due to the C-19 pandemic, and the Ciudad Mujeres-Punta Sam-Isla Blanca route is currently covered by three units, which will be gradually increased. Demand is expected to increase in the next ten years, with significant transportation of the workers associated with the 28,000 rooms that are planned in the Continental Zone in the medium and long term. Also,tourists and residents of Cancun and the surrounding area come to enjoy the beaches of Isla Blanca on the weekends & in high season, who currently have very limited urban transport options.  LINK   

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 The municipal Parks & Gardens department continue the work of weeding, pruning, and removal of plant-based trash on the island & in the Continental Zone. Recently they have worked on the medians, parks and gardens in various colonias including La Gloria & Ampliacion la Gloria, as well as at the soccer fields, the baseball field "El Pescador", and along Rueda Medina and Prolongacion Aeropuerto. The residents are asked to do their part to keep these areas clean by not littering.

 The Mayor says....Let's have a responsible reactivation while visiting the incredible natural riches of Isla Mujeres and enjoying the tourist activities that you can do as a family.


 TVisla Mujeres 

 It the wee hours of today (Sunday morning) Naval personnel responded to an emergency call to their Command & Control room and rescued five people aboard a Sea-ray type boat that was adrift due to mechanical failures about 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) southwest of Isla Mujeres. Aboard the boat were a woman and four men; one of the men was American and everyone else was Mexican. They were taken to the dock of the Naval station at Puerto Juarez, where they were received by personnel from the Regional Harbor Master's office for the corresponding procedures. They were all in good health, did not require any specialized medical attention and left under their own power. LINK   

 La Tertulia 

 The INE (voter registration) module will be on the island Jan  4-8 at the Community Development Center in colonia La Gloria from 8a to 3p, delivering the credentials that were recently processed and providing processing of documents. 


   Isla Mujeres al Dia 

The Association of Hotels of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres, reported that the occupation at the end of the year 2020 during December and New Year's festivities was 58.8 % for the 46,984 hotel rooms available in all three destinations. 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Nov 30 Monday 6:28p

Dec 1-Tuesday at 7:15p

Dec 2 Wednesday at 8:06p

Dec 3 Thursday at 9:01p

Dec 4 Friday at 9:58p

 Sunrise 7:08-7:24 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:04-6:16


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

The usual Patron Saint festivities from late November until her Día de la Inmaculada Concepcion on December 8th are suspended, but the priest will celebrate a Mass with a holy rosary each day for each of the groups and organizations, according to a schedule.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

Sunday, Dec 13-14 Peaking of the Geminid meteor shower--This is one of the two best showers of the year (the other is August Perseids). The sky will be dark all night (new moon) & the largest numbers will be visible around 2a (when the radiant point is highest in the sky). But you should see them from mid evening until dawn, weather permitting. There should be a 'smattering' of meters the nights before & after, and it builds to a peak the week before. This shower features meteors that tend to be bold, white and quick, with up to 50-150 per hour when peaking in optimal conditions, like this year's moonless sky. On Dec. 11,12,13, the slender lunar crescent and planet Venus will rise in the eastern sky at or near dawn. 

Posadas Navidenas Dec 16-24 will be suspended along with the decorated Caravans. 

Monday, Dec. 21-Solstice & convergence of Saturn & Jupiter in the SW sky after sunset

Tuesday, Dec 22-Dark predawn hours-Ursid Meteors (active Dec 17-26, much less than Geminids)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena--Many families celebrate, so some businesses may close early and the last ferry crossing could be suspended, as well as the first one on Christmas morning. 


Friday, Dec 25- Christmas

Dec 27-Jan 10-Quadrantid meteors, which will peak Jan 2-3, but the moon will interfere. 

Monday, Dec 28-Dia de los Santos Innocentes--Similar to "April Fool's Day"

Thursday, Dec 31-The annual New Year's celebration on the Town Square is cancelled.

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


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