Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 27

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Today, Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 258 cases with 23 deaths and now there are 210 recovered..  The state geoportal for 1/27 reports 9 active cases: Downtown-1, Meteorologico-1, Salina Grande-2, 4 in 23 de noviembre (again)  and La Gloria-1. The national map for 1/26 reports 186 suspicious and 159 negatives.

The nearly full moon rises today at 5:40pm (over the Caribbean) and the sun sets at 6:34pm (over the Bay, turning Caribbean-side clouds pink). Tomorrow morning at 7:26, the moon sets over the Bay and the sun rises over the Caribbean.
Tomorrow the moon is full and rises at Thursday 6:40p, just after the sun sets at 6:35p. Friday morning the full moon will be visible in the predawn sky with sunrise at 7:25am, and moon set at 8:14am.
On Friday, moon rise is at 7:41p, on Saturday at 8:41, on Sunday at 9:40 and Monday at 10:39.
Photos taken from
Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach
as well as the painting by Pamela May Haase. Moon set at dawn by Inga Frigata


Paving work continues today on Jesus Martinez Ross north of Salina Chica. 


The municipality of Isla Mujeres ended 2020 with a total of 237 reported cases of C-19, with 21 deaths and 199 recovered.  In the first 26 days of January, there have been 21 new cases reported for a total of 258, two more deaths reported for a total of 23, and nine more recovered for a total of 208.  The growth rate at the end of December for the Northern Zone was 0.23 and is now 0.29.


 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

The manatee who migrated here from Florida has been captured for clinical studies and observation, and will be released at the site of its capture. It is a type of manatee that is not native to this area, and they are studying the possible reason for its migration, as well as its state of health. It has been living in the Makax lagoon in recent months. The manatee has been identified via the US Wildlife agency because it has distinctive markings caused by a boat propeller. In addition to the detailed clinical analysis, they will place a radio transmitter before releasing the endangered animal. 

This is a joint project involving PROFEPA (Federal Procurators Office of Environmental Protection), specialized staff of the AMHMAR Committee on Animal Welfare and Education, and the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment. Officials emphasized that there has never been any intention to keep or take the manatee, which was captured due to its endangered status and not being native to this area, to study the reason for its migration and the state of its health.

 The "Isla Mujeres Contigo/With You" campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of respect for girls and women and for the prevention of violence against them, by encouraging reports to 998 229 4411, 911 and 089. Women may also ask for help at the IMM (Isla Mujeres Women's Institute), where they can receive legal advice and psychological support. 

 I'll try downloading the photos tomorrow, my laptop is having some issues with loading photos to/from Facebook today. 

 TVisla Mujeres 

 TV Isla Mujeres reports that taxi drivers are complaining that officials are not being strict enough with the IsleƱos Bus company, while the taxis are being frequently monitored to ensure that C-19 protocols are being followed and that they are complying with capacity limits. Several taxi drivers recorded one of the buses which was at full capacity when it was stopped at a checkpoint. People were asked to get off the bus, but what the officer did not expect was the same bus pulled over a few meters past the checkpoint and picked up all the passengers, despite the officer's warning. In addition to recording the event, taxi drivers questioned the officer. They say there is more risk of contagion in a bus than in a taxi and ask that the authorities intervene and apply the laws evenly. LINK  


 The head of the CANIRAC business association, Baltazar Maldonado Tun, said many local businesses are currently only operating at about 30%, which is only enough for the main expenses such as rent and salaries. He said there is concern that the state epidemiological light will return to red and then "everything will go to hell".  He said hopefully we will all take care of ourselves and tourism so that we do not return to the color red, because then things will get worse. He said returning to red would mean more restrictions and consequently closures of businesses, which would cause serious damage for everyone who makes a living from tourism. LINK  


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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  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


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

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, but it's very possibly suspended 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


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