Saturday, March 20, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 20

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  Today's forecast says that Cold Front #43 is located over the eastern portion of the Yucatan (and a larger area) at the surface level with stationary characteristics. It is generating a slight decrease in temperatures, variable cloudiness, and some storm clouds, with some probability of rain, and cool winds of 15-25kph from the N-NW, w occasional gusts.

On Friday March 19, the municipality of Isla Mujeres reported another case for a total of 279, with 25 deaths and 8 more recovered for a total of 239. The state geoportal for 3/19 reports one active case in colonia 23 de noviembre.

 Ultramar Easter holiday schedule begins Palm Sunday, March 28 and continues thru Sunday, April 11.

 Normal trash collection services resumed on Wednesday, after two trucks were repaired and back in operation. The municipal Director of Public Services, Jesus Moreno Povedano said all six routes are in operation, Monday thru Sunday, and they are picking up at the beaches and in Sac Bajo at night, as usual. He explained that collection is done in the colonias every day except Sunday and Tuesday. Pickup in Cañotal, Amplification la Gloria, Salinas and Aeropuerto begins at 1p, and it starts at 6pm in colonia La Gloria and at FOVISSSTE. He said the trucks require constant maintenance due to the corrosive effects of salt, and that the tourist areas and downtown weren't affected while the two trucks were out of service.

Screenshot from a video (HERE on FB) posted last week when currents at Playa el Riito ("little river") in front of the Mia hotel caused it to be red-flagged with lifeguards warning beach-goers about the dangers, especially to children and those who cannot swim.

IN ONE WEEK-Next Saturday, March 27, 7am Eastern Malecon--Race of 5 km & 10 km (Starts behind Casa de la Cultura at Guerrero & Abasolo, by the photo op sign). With recommended protocols, registration is free.

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 As part of its work to prevent the exploitation of children and adolescents, an informational campaign was carried out by the municipal agency of SIPINNA (National System for the Protection of Children & Adolescents), providing the phone numbers of 089 and 911 to report allegations of possible cases of abuse or exploitation. The campaign took place downtown and participants included the municipal General Secretary and the municipal police department's Director of Crime Prevention.

 The municipal Department of Economic and Social Development will open an informational module for employment opportunities in the lower level of the Town Hall (Palacio Municipal) which will be open Monday-Friday, 10a-1p, in response to the pandemic which has caused job losses, affecting the economies of many families. The Director of the department explained that this is a joint effort with the private sector and is part of an employment exchange that is ongoing at their offices in colonia La Gloria, and is now being made available downtown.

 La Tertulia 

 The fire season began on March 1st, and this week the first brush fire occurred on the MAINLAND part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres at Isla Blanca. Thanks to the rapid response of the firefighters of Isla Mujeres and Cancun, it was limited to one hectare of bushes and low vegetation, and was under control within three hours. The area is being monitored by personnel with Civil Protection, whose Director reminded the citizenry to avoid campfires and to report any fires that may occur to prevent major damage.

IM Noticias

The municipal Secretary General, Miriam Trejo Leon, said that the owner of this vehicle, which is covered in decals about C-19 testing by Marbu Salud, explained to City officials that the van is empty inside and only being used for advertising. They also mentioned that the vehicle has been used as a food truck on the eastern malecon.
There were concerns that the van had come to the island to provide testing, and that it lacks permits for this activity. Public attention was increased because officials in Cancun suspended Marbu laboratory's operations this week and began an investigation after it became the focus of an international controversy. The lab issued negative C-19 test results to dozens of Argentinean student tourists who tested positive upon return to their home country.
Local authorities were attempting to question the operator of this van about its lack of permits to provide services on the island, and stationed a police officer nearby when it was parked near Playa Centro on Wednesday. At midday on Thursday, the van owner spoke with officials, who determined the vehicle can stay on the island because it originates here and is not offering testing. Photo credit-IM Noticias

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Feb 27 Saturday rose at 7:27p

Feb 28 Sunday it rose at 8:28p

March 1 Monday  at 9:29p

March 2 Tuesday at 10:31p

March 3 Wednesday at 11:33p

Full Moon rises Sunday, March 28 at 7:12p

Monday, March 29 at 8:15

Tuesday, March 30 at 9:19

Wednesday, March 31 at 10:25

Sunset 6:51- 7:01(beginning vs end of month)

 Sunrise 7:05-6:41


Public events have been suspended due to C-19, but a race is being held March 27. Some holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

Friday, March 5th:  When public events were held, there was an annual ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres.

Monday,March: 8 International Women's Day

 Saturday, March 20: Spring Equinox

Monday, March 15: The third Monday in March is a day off for the birthday of Benito Juarez, which is on Sunday, March 21st.

Wednesday, March 17Día de San Patricio / St Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 21: Benito Juarez's birthday

Saturday, March 27: 7am Eastern Malecon--Race of 5 km & 10 km (Starts behind Casa de la Cultura at Guerrero & Abasolo, by the photo op sign). With recommended protocols, registration is free.


Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday 

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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