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Ultramar's new schedule began Monday (#1) & Jetway's started Tuesday (#2 & #3).
Tuesday, Sept. 21: The Mayor-elect of Isla Mujeres, Atenea Gómez Ricalde, will take the oath of office in nine days, at 4pm on Thursday, Sept. 30th. She said she will not be complicit in anything or with anyone, and complained about the previous Mayor, who is now serving as a federal legislator. She said all irregular documentation will be turned over to authorities, and there will be no cover-ups when the new administration begins.
Adults 18-29 years old can receive their second doses of Astra Zeneca Monday Sept. 27 thru Thursday Sept. 30th at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria, 8a-6p. It says "Second doses only". Bring the record of your first dose, your vaccination document with QR code, CURP, official ID, and utility bill. Wear face masks, maintain social distance and use disinfectant gel.
Sunday, Sept. 19 Today is National Civil Protection Day when we commemorate the victims of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes, as well as the courage and solidarity of each and every Mexican who volunteered, which yielded the creation of the National Civil Protection System.
Sept. 17, Friday, from last Thursday's update: All of the municipalities of the Northern Zone reported decreases in C-19 cases, except Puerto Morelos. Our Zone's Contagion Rate increased slightly from 0.80 to 0.81. When this statistic is below one, it indicates that each infected person is infecting less than one other person, and the curve is in decline. Both Zones remain in Yellow status thru Sept. 26th and the Governor reminded residents not to drop their guard.
Mexico was a young nation of fifteen years when the upstart Republic of Texas claimed its independence, starting a war between the two in 1836. Texas President Houston was unable to control his Navy of four ships, who sailed off to the Yucatan without his permission, capturing enemy ships and claiming territory. By July 1837, the fleet was reduced to two ships, who agreed to meet-up at Isla Mujeres, and claimed it for Texas. The island was uninhabited except for seasonal fishermen who camped in shacks.
The Texans anchored the "Invincible" and "Brutus" offshore, whose crews spent three days traveling to the isle and the mainland in small boats, replenishing their water supplies. They also "collected" a large number of turtles, emptying the pens without paying the fishermen. Turtles were in great demand on ships because they could be kept alive for long periods as a source of fresh meat.
The foreign Navy sailed south to Cozumel, claiming possession in a ceremony that included a 23-gun salute. They wrote enthusiastic reports about the island's deep harbor, healthy trade winds, good soil, and abundant supply of water and trees. One of the captains described it as "one of the most desirable places in all the circle of my travels", adding, "I am convinced that the island will be one of the greatest acquisitions to our beloved country that the Admiral aloft could ever have bestowed on us". Translation: "Cozumel is one of the best things God, aka 'The Admiral Aloft', gave The Republic of Texas" (!)
They raised their flag above the island, and Captain Boylan reported that the residents of the island welcomed them and swore allegiance to their cause. They sailed north past Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy, where they found domestic animals & evidence that there had been people in the huts recently. They also found several pens of turtles, which they took.
They sailed to Cabo Catoche, looking for Boca Iglesia, but they didn't find anyone, so they took some clay images, noting they had seen similar images at the Mayan temple on Isla Mujeres. They continued up the coast, engaging with Mexican ships and cavalry, and burning two villages. After capturing six boats, they sailed back to Texas, where their luck ran out when they encountered superior Mexican ships and ran aground, putting an end to the First Texas Navy. Needless to say, nothing came of their "claiming" the Mexican islands.
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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, 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.
Public events have been suspended due to C-19, mostly. Some holidays have featured online competitions and events.
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 US National Hurricane Center