Thursday, October 21, 2021

Isla Mujeres News & Events Thursday, October 21


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Our Northern Zone remains in Green-First Stage for Oct. 25-31 and the Southern Zone of Quintana Roo remains in Yellow status on the state Epidemiological Light.

 
Today, Oct. 21--Isla Mujeres again reports a decrease in the average number of cases reported daily, which dropped to zero and was just over 2.5 per day at its recent peak. The only municipality in the state that reported an increase was Cozumel.
Cancun and its municipality continue to report decreasing cases with an average of 20 per day, compared to nearly 250 daily at its recent peak. Since the majority of the state's population is concentrated in Cancun, this has a considerable influence on the status of our state, which remains in green on the national light for the upcoming week.
The vertical axis is the Average Cases Daily and the horizontal is the dateline of the pandemic, with the grey area highlighting the recent 15 day period.
Our Northern Zone reported a slight increase in hospital occupancy, which remains in the green status, with sixteen C-19 patients.
 

 Today, Thurs. Oct. 21   At the Mayor's press conference, she announced that 4088 tons of trash have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility in 245 truckloads and taken to the landfill on the mainland area (Continental Zone) of the Isla Mujeres municipality. She said the work is being done every night, even when it rains, with a commitment to clean up Isla Mujeres. They have also been cleaning in the Continental Zone and have removed 144 tons of trash from the 35 colonias there. 

    Mayor Atenea Gomez Ricalde expressed her appreciation to all who have complied with the new trash collection schedule and she respectfully asked those who have not been complying to cooperate and take their trash out at the assigned times, so that we can have a cleaner island and your neighbors and yourselves can enjoy a safer, quieter, cleaner neighborhood. 

   On the issue of public lighting, more than 300 lights on the island and approximately 100 in the Continental Zone have been "verified" (inspected?) and approximately 50 have been attended to, but due to a lack of materials and a lack of cables where they have been stolen, removed or they disappeared, that is all they have been able to do so far. She said materials were ordered and have arrived, so this next weekend they will be moving faster to provide public lighting in areas that are currently lacking this service. They have obtained the crane (cherry picker?) that was needed to facilitate the work of the Public Lighting Department. 

   She said that as of today, there will be light in the parks of "Las Gaviotas", "La Gloria", "Las Hormiguitas", "Centro" and "El Cañotal", as well as the main streets, and in other areas she specified in the Continental Zone. She noted there is a long way to go but little by little, Isla Mujeres is being illuminated for the safety and tranquility of the populace. She said they have reestablished electrical power in many parks and domes, but if it cannot be seen yet, that is because they need to change the bulbs, which wasn't done yet due to the lack of a cherry-picker (boom-lift). 

     She gave recognition to the workers of the Parks and Gardens Department, who begin working at 5am cleaning and clearing areas of Isla Mujeres, both on the island and in the Continental Zone.  She said, "As of today, we have cleaned the areas of the Bicentennial Dome, the Community Center, the lagoon/swamp in front of the Community Hospital, the parks of “Las Iguanas”, “Las Hormiguitas Obreras”, “Las Fragatas”, “La Gloria”, avenue Rueda Medina, the walking path near Isla 33, and Punta Sur,...(as well as areas she listed in the Continental Zone)...and every day we continue cleaning."





In response to flooding caused by the heavy rains experienced on the island, staff with the municipal Civil Protection Department cleared the affected areas of the Caribbean Coastal Road (Perimetral) and other affected areas. "We will continue to work intensely to take care of Isla Mujeres and its people!" FB VIDEO  


 

FB VIDEO       International Day of the Fight Against Breast Cancer was commemorated in Isla Mujeres


 

 Oct. 19    The Mayor participated at the Pink Breakfast Benefit



Oct. 18.. Isla Mujeres commemorated the 68th anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote in Mexico with the unveiling of a plaque. The Mayor gave a speech and was accompanied by women who have stood out in the public and political life of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, and the general population. On Oct. 17, 1953 women were given the right to full citizenship and the right to vote in local and federal elections, and in 1955 they were given women's suffrage for federal intermediate elections. 

 

Now that we are in the First Stage Green on the state epidemiological light, rehabilitation work is being done on the sports facilities and fields, as well as the public parks.


Today, Thursday, Oct. 21   Municipal police set up an inspection checkpoint and reviewed documentation this morning on Rueda Medina Avenue. NOTE....Documentation checks of vehicles are not unusual. There is an abundance of vehicles and drivers on the island who need to update their registrations or licenses, as well as some drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol. We have also have had occasional checkpoints to remind people that masks are mandatory. These are municipal police, who aren't in charge of verifying your immigration status, that would be INM. You can put a photo of your passport & FMM tourist visa on your phone or carry a copy rather than carry the original, in case of an unlikely encounter with INM. It is the Mobility Institute who impound illegal golf carts, not the municipal police. They ticket the golf cart owner, not the tourist driving it. If you have an interaction with authorities while driving a golf cart, you should present your rental document in lieu of your drivers license; they are aware that your license is held by the rental agency.

Oct. 21, Thursday....You and your family are invited to participate today and tomorrow from 7p to 8:50p to assist the spawning Blue Crabs who will be crossing the roads between the lagoon/swamps and the ocean during this full moon. The meeting point is at the end of the Sac Bajo street. Participants should bring a flashlight, gloves, a bucket, a rake & dustpan, and they should wear insect repellent and closed shoes.

Isla Mujeres is participating in the Travel Mart event in Cancun where José Jesus Castillo Magaña notes that the island continues to be a preferred destination for tourism thanks to caring for its beaches.  FB VIDEO  .


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Friday, Oct 15...Attendees at today's peaceful demonstration seeking the reopening of the Tortugranja included islander families with children, taxistas, members of City Council, reporters, and the Mayor. She promised fight for this issue, and to go to Mexico City if necessary. She spoke about the importance of the Tortugranja and its conservation and education programs to the children of the island, as well as its value as part of the economic recovery. It is valued by tourists and a memorable part of most island tours. She spoke about corruption at the facility, noting it was not limited to the municipal level, and complained there was a lack of accountability and no Management Plan. VIDEO   

Oct. 15  In response to flooding caused by the heavy rains experienced on the island, staff with the municipal Civil Protection Department cleared the affected areas of the Caribbean Coastal Road (Perimetral) and other affected areas.

Saturday, Oct. 16..

     The governor announced that 93% of adult Q Roo residents are vaccinated with one shot & 75% with both! This is an impressive increase from nine weeks ago when 84% had one dose and 28% had both. (At that time, Isla Mujeres was at 82% with one dose and 59% with both.)
Another impressive statistic is the Growth Rate of cases for our Northern Zone dropped from 93% to 9% in two months!! (It's 0.09 vs 0.93 for Aug 9-15.)
      This week, ten of the eleven municipalities of our state reported decreases in Daily Average Cases, with Tulum as the exception. Isla Mujeres reported a 65% decrease, dropping to zero cases daily. Historically, Isla's peak was August 2020 when officially reported cases exceeded an average of 3 daily. The other peak was this summer in June-July when cases reached 2 to 2.5 per day. (Graphic #2)
The new national Semaforo shows considerable improvement with the number of Green states jumping from 9 to 20 and the Yellow states went from 22 to 11. There was no change in the one Orange & zero Red. (Graphic #3)
      The first graphic also shows that 26,320 doses of C-19 vaccine have been administered in our municipality and the state total exceeds 1.95 million doses. The adult population of Q Roo is 1,178,307 and Isla Mujeres had a total of 22,686 inhabitants in the 2020 census.
A total of 433 cases of C-19 have been reported in Isla Mujeres with 43 deaths and 388 recuperated since the start of the pandemic. The Geoportal shows zero active cases.




Saturday, Oct. 16   Check out these hard working women cleaning up the Iguanas Park, with some male assistance. The NGO Patrulla Verde A.C. organized the cleanup, which began early this morning & includes volunteers from the DIF social service agency & neighbors of the park....the reporter points out "Mark and his spouse" and thanks them. He notes the bathroom requires repairs & water service. FB VIDEO   

Sat. Oct. 16    The NGO Patrulla Verde thanks everyone who helped with the cleanup at Iguana Park today, which included neighbors from Isla 33, including Mark Johnson, Jane and Bryan Elliot, other members of the foreign community and volunteers from the DIF social service agency. They also thanked the municipal government.


Monday, Oct. 18   WATER ADVISORY for TOMORROW (Tuesday)--Outages or low pressure may occur in the listed colonias. You're invited to store and/or ration water tomorrow, Tues. Oct. 19.


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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 



 

 

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Isla Mujeres News & Events Thursday, October 14


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Our Northern Zone remains in Green-Stage 1 status on the state epidemiological light next week, Monday, Oct. 18 thru Sunday, Oct. 24, and the Southern Zone remains in Yellow. Vaccination rates are high for the state with 93% having received their first dose and 75% have had both doses. The number of cases daily has decreased in all of the Northern Zone municipalities, except Tulum, and Isla Mujeres dropped down to an average of zero cases daily.









 
Today, Oct. 14   Mayor Atenea Gomez Ricalde said she is honoring her commitment to clean up Isla Mujeres and recover the public spaces of the municipality. She said 3225 tons of garbage have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility and it is estimated that about 7000 tons should be removed by the end of the month, which is about 10 cubic meters. She added that in the first two weeks of her administration, trash collection has reached 100 percent, and there is no longer accumulated trash along the streets, at the corners nor in the parks. She said if residents comply with the collection schedule, that won't happen and it will be removed at the pickup times. 
   She said pruning, brush removal and cleaning have been done in four parks and institutional buildings and along 2.5 kilometers of medians and the program "Cuidando Isla Mujeres" (Caring for Isla Mujeres) has been implemented. Its first joint-effort encompassed the malecon along Rueda Medina and Playa Centro, from the monument to the Fishermen to the gas station. She said they will continue in sections every Saturday at different locations. 
   She also spoke about 400 non-working streetlights in the mainland area of the municipality and that they are working toward repairing the equipmentneeded to repair the lights and replace the bulbs.
 

 
The municipal government expressed their appreciation to the baseball and softball league volunteers who joined in cleaning up the baseball field ′′Ariel 'Picho' Magaña′′ along with the staff of the municipal Sports Department.

 

 Staff with the municipal Department of Civil Protection were inspecting and cleaning the storm drains in colonia Salina Chica yesterday.
 

 
 
Oct. 7  Mayor Atenea Gomez Ricalde held a press conference at the Trash Transfer Facility to announce the new trash collection schedule and report on the her administration's progress with the garbage issue.
She says when she took office on Sept. 30th, there was an estimated 35,000-40,000 tons of trash at the Transfer Facility. In her first week in office, 75 truck-loads ("gondolas") of trash were removed, which represent 1530 tons or 2000 cubic meters.
She reported that the previous administration left things in a state of "abandonment" and lacking in maintenance, leaving the collector-trucks inoperative. She said there was about 70 tons of trash waiting to be collected, which has been achieved. She spoke about other equipment that is also inoperable, including equipment necessary to maintain the street lights.
The new trash collection schedule is:
Beaches Route-Starts at 5am--Put out trash after 8p
Salinas Route-Starts at 5a--Put out trash 8p-12a
El Cañotal-Starts at 1p--Put out trash 11a-1p
La Gloria-Starts at 8p--Put out trash 7-8p
Sac Bajo-Starts at 3p--Put out trash 1-3p
Centro-Starts at 9p--Put out trash 8-9p


Noti Isla Mujeres reports that residents of the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) came to the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria to receive a vaccine, which caused long lines. The vaccine brigade only had a thousand doses, and the personnel reviewing people's documents decided to give priority to the islanders, which caused some of those from Cancun to cause a ruckus. This vaccine event began yesterday and ends tomorrow, for those who hadn't received their first dose.


Today, Oct. 14. In response to reports from residents about turtles hatching, the municipal Department of Ecology and the Environment responded and assisted 298 hatchlings to the sea who had strayed onto the Caribbean Coastal road. The Director of the Ecology Department said that due to the current situation with the Tortugranja, his staff attended to four areas along the eastern coast of the island. 

   Specifically, there were 50 baby turtles rescued in from the beach near the Trash Transfer unit, 24 in the area of Colegio Bachilleres beaches, 60 in the area of the municipal cemetery of colonia La Gloria and 164 along the Aeropuerto area. Volunteers who help turtle hatchlings to the sea should place them 3 meters from the sea so they can enter alone. Turtles nest along the eastern coast of the island and drivers should take care driving along the Caribbean Coastal road to avoid running over any hatchlings.



VIDEO     Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural--October 12th

From Isla's Mayor, the caption says: Let's put aside the differences that divide us and look with our hearts at the similarities that unite us. Screenshots from video....The bottom one is the Mayor and a visiting baseball team who played Saturday.


Oct. 11...

Municipal police responded to a report of a fight at Broncos Bar this weekend, in coordination with the C2, Navy and Prosecutor's office. They arrested two men who were turned over to the Juez Calificador (judge) for falta sdministrativas (non-felony crimes). Five female employees were detained for interviews then released and a parked motorcycle was impounded which was found to have been reported stolen.
La Tertulia's version of the incident alleges that the disturbance involved local fishermen and personnel with the Navy, one of whom allegedly shot a gun into the air when they felt threatened. La Tertulia reports that the municipal chief of police ruled out that the incident involved organized crime and said it was apparently a member of the Navy using his weapon irresponsibly, noting that investigations are underway about taking responsibility and suffering consequences for their actions. That article is here: https://www.facebook.com/tertuliaim/posts/1171433293686200

Oct. 11   The ZOFEMAT crew works daily, removing sargasso from the downtown beaches. Photo credit...Noti Isla Mujeres


The "S" is back on the photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura. (That's the Mayor pointing it out.)


La Patrulla Verde A.C. is conducting a cleanup at the Las Iguanas Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, starting at 7:30. You're invited to help & encouraged to bring your machete & rake. Here's their page for more info--https://www.facebook.com/Patrulla-Verde-AC-107446524999170


Working every day to keep the beaches of Isla Mujeres clean and free of sargasso! (screenshots from the video).... VIDEO  







With support from the municipal police department, inspectors with the state SATQ agency and the state Fiscalization Department are verifying that businesses in Isla Mujeres are complying with regulations limiting hours of alcohol sales and capacities.


Oct. 11  Edgar Alonzo Paredes, Director General of the municipal police (SPyTM), explained that one of the commitments of the island's Mayor has been to combat crime and regain the peace and tranquility that has always characterized the municipality of Isla Mujeres, so with precise instructions, they are working on this issue, in conjunction with local and state agencies.


Oct. 11    In this video, Mayor Atenea Gomez Ricalde explains that the "Taking Care of Isla Mujeres" program began along the Rueda Medina malecon, where staff from the Civil Protection Department started cleaning in the early-morning hours. Directors and personnel with various municipal departments participated, along with members of the business community and other islanders, working together; cleaning, painting and planting. She thanked them all. (Screenshots from the video)  VIDEO    





Monday, Oct. 11 

Monday.... Isla Mujeres and the rest of the Northern Zone of Q Roo entered "Green 1st Stage" status on the state epidemiological Semaforo light. The local government published this graphic with a caption noting the importance of staying informed about the process of reopening the economy and of continuing to take care of ourselves as we have been doing so far. "The pandemic is not over, let's not lower our guard, please!"
It says.... The economic reopening will be done in a gradual, orderly and responsible manner. Mandatory use of face masks with all activities continues, along with other sanitary measures including frequent handwashing/use of gel, healthy distancing of 1.5m, quarantine with symptoms and strict application of protocols.
The left column lists essential activities that will operate at normal capacity including police, legislature, hospitals & medical services, grocery stores & tortillerias & the food-industry, schools, fishing & agriculture, storage, construction, laundries & water purification.
 
Open at 80% are hotels, restaurants, historical sites, tourism services, beaches, public parks, hair salons, religious services, and open-air gyms, with closed areas of gyms at 60%.
 
Open at 50% are bars, nightclubs, discos, cantinas, etc
 
Public Transport capacities: Motorcycles-1 person, Private vehicles-4 people, Taxis-3 including driver, Public transportation-80% capacity.


Baseball's back! Photos by Tony Garcia of the barefoot, huipil-wearing visiting players.


Oct. 9 Feliz Dia del Pescadores! Happy Day of the Fishermen!

A wreath was placed in memory of those who lost their lives working at sea.



Friday Oct. 8....Today is the 47th anniversary of Quintana Roo as a Free and Sovereign State.
Isla Mujeres was officially founded in August of 1850 as the town of Dolores. Cancun was established 51 years ago.


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Free amenities include hammocks, portable beach chairs, beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers, shared bikes, BBQ grill, and safes.  Panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & the white sand backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea.  Downtown is  ~ a mile away; we're on all four bus routes or  flag a $3 taxi. Off street parking. In the quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts
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.

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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