activities for kids--whose Easter vacation began today. They include
classes in English, literacy, cookie-decorating, crafts, and basketball,
as well as basketball competitions and Zumba. On Saturday, April 16 at
7p, there will be a Folklorico troupe performance at the Casa de la Cultura esplanade.
Civil Protection is encouraging residents to take advantage of their
expertise to ensure their propane hook-ups are safe. CP is offering free
inspections and you can come by their office for advice. He says a
common problem is purchasing the wrong type of hose, such as hoses meant
for water. Another common problem is tanks that are in need of
replacing, mostly due to rust.
A recent home-fire caused by a propane tank sent a family to the
hospital, with the parents suffering extensive, serious burns. Another
from a hose-leak was extinguished by neighbors without damages, but
frightened the homeowner & her neighbors. Fire extinguishers from
businesses often provide a vital first-response when there's a fire in
their vicinity. If there's none at your tourism rental, odds are
excellent that it's unlicensed & illegal.
Businesses are required to have annual inspections of their propane
and electrical systems, including all tourism rentals. This year, Civil
Protection also requires an additional overall compliance inspection.
Requirements include emergency exit signage and having fire
extinguishers recharged or replaced yearly, as well as annual
certificates from Fire Safety and First Aid courses. Rentals with pools
now need Water Safety class certification and signage. The new
requirements may also include smoke detectors and emergency lighting.
Gas detectors and flame retardant for palapas have also been mentioned
in response to last month's palapa fires at Dolphin Discovery and last
year's downtown fires.
The new requirements and increased enforcement has put pressure on
many small businesses. Therefore, the deadline for compliance has been
extended to May 31st, making it easier for this segment, who make up 80%
of licensed island businesses. This year, Civil Protection is providing
the courses at their facility, during the renewal period.
Municipal licenses require annual payments for trash collection,
signage, zoning (uso de suelo), and Ecology. For hotels & other
tourism rentals, this year the municipal government added a nightly
Sanitation Fee which equals ~$11usd per week, per guest, to be paid
Before issuing a municipal license, the City also ensures the
business is registered with SAT to pay federal IVA taxes (16%). They
check that rentals have state licenses, which require monthly payment of
the 3% state hospedaje tax. It's a means for paying the tax and not
comparable to a municipal license.
A majority of the B&B-type rentals on Isla are said to be unlicensed and foreign-owned.
Their unfair competition is annoying the licensed businesses,
particularly the small Mexican hotel owners & the licensed
B&B's. They're bypassing safety inspections & pocketing money
that would otherwise help contribute to our overly-stressed
Meeting these requirements indicates respect for your safety & the
island--it's costly & complex. If your rental lacks fire
extinguishers, a first-aid box & emergency signs, and management
won't provide a copy of their municipal license, it's safe to assume
they're unlicensed. When visitors decline to rent from unlicensed
B&B's, and instead choose rentals who care about their safety and
contribute to Isla's infrastructure, they're sending a message to the
owners of unlicensed rentals. Let them know it's not okay for islanders
to bear the costs of infrastructure, while foreigners reap the benefits
and evade their responsibilities. It makes us all look bad.
April 8>>The weekly Saturday cleanup will meet tomorrow at 7:30am
at the kindergarten at the north end of colonia Salina Chica (where the
road is very wide with a freshly painted crosswalk, across from Casa
Ixchel). The volunteers will gather afterward at the Salina Chica Kiosk.
Art & Culture Fair continues thru Sunday on the esplanade behind
the Casa de la Cultura. Announcements originally said 4-9p, but
tonight's said 6p. It includes entertainment on the stage (including
dancers young & old), murals & workshops, a collective art
exposition, artisans & food vendors, and a tournaments of beach
soccer & volleyball next-door at Playa Media Luna.
is the first weekend of the Semana Santa Easter holidays, which is one
of the busiest times of the year on the island. The Governor expects the
state to receive more than a million visitors (1,170,000+) between
April 8th and 24th who will enjoy the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean.
"We will serve our visitors with quality, warmth, and with caring for
this morning's rain, courtesy of Cold Front #41, the crew of ZOFEMAT
were out cleaning the beaches, with help from staff of the DIF, social
service agency. Civil Protection workers attended to flooded areas with
squiggles on the weather map forecast windy weather this weekend, from
norte #41. The "A" means a high pressure system and the big blue arrow
is the subtropical jet-stream current.
morning several scooters had accidents near "The Village" on the
Caribbean coastal road, including this fellow transporting eggs, due to
fuel on the road. Civil Protection was notified and cleaned up the slick
area. Screenshot from video by Noti Isla Mujeres.
of Isla Mujeres are featured on this week's national Lottery tickets,
including one of the Ixchel statues at Punta Sur. (There's a new one
since the renovation, of her sitting in a crescent moon.) The drawing is
from the first day of the Art & Culture Fair at the Casa de la
Cultura esplanade yesterday. There's also beach volleyball & soccer
tournaments scheduled next-door at Playa Media Luna. 4-9p thru Sunday. (The start time changed to 6p on Friday and afterward)
Friday, April 8--NOTE---The
duration of the Dry Law / Ley Seca has been shortened to 3am to 6 pm on
Sunday, April 10th. (Previously it was midnight to midnight.) The Dry
Law is in force on Sunday due to the "Proceso de Revocacion de Mandato",
which is an opportunity for citizens to vote on whether to keep the
President in office or remove him with a vote of no confidence. (The
rules are that alcohol is still served to foreigners in the Tourist
Zones during the Ley Seca, with food, but it's not sold at stores.)
Both zones of the state remain in Green thru the 17th of April. All of Mexico is Green on the national map, for the second consecutive two-week period. In Quintana Roo, there are no intubated patients and there have been no deaths in recent days, The daily graphic reports Hospital Occupancy in the Northern Zone at 0%,
The Governor was pleased that the municipalities are at or near an average of zero cases daily, and we were reminded not to let our guard down, particularly in Isla Mujeres and Solidaridad (where Playa del Carmen is located).
the Security Operations began for the Easter / Semana Santa holidays
which will conclude after Easter on the 17th. You'll probably see
patrols on the streets and on foot on the beaches, Hidalgo, Medina . . .
Naval/Federal, state and municipal officers. Because Mexicans are
voting on Sunday, the Dry Law goes in effect at midnight on Saturday,
throughout Sunday, except in the Tourist Zone, foreigners can buy
alcoholic beverages (technically, with food), but no package-alcohol on
sale at the convenience stores, groceries, etc until Monday.
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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
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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