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SINTRA will continue operations LINK
The SINTRA Delgate in Isla Mujeres confirmed that the operations in this municipality will continue in a strong manner and there will be no prorraga (extensions, deferments, extra time, respite) for anyone. Last week a golf cart was impounded that was rented clandestinely and without any concession for offering it for rent.
After this occurrence, it seems that those who are continuing with this illegal practice are being more careful. It is estimated that there are dozens of golf carts that are or were rented daily to foreign tourists, who come to this vacation destination to spend several days, and rent a room or house, which includes a golf cart.
For many years there have been complaints against these houses that rent golf carts without a concession, without anyone doing anything about it, until last week when SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) impounded one of these carts.
Now the owners of the golf cart rental agencies of Isla Mujeres ask that the SINTRA Delegate continue with this type of actions, with the intention of eradicating this type of irregular practice.They point out that these rental vacation houses, which are available throughout the year, include a golf cart in many cases, although they have no concession and pay no taxes.
Due to this, the SINTRA Delegate, Isis Morales, recommended that they refrain from carrying out this type of practice, because if they are caught, they may receive a fine of about 70,000 pesos, which is practically the price of a used golf cart.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
There was an electrical outage at the HSBC bank.
VIDEO at el Riíto beach (by NaBalam)
Noti Isla Mujeres
VIDEO Caption: "Considerable progress is being made at the University located in colonia La Gloria."
The "Second Binational Health Week" will take place from May 28 to June. Bring your children for their vaccinations. Eleven year old girls can receive the HPV vaccine.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
First low pressure in the Caribbean
Primera baja presión en el CaribeVer masFull article at this link
Most of this article is information from the US National Hurricane Center, so rather than translating it, I'm going to paste and copy the text and graphic from the NHC site this morning: 1. A broad surface low centered just east of Belize is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers extending from the northwestern Caribbean Sea across Cuba into the Florida peninsula. While strong
upper-level winds and dry air aloft are expected to limit organization during the next couple of days, some gradual subtropical or tropical development is possible late this week while the system moves slowly northward into the central or eastern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible across western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and much of Florida during the next several days. For more information on the heavy rain threat, please see products issued by your local weather office. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 800 PM EDT.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.
Here's more info from Tropical Tidbits: LINK
the Mexican National Meteorological Service (SMN) issued a report at 2:00 pm on Monday to warn that "as of tomorrow thru Friday, the potential for strong storms is expected to be intense (...) in the Peninsula of Yucatan, due to an area of instability with cyclonic potential in the Caribbean Sea and the strong humidity input of the Pacific Ocean ".
There was rain early this morning. (Then a double rainbow). It was sunny the rest of the morning, and now at noon there are increasing clouds, but still blue sky. The port is closed for small boats, and the Caribbean has whitecaps.
Heavy rains on Monday morning caused some flooding
Aguacero dejó inundaciones. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
On Monday morning, Rueda Medina, main street was affected for two hours after the rain stopped at about 10am. The rain started at dawn and intensified with thunder. Rain had been threatening since about 10 pm the night before when there was some drizzle.
The weather caused delays for students going to school, and absenteeism reached around 20 percent, and there were also some delays with opening for some businesses. The rain also prevented some tourism and delayed economic activities until afternoon.
Areas that experience flooding include the downtown pedestrian street, Hidalgo, and the sports fields and their surrounding areas in the colonias of Salina Chica, Meteorologica, Salina Grande, and Caribena.
No accidents were reported. Personnel with Civil Protection explained that despite frequent maintenance to the drains, the litter from the streets often impede the flow, and several specialists have said that the capacity of the network needs to be increased.
Por Esto also has two articles about political candidates, and one concerning the mainland part of the municipality.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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|May 1 8:52|
May 2 9:44
May 3 10:35
May 4 11:25
May 29 7:37
May 30 8:29
May 31 9:19
Painting by Pamela Haase
Turtles begin mating and nesting in May. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. This is the dry season when farmers burn brush from their milpa-fields on the mainland, and salt was gathered at Salina Grande lake for hundreds of years, until the mid 1900's.
Wednesday May 2 Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Golf Cart Poker Run at 10a and Captain's party at the Casa del las Rocas & Crew party at Buhos both at 1p. (Happy hour schedules will be posted each day by 11am at the Race Headquarters. This is the 50th edition, they come annually from St Petersburg, Florida.)
|photo by Bruce Roberts|
Thursday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
Thursday, May 3 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 3 Private Sol al Sol Rega6ta Events: Cocktail parties at 12:30 and 3;30-5 at Ballyhoo's and Cabanas poolside
Thursday, May 3 at 7 Mayor's reception for the Sol al Sol Regatta
Friday, May 4 Amigo's Regatta for Islanders age 8-12. Skipper's meeting at 10a. Children board 10:30-11a at the Lima dock. Boats depart at 11:30, and the race starts at noon.
Friday, May 4 at 8p: Private Sol al Sol Regatta Events: Cocktail Party at 6p & Awards Ceremony at 8p at Buho's/Maria del Mar
Saturday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla against the French.
Saturday, May 5 Peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor showers (which began in late April and continue thru May 20). In the pre dawn hours, rates could reach 15-20 per hour.
Sunday, May 6 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Wednesday, May 9 Regatta Al Sol "Cruising" category yachts depart from Pensacola Florida. (This is the 30th edition. They come every other year.)
Thursday, May 10 Mother's Day
Thursday, May 10 Regatta Al Sol "Racing" category yachts depart
Thursday, May 10 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Saturday, May 12th 8am Guadalupania beach Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches
Sunday, May 13 5p Regatta Al Sol Arrival party at Buhos (private event)
Tuesday, May 15 Regatta Al Sol Private Beach party at noon and City Council reception at Town Hall at 7p
Tuesday, May 15 Dia del Maestro / Teacher's Day
Tuesday May 15 Whale Shark Season officially begins (if the permits are issued on time this year). Rays can also be seen enjoying the 'buffet' that attracts the whale sharks to this area. (There are abundant fish eggs and plankton in the areas where they congregate and feed).
|photo by Tony Garcia|
Wednesday, May 16 Regatta Al Sol Captain's party at the Rock House (private event). 5p Mardi Gras Parade from Ciros Restaurant. 7p Basketball game against Islander team on downtown court by the Town Square
Thursday, May 17 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Thursday, May 17 Regatta Al Sol Awards presentation at 7p at Maria del Mar (private event)
Friday, May 18 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Captain's Dinner 5000p registration. Catch & Release. Prizes for top ten.
Saturday, May 19 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day 1 from the Cooperative Caribe dock (#9)
Saturday, May 19 8am Plogging clean up of the turtle nesting beaches location TBA
Sunday, May 20 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament Day2 & Awards
Sunday, May 20 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 24 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
Saturday, May 26 8am Plogging clean up location TBA
Sunday, May 27 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
Thursday, May 31 Artist Fair 3-8 Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo
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 (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres