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News for the Week of June 20, 2016

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Cozumel Arrivals: 11 Ships this Week
6/19 - Numbers spiral again this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 11 ships registered to dock for the final week of June 2016. This is 5 less than the number of ships last week and 9 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the Summer season gets underway for 2016, an estimated 33,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.3 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be host to 8 ships docking there, 2 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 1 arrival and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 2 ship docking on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 1 ship in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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Don Nassim Passes Away
Nassim Joaquín Ibarra, prominent businessman in Quintana Roo, who was also known as 'Tatich', which in Mayan language means Patriarch, died around 10:40 am Friday June 17th at his residence on the island.

In October 2015, he received the “Gaston Cantarell Diaz' medal for tourism and a recognition for his extensive tourist experience and as one of the big drivers of economic development of Cozumel.

Due to the delicate state of health of his Father, the newly elected State Governor Carlos Joaquín González canceled his tour of gratitude for the State to support the population that led him to be chosen as the new Governor. Through Twitter, Carlos Joaquín published a photograph of his father confirming his death; several officials have expressed their condolences to the family of the elected Governor on the death of his Father through the same social network.
Committee Formed for Protection in Case of Hurricanes
In a meeting of the Municipal Council of Civil Protection, the Municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, led the installation of the "operating committee specializing in the hydro-meteorological phenomena for the 2016 season", which officially started June 1st. This is a coordinated preparedness and prevention in case of the presence of any tropical cyclone. The mayor said that this action is an important step for the attention of the meteorological conditions in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, where there is a commitment of the Committee's work to report appropriately what happens in the season that runs from June 1st to November 30th.

"With this installation we will coordinate the work of each of the sub-committees, which are responsible for the organization of shelters and temporary shelters, transportation, supply, security, assistance, communication, among others, in order to keep us alert to reinforce monitoring of weather conditions this season," said the Mayor. It was also mentioned that the city will have 12 shelters and temporary shelters available on the island and that they are in optimal conditions to protect the population and visitors in the event of a hurricane.

Finally, it was asked that the citizens need to have faith and confidence in the authorities that make up the specialized Committee on hydro-meteorological phenomena, who have a high degree of responsibility and commitment to safeguard the physical integrity and the belongings of the Cozumeleñan families.
Cozumel, Seven Years Without Forest Fires
"For the seventh consecutive year, the jungles of the Island of Cozumel have been exempt from forest fires", stated the Director of Civil Protection, Lucios Alejandro Canul Andrade. According to the statement, Canul Andrade stressed that for the season spanning from January to June a committee was formed operating in the specialty of the prevention of forest fire fighting. This committee is composed of the three orders of government institutions, armed forces , private entrepreneurs, trade unions and volunteers who worked together to protect the 48,129 hectares of green of the island which consists mostly of jungle vegetation and mangrove in flood-prone areas and coastlines.

This specialty Committee will maintain constant meetings to update and refine details of strategies of "Prevention", "Detection" and "Combat", applied during the months of the dry season, which mainly comprises from April to June, where the temperatures are higher and statistics show that forest fires have been recorded.

A publicity campaign was also implemented in mass media, to bring awareness to the population on the protection of natural resources. Training is provided to officers and community brigades and tours were conducted in order to learn about the timely detection of fires or burnings out of control. Also, the control tower of the airport will work in consolidation with the committee asking for their support in the monitoring of smoke columns, and with the airlines for information of any signal or column of smoke detected in their arrivals or departures.
Cozumel's Municipal Market Gets a New Mural
Artist Oscar Peláez Camacho has started the layout work for the elaboration of a mural that will reflect the essence of Cozumel’s municipal market. The work, will be presented in a span of three weeks announced the Municipal Director of Urban Development and Ecology, Melissa Angulo Gámez.

Oscar Peláez Camacho is an artist who has been residing the last several years in Cozumel and practices painting and living sculpture, among other artistic expressions. On May 26th, an official recognition and award was given to the artist and he received a grant of 10,000 pesos as well as the delivery of materials and tools necessary such as brushes, scaffolding, and paint among other items, to carry out the painting of the mural of the municipal market.
Students Study Diversity of Birds in Cozumel
Students of the Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur) carried out research and works of observation of birds in wetland areas mainly in the southern part of the island to determine the factors that cause the presence of the feathered creatures and its diversity in dry seasons and rainfall.

During the monitoring at Punta Sur, 80 species of birds have been reported in the interior of the lagoon, including herons, plovers and terns. This was reported by Jessica Thompson Ambriz who headed the study. Postgraduate research work on monitoring and identification of birds by students of the Colegio de la Frontera Sur include observation of the birds in the lagoon complex of the Eco-Tourism Park “Punta Sur”, as well as in the protected areas of Flora and Fauna of the Island de Cozumel.

Thompson Ambriz explained that investigations started in February and they will be completed in August. So far, they have found a great difference among the birds which inhabit the northern part and which nest in the ecological reserve of Laguna Colombia, due to the type of food and features specific to nesting that exist between both points. According to preliminary data, it has been detected that several species that reside in the protected Area of Flora and Fauna travel daily to Punta Sur to feed and then return to their original location.

The project of restoration of the ecosystem of mangroves at "Laguna Colombia” has generated several bird species who have decided to nest and feed themselves, since they have more favorable areas to breed and get food.
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April 15, 2016 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
Because we are continually asked about travel safety in Mexico and Cozumel, INSIDER always maintains the most recent, complete version of the LINK /traveladvisory U.S. State Department Mexico Travel Warning HERE} on our website for traveler convenience.

The good news continues to be that there are currently no regional security warnings in place that cover Quintana Roo, Cancun, Cozumel or Costa Maya so make vacation plans now to get here for some fun in the sun!

The Mexico Travel Warning dated April 15, 2016 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the {LINK Department of State website

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