In an effort to preserve Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Cozumel are having their beachfronts restored in time for the winter vacation period this year. The plan will add sand to an 11-mile stretch of beachfront, helping the area guard against erosion for the next 10 years.
In five months, the dredging company that presented the winning bid, Mexicana de Dragados, plans to extract nearly 247 million cubic feet of sand from underwater and use it to widen the beachfront. When the project is finished, Cancun’s beaches will be 44 yards wide, Playa del Carmen’s 33 yards wide and Cozumel’s 22 yards wide.
The project is supported by the Quintana Roo State Government and Tourism Secretariat, Mexico’s Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SEMARNAT) and Mexico’s Federal Electrical Commission, by a 900-million-peso (68-million-dollar) trust with federal, state and municipal (Riviera Maya, Cancún and Cozumel) government funds.