Officials in Quintana Roo claim that beach replenishment in the state requires the investment of at least 500 million pesos (about 35 million dollars) in the next few years, and are asking for federal help.
After Hurricane Wilma in 2005, many beaches in Quintana Roo were badly damaged. Following the hurricane, initial beach restoration efforts were funded by the federal Tourism Secretariat, with maintenance then passed over to local (municipal) authorities and the state government. The restoration program included the planting of more than 8,000 palm trees in an effort to help stabilize the coast. However, storms in late 2014 caused considerable damage to beaches, especially the Gaviota Azul beach in Punta Cancún, prompting tourism representatives to call for renewed investment in restoration.
State officials have singled out five areas where the beaches are of particular concern:
- Playa del Carmen
- Isla Mujeres
- Holbox Island
Quintana Roo has budgeted 5 million pesos in this year’s budget to complete the five Environmental Impact studies needed prior to applying for federal funding.
In related news, four Quintana Roo towns have applied for Magic Town status:
- Isla Mujeres
- Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Quintana Roo currently has only one Magic Town: Bacalar.
The Tourism Secretariat has previously announced that it plans to add 17 towns to the list this year, bringing the total by year-end to 100. Towns that have applied for Magic Town status will be evaluated in June this year, with decisions expected to be announced in July. Given the number of towns submitting applications, some locations are clearly going to be disappointed in this round of nominations.
- Beach erosion in the tourist resort of Cancún, Mexico (Dec 2010)
- Ecological footprints, marine conservation and Cancun’s underwater sculpture park
- Tourist numbers for Cancún, 2000-2014
- The resort city of Cancún continues to grow (Apr 2014)
- Mexico’s Magic Towns program under review
- The distribution of Mexico’s Magic Towns (links to earlier posts)