Cancún beach recovery to start in January

December 23rd, 2005 by Steve Bridger filed under Cancún Beach Recovery, Cancún, News

Cancún’s ongoing post-Wilma recovery efforts will shift into high gear on January 16th with the start of efforts aimed at restoring over 12km of powder-white sands eroded by the October hurricane.

Funded by an initial investment of around US$20 million, Belgian maritime engineering and construction firm Jan De Nul beat off four other contenders to win the rebuilding contract, and will be also be charged with maintaining the sand after it has been replaced.

Between two and 2.8 million cubic meters of sand will be dredged from ‘La Ollita’ and ‘Megarizaduras’, two sandbanks lying in the deeper waters of the Bahia de Mujeres, and deposited on the Hotel Zone beaches.

The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2006, but President Vicente Fox said when talking of funding for the project: "we’ll see how far we get and what still needs to be done next April and if there’s something we still need to do or we haven’t completely finished, we are ready to give more."

In November, Gabriela Rodríguez Gálvez, Tourism Minister for Quintana Roo, told journalists gathered in London that the plan is for the beach to regain the 60m width it boasted before Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.


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7 Responses to “Cancún beach recovery to start in January”

  1. Colleen Says:

    Hi everyone! I’m headed to Cancun on January 14, 2006 at the Riu Caribe. I’ve very concerned about the “beach recovery” that is being started on January 16. I’ve seen in the past the mess “dredging” makes of the water and would hate to get to Cancun and discover cloudy murky water. Does anyone have any idea if they are anticipating any impact from this “recovery”?

  2. Steve Bridger Says:

    Good question. Apparently, more details will be released on Jan 16th. I’ve been investigating but my emails go unanswered.

    You ought to be OK at the Riu Caribe though, as the work will be taking place between Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc. See this map.

  3. Cingy Says:

    We are going to the OMNI in Cancun the first week of April (spring break) Does anyone know the condition there at the OMNI regarding the hotel and the beach? I keep looking online to see what the condition are after Wilma, but they are all advertisments about when they will “re-open”. I’m getting nervous.
    Thanks, Cindy

  4. Bill Rogers Says:

    The Omni got hit hard. We were at the Royal Mayan next door and arrived home on Jan. 14th. Workers are all over the place at the Omni. I have photos of the Omni. See our vacation pics here.

    View Omni hotel images here.

    I feel confident the Omni will be open in a couple of months. The Fiesta Americana Condesa says it’ll open on Feb. 15th. See their pics here. All photos taken week of Jan. 9th.

  5. afterwilma.info » Blog Archive » Cancún beach recovery plans to be unveiled today Says:

    [...] As I reported last month, around four miles (6.5km) of the area’s fifteen miles of beaches were swept away and at least another five suffered erosion. [...]

  6. Steve Bridger Says:

    Bill, many thanks.


    Cindy, Leticia Rosado, the very helpful Chief Concierge at the Omni sent me this photo (taken in December) on Friday. However, I think Bill’s photos are more revealing.

    In short, I would be very confident that the Omni will be operating normally well before April.

  7. Steve Bridger Says:

    Image hosted by Webshots.comThought I’d post an update here about the Omni…

    Re-opened on March 1st. The beach front restaurant – Piña Colada – re-opening around now.

    Still bits and bobs of building work – photo taken on March 5th.