Big on bluster but short on sand
First the good news… recycled sand began to be pumped onto what was left of the beach at the Royal Sands complex on Monday. [Photo courtesy Royal Resorts]
But a few kilometres further south, all is not well.
After six weeks of spectacular progress (and unstinting positivity on my part), sections of the reclaimed beach have haemorrhaged sand after a few days of pounding waves.
Compare this photo of the recently ‘nourished’ beach that fronts the Royal Solaris hotel taken by Jim Wehrle on March 3rd, with another photo Jim captured on March 11th. The erosion is glaringly self evident.
Hoteliers must be observing the deterioration with increasing alarm, while bemused beachgoers comb the ‘wall’ for its bounty of sea shells and bits and pieces of broken coral.
La Jornada appeared to be the only national daily to pick up on the story.
Today’s front page (right) leads with a faintly shocking photograph of the crumbling beach in front of the very same Royal Solaris and Club Solaris complex.
Inside, a prominent story (that link will take you to the article in Spanish) reveals the extent of the new loss.
Tim Norris was the first to point out the developing "shelf" in a comment to this blog on February 28th.