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Viva Cancún

August 14th, 2006 by Mel Zelniker filed under Cancún, News

Cancún beach fiesta - August 12th, 2006Thirty days since our last visit to the beach and what a difference. Fonatur and Mother Nature have been at work: The beach is clean. The beach is wide. The ‘shelves’ have gone. The water is beautiful.

The Cancún Palace is a mess; still looming over the beach, imposing an ugly and noisy backdrop to the festivities. Nevertheless, the beach appears to be back to its glorious self.

Beach takes two steps forward, one step back

June 29th, 2006 by Mel Zelniker filed under Cancún Beach Recovery, Cancún

This report concerns the beach front between Park Royal and the Cancún Palace. 

This morning, whether from neglect or design, the beaches were positively filthy. It was as though Fonatur [the Mexican tourism development agency] has given up on cleaning the beaches, which were clogged with huge bundles of seaweed and other detritus.

Looking south from Playa BallenasIt seemed as though the Park Royal had attempted a small cleanup, but it could also be the meter to meter and a half ‘shelf’ in front of the property keeping the seaborne garbage off the beach.

The beaches in front of Le Meridien and Ritz Carlton have lost their shelves and the sea has deposited what appears to be about five meters…