Photographic Adventures in Paradise
Highway 307 the main artery between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and points south has collapsed during the early morning hours today. (Approx. 3:30 am)
This is near the Hotel Iberostar. The lanes in both directions are completely impassable. An emergency alternate route has been established in an effort to keep traffic moving. Below the roadway a cavern of water was found. This is believed to be the cause of the collapse. Equipment is being brought to the sight in order to repair the roadway. Expect long delays if traveling between the airport and Playa del Carmen and points south both to and from the airport/Cancun for the next few days.
Approximate location of troubled spot.
Photo by Roberto Borge
The temporary alternate route until repairs are finished:
Yesterday afternoon we drove to Puerto Morelos to have lunch at Pelicanos restaurant. Afterwards we took a walk on the beach to see what the seagrass situation would be like. Unfortunately it’s not good. The incoming waves were loaded with seagrass. There were several heaps of seagrass piled on the beach from the cleanup efforts. At least a effort is being made to gather it up. The smell was not an issue. To swim you have to wade through the seagrass for 3-4 meters to get past it to clear water. The beach was empty so even the locals aren’t coming out at least not on Saturday afternoon. Here are some photos.
From Pelicanos restaurant looking towards the pier.
You can see that the beach is pretty much empty……
The piles of accumulated seagrass and the tire tracks of the heavy equipment being used to scrape it all up……
Incoming seagrass in the waves….
Close up of the sargassum seagrass….
Looking back away from the shoreline…..
Well the hot weather continues and so does the drought. We haven’t had any substantial rainfall for almost 3 months. It has also been the hottest July and August since we moved here 8 years ago. We aren’t complaining just reporting it.
The foul smelling, flea infested Sargassum seaweed continues to wash ashore the beaches of Cancun’s hotel zone with no end in sight. I took the following pictues this morning at 11am (Sunday Aug.16,2015).
Some employees found a great way to use some of the seagrass……
The yellow flags were flying but there were no takers in the sea…..
The pool was loaded…..
More pictures of the beach
A few closeups….
From the Mexico News Daily an online english language newspaper:
No one has been able to pinpoint the precise reason for the phenomenon, which has been worsening in recent years. Climate change and nutrients and pollutants that fertilize the weed have both been identified.
Back in Quintana Roo, with the big winter tourist season just around the corner, authorities are planning a meeting next week to review the situation and consider other strategies for addressing it.
One strategy being studied by the Cancún and Puerto Morelos Hotels Association is to have boats gather up the sargassum before it arrives. The group is anxiously awaiting the results of a study because the region’s most important tourism fair is coming up in early October.
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