Thank you to Michael Maurus for this beautiful photo of the beach today, Oct 5, 2015. This is between Paradise Beach Club and Unico Beach Club on the north end of town near Abbey del Sol properties. The government is still struggling to get all the seaweed off the beach. Their efforts were shut down by the environmental groups because they were using back hoes to try and remove the seaweed and destroying the beach in the process. 3 or 4 times a week people go and rack, which helps, but it isn’t the long term solution we are all praying for. Hopefully the new tractor with the rake behind will arrive eventually.
Here is a photo our friend posted on FB about the cleanup that started today.Beach cleanup. The government has hired hundreds of workers (mostly women) to work 4 hours a day and rack the beach to try and get a head of this problem. They also have plans for trying to get the seaweed out of the water.
Our snorkeling Captain Raul Carusso also sent me this link to explain why this seaweed invasion is happening. Explaining the Sargassum Seaweed.
There is a second town meeting on August 17 and I will report the outcome. If the town keeps the beaches clean (which they are now committed to doing) then we will be in as good a shape, if not better, than everywhere else on the Riviera.
There is good news about solutions coming for the seaweed invasion. The government has committed hundreds of laborers to rake our beach all during hte day as well as money for a new beach raking tractor. They will be putting huge mesh nets to catch the seaweed before it hits land and drag it out to where the current will take it out to where it belongs. They are trying the nets in Cancun first and then will bring them down the coast. Here is a good article about the plans. Mexican authorities finding permanent solution to Sargasso Seaweed problem: Riviera-Maya-News.com article
There has been a lot of news about the seaweed invasion in the Caribbean Sea coming from the Saragossa Sea off South America. For almost a year now beach resorts all over the Caribbean have been struggling with how to manage the huge mounds of seaweed that flow in every day. The Mexican government is finally stepping up to try and find a solution for the Cancun area. For now our normally beautiful beaches aren’t so beautiful. We want everyone who stays with us to know we are working with our town officials to try and get better beach cleaning efforts accomplished. Last high season we helped fund a beach cleaning service that the neighborhood got together to hire. Hopefully the town officials will step in and do their part soon as it is very expensive to keep it up on our own. Certainly not feasible in the off season, unfortunately.
After a wonderful winter season it is now that time of year again…. construction and upgrades! First on the list is new windows for Casa Anita. THESE ARE BEFORE THE PAINTING AND FINISHING HAS BEEN DONE TO THE WALLS. For any of you who have stayed there you know the charm of the traditional wood slat windows but probably experienced also the inefficiency and other challenges. The windows have been replaced with dark brown aluminum frame sliding glass windows. The bathroom window which was a special challenge because of the open panes that let in bugs now has a screen. The clear glass crescent will soon have privacy glass so no one can see in. Since Casa Anita is now fully air
2nd Bedroom window from the outside
2nd Bedroom from the inside
Great room with 2 new windows
conditioned this will also help with energy bills.
The state of Quintana Roo where Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Tulum, etc, are located is going to switch from the Central Time Zone to the Eastern Time Zone on Feb 1, 2015. This means we will jump ahead an hour and be one hour later than Minnesota, Chicago, and other Central time zone places. There is a rumor that there will be no daylight savings after the switch but I can’t confirm that. So be prepared.
If you want t know what is going on in town just go to our Plan Your Trip page and click on Calendar. http://www.abbeydelsol.com/calendar.html.
If you have been following the news about the tourist industry in the whole Caribbean you would have seen info about the massive seaweed invasion that is clogging beaches and resorts. We have not missed out, unfortunately. The poor little tractor that rakes up the seaweed every morning broke beyond repair back in September and we are trying to find ways to deal with the seaweed ever since. Many of us in town have chipped in to hire a private company but the cost is getting too much to keep up. The town will be having a meeting with the state and federal officials on Friday. Hopefully we will get some money from them to help out. But, for now, please be patient and understand that we can’t fight Mother Nature, we can only try working with her bad moods.
Check out this article from September 2014. Resorts in other parts of the Caribbean had to actually shut down so I guess we are lucky, at least we are all in business and having a great year here in dear little Puerto Morelos….despite the darn seaweed!