Excessive arrival of sargassum in Cozumel

The Sargasso Monitoring Network in Cancun reported that the excessive arrival of the alga to the coasts of Cozumel and along the Riviera Maya has begun. Cozumel, Punta Molas, Playa Mezcalitos, Cozumel Este and Punta Sur are the sites with the highest arrival of sargassum

The affected areas are from Punta Nizuc to Bahía Príncipe
The affected areas are from Punta Nizuc to Bahía Príncipe

During a tour, Infoqroo witnessed the large mounds of sargassum on the seashore, which affect the profits of the tourism sector in particular in "Chen Rio", one of the beach clubs with the highest concentration of tourists and locals.

Most visitors choose to retire from the place since a large amount of seaweed is found practically in all the seashore, leaving the public beaches of San Martin, Punta Chiqueros, Playa Bonita, among others, with no presence of bathers.

In this regard, the local director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), Ricardo Lizama Escalante, said that a group of 40 people works to clear the beaches, however, this is insufficient due to the large number that comes in, so it is necessary machinery to deal with this problem.

Although he acknowledged that the phenomenon is less than in other destinations in Quintana Roo, the eastern part of the island is not viable for tourists to visit. Therefore, he exhorted to go to the public beaches of the western area, or near the boardwalk of the city, since its location does not register affectations due to the massive arrival of sargassum.

By Mexicanist, Source: INFOQROO

Sanitation tax, a solution

Although in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, there is sargassum only in the eastern area, where there is no development, this problem is present in neighboring municipalities and if it is not served it will be a serious problem, said the mayor, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis.

At the end of the signing of a collaboration agreement between the National Chamber of Commerce, Services, and Tourism of Cozumel and Monterrey, he explained that in his municipality, as well as Isla Mujeres and Holbox, there are days of cleaning sargassum, and awaits the arrival of sargassum boats to pick up the seaweed at sea.

The coordination with the Federation "cost them a lot", because although the state government has faced the problem for three years, "one year the problem disappeared and we trusted each other".

It coincided with the statement of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, regarding the fact that the problem of sargassum is going to be solved and that they already have tools to combat this contingency.

However, he said he did not agree with the Federation minimizing this problem, because "it is a serious problem and if we do not attend it, it will be very serious".

Meanwhile, in order to hold extraordinary resources to handle the sargassum, the municipality of Cozumel established the sanitation tax from last year, which began to be collected as of February 2019.

This tax is charged to apartments, condominiums, and houses that are rented for tourism, and in the case of Airbnb and other platforms, there is already a list of properties, to whom they are sending notifications to make their declaration.

In the 2019 budget, it was calculated that they would obtain revenues of 12 million pesos, although the goal is to reach 18 million, said Pedro Joaquín Delbouis.

By local media