In view of the passing of the remnants of "Ian", the directorate of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) of Isla Mujeres informed that cleaning actions were reinforced on the public beaches of the municipality to keep them free of sagiven view of the arrival reported in the last few hours, announcing that 35 tons of sargassum were collected in the cleaning of Playa Norte, Playa Centro, and La Guadalupana.
The director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) of Isla Mujeres, Antonio de Jesús Delgado González, explained that as part of the strategies implemented by the government headed by the municipal president, Atenea Gómez Ricalde, to keep the beaches clean and free of sargassum and preserve their beauty, being one of the main tourist attractions of the destination, every day from 5 to 11 in the morning the staff in charge of this department carries out cleaning work on the beaches.
The municipality has public beaches Playa Norte, Playa Centro, El Riito, Bachilleres, Playa Chiapanecos, Playa Pet (pets are accepted), La Guadalupana, and in the Continental Zone with Punta Sam (Isla Blanca), receiving an average of 5 to 7 thousand visitors daily during the high season.
The cleaning works on the beaches are carried out every day in the insular zone, while in Isla Blanca they are programmed once a fortnight, due to the cleaning of the mangrove and the coastline, in addition to the collection of sargassum.
He made a call to the business sector to join and participate in the cleaning actions and to the citizens and tourists not to throw garbage on the beaches, mentioning that broken unicel coolers, empty beer, and soda containers have beeneven thoughact that the garbage cans are only a few meters away. "We must all be aware of the importance of taking care of our beaches and contribute to this by not throwing garbage on the beaches," he said.
The beaches on Isla Mujeres free of seaweed
After a year of losing the "blue flag" distinction, Isla Mujeres has regained it, as its beaches are cleaner and free of seaweed. Playa Norte and Playa Centro have already raised the blue flag and received the distinction for the 2022-2023 season.
This distinction guarantees the fulfillment of 33 criteria such as the cleanliness and safety of the beaches, the care of the environment, and the quality of the water. They also placed a new buoy at Playa Norte to delimit the area for boats. For her part, the municipal president, Atenea Gómez Ricalde, expressed the importance of this certification that makes Isla's beaches qualify as excellent.
Since July, the island's beaches have been clean of sargassum thanks to the work carried out by the staff of the Isla Mujeres City Hall, reinforced by those who have joined the cleaning brigades through the temporary employment program implemented by the municipality, to address the atypical growth of the algae.
This work has made it possible to remove the total amount of sargassum that has reached the beaches of this island located in front of Cancun. The beach cleaning extends to the mainland, where tourists seeking the exclusivity and luxury of the hotels located in Playa Mujeres and Costa Mujeres can enjoy the colors of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.