Cancun, Q.R. — Several of Cancun’s Blue Flag beaches have been continually vandalized. Officials say that some beaches areleft with graffiti while others have bathroom fixtures stolen, among other things.
While most of the beaches suffer some looting, the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) reports that Chac Mool and Playa Coral are the two most affected. They say that vandals take advantage of the empty beaches during the early morning hours when they damage and steal federal beach property.
Manuel Linss de la Peña, director of Zofemat Benito Juarez, says that bathroom fixtures including the shower heads have been removed from the beache facilities, taking away from the work and investments made in the area.
“The facilities must be respected, for example in Playa Marlín, the shower heads are either broken or stolen about every 15 days. In Chac Mool, the situation is due to the flow of visitors that go to bars and nightclubs in the evenings. At Playa Coral, the damages are because it is in the last kilometers of the hotel zone,” he explained.
All Blue Flag beaches must comply with set standards, one of them being public services such as bathrooms. In addition to having the services, they must be clean. Every year, the city must continually make investments so that they do not have broken facilities, doors or wood on the furniture.
To obtain the 2017-2018 award, municipal management made an investment of 500,000 peso for the repair and remodeling of the seven beaches.