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Cancun, Riviera Maya to get sargasso removal funding

Cancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo will begin receiving federal funding to help with the removal of the sargasso arriving on the beaches.

State governor Carlos Joaquín González says that shortly, Quintana Roo will start receiving funds from the Natural Disasters Fund to attend to the sargasso season.

He explained that the amount of funding provided will depend on the effect the sargasso has on the state for which, he says, the State Secretariat of the Environment had requested an initial 62 million peso.

The request also stems from the regional flooding experienced May 21 to 28 that was seen from Cancun in the north, to Bacalar in the south.

Joaquín González says that as a result of that coastal flood, the federal funding will benefit the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Othon P. Blanco, Solidaridad, Tulum and Bacalar.

The federal funding, once received, will go toward repairing damage from the intense May rains as well as the removal of seaweed along the entire coast.