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Sargasso returns but clean-up funding cannot be found

Cancun, Q.R. – Only a few months after local beaches were cleared of Sargasso, unfavorable weather has seen its return.

Seaweed-covered beaches became a concern this past summer as beaches along the Yucatan Peninsula down past Tulum were continually strewn with mass amounts of Sargasso. As of late, unfavorable Fall weather that created stormy seas are being blamed for the return of the kelp.

While some beach areas have been hit harder than others, local authorities from the Cancun Hotel Association are requesting information on the expenditure of the 150 million peso set aside by the federation to deal with the unwanted seaweed.

Carlos Gosseling, president of the hotel association, said he is concerned by the presence of the kelp and the effect it could have on Cancun and the Riviera Maya as a destination, especially being so close to the end of the fiscal year.  He stresses that the resources granted in July are needed to deal with the beach kelp.

As reported in July, Environment Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud and the then Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, announced the federal contribution of 150 million pesos, 90 million of which was to come from the temporary employment program with the other 60 million being channeled from the Scientific Group to harvest the sea kelp.

According to Gosselin, only 27 million of the 150 million peso has been accounted for. The whereabouts of the rest remains unknown.

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