Cancun, Q.R. – After Benito Juarez recently received its sixth Blue Flag beach certification, local authorities want to work toward getting that same global recognition for an additional four beaches. The four local beach areas include Tortugas, Mirador II and two places in Puerto Morelos.
Gaining international Blue Flag status is not an easy task and, at the very least, includes a dedicated amount of ongoing work from state environment authorities as well as municipal offices. The goal is to show that all beaches are cleaned on a regular basis, free of litter, have proper infrastructure, are pollution free and in general, in proper condition.
Benito Juarez is the only municipality at a national level to have this amount of certified beaches. According to José Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, director of the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat), Mexico has 20 beaches registered with the infamous Blue Flag status.
Zofemat has had meetings with hoteliers in Puerto Morelos in order to help them join in and learn about the rehabilitation and preservation of local beaches, so they are not dependent on government agencies.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) reported that evaluations are carried out beginning October 2015, and it is paramount to keep accurate records of cleaning, security and infrastructure for the beaches that have already been given the “green light”.
The official recognition and ceremony for Cancun’s latest Blue Flag certified beaches will be held on July 1, which will officially make ChacMool, Las Perlas, Delphines, Playa del Niño, Ballenas and Marlín all Blue Flag certified.
As of July 1, the state of Quintana Roo will have 40 percent of its beaches certified with the international Blue Flag status. The popular tourist state of Guerrero has four Blue Flag beaches, while Baja California Sur has three.