Cancun, Q.R. — After conducting an assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Delta to Cancun beaches, Zofemat says that five will remain closed to the public but gradually be reopened.
Vagner Elbiorn Vega, director of Cancun Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre (Zofemat) said that October 10, Las Perlas and El Niño beaches will be open to the public again since the cleaning and maintenance has been done.
He says the other five in charge of the agency will continue to be closed to the public until the rubble has been removed. The sandbanks, he explained, are being carefully screened due to the accumulation of debris including garbage, nails and glass, which can put the integrity of visitors at risk.
“To make a safe opening, the services and facilities of the beaches must be 100 percent,” he said.
When taking stock of the Zofemat beaches, he said that seven were reported with either severe damage or total destruction of the lifeguard towers, palapas, palm trees, information panels, ramps and accesses. One of the most affected beaches was Playa Delfines, one of the most popular in the area, where 59 palapas and two lifeguard towers were destroyed while the restrooms and retaining walls were damaged and the beach, seriously eroded.
Elbiorn Vega explained that since these seven public beaches are Blue Flag certified, they are governed by strict statute in which the obligation to have towers for lifeguards and essential elements for their operation are mandatory.
He noted that while Playas Las Perlas and El Niño are open, Chacmol, Delfines, Coral, Ballenas and Marlin will remain closed but be gradually reopened as they are reconditioned. Currently, there are 340 people working on cleaning the beaches and erecting lifeguard towers after damage caused by the passing of Hurricane Delta.