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Dozens of volunteers clear Riviera Maya beaches in time for Easter tourists

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen City Council says workers continue to manually remove washed up sargassum from beaches. Mayor Lili Campos says volunteers from the municipality have come together to remove the built-up seaweed.

City Council workers, along with employees from Bepensa Coca Cola and Xcaret, did their part by joining in the weekend efforts in dealing with the hundreds of tons of sargassum that has arrived.

Dozens of volunteers spent the day at Punta Esmeralda, a city beach that has been hit particularily hard. On social media, Mayor Campos posted “In Playa del Carmen we are UNITED and fighting sargassum: society and government. We are going to win this war! Today we had, like every Saturday, a massive sargassum cleanup in Punta Esmeralda, el Recodo, calle 14 y 16. Join the cleaning brigades!”

Campos said that at the moment, an average of 200 people from Zofemat take to the city’s beaches every day to remove seaweed. She said an additional brigade of 50 workers from the Secretary of Public Services has also been arranged to help tackle the ongoing problem.

She said the volunteers came out to help clear the beaches of seaweed since the heart of Riviera Maya is expecting more than 544,000 tourists over the next two weeks.

“We want to continue being good hosts, and we want you to have a good experience on Fifth Avenue, on our beaches, of the beautiful places that this municipality has,” she said aiming her words toward visitors.

“For this reason, I appreciate the sum of efforts, of will to help keep our coasts clean, as we will do every Saturday”, she said.