Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A central breakwater project is being considered for Playa del Carmen. The project would see an artificial offshore structure built near Playa El Recodo.
Lourdes Várguez Ocampo, the Secretary of Sustainable Environment and Climate Change, says the project is being considered by City Council. She says that while the beaches are being recovered from sargassum, some areas are in need of protection.
“It would be placed at the mouth of 12 and 14 Streets North, benefiting the El Recodo beach area which is eroded due to its concave shape,” she explained. Ocampo says the structure would be built of natural stone, creating a reef and an extensive swimming area.
She says if the project is approved, “the healthiest thing is that the cement breakwaters in front of a well-known hotel are removed and their owners collaborate with us since those breakwaters do not fulfill the function for which they were built which is evident since they do not have a dry beach,” she added.
Ocampo says the breakwater would be beneficial to everyone since it would protect that natural resource.