Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Although Riviera Maya businesses say they regret the navy has left the installation of sargassum barriers so late, they also say that not all beaches are covered in seaweed all the time.
Now with the arrival of sargassum and an insufficient barrier system, some beaches and beach cleaners are overwhelmed, however, officials are out cleaning on a daily basis.
Tony Chávez, director of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association says it is unfortunate that the navy acted late, arriving in the state after the sargassum had already made landfall.
He says although they do what they can, it is not enough since, in some areas, the arrival of seaweed exceeds their ability to react. In an interview, the hotel leader revealed that he is meeting with the Secretary of State Tourism, Bernardo Cueto to implement new strategies.
The hotel sector, he said, is very committed to cleaning their parts of the beaches, keeping them free of seaweed for visitors and residents to enjoy. Chávez also said that aside from fighting sargassum, they are also fighting the misconception that all beaches are covered in seaweed all the time.
He clarified that that is not the case. Sargassum does not make landfall on the coast every day at every beach. Some beaches, depending on current and winds, get hit with sargassum, while others do not.
He said this is the reason they post updated photos on social media. Visitors can see live video feed of beaches from Cancun to Mahahual on Webcams de Mexico.