Cancun Beach Recovery Update- Starting Over
The federal Secretary of Tourism and the government of Quintana Roo have announced that the original bidding process on the beach recovery process is now "deserted". According to reports, the companies that have submitted proposals have not met the requirements of the project. A new international tender will be released on April 16 in the hopes of finding a contractor that fully complies with the terms of the plan. The financial resources for the project remain in trust for the "restoration, recovery, support and maintenance of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone of the State of Quintana Roo".
As the original plan has been abandoned, no new start dates have been announced. Citizens and politicians of the island of Cozumel is still protesting the plan to dredge sand from its northern shore, calling for more environmental impact studies, which could further delay the project.
If I may be so bold as to add a personal opinion, I think they really need to consider delaying this project until after the hurricane season (June-November). With all the problems in finding an appropriate contractor and the complaints about a lack of environmental impact studies, I believe they should take the time to do this right and not rush into things. Starting the project during hurricane season seems downright reckless in my opinion, millions of dollars of work could be washed away mid-project by even a small hurricane or tropical storm. While I would love to see the beaches recovered quickly, I would hate for it to be done during a time when the risk is high for a disaster. The plan does (should?) call for measures to maintain the beaches in case of severe weather, but if the weather comes before the protections are in place, all could be lost. I'm not a scientist by any means, so perhaps I am wrong on this count, but it seems logical to me. If the project had started on time (this month), they could have finished before the start of the hurricane season, but with these delays, it appears they would have a start date sometime in June. Bad timing if you ask me. Hoteliers appear to disagree with me, this morning's news has them begging for a quick start to the program. While I understand their concerns, I do think it would be foolish to throw away the millions of dollars at stake. Just my humble opinion of course.