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Palace Hotel Group Invests 2 Million Dollars To Help Prevent Sargassum From Affecting Cancun Beaches

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Cancun has dealt with a major sargassum problem this year, spurring the government to seek out different solutions, and now Palace Group has joined the fight against the annoying seaweed by investing more than two million dollars towards preventing it from washing up on the city’s beaches.  The large investment will go towards installing a barrier that will stop the sargassum before it reaches the shore.  This project will go a long way toward enhancing the Cancun beach experience, allowing guests to enjoy a more sargassum-free beach. 

Sargassum is a type of brown seaweed that comes from the Atlantic Ocean and washes up and stays on the beach as it decomposes.  As it does this it produces a foul smell that is unpleasant, to say the least, but it also brings with it small fleas that bite as well.  The biggest problem with sargassum, though, is that it takes away from the beauty of Cancun’s beaches, which are what so many tourists visit the city for. 

While sargassum has always been an issue in Cancun and the rest of the Riviera Maya it has gotten worse in recent years.  This year has been one of the worst on record though, so bad in fact that local officials have put together a task force to try to combat the problem.  Not only have they proposed ways to collect the sargassum but solutions for keeping it from reaching the beaches to begin with. 

One of the things that scientists, researchers, and government officials have suggested is installing barriers in the sea that would keep huge sargassum deposits away from the shoreline.  Some barriers have already been installed in certain areas while other areas are still waiting for installation.  When the barrier funded by Palace Group is installed it will be one of the first in the area to be completed. 

Along with the record-breaking year for sargassum, Cancun has also broken some tourism records this year as well.  Since the beginning of the year tourists have been flooding the city, bringing in millions in revenue and helping Cancun bounce back following the pandemic.  The city continues to be a hotspot and is currently preparing for a very busy summer season too, despite the increase in Covid cases.   

Government officials recently announced that at this time they will not be reinstating pandemic mandates even though there has been an increase in cases of more than 100 percent.  The reason restrictions will not be implemented again is that hospitalizations have continued to stay low even as case numbers rise.  According to officials hospital occupancy throughout the state of Quintana Roo has reached not much more than one percent, meaning that most of those with Covid have been able to quarantine and recover at home. 

seaweed barrier in cancun

Quintana Roo is the home state of Cancun as well as a number of other Mexican Caribbean resort cities, including Cozumel.  These cities make up part of the Riviera Maya, a popular travel destination for people all over the world.  Millions of people have traveled to the area this year and millions more are expected, which is why getting the sargassum problem under control is so important. 

tractor on beach with sargassum

While the amount of sargassum that washes up on the beaches starts to wind down later in the year it is still important to continue addressing the issue.  The investment from Palace Group is one step closer to keeping excessive amounts of sargassum off of the beach once and for all so that tourists can truly enjoy the beauty of Cancun. 

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