El Recodo beach recovered using sargassum sand
By depositing over 800 tons of sand, the city government and the Federal Maritime and Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) were able to restore the previously inaccessible El Recodo beach, which was not open to the public since the beginning of the current administration.
Catalina Collado, the Zofemat’s general coordinator responsible for beaches maintenance, cleaning, and conservation, stated that they have also renovated other beach access spots, such as the ones located on 4th, 8th, and 10th North Streets, which are presently being maintained to hinder the loss of sand.
National and foreign visitors have been enjoying this beach with wide, good quality sand for several days. The sand is a product of extracting sargassum that has accumulated on the coast.
The sargassum is stored in one of three collection points located in the western part of the city. The sargassum is then exposed to the sun until dry and sieved to remove any waste before the remaining sand is collected.
The central beach of this region, as well as Punta Esmeralda, are undergoing coastal dune restoration to prevent erosion and enhance their appearance.
It’s worth mentioning that the Zofemat Directorate employs over 200 people, who start working at 6 in the morning, dedicated to cleaning, maintaining, and preserving the beaches.