Although Cancun's tourism infrastructure
was mostly spared by Hurricane Dean when it roared over the Yucatan
Peninsula last week, the storm washed away significant amounts of
sand from its beaches, exposing rocks and shortening the distance
between resorts and the sea in certain areas.
still evaluating the extent of the damage to Cancun's beaches,
although it's nowhere near as bad as when Hurricane Wilma made a
direct hit on the area in October 2005, leading to a $21 million
beach restoration project.
One of the hardest
hit areas was the town of Majahual and the cruise ship port of
Costa Maya, where Dean made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane Aug.
Waves washed away
parts of Costa Maya's concrete dock, which can accommodate up to
three cruise ships at a time and includes a 70,000-square-foot
pavilion with restaurants, entertainment and shops. Cesar
Lizarraga, Costa Maya's director of sales and marketing, said that
about 50% of the port's infrastructure was damaged by the
Lizarraga said the
port could remain closed for up to eight months while its
facilities are rebuilt, adding the cost could be in the
lines are scrambling to substitute calls at other ports in Mexico
and elsewhere. Carnival Cruise Lines, for example, scratched Costa
Maya for Progreso, Mexico, during the Carnival Fantasy's Aug. 25
five-day cruise out of New Orleans.
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