We went for a walk the other day along the whole length of North Beach. About a mile I'd say. Sandbags were everywhere.
The beach erosion continues at an alarming rate. In my opinion, the problem is this: Each establishment along the beach front is doing their own thing to try to stop the erosion. There is no overall, coordinated effort being made that considers the beach as a whole entity. As a result, one business will put up sandbags or build a fence into the water. It may temporarily help with their problem but it just creates more problems for the people next door. Case in point:
See how they built a fence into the water? They changed the way the waves come in and ended up creating this:
It's a little bay that was quickly eroding all the way back to the property line of this hotel. So they had to put up another fence to stop it. You can't see it in this picture, but that little wall is reinforced with sandbags also.
This little palapa is being supported almost entirely by sandbags now. On the other side of it is this:
These are rental chairs. People are using whatever available space there is, trying to make a peso or two from the tourists. I loved this little area. It drops off sharply on either side, but, hey, you have your own private little spit of land to sun on and watch the water.
These walls are sticking out into the water all along the beach. They don't seem to be doing that much good.
Everywhere you look you can see the valiant effort businesses are doing to try to save the palms. Almost all of them have been tied to something. Or in some cases, to each other.
Here somebody actually went to the trouble of sandbagging around these trees to prevent further damage to them.
But, alas, not all of them have made it.
It's all so very sad. If somebody doesn't do something soon, there will be no more North Beach. The Hotel NaBalam, on the eastern end of the North Beach, is totally closed. The front bar and restaurant are totally under water and probably past saving. The outdoor restaurant area is roped off with signs saying they are closed and to keep out. I wish the City would hire some erosion or beach expert or something and come up with a master plan.
I'm not holding my breath.