Mexico spent $19 million to replace Cancun beaches washed away by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But much of the sand pumped from the sea floor has since washed away, leading some property owners to build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely shifts sand loss to beaches below the breakwaters.
[...]Five people were detained in a raid for allegedly using pumps to move sand from the sea floor onto the beach in front of the Gran Caribe Real Hotel. The hotel is also suspected of illegally building a breakwater that impeded the natural flow of sand onto other hotels' beaches.
The AP article said that "a knot of angry tourists gathered around the closed beach" which we can sort of understand; how seriously annoying that your hotel's beach gets closed down in the middle of your vacay because of stealing sand. Especially since rooms are sort of pricey to begin with: they start at $213 tomorrow night. Um, at least the pool's still open...?
[Photo: AP / Israel Leal]