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“Beach Emergency: Heatwave Triggers Sargassum Invasion in Playa del Carmen!”

The escalating heat is leading to an increase in sargassum, a type of seaweed, washing up on the shores of Playa del Carmen. Concurrently, high tides are making it challenging to clean the beaches. Despite these obstacles, local authorities are committed to removing the seaweed.

María de Lourdes Várguez Ocampo, Secretary of Sustainable Environment and Climate Change of Solidaridad, explained the situation. "The intense heat is causing more sargassum to appear on our coast. This isn't unique to our municipality or just Fundadores Beach; all our beaches are affected. We have a robust team of workers and equipment to ensure effective cleaning. However, the high tides, which have moved significant amounts of sediment, make it difficult to remove the sargassum in some areas," she stated.

As a result, municipal workers, under the leadership of Lili Campos Miranda, are manually removing the sargassum in Playa del Carmen. "The tide is extremely high, which prevents our machinery from accessing certain areas and could cause further erosion. We're piling up the sargassum and removing it by hand. Sometimes it's overwhelming, but we must be patient and wait for the tides to recede to perform a more effective cleaning," she explained.

The government official emphasized that they are working tirelessly so that both locals and tourists can enjoy the beautiful coasts of Playa del Carmen. Várguez concluded by noting that while the tides are high now, nature is unpredictable, and conditions may change in the coming days.