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#433069 - 03/15/12 04:06 PM How bad is the seagrass problem?  
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Case Anova Offline
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Hello,
I'm looking for some current information regarding the seagrass issue on Ambergris. I read the article posted earlier about the seagrass that has been washing up on the eastern caribbean shores recently. I am considering coming to Ambergris in May but was looking foreward to enjoying the beaches.
Is every bit of the beach on Ambergris covered in seagrass or just in some area's?
Can you smell it all over the island, just at the beach... or not at all?
Thanks
Case

#433072 - 03/15/12 04:11 PM Re: How bad is the seagrass problem? [Re: Case Anova]  
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Diane Campbell Offline
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Most areas have cleaned up - especially those where people live and vacation.
There are a couple of untended stretches of beach that look icky, but overall it's nice and the island smells absolutely fresh.
No worries - come to visit.

#433141 - 03/16/12 09:27 AM Re: How bad is the seagrass problem? [Re: Case Anova]  
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Just for clarification, Seagrass is not at issue; it's native vegetation typical of the seabeds adajcent the beaches and part of the natural ecosystem. Yes it does wash up on a regular basis. Some folks have cleared the beds off thier beaches to provide a more "desirable" seaside experience, but most have not.

This year there has been a large amount of sargassum weed which has been driven into the coast line by winds and currents from areas far to the east of Belize. This is unusual, and it has been present in unusual amounts. Dianes comments above well represent the situation at this point.

#433150 - 03/16/12 11:10 AM Re: How bad is the seagrass problem? [Re: Case Anova]  
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We are south and the smell this a.m. Is nauseating. There are some areas that have let it pile up. With our high season in full swing, hope the landowners will make an effort to at least clean up the plastic.


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#433156 - 03/16/12 12:08 PM Re: How bad is the seagrass problem? [Re: Case Anova]  
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Diane Campbell Offline
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The smell is fresh and lovely in Mata Grande - not much sargasso and we've taken on our usual 1/2 mile of beach-plastic cleaning.

I've given up on expecting non-resident landowners themselves to care --- one of the more upscale resorts south of us owns the worst stretch of beach in our area - they keep their hotel beach pristine but let their other properties look like landfill. I'm sure management would prefer it otherwise but the offsite owners have refused to fund clean-up. I have asked them directly to be better neighbors and they said no.


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