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Lately it has been evident that various beach areas on the island have suffered from extreme erosion. It is not taking years or months to notice the significant loss of beach areas, but the Town Council is embarking on a long-term project to reclaim beach areas and make them more beautiful. Studies are being conducted to identify key problems of erosion and where to target proper solutions that include scientific research, professional assessment and implementation of eco-friendly restoration and long-term solutions for our eroding shores. Tacking beach erosion is not a simple task and the Town Council knows that restoring our shores cannot happen overnight. With the help of science, research, data collection and professional assistance, the Council hopes to provide a longterm solution to maintaining our shores. So don't expect the Town Council to be dumping loads and loads of white sand on our beaches just yet; or dredging. One of the key missions at the moment is coming to understand the shoreline's sediment pathway. You see, natural erosion takes place in seasons on the island; sand comes and goes, but human intervention sometimes causes sediments to go and not be replaced.

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All this technical stuff is currently taking place with the use of scientific research, data collection and even the use of drones. The San Pedro Business Strip has been identified to include a 1.2 mile stretch of beach that runs from Boca del Rio to Sunbreeze Hotel which will be included in Phase 1 of the beach restoration. Immediate action is currently taking place from Boca del Rio Park down to the beach in front of Caye Casa to include landscaping, beautification of the areas, preservation of mangroves and the addition of walkways and lights for locals to enjoy. With proper studies, the project intends to create sargassum pick up points by strategically feeding the shore line with sand in key point to create currents that will direct the sargassum towards specific points. This would facilitate pick up by the Town Council. Mayor Nunez says that the Town Council will keep residents updated with the upcoming projects of the first phase of beach restoration and hopes to work along with various businesses and beach property owners in this ambitions project.

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SPTC prepares to restore eroded beaches in downtown San Pedro

To address the alarming rate beaches are eroding in San Pedro Town, the town council has partnered with local professionals and has worked on a plan to rescue over a mile of eroded beaches starting from the Boca del Rio beach park. The project will immediately tackle a section of the beach around the San Pedro High School (SPHS) area, which has eroded faster than anticipated. This area will serve as a demonstration site for the large-scale, long-term project to rescue the beach strip.

Local scientist and researcher Valentine Rosado explained that the demonstration project at Boca del Rio would see this portion of the beach strip filled with sand. This will give them an understanding of how the shoreline's sediments move and where they go. Rosado said this would further inform the team of experts monitoring the process of beach reclamation. He explained that this is not a quick fix, and these initial works may not yield immediate results but will provide the missing pieces of the puzzle to adequately address the alarming threat to the island's beaches. The project's first phase is also looking at restoring the function of the beach from Boca del Rio to the Sunbreeze Hotel point. Rosado and Mayor Gualberto 'Wally' Nu´┐Żez stated that they have been discussing the plan with stakeholders along the Boca del Rio beach strip and how they can be involved. To curb the erosion pattern, the beach reclamation project will see the creation of beach areas along the shoreline, eliminating any obstacles that can disturb the movement of sediments. Currently, the shoreline along downtown San Pedro appears jagged due to the different constructions on the beach. Some of these include seawalls, one of the causes of erosion besides climate change. These structures on the shore disrupt the flow of sediments. Rosado said that if the plan goes well and the flow of sediments can follow a natural straight line, erosion could significantly reduce. However, the moment something like a structure obstructs this natural sedimentation process (beach creation) erosion starts to occur.

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