Damage caused by hurricanes Norbert and Odile to Mazatlán’s coastal and beachfront areas recently has caused concern among conservationists that no formal study exists outlining how to conserve the coastline and regulate construction on beachfront lots.
Sandra Guido Sánchez, director of Conselva, Costas y Comunidades A.C. , said in her opinion it was incredible that despite the fact Mazatlán has capable investigators to produce a study on costal dynamics and sand erosion that would stipulate actions to recover beaches and outline construction margins, the initiative has not been taken, and that will have ramifications on the construction of new beachside projects.
There are, she stated, specialists in UNAM and FACIMAR, consultants who have clear ideas how to conserve our most valuable tourist resource, our beaches, and avoid mistakes in future construction projects, but none have produced a study.
The decision to construct a building on the coastline should not be simply an architectural decision, said Guido Sánchez. Now that Mazatlán is expanding it is urgent to have a study concerning where new hotels can and cannot be constructed and put in place a mechanism to protect sand dunes, all based on researched data.
The conservationist pointed out a one centimeter rise in tide levels will have immense repercussions on the Malecón and buildings by the beach if an in depth investigation is not done soon.