Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Sand Man Is A Thief

Cancun Beach Closed Due to 'Stolen Sand'
Hundreds of feet of a Cancun beach is closed after Mexico police accused hotel owners of stealing the sand.
Police, backed by gun-toting Navy personnel, used crime-scene tape to keep surprised tourists off the coastline in front of the Gran Caribe Real Hotel, according to the Associated Press. Five people were detained for allegedly pumping sand from the sea floor and onto the beach in front of the hotel, the story said, and police are also investigating the hotel's use of breakwaters to keep sand from naturally flowing onto other hotel beaches.
"Today we made the decision to close this stretch of ill-gotten, illegally accumulated sand," Patricio Patron, Mexico's attorney general for environmental protection, told AP. "This hotel was telling its tourists: 'Come here, I have sand ... the other hotels don't, because I stole it.'"

I guess freakin' Cancun sand is like gold in Mexico, I'll bet I'll see this on the stock exchange!

And as always, thanks for listening!


Unknown said...

LOL I would not put it past them. I have been to Cancun 3 times and almost drowned their once, I will stick to the pools from now sand required.

Paula said...

My daughter and her family were there recently. I wonder if they walked on that stolen sand? She was telling me it was so deep she could hardly walk in it. Hummm

Joann said...

OMGosh!!! I can't BELIEVE that... what will they do next!?? Start SABOTAGING the other hotels??!?!

Missie said...

Stolen sand? Now I've heard everything! LOL

Jimmy's Journal said...

One of the biggest drug cartels in the world commit murder every day on the streets and they're worrying about sand?

Not the brightest country in Central America.


Marty said...

Yikes. There's a guy here in Santa Monica who has spent the last 20 years literally trying to sweep the beach clean of sand. Morning, noon and night he stands at the side of Pacific Coast Highway sweeping up a storm. Maybe we should send him to Cancun.

Lisa said...

Geesh, what a strange story. Seems like they must have gone to an awful lot of work to get that sand!