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Feb 13, 2007, 11:31 PM

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Are the Gulf coast beaches polluted?

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Wild Bill wrote:

Parts of the Caribbean coast, including around Cancun, have water quality inferior to much of Yucatan's Gulf coast. To state that the beaches along the Gulf are highly polluted is an over-generalization that is plumb wrong.

I'd say your statement above is "plumb wrong" as well. There is no question that Yucatan along with Tabasco and Veracruz states have a long ways to go in waste treatment to catch up with Quintana Roo. It's nice to talk about diversity of life in the sea but I don't think you'll find less diversity in the Caribbean and I also think most people are concerned about fecal waste and whether they will get sick swimming in it. I'm more inclined to listen to the chemists for that info.

**I'm editing this to qualify my statement above about QRoo being ahead in waste treatment. That's not true of the whole state and where it is true, the Cancun/Playa corridor, it is because of the tourist money. In effect though, it is good for this coast, this ocean and the people that come here.

Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán

(This post was edited by tonyburton on Feb 14, 2007, 9:14 AM)

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