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Where’s my beach? Beach vendors and feds want to know why Manta removed tons of sand

The vendors who make a living renting umbrellas and selling fruit and cold drinks to tourists on Manta’s beaches are up in arms about a city project that has removed tons of sand. The federal government is also awaiting an answer from the municipal government.

Manta’s beaches were already losing sand.

The sand removal by heavy equipment has allowed the ocean to flood two hundred meters of beachfront at El Murciélago beach, forcing the relocation of vendors and angering property owners in the area.

“They call it cleaning and remediation but they’ve stolen my beach,” says Édison Castro who sells fruits and juices from a cart on El Murciélago. “I hear they’re taking the sand to the beaches where the rich people live.” Other vendors claim that they have lost chair, umbrellas and sales carts due to the sand removal.

Environmentalists say that nests of sea turtles were destroyed during the project and the provincial environmental department, which represents the federal government has sent a letter to city official demanding an immediate cessation of sand removal.

Ecuador’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has given Manta municipal officials 48 hours to explain its action and provide a plan to return the sand.

According to officials, Manta’s beaches are in a distressed condition having suffered serious subsidence following the 2016 earthquake.

  • Ken

    An improbable global shortage: sand.
    Sand and gravel is among the most accessible natural resources and a raw material mostly used in construction.
    Even Beach Sand:
    Definitely, the salts adsorbed (dissolution might not actually occur) on sand are going to affect the durability in – Reinforced – concrete structures but in plain concrete or mortar for plaster, it might not be that detrimental. It is not that hard to get rid of salts adhered to sand particles.
    https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21719797-thanks-booming-construction-activity-asia-sand-high-demand

  • EcuBananas

    It’s ridiculous that this has happened. How is this possible in today’s day and age. What were they thinking?

  • edgeof 2

    ….right in front of there faces !