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Una tortuga, una piscina y la lucha por salvar las playas de Puerto Rico

• BLOG # 86-Nov 6, 2021 at 10:51:20 AM

• A Turtle, a Pool and the Fight to Save Puerto Rico’s Beaches

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– An attempt to rebuild a beachfront pool turned into a much bigger story about the threats of erosion and overdevelopment on the island.

-A Turtle, a Pool and the Fight to Save Puerto Rico’s Beaches

The turtle, presumably, had no way of knowing it would become a symbol of protest when it got stuck for hours in a construction site on a beach in western Puerto Rico, unable to return to the sea.

+But the endangered hawksbill had wandered onto the site of a swimming pool being built so close to the ocean’s edge that a swimmer could practically step from the pool into the waves. A photo of the struggling turtle, its front flippers digging out of the sand, turned this summer into a symbol of defiance for Puerto Ricans alarmed at what is happening to their beloved coast.
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Erosion and overdevelopment threaten Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches. On an island that has struggled with bankruptcy, crumbling infrastructure and the emigration of a substantial part of its population, the pristine sand and abundant wildlife that have made Puerto Rico’s beaches famous around the world are both a point of pride and an important tourism draw.

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My 2 cents opinion:
It is sad to see Puerto Rico seemingly defenseless in the face of coastal erosion and valuable land real estate sales due to the island’s bankrupt status.

Es triste ver a Puerto Rico aparentemente indefenso frente a la erosión costera y la venta de terrenos valiosos debido al estado de quiebra de la isla.


*Read More https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/us/puerto-rico-beaches-threats.html?smid=em-
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