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Old 11-15-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Stench in Playa

Been coming to the R.M. for the last two decades. Just got done spending a week in Playa, on the beach and the constant stench of sewage/sulfer really put Playa off my vacation destination. Before I go off as to what I think is going on maybe the educated people who rely on "us" coming to playa for their lively hood would like to chime in first.
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Out of curiosity did you experience this on the beach in town or on the beach at Barcelo Palace?
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I was at El Faro condos a few weeks ago and did not notice any stench at all on the beach or on fifth?
What I did notice was the overwhelming cigarette smoke in all the bars and restaurants. It really was unbearable for me...I think living in California has made me intolerable to smoking since people can't smoke inside...or outside at many places now too.
But that said, I'll be back
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Not Barcelo. Thats an old clock.

It was right in Playa, El Faro Condos. Even getting up in the middle of the night the condo reeked. This was the entire week up and down the beach.
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I go to the beach most days, certainly in the evenings (its been too cold in the day ha ha ha) and I have not noticed anything at all.

I spend a lot of time at Zenzi and consequently talk to many people, none of which said anything. Are you sure its not a localised problenm of a drain in the condos?

Sorry you dint have the best trip.

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I noticed it occasionally on the beach in Playacar last week, but I was never on the beach north of the ferry pier. The smell actually reminded me of a huge algea die-off I witnessed on Isla Mujeres last year. It was a pretty nasty anearobic condition. I'd be curious to know what the cause was in Playa though. It sounds like what you experienced was much more intense than what I smelled. It was a little stinky, but not bad enough to keep me from visiting Playa.

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I was always used to an occasional quaff, as were my sibs. But it soon became the daily joke. Ahh..the smell of paradise! I would say if it a daily assault to your senses , this would deter visitors from coming to Playa. Its not something you think of when taking a vaca. Is it going to be stinky?

Just curious, cuz if it is a infra structure problem and all those new buildings going up...uh-oh. Thats why I thought I would put it out there to the locals.
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well i think i should wade in on this.......
I have been spending the entire winters there for some time
sewage does not drain into the ocean there, if it did there would be large pipes coming out from the town with outlets out in the ocean, I have snorkled way out off playa many times, and there are no pipes,,,,i can tell you that with the onshore breeze from the trade winds, you would have every condom and tampon from the city on the beaches, just like in halifax back home here....or it was before they stopped doing that...

Now what they do have is a bad habit of raking the seagrass up and then digging a shallow hole and dumping it in and a little bit of sand over top, this does break down,,,and when it does it rots,,,,if you smelled some weird stuff, it might be that,,,,
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I can give you a clue as to where it comes from and it's not from where you may think , have a read here
Rotting seaweed poses no danger | La Jolla Light

the storys from the other side of the country but the same problem world wide....
maybe Playa's problem is they bury it, it rots, and then gets exhumed by wave action.


Edit: as Rob said...
hi me,,,i think its a global problem anywhere you get lots of weeds...
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Only a little bit of it is rotting seaweed or mangrove swamps.

For the most part it's raw sewage and you can see it flooding out of drains on a regular basis.

There's infrastructure work going on to connect many buildings back to 10th Ave. (you can see it now around 42nd St. and further north) and from there to a sewage treatment facility, but in Mexico like in Mexico, building with less than some number of units (6? 12? I forget) are exempt and can keep on using septic systems that are often not well maintained.

You'll notice it's worse after it rains. I wouldn't go swimming then.
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Only a little bit of it is rotting seaweed or mangrove swamps.

For the most part it's raw sewage and you can see it flooding out of drains on a regular basis.

There's infrastructure work going on to connect many buildings back to 10th Ave. (you can see it now around 42nd St. and further north) and from there to a sewage treatment facility, but in Mexico like in Mexico, building with less than some number of units (6? 12? I forget) are exempt and can keep on using septic systems that are often not well maintained.

You'll notice it's worse after it rains. I wouldn't go swimming then.
Actually, not long ago, the city investigated the problem that was thought to be raw sewage in the sea there, and they found that it was NOT raw sewage, but a bad seaweed problem. I can probably find the article.
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Actually, not long ago, the city investigated the problem that was thought to be raw sewage in the sea there, and they found that it was NOT raw sewage, but a bad seaweed problem. I can probably find the article.
I guess the brown water smelling like crap that flows freely, on occasion, down the road to Mamitas, or from near that new condo on 46th St. is liquid seaweed then.

The problem exists and seems independent of the seaweed situation. In addition, when you go a bit south, you can find beaches where there's a lot of dead seaweed and a bad odor, but it's simply not the same one...

eta: not that I'd suggest the city is a bunch of corrupt buffoons.

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Here is the article:

Descarta Marina contaminación en El Recodo
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