Looking to improve economy, Dzilam de Bravo revamps its boardwalk

Infrastructure improvements along the boardwalk include park equipment such as swings and slides for children. Photo: File
Infrastructure improvements along the boardwalk include park equipment such as swings and slides for children. Photo: File

In a small ceremony, Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dorsal talked up his administration’s revamping of the boardwalk in Dzilam de Bravo.

Improvements to the boardwalk include new LED lighting, palm trees, benches, park equipment and repairs to much of the existing infrastructure.

The revitalization effort also saw an improvement to 1.8 kilometers of roads in nearby Temax. The total cost of the improvements came to 9.6 million pesos.

Yucatan’s secretary for public works, Virgilio Crespo Méndez, explained that the main thrust behind these improvements is to promote tourism and recover public spaces that had fallen into disrepair over the years.

Crespo Méndez acknowledged the difficulties through which coastal communities that rely on tourism are going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but highlighted the importance of keeping up Yucatán’s infrastructure.

The community of Dzilam de Bravo is the westmost coastal town on the coastal highway known as “la Costera,” which begins in Progreso. With a population of approximately 2,300, it is one of the smallest municipalities in Yucatán by population.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.