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Progreso’s boardwalk gets a new makeover — despite closure

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Images of Progreso’s revamped boardwalk have made the rounds on social media, but it may be a while before most people can enjoy it in person. Photo: Courtesy

Progreso’s boardwalk has been revamped with improvements to paving, lighting, public amenities, and the planting of large palm trees. 

Authorities, restauranteurs, and shop owners are hoping that the makeover will help reinvigorate the community’s ailing tourism industry in the near future.

But for the time being, Yucatán’s most popular beach remains virtually empty.

Earlier this month, municipal authorities announced that they would be closing access to Progreso’s boardwalk and beach, in hopes of curtailing COVID-19 infections.

In what to some sounds like mixed messaging, Progreso will be welcoming its first cruise ship in 16 months

Furthermore, Carnival Cruises has announced that it will be docking in Progreso’s pier at least 27 other times before the year is out. 

Earlier: Progreso’s enormous pier turns 80 years old

Despite an active media campaign promoting free COVID-19 vaccines, Progreso remains one of the major municipalities with the lowest inoculation rate in all of Yucatán.

As a result, health workers took to the street with loudspeakers to encourage people to get their vaccines. 

Also this week, authorities announced that Progreso would receive the Blue Flag certification in recognition of its sustainable practices and clean beach. 

Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal and Progreso Mayor Julián Zacarias Curi raise a Blue Flag certifying the beach to be clean in Progreso. Photo: Courtesy

Ironically, during the same week, federal authorities released a report naming Progreso as one of the four most polluted beaches in Yucatán.

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