Sand from DR to Miami
In El Nacional today it appears some fish farmers from the DR have put in a proposal to the "state" of Miami to supply them with an undisclosed amount of sand from the Dr from an undisclosed place - not good news probably for an island as small as ours is especially when some beaches are already in defecit.
El Nacional, la voz de todos
Actually, there was an item on the network news (CBS, NBC) about beach erosion in Miami, and about how the US Corps of Engineers were looking into the possibilities of transporting sand from the Bahamas, Caicos or the Dominican Republic to Miami. Actually mentioned Punta Cana!!!!
This would be absurd, of course, but if enough money changed hands, it is certainly possible. After all we are building a Metro....
Many areas of North Florida have rejected plans to take sand from their off shore deposits to benefit Miami Beach...
Transportation alone is well over U.S. 17 dollars per MT......
..........from DR to FL in 20,000MT + ships. 99% of all ships will NOT carry anything coming off a beach (salt contamination that rusts out holds)...which leaves you with mfg. the sand in crushers (no good for beach) or coming out of the rivers and screened with significant equipment and investment. Not just to screen the sand, but logistically to move the sand to port, load the ships, pay the duties, taxes, and port fees and then pay the transport fees and insurance. So if it going to happen, it will be done on a "large scale" with REAL PLAYERS (including permission within the Gov't.) not some "mom and pop" or "hatians with shovels" scenario.
"Everyone" is looking for large quantities of sand and gravel for projects in foreign countries....very, very few will actually "pay the price" to actually make it happen.
Wot! No Sand for Miami...
"Ití not known if Dominican Republic has sufficient beach sand to export, and laws 64-00 and 305 prohibit its extraction, the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Semarena) said today."
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Ayyyyy...que bueno (relief).
Originally Posted by Chris
Yeah, and similar laws prohibit the dumping of foreign matter on Dominican soil.
Originally Posted by Chris
Remember the rock ash scandal?
Anything is possible, provided the right amount of money goes to the right people...
This is the article mentioned in the El Nacional article from the Christian Science Monitor.
Miami Beach leaders are turning toward foreign sources such as the Bahamas. They've received offers from the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Mexico. In the Dominican Republic, for example, a fish farm offered to sell Miami Beach sand from newly dug fish ponds.
Would it still be Miami Beach with foreign sand? | csmonitor.com
Oh my ... that will teach me to reduce the multitasking to an acceptable limit...
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