City government acts fast to restore Fray Antonio de Montesinos Monument after Beryl 

The city government of the capital city sent crews on Wednesday, 3 July 2024, in the morning to clear debris and plastics that damages the iconic Fray Antonio de Montesinos Monument on the eastern side of the Malecon. The monument is located right on the Caribbean coast and was closed for the cleanup.

The Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional reported the cleanup effort removed more than 35 tons of waste, predominantly plastic, by mid-morning of the day following the passing of Hurricane Beryl. Hurricane Beryl passed at more than 300 kms from the coast, but its wide-reaching waves brought lots of garbage. The city government reported nine dump trucks were used to remove the debris and garbage.

Lieutenant Colonel José Aníbal Sanz, head of the Public Spaces Oversight and Use Department, said that 130 municipal workers extracted an additional 20 tons of waste.

Sanz specified that parking areas have already been restored, with intensive efforts underway along the coastline. He estimated the monument would be fully restored if weather and tidal conditions remained favorable.

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El Dia

4 July 2024