You are hereHome › Hal Marcus College of Science & Engineering (CSE) › Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences › Meyer-Arendt, Klaus J. › Recreational Urbanization and Shoreline Modification Along The North Coast of Yucatan, Mexico Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Meyer-Arendt, K. J. (2000). Recreational Urbanization and Shoreline Modification Along The North Coast of Yucatan, Mexico. Download PDF Recreational Urbanization and Shoreline Modification Along The North Coast of Yucatan, Mexico Details Type Conference Paper Title Recreational Urbanization and Shoreline Modification Along The North Coast of Yucatan, Mexico Contributor(s) Meyer-Arendt, Klaus J. (author) Date 2000 Notes Coasts at tire Millennium Proceedings of the 17th international Conference of Tire Coastal Society, Portland, OR USA Abstract The north coast of Yucatan has been a beach destination for domestic tourists from Merida, the state capital, since the 1880s. As a 20-km stretch of coast evolved into a contiguous urban zone of beach front summer homes during the 1950s and 1960s, shoreline erosion became an increasing problem, especially west of Progreso where extensive port and harbor construction had taken place. Property owners responded by constructing groins, which accelerated the problem of downdrift erosion and, in tum, stimulated ever more groin construction. By late 1980s, the shoreline west of Progreso became very degraded as a result of human-induced erosion and futile efforts at combating it. During the 1990s the locus of groin-building shifted to the east where the coast historically had been fairly pristine. Most of the groin construction was (and is) attributed to misguided efforts by second-home owners to stabilize a shoreline that naturally fluctuates in position. This research is presented as a case study in recreational urbanization and physical impacts along the north coast of Yucatan. By analysis of a study area east of Progreso, it is demonstrated that recreational urbanization stimulated by domestic tourism has become as much of a contributing factor in shoreline modification as port and harbor improvements were in the past. The beaches that attracted domestic tourists are now in danger of being destroyed by them, and regulatory agencies have so far had little impact in slowing the process.