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Heads up, Jama Residents:  Community meeting with officials at Raul’s Corner Restaurant – Tuesday February 11, 2014

El Matal Ecuador –  This past Friday, I walked almost the entire stretch of El Matal’s beach, from the southern end closest to the landmark of Punta Ballena to El Matal “Proper” and Coco Beach Village, past the site of the new Punta Ballena Development, through the river mouth (low tide) and stopped for a very late lunch at  the community of La Division.  I’ve surely earned the title of “Beach Inspector” for this past week!

Although I missed seeing the devastating high tides, the beach wears its scars from its battle with Mother Ocean.  The powerful waves stripped the sand beneath the thatched-roof bamboo structures that once sheltered the boats.  In the next assault, will she devour the road and advance to the houses and restaurants?

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(Pardon me, but you’re blocking the road!) Where will the fishermen put their boats if the ocean destroys the road?

Overwhelmed with hundreds of photos, I’ll start with the southern end of the beach.  Walk with me  and enjoy the beauty while pondering the dilemma of the vanishing coastline.

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Two years ago I attended a fiesta at this location, and the stage would have been – behind me and in front of a boat shed — now there’s a sloping beach.

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Back to the starting point of Raul’s corner restaurant, we’ll continue up the beach on the next post.

This week while traveling with another coastal tour group, I’ll also be sharing more images of El Matal’s coastline. You’d best retrieve your sunscreen, as this equatorial sun bites fast! Z

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