The amount of visitors on the beaches of Progreso’s boardwalk yesterday, for the third Sunday in a row, exceeded expectations, but sales are still not increasing, reported street vendors in the area, who practically live from day to day.
Just over 4,000 visitors, mostly Yucatecans, arrived at the port yesterday, from the morning to shortly after noon, and mitigated the intense heat with the traditional sea bath.
Several visitors settled on sections of the beach where there was shade to protect themselves from the sun, and mitigated the heat with cold products, which benefited the street vendors of fresh water, and slushies, products that were among the most requested.
As for established commerce, visitors made purchases at alcohol stores and restaurants.
Waiters reported that the occupancy of the palapas increased by 40% yesterday, compared to other days.
One of the visitors, Armando Ku, from the Juan Pablo II neighborhood in Mérida, said that he came with his family in a bus and for several weeks he wanted to walk on the beach, but he did not come for fear of the cold front.
“Today since dawn in Mérida I saw that it was sunny and I didn’t think about it much, I imagined that this is how it was going to be here (in Progreso) and that’s why we came to go around,” commented the man from Merida, while enjoying some beers and hoping that his wife and daughters came out of the sea.
Armando Ku and his family were part of the little more than 4,000 people who arrived on the sunny beaches of this port’s boardwalk yesterday Sunday.
Armando Ku said he liked coming this time of year.
He said that he has come with his family during the holiday season, but “it is horrible at that time, the queues are terrible, you are standing in the sun and they don’t move forward.
“The truth is, I thought it was always like this, but I saw that at this time not so many people come and you can still enjoy a pleasant time, although you have to fish on days when there is no bad weather,” he said.
On Sunday, the number of vehicles in the city increased, some streets were congested and drivers waited longer than usual to pass the traffic lights, a situation that had not occurred for several weeks, since few vehicles circulated on port streets.
In terms of security, pairs of municipal police patrolled the boardwalk, which is pedestrian.
For today, Monday, according to the National Meteorological Service, maximum temperatures of 35 to 40°C are expected in Yucatán.
But cold front 12 would extend today to the north of Yucatán and, together with a low-pressure channel, would cause partly cloudy skies with very heavy rains (50 to 75 mm) in the state.
During tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday, frontal system 12 will extend with stationary characteristics over the Mesa del Norte, the Mesa Central, the Mexican southeast, and the Yucatán Peninsula, where it will generate very heavy to intense rains (75 to 150 mm ).