Vega Baja beach revalidated for Blue Flag

By John McPhaul

For the third time, Puerto Nuevo Beach in Vega Baja has revalidated its Blue Flag international classification, thanks to the discipline and compliance of the north-coast town during recent years, the municipality said Sunday in a written statement.

“The beach has been administered by the Municipality of Vega Baja since the 1990s, and is an example of how municipalities know how to manage their resources in an efficient way, a fact that is recognized by an independent entity,” Vega Baja Mayor Marcos Cruz Molina said.

The Foundation for Environmental Education is the entity that awards the distinction to beaches, ports and boats that meet strict criteria of legality, health, cleanliness, safety, information and environmental management.

“Today, there are 4,271 beaches, marinas, tour operators and boats in 49 countries of the world that are certified as Blue Flag,” Cruz Molina said. “Today we reaffirm that Vega Baja offers local and foreign tourists world-class facilities.”

The mayor added that the municipality made an original investment of some $250,000 to transform public spaces into places with environmentally friendly practices. The Municipality of Vega Baja has been so careful with the protection of its beach that it has even installed receptacles for cigarette butts in several areas.

“With the limitations of the pandemic, we have instructed our staff to be well disciplined with the application of sanitation measures,” the mayor added. “The facilities are available from Wednesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with municipal police, lifeguards, paramedics and the Office of Emergency Management providing services.”

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