Sand theft at many of the bocas in the country is nothing new and rarely controlled. Today two helicopters from the Fuerza Aerea buzzed down repeatedly on thieves around Gaspar Hernandez and scared the shyte out of several groups of men illegally loading sand from las bocas. It is said the thieves loaded up immediately and hauled a** outta there. Hope they stay away for a while. At least a start. Congrats to the local air force and the initiative, for whatever reason it was actually done.
The sand acquired at the mouths (bocas) of rivers has a high saline content, and is not recommended for use in concrete structures because of its corrosiveness to steal elements, like t-bars, etc. However, unscrupulous builders will use any cheap sand available. I've heard of building collapsing during earthquakes because of the concrete mix used did not meet the legal standards...
Originally Posted by tflea
I bet this is not sand for building. The DR has offered to sell sand to Miami (is there a little smily scratching his head?)
These sand 'harvesters' are building up the sand reserves to sell it!
United Press International - NewsTrack - Quirks - Miami Beach seeks sand overseas
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So far as the article you link goes, 'the DR' has not offered such a thing.
I bet it's sand for building, or perhaps some other non-beach replenishment stuff, as it has been a wide spread activity for sometime now.
Quote: "Community leaders say they have received offers of sand from the
To regulate Commerce ...among the several States
Community leaders say they have received offers of sand from the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Mexico, the Christian Science Monitor reported Wednesday. For example, a fish farm in the Dominican Republic is offering to sell Miami Beach the sand dredged outs while digging new fish ponds.
I put that on the Juan Dolio South Beach thread yesterday because......well, I have that sort of a sense of humour.......
Different source (CS Monitor) but same topic.
Why not DR sand, if the entire DR SouthWest dry forests are being cut and turned into charcoal, bootlegged to Haiti, where it is used for 80% of it's household cooking fuel needs, and the rest exported to Aruba, Curacao, other Caribbean islands.
Originally Posted by aegap
It's Dominican sand, but that's beside the point.
I personally doubt the sand be stolen is for the beaches in Miami. The amount they will require would mean that a few locals filling up a pickup three times a day would have to work for three years or so probably for it to be economically viable.
More than likely Mirador is right on this one as is generally the case except for the occasional anomaly due to unforseen ramifications of a certain process he endured at la ventiocho!