Puerto Rico Closes Nine Beaches

It might not be safe for work, but when the shoe fits... I mean everybody, but everybody knows that you don't shit where you eat. Now it might be a little off color statement, but what does it mean? Well according to the urban dictionary, it means that you:

"do not have romantic relationships with any co-workers. Basically, you don't want to make yourself uncomfortable (by potentially having a romantic relationship get ugly, or 'shitting') at the place where you work ('where you eat')."
Of course leave it to us to come up with a more literal interpretation. Now, if you accept the premise that tourism is one of our biggest industries and that our beaches are one of our most important resources. Then can you explain to me why nine (9) of our most important beaches are full of shit?

Recently the Junta de Calidad Ambiental alerted everyone that nine of our beaches were contaminated with bacteriologicals Enterococci and Fecal coliforms, therefore making them unsafe for people to enter the water. The beaches affected include:
  • Cerro Gordo, en Vega Alta
  • La Monserrate, en Luquillo
  • Boquerón, en Cabo Rojo
  • Mojacasabe, en Cabo Rojo
  • Rincón (60 colonias)
  • Puerto Nuevo, en Vega Baja
  • El Escambrón, en San Juan
  • Sardinera, en Dorado
  • Crash Boat, en Aguadilla.
Now this isn't the first time I've seen these warnings, but I don't ever remember such a wide contamination. On a very serious note, the article announcing the contamination does not answer one question. How could our beaches be full of shit?

Now when I was a young child I was a taught a simple lesson. If if looks like shit and smells like shit, it's probably shit. In this case, the bacteria identified are both produced from human feces. So I repeat the obvious question, how could our beaches be full of shit.

Now I don't have any proof for my answer. However, in this case, it is quite difficult to identify any other potential explanation. Somehow, somewhere, the La Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados is dumping treated sewage into the ocean. Like I said, I'm only guessing, but let's say that I'm right. How could anyone find any defense for the disposal of treated sewage by dumping it into our most valuable resource?

I mean seriously, am I the only one who finds this incredibly wrong? We are literally shitting on our tourism industry (the place where tens of thousands of people work).

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4 comments:

Anónimo

15 de noviembre de 2009, 17:32
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dijo...

This is not new as you mentioned! Shit everywhere, but in a place where people gather to enjoy the day, the waves, water sports in a healthy way! But the paradox is not healthy at all!!! Tan Tan!

The Insider

15 de noviembre de 2009, 21:57
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dijo...

This example turns metaphor in reality. Puerto Rico has been ******** on tourism in so many other ways, this is hardly surprising. Bye, bye Boqueron.

Anónimo

6 de febrero de 2010, 18:39
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dijo...

Thank you for the information. I was wondering where I got my urinary tract infection.

MC Don Dees

6 de febrero de 2010, 20:26
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dijo...

Well Anónimo, depending on your gender, I could certainly suggest several other ways you might have contracted a urinary infection. Hope everything comes out okay...