Caribbean: beaches shrink as thieves steal sand
Caribbean round grains, favored in creating smooth surfaces for plastering and finishing, are being hauled away by the truckload late at night. On some islands, towns and ecologically sensitive areas get exposed to tidal surges and rough seas.
Among the hardest hit is Grenada, where officials are building a $1.2 million seawall to protect the 131-square-mile island. Large-scale sand thefts have exposed north-coast towns to rough seas.
About 706,000 cubic feet of sand were taken from private property beaches in the northwest of Jamaica in late July.
Source: The Boston Globe; find article here>>.