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    Of course, that was supposed to be Aruba's beaches will be filled again, not the Sudan! LOL!
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    Great read. Here is the thing about this pandemic that may be overlooked. There is an opportunity here for Aruba to reset their path. In the last 10 years, Aruba's growth in tourism outstripped its population's ability to serve those tourists and the island began contracting workers from other countries. This influx of new residents added stress on their infrastructure. Add to that the massive numbers of visitors coming to the island to fill all the new hotel and condo units, you could visibly see the damage being done to the environment. I have home video of sunsets from 2007 and also from 2017 and the damage done in that span is not to be mistaken. Having just spent two weeks on the island, I have to say, the sunsets were once again crystal clear everyday (except when Gonzolo was off shore), the water was crystal clear everyday and that wiff of sewer you would get every now and again from the plant inbetween Eagle and Palm Beach was nowhere to be found. The islands environment is taking the opportunity to recover, and I hope the leadership on the island sees this as a way to plan for a different path. The people of Aruba have already lost so much of their beaches to the corporate developers, perhaps once the island gets back to full employment Aruba measures that number and sets a very slow and steady growth target to not outpace the environments capacity.
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    To be clear, Aruba has always imported guest workers. Be it for the refinery or the hotels. That's not something new or recent. What is new in recent times is the migrants fleeing communist Venezuela. Currently about 20k reside illegaly on the island(outdated Red Cross numbers). Which is why you may have noticed an increased Dutch military and local coast guard presence in our waters the last 4-5 years ish. It's also why there seems to be a lot more Spanish speakers than before.

    The other points are spot on. Every local enjoyed having the island for themselves again. The peace it brought and the "pause" for nature to recover was certainly needed.
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    Thanks Arawak

    Nature always try to rebuild!
    A few friends who are Aruba residents told me that there is a greater presence of Schocco (SP) Aruba's beloved owls. There was a nest not too far from Ling near Sun Plaza.

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    To be clear, Aruba has always imported guest workers. Be it for the refinery or the hotels. That's not something new or recent. What is new in recent times is the migrants fleeing communist Venezuela. Currently about 20k reside illegaly on the island(outdated Red Cross numbers). Which is why you may have noticed an increased Dutch military and local coast guard presence in our waters the last 4-5 years ish. It's also why there seems to be a lot more Spanish speakers than before.

    The other points are spot on. Every local enjoyed having the island for themselves again. The peace it brought and the "pause" for nature to recover was certainly needed.



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