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A report published in the newsletter Caribbean News Digital, said the project is part of Cuban authorities' efforts to protect the beach resort from erosion.

Varadero, 87 miles east of Havana, is considered Cuba's most famous beach and one of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean Island.

However, the beach was affected by erosion and sand extraction in the 1960s.

The director of the Environmental Unit of the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry in Matanzas province, Angel Alberto Alfonso, said that agency and the Ministry of Tourism would carry out the program, which consists of pouring 622,000 cubic meters of sand along almost five miles of coastline.

The project is scheduled to begin in late August in the zone known as "Historic Varadero", and will take about 70 days to be completed.


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