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Cancun Showcases Hurricane Recovery


Cancun, Mexico, is hosting both international leaders and vacationing college students this week, as the city slowly recovers from a brutal pounding by Hurricane Wilma.

City officials say only about half of Cancun's 27,000 hotel rooms are open this year, after Wilma battered the resort city last October. Winds reached well past 200 kilometers per hour.

Hotel owners say the recovery is going slowly, as they try to meet demands to build stronger structures that can withstand another such storm. Meanwhile, the city has refurbished many beaches, re-planted vegetation, and repaired bike paths and walkways.

Local residents say the student crowds are smaller this year, but still plenty have come, determined to carry on Cancun's tradition of spring-break revelry.

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