Posted by: ecodestination | July 22, 2008

Demolition?

Here’s two bits of local news (fairly similar), translated from Spanish. So as you can see, MORE ecohotels are in danger in this area. What can be done about this?

Environment: The situation gets hotter in Tulum. Hotels that do not legalize their current situation will be demolished. The Attorney General for Environmental Protection Patricio Patron Laviada stated that if hotels recently closed down in the Tulum area do not show proof of environmental permits they will be closed down permanently and demolished. The Attorney General further stated that outside Tulum and Cancun, there may be other hotels in Acapulco and Baja California Sur and Nayarit with similar sanctions for environmental damage and insufficient documentation. Mr. Patron Laviada denied any knowledge of the challenging declarations made by actor Roberto Palazuelos, owner of one of the hotels affected in Tulum, Diamante K, and added that in these cases the Profepa will continue its work to enforce environmental laws… Diario de Yucatan.

Profepa goes mad. Patricio Patron Laviada talks of demolishing hotels. EL UNIVERSAL. The Attorney General for Environmental Protection (Profepa) designed a system to detect those hotels that do not have the necessary documentation and affect the natural surroundings, as is the case with the hotel Diamante K in Tulum, owned by actor Roberto Palazuelos, which may be demolished to restore the areas where they were built. In the occasion of Profepa’s 16th anniversary, the head Patricio Patron Laviada said that the most problematic areas are Tulum and Cancun, Acapulco and several areas in Baja California Sur and Nayarit. The Attorney General also said that hotels will be sanctioned for their negative environmental impact and for lacking the necessary documentation. He further added that besides the six hotels closed down in Tulum, there are two others under surveillance: Rancho Jaguar and Caleta Tankah. Diario de Quintana Roo.

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