Authorities shutter Tulum restaurants for environmental infractions

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TULUM, Q. Roo — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed nine tourism projects located within the Tulum Protected Area National Park in Quintana Roo, for illegal removal of vegetation of low forest, scrub, and coastal dunes, affecting flora and wildlife.

Federal inspectors of the Office of Natural Resources of the agency conducted inspections and tourism development projects, of which five were in environmental impact and four in forestry.

During the inquiries conducted from 15 to 19 October, the inspected projects were Kitchen Table Grill/Bar; Aline Claire More Blanc; Las Palmas; Ecovillas Alux; Camping Revolución & Restaurante Pancho Villa; Bar Adelita.

Three more planned developments lack the appropriate permits for construction and are located within the “Tulum National Park.”

Profepa Staff headquarters notes the involvement of an area of 37,615 square meters, where vegetation of three major ecosystems subject to climate regulation, including the lowland forests, coastal scrub and coastal dune, was removed.

These ecosystems are distributed along a parallel line tracing the coast in the northeastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, where species like Sikimay strip; Pantzil; Lily Beach; and Riñonina interact.

In addition, sea grape, chit palm and Nakax palm, which are listed in NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, in association with Copite and Phitecelobium species.

These ecosystems have a very complex dynamic and provide habitat, nesting and breeding sites for many species of wildlife.

They also help minimize the effects of damage caused by storms and play a very important role in controlling erosion.

Derived from the proceedings initiated earlier, Profepa ordered urgent measures to restore and compensate the damage to ecosystems. It will also impose fines that can exceed 20,000 days of minimum wage and seek criminal charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.





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