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Amateur video results in sanctions against beach security

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – An investigation has been opened against the administration of Punta Venado Beach Club which could lead to federal sanctions.

A video published June 4 by Los Supercívicos, a group of local activists who set out to demonstrate how difficult it has become to access Riviera Maya beaches, shows the group being denied access to a free beach.

The Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) opened the investigation after reviewing the video and acknowledging that the group entered a free beach but were turned away by on-site security guards who claimed the area was private, even though it is part of the federal zone.

The video clearly details the group entering Blue Venado Beach Club which offers free entrance, but being denied access by a man on an ATV who identifies himself as a security guard. This same security guard also requests the group stop filming while in the federal area.

After reviewing the video, Zofemat director Horacio de Jesús Coral Aguilar, said there are likely two sanctions to be initiated. One for denying beachgoers access to the beach and the second sanction for driving the ATV on the beach.

Aguilar says that this time of year is turtle season and ATVs are prohibited from being driven on beach areas. Therefore, a complaint will be made against the security guard with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

There has been ongoing concerns between local residents and government bodies about the continual privatization of beaches around the Riviera Maya.

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