Dreams Puerto Morelos installs sign prohibiting public beach access Mexico Puerto Morelos 

Dreams Puerto Morelos installs sign prohibiting public beach access

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — For the third time in as many months, a hotel has breached federal rules by attempting to claim public beach property as their own. The latest claim came from citizens who called Zofemat for Dreams Puerto Morelos who had posted a sign prohibiting free passage of the public in front of its hotel. Upon inspection, Zofemat forced the hotel to remove the sign, where they were attempting to illegally seize an extensive public beach area as private property. A similar incident in Playa del Carmen occurred…

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DACA program mexico news Mexico Mexico City Political 

Mexico will not abandon dreamers says Videgaray

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico says it will not abandon “dreamers”, endorsing its commitment to Mexicans affected by the recent rescinding of the American DACA program. Earlier in the month, the American Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, made an announcement during a press conference at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los  Angeles noting that he’s aware that “dreamers” want to remain the United States, nevertheless emphasized that the administration of Pena Nieto…

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Collection for new tourist tax delayed Cancun Mexico 

Collection for new tourist tax delayed

Cancun, Q.R. — The new tourist tax that was set to begin collections for September 1 is being delayed while officials finalize agreements. The newly implemented Environmental Sanitation Law, which would collect a 20 peso tax per room per night from local lodging establishments, will not be ready by September 1. As part of the agreement, a trust must first be set up to house the expected 132 million peso-per-year income that is expected to be collected. According to the agreement, “the collection of the environmental sanitation right provided for in…

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Playa del Carmen inaugurates first nursing school Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Playa del Carmen inaugurates first nursing school

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen has officially opened its first nursing school where specialized medical staff are trained. Municipal Treasurer of Solidarity, Asunción Ramírez Castillo, attended  the inauguration of the Ignacio Chavez School of Nursing. He said, “At the moment, we have several free medical units for people who depend on the municipality for services. Our priority is to respond to people with pressing issues such as health, therefore, in these spaces we have personnel trained in specialties such as gynecology, obstetrics, nutrition, dentistry, general medicine, among others.” He congratulated those…

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Reef system undergoes strategy to prevent further tourism damage Cancun Mexico Riviera Maya News 

Reef system undergoes strategy to prevent further tourism damage

Cancun, Q.R. — A work plan for reef care in the Cancun-Riviera Maya region is underway as an international organization says it’s necessary to prevent further damage due to tourism. The Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (Marti) will initiate a work plan to prevent further reef damage by the tourism industry. Sara Connor, General director of Marti, explains that to do this, a five-year strategy will be required which will encompass not only Quintana Roo, but extend to four countries reaching as far as Honduras. Marti is an organization that for the past ten years, has worked primarily…

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Cozumel hotel without permission to host sea turtle release event Cozumel Mexico 

Cozumel hotel without permission to host sea turtle release

Cozumel, Q.R. — An inspection from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) has confirmed that Hotel Secrets Aura on the island of Cozumel does not have the proper permits to release sea turtles. The inspection came after several allegations and citizen complaints that the hotel had not only fenced a sea turtle nesting area, but had also hand-released hatchlings for tourist purposes. In response to those complaints, Profepa staff confirmed that the hotel failed to report the nests and also lacks authorization from the Directorate General of Wildlife to release baby…

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Mexico denies calling, congratulating Trump on immigration policy Around Mexico Political 

Mexico says congratulatory phone call to Trump didn’t happen

Mexico City, D.F. — A recent claim by US president Donald Trump has been disclaimed by Mexico president, Enrique Peña Nieto. The Foreign Ministry of Mexico has rejected the claim by Donald Trump that he recently had a telephone conversation with the president of Mexico, where they discussed immigration and Enrique Peña Nieto paid Donald Trump “the ultimate compliment.” Through an information note, the Mexican government said that the last conversation between the two leaders took place on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of the G-20 Summit. The agency said that in…

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Mexico People 

Lupita Nyong’o takes a break in Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Oscar winning actress Lupita Amondi Nyong’o spent some of her free time this past week enjoying Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The actress chose to stay at Hotel Esencia in Riviera Maya (halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum) where she took in sun, sand and beach. Amondi Nyong’o posted several photos to her Twitter account, sharing her vacation experiences with fans. Included in her photos were shots of her boarding, lounging and enjoying the local cuisine which she called “phenominal”. Her shared social media photos also showed her visiting…

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