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

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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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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Venezuelans continue to migrate to state Cancun Mexico 

Venezuelans continue to migrate to state

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 6,000 Venezuelans live in exile in the state of Quintana Roo due to the political upheaval in their own country. According to the National Institute of Migration (INM), from 2014 to date, 8,400 applications for permanent residence status have been reported for Mexico with just over 2,700 being officially authorized. However, it is estimated that there are a similar number of Venezuelans residing in the country in an irregular manner. The continual increase in jobs in the state of Quintana Roo, particularly in the construction and tourism sectors,…

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City sets out to collect 500 million in unpaid land taxes Mexico Playa del Carmen 

City sets out to collect 500 million in unpaid land taxes

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – More than 500 million peso in outstanding property taxes have led to numerous land foreclosures. Solidaridad municipal treasurer Asunción Ramírez Castillo says that around 500 million peso are owed to the city for property taxes. He says that 88 land owners have gone years without paying, which has led to foreclosure proceedings. Asunción Ramírez explained that, “The issue we have is that the Income Tax Act has approved these properties for tax collection. We are making notices to the land owners who have not approached us to…

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blue flag status playa 88 Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Playa del Carmen gets first Blue Flag beach status

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Playa del Carmen recieves its first Blue Flag beach status. Beginning July, the newly awarded Blue Flag will be hoisted on Playa 88 in Playa del Carmen after the beach met the criteria for being Blue Flag certified. Director General of the Federal Maritime Zone (ZOFEMAT), Hugo Uribe Nicolás, who on behalf of the Municipality went to Vallarta for the certificate, said that the municipality of Solidaridad tried to obtain a Blue Flag for 10 years, however, the current administration started management in October and now has it. “One of the commitments of…

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Medicatón Program collects more than 500 kilos of medical waste Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Medicatón Program collects more than 500 kilos of medical waste

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A recent collection of outdated medication in the city of Playa del Carmen resulted in more than 500 kilos of medical waste being collected. Last week, the municipality of Solidaridad hosted the first Medicatón Program where local medical professionals and residents were encouraged to drop off unwanted and outdated medical waste. The goal was to have the items disposed of properly rather than have them end up in landfills. Head of the Environment Department, Orquidea Trejo Buendía, explained having medical waste disposed of properly will prevent these…

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