Mexico begins Day of the Dead celebreation Cancun Mexico 

Halloween in Mexico, Day of the Dead celebrations begin

Cancun, Q.R. — Thousands of people will begin their personal journey to local gravesites tonight as Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead. The customary holiday, which is celebrated late October 31 and into November 2, will see Cancun and Playa del Carmen graveyards filled with family and friends of those who have passed. City workers have begun preparing the Municipal Pantheon of Playa del Carmen, where they are expecting more than 5,000 people to pass through the graveyard over the next three days. In Cancun, figures will be similar as loved…

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State finds more than 100 hotel chains not paying tax Cancun Mexico 

State finds more than 100 hotel chains not paying tax

Cancun, Q.R. — The Secretariat of Finance and Planning (Sefiplan) of Quintana Roo reported that at least 100 companies, mainly from Spain and the United States, do not declare the Lodging Tax (ISH) through reservations being made abroad. Rodrigo Díaz Robledo, director of Fiscal Audit of Sefiplan, said that the state agency detected that reservations made by hotel chains abroad are not declaring the corresponding tax. “We have detected that reservations made from abroad are made in accounts abroad and the corresponding declaration is not made in the state,” he…

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Baby monkey rescued from exploitation Cozumel Mexico 

Endangered baby spider monkey rescued from exploitation

Cozumel, Q.R. — A spider monkey less than two months old has been rescued from a person on the island of Cozumel. A tip from a citizen led the Environmental Education and Conservation Department (CEA) to a private home where they found the tiny monkey who is believed to be about 1.5 months old. CEA head, Rafael Chacón Diaz, explained that Tuesday night he received a call from a concerned citizen explaining that nearby his home was someone with a monkey that the owner was hoping to sell. Authorities visited the home where they…

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Immigration sweep sees at least 20 arrested, deported Cancun Mexico 

Immigration sweep sees at least 20 arrested, deported

Cancun, Q.R. — An organized immigration sweep has resulted in more than 20 foreign women being taken to the National Institute of Migration (INM). The sweep came after the arrest of a woman last week who officials say was being sexually exploited. With information from that women, INM agents were able to locate what they say are more than 20 other women who were victims of trafficking, working in the Cancun Hotel Zone. For more than five hours, immigration agents carried out checks in bars and discos of the Cancun…

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Cozumel Mexico 

Cozumel breaks record for sea turtle nests

Cozumel, Q.R. – Cozumel has had a record-breaking year already with registered sea turtle nests. To date, turtle camp staff at Punta Sur have registered a total of 830 nests that consists of loggerhead and green sea turtles. Figures from Ángel Rafael Chacón Díaz, head of the Conservation and Environmental Education department of the Park and Museum Foundation of Cozumel, show that these new numbers are a record. Last year, he says the May to November turtle nesting season resulted in a total of 532 nests, which was a record. This…

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Eight Chinese food restaurants closed in Cancun Cancun Mexico 

Eight Chinese food restaurants closed in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. – Eight Chinese food restaurants in Cancun have been closed by the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris). Cofepris made the announcement yesterday after inspectors found what they said to be anomalies in the handling of the products as well as unidentifiable meat. Inspectors took samples of the meat that was being served and said it remains unidentified. Miguel Alejandro Pino Murillo, director of Sanitary Risk Protection of the entity, said that after several denunciations were carried out, a verification operation was under way. He stressed that restaurants…

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Poaching operation in effect for marine parks Cancun Mexico 

Poaching operation in effect for marine parks

Cancun, Q.R. – Operations to void poaching has begun in three major tourist marine parks in the municipalities of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. The Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc has begun monitoring the areas to avoid illegal fishing and to ensure permits are in order for those who are in the areas. Park manager, Arturo González explained, “We are trying to strengthen actions to avoid vessels that do not have permits to be in the area while promoting good practices since there are…

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Large crab rescued from Cozumel road Cozumel Mexico 

Large crab rescued from Cozumel road

Cozumel, Q.R. — A large crab was rescued from the side of a coastal road in Cozumel by a passing motorist. The very large crustacean was seen on a road on the island and rescued from potential vehicular harm by a local citizen. The crab was captured and delivered to officials at the Interpretation Center of the Parks and Museums Foundation (FPMC). FPMC officials said the large opened claw of the crab measured approximately 80 centimeters. Conservation and Environmental Education, Rafael Chacón Diaz said that each year between the months of…

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