Puerto Morelos tourism officials want to be straw free Mexico Puerto Morelos 

Puerto Morelos tourism officials goal: to be straw free

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A campaign is being initiated to see the eventual elimination of straws in facilities in and around Puerto Morelos. Hector Tamayo Sánchez, director of tourism for Puerto Morelos, says it’s time Puerto Morelos followed the in the steps of others with a better environmental culture. “We want to replicate the campaign that was launched in Cancun, so these days I am holding meeting with with the head of tourism in Benito Juárez to make a cooperation of ideas. We must start to raise awareness to all of the…

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Reforestation project underway for municipalities of Quintana Roo Cancun Mexico 

Reforestation project underway for state municipalities

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 24,000 trees are being planted in four state municipalities in a large reforestation project. The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), in coordination with the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), has begun the task of planting over 24,000 trees in various municipalities of the state that have been subject to soil degradation or deforestation. The trees are being planted in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas and Cozumel by elements of the 34 Military Zone and the 64 Infantry Battalion of SEDENA. The trees being planted include cedar, mahogany and ramón,…

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Thieves stealing purses from chair backs on Fifth Avenue Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Thieves stealing purses from chair backs on Fifth Avenue

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Bags stored on the back of chairs inside restaurants along Fifth Avenue are being taken, says the director of Public Safety. Several handbags have been removed from the chairs of restaurant patrons in the tourist area of Playa del Carmen. Would-be purse snatchers have been seen on surveillance cameras walking past easily accessible bags stored on the back of chairs and and leaving restaurants with them. Juan Martín Rodríguez Olvera, general director of Public Safety and Transit of Solidarity reports that so far, four robberies have…

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Town of Tulum to have new water system Mexico Tulum 

Town of Tulum to have new water system

Tulum, Q.R. — More water projects have been planned for the town of Tulum that officials say will avoid problems for the next 10 years. Gerardo Mora Vallejo of the Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA), says that once sufficient water is available they will work on serving the rest of the city that lacks the service. He says there are upcoming projects for 2018 that will guarantee the supply of water over the next 10 years. Once complete, the supply of water throughout the town will no longer be a problem. “The problems will be…

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A win, not-so-win for island of Holbox Cancun Mexico 

A win, not-so-win for island of Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — The island of Holbox remains in the middle of a win, not-so-win situation as they bounce back from a near environmental collapse. Following the failure of island water and electric services, the occupancy rate declined from a full house to a current 40 percent, explained Antonio Bastian Marín, a member of the Association of Tourist Cooperatives of Chiquilá. He said that businesses on the island were having a prosperous tourist season prior to the one-day closure of the Holbox ferry crossing. However, the news of the island’s problems quickly spread causing potential…

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Riviera Maya to have world's first happiness hotel Mexico Tulum 

Tulum to have happiness-themed hotel

Tulum, Q.R. — A new hotel theme is underway for the town of Tulum. A group who are seeking collective financing on a public platform are in the process of raising money to create a happiness-themed hotel for Riviera Maya. Two local entrepreneurs have created an eco-boutique happiness hotel they have called Awakening, which is expected to open at the end of 2018. The new project will be constructed along the banks of the Nopalitos lagoon in the Mexican Caribbean, on one side of the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an. The hotel is a project…

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Entire Island of Holbox temporarily closed to visitors Cancun Mexico 

Entire Island of Holbox temporarily closed to visitors

Holbox, Q.R. — The entire island of Holbox is closed for the day due to environmental issues. The island is without proper electricity, water and zero proper drainage for which they need time to repair. Islanders closed the ferry crossing to visitors Sunday July 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in order to have time to receive ferry shipments of large water pipes and deal with the issues at hand. Through council meetings, many of the islanders say Holbox is on the verge of an ecological collapse due to…

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Mexico Puerto Morelos 

Sea turtle nests looted during night

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. – Sea turtle nests were looted over the weekend with at least 12 of them having eggs stolen. At least 12 sea turtle nests were vandalized during the night hours in Punta Brava. A complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) since stealing sea turtle eggs is a federal crime, explained director of the Puerto Morelos Arrecife Park, María del Carmen García Rivas. “There is looting, but there is also surveillance,” she said. “We ask the population not to go to Punta Brava, especially at…

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