Riviera Maya News Mexico Tulum 

Environmentalists say Akumal Bay needs figures, monitoring

Akumal, Q.R. — Environmental officials say Akumal lacks proper monitoring and record keeping, factors that are damaging bay fauna. Paul Sánchez Navarro Russell, president of the Mexican Organization for the Conservation of the Environment, is urging government authorities at all three levels to begin a monitoring system similar to that of Mahahual and Holbox. He says that the large number of tourists that visit the Bay of Akumal on a daily basis are affecting the health of the sea turtles and damaging the sea grass. He says the number of tourists needs…

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Proposal to make central Playa del Carmen pedestrian only Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Proposal to make central Playa del Carmen pedestrian only

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — In an attempt to create better downtown mobility, a new proposal could see the city’s center as a pedestrian-only area. Álvaro Solís Hage, president of the Commerce Association of Juárez Avenue, has proposed to make the center of Playa del Carmen pedestrian-only as part of a new mobility plan. He says that the center of the city is already very small, which is a good reason council should look at making streets like Juarez Avenue for just pedestrians. He’s also proposed the creation of public parking lots so that visitors can leave their vehicle in a safe place as…

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Latest rescued dolphin off Isla Mujeres dies Cancun Mexico 

Another dolphin rescued with injuries off Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Another stranded dolphin has been found in the waters off Isla Mujeres at the Yucatan port of Telchac. This latest rescue is of an older dolphin who was found severely dehydrated and with wounds. The dolphin was transferred by staff of the Secretariat of the Navy and the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) from Yucatan to the island’s Tortugranja facility to receive assistance from marine mammal specialists. Carlos Barranco García, director of Environment and Ecology, reports that the mammal has low weight, dehydration and an…

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Sea turtle nesting sites okay after tropical storm Mexico Tulum 

Sea turtle nesting sites okay after tropical storm

Tulum, Q.R. — Turtle nesting points are being checked after the recent tropical storm that swept through the region left a downpour of rain and high waves. Héctor Lizárraga Cubedo of the Centro Ecológico de Akumal, says that they are still in the process of checking all the nesting sites as well as removing the mounds of sargazo that arrived with the storm. A team of six specialists from the Akumal Ecological Center along with 15 volunteers from the sea turtle conservation program are working on diagnosing the situation. Cuauhtémoc Martínez of the…

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new garbage trucks for playa del carmen Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Municipality receives new garbage trucks

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A multi-million peso investment has seen the arrival of seven new garbage trucks for the municipality. The municipal government says it has invested 9.4 million peso of its own resources in trucks for garbage collection, as well as an irrigation pipe for the Environment Directorate. “We worked to have sufficient collection capacity to respond to the citizens with the improvement of public services since we received the government without garbage trucks from the previous administration. Today we are proud to be able to add seven more units to the…

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No US travel warning related to adulterated alcohol in Mexico Cancun Mexico Travel 

No US travel warning related to adulterated alcohol in Mexico

Cancun, Q.R. — Despite numerous claims, there has not been any US travel warning issued in regard to adulterated alcohol in Mexico. As of July 30, 2017, the US Department of State website does not show any Security (travel) warning for Mexico, only an update to their general Safety and Security Messages for the country: Alcohol: There have been allegations that consumption of  tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out. If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and…

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Mexico Political 

Governor says provisional suspension to Borge not definitive

Cancun, Q.R. — Even though a provisional suspension has been granted to ex-state governor Roberto Borge Angulo, current state governor Carlos Joaquín González says this is a normal part of the process and is not a definitive suspension. In anticipation of his extradition from Panama to Mexico, Borge Angulo’s defense requested an amparo before the Fifth District Court requesting that his client not be arrested when he lands on Mexican soil. Miguel Ángel Pech, Attorney General of Quintana Roo, clarified that an expropriation was not granted to former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, but…

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Mexico Tulum 

People of Akumal want answer over beach access

Akumal, Q.R. — After years of conflict, the dispute over beach access at Akumal Bay continues as residents demand an answer. Iran Beltran Chan, delegate akumaleño, has asked federal authorities to provide a final verdict on whether the beach access at the Ecological Center of Akumal is public or private, noting that the ongoing dispute is hurting the area’s image with tourists. “The residents of the Akumal community and Port Tulumense ask the relevant authorities about the case and to give us an answer,” said Beltran Chan. He says that…

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