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Azuls Five again builds wall to claim public beach area

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Azul Fives Hotel at Xcalacoco in the city’s north has been inspected yet again for building a concrete wall on the beach.

The Directorate of Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) has made the inspection and launched an investigation against the hotel for constructing an illegal wall on federal property in an attempt to claim beach area.

Hugo Uribe Nicolas, director of Zofemat, said the inspection came after citizen complaints were filed Monday. Zofemat officials found the illegal structure to encroach 1.5 meters onto federal beach property, which has resulted in an official complaint being filed with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection.

It is likely a fine would be imposed since regulations for use of beaches and waterways prohibits work that obstructs the passage of citizens along beach areas. In October of 2015, Azuls Five hotel also built a wall four meters in length to curb public access from the front of their establishment.

Last month, Le Reve Hotel at Xcalacoco hired private security personnel to run locals off the beach area in front of their property. A citizen complaint was filed and their concession questioned.