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Barcos Caribe could lose operating permit for Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Caribe Barcos ferry company could lose its concession in Playa del Carmen due to a list of violations.

The municipal president of Solidarity, Cristina Torres Gómez, announced that they will wait for the result issued by the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) for the trial against Caribe Barcos for lack of environmental impact permits.

“With us is the permission granted by the previous administration, regardless of the procedure that Profepa did (…) they (Barcos Caribe) recurrently received sanctions because the vendors were on the street and we had complaints not only from the competitors, but also shops in the area because they went out to hook the tourist,” said the mayor.

The company was granted permits in 2015 by the former administration headed by Mauricio Góngora Escalante, one of which was a 50-year permit to sell tickets on public roads. However, last year, the illegal ticket stands were destroyed by Profepa. Barcos Caribe lost an injunction against that closure and had to rent space inside the terminal to sell ferry tickets.

The company stands a chance at losing its operating license in Playa del Carmen due to lack of proper permits. Torres Gómez says that they are waiting for a definitive ruling for the Solidaridad city council to cancel the concession.