Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – With the ongoing battle of ferry ticket sales, the Barcos Caribe booth was officially mowed down and relocated.
The move was made by federal authorities when heavy machinery was brought in to demolish the booth where, officials say, the company was illegally selling tickets at the Playa del Carmen maritime terminal. The Barcos Caribe venture was part-owned by previous state governor, Roberto Borge Angulo who has dozens of legal suits filed against him for mismanagement and misuse of funds during his term.
In November of last year, the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) imposed a complete but temporary closure of the booth which was the result of a routine inspection. Profepa officials found that the booth was lacking the appropriate authorization and permits and was heavily fined.
Since November 10, the Barcos Caribe ticket booth has remained closed, however, the company was selling tickets on the second floor of the maritime terminal. Now with the destruction of their booth, Barcos Caribe had to scramble to complete a properly established ticket sales center.
As of March 1, Barcos Caribe signed a contract to occupy an area at the entrance of the maritime terminal and made themselves ready to begin selling ferry tickets over the weekend. Barcos Caribe has four boats each with a capacity of 200 people to carry passengers to and from the mainland at Playa del Carmen to the island of Cozumel. They run from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.