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Cabañas Coconut hotel project shut down on Isla Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — A hotel project on the island of Holbox has been shut down by federal authorities after they discovered it was being built without an environmental permit.

The Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed the construction of a hotel project located in the Protected Natural Area of the Island of Holbox. In a statement, the agency reported that the construction affected an ecosystem.

Profepa inspectors made a visit to verify that the construction work and activities of the Cabañas Coconut hotel project were being carried out in compliance with the provisions contained in the current environmental legislation.

They report that the hotel, which already consisted of 15 two-level cabins, parking lot, kitchen and numerous other buildings, had removed all vegetation on more than 2,200 square meters of land from a site that is immersed in an ecosystem.

At the time of the visit, the hotel could not prove the legal authorization required from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources regarding their environmental impact permit.

Under the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection, Profepa officials proceeded to temporary close the hotel project.