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Company applies to build marina near Playacar

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A local company has submitted an environmental impact statement in a bid to construct a boat marina near Playacar.

According to the Environmental Impact Statement, Miguel Quintana Pali of Grupo Xcaret is hoping to build a marina north of Xcaret, near Playacar. The marina project, Sol de Selva Marina, would cost around 80 million peso.

The Sol de Selva project consists of the construction, operation and maintenance of a 15-boat marina, which will serve as a port with a set of facilities for sea and land for reception, shelter and the provision of services for recreational, tourist and / or sports boats.

If constructed, Sol de Selva will have four meters of floating docks as well as a retaining wall and stairs. The project will require dredging and the excavation of sea bottom to generate a navigation route for its boats. It will also install sea barriers to break incoming waves. It will involve a total area of 3.61 hectares with 1.9 hectares for development.

According to the MIA promoted by Quintana Pali, the marina will increase nautical tourism in the area with subsequent economic benefits that in turn, directly benefit the population by generating jobs and promoting regional development.

The marina will serve not only Xcaret, but also southern Playa del Carmen developments. The project plan has been submitted to La Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) for approval.