Cancun, Q.R. — For the third time, municipal authorities have rejected the request for the construction of a marina in the Nichupté Lagoon. The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) denied the request again last week.
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente and Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) reported that the plan does not comply with the conditions established in the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection.
Alejandro Alexian Markosian Muñoz first requested authorization for the project in 2011, at which time it was denied. He applied again in 2014 and in 2021, both times, having the request to construct Marina Tiburón, denied.
The project is planned with a 100-meter long dock and four buildings that would include a restaurant, a snack bar, a lobby and terrace. The entire project would be built in the federal land-maritime zone.
In the area, the environmental authority noted the presence of Palma Chit, a species protected by the Official Mexican Standard 059-Semarnat-2010, which is considered in danger of extinction.
The marina project was also planned with the intention of using the drainage and sanitation system of the hotel zone, which is operated by the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism and known to be operating at maximum capacity.