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Dead sea turtles found in nesting site of upcoming hotel

Cancun, Q.R. — A recent inspection of the enclosed area that is to become the new Gran Solaris Cancún, confirmed the death of several sea turtles.

Volunteers from the Department of Ecology of the Benito Juárez City Council excavated the sand area, which was fenced last week with metal structures, and verified the existence of several specimens of dead turtles.

Volunteers to the site also found sea turtle eggs that have yet to hatch as well as eggs that have already hatched, and presumably, made their way to the sea.

On Sunday, a group of citizens and environmental activists demonstrated peacefully to demand that this development be stopped, which they argue, invades an area that is a coastal dune and that is protected by laws and environmental treaties. In the protest, the activists gathered 450 signatures that will be used to request an Amparo.

Jorge Aguilar Osorio, state leader of Sol Azteca said that after a conversation with the legal team of the PRD, it was determined they would work against the expedition of both the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) and the construction license.

He specified that their legal request will be presented to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) since the MIA was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), as well as before the Constitutional Chamber of the State Judicial Power for the license of construction that was granted by the Benito Juárez City Council.

Jorge Aguilar said that the PRD notes that the Gran Solaris project is over-densified, and although its papers may be in order, it depreciates the environment since the area where they want to build is a coastal dune as well as a sea turtle camp.

He noted that according to the Department of Ecology and Urban Development (SEDU) of Benito Juárez, the sea turtle nesting site will disappear after this nesting season.

“Large companies continue to depreciate the environment. They are going to remove a dune. There is a turtle nesting camp right in front of the site that will also disappear. The sea turtle is a naturally protected species and in addition to this, they are going to remove another Caribbean Sea beach access to the citizens,” he said.

Authorities of the Benito Juárez City Council have defended the project, insisting that it is private property and that the new hotel does not invade the public beach.

Francisco Javier Zubirán Padilla, secretary of Urban Development, pointed out that the turtle egg pen was put in place by the Ecology Department without understanding that it was private property.

The Gran Solaris Cancún hotel project is set for construction next to Playa Delfines in the Cancun Hotel Zone.