Dorado Royal builds water suites without authorization

Royal Dorado palafitos

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The erection of several water-dwellings are causing concern for local authorities who say the project is being constructed without permission.

A citizen complaint alerted authorities to the construction of a handful of palatifos or lagoon houses, that are being built without authorization.

The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) say they have not given authorization to the Dorado Royal to build their Palafito Suites Royal. According to Semarnat, the project is still under review.

Laura Artemisa of Moce Yax Cuxtal Association, said that in conjunction with the Mexican Center of Environmental Law (Cemda), they will review the project which involves the construction of 28 palafito-style suites that are to be divided into 11 modules. The project will also include two spas and two restaurants.

According to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), application for the project was receive only on May 25, 2015, yet the concrete foundations for the structures have clearly been put into place as the buildings are already taking shape.

Officials have tried to contact hotel management or public relations for the Dorado Royale, but have failed to get a reply. Semarnat requested additional information be made available, and on September 2 the project was presented on behalf of Playa Dorado Generation SA de CV, but there has been no resolution.

The project includes the construction of concrete foundations to be place in the sea on which they will erect supports to build the wooden suites and was supposed to involve a preparation and construction period of five years.

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