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Federal authorities close 18 Tulum real estate projects in May

Tulum, Q.R. — More than a dozen tourist developments in and around Tulum have been shut down by federal officials during the month of May.

The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) says they have shut down a total of 18 tourist developments along the Boca Paila road for lacking environmental authorization. The projects were closed for violations ranging from the filling and construction in coastal ecosystems to cutting down and devastating mangroves and bushes in wetland areas.

Federal officials implemented Operative Tulum 2018 to verify that real estate developments in the hotel zone of Tulum comply with environmental rules and have permits granted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

The operation was implemented after numerous citizen complaints of forest cutting and expansions of properties. Profepa says that 18 of the 19 inspected real estate projects were found to be in environmental violations, affecting wetlands and mangroves.

Of these, 12 received temporary total closures while the other six were give temporary partial closures. Only one of the projects was found to be in compliance, which was Zamas Hotel.