Holbox, Q.R. — A hotel project on the island of Holbox has been temporarily closed by federal officials after an anonymous report.
The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed a hotel project located in an area of more than 2,100 square meters in the Yum Balam Protected Natural Area on Holbox Island.
The project consists of six buildings, a swimming pool, palapa and barbecue area, among other facilities, all built and operating in a coastal ecosystem.
Provincials of Profepa made a visit to the hotel to verify that the development was in federal compliance with environmental legislation. Inspectors asked the owner to provide proof of authorization and their Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources allowing them to build the project.
When inspecting, they found the project contained a total of six buildings, four of which were three levels and the remaining two, two levels with a third level being built. When the owner was unable to provide the legal documentation for the hotel project, Profepa imposed a Temporary Partial Closure of the hotel.
The inspected work were found to be within the polygon of the Protected Natural Area of Yum Balam on the island of Holbox. Profepa says they will initiate an administrative procedure in which the person responsible for the project could be fined in accordance with the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment. They will also be responsible for repairing environmental damage.
Last week, Profepa officials closed a real estate project on the island of Holbox for lack of permits.