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Federal environmental officers close Blue Key Hotel Eco Resort in Mahahual

Mahahual, Q.R. — La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (PROFEPA) has closed the construction and operation of the Blue Kay Hotel Eco Resort in Mahahual. Federal inspectors report shutting the hotel after it was found constructing one and two-level buildings without permits as well as dumping waste water into a nearby wetland.

In a statement, the federal agency said that the hotel, which has a total of 47 buildings, was constructing on a coastal dune and operating without authorization from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

The inspection was the result of public complaints. Profepa officers arrived at the property to verify their compliance with current environmental legislation to carry out the work and activities in a coastal ecosystem.

They report that the hotel was found building without permits, removing coastal vegetation and pouring waste water directly into wetland areas. Their report says that aside from the illegal construction, federal officers also found that waste water from the buildings was being diverted via a PVC pipe and poured directly into the wetland.