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Federal officials close 21 projects on Isla Holbox in three days

Holbox, Q.R. — During their project Holbox Island Operations, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection made a total of 34 inspections in which 21 closures were imposed over a three-day period.

Officials from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection ran their project from March 20 to 23 across the island of Holbox where they say 17 inspections were forestry and another 17 for environmental impact.

During their three-day inspections, 16 of the places were given temporary total closures while another five were given temporary partial closures. The properties and projects were given the closures for failing to comply with environmental regulations as set out with the Protected Natural Area of Yum Balam.

Nineteen 19 federal inspectors from the office of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection participated. Of them, three were of the General Directorate of Forest Inspection and Surveillance with another three being of the General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone.

The operation also included three park rangers from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas. The purpose of the operation was to verify that the work and activities taking place on the island had the proper authorization from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Officials say that all closures were imposed to prevent additional damage to the natural resources noting that some of the projects were located within the coastal ecosystem and without authorization and / or change of land use permits.

Those found guilty will likely face large fines as well as restorative compliance with the environmental regulations of the state.

Last year, island developers wanted permits to move ahead with construction projects, but municipal authorities said the island simply could not hand the additional infrastructure.