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Feds crack down on illegal watercraft on Playa beaches

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Authorities have suspended several local watercraft for lack of proper permits.

On Friday, authorities with the Federal Maritime of Solidarity reacted to complaints of unmarked watercraft in tourist areas. After an inspection, feds found several irregularities with watercraft at Xcalacoco beach.

A total of nine of the watercraft were unable to verify their permission to be in that particular area and / or were found to be operating a vessel in the tourist area without the proper documentation.

David Antonio Galeana Garcia, local Captain, said, “We came to Operation Surprise walking up to Xcalacoco to investigate complaints from the Princess and Royal Hotels. They said they had seen unmarked watercraft – unnumbered – without a name or registration number and without permission from nautical tourism to sell water sports and other tourist activities.”

Federal officials said those in violation were cited and the alleged owners of the vessels must begin the procedure for registering, certifying and licensing their watercraft. However Galeana Garcia said that if additional irregularities are found, receiving the proper documentation is not guaranteed.

“So far they have been suspended 72 hours. It will be Tuesday before they can start the process of verifying documentation for the outstanding procedures. Failure to comply with the law and failing to obtain the necessary documentation will cancel their operations,” explained Galeana Garcia.

Galeana Garcia says that this year, the federal agency has stepped up surveillance on what they call ‘pirate’ companies.

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