Last updated on January 22, 2018
Cancun, Q.R. — After weeks of protests, the mayor of Cancun has agreed to suspend the hotel construction project at Playa Delfinis until all paperwork is reviewed.
The municipal president of Benito Juárez, Remberto Estrada Barba, clarified that the suspension of the Gran Solaris Cancún project is the result of an appeal for review filed by two councilors and does not represent in any way, a sanction to the developer Villas Solaris S de RL de CV.
The mayor pointed out that his decision to suspend the project also derives from the dissatisfaction of citizens regarding the hotel project that, if built, would consist of 450 rooms within a lot of 18,844.31 square meters located next to Playa Delfines at kilometer 19.5 of Boulevard Kukulcán.
He specified that the constancy of land use and the construction license, both issued by the Municipal Department of Ecology and Urban Development (SMEyDU) of Benito Juárez, will be verified.
“It is not a sanction. It is simply a review filed by two councilors of this Honorable Cabildo for a review of the land use and the construction license that was issued at the time. The review will be to thoroughly verify each of the processes that have been given, while emphasizing that we are listening to the request of many citizens,” he said.
He said that his government is in favor of investment through real estate development, however, he stressed that it has to be sustainable and legal.
“Effectively we continue arguing that we are in favor of construction, of development, as long as it is compatible with sustainable development and as long as it complies with all current regulations, existing in each of the laws,” he said.
The government of Remberto Estrada insisted that there is no ecological damage by the project, and that they will monitor both the work and the project so that it in no way affects the integrity, access and services of Playa Delfines, which is and will continue to be public.
He explained that “any investment project that complies with the legal framework and respects the environment, is welcome to Cancun for the benefits it generates in economic, employment and greater attraction of tourists.”
He specified that in recent dates, “Some sectors have been expressing concerns and doubts about the Gran Solaris and that a lot of information has been spilled, some inaccurate, some partial and out of context, and a part totally alien to the truth.”
City Council stated that to clear up doubts, they decided to request a suspension of the construction license in order to review the status of the project.
In a statement, the city said “We believe it is appropriate for the authority to review again, and in detail, the municipal authorizations and their due compliance by the individual, as an exercise of transparency for the benefit of all.”
He clarified that this suspension should not be taken as the closure of the project, since if it is confirmed that the project is in compliance with the law, the suspension will be lifted and the work will continue.
City Council says the hotel is set for review on December 13.