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Hotel project for Xcacel-Xcacelito Tulum denied

Tulum, Q.R. — A hotel project for the municipality of Tulum has been denied building permits with officials calling the project “non applicable.”

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources rejected the building permit request for the hotel project, La Calma, which was set for construction next to the Xcacel-Xcacelito sea turtle sanctuary in the municipality of Tulum.

The company Palmares del Country SA de CV, was given a rejection with the final decision being labeled as “non applicable”. According to their Environmental Impact Statement, the hotel would have consisted of 520 rooms.

The announcement of the company’s plans to build in the area created a stir with environmental groups mostly from Playa del Carmen who, a decade ago, defended the same land from construction when it was part of the municipality of Solidaridad.

The request to build the hotel was submitted in February, however, details of the request, including location, were made public in April through the Ecological Gazette.

The area in which they wanted to build the hotel is beside an established and protected sea turtle nesting site.