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Hotel stilt project applies for permits to double the amount of bungalows

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A stilt bungalow project south of Playa del Carmen is submitting a request to increase development of their hotel structure.

The Suites Palafitos Kantenah project was given permission in June of 2016 to develop stilt bungalows within the seabed and now, have submitted paperwork to continue with a second stage. Tourism Developments Costa Turquesa (Hotels by Karisma) presented its Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) to develop the second stage, which if approved, would double the amount of their bungalows.

The extension or second phase of the project seeks to develop additional bungalows in the marine portion adjacent to the property Fraction 4 of the land called Kantenah. New construction would consist of the operation and maintenance of 16 double suites for a total of 32 rooms, one restaurant and a spa, all built on stilts with their infrastructure in the seabed.

The additional construction would be divided into three different modules, in a total area of 309,000 square meters.

In June 2016, the federal agency authorized the first stage which was also 16 stilt suites, which generated various reactions from environmental groups including the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA), which pointed out that the project did not comply with the Program of Marine and Regional Ecological Regulation of the Gulf and the Caribbean Sea.

Semarnat, however, ruled that the project could not cause serious ecological imbalances.

The promoter is now looking to duplicate its infrastructure by doubling the amount of stilt bungalows. A similar project, Palafitos Dorado Maroma, is currently in operation in the northern part of Solidaridad.