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Illegal beach filling at Puerto Aventuras closed down

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — Two hotels in Puerto Aventuras have had an illegal beach filling project closed down in the front of their hotels after authorities were notified.

Heavy machinery and loads of sand were trucked in to a beach area in front of Dreams Hotel and Omni Hotel at Puerto Aventuras Monday.

The work was being carried out quickly as more than a dozen workers were on site to unload the sand onto the beach area in front of the hotels. The work, which was being carried out illegally, was captured on both camera and video by hotel guests who uploaded the images to social media, prompting local media to arrive.

The hotels were cited as being in a hurry to get the sand onto the beach before federal authorities arrived since they had no work permit or legal authorization to carry out the work.

Román Riviera López of the Puerto Aventuras trust admitted that they are without environmental permits to do the work, but justified his actions by saying they need the beaches ready before December and that Semarnat will take up to 17 months to approve a coastal rehabilitation project.

For that reason, he says, these clandestine jobs must be ready tonight, before the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) arrives to close it down.

William Conrado Alarcón, director of Urban Development of Solidarity became aware of the issue through media photos. Reports say that instead of notifying Profepa officials, Conrado Alarcón instead, chose to notify the hotels that authorities were on their way.

The beach area in front of the hotels was closed when environmental officials verified the work was taking place without permits.