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Isla Mujeres residents hoping law to end beach barriers applies to all

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — After the recent denouncement of a hotel on Isla Mujeres attempting to privatize a concessioned public beach area, people are hoping the law will be applied to others as well.

A week ago, Privilege Aluxes was cited for obstructing free passage on a public beach. Since then, they have removed the large wooden fence they installed to prevent public passage in front of their hotel.

Kerem Pinto Aguilar, director of Zofemat in Isla Mujeres said that after a conversation with the people in charge of installing the fence, the company decided to voluntarily withdraw it.

Pinto Aguilar said that as a result of this, an operation has been initiated to identify those concessions that are limiting free passage in the same way.

“We must remember that this is not the first case and since there are other cases, it is expected they will act with the same rigor,” he said.

Neighbors in the north of Isla Mujeres say they hope that the law is applied evenly and that others are forced to remove barriers as was the case of the wooden fence on the beach Privilege Aluxes.

They say that other hotels have received closure stamps as well including Playa Luxury, formerly Playa Sol which is owned by former mayor, Jorge Cárdenas Bazán.

Closure stamps that have been placed before this most recent incident with Privilege Aluxes, have not been minded, meaning the offending barriers that prevent free public passage remain in place.

“I think that if the first concessionaire was already forced to withdraw this delimitation, it would be fair for the others to be measured with the same rule,” commented one of Luxury’s neighbors.

According to the Constitution, any hotel or security member that asks the public to leave a beach area is in violation of Article 27 and the seventh regulation of Zofemat, which ensures free pass and enjoyment of beach to the general public.

In Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, beach barriers have also been built by hotels trying to shut out public access. Over the past year, Azul Fives and Le Reve Hotel at Playa del Carmen were cited for installing measures to deter public access.

Dreams Puerto Morelos has also been caught attempting to deter public access in front of its hotel.