Cancun, Q.R. — One of the first items on the agenda of the new mayor of Benito Juárez was a name change for the municipality.
The new mayor of Cancun, Mara Lezama, wants to change the name of the municipality from Benito Juárez to Cancun. Despite rejections from city council, she says the name change should be carried out.
“We will have to make a consultation to the citizenship. We have talked a lot. We have to add all the voices. We are going to put together a group so that we can do it in the best way, which I think is an extraordinary option and in the end, that the citizens decide,” she said.
Lezama says the name change could also be Cancún de Benito Juárez, Cancún de Juárez, however, after her initial proposal, numerous federal deputies of Quintana Roo made their rejections clear through social media.
Several council memeber from the National Regeneration Movement said changing the name is a lack of respect with Lezama saying the name Benito Juarez does not represent the destination before tourism, adding that it is contrary to Cancun as a brand.
“I will present an initiative that allows all citizens to take advantage of the value that has accumulated the great brand Cancun that is known throughout the world that all of us have coined, and for that I will propose to change our municipality name to be called as they know it, Cancun,” she said.
She noted that “The name Benito Juarez refers to one of the most illustrious Mexicans in history, but there are many municipalities and cities in the country that carry the name long before us.”
Luis Alegre Salazar explained that the identity of the municipality and the history of Mexico must be respected.
“As federal deputy of Morena of the state of QuintanaRoo, my position on this issue is to respect the identity and history of our country. As Benito Juarez said, respect for the rights of others is peace,” posted Luis Alegre Salazar on social medial.