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More than 120,000 signatures against Xcacel-Xcacelito hotel development

Tulum, Q.R. — Signatures continue to be collected in opposition of a hotel project that has been proposed in a sea turtle area in the municipality of Tulum.

More than 120,000 signatures have been collected on Change.org in defense of the Sea Turtle Sanctuary at Xcacel-Xcacelito in the municipality of Tulum. The signatures are being collected by Moce Yax Cuxtal civil association in Playa del Carmen to send to the State Congress governor, Carlos Joaquín González.

According to Laura Patiño Esquivel, member of the association, “We are writing a letter that several people have signed to ask the governor to review everything from Xcacel to the State Congress. We have physical signatures, more than 2,000 and 120,000 signatures on change.org. ”

As a civil association defending the environmental rights of the state, Patiño Esquivel reiterated the association’s commitment to the defense of these properties that host more than 5,000 turtles annually from May to November along the state coast.

Secretary of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo, Alfredo Arellano said, “We are working with them. We are receiving their requests. The site already has an appointment as a Protected Natural Area. What they are requesting is to expand the polygon of the protected area to an area that gives greater certainty to the ecosystems and turtle nesting. That is the main objective of the defense.

“We are already reviewing the proposal. Obviously making the polygon bigger requires covering private areas. We are talking to some of them and seeing the possibility of it happening, but in the following months we would have a more tangible result. ”

Ricardo Gómez Lozano, regional director of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, noted that so far, there has not been a project evaluation on behalf of Palmares del Country SA de CV, the hotel development that has requested permission to build in the area.