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New Hard Rock Riviera Cancún gets green light

Cancún, Q.R. — Despite opposition from environmental groups, approval for the Hard Rock Riviera Cancún project was given by Semarnat.

The new 1,700-room hotel will be constructed at Kilometer 17.5 along Kukulcan Boulevard in the Cancun Hotel Zone and will be managed by the company RCD Resorts.

Back in 2015, the firm began to lay the foundation for the Hard Rock Riviera Cancún hotel project even though it did not have the proper building permits.

Environmental consultant Crystal Lagoon detailed the investment of the complete project qualifying that “it is, and will be, an example of sustainable development that will fully comply with the applicable regulations.”

Environmental groups such as the Mexican Center for Environmental Law and Gama (Grupo Ecologista del Mayab) have opposed the project since October 2016.  When it was first presented, they demanded Semarnat discard the project due to the two existing protected areas where the hotel will be constructed.

Hard Rock Riviera Cancún is set to be built between the Nichupté Manglares and the Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc.

Aracely Domínguez, president of Gema, said the project lacks information and illegalities as the hotel will be located in front of a reef.

The new Hard Rock Riviera Cancún hotel will consist of two 10-level towers of 1,789 hotel rooms as well as a spa, sunbathing areas, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, paths, Crsytal Lagoon pool, convention and event halls and restaurants.