New peninsula hotel development being discouraged

Cancun, Q.R. — The green light for a new hotel development along a local peninsula is being discouraged by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law of the Mexican Caribbean.

In a recent statement, the organization said that the Soto Lindo Project is not viable and should not be authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) because it threatens the biodiversity of the region. If built, species such as the manatee, sea turtle and whale shark would suffer since the development would involve the destruction of mangroves and dunes. The destruction would also aggravate the impact of hurricanes in the region while contributing to the problem of climate change.

The Soto Lindo Project is a hotel development that would consist of 9,609 rooms for hotel, tourist, residential and commercial use as well as an 18-hole golf course, nautical infrastructure, separate maintenance areas as well as roads.

The entire project would see nearly 690 hectares of prime coastal land converted. The land in question is located along the Chacmuchuch Peninsula of the Municipality of Isla Mujeres where numerous mangroves, flora and fauna live, including Scleractinia or hard corals. The delicate marine animals live on the seabed and need tiny algae called zooxanthellae to survive. This species of reef-building coral grow in colonies and are under state protection.

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