Puerto Morelos, Q.R. – A tourism development project along the Golden Mile has been rejected in Puerto Morelos.
The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources ruled that the project called Plan Maestro de las Américas is not feasible. The project was promoted by the firm Desarrollos Turísticos Paso Victoria, who received notification by the federal agency that the project of urbanizing 420 hectares in the Golden Mile outside Puerto Morelos has been rejected.
Through the Directorate General of Environmental Impact and Risk, DGIRA, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources announced that the environmental impact statement of the project does not meet the standards of environmental care.
The Plan Maestro de las Américas project is a real estate development project that would have stood on a total area of 420.89 hectares, parallel to the coastline, and whose description only refers to constructing up to 2,104 hotel rooms.
According to Semarnat, the project did not specify the characteristics of additional works such as pools, sun decks, beach club, roads, restaurants, or spas, among others, that could prevent adequate assess to the project resulting in impairment of the integrity of the water flow of the mangrove. The interaction and relationship of the project with the marine area was given on a superficial leve and thus, the project rejected.