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Papaya Playa Hotel in Tulum closed for building unauthorized structures

Tulum, Q.R. — A hotel in Tulum has been temporarily closed after federal officials find unauthorized  beachfront construction for a concert.

Due to an anonymous report, Papaya Playa Hotel Beach Club and Restaurant has been temporarily closed by Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) after inspectors discovered structures in place for a concert.

After Profepa agents arrived at the hotel beach area, onsite security refused to allow them access, so inspectors gained beach access through the hotel next to them.

When they arrived at Payapa Playa Hotel, they found four structures, one of which was a stage. More than 2,400 square meters of beach had been built on, with rod poles being driving into the sand and wooden structures built along the water edge.

Those on site were unable to verify a license for the construction.

A closed seal was placed across the property, which officials later found had been covered. Profepa inspectors returned to the site to request they remove the cover.