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Playa del Carmen establishments denied alcohol permits after violent events

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The secretary of finance for Solidaridad says that at least eight establishments in Playa del Carmen will not have their alcohol sale permits renewed due to violence.

Yohanet Torres Muñoz, Secretary of Finance, says that at least eight permits for the sale of alcohol will not be renewed in the municipality because they have registered violence in their facilities.

The official mentioned that for the time being, the establishments are in the process of having their permits annulled in accordance with the corresponding laws.

“When these types of facts occur, the alcohol law contemplates that it has grounds for revocation of the license when violence occur in a place where there is a license (…) we have several licenses in the process of being revoked,” said Torres Muñoz.

A similar situation exists in other municipalities where there have also been similar events, said Torres Muñoz.

The Law for the Control of Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in the State of Quintana Roo states that “The governor of the state and municipal authorities, in their respective jurisdictions, will have at all times the faculty and obligation to close any of the establishments referred to in this law when there is a public interest reason or if order and social welfare require it or rules that establish said sanction are violated.”

So far this year in the municipality of Solidaridad, there have been several recorded homicides in which firearms were used to commit the crimes. Intervention of local agencies have seen the placement of closure seals around these establishments.

Torres Muñoz mentioned that there are about 40 more establishments in the municipality looking to have a renewal on their alcohol permits.