Tulum, Q.R. – The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) has imposed closures on several Riviera Maya businesses.
Restaurant La Buena Vida, Akumal Dive Adventures as well as two properties, Tlalocan and Nah Nah were all closed due to their environmental impact on the coastal region of the Riviera Maya. Both La Buena Vida and Akumal Dive Adventures had been sanctioned by Profepa back in 2005 for building without a permit.
The recent closure of these businesses was due to lack of authorization from the Ministry of Environment and (Semarnat) to establish and operate in the federal maritime zone (Zofemat). Tlalocan was shut down for generating environmental damage with the installation of a pool, walkways and wall without permission. Nah Hah was found guilty of generating irregular discharge of liquid waste due to construction. They were cited for environmental damage.
Profepa also carried out inspections on Hotel Villas Akumal to determine the degree and damage of sewage discharge being released into the mangroves. Inspections on Hotel Villas Akumal were set in motion after numerous public complaints were received by the newly established Profepa office.
Fines can be as high as 50,000 times minimum wage, as according to the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection as well as restoration damage imposed by Propepa.