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Proposal for luxury resort in natural area being met with criticism

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The proposal for a new multi-million dollar luxury resort in is being met with criticism since other projects proposed for that area have been rejected.

Palmares del Country SA de CV of Guadalajara wants to build La Calma Eco Resort Luxury at Xcacel-Xcacelito, a natural area of mangroves and protected turtle nesting sites. The new project would be a combined tourist and residential development across 26 hectares that would include up to 30 rooms per hectare.

La Calma Eco Resort Luxury Master Plan would consist of four blocks of accommodations, a lobby, spa, restaurant, administrative building, two pools, parking, walkways and two artificial lagoons. It is sited to be built in an area between kilometers 247 and 248 of the federal highway with a private investment of $21 million USD over a period of eight years.

Palmares del Country SA de CV has already submitted the request for construction permits, however, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is still evaluating the environmental impact.

In the application, the company recognizes that part of the property is within the limits of the Ecological Ordinance Program of the Region called Cancún-Tulum Corridor with a conservation policy.

They say that since it is a nesting area for sea turtles, “the land use in the areas adjacent to the turtle nesting beaches will be subject to an environmental impact authorization that demonstrates the non-affectation of the nests”.

They add that areas where buildings are forbidden will be used to “practice camping activities, interpretive routes, observation of flora and fauna and photographic walks”.

A petition to stop the project has been launched on Change.org since previously similar projects have been rejected due to their environmental impact.

Guadalupe Rosa Villalba, former president of the Citizen Ecology Movement of Yax Cuxtal, said they will request a public hearing to express their opposition to the project.