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Proposal for new Costa Park underwater gallery

Cancun, Q.R. — A new underwater sculpture gallery has been proposed for the Costa Occidental National Park.

The proposal has been set for El Parque Nacional Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc where the Nautical Association of Quintana Roo is hoping to create a new reef area.

The area they want to populate with sculptures is 500 meters in length and about 140 meters wide outside of the Natural Protected Area. Ivan Ferrat Mancera, president of the Nautical Association, says that it will be easy for the new area to receive visitors since it is not in the park and they will not require permits.

“The Underwater Museum of Art presented a proposal to provide sculptures worth 2.3 million pesos. However, the payment would have to be a nautical donation that could recover with a dollar per person fee that they collect. To recover it requires 160,000 visitors per year, which would give a surplus of 112,000 pesos for another sculpture,” he explained.

However, there are additional expenses such as boats and anchoring, he says, so they will have to analyze how much they would be able to donate to achieve a new underwater attraction. The project may or may not be is association with MUSA.

“What we are looking for is to do a second stage with a gallery of sculptures that is only in three meters of water that would allow snorkelers to see them,” Ferrat Mancera added.

In high season MUSA sees about 1,200 people a day.

The Occidental Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc forms part of the reef barrier known as the Great Belt of Western Reef Reefs or the Great Maya Reef which is part of the”Mesoamerican Reef System.