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Puerto Aventuras still without public beach access

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — Although a public beach access request was submitted, officials say there is still no feedback.

The request for a destination agreement for public beach access for the town of Puerto Aventuras was submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) in February, however, no reply has been received.

Puerto Aventuras representative Gustavo Maldonado Saldaña says Semarnat had six months to reply to the town’s request, but they have failed to do so. He says that they are still without a response even though they have repeated their request noting that it needs to be finalized during the present municipal administration.

“It’s an issue that I do not want to leave unresolved. We need Semarnat to tell us about the target agreements and therefore the accesses,” said Maldonado Saldaña, who added that for the moment there is no budget allocated for this, however, if the petition proves positive, money could come from the town’s federal reserve.

Juan Carlos Reina of Puerto Aventuras says that the townspeople worry the project has been forgotten and they will continue to have to access the beach through a complex. “We have been talking for more than three years the possibility of having our own access to the beach without having to go through the complex, but we see that it is just a rumor because there is still nothing concrete.”

Puerto Aventuras delegate, Heriberto Hernández Marrufo, explains that free beach access for the people of Puerto Aventuras is a necessity since they have to pay up to 100 peso to access any beach in the vicinity or go to Chemuyil, located in the municipality of Tulum or go to Playa del Carmen to freely access the beach.

The proposal for the town is to enable beach access within an area of less than 10 kilometers since the only point is through a private property that sometimes allows passage, but with restrictions.