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Puerto Morelos Margaritaville Riviera Maya hotel project rejected

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A hotel project proposed in May for the municipality of Puerto Morelos as been rejected by Semarnat.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has announced the rejected project, Hotel Margaritaville Riviera Maya, that was proposed in May of this year for failing the Environmental Impact Statement.

The 357-room resort was proposed to the Ministry of Environment by the company Xey Inmobiliaria, who were hoping to break into the Mexico Riviera Maya market with their popular American hotel chain, Margaritaville. According to CEO John Cohlan, the company is poised to expand its footprint globally saying the company has plans for “many projects”.

However, Semarnat has reviewed the project and, according to the federal agency, has classified it as “not applicable”.

The proposed resort was to be five levels across a total of 63,300 square meters of land. The company was intending to expand their Margaritaville brand into Mexico since the hotel chain is popular in the United States and has proven successful in other Latin American destinations including Puerto Rico and Cayman Islands.