Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — The first Blue Flag for the seaside town of Puerto Morelos was raised July 1 by its mayor, Laura Fernández Piña who said it was a historic day for the town.
The Ventana al Mar beach is the first to be awarded the official European Blue Flag of excellence in Puerto Morelos.
“Today we reaffirm our vocation to be a green municipality. We also reaffirm our commitment to progress, meeting the needs of our present without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to satisfy their own needs,” said Laura Fernández.
She says that after two years of management, the certification was achieved by fulfilling the criteria in terms of excellence in environmental management, security, services, environmental education activities and water quality.
Fernández added that July 1 is a historic day and that the challenge “will be to validate this certification next year, to continue belonging to the select group of beaches and marinas of the Blue Flag of Mexico and the world.
“We are on track to initiate an international certification process for sustainable tourism destinations, through the company Biosphere Mexico, since Puerto Morelos is a municipality that follows a scheme of urban and tourist growth, environmental friendliness, as well as water quality management, energy saving and orientation of social benefits of tourism for the inhabitants,” she explained.
María del Carmen García Rivas, director of the Arrecife National Park of Puerto Morelos, said that the Blue Flag certification is also encouragement to improve the continent’s largest barrier reef.