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Riu Cancun suspended over environmental devastation

Cancun, Q.R. — A suspension against the construction of the upcoming Riu Riviera Cancun has been executed by the Forth District Court.

The court granted the provisional suspension of the work on the Hotel Riu Riviera Cancún until it is determined whether or not the final suspension is pending. The project continues to generate controversy since it’s rejection in March of 2015.

In November of that same year, the Constitutional and Administrative Chamber of the Judicial Branch of Quintana Roo, suspended the construction license for inconsistencies in procedures.

Even with the suspension workers continue to clear mangrove and level the ground where the Spanish hotel chain Riu intends to build a new 565-room hotel in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

During the past week, the company began with the removal of vegetation in an area of more than 20,000 square meters some of which, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), is considered threatened and listed in the Official Mexican Standard.

The 15-level hotel project is to be located between two protected natural areas, the National Marine Park Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres as well as the area of Protection of Flora and Fauna Mangroves of Nichupté.

The company is only in possession of a permit issued by the Secretariat of Ecology and Urban Development of the municipality of Benito Juárez. Developers are expected to file a complaint immediately. The suspension is subject to review by a Collegiate Court.