Cancun, Q.R. — The recently opened Senor Frogs Hotel and Hostel in the Cancun Hotel Zone has been shut down by federal authorities who say the hotel lacked permits and built in an endangered mangrove area.
The hotel, which recently announced its opening, has been temporarily but completely closed by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection due to the lack of authorization, saying the hotel did not have an Environmental Impact permit that is issued by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
In a statement, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection said they performed an inspection of the hotel on March 8 and 9 when they found that the 2,200 square meter construction lacked the proper permits.
The Senor Frogs Hotel and Hostel was also closed due to their pier, which authorities found has a walkway that was built with regional hardwood and a pier that was constructed within a coastal ecosystem.
The project is located in a mangrove area, where the flora and fauna are listed as endangered species in the Official Mexican Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010.
While the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection did not say how long the total temporary closure of the hotel would be imposed, they did say that they are committed to ensuring the conservation, protection and care of the environment through inspection and surveillance activities, and verifying compliance with the applicable environmental regulations.