Tulum, Q.R. – Three properties in the coastal zone of Tulum have been closed by inspectors of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente — Profepa).
The properties are located on a strip better known as Punta Piedra, and according to environmental impact statements, reviews on new construction developments on all three properties were deemed to have environmental violations, resulting in their closures. One of the developments that was found to have devastated areas of mangroves and buried wetlands, was previously approved by Urban Development.
Propepa found the three developments to have buried wetlands and devastated areas of mangroves with stone materials as well as the removal of forest vegetation. The work involving the environmental aspect of the developments was carried out without authorization.
Although Profepa tape has been used to seal off the areas, labor workers crossed onto the land of two of the properties and continued to work. Inspectors have noted that workers on the property located next to Hotel Hip Tulum at kilometer 8 are digging a pit more than two meters deep.
Profepa has since added a large closed sign to the fence of the properties so workers can see the sites have been shut down.