Tulum, Q.R. — The people of Tulum are asking federal authorities to ensure closed projects remain closed even after fines have been paid.
The Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) routinely closes projects that are found to be illegal or in violation of federal rules, however, on many occasions, once a closed project has paid restitution, they are able to resume building.
A construction project in Tulum National Park is the topic of concern says Diego Castañón Trejo, president of the Green Ecologist Party. The businessmen have paid their fine and have resumed building as usual, he says.
On numerous occasions, Profepa officials have closed hotel and other construction projects for violations, yet once fines are paid, the violations continue in that the construction carries on, damaging the environment. Many feel that the closures are of little use.
“We want the authorities to continue monitoring the closures, not just to have the businessmen pay the fine and then officials withdraw,” Castañón Trejo says.
He added that the authorities are responsible for safeguarding the natural habitat and should work to prevent devastation. He says, “ What we want is for them to follow the rules and do not do as they please.”
One of the biggest attractions for tourists to Tulum is being in touch with nature, he explained. Castañón Trejo says that he does not want the same thing to happen to Tulum as Cancun, in that the city becomes filed with cement.