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Tulum hotel facing criminal charges for defying federal closures

Tulum, Q.R. — A criminal report has been filed against a Tulum hotel for violating several closure notices placed by federal authorities.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) has found that the owners of the Acuario hotel in the municipality of Tulum have violated the seals of closure for a third time.

In March, the hotel was closed for not having an environmental impact permit to build within the Tulum National Park. Those seals were removed and construction, continued.

Profepa officials verified that the owners of the Acuario hotel have again not complied with the closure seals placed by federal authorities. They say the hotel had been closed for not having environmental authorization granted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

They say the third visit to the hotel was made June 5, where they found the site had again removed the closure seals and continued with construction in an area of 669 square meters.

The report from Profepa was handed over to the prosecutor’s office to be included in a legal criminal complaint that was filed March 13.

Hotel Acuario in the Parque Nacional Tulum is located at kilometer 230 of the Cancún-Chetumal highway.