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Tulum hotel shut down, owner to restore destroyed land

Tulum, Q.R. – A local development known as Diamante K has been shut down due to environmental destruction.

In a press release the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) said they closed the tourist development “Diamante K”, owned by businessman and actor Roberto Palazuelos Badeaux, in Tulum National Park. According to Profepa, the hotel severely affected the forest and general ecosystem in the area and was built without authorization.

Their office reported that due to complaints by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the community responsible for Tulum National Park, an investigation was launched on the environmental impact of the project.

They discovered that the accredited Quintana Roo inspectors designated for tourism developments did not submit the environmental impact statement as required by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

Profepa found that a fence had been constructed around the perimeter of the hotel, which in turn, destroyed coastal forest species on the state’s protected list. These types of low shrubs protect the surrounding soil from harsh weather elements and are home to numerous species of small marine life including the striped iguana, which is currently on the state’s endangered species list.

After the violation discovery, Profea closed the hotel to prevent the continuation of any future development. Additional administrative proceedings are also being sought against the owner of the project in order to restore the destroyed ecosystem.

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