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Urban mangrove devastated by illegal work

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection sealed a property yesterday for illegal work that has ended with mangrove devastation.

Over the past week, dozens of citizen complaints led to the eventual inspection of a piece of land on 40 Street and Flamingo in the area of Zazil-Ha in central Playa del Carmen. Property owners have spent the past week clearing mangrove, one of the last wetland areas in that part of urban Playa del Carmen.

State Ministry of Ecology and Environment made a site inspection Friday, the same day an official complaint was filed with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection who placed a closed seal on the illegal project to prevent workers from further clearing the mangrove and drilling without building permits.

Property representatives expressed aggression against a range of officials including reporters, citizens and activists. Patrols from the Directorate General of Public Security were brought in to diffuse the situation.

Mangroves are important to the local ecosystem and are therefore protected by the Mexican Official Standard. The owners of the property have since placed large obstacles in front of the Profepa closure sign.


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