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Advancement in drainage connection for Fifth Avenue businesses

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — All businesses along Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue are in the process of being connected to the city’s main drainage network says mayor Laura Beristain Navarrete. In a press release, she said connecting the businesses was a joint effort between the city and the central businesses.

She added that the work is approximately 40 percent complete, stressing that for many years, the area had not received maintenance. “This is an environmental issue, very timely, it speaks highly of all the investors who have their businesses there. We should no longer see news of sewage on the beaches of Solidaridad,” she said.

David Duarte Castilla, the secretary of Municipal Land Management and Sustainability said the the work is being done in coordination with Aguakan after the government of Solidaridad carried out a campaign with business owners to connect to the drainage network in order to avoid sewage spill during the rainy season, adding that many businesses were not connected.

He explained that this first stage began on June 1 and is about 40 percent complete and is where they are currently laying tiles. The work, he said, ranges from 2nd Street to 14th Street, passing through Fifth Avenue and the surrounding streets.

The goal, he explained, is to build 29,544 m2 in the rehabilitation of the avenue and cross streets with tiles and adocreta. It includes improvement of electricity, drinking water and drainage services, correction of levels, absorption wells in flood sections and modernization of urban furniture as well as the total remodeling of Fundadores Park and its surrounding streets. For this, a contracted investment for 107.5 million peso from the Fiscal Resources Fund is being used.

According to the Secretary of Tourism of Solidaridad, Patricia Medina, an average of 25,000 tourists circulate the Fifth Avenue area on a daily basis.