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Bacalar Lagoon project closed for failure to comply

Bacalar, Q.R. — Federal environmental officers have shut down a section of land adjacent to the Bacalar Lagoon after an establishment was found building without the necessary permits.

Federal officers from la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) report the closing of more than 1,300 square meters of land adjacent to the Laguna de Bacalar when an inspection revealed a lack of environmental permits.

The project, which is located along the coastal boulevard of Bacalar, was inspected to verify that all permits were in place to support the work and activities that were taking place in the coastal lagoon system.

Profepa reports that when questioned about permits, the project was lacking the necessary environmental impact permit issued by la Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales for such work.

Officers noted the construciton of bathrooms, a restaurant, an access path, as well as a cistern, a floor, wall and a dock with palapa, all adjacent to the lagoon with the latter being built inside the body of lagoon water.

Discarded materials from the dock and palapa project were found in the lagoon.

Federal officers have imposed the total temporary closure of the project for failing to comply with the applicable environmental regulations.