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Cozumel fining central businesses for exceeding noise bylaws

Cozumel, Q.R. — The municipality of Cozumel is working on noise pollution from areas of central San Miguel. Last weekend, city personnel began a verification operation, measuring noise levels in specific tourist areas.

“To maintain harmony between the businesses that operate in the first area of the tourist destination, the Municipal Government, through the Ecology subdirectorate, carried out a verification operation in establishments reported as auditory contaminants,” the City of Council of Cozumel reported.

According to the city statement, two businesses were sanctioned. One business was given a fine and the other a letter of warning. “These businesses altered the operation of the lodging centers found in the area with their high decibel levels,” the statement read.

Cozumel’s Deputy Director of Ecology, Germán Yáñez Mendoza, said the operation was conducted due to citizen complaints. He said the object of the operation is to raise awareness so that all businesses collaborate and there is harmony without some affecting others.

He explained that the operation was carried out last weekend in the Central neighborhood of the island. Inspectors went to the indicated establishments to verify through measurement tools that they actually exceeded the permitted noise levels.

Cozumel inspectors measure noise pollution in busy tourist areas.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Cozumel September 23, 2023.

One of them was fined financially after it was proven that their music was over the decibel limit. The establishment was also fined “for not properly handling the fats and their waste, so as a repeat offender, a financial fine was applied,” he explained.

The other was a restaurant-bar located on the north side of the Centro neighborhood. Mendoza said that establishment was warned with a letter since it is the first time it has been reported and inspectors did not find any irregularities in the management of its waste.

He says the island of Cozumel has a maximum level of 60 decibels, but 65 decibels in the Central area. Anyone in need of free advice can do to the office of the Ecology Subdirectorate located at 65 Avenue and 31st Street where you can also report businesses that do not comply with the measures.