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Cozumel residents protest new construction development

Cozumel, Q.R. — Launching slogans such as Cozumel is not for sale, it is loved and defended, hundreds of locals marched to demand the Lakam-Há project, whose goal is to develop the southern part of the island, be stopped.

Led by the President of the environmental group Conservación, Investigación y Manejo Ambiental de Cozumel (CIMAC), Guadalupe Martín Cab, the protesters marched from the flagpole to the Municipal Palace where they hoped to talk with mayor Joaquín Delbouis.

When they reached city hall, however, they found it closed so they proceeded to place the symbolic closing seals on the Municipal Palace. Locals were protesting, rejecting a project Lakam-Há, which would see a development at Palancar at kilometer 18.5 of the southern part of the island.

The project, which is being promoted by the company Jaguar Servicios Inmobiliarios, was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) at the end of last August.