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Crocodiles roam freely at Cobá lagoon due to unfinished projects

Cobá, Q.R. — The renovation of a boardwalk along the Cobá lagoon has left the roadway wide open for reptiles. Area residents have continually reported the sightings of crocodiles who crawl out of the lagoon and cross the highway.

Without any obstructions, the reptiles have been photographed making their way toward commercial areas before heading back to the lagoon, since the water level is almost on par with the road.

Since the start of the new year, the Cobá lagoon boardwalk has been undergoing remodeling by the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur). Fausto May Cen, president of the Cobá Ejidal said they reached an agreement with Fonatur in August of last year that would see the construction of several priority projects.

One of those projects was a new boardwalk, however, he says Fonatur has abandoned the project since February.

May says that other projects that were part of the agreement included improvement of the parking lot of the archaeological zone, a bicycle lane on the access road to the cenotes and the construction of the Ejido de Ruinas de Cobá visitor center.

He said without warning or any reason, for weeks, the company in charge of the restoration of the lagoon boardwalk withdrew, leaving the place dismantled.

“On the issue of the projects agreed between the Ejido and Fonatur, they are now at a standstill. The boardwalk has already been dismantled, but we don’t see anyone working.

“It’s stopped and we don’t know why,” he said adding that they have asked the federal agencies to clarify the situation regarding the abandonment of this and other projects that were committed to Cobá.