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First Cuban vessel emptied of stone while authorities continue to wait on permits for alternate road

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Cuban vessel Melody has successfully been emptied of its cargo. The remaining stone was finally unloaded over the long weekend after weeks of delays due to the strong winds which created choppy waters.

Alfredo Edgardo Valdez de León, Secretary of Public Safety and Traffic, said that the transfer of the stone occurred without major incidents explaining that “the Puerto Morelos City Council, chaired by Blanca Merari Tziu Muñoz, contributed with the logistics for the transfer of the material by dump trucks to the Ruta de los Cenotes.”

The material was transferred in 31 dump trucks that worked around the clock during the long weekend while students were out of school.

In mid-March, local authorities announced they would construct a road specifically for the stone transfer use since boats from Cuba will continue to arrive into December.

However, the Secretary of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development (Sedetus) continues to wait for the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) to grant the necessary permits for the construction of the alternative road.

Once approved, the alternative road will pass along the south side of the old José María Morelos highway, which goes from Puerto Morelos to the Old Town.

The head of Sedetus, Armando Lara De Nigris, has indicated that this road will be built by the Ministry of National Defense and Grupo Indi.

“We are awaiting the permits for the construction of the access road,” adding that it will be used “for the unloading of the material from the Cuban ships.”

He ruled out the possibility that the new road would have any negative effect on the Puerto Morelos surrounding mangroves since they are working with municipal professionals.